The first cut is the…

January 21, 2012 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

It’s not often that you can pin down which question in a quiz is the hardest.  Over the course of a few hours, the questions asked at the start of the quiz fade away from your short-term memory, being replaced by their more recent counterparts.

Not so on Tuesday night last, when I attended the weekly quiz night in Gilligan’s, Claremorris.  Question 1 it was.  The very first of what would turn out to be 104 questions.  I doubt anyone in the room got it right.  That said, the team whose answers we were marking did manage to get the first names right so perhaps I’m being quick to judge.

After that, things got considerably easier.  The winning team’s final score of 92 points making this pretty clear.  My team trailed in second, on 88.

Have a look at the questions we did miss:

  1. Name the two students who won the 2012 BT Young Scientist & Technology Award last week.
  2. What is the largest lake in Great Britain?
  3. Who played Louise in the movie Thelma & Louise? *
  4. Which is Japan’s second-largest city? **
  5. Which river forms part of the border between England and Scotland?
  6. The space shuttle programme came to an end in July 2011. Which shuttle completed that final flight?
  7. Who was the first Irish person to win the Noble Prize for Literature? ***
  8. What is the fourth largest country in the world, both in terms of area and population?
  9. What is the name of the second-highest peak in the Alps?
  10. What is the name for a female ferret?
  11. Who played the Toymaker in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
  12. What flag is traditionally flown by a ship that is about to leave port?
  13. Rickets is caused by a deficiency of which vitamin?

Picture round (click to embiggen):

Alright, off ye go.

Update: answers here.


* A 50/50 question we managed to get wrong.

** Watch out for this one. It’s finicky.

*** See footnote 1!

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