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Major quizzing before Christmas

November 25, 2014 in Quizzes

Sorry everyone, I’m still not back in the swing of blogging. However, I do want to keep you all connected with the major events of the Irish Quiz Organisation’s calendar.

Our next event is a biggie.  We’re hosting a satellite event of the British Open.  It will take place on Saturday, December 6th, in the Addison Lodge, Dublin.  For more info, please visit quizireland.ie.

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The day will also feature a social quiz, featuring ad-hoc teams made up on the day, with questions set by a very special quizmaster – namely me.  🙂

(Formerly) upcoming quiz answers

March 12, 2014 in Quizzes

2014 Irish OpenRightyo, this post will include the answers to the questions I posted last Friday. Before we get to them though, I will report on some quizzing I’ve done in the interim.

I’ve been to two quizzes since and I hope you’ll forgive me but I’m going to step out of order to cover them.  The more recent of the two took place in Dublin on Saturday last. The first Irish Quiz Open was held in the IQO‘s home venue, the Addison Lodge. In truth this was a continuation of our first such Open, which took place in March 2013. However, that inaugural event was called the ‘Dublin Open’. We’re aiming higher than that now…

Three of our members Derek Cray, John Groarke and Colm O’Sullivan took charge of preparing the question set for the main event, the individual Open, and I think they did a great job. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home my question paper when the day was done so I can’t pick you out a few choice examples of their work. I’ll see if I can sort that out in a later post.

The individual quiz was ran over two halves, each featuring three sections, each containing 40 questions. We didn’t do a discard section, so all six counted. I was happy with my own performance, averaging in the high 20s (from 40, remember) in each section. When the scores were totted up, I had finished fifth, one lower than last year but bang on my Irish ranking. I was happy with that.

At the top of the board, Lorcan Duff had some daylight between his score and second place. Second was a much closer affair, with Dave McBryan squeaking past Kevin Jones by a single point. Mark Henry (aided by near infinite horse racing knowledge) finished a few ahead of me, in fourth.

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Getting back to quizzing

February 18, 2014 in Quizzes

LatinQuarterQuiz

January was quite the month, what with the documentary and an ensuing newspaper article, both detailing my involvement in quizzes.

Since then, alas, I haven’t had much time to think about quizzes as my mother became seriously ill a few weeks back. She’s still in hospital but is recovering, I’m glad to report.

Before that, I had agreed to once again become the quizmaster for a series of quizzes in The King’s Head bar in Galway. Now that mum is on the mend, I will be able to follow through and that commitment and host as planned. Which is a good job, as the first one is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Here is the upcoming calendar of quizzes, hosted by yours truly:

  • February 19th: Galway Latin Quarter Quiz (“GK”: both general and Galway knowledge)
  • March 10th: Oscars 2014 Movie Quiz
  • April 21st: Third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz
  • May 19th: World Cup Finals Quiz

Don’t forget either the two IQO-run quiz events which are scheduled for the next few weeks. This Friday the IQO teams up with SVP for a charity quiz and, on March 8th, the second annual Irish Quizzing Open will take place. Both of these events will take place in the ‘Wembley’ of Irish quizzing, the Addison Lodge in Dublin.

Thankfully the rest of the group have taken care of all the organising for these events which means a double win for me as I’ll get to take part in both of them. Thanks folks!

Start your engines

August 19, 2013 in Quizzes

Dutch_Grand_PrixAs the school Summer holidays come to an end, the world of quizzing starts to gear up.

The IQO is just as much a part of this increase in quizzing activity. It will host two Grand Prix events over the coming months, one each in September and October.

On September 7th, what is fast becoming the IQO’s base in Dublin, the Addison Lodge will be the venue for the first of these. In conjunction with the British Quiz Association, this event will see attendees taking part in this year’s British Quizzing Championship. That’s right, you’ll be going up against some of the best in the business in their own championship!

So what will it involve? It’s a two-part paper, just like the World Quiz Championships. Here’s the skinny from the BQA:

The first part is Art & Culture (“think WQC ‘Culture’ and ‘History’ together”), Civilisation (“think WQC ‘World’ with politics and business”), Entertainment (“includes what’s in ‘Media’ in WQC”). The second paper features Lifestyle, Physical World (“sciences, including nature and physical geography”), and Sport/Games.

The day will also feature this month’s Hot 100 World Rankings quiz. For more info on that, please visit www.worldquizrankings.com.

It’s open to all and starts with registration in the venue at 10.30am. Paper 1 will begin at 11 am.
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A mixed bag: WQC 2013 and me

June 3, 2013 in Quizzes

Last Saturday saw a selection of top quizzers from Ireland, the UK and even Germany converge on the Addison Lodge, Glasnevin, for the Irish heat of the 2013 World Quizzing Championships.  For yours truly it was a day of highs and lows.

