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Table Quizzin’ in the USA…nswers

February 21, 2011 in Culture, Quizzes

I’d like to thank Kevin Dillon for that great article on his experiences quizzing in Washington, DC.  Let’s hope his team have a good run in the upcoming eight-week tournament.  We’ll keep you up-to-date here on his progress.

While his post didn’t include a slew of questions, I think you’ll agree that they were quite hard.  No shame in missing them, at all.  For my own part, I only knew (i.e. guessed) the answer to one of them, #1.

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Table Quizzin’ in the USA

February 18, 2011 in Culture

Here’s a guest blog from Kevin Dillon, an Irishman living in the USA, who emailed this week.

Last September I fled, for a while, from the harsh economic winds assailing Ireland, to Washington DC where I was quick to find the tradition of table quizzes (referred to as Trivia Night or Pub Quiz over here) alive and well in Irish pubs across the District.

However, there are some notable differences in quizzes on the American side of the pond. They tend to be shorter. Our regular haunt in James Hoban’s, DuPont Circle, on a Wednesday night is only 30 questions spread over four rounds with double points in the last two rounds. Insert American attention span joke here. The first two rounds cover general knowledge, the third round is music where you listen to a piece and answer the song and the band while the last round is film where a topic is chosen, such as Ridley Scott films, a quote read out and you have to answer what the movie is. I am quite enjoying this quiz although I would like an extra general knowledge round thrown in to lengthen it out just a bit.

This week’s quiz had some interesting general knowledge questions which we failed to get:

  1. What is the only country whose capital is an anagram of its former capital?
  2. Which band released the song Radio Active Man*? (Admittedly as young, hip professionals we should have got this)
  3. What Mr. Potato Head piece was removed in 1987?

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