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On top of the Hill: answers

November 24, 2015 in Quizzes

redhills-attendanceHere are the answers to the questions we missed in Cavan on the Sunday-before-last.

First, let’s talk about the question I described as the “greatest fluke ever”. It was “Who wrote ‘The Boy at the Top of the Mountain’?”

None of us had ever heard of it. It wasn’t even ringing the tiniest of bells. No bells in fact. There was silence on the bell front.

Not surprisingly, we all hated the thought of handing in a blank answer so, from what I recall was a piece of desperation, Kevin suggested “Maybe it’s by the guy who wrote ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’…”

Still no recognition from anyone. One of us joked, “Yeah, it does start with ‘The Boy…’. Maybe that’s his thing?”

Anyway, since I did know who that author was, I wrote down his name: John Boyne. Correct-a-mundo!
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On top of the Hill

November 20, 2015 in Quizzes

Redhills-quiz-adI had the good fortune to be asked to join a team featuring three other IQO quizzers last week, for an attempt at the Redhills GAA Club quiz in Cavan. We’d have to have been regarded as favourites, given that the four of us (me, Dan, Kevin and Mark) are all currently ranked in the top 10 of the IQO rankings. So it played out, albeit it was a close-run thing.

The quiz itself took place in the Hotel Kilmore and featured 24 tables facing 10 rounds of general knowledge questions. Well, nine rounds of GK, with a picture round just before the interval.

The quizmaster welcomed us all and spent about five minutes doing something very novel. He explained “the rules”. Most of these were common sense (“No mobile phones”) but some went above and beyond the norm. Firstly, regarding the phones. I’ve been at quizzes before (indeed, I’ve hosted some) where phones had to be put out on the table/in a basket. Here, they provided each team with a large, brown envelope in which our phones had to be deposited and sealed. Yes, sealed. Good job no-one needed to get in contact with me urgently…

Furthermore, he also told us that they answers had to be spelled correctly. Now, that was an annoyance. I’ve always agreed with IQA in their opinion that spelling doesn’t matter so long as it’s clear you know the answer. Spelling can matter, for instance the difference between Burton and Bruton, but in most cases the order of the letters isn’t essential to get across that, yes, you do know the answer. However, once that rule was expressed it tends to put one on edge.

When the questioning began, it did so with brutal force. Clearly the organisers decided we’d all have to really perform here to win the main prize. The opening question was “The use of which device is prohibited in Switzerland on a Sunday?” Whilst we didn’t actually get this one*, unbelievably we did mention the correct answer in our discussions! The first round was one of the tougher ones in the quiz. In fact, at 7/10, it was our joint-lowest scoring round during the quiz.
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Answer from Delighted with a fifth place

September 7, 2015 in Quizzes


Meet Sophie Tucker

Here are the answers to the post I put up way back last week sometime.

Thanks to my dad, my aunt Louise and my cousin Michelle for making it such an enjoyable 80% of a quiz.  If only we’d been there for (crazy idea!) the start of round one…

Weren’t the dingbats quite difficult? When you do a lot of quizzes, you tend to see this type of round a lot and, as with cryptic crosswords, you learn how to do them. In this case though, we struggled badly and, if I recall, only scored 4/10. I met a man ‘up the town’ a day or two later who’d also done the quiz. The dingbats were the first thing he wanted to talk about. “We were sure we had four,” he said. “Turned out we only got one of them.”

Also, can’t say I’d ever heard of Sophie Tucker. Even when the answer was announced, I was none the wiser. It’s an answer I’ll remember for ever more though!

We did much better in the cars and cities round, scoring 9/10 in both. Car 7 and city 8 got us – even though we tried several cities with that particlar ending!

Answers after the click…

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How to be delighted with a fifth place finish

August 28, 2015 in Quizzes

fifth-placeThis site is almost dormant, I know.  However, this state of blogging hibernation isn’t due to me failing to transcribe quizzes and turn them in to articles.  No, I haven’t been selfishly holding on to quiz info and experiences and not sharing them with you.

Instead, I must admit, the blog is a faithful representation of the amount of quizzes I have done in the last year.  To summarise: not very many.

I was roused out of my quizzing apathy last weekend by my father, who had noticed that the golf club of which he is a member was going to be a venue for a charity table quiz on Saturday night.  “Sure, you say you’ll come along and I’ll have no trouble finding some others,” he assured me.  In the end, at about 8.30pm on Saturday night, we ‘volunteered’ his visiting sister Louise and her daughter, my cousin Michelle.

Anyway, off we headed for the golf club.  The quiz was down for 9.30pm but himself was certain that ‘Irish time’ would be in play and that our arrival time, 9.50, would be “grand”.   Cue us arriving in to the club bar, to hear the quizmistress recapping the questions from round two.  Doh!

Since we’d come this far (and the quiz was for charity) we decided unanimously to stay and take part regardless.

Thus, you can now see where the post title comes from.  We had a great quiz, finishing on 60/80.  It was good enough for fifth place!  Prior to the last round, we even got a shoutout from the quizmistress who’d noticed that, despite completing two less rounds than everyone else, we were by then in joint-fourth.  Alas, our form slightly deserted us in that last round, and we scored just 6/10.

Still, it wasn’t anywhere near being disappointing enough to take the happy feeling away from our group of Nolans.  For the record, the winning table scored 74/100.

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Primary school quiz answers

April 8, 2015 in Quizzes

It’s been over a week since I posted the few questions from the quiz I wrote in aid of a local primary school, so you’ve had plenty of time to give them a go.

Hit the ‘Read more…’ to see how you got on.

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10-year-old answers

April 9, 2014 in Quizzes

Life is still not what it once was, or should be.  Issues away from quizzing continue to take up my time and, as readers of the blog will have noticed, keep me away from the site.

Sorry about that.

Here, about two weeks after I posted them, are the answers to questions in the Are you smarter than a 10-year-old? post.

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Are you smarter than a 10-year-old?

March 26, 2014 in Quizzes

quiz-greenboardRecently I hosted a table quiz in aid of my local primary school.  “Be sure and don’t make the questions too hard,” the headmaster told me “as there’ll probably be several kids in attendance.”

Seeing as he was also the principal back in my own youth at the same school, I did what I was told.

Seriously though, I don’t think I needed that advice.  It’s part of the quiz master’s job to judge the potential crowd and what sort of questions will both challenge them and be attainable.  Too hard is bad, true.  But so is too easy.  (Here I mention the Ballyhaunis town quiz where the winners got 99 out of 100!)

At the end of this night, the winning team scored 79/100, which I regarded as a pretty good par score.

Would you like to have a go at some of the questions?  Read on so.

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Galway knowledge answers

February 26, 2014 in Quizzes


Rightyo, here are the answers to the questions I posted as part of the post General and Galway knowledge last week.

Click the link to see ’em…

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