November 30, 2015 in Quizzes
Last Friday-week, I had the very unusual experience of being on a table quiz team of six. Normally, six people at a table will result in both open and covert complaints being sent to the quizmaster about the cheaters in the back corner. However, the NCBI are currently running a national* table quiz where that team size is the norm.
I managed to round up five team-mates for the Galway heat of this event, which took place in (handy for those of us who want to avoid city traffic) Claregalway. For a group thrown together in about 24 hours, we did very well. In fact, we almost won!
But we didn’t. 🙁
Going in to the eighth and final round, we led by one point. As it was a sports round, several of us felt we should be able to hold on. However, not knowing which golfing legend had recently been appointed US Ryder Cup vice-captain, saw us lose that lead. Our closest opponents had put in a tremendous run, scoring 10/10 in rounds 6 and 7. They then repeated that feat in the final round, and so we were set for a playoff.
The quizmaster announced five extra questions. Good news: we scored 5/5. Bad news: so did our opponents. The final question-to-end-all-questions was “How many rooms are there in Buckingham Palace?” This was meant as a ‘closest to the flag’ question. However, this rule wasn’t even needed as our opponents knew the exact answer!