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Kids these days: answers

March 15, 2011 in Culture, Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posted yesterday in Kids these days… All of them.

It became the post with the most comments ever on this site so it obviously piqued some interest.  Yes, I know five comments doesn’t exactly put under threat but it’s a big deal here.  You’re a quiet bunch.

The questions are pretty impressive.  I got into quizzing when I was in primary school but unfortunately I remained the big fish in a small pond as our school quiz team never actually took part in any competitions! I have one vague but pleasant memory of my mother returning home from a parent-teacher meeting and telling me that, whilst academically I was “doing well”, my teacher had been much more impressed that I’d known the name of  Cardinal Ó Fiaich* in a quiz he’d called out from a newspaper.  It had been about three weeks beforehand but he still remembered it when the P/T meeting came along.  Well, I was about 8 at the time!

Anyway, this is just to illustrate my belief that the quizzing kids of today no doubt got most of these questions right.

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Kids these days…

March 14, 2011 in Culture, Quizzes

The Irish League of Credit Unions has held a nationwide quiz for primary school teams for the last 20 years.

The quiz takes place over three rounds.  Individual Credit Unions hold a local quiz for the schools in their catchment area with the winners of this going on to take part in the ‘Chapter’ round.  There are 25 credit union chapters in Ireland, regions basically, and the winners and runners-up from these qualify for an All-Ireland final in Dublin in April.  Furthermore, the quiz is divided into two sections: Competition A (for children up to 11 years) and Competition B (children aged 11-13).

This is clearly a very well-run event.  The questions are provided centrally and are preceded by a lengthy foreword advising local quiz masters as to how to carry out their duties:

  • Each question is read out twice
  • All six questions are repeated at the end of each round
  • Answer sheets are to be collected after two minutes
  • The answers to round 1 are given when round 2 has been collected, and so on
  • It is recommended that there should be one corrector per 10 teams
  • When the answer is a person’s name, accept the surname
  • Exact spelling of words is relevant only for spelling questions

Now, that’s a useful list for all quiz masters and organisers, not just those involving primary school children.

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Never say never again: answers

March 11, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Ever see one of these? It

The bumper week of quizness continues with the answers to the tricksy questions I posted yesterday.

The ‘Messi Lads’ emulated their eponymous hero and emerged victorious in that night’s contest. Unlike Barcelona though, we won by three!

Ger got in contact yesterday to remind me which questions went with those orphaned answers* I had. Since I’ve already published the answers, there’s not much point in being suspenseful, so here they are:

  • Name the Roddy Doyle short story on which the theme for this year’s Dublin St. Patrick’s Festival is being based.
  • In what year was the Irish halfpenny removed from circulation?

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Never say never again

March 10, 2011 in Gilligan's, Quizzes

Where did this man call home?

Last Tuesday night’s quiz in Gilligan’s, Claremorris, was hosted by my mate Ger. Thus, I’m contractually obliged to say that it was erudite, tough but fair, pacey and all round brilliant*.

This week I was teamed-up with Ger’s brother Dec, who made his debut in honour of the man’s stint at the mic, Michael (who I’d been with twice before) and Tom, a Tuam native who was also making his first appearance. We were worried at the start that our all male team (the ‘Messi Lads’) would prove to be a handicap. Thankfully, Ger avoided questions of a feminine nature.

Which we appreciated. 🙂

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Back in the saddle: answers

March 9, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

Time for the answers to the movie themed questions I posted yesterday.

A very enjoyable, if slow*, quiz and great value too at €20 per table.  Also, it featured the best table name I’ve heard in a while: Tequila Mockingbird! It didn’t have to be a movie quiz for that name to stand out.

Right, I’ll get on with posting up these answers as this is probably the busiest week in the blog’s history.  I’ve already got another four posts lined up – after this one!

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Back in the saddle

March 8, 2011 in Movies, Quizzes

Back in the day, by which I mean back before this blog existed, I used to make a monthly pilgrimage from Ennis to Galway to take part in the Bazaar Movie Quiz.  This wasn’t a bizarre movie quiz.  No, it was a quiz held in a bar called Bazaar.

Well, Bazaar is no longer there and, since it’s closing, there’s been a movie quiz shaped void in the Galway quizzing scene. This hole was filled last night by Kelly’s Bar, Bridge Street*.

And lo!, it was good. Such a large crowd turned up that almost 100 people had to be turned away.  By the time the quiz did kick-off, the staff had managed to squeeze 27 tables into the bar’s upstairs room. Clearly, this quiz will be back!

It was also the first time our ‘A’ team got back together since the All-Ireland final last November. And lo!, we did good. 🙂

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Squeal like a pig: answers

March 8, 2011 in Quizzes

Here are the answers to the questions posed yesterday.  I’ll fly through this post pretty promptly as I have another one ready to go later today.  Busy, busy, busy!

I forgot to mention in yesterday’s post that the quiz was run as a fundraiser for a man named Michael.  What is Michael doing that he needs funds? Climbing a mountain for charity? Building houses in South Africa?

No, he’s running for something called the King of the Tubber.  I have no clue what this prestigious title involves except that it’s must be to do with the town of Ballintubber.  Presumably it’s a bit of a lark connected to a local festival.  Michael is clearly believes it’s worth taking it seriously though since he’s engaging in campaign fundraising!*

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Squeal like a pig

March 7, 2011 in Quizzes

My near-addiction to taking part in quizzes is, mostly speaking, a good thing.  Well, a harmless thing anyway.  Alas, this wasn’t the case on Friday night when I had a most annoying evening’s quizzing.

A listing in a local paper, which caught Ger’s eye last week, took us to the small Mayo village of Ballyglass, and into a pub with a brilliant name: The Squealing Pig.  The omens weren’t good for yours truly when I was struck down with an ear ache just as we set off for the quiz venue.   Things got so bad for me during the interminable wait for the quiz to start that, on an other night, I’d have simply wished my team the best of luck and drove home. Typically, this had to occur on the one night we figured car pooling was a good idea so, not wanting to be the cause of the entire team’s departure, I stuck it out.

Blessings be upon her, my team-mate Marie used some girl-girl sympathy to acquire a couple of paracetamol tablets from one of the ladies behind the bar.  After a few minutes the tabs kicked in and, for the second half of the quiz, I was a new man.

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