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October 25, 2013 in Quizzes

bundle-eurosHere are the answers to the questions I posted at the start of the week.

Just before I get to them though, I just want to let you know about a massive quiz I’ve just heard of. St. Brigid’s GAA Club will host what they are calling their “First International Sports Quiz” on November 29th in the Hodson Bay Hotel, just outside Athlone. Sports fans will surely be tempted as there is a massive prize fund in place: €6,000 in total!

That’s right, €3,000 for first prize, with second and third ‘only’ getting €2,000 and €1,000. On the flip side, you’d have to be confident about your level of knowledge. The entrance fee is an eye-watering €200 for a table of four.

There’s a bit more info in the quiz calendar. I’ll do a fuller report on this (given that it’s so close to me) when I find out more.

Update: Here is the entry form for the St Brigid’s Quiz. Closing date for entries, November 15th.

Now, on with the answers….
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One for everybody in the audience

October 21, 2013 in Quizzes

ryan-t-toy-showLast Thursday night I hosted a quiz in Claremorris, in aid of the home of my radio show, Claremorris Community Radio.

A modest enough crowd of 12 tables took part and I think all enjoyed themselves.

The winners on the night scored 89/110 and won by three points. Their prize was pretty good: €500 of toy vouchers! That’ll be handy over the next few months. 🙂

Not being a competitor, I haven’t a clue what they missed but here are a selection of questions from the night, along with two picture rounds*.

Questions:

  1. Which Irish guitarist, a former member of The Radiators from Space and The Pogues, died at age 56 on October 8th?
  2. The launch of which British singer/songwriter’s autobiography saw shops across Britain open (as the Irish Times put it “Harry Potter style”) at midnight for potential buyers?
  3. This week the Greek parliament voted to lift the immunity of six politicians from that nation’s far-right political party. What is the name of that party?
  4. Galway won this year’s All-Ireland senior camogie championship. How many times in their history have they lifted the O’Duffy Cup?
  5. Which jockey broke the existing record of 115 wins, set by Mick Kinnane in 1993, when he rode his 116th winner of the flat season in Navan last week?
  6. Which club won this year’s Australian Rules Grand Final on 28th September?
  7. What year? George HW Bush becomes President of the USA; China’s government cracks down on protests in Tiananmen Square in June; Greg Lemond won the Tour de France by just 8 seconds, the narrowest ever margin of victory.
  8. What year? President Erskine Childers dies in office; Turkish forces invade Cyrpus; Jimmy Connors wins the Wimbledon mens singles.
  9. Which Wicklow village’s name is a combination the names of an Irish county and the county town of a different county?
  10. Ballina in county Tipperary is one half of a pair of twin towns, joined by an 18th century stone bridge. What is the name of the town on the other end of this bridge?

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