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March 12, 2014 in Quizzes

2014 Irish OpenRightyo, this post will include the answers to the questions I posted last Friday. Before we get to them though, I will report on some quizzing I’ve done in the interim.

I’ve been to two quizzes since and I hope you’ll forgive me but I’m going to step out of order to cover them.  The more recent of the two took place in Dublin on Saturday last. The first Irish Quiz Open was held in the IQO‘s home venue, the Addison Lodge. In truth this was a continuation of our first such Open, which took place in March 2013. However, that inaugural event was called the ‘Dublin Open’. We’re aiming higher than that now…

Three of our members Derek Cray, John Groarke and Colm O’Sullivan took charge of preparing the question set for the main event, the individual Open, and I think they did a great job. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring home my question paper when the day was done so I can’t pick you out a few choice examples of their work. I’ll see if I can sort that out in a later post.

The individual quiz was ran over two halves, each featuring three sections, each containing 40 questions. We didn’t do a discard section, so all six counted. I was happy with my own performance, averaging in the high 20s (from 40, remember) in each section. When the scores were totted up, I had finished fifth, one lower than last year but bang on my Irish ranking. I was happy with that.

At the top of the board, Lorcan Duff had some daylight between his score and second place. Second was a much closer affair, with Dave McBryan squeaking past Kevin Jones by a single point. Mark Henry (aided by near infinite horse racing knowledge) finished a few ahead of me, in fourth.

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Upcoming quiz plans

March 7, 2014 in IQO, Quizzes

identify-the-flagsHi all. I’m afraid my life outside quizzing is still affecting my ability to (find the time to) post articles here on the site.

However, I am still managing to find the time to attend the odd quiz. Things would really be bad if I couldn’t do that.

In fact I have a few events coming up in the next few days. Tonight I will take part in a table quiz in aid of the IHCPT, a children’s charity, which is being held in the Dalton Inn in Claremorris. It’s down for 8pm so come on in too if you’re about.

Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the the IQO host their first big event of 2014. The 2014 Irish Open will take place in The Addison Lodge, Dublin. A full day of quizzing, featuring team, individual and social quizzes, it is open to all and all are welcome. For more information, check out the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/232690113582313/.

I’m afraid the Movies Quiz, previously announced for next Monday night in The King’s Head in Galway has been postponed. The next big quiz in the Galway venue will be the third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz, which will take place on the night of the Easter Monday public holiday. I better get preparing.

As it happens, I will be hosting a quiz next week. On Friday next, I’ll be asking the questions at a quiz in aid of the primary school I attended in my youth. That should be fun!

Right, now for a few questions to keep you interested. I was at a quiz (for the school attended by my daughter) on Wednesday night. I just turned up on my own and was recruited by a team of three ladies who had a spare seat at their table.
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Getting back to quizzing

February 18, 2014 in Quizzes

LatinQuarterQuiz

January was quite the month, what with the documentary and an ensuing newspaper article, both detailing my involvement in quizzes.

Since then, alas, I haven’t had much time to think about quizzes as my mother became seriously ill a few weeks back. She’s still in hospital but is recovering, I’m glad to report.

Before that, I had agreed to once again become the quizmaster for a series of quizzes in The King’s Head bar in Galway. Now that mum is on the mend, I will be able to follow through and that commitment and host as planned. Which is a good job, as the first one is scheduled for tomorrow night.

Here is the upcoming calendar of quizzes, hosted by yours truly:

  • February 19th: Galway Latin Quarter Quiz (“GK”: both general and Galway knowledge)
  • March 10th: Oscars 2014 Movie Quiz
  • April 21st: Third annual Galway Food Festival Quiz
  • May 19th: World Cup Finals Quiz

Don’t forget either the two IQO-run quiz events which are scheduled for the next few weeks. This Friday the IQO teams up with SVP for a charity quiz and, on March 8th, the second annual Irish Quizzing Open will take place. Both of these events will take place in the ‘Wembley’ of Irish quizzing, the Addison Lodge in Dublin.

Thankfully the rest of the group have taken care of all the organising for these events which means a double win for me as I’ll get to take part in both of them. Thanks folks!

Answers, George…

October 11, 2013 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions I posted earlier this week.

I don’t really have anything to tell you otherwise. Last night’s After the Fact was very entertaining and you can check it out on the show page.

Next up for me is Blog Awards Ireland night, which is on this Saturday in Naas. Fingers are crossed!
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Where did it all go wrong, George?

October 8, 2013 in Quizzes

head_hands-smIn yesterday’s post, I mentioned at the very end that the my team in Saturday’s social quiz threw away the lead in the final round. We’d been out front since the first round and, going in to the final 12 questions, still lead by two.

However, we then finished like Devon Loch.

