Monday, 25 September 2017

Connection Round Answers

As promised here are the answers to the 3 connection rounds posted yesterday...


1.      Standing in Lancashire, what was became the tallest structure in England when it first opened in 1894?
Blackpool Tower
2.      What is the surname of the actor who played Fred Flinstone on film and voiced Sulley in Monsters Inc?
Goodman (John Goodman)
3.      Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care, When you put your arms around me” are the opening lines to which famous song?
Fever
4.      Which TV Presenter is the daughter of journalist Eve Pollard?
Claudia Winkleman
5.      What is the connection between the above 4 answers?
Strictly Come Dancing


1.      Which British politician lead the Labour Party from 1983-1992, making him the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in British History?
Neil Kinnock
2.      Which British celebrity became a father for the first time in at the age of 54, when his partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to his son Eric?
Simon Cowell
3.      Which actor links Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Elf?
Will Ferrell
4.      Which rapper is married to Beyonce?
Jay-Z
5.      What is the connection between the above answers?
The names of the 4 main characters from “The Inbetweeners”? (Simon, Will, Neil, Jay)




1.      In 1996, Newcastle United broke the world football transfer record when they bought Alan Shearer from which other club for £15 million?
Blackburn Rovers
2.      What type of classical female singing voice has the highest vocal range of all voice types?
Soprano
3.      Bengal, Siberian and South China are all species of what type of animal?
Tiger
2.      Which low budget 1998 horror movie concerns three students who set out to make a documentary in Black Hills Forest?
The Blair Witch Project
3.      What is the connection between the last 4 answers?
Tony (Tony Blackburn, Tony Soprano, Tony Tiger, Tony Blair)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Question Time: A Journey Round Britain's Quizzes




Released in the first week of October, Mark Mason's book on quizzing is well worth your time! Having previously written the very entertaining "The Importance of Being Trivial" (see link at the bottom of the page, also well worth your time), this takes a more direct look at Quizzing in the UK featuring many names you will recognise. At just over 200 pages, its a nice brisk read and one or two passages in the book will divide opinion, but other than that I imagine it is a must for quizzers. We are being spoilt a little at the moment with this, the raft of new quiz books from the BBC and the excellent "Joy of Quiz"! All worth your time and all links below!


Pub Quiz - Connection Round

Over the next few days, I will post up some of the Connection rounds of quizzes I have been writing recently. They are aimed at pub quiz audiences so tend not to make them too hard or obscure. Here are the first 3.....answers posted tomorrow.



1.      Which British politician lead the Labour Party from 1983-1992, making him the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in British History?
2.      Which British celebrity became a father for the first time in at the age of 54, when his partner Lauren Silverman gave birth to his son Eric?
3.      Which actor links Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Elf?
4.      Which rapper is married to Beyonce?
5.      What is the connection between the above answers?




1.      In 1996, Newcastle United broke the world football transfer record when they bought Alan Shearer from which other club for £15 million?
2.      What type of classical female singing voice has the highest vocal range of all voice types?
3.      Bengal, Siberian and South China are all species of what type of animal?
4.      Which low budget 1998 horror movie concerns three students who set out to make a documentary in Black Hills Forest?
5.      What is the connection between the last 4 answers?




1.      Standing in Lancashire, what was became the tallest structure in England when it first opened in 1894?
2.      What is the surname of the actor who played Fred Flinstone on film and voiced Sulley in Monsters Inc?
3.      Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care, When you put your arms around me” are the opening lines to which famous song?
4.      Which TV Presenter is the daughter of journalist Eve Pollard?
5.      What is the connection between the above 4 answers?


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quiz Review - The Grange, Sunderland

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Venue: The Grange, Sunderland
Night: Tuesday - 9pm
 
The Grange is part of the "Sizzling" pub chain and I have known about their quiz night for some time, but being just outside the town I have always chosen to attend others for convenience. However, since moving recently this venue is now within walking distance and I decided to try it out last night.
 
The venue uses the RedTooth "Its Your Round" format (at least on a Tuesday as they do also advertise other quizzes on Wednesdays and a music quiz on Sundays). I am a fan of this format and indeed a fan of RedTooth which has for the last few years some of the best setters in the country producing quizzes for them.
 
In case you haven't sampled the format before in a nutshell you get - Picture Round, Current Affiars, Top 5 Rounds, GK Trivia Trail, Connections and a GK Wipeout Round.  I have spoken before about how well written the questions, and doing a similar set for an alternative company myself, I know how hard it is to get a balance right when you are writing for several different venues. But as always the quiz was spot on. It was the first time my non quizzing (and very tolerant) other half has played a RedTooth and she enjoyed it more than some of the quizzes she has played over the years.
 
It's a typical "bar man turns quiz host" for the night style affair but there was no obvious cheating (the scores indicated that) and a nice £30 meal voucher for first prize. He did not announced the prizes but 2nd place was also given a voucher of some value.
 
The night ends off with a Card Bingo session that had a £128 jackpot last night. All in all, a fun, cheat free night of quizzing with the usual high quality of RedTooth questions.
 
Tip: If you download the Green Card App you can get yourself a free beer at the Sizzling Venues!


Monday, 11 September 2017

Ready Made Pub Quiz

I have been meaning to mention this site for a while. Ready Made Pub Quiz  has a wide range of quizzes that have ben uploaded over the last number of years. Of course you can search for tags and such like on topics you want to look into, but each time they upload a quiz (which I think is now up to number 130+) it has the full whack...picture round, general knowledge round and themed round. Great for getting practice on the chestnuts and for (in my case) much needed practice on picture rounds.

Click HERE to view the site

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Brain of Britain

Speaking of Brain of Britain (see post below about the release of the Brain of Britain quiz book) - applications for the new series are now open. I have been waiting for the 5 year period to elapse since my last outing so I can try and not embarrass myself this time around and received an email this week.

brainofbritain@bbc.co.uk is the email to get in touch and they will send a form out :)

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Brain of Britain Book

Along with the Only Connect book I mentioned during the week, a Brain of Britain quiz book has also been released this week. Just arrived this morning and flicking through the first few pages and book as a whole, it seems well worth your time...