Friday, 20 April 2018

Quiz Review - Music Quiz, The Grange Sunderland

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Location: The Grange, Sunderland
Time: Sundays, from 8.30pm
Lying around 1 mile outside of Sunderland City Centre, the Grange is part of the Sizzling chain and probably the closest pub to my home. I have know about the existence of the Sunday Night Music Quiz in the venue for some time, and eventually managed to get round to attending last weekend. I am usually quite strong on music quiz questions, not so much on audio rounds, so didn't know what to expect. I convinced my other half to come along, and we were one of about 8 teams competing for a prize of a meal voucher for the pub itself.
I will start with the positives....the format is great with a lot of different styles of rounds to keep players occupied. Pictures, themed audio rounds, traditional audio rounds, list rounds...clearly effort is made to putting together a fun quiz. In all there are around 20 music quiz questions, 16 pieces of audio, 10 pictures in the picture round and a handout round. Last weeks was a list of Oscar Winning songs and you simply had to identify the films from which they came. I did enjoy it on the whole, and my other half also did (which is a rare when it comes to quizzing)....however there is one big criticism.
It was pitched at far too low of a level....this isn't me being arrogant, but we scored 57/60 and came 5th. There was a 4 way tie for first place on 58/60 and the lowest score was 54/60. I am all for an easy first half to get people suckered in and thinking they can win, but a harder second half is a must if thats the style. I personally would much rather come 5th with 70% of the points and have learned a think or two, than be 5th with only 3 points dropped. It is very easy to write an easy quiz.....the skill comes in writing a quiz that is going to produce staggered results.
I will give it another go, and if you are in the area it is well worth attending. If it is always so simple though, I maybe will look elsehwere

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Quiz Review - Board Inn, Sunderland

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Location: Board Inn, Sunderland
Night: Tuesday Night
Time: 8.30pm
For a reason I may go into in a future post, we have began the search for a new home for Tuesday Night quizzing and we began last night at The Board Inn, a few miles outside of Sunderland City Centre.
If you have read one of my quiz reviews previously, you will know that  don't necessarily like to be overtly negative about pub quizzes, after all one of the aims of the blog is to promote quizzing in the North East, but I am struggling with this one.
The quiz itself was fairly well attended with 9 teams, which is about the norm around these parts. The quiz kicks off at 8.30pm and consists of 3 General Knowledge Rounds, a Music Round, a Picture Round, a Wipe-out Round and a Jackpot.  The pub itself is in a nice location, serves up hot food at the interval and has plenty of parking....but sadly the quiz is let down by the quality of questions.
I will start with the positives....the picture round is a standard guess the famous person style round and the music round is nicely broken down into decades (2 questions on 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) and I always like the inclusion of a Wipeout Round as it brings some tactics into play.
But far too often during the quiz last night, the questions were too obscure, too unguessable and lacking in the clues that could be worked out. There was very little to "think about" if you get my drift, it was either a case of you knew it, or there was not way you were going to guess it. The questions came from a very very narrow syllabus, with no sport and questions that seemed more tamed towards the Hosts interests than the audience in question (always a fatal flaw in quizzes). An anagram round demanded a specific answer of "Tropical Fruit" when asked what a Carambola was being the perfect example of the questions just not being up to scratch.
With 9 teams playing, and many reserved tables, the quiz is popular and if you decide to go I would suggest booking a table, but I certainly won't be returning as the quiz itself isn't worth the time and effort. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Brain of Britain - Monday 23rd April 2018

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I will get round to catching up on my run down of the series so far, but just to let you know that for any avid listeners, I recorded an episode of Brain of Britain this week. My second attempt after first taking part 5 years ago. Ill post a full entry on the recording process after the airing. It airs this Monday, 23rd April on BBC Radio 4. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Book Suggestion

On a recent train journey I passed my time by dipping in and out of this short title, which covers a range of interesting facts about British History, Culture, Sports and everything in between. Full of facts, ideal whether you are a setter or looking to get to grips with a few of those "chestnut" facts that come up time and again, its well worth paying the pennies this is available for on Amazon.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Questions

We received a surprising email last week form an individual wondering whether the questions from the Sunderland Echo Quiz League would continue to be placed on the Leagues site. It reminded me to post up the link to the archive which I have been meaning to do for some time, If you click here you will find a range of questions, by no means complete, produced by the teams in the league.

It is worth mentioning the Sunderland Quiz League is team based, with up to 6 people per team, and the sets are written by the team who haven't got a fixture in a given week. So, as you can expect the sets vary a lot, some are better than others...some have produced fun nights, others have produced nights where you are praying for the end, but all in all you will find a mixed bunch of questions there. As usual I will continue to post sets written by myself on the blog.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Fifteen to One


Applications are currently open for the next series of Fifteen to One. Follow the link HERE. Having recently taken part in the latest filming blocks myself (Series 10, with Series 9 also still be aired), I can vouch for it being a fun experience with a great production team. Well worth a try....and as a side note they do seem to be taking previous contestants back as when I was up there recording (it's all done in Glasgow) there were certainly a large portion of players who were back from a second go!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

European Quizzing Championships Film

Nice little video here from last years European Quizzing Championships held in Zagreb. You will certainly recognise a few faces!

This years event takes place later in the year in Zagreb. Ill post a link up one the details are online.