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Friday Fun Time

April 12, 2013 in Quizzes

mallets_malletGood day to you all.  Here follows a real hotchpotch of a post.

It includes:

Right, so starting at the end (naturally), the IQO now has a web page and a new initiative.  Each Friday, the IQO site ( will host five tricky, tricky questions to test you all.  Scouts’ honour you can’t use google.  Anyone can take part and can do so by simply emailing their name and answers to

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Dingbats answered

July 16, 2012 in Culture, Quizzes

Wombat: not a dingbat

So, yeah, I was quizzing on Friday night last and I do intend to post an article about it within the next few hours.

However, I don’t want to leave you all hanging on, waiting for the answers to those difficult dingbats I posted at the start of the weekend so that’s what this post is about.

Some of them were quite difficult, although I think that was more to do with the fact that the idiom or saying involved, in my opinion, wasn’t an idiom at all.

From what I can remember, myself and my ad-hoc partner Larry scored around 24/30 and were declared the winners. “Go team!”, as we probably should have said.

So, click on the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers.

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July answers (plus Dingbats in the wild)

July 13, 2012 in Quizzes

The answers to picture round included in Wednesday’s post, Quizzing in July, are included at the end of this post.  Before we get to them though, let me just tell you how I encountered some dingbats in the wild last month.

One Saturday in June I did a coaching course for the sport which takes up most of my non-quizzing time, Handball.  The first task given to us by the course facillitator was the following selection of dingbats.  The group was paired off so the intention was for it to be a getting-to-know-you exercise, I presume.  Give them a go! I’ll post the answers tomorrow.

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Do you know Jack’s answers?

March 21, 2012 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions and picture rounds posted in Do you know jack? the other day.

Often, a winning team is faced with a dilemma with their winnings, if those winnings are cash.  Thankfully, this wasn’t a problem for ourselves on Friday last as we got a (non-Christmassy) hamper featuring bottles of whiskey, yummy Kettle Chips and Easter Eggs.  It genuinely was a hamper as it came in a nice wicker basket and, obviously enough, featured four of each item thus preventing any arguments breaking out over the Easter Eggs. :-)

Click the link to see the answers. By-the-by, how did you do with that tricky final one? We thought the answer was obvious but, judging by the reaction in the room, that wasn’t the case at all tables.

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Do you know jack?

March 19, 2012 in Quizzes

Strangely, with all the quizzing that goes up and down this land, it’s rare that a quiz establishes itself sufficiently that it becomes an annual event.  The Claremorris AFC sports quiz is one such contest but they’re quite rare.

So it was cool that, last Friday night, Ger and myself entered the Ballyhaunis Town FC quiz in The Hazel bar as the defending champions.  12 months ago we’d had a very good night in the company of my father and father-in-law.  Not only did we win the quiz, but we also won most of the raffle prizes!

This year, the quiz veterans were both otherwise engaged so we had to call upon two chaps of our own vintage: Kevin and Adrian. Our team turned out to be, erm, a bit better than everyone else in the room and we ended up winning by just 14 points.  eek! :-)  We finished on 92/100 and no-one else broke 80.

We only won a bottle of wine in the raffle though…

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Deep in the rough: answers

September 27, 2011 in Quizzes

Righto.  Here are the answers to the questions posed in the Deep in the rough article on Saturday.

As I said in that post, I hate using superlatives.  However, as well as having possibly the worst quality photocopying for the picture round, this quiz also featured the definitively dearest raffle I’ve seen at a table quiz. The going rate for the past number of years (around here anyway) is €2 for a “line”, with three of them offered for €5.  Here, €5 got you one line of tickets.  Of course, these days, the lines are put into the bucket whole, so this is really one ticket.

Buying multiple lines of tickets seems preferable, normally, for two reasons: it increases your sense of having a chance (you have three tickets in the hat, after all) and it means that, should you win something early, you could still win again. :-)

Not so on this night in Ballinlough where the usual three lines would have cost you €15!

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Deep in the rough

September 24, 2011 in Quizzes

Last year I took part in a very enjoyable quiz at Ballyhaunis Golf Club so I was quite excited to hear that the same club were hosting another event this year.  Confusingly though, it was taking place in Ballinlough – which is a completely different town, in case the different names didn’t already make that clear. :-)

Things started going wrong, however, when Ger arrived with too many team-mates!  There’d been a bit of a miscommunication earlier in the week when I took the heretofore unheard-of step of sourcing potential quizzers for our table.  We actually had seven people mooted for the team at one point and I stated that, if we had one more, we could have two tables.  However, we went our separate ways then and, while I informed folks that we wouldn’t need their services, Ger went off and found that “extra” team-mate!

So we had five people. I got on the phone and called in my father-in-law, who I knew was keen to take part. He arrived and we let the organisers know that we’d be hoping to find two other folks to make up a team.  Fairly promptly we were sorted out. Joe and Rita, a nice couple from ‘out the road’ had come in to the quiz on the off-chance that they could get on a team. As Ger had brought a car-load of family members, he stuck with them and myself and the father-in-law teamed up with the locals.

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A night in the Park: answers

April 27, 2011 in Quizzes

Who's the boss in French politics? François Fillon or Alain Juppé.

Here are the answers for the questions posted yesterday.  As I explained, some questions had several answers before we got to the right one.  In one case, alas, the correct answer was never found, leaving those of us who had submitted it at a disadvantage.

The second question of the night was: “Who is the Prime Minister of France?”. This was quite a hard one for so early in the quiz, I thought.  Well, it turned out to be a mistake as the answer given was Nikolas Sarkozy. I doubt I need to tell you that M. Sarkozy is the President of France and, as a matter of fact, has never served as Prime Minister.  The disagreement expressed by the contestants led the quiz master into a hasty retreat.  Literally – he walked back to the correcting table!

After a brief discussion he came back to the mic and announced that the answer was actually Alain Juppé and the three teams in the room who’d answered thus would be getting a point.  This surprised Ger on our team who, after much mental effort during the round, had come up with the name François Fillon.  However, he wasn’t 100% sure about it and, presuming that the correct answer had actually been frantically looked up, let it pass.

The following morning he went to the trouble of finding out and, sure enough, M. Fillon is the Prime Minister of France.  Alain Juppé was Prime Minister once – between 1995 and 1997! That said, he is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Perhaps, not having the ability to look up the answer, the correctors simply totted up which one (other than Sarkozy!) was given by most teams and presumed that was right?

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