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December 3, 2012 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posed in the USA quiz post from the end of last week.

Well done to anyone who got all of them for you had a much tougher assignment than the teams in The King’s Head last week. On the night, each of the photos was shown on the big screen (as opposed to having a one-tenth share of an A4 page) and the year each of the musical tracks won its Grammy was also displayed as the song played.

Indeed, I was very lax in not including some extra information regarding question 5 in the sports picture round. It’s a photo of two NFL officials. What was I looking for, you probably wondered. What I actually asked in that case was: which of these officials is in charge?

Ok, with that out of the way, click on the more… to see the answers.

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The USA quiz

November 29, 2012 in Quizzes

Apologies to all who were waiting on my report from the USA quiz I hosted in The King’s Head, Galway, on Monday night last.  I’ve been very busy at work this week, I’m afraid.  This work has born fruit with the launch yesterday of the Claremorris Community Radio iPhone app, which you can download for free on the Apple App Store.  It’ll come in handy on Thursday nights for After the Fact. 🙂

Right, so back to last Monday.  Firstly, I was delighted with the large crowd who turned up.  The main floor of the bar was full – indeed several late-arriving tables had to move upstairs and look down on the stage from the balcony.  As an aside, it’s a bit strange to have quiz-goers looking down on you as you ask the questions…

Most of the crowd were actual American citizens.  Indeed the winning team were a family on holiday from Detroit, Michigan.  Naturally, it shouldn’t be too surprising that people from the country on which the quiz was based would win but it was a close run thing.  I did try to introduce a little randomness to the questions (more on that in a minute) and also added some clues to the questions to aid the Irish people in the room.

I was subject to some light-hearted heckling throughout the night about my pronunciations.  I don’t think I was that bad but one table in particular seemed to have appointed themselves the pronunciation police.  Such examples of heinous error on my part included called the capital of Montana “Heleena” (as opposed to “Hellena”), calling Holyoke as “holly-yoke” (and not “hole-yoke”) and calling the explosive springs in Yellowstone “geezers” (they said it should have been “guy-zers”).  For the last one, I finally decided to test THEM out and asked for a show of hands for the correct form.  It finished about 60/40 for their version but that hardly made me such a language criminal, did it!?

The quiz featured two picture rounds (one about cowboys and one about US sport) and two audio rounds (‘Songs involving America’ and Grammy record of the year winners).  I’ve included one of each after the jump for you to try.

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Spooky stuff: answers

November 2, 2012 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to various, multimedia questions I posted in my Spooky stuff post earlier in the week.

This will be my last regular post for the next two weeks as I will be focusing on the 2012 European Quizzing Championships, which are taking place in Estonia next weekend.

I’m heading along as part of the Irish team and I will be covering it extensively here on the blog. Reports, photos, podcasts – it’s going to be like the Olympics on the BBC last Summer. 😉

In the meantime, let’s get back to these answers.

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Spooky stuff

October 31, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Happy Hallowe’en everyone! On Monday night, I got in to the spirit of the season a few days early as I hosted a quiz all about this most frightening of festivals.

It was the second of the Autumnal series of quizzes in The King’s Head bar in Galway and a fun crowd turned up.  About half of them came in fancy dress which was lovely as it definitely added to the atmosphere.  The other tables, I’m reliably informed, “didn’t get the memo”. 🙂

There was also a contest for the best team name.  There were some strong, Halloween-based contenders for this title such as Hex Factor, The Tell-tale Fart, Brain Dead and, probably my favourite, Stephen King’s Head.  However, the winner was none of these.  It was also a name that had nothing to do with Halloween.  The winners, by acclamation during the half-time score announcement, were “We’re only here because we haven’t got a Saorview box.”

The questions did, however, have a Hallowe’en slant.  I’ve included a selection for you to try at the end of the post.  There’s also a picture round and an audio one too.  I hope you realise how spoiled you are. 😉

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Let’s go to Oslo: audio round

August 28, 2012 in Quizzes

Thanks to Sjef from The Oslo who replied to my request with details of the audio mashup used in last Friday night’s quiz.

It’s the work of a Norwegian dude called Frans Peter Bull Enger, who is also known by the much-handier moniker of Norwegian Recycling.  This brilliant creation of his is called ‘Miracles’.  Check it out and see how many you can name!  I think we got 10 of them.

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/jhnolan/norwegian-recycling-miracles[/soundcloud]

If you’re completely stumped, I’ve included the youtube video of the same piece after the ‘Read the rest…’  It makes things a bit clearer by including the correct snippets of music videos with the audio samples.

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Looking out for No. 1

February 7, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Here’s a quick post, just to publish the audio round from last Friday night’s Gorthaganny National School quiz.  As I said in my previous post, the theme was simple: each song features a number in its title. Teams had to identify the number in each case and enter it in to their swanky buzzer.

You can listen to the 10 tracks by clicking the ‘Read the rest….’ link.

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Don’t work… too hard: answers

October 22, 2011 in Quizzes

Some breaking news: the low scores earned by the teams on Monday night last mustn’t have deterred me, as I have agreed to be the quiz master once again, on Friday night next (October 28) in Warde’s Pub, Claremorris.  The quiz starts at 8.30pm and you’re all invited! See the calendar for more details.

Anyway, back to the post.  Here are the answers to the (quite difficult, I admit) questions posted in yesterday’s Don’t work… too hard.

I wrote a bit about the concept of ‘quiz knowledge’ yesterday.  To flesh this out a little more, my point is that all knowledge is (or should be) valid.  It’s just a case of a situation arising where the more (shall we say) ‘obscure’ bit of your knowledge become useful.  But… shouldn’t the probability of any particular question coming up be identical across all fields? *

It isn’t. I knew almost nothing in the Popular Culture round below but that has never really mattered before.  99% of the time, in Irish table quizzes, questions like these never, ever, come up.  Is that ‘right’?

Consider the flip side: you might know someone who would do very well in the round being discussed but, if you asked them, would tell you that they are “terrible” at table quizzes and never take part in them. Surely there’s a flaw here?

By which I mean: is there a flaw in the way most Irish table quizzes are created? Do question setters, perhaps, consider their potential crowd and then design a quiz to suit them more than to really test them? Probably not consciously but almost certainly.  To take it further, is there a vernacular in the Irish table quiz world? Could the spectrum of knowledge tested at table quizzes be considered a ‘specialist subject‘ in-and-of itself?

This is a disquieting notion.

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Don’t work… too hard

October 20, 2011 in Quizzes

Question: How do you know the quiz you’ve (partially) written was too hard?

Answer: When the winning table scores 49/100.

That’s right, just 49%. And there was a playoff.

The night before its students decided to abandon Rag Week, NUI Galway played host to yours truly on the microphone, calling out questions in the back room of the College Bar.  I created three of the rounds used on the night (one of which you can see below).  The others were created by the members of my regular team so it was a rare occasion in that all four of us were at the top table, with the others collecting and correcting at various times.

Knowledge, or what one could consider ‘useful (quiz) knowledge’, is subjective and differs from person to person.  Even with my own abilities, this quiz featured a round I would have scored 2/10 in.  Of course, I’ve also included that for you to have a go.

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