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Pressure, what pressure?

October 4, 2013 in IQO, Quizzes

OktobertestThe final Irish Quiz Organisation ranking event (of 2013) takes place this Saturday in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Oktobertest, so named as we are linking with our German equivalent to offer Irish quizzers the chance to take part in the 2013 German Open, which is taking place on that day. Don’t worry, the questions will be in English! It’s happening in the Clonamore House Hotel and the quizzing starts at 11am.

For yours truly, the heat is on. The top four ranked quizzers qualify to represent Ireland in the Nations Cup at the European Quizzing Championships, which take place this year in Liverpool at the start of November. As of last month, I have slipped out of this hallowed grouping, and currently reside at fifth in the table.

Here are the top eight, as things currently stand (with ranking points included):

  1. Lorcan Duff, 105.9
  2. David Lea, 104.4
  3. Dave McBryan, 95.7
  4. Padraic Fanning, 95.2
  5. John Nolan, 94.3
  6. Kevin Jones, 92.8
  7. John Hayes, 90.1
  8. Mark Henry, 86.4

Obviously, the top two are safe. Mathematically so, as there are only 100 points available to the best finisher at this weekend’s event. For the rest of us though, two places are still up for grabs.
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Quick report on the September GP

September 9, 2013 in IQO

As Chairperson, I got to present Lorcan Duff with his prize for winning the individual quiz.

As Chairperson, I got to present Lorcan Duff with his prize for winning the individual quiz.

A great day was had by all at the IQO‘s September Grand Prix (including the British Quiz Championships) on Saturday.

This was our first link-up with the British Quizzing Association and (the quiz) proved quite a challenge.  The quiz itself is akin to a slightly smaller version of the World Quizzing Championship that takes place each June.  It features two papers, each of which contains three categories.  As I outlined a week or so back, they are Art & Culture, Civilisation, Entertainment, Lifestyle, Physical World and Sport/Games.  Your top five scores are counted with your lowest number being dropped.

Personally, I was a model of consistency, scoring 48 in the first half and 49 in the second.  Thus my gross score was 97 but, following the removal of my lowest (14), the net score that counted was 83.  This was good enough for joint-fourth behind Lorcan Duff, James Andrews and Kevin Jones.  No shame in that at all, I think.  Congrats to all.

Lifestyle seems to be a particular strength for the Irish quizzers as David Lea (quizzing at the UK event) won gold in the category whilst Dan O’Malley, with us in Dublin, won the silver.  Well done men!  You can view the full rankings on the BQA site.

I finished level with the form man of Irish quizzing at the moment, Derek Cray, whose push for a place on the A team for the Europeans may have started just too late.  At this rate though, I predict he willl be a dark horse for the singles in Liverpool.

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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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Ready, set, go!

September 12, 2012 in Grand Prix

It’s nice when I don’t have to put any effort into writing a blog post.  It doesn’t happen too often but today is one such occasion.  Here are the words posted by Irish Quiz Organisation Competitions Officer Paddy Duffy on the IQO Facebook page this morning:

It is my great pleasure to announce that the first inaugural Irish Quiz Grand Prix event is ready to go! On the 29th September we’ll be hosting the Ulster GP in the Clarendon Bar in the heart of Derry City, registration from 11:30am until about 6pm. There’ll be individual events, a groundbreaking knockout-style teams event and even a band on in the adjoining bar afterwards. Registration is £10/€12 and a lunch menu the size of Montana is included. If you’re interested, get thee to competitions@tablequiz.net and put your name down!

Well, you heard what the man said!

Post-Olympics good news glow

August 14, 2012 in Housekeeping, Interactive

Welcome back all. Or rather, welcome back to myself, as I’ve returned from my holidays on the lovely Iveragh Peninsula.  And it was lovely, the weather was fine.  Alas, the tv reception wasn’t so good so I missed a lot of the Olympics.  Still, that gave me the excuse to actually go outside and enjoy the scenery.

I’ve returned to a couple of pieces of good news. Firstly, this site right here has been long-listed for the 2012 Irish Blog Awards!  Thanks so much to all of you who took the time to send in a nomination.

Secondly, we now have a date for the IQO‘s first provincial Quiz Grand Prix.  It will take place in The Clarendon Bar, Derry, on Saturday 29th September.  I’ll have more info for you on the event as they get decided on.  Right now, I can say that there will be singles and team quizzes and that all are welcome!  I’ll keep you all up-to-date here on the site over the next few weeks.

In other news, this year’s European Quizzing Championships will take place in Tartu, Estonia, from the 9th to 11th of November.  If you’d like to find out more about the event check out eqc2012.kilb.ee/index.php/en/.  Again, there’ll be more info here, as we get closer to the event.

Finally, in the wake of the brilliant 2012 Summer Olympics in London, I’ve created a little Olympics-themed quiz for you all to try out.  It’ll get your brains back into action as the Quizpocalypse comes to an end.  Roll on September! Click ‘Read the rest…’ to do the quiz.

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