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Deep in the rough: answers

September 27, 2011 in Quizzes

Righto.  Here are the answers to the questions posed in the Deep in the rough article on Saturday.

As I said in that post, I hate using superlatives.  However, as well as having possibly the worst quality photocopying for the picture round, this quiz also featured the definitively dearest raffle I’ve seen at a table quiz. The going rate for the past number of years (around here anyway) is €2 for a “line”, with three of them offered for €5.  Here, €5 got you one line of tickets.  Of course, these days, the lines are put into the bucket whole, so this is really one ticket.

Buying multiple lines of tickets seems preferable, normally, for two reasons: it increases your sense of having a chance (you have three tickets in the hat, after all) and it means that, should you win something early, you could still win again. :-)

Not so on this night in Ballinlough where the usual three lines would have cost you €15!

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Deep in the rough

September 24, 2011 in Quizzes

Last year I took part in a very enjoyable quiz at Ballyhaunis Golf Club so I was quite excited to hear that the same club were hosting another event this year.  Confusingly though, it was taking place in Ballinlough – which is a completely different town, in case the different names didn’t already make that clear. :-)

Things started going wrong, however, when Ger arrived with too many team-mates!  There’d been a bit of a miscommunication earlier in the week when I took the heretofore unheard-of step of sourcing potential quizzers for our table.  We actually had seven people mooted for the team at one point and I stated that, if we had one more, we could have two tables.  However, we went our separate ways then and, while I informed folks that we wouldn’t need their services, Ger went off and found that “extra” team-mate!

So we had five people. I got on the phone and called in my father-in-law, who I knew was keen to take part. He arrived and we let the organisers know that we’d be hoping to find two other folks to make up a team.  Fairly promptly we were sorted out. Joe and Rita, a nice couple from ‘out the road’ had come in to the quiz on the off-chance that they could get on a team. As Ger had brought a car-load of family members, he stuck with them and myself and the father-in-law teamed up with the locals.

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Spot the ball-room: answers

September 19, 2011 in Quizzes

How much would this set you back?

It’s time for a bumper post.  This one will include all the answers to those mentioned in Spot the ball-room and one more.

No, I haven’t remembered what the tie-breaker question was that we answered correctly with “3″.  However, I have remembered a spot prize question, which the quiz master posed mid-way through the night.  Here it is:

  • Name either of the Westmeath men who have played at centre-field in an All-Ireland football final in the last 15 years.

I’ll give you the answer to that at the very end of the post.  If I was to give you a clue, I’d say don’t take it too seriously…

The quiz master delighted in a bit of word play.  Whether this was intentional or not, I’m not sure.  At one point he created a hubbub by mistaking the ‘l’ for an ‘r’ in a question relating to venue of the Pope’s election.  I’m sure that was deliberate.  However, his introduction of the raffle prize (a ticket to the All-Ireland football final) as one of the “most converted” items around probably wasn’t.

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Spot the ball-room

September 18, 2011 in Quizzes

I had a definite sense of deja vu on Thursday night when I sat down in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, to await the start of quiz in aid of the local GAA club.  We took part in a quiz there last Easter and, as it was available, I sat down at the same table we’d used that night. History was to repeat, in another way, shortly after when the quiz master started speaking and I realised it was the same man who hosted the Karate club quiz last week.

The host was in more ebullient form this time.  He started off by telling us all that first prize was going to be a set of Kiltimagh GAA Club hoodies, whilst the runners-up would be getting a matching set of windbreakers. “No, no – only joking!”  First prize was actually four night’s B&B, sponsored by the venue. (Just like that night last Easter, funnily enough.)

The runners-up were to receive four free tickets to the Mayo county senior football final.  Remembering last year’s dire battle between Ballintubber and Castlebar Mitchells, we wondered if this was also a joke… *

After round 3, we were three points behind the leaders.  Frustratingly, we could never get closer than a two point deficit for the rest of the quiz.  Our final score of 84 was good enough for joint-third, two points behind tables 6 and 15.  Thus, a tie-breaker was needed to separate first and third.  However, at least we got to dodge the county final tickets.

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The war on movies 2: Answers

September 16, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

Following on from yesterday’s The war on movies, here’s the sequel – now with added answers.

Lost on the cutting room floor from the original post was the news that we actually won the quiz! Whilst we were an amazing eight points clear of second place, there was a bit of confusion surrounding third prize.

