February 26, 2014 in Quizzes
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February 20, 2014 in Quizzes
This was the first of four quizzes I will be hosting over the coming months and a pretty good crowd of 18 tables took part. Of the 18, there was one team way out in front. The winners (named, in up-to-the-minute fashion, ‘GSOC hackers’) scored 82/100, a massive 14 points ahead of two teams in second place.
There was a second prize on offer so a playoff for this then ensued. Thankfully we were all spared the nightmare of playoffs, that the playoff itself ends up as a tie, when one of the teams, the Spartans, had a clear 3-0 win. I think the team who ended up in third had won a couple of raffle prizes earlier, so hopefully everyone left happy.
The quiz was in aid of a defibrilator and defibrilation training for the Latin Quarter area of the city – a very worthy cause. It was advertised as being on “General and Galway Knowledge” so I did my best to include at least one Galway-related question per round. Then, for safety’s sake, I included an entire round of Galway trivia!
I’ve included a sample of the night’s questions after the break.
February 18, 2014 in Quizzes
Since then, alas, I haven’t had much time to think about quizzes as my mother became seriously ill a few weeks back. She’s still in hospital but is recovering, I’m glad to report.
Before that, I had agreed to once again become the quizmaster for a series of quizzes in The King’s Head bar in Galway. Now that mum is on the mend, I will be able to follow through and that commitment and host as planned. Which is a good job, as the first one is scheduled for tomorrow night.
Here is the upcoming calendar of quizzes, hosted by yours truly:
- February 19th: Galway Latin Quarter Quiz (“GK”: both general and Galway knowledge)
- March 10th: Oscars 2014 Movie Quiz
- April 21st: Third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz
- May 19th: World Cup Finals Quiz
Don’t forget either the two IQO-run quiz events which are scheduled for the next few weeks. This Friday the IQO teams up with SVP for a charity quiz and, on March 8th, the second annual Irish Quizzing Open will take place. Both of these events will take place in the ‘Wembley’ of Irish quizzing, the Addison Lodge in Dublin.
Thankfully the rest of the group have taken care of all the organising for these events which means a double win for me as I’ll get to take part in both of them. Thanks folks!
December 23, 2013 in Quizzes
Before I toddle off into quiz obscurity for the next two weeks, I have a few notices to announce.
- Ireland is hosting the Celtic Nations 2014, a weekend quizzing event for the international teams representing Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The IQO have now announced the dates and venue for the event. It will take place on the last weekend of April in the West County Hotel, Chapelizod, Dublin. As well as the team matches, the weekend will also include an open-to-all Grand Prix, a social quiz and some other fun events. It should be a great couple of days. You can find out more info at the event’s Facebook page.
- Have you been trying the Five For Friday quizzes on the IQO website? This week’s quiz also includes a rankings list based on the results throughout 2013 so you can check how you got on. I’m on there somewhere!
- A perennial favourite in my house, the Sunday Independent sports crossword-of-the-year was published yesterday. Be sure and give it a try!
- Like busses, we had no quiz shows on Irish tv for years and now we’ve had several in the last three months. TV3 are currently recruiting for the latest, a show called Pressure Point. You can find out more and submit your name via the show’s webpage: www.tv3.ie/pressure_point.php
December 16, 2013 in Quizzes
Last Thursday evening I hosted a Christmas-themed quiz in Claremorris, as part of Claremorris Community Radio‘s fundraising drive.
We all had a good night, albeit “we” was quite a small number as not much of a crowd turned up.
Anyway, for those of you who couldn’t make it, please find attached a sample of the night’s questions and the two picture rounds. We also had a couple of music rounds, obviously, what with Christmas number ones and carols and all that, but I’ll spare you those today.
Anyway, here you go, something to get you in the festive mood.
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December 4, 2013 in Quizzes
Did anyone notice my footnote on Monday that said that the question “On which racecourse did AP Mc Coy recently achieve 4,000 career wins?” had appeared in both of these quizzes? Clearly, it’s in the quizzing ether at the moment. It, and its unusual pronunciation (think “Leicester” and “Worcester”), could probably be called zeitgeist.
Click the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers.
December 2, 2013 in Quizzes
Guest blog! Yes, I know you’re probably waiting for the answers to the questions posted on Friday. However, this is more news-worthy. My partner from the Pairs at the European Quizzing Championships, Mark Henry, took part in the massive St Brigid’s International Sports Quiz on Friday night and here is his report. Tomorrow, I will post a special, bumper, double post of sports answers!
On Friday night all the girly cousins and their mammies were coming over to my house to watch the Late Late Toy Show with my two very excited daughters. So I had a very difficult choice: to stay in with Ryan Tubridy or attend the St. Brigids GAA club International Sports Quiz in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Anyhow, my loyalty to my teammates in The New Eagles (made up of Peter, Lorcan Sr., Michael and myself) finally won out.
Normally, when I go to table quizzes my local team’s policy is to give the prize back to the charity. However, with prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 per team for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, this wasn’t going to happen tonight! This was not withstanding the two well-deserving charities, Mayo-Roscommon Hospice and Pieta House, that were benefiting.
It promised to be a night full of craic with a couple of the lads that were on Off the Ball (Newstalk) until recently compering. There were 80 tables competing. In other words, 319 testosterone- and probably Guinness-filled Jimmy McGees. I say 319 as I think I spotted one brave lady among them all.
Before the quiz, I was hoping the questions were going to be more international than national but was reassured that we had Irish soccer and GAA experts in Lorcan Sr. and Peter respectively. In the bar, Michael was listing of all the Gold Cup/Grand National winners of the last 40 years (my specialist subject) so I was saying these lads don’t need me at all.