April 8, 2015 in Quizzes
It’s been over a week since I posted the few questions from the quiz I wrote in aid of a local primary school, so you’ve had plenty of time to give them a go.
Hit the ‘Read more…’ to see how you got on.
Answers time. Hope these ones didn’t prove too challenging!
Before that, please pause for a moment and consider this tweet:
Irish Open Quiz 2015 takes place Saturday week, 21st March, in Dublin. Timetable for the day now up at https://t.co/YX3oWVgjhn
— Irish Quiz Org. (@irishquiz) March 13, 2015
That’s right, the IQO Irish Open is taking place this Saturday (March 21st). It’s the premier quiz event both created and run by the IQO. It takes place at ‘HQ’, the Addison Lodge in Dublin, and I will be there. Come on in and we can have a chat… and a quiz!
Now, on to those 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.
March 12, 2014 in Quizzes
Rightyo, 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.
December 23, 2013 in Quizzes
Before I toddle off into quiz obscurity for the next two weeks, I have a few notices to announce.
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.
November 26, 2013 in Quizzes
With respect to yesterday morning’s post, I must admit I wrote it in a bit of a rush. This was probably quite obvious as I (a) never told you whether we won the playoff and (b) forgot to add the footnotes to the bottom of the post. Apologies all.
Last things first, I can reveal that we did indeed win! We got five of the six correct, beating our opponents by one. I’ll outline the answers (and tell you which one we missed) before the end of the post.
Oh yes, I also need to tell you all about the ‘guess’.
Firstly, let’s be honest no-one at a quiz ever really guesses. By which I mean the let’s-just-pick-a-random-name-and-hope guess – what I’d call a pure guess. I suppose you might make that kind of guess in a situation where you genuinely haven’t a clue of where to even begin with an answer and reckon ‘there’s no point putting up a blank answer’. However, one of these guesses coming in and getting you a point is the equivalent of picking a winning lottery number. Very, very rare!
Most of the time we make educated guesses, with the level of education on the given issue varying wildly. I think it was in the World Quizzing Championship this year that, when asked to name a specific Korean film director, I wrote down “Park”. I haven’t a clue about Korean film directors but I do know that Park is a very common Korean surname. Whaddya know – it was the correct answer!
Last Friday night, we had a guess which involved probably the smallest amount of education possible. We were asked:
If Clancy, Holden and Dunphy are three of The High Kings, who is the fourth?