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Vegetarians, here are the answers

March 21, 2013 in Quizzes

Just a quick post to put up the answers to the questions I posted on Tuesday in Vegetarians, look away now.

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Vegetarians, look away now

March 19, 2013 in Quizzes

Tasty trophy

The future of my tasty trophy…

Last Friday, for the first time in the four years I’ve lived at my current address, I attended a quiz in my local pub. This particular venue, the Coney Island Bar & Lounge, is about a mile from my house – which makes it about four miles closer than any other. Still, if no quizzes take place you can’t attend them and, as far as I know, this was the first one in those four years.

It was the 2013 version of Gorthaganny National School quiz which I was so enthralled by last year. This year’s quiz sadly did not feature those futuristic buzzers which seemed to usher in a new era in quizzing. They still might but, on Friday night, it was retro quizzing with paper scoresheets, biros and manual counting.

I turned up on spec and ended up on a team with two neighbours, Tommy and Mary, and another Thomas, who hails from the other side of the village. It was that kind of event.

The quiz was once again created by the teachers of the school and they did a great job. Almost all the rounds were themed – and in creative ways. Two off the top of my head were called ‘Parts of the body’ (where the answer was always a homonym of a body part) and ‘Feathered friends’, in which a bird featured in the answer. If you look through the questions at the end of the post you’ll notice that we didn’t ace the latter of those two.

Still, we did well, and were in joint-first place at half-time. We thought our goose was cooked in round seven though, which featured questions taken from the fifth and sixth class curricula. (Again, see the questions below). Unfortunately, even though we are all parents, none of our children have yet reached the big kids room and we struggled. In the end, we felt lucky to get out of there with a seven.

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Looking out for No. 1

February 7, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Here’s a quick post, just to publish the audio round from last Friday night’s Gorthaganny National School quiz.  As I said in my previous post, the theme was simple: each song features a number in its title. Teams had to identify the number in each case and enter it in to their swanky buzzer.

You can listen to the 10 tracks by clicking the ‘Read the rest….’ link.

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Behold, the future!

February 5, 2012 in Interactive, Quizzes

Here it is.  The buzzer with which my team took part in last Friday night’s quiz in Ballyhaunis Golf Club.

The quiz was a fundraiser for Gorthaganny National School for, as the headmaster said at the end of the quiz, it’s now a case of “back to the ’80s” in the schools sector with fundraising events becoming common once again.  The money raised at this event will go towards the purchase of the this very buzzer system.  If it provides the school children with as much entertainment value as we got on Friday night, it will be money well spent.

The quiz itself was broken up into four sections: 40 trivia questions, 10 picture questions, 40 trivia questions and 10 music questions.  The trivia questions were, as I predicted, just like questions on Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, with four options.  The picture round was funny but a tad easy, as each question showed a famous person and a professional look-a-like, with us having to enter A or B to identify who was the real deal.  The music round showed off another of the buzzer’s modes.  Each of the songs featured a number in the title and we had to type this number into the device.

On the whole, it was a very enjoyable quiz which is testament to the school staff who created it.  The first 40 questions dragged on a bit as no time limit was enforced on the participants.  However, after the interval, they did introduce a limit of 30 seconds on each question so they obviously had noticed the slow pace themselves.

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