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TV3 quiz show looking for people

November 2, 2013 in Culture, Quiz Show

No, that headline doesn’t mean TV3 are launching a new show in which they hunt down missing persons.

Here’s a press release which came my way yesterday:

Would you like to witness the newest and most exhilarating quiz show on TV?

TV3’s brand new game show ‘The Lie’ is looking for audience members.

It’s the general knowledge game with no questions. All you have to do is spot ‘The Lie’!

‘The Lie’ is a brand new, exciting game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money; all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.
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The world’s biggest (mystery) quiz

January 22, 2013 in Quizzes

big-big-quiz“On a day in March…” begins one of the explanatory blurbs on thebigbigquiz.com, the home site of what promises to be not just Ireland’s but “the world’s biggest table quiz”.

Furthermore, it will all be for charity, with each cause involved being promised more than €3,500 from the night of the quiz.

Aside from those facts, I can’t tell you much more as the site is vague to the point of fogginess. There’s talk of the questions being broadcast on television to “over 1,000 venues” and “100,000 participants”, which sounds great.

So far I have been unable to get any more info. Emails have been sent to the address on the site and via their Facebook page, to no avail. A phone call to the number listed on the site goes through what sounds like a forwarding process before ending with an engaged tone. I couldn’t even leave a message. :-(

So far, this is a quiz with way more questions than answers.

All hail Rick, Ireland’s Mastermind

July 24, 2012 in Mastermind, Quiz Show

Rick O’Shea, winner of ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ on TV3.

Prior to last Sunday night, 2fm DJ Rick O’Shea was already the answer to one table quiz question*.   Now, he is the answer to a second: “Who won the first series of Celebrity Mastermind on TV3?”

Rick emerged victorious from the all-male final, defeating Gavin Duffy, Anton Savage, Alan Shortt and Abie Philbin Bowman, in most cases, by quite a comfortable margin.  His 32 points was eight ahead of second-placed Philbin Bowman.  Ordinarily, I’d post some questions from the show below the fold but, yesterday, thejournal.ie beat me to the punch** and did just that.

I enjoyed the article, as I did the final show, but in both cases I do have a little niggle which continues to bother me. The questions were pretty easy, especially in the general knowledge round.  That’s just my opinion of course but I have more experience than most in this area :-) and I think I have a sense of the standard of question the Mastermind brand represents.  With that in mind, Gavan Reilly’s assertion in thejournal that had Rick “scored 32 in the final of the 2009 British series, he’d have won…” brought a smile to my face.

Rick is undoubtedly a very clever man (here’s hoping we can convince him to get involved with our IQO acivities), and he could only answer the questions he was asked, but I’d be fairly confident that the finalists in the 2009 series of UK Mastermind would have done quite well with questions such as “What is the capital of Spain?” and “What everyday item, used as a portable rain shelter, was also the title of a 2007 worldwide hit for pop singer Rihanna?”***

As well as the honour of being the first Celebrity Mastermind champion, Rick O’Shea won a crystal trophy (see picture) based on the Salmon of Knowledge and €7,500 for his selected charity, Brainwave Ireland. If you’d like to see how you would have gotten on with the questions he was asked, try them out yourself by clicking here.

You can view the full show via TV3’s 3player.

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Questions pour un Irlandais

February 13, 2012 in Quiz Show

Still miss Going for Gold?  Well, move to France where its spinoff show, Questions pour un champion, still airs – as it has done since November 1988.

I’m currently in France (on holiday – thankfully not as an attendee at this match) and I happened upon an episode of it last night on French TV.  I was struck by the format, which is identical to Going for Gold, and the all-action host – who is nothing like Henry Kelly!

I intended just putting up any old clip for you to check out but I found something even better.  It’s an episode form last March and features an Irish man – Sean Dingle from Dublin.  Have a watch and see how he got on.

Wedding (Singer) answers

January 7, 2011 in Quizzes

So here we go, the answers to yesterday’s 1980s themed questions, as asked at my friend’s wedding.

Obviously, how well (or otherwise) you did in these will give away your age!

In our case, I’m pleased to report that we didn’t let the good name of MacGyver down. We scored 19/20, which was good enough for us to be declared joint-winners with the law-abiding citizens of the Hill Street Blues table. Both tables received a free bottle of Prosecco to celebrate their tremendous knowledge. :-)

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Wedding (Singer) quiz

January 6, 2011 in Quizzes

Last Friday, New Year’s Eve, I was an attendee at the wedding of my good friend Niall and his lovely wife Catherine.

A really nice touch, well if you’re me anyway, was the holding of a quiz for the first hour or so of the wedding banquet. :-)

As we took our seats in the dining room, we noticed the Lewis Carroll-esque box you see here. Upon opening this we discovered 20 cards, each containing a trivia question. As the theme of the banquet was 1980s TV (I was sitting at the MacGyver table, for instance) most of the questions related to this.

However, the quiz also featured four questions about the bride and groom. These were a clever addition, in my opinion, as they were obviously google-proof.  That said, our table actually did well on these questions, even managing to correctly guess how many stitches Catherine had to receive after a nasty fall, aged 5.

It was seven, just in case anyone ever asks…

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Fancy being on BBC Four?

November 2, 2009 in Quiz Show

bbc fourI received an email from Presentable Productions at the end of last week informing me that they are currently seeking contestants for the upcoming series of Only Connect on BBC Four.

Only Connect is a particularly hard quiz in which teams of three are presented with clues/facts and have to work out the connection between them. You can find some examples of these on its Wikipedia page.

If you’d like to take part, and you’ve got two willing mates, you have until midnight on November 10th to email contestants@presentable.co.uk

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Eurovision Tuesday answers

May 13, 2009 in Culture

Eurovision old logoFollowing the first semi-final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, here are the answers to the Eurovision questions I posted yesterday.

Click more… to check them out.

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