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World Quizzing Championship: this Saturday

May 27, 2013 in Grand Prix, Quizzes

Dublin Marked on MapSaturday next, June 1st, is the date for this year’s World Quizzing Championships.  This event takes place in 36 countries during the course of the day, with the results in the many venues being sent back to the International Quizzing Association for collation.  The new world champion will then be announced in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following last year’s successful Athlone event, the IQO will once again host a World Championship heat here in Ireland.

A full day of quizzing will take place in the Addison Lodge, Botanic Road, Dublin. Here is the timetable for the day’s events:

11:00-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:30 World Championship Paper 1
12:30-13:00 Correcting Paper 1
13:00-13:45 Break for lunch
13:45-14:45 World Championship Paper 2
14:45-15:15 Correction Paper 2
15:30-17:00 Fun social team quiz (questions by yours truly)

These events will then be followed by the AGM of Irish Quiz Organisation and some informal team v team quizzing.

It promises to be a great day and all are welcome!  Admission for the full day is just €10.  If you’d like to take part, you can register in advance via this page: wqc2013.eventbrite.ie.  That’s not compulsory though; you can simply pay on the day should you choose.

I hope to see you all there!

Where have I been?

February 15, 2013 in IQO, Quizzes

Oscar-StatueHi everyone. Sorry for the almost three weeks of no posts. I’ve been quite the busy bunny in the interim.

Firstly, the latest on the European Podcast Awards is not very clear. According to the awards’ blog, public voting has now ended and the top 16 podcasts have been forwarded on to the jury for consideration. Are we on the final shortlist? I don’t know. They aren’t going to inform anyone until the final results are announced. 🙁

There are a couple of big quizzing events coming up in the next few weeks. Firstly, the Irish Quiz Organisation’s first quiz open of 2013 will take place in The Addison Lodge, Glasnevin, Dublin, on March 2nd. This great day of quizzing is open to all and will feature individual and team events. It starts at 11am in the morning and costs just €5 to enter. For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

Next up, the first-ever Celtic Nations Quizzing Championships will take place in Edinburgh on the weekend of April 27th and 28th. The best quizzers from Ireland and Wales will travel to the Scottish capital to take on the home side in a series of events. It promises to be great fun and I’ll be covering it here on the site, of course.

After the Fact looks set for a very exciting end. After last night’s antepenultimate* episode, the series is tied! We might be heading for a playoff, just like last year.

Lastly, one of the things which kept me so busy over the last week was the creation and hosting of an Academy Awards quiz in The King’s Head, Galway, on Monday night last. It had its low points (the projector didn’t work very well) but it was still an enjoyable night of quizzing. I’ll do a post on it tomorrow, with some questions to test you all.
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After the ball

June 3, 2012 in IQO, Quizzes

The 2012 World Quizzing Championship is over for another year.  Or rather, the questions in the World Quizzing Championship are over but, like last Thursday’s referendum, the counting is still going on one day later.

The counting at our Irish heat, which took place in Buccaneers Rugby Club in Athlone yesterday morning, took significantly less time.  Admittedly, we did only have 19 competitors as opposed to the 1,600-odd (in 13 languages) that the International Quiz Association have to deal with.

On the day, the plaudits went to well-known Dublin quizzer, Lorcan Duff who scored best in Athlone with 120 points.  Yours truly was second on 114, a slight improvement on the 111 I scored in last year’s event.  As this rate, I’ll be in contention for the World Title in about 24 years!

Getting back to this year, David Fay (Dublin) finished third whilst Paddy Duffy (Belfast) was the best-placed* quizzer in the 30-and-under category and Senan Murphy (Ballina) was victorius in the 60-and-over division.  Alas we had no competitors in the 20-and-under and 70-and-over sections.

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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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In the midst of Quiz

November 6, 2011 in EQC

Yesterday afternoon I borrowed Mikey’s iPad with the intention of writing another blog post on how we’d done in that morning’s Individual Quiz. However, I noticed that several people were heading in the direction of the competition hall. So I wandered that way and inquired of the nearest quizzer as to what kind of event was about to start.

As I said yesterday, quizzing is almost constant at this event. Anyone who wants to can bring along a laptop, some answer sheets and take over the main stage. Yesterday afternoon’s event was called the ‘Totally Subjective Quiz’ and it followed the Belgian model. Before each round you were handed an answer sheet that was specific to that round. For example, round 1 featured a list of eleven European monarchs. The quiz master then proceeded to call out facts about 10 monarchs and we simply had to match E with 1, J with 2 etc.

I ended up forming an impromptu alliance with the man I asked about the quiz, Stijn, and I’m opening up this post talking about it as we went on to win the quiz! So there, I’ve won a quiz at the European Quiz Championship. 🙂
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World Quizzing Championships 2011

June 6, 2011 in Quizzes

The 2011 World Quizzing Championships took place on Saturday last, June 4.  The event was held in 79 venues, spread across 32 countries.  Alas, there wasn’t a heat in Ireland – the nearest was in the UK.  As luck would have it, myself and my long-term quiz buddy Mike were in England at the weekend for the wedding of our old friend Patrick to his fiancé Ruth.

Sure, it took almost two hours to drive from Leeds, where the wedding was on, to Lichfield, where the quiz took place.  But, again luckily, the wedding wasn’t until 4pm so we managed to fit everything into a very packed day.  We set off at 9am and arrived in Lichfield just before 11.  The quiz itself takes the form of an exam.  Paper 1 started at 11:30am and took one hour.  As we were running to a tighter schedule than everybody else, we were allowed to start Paper 2 pretty promptly and ended up finishing up around 1:50 pm.

However, even then, we couldn’t get on the road straight away as I got nabbed for an interview with Adam, a journalist from The Sunday Telegraph.  Never the shyest, I couldn’t resist this albeit I did bring the interview to a close at about 2.05pm.  After that it was into a garage for some crisps and a Mars bar before getting back onto the motorway. We made it to Leeds just before 4pm and were in our seats a good 10 minutes before the bride arrived! 😉

So, what was it like?  Well, you’re talking quizzing royalty here.  For instance, I bumped into Kevin Ashman as I walked down the corridor in the direction of the toilets! I was hoping to have a word with Pat Gibson, probably Ireland’s greatest ever quizzer and the reigning champion, but unfortunately our paths didn’t cross.  In fact, due to our hurried circumstances, we didn’t really get a chance to talk to anyone, except those who were beside and opposite us at our exam table.  These were Roderick Cromar, a Scottish gent in his 50s, and Jesse Honey, an English guy (with an unforgettable name!) who was around our age, that is to say early 30s.  These guys were very welcoming and friendly.  They were also a little surprised that this was our first event on the quizzing ‘circuit’.  That we had decided to dive right in at the deep end was the summation of their reaction.

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