The quizmaster announced that they had a result but a play-off was in the works.  Two teams were in “joint third” and they needed to play off.  They did and, a slight controversy over the original name of Star Wars Episode 4: A New Hope aside *, one of these teams defeated the other.  Well done, here’s third prize.

Except, this play-off was immediately followed up by another play-off, this time featuring the two teams who were tied in “joint second”. The team that lost this one were a bit confused afterwards.  Shouldn’t they be getting third prize, they no doubt wondered.  To be fair to the organisers, this was resolved quite quickly and they were given some Star Wars merchandise – in honour of the ‘second-and-a-half’ place they’d just finished in…

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The war on movies

September 14, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

After a Summer hiatus, the Kelly’s movie quiz returned on Sunday night. Yeah, I know, Sunday night.  Not since Where in the World ended have I associated that particular evening with quizzing.

The night wasn’t the only change – the quiz is now being sponsored by HMV.  This week, in honour of the fact that you can now buy all the Star Wars films on Blu-Ray, the quiz was called ‘Movie Wars’ and featured a lot of (although thankfully not entirely) questions about George Lucas’s cash cow creation.

It was quite an enjoyable quiz.  Its eight rounds included a picture round (on the big screen – no paper here) and two audio rounds.  One of these audio rounds was most entertaining.  It featured 10 samples of dialogue from famous movies. Nothing too novel there, you say, but these were all linked by the fact that they were almost entirely made up of expletives. Yes, I know, it’s a bit childish but it certainly made me laugh!

The Star Wars connection was kept light for the most part. For example, the picture round featured 10 stills of actors, who have appeared in Star Wars movies, in some other film – and that’s what you had to identify.  There was also a round where a Star Wars actor was named, along with two others, and you had to say in which film all three of them appeared.  You can sample some questions after the ‘Continue…’

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Found and lost answers

September 13, 2011 in Quizzes

A town called Lost?

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in Found and lost.

I mentioned in that post that some of the questions were, to put it mildly, a bit easy.  Throughout, it was also possible to see how the question setter’s thought process had developed.  Sometimes this was very obvious.  For example, check out these three successive questions in round one:

  1. How many ‘Angry Men‘ were there in the famous 1950s film?
  2. How many people traditionally sit on a jury?
  3. Complete the title to the famous film: ‘The Dirty……

They had obviously hit a rich seam of questions there.

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Found and lost

September 11, 2011 in Podcast, Quizzes

If you’re not in, you can’t win. So goes the old maxim. My team very nearly proved this truism on Friday night as we got lost on the way to a quiz! However, luckily (for the blog’s post count, if nothing else) our path crossed with that of a local farmer, who helpfully pointed us in the direction of Turlough, Co Mayo.

In a first for the blog, I managed to capture some of our manic chase to reach the quiz in an Audioboo (that’s “podcast” for recent arrivals to this site) and you can check it out for yourself right here:

http://audioboo.fm/boos/465079-lost-found-and-lost-again.mp3|width=400|titles=Lost

When we did arrive at the Turlough Inn, we found probably the most packed quiz I’ve ever taken part in.  26 tables were crammed in to a pretty small Irish pub.  How packed in? Well, the route to the toilets from our table involved a journey out one door and back in another.  It was handier than having to say “Excuse me…” about 20 times!

Mind you, we were in the most remote part of the bar.  ‘Remote’ here meaning furthest away from both the quizmaster and the aforementioned toilets. We found it very hard to hear the quizmaster; the amplification just wasn’t up to the job of getting the better of such a large crowd. Not that I’m saying we couldn’t hear the questions – everyone hushed at those points.  We did have rounds sneak up on us though as the hush would arrive like an aural Mexican wave out of the blue as, in our part of the bar, we presumably didn’t (actually couldn’t) hear the quizmaster announce the start of the round.

The questions were, from a difficulty point of view, all over the place.  There were some very hard ones, of course, but many of the others must have come from the primary school curriculum.  Examples of the (many, many) ridiculously easy ones include:

  • How many people sit on a jury?
  • What type of animal is a beagle?
  • What’s bigger: a hurricane or a tornado?

I’d tell you more only, as my team-mate Marie said afterwards, “It’s hard to remember questions you didn’t have to think about.”

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