In the land of the blind

November 30, 2015 in Quizzes

SixLast Friday-week, I had the very unusual experience of being on a table quiz team of six. Normally, six people at a table will result in both open and covert complaints being sent to the quizmaster about the cheaters in the back corner. However, the NCBI are currently running a national* table quiz where that team size is the norm.

I managed to round up five team-mates for the Galway heat of this event, which took place in (handy for those of us who want to avoid city traffic) Claregalway. For a group thrown together in about 24 hours, we did very well. In fact, we almost won!

But we didn’t. 🙁

Going in to the eighth and final round, we led by one point. As it was a sports round, several of us felt we should be able to hold on. However, not knowing which golfing legend had recently been appointed US Ryder Cup vice-captain, saw us lose that lead. Our closest opponents had put in a tremendous run, scoring 10/10 in rounds 6 and 7. They then repeated that feat in the final round, and so we were set for a playoff.

The quizmaster announced five extra questions. Good news: we scored 5/5. Bad news: so did our opponents. The final question-to-end-all-questions was “How many rooms are there in Buckingham Palace?” This was meant as a ‘closest to the flag’ question. However, this rule wasn’t even needed as our opponents knew the exact answer!

So that was that. Best of luck to them in the national final, which will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Saturday.

Here are a selection of questions for you. This quiz didn’t feature any picture rounds.

  1. What is the collective noun for a group of bats?
  2. In what year was the NCBI founded?
  3. In what county can you find the Parícutin volcano?
  4. In terms of the trainline from Dublin to Sligo, what is the English name for the station known in Irish as Bothar Buí
  5. Which of his feet did Neil Armstong first place on the surface of the moon?
  6. How many signatories were there on the 1916 Proclamation?
  7. What was the name of the Mayor of Limerick who was shot dead in 1921?
  8. If they were all still alive, which would be the oldest: Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats?
  9. In 2002, former US President Bill Clinton opened a peace centre in which town in Northern Ireland?
  10. What is the title of Jay-Z’s autobiography?
  11. Which actor appears in the video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song ‘I Really Like You’?
  12. Which novel provided Kate Bush with the inspiration for her song ‘The Sensual World’?
  13. Which golfer was recently annouced as the vice-captain of the US Ryder Cup team?
  14. How many people have hosted the Rose of Tralee?
  15. How many events are there in a decathlon?

(Yes, you’re right, I’ve included that last question for humorous reasons. Easiest question ever.)

Play off:

  1. In what year was Eamon De Valera elected President of Ireland?
  2. Who is the current Minister for Social Protection?
  3. What is a baby giraffe called?
  4. What is the minimum age for a person to be elected president?
  5. Which is closer to the Sun: Jupiter or Saturn?

* Where ‘national’ equals venues south of a line between Galway and Dublin.

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