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10-year-old answers

April 9, 2014 in Quizzes

Life is still not what it once was, or should be.  Issues away from quizzing continue to take up my time and, as readers of the blog will have noticed, keep me away from the site.

Sorry about that.

Here, about two weeks after I posted them, are the answers to questions in the Are you smarter than a 10-year-old? post.

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Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

March 26, 2014 in Quizzes

quiz-greenboardRecently I hosted a table quiz in aid of my local primary school.  “Be sure and don’t make the questions too hard,” the headmaster told me “as there’ll probably be several kids in attendance.”

Seeing as he was also the principal back in my own youth at the same school, I did what I was told.

Seriously though, I don’t think I needed that advice.  It’s part of the quiz master’s job to judge the potential crowd and what sort of questions will both challenge them and be attainable.  Too hard is bad, true.  But so is too easy.  (Here I mention the Ballyhaunis town quiz where the winners got 99 out of 100!)

At the end of this night, the winning team scored 79/100, which I regarded as a pretty good par score.

Would you like to have a go at some of the questions?  Read on so.

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(Formerly) upcoming quiz answers

March 12, 2014 in Quizzes

2014 Irish OpenRightyo, this post will include the answers to the questions I posted last Friday. Before we get to them though, I will report on some quizzing I’ve done in the interim.

I’ve been to two quizzes since and I hope you’ll forgive me but I’m going to step out of order to cover them.  The more recent of the two took place in Dublin on Saturday last. The first Irish Quiz Open was held in the IQO‘s home venue, the Addison Lodge. In truth this was a continuation of our first such Open, which took place in March 2013. However, that inaugural event was called the ‘Dublin Open’. We’re aiming higher than that now…

Three of our members Derek Cray, John Groarke and Colm O’Sullivan took charge of preparing the question set for the main event, the individual Open, and I think they did a great job. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home my question paper when the day was done so I can’t pick you out a few choice examples of their work. I’ll see if I can sort that out in a later post.

The individual quiz was ran over two halves, each featuring three sections, each containing 40 questions. We didn’t do a discard section, so all six counted. I was happy with my own performance, averaging in the high 20s (from 40, remember) in each section. When the scores were totted up, I had finished fifth, one lower than last year but bang on my Irish ranking. I was happy with that.

At the top of the board, Lorcan Duff had some daylight between his score and second place. Second was a much closer affair, with Dave McBryan squeaking past Kevin Jones by a single point. Mark Henry (aided by near infinite horse racing knowledge) finished a few ahead of me, in fourth.

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Upcoming quiz plans

March 7, 2014 in IQO, Quizzes

identify-the-flagsHi all. I’m afraid my life outside quizzing is still affecting my ability to (find the time to) post articles here on the site.

However, I am still managing to find the time to attend the odd quiz. Things would really be bad if I couldn’t do that.

In fact I have a few events coming up in the next few days. Tonight I will take part in a table quiz in aid of the IHCPT, a children’s charity, which is being held in the Dalton Inn in Claremorris. It’s down for 8pm so come on in too if you’re about.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the the IQO host their first big event of 2014. The 2014 Irish Open will take place in The Addison Lodge, Dublin. A full day of quizzing, featuring team, individual and social quizzes, it is open to all and all are welcome. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/232690113582313/.

I’m afraid the Movies Quiz, previously announced for next Monday night in The King’s Head in Galway has been postponed. The next big quiz in the Galway venue will be the third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz, which will take place on the night of the Easter Monday public holiday. I better get preparing.

As it happens, I will be hosting a quiz next week. On Friday next, I’ll be asking the questions at a quiz in aid of the primary school I attended in my youth. That should be fun!

Right, now for a few questions to keep you interested. I was at a quiz (for the school attended by my daughter) on Wednesday night. I just turned up on my own and was recruited by a team of three ladies who had a spare seat at their table.
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Galway knowledge answers

February 26, 2014 in Quizzes

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Rightyo, here are the answers to the questions I posted as part of the post General and Galway knowledge last week.

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General and Galway knowledge quiz

February 20, 2014 in Quizzes

Where did this come from?

Where did this come from?

My first turn in a quiz hotseat in 2014 took place last night in the King’s Head in Galway.

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.

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Getting back to quizzing

February 18, 2014 in Quizzes

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January was quite the month, what with the documentary and an ensuing newspaper article, both detailing my involvement 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!

Upcoming charity quiz hosted by the IQO

February 7, 2014 in Culture, Quizzes

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