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November 10, 2012 in EQC, Quizzes

Individual quiz tablemates: Me, Kay, David and Jakob.

Righto. After my snafu earlier with the backspace key, I feel I owe you all some questions.

First, I need to report on how we did in this morning’s Individual Quiz. This event sees us all taking part on our own (the name would imply that, wouldn’t it?!) in eight rounds, the first seven each having 12 questions and the last round featuring 16. There are no themes or category rounds. Each one is mixed-bag/general knowledge/whatever you want to call it.

Table places are assigned based on the number we each have in the bottom-right corner of our name tags. Funnily enough, I ended up at the same table (11) as my colleague on the Irish team, David Fay. There we were joined by Kay from Norway and Jakob from Denmark.

At the end of each round, you simply swap your answer sheet with the person across the table from you, Jakob in my case, and the answers are then called out from the stage. We were all of roughly the same standard which was nice as it meant we did a lot of sympathising with each other after certain rounds. On one occasion, I “top-scored” with 2/12, whilst the others all got 1. Sufficed to say, we had a bit of fun with the whole thing.
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Ceisteanna do mhuintir na hÉireann

February 21, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

A few weeks back, I mentioned my intention to take part in the Scór national quiz.  As a warm up, I was invited by the same organiser, Hugh, to take part in an Irish language equivalent.

This Trath na gCeist was organised by the Roscommon County GAA Board and took place in its main headquarters on Wednesday night last.  Tables representing 11 Roscommon GAA clubs took part.  Format-wise, it was just a table quiz in which the questions were called out ‘as Gaeilge’.

On the whole, I can say two things:

  1. My Irish isn’t half as bad as I thought it was.  Throughout the course of the night, only one question completely stumped me and, in that case, it was only one word that caused the problem.
  2. My knowledge of Ireland isn’t deep enough.  This is a funny one, given Dave’s article from before Christmas, but, as you’ll see from the questions below, this quiz featured 80 questions that were all about Ireland and NOTHING ELSE.

Our team, Éire Óg, featured myself, Hugh and two other guys, Seamus and Justin.  It was a very entertaining group to be part of.  However, we didn’t translate this good team dynamic into a podium finish.  This was a shame as there were trophies on offer for the first three teams. Actual trophies!

Our 62/80 was a good enough score – good enough, in fact, for fifth. It was nowhere near the top three though, who finished on 69, 70 and 71 points respectively.  They now go on to represent Roscommon in the Connacht round of competition. AND they get those trophies!

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Questions pour un Irlandais

February 13, 2012 in Quiz Show

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Still miss Going for Gold?  Well, move to France where its spinoff show, Questions pour un champion, still airs – as it has done since November 1988.

I’m currently in France (on holiday – thankfully not as an attendee at this match) and I happened upon an episode of it last night on French TV.  I was struck by the format, which is identical to Going for Gold, and the all-action host – who is nothing like Henry Kelly!

I intended just putting up any old clip for you to check out but I found something even better.  It’s an episode form last March and features an Irish man – Sean Dingle from Dublin.  Have a watch and see how he got on.

Twofer won: answers

November 20, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the two quizzes worth of questions posed in Twofer won. Or should that be “two quiz’s worth”?

I’m on quiz master duty again on Friday evening.  If you’re anywhere in the vicinity, please come on in to The Dalton Inn, Claremorris, for a quiz in aid of Claremorris Community Radio.  Kick-off is scheduled for 8.30pm, tables of four are €40 and all are welcome!

Right, let’s get on to those answers.

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Twofer won

November 18, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

If only I had read the full title...

I have been very busy this past week and unable to come to the blog.  However, this does mean that today I have a bumper, two-for-one blog for you.

Starting last Thursday, I’ve quizzed twice in the past week and, I’m happy to say, ended up on the winning team both times.  The first of those was in The Loft Bar, in Ballina.  Ger was the svengali behind this excursion, rounding up Pat and Mick, two of the regulars, at Gilligan’s the previous Tuesday night.  Once there, we performed like a wonder team – even more than the sum of our parts – and won out by four points.  It’s not often you get to score over 100 points in an Irish quiz so our 107/115 was something to savour.  That said, the runners-up must have felt hard done by – they scored 103!

This quiz, which was in aid of Croí, featured three handouts, only one of which was a picture round.  The other two were quite clever: Famous slogans and Anagrams of Irish towns.  I’ve included them both below.  One the whole the quiz was very well organised. We did suffer at the hand of some very pedantic marking though when we weren’t awarded the point for identifying Joe Frazier’s nickname correctly. What we wrote down: Smokin’. What they wanted: Smokin’ Joe. Even a trip to the correctors’ table by one of the guys didn’t result in any flexibility. Ah well, luckily it didn’t matter.

I hadn’t been to Gilligan’s on that previous Tuesday. My head needed some time to recover from Bruges.  By all accounts it was a dramatic night with Ger’s team eventually winning on the sixth, sudden-death, playoff question. This Tuesday night my team-mates Mick (the same man as above) and Aidan ensured that the crowd would have no such drama – we scored 92/100 and won by three.

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We’ll always have Bruges: answers

November 9, 2011 in EQC, Podcast

Mmm, tasty.

Are you ready for some answers? In a moment, I will give you the solutions to those (pretty hard) questions from the Pairs event at the European Quiz Championship that I posted yesterday.

First though, I’d like to point out that, with all the excitement over the weekend, I’ve only just gotten around to putting up the podcast of last week’s After the Fact radio show.  The theme of the show is fire and you can listen to it at this address: www.mixcloud.com/claremorrisfm/after-the-fact-fire/

Anyway, back to those questions.  Click continue reading to see the answers.

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We’ll always have Bruges

November 7, 2011 in EQC

Norway and Finland face-off in the Nations Cup final

Our weekend of quizzing is over and I have returned home from the land of expensive tea*. Tired I may be, but I’m also slightly wiser and delighted to have made a slew of new friends.

Sunday morning offered no respite for those with fragile heads as the Pairs event kicked off at 10am. David and myself entered this ‘Duo quiz’ with one aim in mind – try and break the 40 point barrier that had bedevilled our two previous team performances. Big news: we did it! In fact, we scored 52. 🙂

This quiz was more akin to the Individual qualifier than the team quizzes. At the start of each round, we received a sheet with 12 questions.  One of these was usually linked to an audio clip which would be played on the PA. The sheets also included small, black-and-white versions of pictures related to (on average) three or four of the questions. Whilst, these pictures were also displayed on the big screen, I did find it surprising throughout the weekend that, at such a well-organised event, no-one was able to find a colour photocopier for the question sheets.

As I’m now back at home, I will return to traditional form and include some of the questions from this quiz at the end of the post. You better get your game face on though!

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De ja voodoo: answers

October 7, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the (tremendous amount of) questions posed earlier in De ja voodoo.

My mate Ger is next week’s quiz master at Gilligan’s but I’m afraid I won’t be there to report on his quiz.  A ticket to next week’s big European Championship qualifier between Ireland and Armenia has come my way so, obviously, I’ll be in Dublin on Tuesday night.

Hopefully, the Ireland team won’t catch the grabbing-defeat-from-the-jaws-of-victory bug that’s going round.

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