Don’t work… too hard

October 20, 2011 in Quizzes

Question: How do you know the quiz you’ve (partially) written was too hard?

Answer: When the winning table scores 49/100.

That’s right, just 49%. And there was a playoff.

The night before its students decided to abandon Rag Week, NUI Galway played host to yours truly on the microphone, calling out questions in the back room of the College Bar.  I created three of the rounds used on the night (one of which you can see below).  The others were created by the members of my regular team so it was a rare occasion in that all four of us were at the top table, with the others collecting and correcting at various times.

Knowledge, or what one could consider ‘useful (quiz) knowledge’, is subjective and differs from person to person.  Even with my own abilities, this quiz featured a round I would have scored 2/10 in.  Of course, I’ve also included that for you to have a go.

All that being said, it turned out to be an exciting quiz, with two teams finishing on the aforementioned 49 points.  If we’d had one strong team amongst the competitors, who were able to handle these questions, they’d have had a bit of a Rory McIlroy in the US Open stroll to victory, and what fun would that have been for the room in general?

Popular culture round *:

  1. What is the name of the act that was eliminated from last weekend’s (October 16th) X-Factor?
  2. PS, I Love You was the debut novel by Cecilia Ahern. What was the title of her second?
  3. Which of the following is not a hair-removal technique: Threading, casting or sugaring?
  4. What does the ‘A’ stand for in MAC Cosmetics?
  5. What are the names of the 2 main characters in the movie The Notebook?
  6. Who is the father of Jordan/Katie Price’s first child Harvey?
  7. In Sex and the City, what is Mr. Big’s actual first name?
  8. Which shoe designer is known by the trademark red soles on their shoes?
  9. How many calories are there in a can of diet coke: 0, 7 or 70?
  10. A baby born today (October 17) would have which star sign?

All kinds of everything:

  1. In the novel Around the World in Eighty Days by French writer Jules Verne, which character sets off to circumnavigate the globe?
  2. Name the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, known for her distinctive hair braid,  who was sentenced to seven years in jail last week.
  3. Which common Irish bird is officially known by the Latin name ‘Troglodytes troglodytes’?
  4. The Quinn Group was formed in 1973 by Sean Quinn. By 2008 they produced cement and glass, provided insurance and owned hotels but in what business was the group first involved?
  5. The ‘All Whites’ is the nickname for which national football team?
  6. If someone was to call you by a hypocorism, what type of name would they be using?
  7. Which famous actor was presented with a Special Tony Award in 1985, honoring his 4,525th performance in The King and I on stage?
  8. The Pomengranate gets its name from two Latin words, which mean “seeded [what]”?
  9. Rod Stewart blamed what hobby, which takes up an area 23 foot by 124 foot in his LA home, for contributing to the end of his second marriage?
  10. The world’s first recorded currency dates from around 3,000 BC in Mesoptamia.  Its name is still used today by one country as its currency.  Name either the currency or the country that uses it.

Picture round – Where were they born? **:

What the heck, here’s one more.

Sport round:

  1. Who is the captain of the Connacht Rugby team for the 2011/12 season?
  2. Paul Cook is the manager of which league of Ireland team?
  3. In GAA, which county won The Irish Press Cup in September 2011?
  4. What game is played on a court with a protruding buttress at one end and is fully enclosed by walls, three of which have sloping roofs known as penthouses, under which are openings for spectators? ***
  5. Which famous Australian horse race is billed as The Race That Stops A Nation?
  6. The 1995 Rugby World Cup Final was played in Ellis Park – in which city?
  7. What was unusual (physically) about George Eyser, who won six medals in Gymnastics in one day at the 1904 Olympics?
  8. Founded in 1869 the the Cincinnati Red Stockings were the first fully professional team in which sport?
  9. Ireland has won (and kept) Olympic medals in four sports.  Athletics and Boxing are two; name the other two.
  10. Who are the current Galway Senior Hurling Champions?

Give those four a go.  If you score more than 20, well then last Monday night was probably a missed opportunity for you as you’d almost certainly have defeated every one else in the NUI Galway College Bar!


Here’s the audio round from the quiz.

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Answers tomorrow – along with a post on a quiz I took part in last Friday night.


* This is the one.  Almost every weak spot I have – in one round of quizzing.

** Just answer these 1-A, 2-B and so on.

*** After calling out this epic question on Monday night I added: “… and a net in the middle”. Consider yourself clued.

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