Quizzing in Englisch

March 28, 2013 in Quizzes

The man who might be Dave

Quizmaster: The man who might be Dave

Table quizzes are all about knowledge, team-work and team formation.  Knowledge is an obvious need, team-work (the chemistry between you) makes sense to anyone but team formation?

Well, here’s an example of how not to do it.  Last Friday night myself, Ger and two of our friends, Andrew and Adrian, met up for a quiz in Knock.  You’d think we’d have done well – we all know a thing or two.  Unfortunately we all seemed to know the same things – or, more aptly, didn’t know the same things.  Things such as the music of Taylor Swift, where Galley Head can be found and what the largest ingredient in a bottle of Coca-Cola is.  Ok, that last one definitely wasn’t our fault – how do they not think water is part of the recipe?!  But the others, and more like them, definitely were.  Whilst we were one off the lead at half-time, we dropped away completely after the break and ended up in fifth.

For the first few days of this week, myself and Mrs TQ were in Berlin, for a short break. I had forewarned my acquaintance Sebastian Klussmann from the German Quizzing Association and, sure enough, he found a quiz (in English!) for us to try our hand at.  He even brought along Chris, a friend of his who originally hails from Birmingham.

The quiz took place in a pub called ‘Das Gift’.  Now, don’t be fooled (as I was).  Gift is this case is not a loan word.  In fact it’s the German word for poison.  Once inside, I found the pub to be appropriately named.  Seb told me that smoking has been banned in bars in Berlin for several years now but I could hardly see him when he told me that, such was the thickness of the tobacco smoke in the air between us. 🙁  Apparently, in that Hipster part of Berlin, the law is, to quote the bard, “more honour’d in the breach than the observance”.

The quiz itself was hosted by another British ex-pat (who may have been called Dave).  It consisted of five rounds.  Now before you say “just five rounds?!” I should point out that one of those was a sheet of anagrams we were given at the start of the night and could work on during the gaps between the four *actual* rounds.

These rounds were on: general knowledge, Easter (complete with several on the Easter story), famous Dicks and the music of 1998.  Our own team formation turned out to be quite good as Chris is brilliant at anagrams (he even showed us a neat method of solving them), I am quite experienced in the music of 1998, Mrs knew a lot about Easter and Seb is just smart.  By the end of the night, we had scored 55/61 – which left us tied for the lead.  A playoff beckoned.

Before we get there, have a go at the questions we missed:

  1. Which famous Dick wrote The Sheep-Pig which was adapted into the film Babe?
  2. Which American comedian and social activist unsuccessfully ran for President of the United States in 1968 as a write-in candidate of the Freedom and Peace Party?

Erm, that’s it.  Ok, have some anagrams.  These are all the titles of Rom-com movies:

  1. Whitening dredges
  2. Wormy patent
  3. Lethal stash
  4. A beatnik’s taffy farts
  5. Tasted iffy first
  6. Till nothing
  7. A testes hogging vomit
  8. Actual volley
  9. Cheddar swingers
  10. A dry family

Right, so back to the narrative.  The quiz had finished up with ourselves (Onward Quiztian Soldiers) tied with Team B.A.R.  The man who may or may not be called Dave asked for each team to send up one representative.  I was pushed out in front by my colleagues and joined the B.A.Rs. Kate up by the microphone.  Now, Dave might as well not have bothered asking for one representative as, when he asked the tie-breaker question, he then let us go back to our teams to consult!

The question was “In the course of the film franchise how many people has John Rambo personally killed?”  The nearest answer would get the prize.  Chris wanted to say 200 but I thought that was a little high.  In the end we settled for 111.  The B.A.R. team went to the other extreme and submitted an answer of 2000!  The answer Dave was looking for was 220 so we were significantly closer and declared the winners!

But, wait, there’s more! The prize pot had been announced at half-time as €47.  However, as the team’s representative I still had to put my hand into a bag and pull out one of two pieces of paper.  One said “cash”, the other “wine”.

Of course, I picked the one with wine written on it. 🙁  Just one bottle of wine, too!  Anyway, here we are, literally seconds after claiming the title.


Onward Quiztian Soldiers: Seb, Ev, John and Chris.

I will be back tomorrow with the answers to the anagrams and, all going well, the music of 1998 to test you out.  Until then!

Update: answers here.

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