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:
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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