In the land of the blind: answers

December 13, 2015 in Quizzes

Here, eventually, are the answers to the questions I posted previously.

Sorry for the delay. I had a very, extremely, super busy week at work. Stop sniggering. Yes, I know that’s a rare thing…

The final of this event has taken place since I posted my initial blog. Congrats to the Dublin team who won the final. Being made up of a slew of top-ranking IQO members, their win was undoubtedly deserved – if a little unsurprising, surely!

Aside, by winning this event, they received a trophy (more accurately, a shield). Let’s hope this signifies an intent within the NCBI to continue it in the years ahead.


  1. What is the collective noun for a group of bats? A> Camp
  2. In what year was the NCBI founded? A> 1931
  3. In what county can you find the Parícutin volcano? A> Mexico
  4. In terms of the trainline from Dublin to Sligo, what is the English name for the station known in Irish as Bothar Buí? A> Enfield
  5. Which of his feet did Neil Armstong first place on the surface of the moon? A> Left
  6. How many signatories were there on the 1916 Proclamation? A> Seven
  7. What was the name of the Mayor of Limerick who was shot dead in 1921? A> George Clancy
  8. If they were all still alive, which would be the oldest: Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, William Butler Yeats? A> Wilde
  9. In 2002, former US President Bill Clinton opened a peace centre in which town in Northern Ireland? A> Enniskillen
  10. What is the title of Jay-Z’s autobiography? A> Decoded
  11. Which actor appears in the video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song ‘I Really Like You’? A> Tom Hanks
  12. Which novel provided Kate Bush with the inspiration for her song ‘The Sensual World’? A> Ulysses
  13. Which golfer was recently annouced as the vice-captain of the US Ryder Cup team? A> Tiger Woods
  14. How many people have hosted the Rose of Tralee? A> Seven
  15. How many events are there in a decathlon? A> 10

And, play off:

  1. In what year was Eamon De Valera elected President of Ireland? A> 1959
  2. Who is the current Minister for Social Protection? A> Joan Burton
  3. What is a baby giraffe called? A> Calf
  4. What is the minimum age for a person to be elected president? A> 35
  5. Which is closer to the Sun: Jupiter or Saturn? A> Jupiter

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