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On top of the Hill: answers

November 24, 2015 in Quizzes

redhills-attendanceHere are the answers to the questions we missed in Cavan on the Sunday-before-last.

First, let’s talk about the question I described as the “greatest fluke ever”. It was “Who wrote ‘The Boy at the Top of the Mountain’?”

None of us had ever heard of it. It wasn’t even ringing the tiniest of bells. No bells in fact. There was silence on the bell front.

Not surprisingly, we all hated the thought of handing in a blank answer so, from what I recall was a piece of desperation, Kevin suggested “Maybe it’s by the guy who wrote ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’…”

Still no recognition from anyone. One of us joked, “Yeah, it does start with ‘The Boy…’. Maybe that’s his thing?”

Anyway, since I did know who that author was, I wrote down his name: John Boyne. Correct-a-mundo!
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Answer from Delighted with a fifth place

September 7, 2015 in Quizzes


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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Primary school quiz answers

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.

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Back to work answers

March 16, 2015 in IQO, Quizzes

Answers time.  Hope these ones didn’t prove too challenging!

Before that, please pause for a moment and consider this tweet:

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…

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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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(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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Galway knowledge answers

February 26, 2014 in Quizzes


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

Click the link to see ’em…

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Some Christmas answers

December 23, 2013 in Quizzes

santa_jesusHo ho ho. Happy Christmas week to you all!

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:

Finally, click the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers to the Christmas questions I posted last week.
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