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Wax on, wax off: answers

September 8, 2011 in Quizzes

Dude sounds like a lady?

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday, in Wax on, wax off.

As well as three picture rounds, this quiz featured an audio round.  However, I wasn’t as impressed with this as I had been with the photos.

Firstly, the quizmaster would start playing the tune whilst still outlining the question, in the manner of a DJ on local radio.  When asked, politely, by one of the contestants to perhaps ask the question first and then play the tune, he didn’t endear himself to the crowd by snapping back “Do you want to host the quiz?”

The questions in this round were a bit of a hotch-potch, including the likes of “What town is this singer from?”  The worst incident though, involved track 6, which was Bounce, a current record in the hit parade. He told us at least three times that he wanted “the singer here… just the singer.”

Now, I knew that this was by Calvin Harris but I also knew that it was ‘Calvin Harris featuring [somebody]’.  No great leap of knowledge this, as it’s clearly a female voice singing. This must be what they’re looking for here. Who was it again? Sad to say, I was the only one at our table who’d heard of it so I spent the rest of the round racking the brain, trying to dig out the answer. Thankfully, this period of labour did produce an answer: Kelis.  Chuffed, I scribbled her name down and handed up our answer sheet.

10 minutes later, when the answers to the music round were announced, it turned out they were looking for …. Calvin Harris. The quizmaster even added “… and, apparently, that’s a man…” Grrr.

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Wax on, wax off

September 7, 2011 in Quizzes

My 100% start to the new table quiz season is over.  In truth, it only lasted 24 hours. On Friday night last myself, Ger, Breda and Ger’s sister Marie took part in the Karate Club quiz in Kiltimagh – where we lost by a point.

Now, regular readers to the blog will know that there’s nothing I hate more than losing by a point. It makes the after-quiz post mortems all the more depressing as you’re always looking out for the one that got away: the point that could have saved you from defeat and at least got you into a playoff.  That said, by my count we actually had 87 points (the winning score) but the scorers’ table obviously didn’t agree.  If the top prize had been anything other than four bottles of wine I may have gone up for a chat!

The quiz itself was very good in places but also very annoying in others. At one point the quizmaster told us “don’t blame me, I didn’t write them!” but later on, when the (excellent) flags round was presented, he said “anyone who’s been at one of my quizzes before will know that I love this kind of thing…” So did he create the questions or didn’t he? Was there a co-operative in use here?!

We were also asked if it was true or false that, at the proprietor’s upcoming birthday (next week), he would be 45 years of age. “Where is he?” someone asked.

“Stand up John, the out-of-towners want to get a look at you.”

Where was he? He was at table 4! Just what you want to hear, a question about someone who’s taking part in the quiz

We guessed false and it turned out we were right. Alas, we did manage to get four of that round wrong which, given they were all 50/50 shots, was a bit of a disaster. That’s why we didn’t win this quiz.

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Another season of answers

September 3, 2011 in Quizzes

Right, seeing as we’re now back into the swing of the quizzing posts again, here’s the cart that follows that particular horse.  As always, the answers can be viewed after the jump.

By the by, I had a funny brain stall at this particular quiz.  During the interval we were provided with some mighty fine sausages.  Round 6 kicked off and the first question was quite easy. We all knew it.  This I’m certain of because, when I didn’t write anything on our answer sheet, my team-mates all told me the answer at the same time.

“I know that.” I said

“I just had to finish chewing before I started writing…”


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Another season of quizzing begins

September 2, 2011 in Quizzes

Summer, as you know, is a quizzing wasteland.  There must be something in the Irish psyche which is uncomfortable with being in a pub doing a quiz while it’s still bright outside.  Not that we have any problem being in the pub in the first place, mind you.

So, anyway, September has arrived and already I’ve heard about three quizzes this week!  Two of those were on last night (one in Ballinrobe, one in Castlebar) and it was off to Castlebar that we headed.

The quiz was held in aid of the ISPCA and it took place in Bar One on Rush Street.  It’s a lovely place, by the way.  The quiz was generally pretty easy, with the exception of the picture round (see below), which was pretty novel.  It featured two audio rounds: one-hit-wonders and film clips.  These were quite well done (and very loud!) albeit a bug cropped up in the dialogue round when the first 8 were replayed (as if that was all) before we were treated to clips 9 and 10 (and just once each at that).

There was also a ‘Tricky’ round.  This was, alas, not a round based on one of Bristol’s most creative musicians, but one composed of 10 questions were from the great big book of riddly questions.  Some that I can remember were:

  • How many of each animal did Moses take on to the Ark?
  • If you have 20 apples and you take away 4, how many have you?
  • What happened in 1961 which won’t happen again until 6009?
  • Why are 1939 pennies worth more than 1938 pennies?
  • What cheese is made backwards?
  • How many birthdays does the average person have?
  • What word do all university graduates spell incorrectly?

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