February 26, 2014 in Quizzes
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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 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.
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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?
First, though, here are a few links I spotted over the weekend which might be of interest.
- BBC website: Can you learn to be a quiz genius?
- New York Times: An insight into the methods of a quiz show question writer…
- … Or, of course, you can read this article from right here, in 2011.
- Plain Vanilla Games launch QuizUp, “the biggest trivia game in the world”, with contributions by several of my IQO colleagues
- How did the Individual quiz at EQC 2013 affect the British Quiz Association’s rankings? Click here to find out
October 25, 2013 in Quizzes
Here are the answers to the questions I posted at the start of the week.
Just before I get to them though, I just want to let you know about a massive quiz I’ve just heard of. St. Brigid’s GAA Club will host what they are calling their “First International Sports Quiz” on November 29th in the Hodson Bay Hotel, just outside Athlone. Sports fans will surely be tempted as there is a massive prize fund in place: €6,000 in total!
That’s right, €3,000 for first prize, with second and third ‘only’ getting €2,000 and €1,000. On the flip side, you’d have to be confident about your level of knowledge. The entrance fee is an eye-watering €200 for a table of four.
There’s a bit more info in the quiz calendar. I’ll do a fuller report on this (given that it’s so close to me) when I find out more.
Update: Here is the entry form for the St Brigid’s Quiz. Closing date for entries, November 15th.
Now, on with the answers….
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October 11, 2013 in Quizzes
Here are the answers to the questions I posted earlier this week.
September 24, 2013 in Quizzes
I don’t actually know if my team-mates from last Wednesday evening managed to get their hands on those precious pieces of paper. I haven’t seen them since. If they did, at least they got to see the Mayo minor team win that championship for the first time in almost 30 years.
And it was a sunny day too, which was nice.