If only I had read the full title...
I have been very busy this past week and unable to come to the blog. However, this does mean that today I have a bumper, two-for-one blog for you.
Starting last Thursday, I’ve quizzed twice in the past week and, I’m happy to say, ended up on the winning team both times. The first of those was in The Loft Bar, in Ballina. Ger was the svengali behind this excursion, rounding up Pat and Mick, two of the regulars, at Gilligan’s the previous Tuesday night. Once there, we performed like a wonder team – even more than the sum of our parts – and won out by four points. It’s not often you get to score over 100 points in an Irish quiz so our 107/115 was something to savour. That said, the runners-up must have felt hard done by – they scored 103!
This quiz, which was in aid of Croí, featured three handouts, only one of which was a picture round. The other two were quite clever: Famous slogans and Anagrams of Irish towns. I’ve included them both below. One the whole the quiz was very well organised. We did suffer at the hand of some very pedantic marking though when we weren’t awarded the point for identifying Joe Frazier’s nickname correctly. What we wrote down: Smokin’. What they wanted: Smokin’ Joe. Even a trip to the correctors’ table by one of the guys didn’t result in any flexibility. Ah well, luckily it didn’t matter.
I hadn’t been to Gilligan’s on that previous Tuesday. My head needed some time to recover from Bruges. By all accounts it was a dramatic night with Ger’s team eventually winning on the sixth, sudden-death, playoff question. This Tuesday night my team-mates Mick (the same man as above) and Aidan ensured that the crowd would have no such drama – we scored 92/100 and won by three.
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