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Playing along at home

October 12, 2009 in Games, Quiz Show

PlayYourCardsRightAs you must now be aware, this blog primarily concerns itself with my experiences on the table quiz circuit. By now you also know that’s just as  glamourous as it sounds!

Well, just like any good pro (or determined amateur), I find that it’s impossible to put the brain to rest just because you’re not actually taking part in a competitive event.

The sport similie breaks down at this point though as I’ve never been the type who prepares for quizzing like it’s a sporting event.  I’ve known some – reading through almanacs and encyclopaedia on their spare time. One day, when I was in college, I popped into a service station to pick up some sweets to find a quizzing acquaintance working the till.  It had been a quiet afternoon for him, obviously, as he had a copy of that year’s Who’s Who open on the counter.  Not my idea of a fun read.

So, obviously I play along with other quizzing endeavour when I can.  Here are some of my favourites.

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Tale wagging the Slumdog

February 2, 2009 in Apropos of Nothing, Quiz Show

slumdog-millionaire1Myself and my Mrs took ourselves off to the cinema last Friday to finally see Slumdog Millionaire.  It’s been out in Ireland since January 9 but our local picture house, the Empire Multiplex, operates in a different timezone, where all but the biggest blockbusters arrive several weeks late.  If at all.

But I digress.  The movie itself is excellent.  It was easy to see why it’s been nominated for so many Academy Awards.  The story is touching and some of the shots are fantastic, really making use of the fact that India is DIFFERENT.

However, this is a blog about quizzes so, quite properly, this post is all about the quiz that acts as the base around which exposition and the plot are constructed.

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