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Answer from Delighted with a fifth place

September 7, 2015 in Quizzes

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Meet Sophie Tucker

Here are the answers to the post I put up way back last week sometime.

Thanks to my dad, my aunt Louise and my cousin Michelle for making it such an enjoyable 80% of a quiz.  If only we’d been there for (crazy idea!) the start of round one…

Weren’t the dingbats quite difficult? When you do a lot of quizzes, you tend to see this type of round a lot and, as with cryptic crosswords, you learn how to do them. In this case though, we struggled badly and, if I recall, only scored 4/10. I met a man ‘up the town’ a day or two later who’d also done the quiz. The dingbats were the first thing he wanted to talk about. “We were sure we had four,” he said. “Turned out we only got one of them.”

Also, can’t say I’d ever heard of Sophie Tucker. Even when the answer was announced, I was none the wiser. It’s an answer I’ll remember for ever more though!

We did much better in the cars and cities round, scoring 9/10 in both. Car 7 and city 8 got us – even though we tried several cities with that particlar ending!

Answers after the click…

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How to be delighted with a fifth place finish

August 28, 2015 in Quizzes

fifth-placeThis site is almost dormant, I know.  However, this state of blogging hibernation isn’t due to me failing to transcribe quizzes and turn them in to articles.  No, I haven’t been selfishly holding on to quiz info and experiences and not sharing them with you.

Instead, I must admit, the blog is a faithful representation of the amount of quizzes I have done in the last year.  To summarise: not very many.

I was roused out of my quizzing apathy last weekend by my father, who had noticed that the golf club of which he is a member was going to be a venue for a charity table quiz on Saturday night.  “Sure, you say you’ll come along and I’ll have no trouble finding some others,” he assured me.  In the end, at about 8.30pm on Saturday night, we ‘volunteered’ his visiting sister Louise and her daughter, my cousin Michelle.

Anyway, off we headed for the golf club.  The quiz was down for 9.30pm but himself was certain that ‘Irish time’ would be in play and that our arrival time, 9.50, would be “grand”.   Cue us arriving in to the club bar, to hear the quizmistress recapping the questions from round two.  Doh!

Since we’d come this far (and the quiz was for charity) we decided unanimously to stay and take part regardless.

Thus, you can now see where the post title comes from.  We had a great quiz, finishing on 60/80.  It was good enough for fifth place!  Prior to the last round, we even got a shoutout from the quizmistress who’d noticed that, despite completing two less rounds than everyone else, we were by then in joint-fourth.  Alas, our form slightly deserted us in that last round, and we scored just 6/10.

Still, it wasn’t anywhere near being disappointing enough to take the happy feeling away from our group of Nolans.  For the record, the winning table scored 74/100.

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To quiz or not to quiz answers … and more

April 3, 2012 in Housekeeping, Quizzes

Firstly, I must say thank you to Evelyn for her report on last Friday night’s quiz. I still cling on to a hope that some day she’ll see the light regarding quizzing… 😉

After the break, you can see the answers to the picture rounds she included in her post, To quiz or not to quiz.

In other news:

  1. I am the host at Gilligan’s Tuesday night quiz this evening. Please feel free to come on in if you’re in the neighbourhood (of Claremorris). Admission, as always, is €3 per person.
  2. Following a great win by Team B last Thursday night, the first series of After the Fact has gone in to extra-time. The (definitively) final showdown takes place this Thursday as Andrew and Marcella take each other on without the assistance of team-mates. You can listen in on Claremorris Community Radio at 7pm on Thursday night or prepare yourself by listening to our previous shows.
  3. Think you know your food? I’m hosting Galway’s first ever Foodie Quiz on Monday night in The King’s Head bar, on High Street. Tables of four are just €20 and this includes a bottle of wine! If you’d like to enter a team, please email john@tablequiz.net.

Right, on to those answers…

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To Quiz or Not to Quiz…

March 31, 2012 in Quizzes

Let me begin with a confession. I do not quiz. My multitude of university qualifications suggest that I am really quite smart but all it takes is half an hour of quizzing and you’ll find me huddled in the corner, rocking back and forth, drooling. Quizzes make me feel stupid. Very stupid!

But last night I broke my no-quizzing rule and headed to Paddy Phillip’s bar in Ballyhaunis for a table quiz run by the local golf club. Accompanied by three of my best girly mates – two of whom actually like quizzing – we didn’t entirely shame ourselves, coming joint sixth out of twelve teams. By all accounts it was a tough quiz, the winners achieving just 74 points out of 100. Our meagre 57 points weren’t completely dismal however – third place were only three ahead of us on 60!

Meanwhile John was at home rocking back and forth in the corner, trying to deal with missing a quiz he’d like to have attended so that his wife could go to a quiz she made it clear she was, at best, ambivalent about attending. Apologies John. I’ll babysit next time. And the time after that. And the time after that. Well, you get the picture!

Anyway, you can check out a couple of the rounds below and hopefully you’ll be spared my comedy cringe moment from last night: about four minutes after announcing to my team-mates that I hoped there’d be a dingbats round (implying that here at last my quizzing strengths might come to the fore), a dingbats round appeared! So far so sitcom moment. Then I tried doing them (see below). And let’s just say I didn’t cover myself in glory!

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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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Golf quiz: answers

November 1, 2010 in Quizzes

Yesterday turned out to be a bit busier than I expected so, finally, here are the answers to the questions I posted on Saturday.

Well done to Chris Keane, the lady who put this quiz together.

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Golf quiz: Right on target

October 30, 2010 in Quizzes

Whenever I host a quiz, I like to give the clientele a little something extra.  Anyone can write 100 (or 60) questions but can you create a quiz that folks will remember in the months and years ahead?

So it was a pleasant surprise to find that last night’s quiz at the Ballyhaunis Golf Club was a real diamond in the rough (pun pun).  It was a small quiz, in terms of entry, with just nine tables taking part, but the production quality on show was first class.

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