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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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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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