Some breaking news: the low scores earned by the teams on Monday night last mustn’t have deterred me, as I have agreed to be the quiz master once again, on Friday night next (October 28) in Warde’s Pub, Claremorris. The quiz starts at 8.30pm and you’re all invited! See the calendar for more details.
Anyway, back to the post. Here are the answers to the (quite difficult, I admit) questions posted in yesterday’s Don’t work… too hard.
I wrote a bit about the concept of ‘quiz knowledge’ yesterday. To flesh this out a little more, my point is that all knowledge is (or should be) valid. It’s just a case of a situation arising where the more (shall we say) ‘obscure’ bit of your knowledge become useful. But… shouldn’t the probability of any particular question coming up be identical across all fields? *
It isn’t. I knew almost nothing in the Popular Culture round below but that has never really mattered before. 99% of the time, in Irish table quizzes, questions like these never, ever, come up. Is that ‘right’?
Consider the flip side: you might know someone who would do very well in the round being discussed but, if you asked them, would tell you that they are “terrible” at table quizzes and never take part in them. Surely there’s a flaw here?
By which I mean: is there a flaw in the way most Irish table quizzes are created? Do question setters, perhaps, consider their potential crowd and then design a quiz to suit them more than to really test them? Probably not consciously but almost certainly. To take it further, is there a vernacular in the Irish table quiz world? Could the spectrum of knowledge tested at table quizzes be considered a ‘specialist subject‘ in-and-of itself?
This is a disquieting notion.
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