Recognise this trophy?
It was the best of quizzes, it was the worst of quizzes. I shalln’t insult Dickens’ memory any further by continuing to paraphrase his work but that most-famous and adaptable of opening lines perfectly suits the quiz I took part in last Friday night.
The hosting venue, and organisers, were the staff of the Oslo Bar, Salthill, Co. Galway, which was celebrating its third birthday. Delightfully, they decided to mark this auspicious event with a quiz. This was great news (would that other venues would respect quizzes this much) as it lead to a party atmosphere.
Good point: This great atmosphere was created by a large crowd. The place was packed – so much so that the organisers encouraged the formation of 6-person teams. Oh, and there was a free barbecue afterwards! Happy days!
Bad point: The party atmosphere wasn’t conducive to clear questions on the microphone. This might have just been down to the radio mic being carried hither and yon throughout the night by lovely quiz-mistress not being up to snuff as the audio rounds were clear as a bell. Either that or she is very soft spoken…
Good point: The quiz was run on the basis of there being four ’rounds’, which were divided into three ‘sections’ each. I’m all for novel ideas when it comes to quiz organisation. This particular one meant that the answer sheets only needed to be collected on four occasions.
Bad point: We were only given four answer sheets so they had to contain the answers to all three sections. Not so bad, except that one of the ‘sections’ had 16 possible answers whilst another had 31!
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