In good company

April 3, 2011 in Quizzes

On Thursday night last, the blog (and I) had a bit of a landmark event.  Two weeks ago, I threw open the doors to the calendar, asking anyone who’s organising/hosting/involved with an upcoming quiz to submit their details here.

My Galway quiz buddies were attracted to the Monster Company table quiz in Fagan’s Bar and thus, for the first time, I attended a quiz that a reader had organised.

One of our number works at Medtronic, in Ballybrit, so that was the company we represented for the sake of the quiz. We didn’t let them down, eventually winning by five points with a score of 85/100.

The quiz was a well-run affair with some highs and lows. The highest high: the snazziest half-time finger food ever (we’re talking Michelin Star stuff here – the dipping sauces arrived in shot glasses!).  The lowest low: the MC’s mic was very loud.  Perhaps we were unfortunate and just happened to be sitting directly under a speaker, but the volume was so high as to prevent any relaxing chit-chat. We had a running joke about getting the odd word in, just in the gaps between words coming from the MC.

Bizarrely, this quiz featured the easiest question I’ve ever heard at an adult table quiz. I can’t dodge round it. If ever there was a question you’d feel comfortable putting the house on EVERYBODY in the room getting it right, it might just be:

  • What global event took place between 1939 and 1945?

This wasn’t representative of the quiz at all. It was just a weird outlier. So weird that I felt I had to tell you all about it! 🙂

Now for some questions that are a whole lot more representative. The ones we got wrong:

  1. Who is the current Minister for Communications, Energy and National Resources?
  2. How many keys are there on a Grand Piano?
  3. In the TV series Desperate Housewives, what are the surnames of the characters Susan and Lynette?
  4. During which year did the series Home and Away first appear on Irish television?
  5. Which famous composer wrote the melody to the Boyzone hit song ‘No Matter What’?
  6. Who won the X-Factor TV show in 2005?
  7. Officially, what is Ireland’s sunniest town?
  8. In which year was the Barbie doll first sold?
  9. A person who suffers from gamophobia has a fear of what?
  10. What is the most common blood type?
  11. Which is the rarest eye colour in humans?

Picture round:

Dingbats (there were 10, but six of them are already on this site):

That’s it.

Update: answers here.

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