Since then, I have been subject to a gleeful, mock sympathy from certain friends. “Musha John, what happened to ye?” they ask, in a tone which indicates they’re not really that interested in an actual explanation…

To be fair to one of them, he did ask to see the questions from the round involved. So here we are, he (and you) can have a go at these 12 questions, as compiled by IQO treasurer John Groarke. You’ll probably be able to guess what county he hails from by the end. 😉

  1. The price of crude oil from which North Sea field is widely used as te benchmark for oil prices in Europe and OPEC countries? The field has the same name as species of goose, common in Ireland in the winter.
  2. What cocktail is a mixture of vodka, lime juice, triple sec and cranberry juice?
  3. Which antarctic explorer left England in 1914 aboard the Endurance?
  4. Entomology is the study of what?
  5. The name of which famous soft drink is an anagram for a word meaning “denoting or relating to a bishop”?
  6. Who wrote The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde?
  7. Published in June 2012 and written by Gillian Flynn, which book, with an alliterative title, is still in the Irish bestsellers list, is being made into a film starring Ben Affleck and concerns whether or not the lead character, Nick Dunne, has killed his wife?
  8. Which hormone, secreted by the outer layer of the adrenal gland, has been synthesised and is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory for conditions like rheumatied arthritis?
  9. It boasts that it has “the largest readership in county Offaly” and incorporates the Offaly Vindicator and the Leinster Reporter. Which Tullamore-based newspaper is published every Wednesday?
  10. The character Mrs Tesman is better known by which maiden name in the title of an Ibsen play?
  11. Which jazz trumpeter released the albums Kind of Blue and Sketches of Spain in 1959-60?
  12. Dublin won their 24th senior All Ireland Football title this year (significantly more than Meath or Mayo) but who scored Dublin’s last point in the final, effectively the winner given that they only won by one point?

Myself, John O’Sullivan and Anthony Mangan scored a not-very-good 7/12, which was a bit of a problem as the average score among the other teams was 10.

How did you do? (Answers tomorrow sometime).

My day as a BIFFO

October 7, 2013 in IQO, Quizzes

sad-clownAs outlined in my post from last Friday, I had to both achieve something spectacular on Saturday and hope for a bit of a miracle in the performances of my rivals for the Irish A team.

Alas, it was not to be. As Larry Gogan says regularly (and Kevin Jones said very rarely on Saturday), the questions in this month’s Hot-100 quiz didn’t suit me. I found it quite hard and puffed and panted my way to 49/100. As it turned out, everyone else found it hard too and that number was good enough for second in the room, behind the aforementioned Mr Jones.

However, even before we’d heard from the other venues I knew that I hadn’t done enough. The top Irish score was already at least the 55 scored by Kevin, so the best ranking score I could have received was (49/55) x 100 = 89. As outlined on Friday, I needed something in the mid-90s to improve my fifth-place ranking.

So it’s the B1 team and the Aspirational Cup for me. That will be fun in a different, lower pressure kind of way. If the A team do well, and I am seriously optimistic, I’ll have no shame in saying “I’m with those guys!”*
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Well that was a lot of fun

March 4, 2013 in Grand Prix, IQO, Quizzes

dublin-trophy-smThe first Dublin Quiz Open (indeed the first event of its kind in Ireland) took place on Saturday last in Glasnevin. I’m delighted to say that the day exceeded all expectations – both for myself and, I dare say, the organisers.

In total 38 quizzers turned up to The Addison Lodge, the day’s venue and there they got to take part in three different quizzes, spread over six hours. The organisers had done a terrific job of covering all the bases: the stage featured a projector and amplifier, there were trophies to be won and there were several tins of assorted biscuits (aka ‘brain food’) being passed around. It was all pretty sweet!

First up was the International Hot-100, the entry period for this month being open until tonight, if anyone who didn’t make it on Saturday still wants to take part. Anyway, for reasons outlined in the previous sentence, I won’t make any comment on the questions asked etc. Until tomorrow comes, it simply wouldn’t be fair.

The team quiz was the second event of the day. If numbers had been low, the plan was to run this as a pairs event. Thankfully, there was no need for that. What was needed though was a random draw to allocate teams for the many people who came without one (myself being one of these people). The draw put me in a three-man team, with two Dublin quizzers, Michael Connolly and Gary Stephens. Stuck for a team name (what’s new?), we plumped for the two items which had been left on our table in the interval following the Hot-100: Bic Biros and Biscuits.

Throughout the opening rounds we were a model of consistency, never scoring less than 7, never scoring more than 8. When the quiz paused after round #3 for lunch, we were in third place, 3 points off the lead.
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Dublin Quiz Open 2013

February 26, 2013 in Grand Prix, IQO

spire-questionReminder: The inaugural Dublin Quiz Open takes place on Saturday in The Addison Lodge, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

This is the first of the Irish Quiz Organisation‘s quarterly quiz opens, which will take place in various venues throughout the country, and will feed in to selection for the Irish team for the European Quizzing Championships next November in Liverpool.  The event is, as hopefully the name indicates, open to all and costs just €5 to enter.  The day will feature a morning of inidividual quizzing (including the international Hot-100!) and an afternoon of team quizzing.

Don’t feel as if you need to bring a team with you for the afternoon’s event, by the way.  Teams can (and no doubt will) be created on the day!

The event kicks off at 11am and will go until around 5pm. If you’d like to find out more, please visit the event’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/418380344916922/

I’m going myself.  Hopefully, I’ll see some of you there too.

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