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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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Upcoming charity quiz hosted by the IQO

February 7, 2014 in Culture, Quizzes

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Some Christmas questions

December 16, 2013 in Quizzes

santa-quizzerLast Thursday evening I hosted a Christmas-themed quiz in Claremorris, as part of Claremorris Community Radio‘s fundraising drive.

We all had a good night, albeit “we” was quite a small number as not much of a crowd turned up. 🙁

Anyway, for those of you who couldn’t make it, please find attached a sample of the night’s questions and the two picture rounds. We also had a couple of music rounds, obviously, what with Christmas number ones and carols and all that, but I’ll spare you those today.

Anyway, here you go, something to get you in the festive mood. 🙂
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A million sports answers

December 4, 2013 in Quizzes

sports-productionRightyo, let’s put all you sports (question) fans out of any misery I may have inflicted over the last few days with not one but two posts of questions.

I’d say after Friday and Monday’s posts, we’re all set for sports questions for the next few months. 🙂

Did anyone notice my footnote on Monday that said that the question “On which racecourse did AP Mc Coy recently achieve 4,000 career wins?” had appeared in both of these quizzes?  Clearly, it’s in the quizzing ether at the moment.  It, and its unusual pronunciation (think “Leicester” and “Worcester”), could probably be called zeitgeist.

Click the ‘Read the rest…’ link to see the answers.

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Honour and glory in Athlone

December 2, 2013 in Quizzes

Guest blog! Yes, I know you’re probably waiting for the answers to the questions posted on Friday. However, this is more news-worthy. My partner from the Pairs at the European Quizzing Championships, Mark Henry, took part in the massive St Brigid’s International Sports Quiz on Friday night and here is his report. Tomorrow, I will post a special, bumper, double post of sports answers!

eaglesOn Friday night all the girly cousins and their mammies were coming over to my house to watch the Late Late Toy Show with my two very excited daughters. So I had a very difficult choice: to stay in with Ryan Tubridy or attend the St. Brigids GAA club International Sports Quiz in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Anyhow, my loyalty to my teammates in The New Eagles (made up of Peter, Lorcan Sr., Michael and myself) finally won out.

Normally, when I go to table quizzes my local team’s policy is to give the prize back to the charity. However, with prizes of €3,000, €2,000 and €1,000 per team for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, this wasn’t going to happen tonight! This was not withstanding the two well-deserving charities, Mayo-Roscommon Hospice and Pieta House, that were benefiting.

It promised to be a night full of craic with a couple of the lads that were on Off the Ball (Newstalk) until recently compering. There were 80 tables competing. In other words, 319 testosterone- and probably Guinness-filled Jimmy McGees. I say 319 as I think I spotted one brave lady among them all.

Before the quiz, I was hoping the questions were going to be more international than national but was reassured that we had Irish soccer and GAA experts in Lorcan Sr. and Peter respectively. In the bar, Michael was listing of all the Gold Cup/Grand National winners of the last 40 years (my specialist subject) so I was saying these lads don’t need me at all.

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There’s always next year

November 29, 2013 in Quizzes

ryan-crotty-scoresMan, oh man. The Claremorris AFC sports quiz has become the bane of my life.

A quick recap. Two years ago myself, Ger, Willie and Andy hit the lead after round 8, only to perform disasterously in the following (picture) round and finished fifth. Last year the same team were in third all night long and couldn’t close the gap on the teams above. But at least we finished on the podium.

Last night, with new team member Jason in for the now-emigrated Andy, we were in second place right from the first round. Seven rounds later, we were still second, just one point behind the same leading team.

It was at this point that, once again, the wheels came off the wagon. We finished pretty poorly, with two consecutive 7/10 rounds, and dropped down the leaderboard to finish fourth on 89/100. 🙁

This is an annual event on the Claremorris quizzing calendar and attracts a regular crowd of hardcore sports fans. The pressure is pretty intense as teams in the room will score 9/10 more often than not. Ourselves, for instance, we scored four perfect rounds, including the pictures (see below). Thus we knew that, finishing as we did, we hadn’t a hope of getting anything.

For the record, the winners (table 16) scored 93/100, with two teams just behind them on 92. That pair of teams forwent the option of a playoff and simply divided up the second and third prizes between them. By my count there were 18 teams in the room.

The quizmaster, Kevin, did a good job keeping the show going albeit he was left stranded by a couple of questions, which were written by someone else, having more than one correct answer. Cue a lot of heckling! He handled it well though, allowing a couple of extras and, more impressively, disallowing a few also.

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Remember these?

November 27, 2013 in Quiz Show, Quizzes

The big event of quizzing around these parts will take place on Friday night, when the St. Brigid’s club’sInternational Sports Quiz‘ happens in the Hodson Bay Hotel, near Athlone.  I was chatting with one of the event’s committee members at the weekend and he told me that, by Saturday last, they had 70 confirmed teams.  70!

The same man told me that their original aim had been to try and get 100 tables.  However, he wasn’t too bothered with the fact that they hadn’t reached this figure as they now know that many tables won’t fit in the Hodson Bay’s ballroom!  Anyway, it promises to be a great event and best of luck to everyone who has entered.  I’m available for subbing duties if anyone has a free spot on a team.  😉

While I may not be quizzing in Athlone on Friday, that’s not to say I won’t be taking part in a sports quiz this week. The night before, Claremorris AFC host their annual sports quiz in The Dalton Inn, Claremorris. Myself and Ger have a bit of history in this one and we’ll hoping to do a lot better than two years ago and slightly better than last year.

The final blast from the past is Division, a quiz show which will air on RTÉ this Sunday evening. Readers of the blog will know all about this show, my dalliance with taking part and eventual decision to not do so.

Yesterday, TheJournal.ie’s Daily Edge subsite featured what they called an “exclusive sneak peak” of the show. If you feel so inclined, check out the whole article. Indeed, it’s possibly worth it for the comments beneath, several of which are pretty much on-the-money for me.

If you want to skip to the chase though, here is the preview clip itself:

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Game, set, penalty shootout… answers

November 26, 2013 in Quizzes

high-kingsWith respect to yesterday morning’s post, I must admit I wrote it in a bit of a rush. This was probably quite obvious as I (a) never told you whether we won the playoff and (b) forgot to add the footnotes to the bottom of the post. Apologies all.

Last things first, I can reveal that we did indeed win! We got five of the six correct, beating our opponents by one. I’ll outline the answers (and tell you which one we missed) before the end of the post.

Oh yes, I also need to tell you all about the ‘guess’.

Firstly, let’s be honest no-one at a quiz ever really guesses. By which I mean the let’s-just-pick-a-random-name-and-hope guess – what I’d call a pure guess. I suppose you might make that kind of guess in a situation where you genuinely haven’t a clue of where to even begin with an answer and reckon ‘there’s no point putting up a blank answer’. However, one of these guesses coming in and getting you a point is the equivalent of picking a winning lottery number. Very, very rare!

Most of the time we make educated guesses, with the level of education on the given issue varying wildly. I think it was in the World Quizzing Championship this year that, when asked to name a specific Korean film director, I wrote down “Park”. I haven’t a clue about Korean film directors but I do know that Park is a very common Korean surname. Whaddya know – it was the correct answer!

Last Friday night, we had a guess which involved probably the smallest amount of education possible. We were asked:

If Clancy, Holden and Dunphy are three of The High Kings, who is the fourth?

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