Starting with the lows, I put in a very poor performance in the day’s main event.  At half-time, I wasn’t feeling too bad.  My scores in the morning’s four categories were: 9, 21, 14 and 17.  Indeed, I was quite proud of that 21 (in History) as it’s only the second time I’ve gotten over 20 in the three years I’ve been taking part in the WQC!  The 9 was a bit of a ‘mare but we do get to discard one score at the end of the day so I was hopeful that I’d be saying “bye bye” to the Culture round.

It wasn’t to be, I’m afraid.  After lunch I scored 11, 9, 8, 11.  Yeah an 8.  In Sport/Games! Terrible, just terrible.  I dunno what happened.  It may have been something to do with the frankly massive lunch I ate but my brain just wasn’t sparking.  For example, one of the questions asked about the Jamaican sprinter who finished second in both the 100m and 200m at the 2012 Olympic Games.  I knew who that was.  I knew what he looked like.  I couldn’t produce his name.  That’s just not normal for me.

So, obviously that first round 9 did have to count – and it had another for company.  In the end, I scored 92 points, a significant drop from the 114 I got last year.

I can’t claim the quiz was that much harder either.  This time last year, I was second at the Irish heat, six points behind Lorcan Duff.  This year, Lorcan improved his score by 11 points, finishing on a fantastic 131.  This saw him finish as the highest-ranked Irish competitor and second overall.  Our winner on the day though was Mark Grant, an Australian representing Wales, who finished on a frankly astonishing 156!  Yes, he is that good!  As of this morning, that score sees Mark ranked joint-sixth in the World overall which is a terrific achievement also.

At the very top, Irishman Pat Gibson (quizzing for England) scored 172 and looks set to regain the title he last held in 2011.  Way to go Pat!

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World Quizzing Championship: this Saturday

May 27, 2013 in Grand Prix, Quizzes

Dublin Marked on MapSaturday next, June 1st, is the date for this year’s World Quizzing Championships.  This event takes place in 36 countries during the course of the day, with the results in the many venues being sent back to the International Quizzing Association for collation.  The new world champion will then be announced in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following last year’s successful Athlone event, the IQO will once again host a World Championship heat here in Ireland.

A full day of quizzing will take place in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Dublin. Here is the timetable for the day’s events:

11:00-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:30 World Championship Paper 1
12:30-13:00 Correcting Paper 1
13:00-13:45 Break for lunch
13:45-14:45 World Championship Paper 2
14:45-15:15 Correction Paper 2
15:30-17:00 Fun social team quiz (questions by yours truly)

These events will then be followed by the AGM of Irish Quiz Organisation and some informal team v team quizzing.

It promises to be a great day and all are welcome!  Admission for the full day is just €10.  If you’d like to take part, you can register in advance via this page: wqc2013.eventbrite.ie.  That’s not compulsory though; you can simply pay on the day should you choose.

I hope to see you all there!

Well that was a lot of fun

March 4, 2013 in Grand Prix, IQO, Quizzes

dublin-trophy-smThe first Dublin Quiz Open (indeed the first event of its kind in Ireland) took place on Saturday last in Glasnevin. I’m delighted to say that the day exceeded all expectations – both for myself and, I dare say, the organisers.

In total 38 quizzers turned up to The Addison Lodge, the day’s venue and there they got to take part in three different quizzes, spread over six hours. The organisers had done a terrific job of covering all the bases: the stage featured a projector and amplifier, there were trophies to be won and there were several tins of assorted biscuits (aka ‘brain food’) being passed around. It was all pretty sweet!

First up was the International Hot-100, the entry period for this month being open until tonight, if anyone who didn’t make it on Saturday still wants to take part. Anyway, for reasons outlined in the previous sentence, I won’t make any comment on the questions asked etc. Until tomorrow comes, it simply wouldn’t be fair.

The team quiz was the second event of the day. If numbers had been low, the plan was to run this as a pairs event. Thankfully, there was no need for that. What was needed though was a random draw to allocate teams for the many people who came without one (myself being one of these people). The draw put me in a three-man team, with two Dublin quizzers, Michael Connolly and Gary Stephens. Stuck for a team name (what’s new?), we plumped for the two items which had been left on our table in the interval following the Hot-100: Bic Biros and Biscuits.

Throughout the opening rounds we were a model of consistency, never scoring less than 7, never scoring more than 8. When the quiz paused after round #3 for lunch, we were in third place, 3 points off the lead.
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Dublin Quiz Open 2013

February 26, 2013 in Grand Prix, IQO

spire-questionReminder: The inaugural Dublin Quiz Open takes place on Saturday in The Addison Lodge, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

This is the first of the Irish Quiz Organisation‘s quarterly quiz opens, which will take place in various venues throughout the country, and will feed in to selection for the Irish team for the European Quizzing Championships next November in Liverpool.  The event is, as hopefully the name indicates, open to all and costs just €5 to enter.  The day will feature a morning of inidividual quizzing (including the international Hot-100!) and an afternoon of team quizzing.

Don’t feel as if you need to bring a team with you for the afternoon’s event, by the way.  Teams can (and no doubt will) be created on the day!

The event kicks off at 11am and will go until around 5pm. If you’d like to find out more, please visit the event’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418380344916922/

I’m going myself.  Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there too.

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