November 30, 2015 in Quizzes
Last Friday-week, I had the very unusual experience of being on a table quiz team of six. Normally, six people at a table will result in both open and covert complaints being sent to the quizmaster about the cheaters in the back corner. However, the NCBI are currently running a national* table quiz where that team size is the norm.
I managed to round up five team-mates for the Galway heat of this event, which took place in (handy for those of us who want to avoid city traffic) Claregalway. For a group thrown together in about 24 hours, we did very well. In fact, we almost won!
But we didn’t.
Going in to the eighth and final round, we led by one point. As it was a sports round, several of us felt we should be able to hold on. However, not knowing which golfing legend had recently been appointed US Ryder Cup vice-captain, saw us lose that lead. Our closest opponents had put in a tremendous run, scoring 10/10 in rounds 6 and 7. They then repeated that feat in the final round, and so we were set for a playoff.
The quizmaster announced five extra questions. Good news: we scored 5/5. Bad news: so did our opponents. The final question-to-end-all-questions was “How many rooms are there in Buckingham Palace?” This was meant as a ‘closest to the flag’ question. However, this rule wasn’t even needed as our opponents knew the exact answer!