At quite short notice we discovered that the monthly movie quiz in Kelly’s Bar, Galway, was going ahead last Monday. The people who run the quiz seem to put great stock in keeping in contact with their regulars. For example, we’re encouraged to put down a contact email for the team on our answer books. However, something definitely went wrong last weekend as the word didn’t get out until Monday afternoon that the quiz was going ahead. And that was on their Facebook wall which, thankfully, one of our number happened to check.
While I’m on the topic of communication, this quiz also fell foul of one of my personal bugbears. The score. To whit, what is it? How are we getting on? They announced the score on just two occasions: half-time and full-time. At half-time, two teams were way out in front (on 37 and 36 out of 40) and we were leading the peloton on 32. We continued as we had been, safe in the knowledge that surely we were too far behind to win and we’d hopefully hang on to third. Yet when the final scores were announced we’d come in second – two points ahead of third and just two points behind the winners. If only we’d known we were in the hunt!
They’re not the worst, mind you. Last Friday night I attended a quiz in Claremorris Golf Club where the score wasn’t called out for the entire night! My team finished on 84/100 and hadn’t a clue if that was a good, bad or indifferent score. We came fourth, if you’re interested, with the teams above us finishing on 86, 89 and 91 points.