May 14, 2013 in Quizzes
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April 26, 2013 in Quizzes
The first-ever Celtic Nations Quizzing Championship takes place this weekend and will see a team featuring some of Ireland’s top quizzers travelling to Edinburgh to take on the best of what Scotland and Wales have to offer.
I’m lucky enough to be on the team for this event and I’m really looking forward to it. 14 Irish quizzers are taking part in this event, which will last through all of Saturday and half of Sunday. A series of A, B and C team matches will take place (four v four) as well as an individual quiz before a final rankings table will reveal which country is the weekend’s champion.
The two days will also feature a social team quiz and a celebrity challenge, in which a team of TV quiz stars, including Barry Simmons (Eggheads) and Anne Hegerty (The Chase), will take on the winners of a local quiz contest.
It promises to be a great weekend and, of course, I’ll keep you abreast of how we all get on right here on the site. You can also keep an eye on the IQO Facebook page.
The Irish team: Micheál Coyne, Michelle Coyne, Derek Cray, Lorcan Duff, Paddy Duffy, Padraic Fanning, John Groarke, David Lea, Dave McBryan, David Murphy, John Nolan, Colm O’Sullivan, John O’Sullivan and Ger Slattery.
April 8, 2013 in Quizzes
Before I begin, I’d like to invite anyone around Galway to come along to a quiz I’m hosting in aid of YAP Ireland in Flannery’s Hotel, Renmore, on Thursday evening, at 8pm. It should be a great night and it’s definitely a great cause.
It’s time for me to reveal the answers to the questions I posed in last weekend’s Food Quiz-related article.
In that article, I forgot to mention the contribution a team called ‘The Louisiana Purchase’ made to the night’s entertainment. These were four American students who were always at a disadvantage following Round 3, the Irish food company logos (see below). However, they accepted their handicap with good grace and played on for the rest of the night, even finishing less than 10 points behind their nearest rivals.
As a reward, we threatened them with a glass of the slops of the liquid tasting round but, you’ll be glad to learn, that didn’t come true. In fact, the bar gave them a round on the house. I think they were happy with this outcome.
April 6, 2013 in Quizzes
Last Monday night, the second annual Galway Food Festival came to a close. Like its first year, the final event of the weekend was a table quiz hosted by The King’s Head, High Street. Also, like last year, I was the quiz masterchef.
It’s rare, even for me, to do the exact same event one year on. This did enable me to put into action some of the advice/feedback I received 12 months ago, following that first food quiz.
In 2012, everyone had loved the taster round (which included the likes of cumin seed, thyme and cardamon) so this year we had two! I added a liquid-based taster round to programme. Thankfully, everyone enjoyed it. There were even calls for a second round of samples!
That was about the height of it for drink fans though. Last year’s feedback had also included an email telling me that there were too many drink questions! So, I made the quiz almost entirely food-based this year. Well, it is a food festival, to be fair.
The first year’s champions, The Kitchen, were invited up on stage at the start of the night to be presented with a commemorative plate, designed by Judy Greene. Would they be returning to the stage again at the end of the night, I wondered…
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March 29, 2013 in Quizzes
Just to reiterate a point I made in yesterday’s post, I was absolutely appalled by the smokey atmosphere in the pub. It was rotten. On the night it was horrible and, for the rest of out holiday, myself and Mrs TQ quarantined the clothes we were wearing that night. Honestly, it’s one law I’m delighted we have here in Ireland and, I think, once one gets used to smoke-free pubs (and, more appropriately for this blog, smoke-free quizzes) one can never go back.
Ok, that rant over! Please click on the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers to the questions posed yesterday and to hear the music round: The hits of 1998.
March 19, 2013 in Quizzes
Last Friday, for the first time in the four years I’ve lived at my current address, I attended a quiz in my local pub. This particular venue, the Coney Island Bar & Lounge, is about a mile from my house – which makes it about four miles closer than any other. Still, if no quizzes take place you can’t attend them and, as far as I know, this was the first one in those four years.
It was the 2013 version of Gorthaganny National School quiz which I was so enthralled by last year. This year’s quiz sadly did not feature those futuristic buzzers which seemed to usher in a new era in quizzing. They still might but, on Friday night, it was retro quizzing with paper scoresheets, biros and manual counting.
I turned up on spec and ended up on a team with two neighbours, Tommy and Mary, and another Thomas, who hails from the other side of the village. It was that kind of event.
The quiz was once again created by the teachers of the school and they did a great job. Almost all the rounds were themed – and in creative ways. Two off the top of my head were called ‘Parts of the body’ (where the answer was always a homonym of a body part) and ‘Feathered friends’, in which a bird featured in the answer. If you look through the questions at the end of the post you’ll notice that we didn’t ace the latter of those two.
Still, we did well, and were in joint-first place at half-time. We thought our goose was cooked in round seven though, which featured questions taken from the fifth and sixth class curricula. (Again, see the questions below). Unfortunately, even though we are all parents, none of our children have yet reached the big kids room and we struggled. In the end, we felt lucky to get out of there with a seven.
The 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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