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Answer from Delighted with a fifth place

September 7, 2015 in Quizzes

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Meet Sophie Tucker

Here are the answers to the post I put up way back last week sometime.

Thanks to my dad, my aunt Louise and my cousin Michelle for making it such an enjoyable 80% of a quiz.  If only we’d been there for (crazy idea!) the start of round one…

Weren’t the dingbats quite difficult? When you do a lot of quizzes, you tend to see this type of round a lot and, as with cryptic crosswords, you learn how to do them. In this case though, we struggled badly and, if I recall, only scored 4/10. I met a man ‘up the town’ a day or two later who’d also done the quiz. The dingbats were the first thing he wanted to talk about. “We were sure we had four,” he said. “Turned out we only got one of them.”

Also, can’t say I’d ever heard of Sophie Tucker. Even when the answer was announced, I was none the wiser. It’s an answer I’ll remember for ever more though!

We did much better in the cars and cities round, scoring 9/10 in both. Car 7 and city 8 got us – even though we tried several cities with that particlar ending!

Answers after the click…

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Quizzing in Englisch (part 2)

March 29, 2013 in Quizzes

now-1998-cropIt’s time for part 2 of my report on the quiz we took part in while on holiday in Berlin earlier this week.

Just to reiterate a point I made in yesterday’s post, I was absolutely appalled by the smokey atmosphere in the pub. It was rotten.  On the night it was horrible and, for the rest of out holiday, myself and Mrs TQ quarantined the clothes we were wearing that night.  Honestly, it’s one law I’m delighted we have here in Ireland and, I think, once one gets used to smoke-free pubs (and, more appropriately for this blog, smoke-free quizzes) one can never go back.

Ok, that rant over!  Please click on the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers to the questions posed yesterday and to hear the music round: The hits of 1998.

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Quizzing in Englisch

March 28, 2013 in Quizzes

The man who might be Dave

Quizmaster: The man who might be Dave

Table quizzes are all about knowledge, team-work and team formation.  Knowledge is an obvious need, team-work (the chemistry between you) makes sense to anyone but team formation?

Well, here’s an example of how not to do it.  Last Friday night myself, Ger and two of our friends, Andrew and Adrian, met up for a quiz in Knock.  You’d think we’d have done well – we all know a thing or two.  Unfortunately we all seemed to know the same things – or, more aptly, didn’t know the same things.  Things such as the music of Taylor Swift, where Galley Head can be found and what the largest ingredient in a bottle of Coca-Cola is.  Ok, that last one definitely wasn’t our fault – how do they not think water is part of the recipe?!  But the others, and more like them, definitely were.  Whilst we were one off the lead at half-time, we dropped away completely after the break and ended up in fifth.

For the first few days of this week, myself and Mrs TQ were in Berlin, for a short break. I had forewarned my acquaintance Sebastian Klussmann from the German Quizzing Association and, sure enough, he found a quiz (in English!) for us to try our hand at.  He even brought along Chris, a friend of his who originally hails from Birmingham.

The quiz took place in a pub called ‘Das Gift’.  Now, don’t be fooled (as I was).  Gift is this case is not a loan word.  In fact it’s the German word for poison.  Once inside, I found the pub to be appropriately named.  Seb told me that smoking has been banned in bars in Berlin for several years now but I could hardly see him when he told me that, such was the thickness of the tobacco smoke in the air between us. 🙁  Apparently, in that Hipster part of Berlin, the law is, to quote the bard, “more honour’d in the breach than the observance”.

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