Monday, 20 November 2017

UK Pub Quiz Championships

The 2017  UK Pub Quiz Championships, organised by Redtooth, took place this past weekend at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Although I haven't been attending as many organised quizzes as I would have liked this year, I made damn sure I was able to attend this event as the debut edition was my favourite quiz of last year and it is safe to say that the event has been the highlight of my quizzing year once again...

There was a slight format change this year, meaning rather than being spread over the weekend with bits of entertainment and Poker/Darts events going on, both the Team and Individual quizzes took place over one day.

The Individual quiz kicked off proceedings, and I was happy to see that the format had changed little. Rather than being an exam style quiz with written questions, each 30 question round was presented in traditional pub quiz style (i.e. a question master with a mic!). The only minor change was reducing the number of rounds from 10 down to 8. I think this worked in my favour as some of my weaker rounds from last year were combined. (Rounds included....TV and Film, Sport, Pictures, Music, History/Politics, 2017, The World, Art and Literature).

The changes to the rounds coupled with the fact I put a little but of work in to ensure a better placing meant I was able to improve from 28th last year up to 14th this year which I was very pleased with. I only really had one terrible round (Music) but managed to recover by keeping steady in the others. The Sport, Music and TV/Film rounds were presented in a similar manner to last year, questions 1 beginning this time in the 1950s and ending with the present day. This gives a great overview and creates a more level playing field.

The main work I had put in the week prior was just to recap for the 2017 round. Last year the winner scored 100%, so I wasn't aiming for a round win but knew I could make up some points at least with just a few hours revision. Hence, the last ten questions of the round being on Winners of 2017 worked in my favour (although I still didn't manage to get the Mercury Music Prize winner.)


Last year I picked up a small prize in the Picture Round and knew I had chance to make up some points there too. I ended up 1 point away from being involved in a tiebreak for second in that round, which was partly down to putting Dylan instead of Aidan (Turner) when the picture of Poldark came up. Still, more than happy with that!


Congratulations to Nic Paul who retained his title, with Clive Dunning 2nd and Egghead Steve Cooke 3rd. When I returned to the bar after a quick break, I was over the moon to notice I had managed 14th, beating people I don't tend to beat, and the 5 players who had travelled down from the North East had all managed to be in the top 15.


Onto the team quiz.....


Last year, a team we cobbled together on Facebook, (Myself, Tom Mead, Sam Roberts and Colin Daffern) managed 2nd place, beating some very good teams on the way. So, hopes were high of another good finish. The format of the team quiz was 12 rounds in total. The first half was 6 rounds, after which the teams would split, the top half would go into the final and play for the main prizes, the bottom half would compete for a £100 plate prize.

The first half went well, and we actually ended up in second place with a strong score. A connection round on wrestling, Colin bossing the music round and some solid team play all round left us with a good placing ready for the second half.

This year a Wipeout round had been introduced (think the TV show Wipeout) in which we were presented with a grid of twenty answers.....10 were right, 10 were wrong....you could answer as many or as few as you liked but if one was wrong you scored 0 for the round. The first half ended with Colin rattling off 8 answers of people on the list who were aged 85 or over and we made it through to the final.

The second half, quite rightly so, was much trickier and after dropping a couple per round we dropped down to 4th place overall. Which, considering the calibre of opposition, is a good showing. Despite Colin getting one of the most impressive connections I seen (after 3 clues he instantly knew what was being asked for was things mentioned in the lyrics to Cool for Cats!) we had a bad picture round and couldn't make the ground up. The wipeout this time was based on towns and cities of England with populations over 100,000, which proved a tad controversial, but didn't effect us as we played it safe with 5 right answers, hoping some teams to be wiped out. But alas, I haven't played in a more fun team quiz all year!

Congrats to Paul Sinha, Oliver Levy, Chris James and Marianne Fairthorne who were crowned champions for the second year in a row.


Overall, the UK Pub Quiz Championships has again been the highlight of the quizzing year. Great questions, great venue and great company. I hope it will return next year!



Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Quiz League Questions

Last week marked the second week of the season in the Sunderland Echo Quiz League. The questions have been added to the site and are well worth a look. They can be found HERE and if you scroll down to the set from the 8th November you can see for yourself.

As always with these, it is worth mentioning that unlike most leagues, the Sunderland League is team questions.

Monday, 13 November 2017

UK Pub Quiz Championships - This Saturday!

Easily my favourite event of last year, the Redtooth UK Pub Quiz Championships returns this weekend at Bramall Lane, Sheffield. Still plenty of places left and you can expect a great day with a high quality quiz....

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Pub Quiz Questions #03 - Answers

1. Football: Name the three players who have scored 5 or more goals in two World Cup Tournaments? Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller and Teofilo Cubbillas
2. Which American author was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first black woman to receive the award? Toni Morrison
3. Which British fashion designer came second to Kian Egan on the 2013 series of “I’m a Celebrity” and currently hosts the Uk Version of “Say Yes to the Dress”? David Emmanuel
4. Who designed the famous iron suspension bridge, opened in 1826, that spans the Menai Strait? Thomas Telford
5. Other than “Sit Down”, name either of the other two singles by the band James to reach the Top 10 in the UK? “She’s a Star” and “Sound”
6. Who carried the flag for Ecuador at the 1972 Olympic Games and 24 years later was elected President of the nation? Abdala Bucaram
7. Which 1885 epic poem relates the fictional adventures of an Ojibwe warrior and his love for Minnehaha? The Song of Hiawatha
8. 38 members of the MacDonald clan were killed in which infamous event of February 1692? The Glen Coe Massacre
9. Which author 2003 debut novel “Brick Lane” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize? Monica Ali
10. Which notorious player was the first in NFL History to rush for more than 2000 yards in a season? OJ Simpson

Friday, 3 November 2017

Pub Quiz Questions #03


1. Football: Name the three players who have scored 5 or more goals in two World Cup Tournaments?
2. Which American author was awarded the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature, the first black woman to receive the award?
3. Which British fashion designer came second to Kian Egan on the 2013 series of “I’m a Celebrity” and currently hosts the Uk Version of “Say Yes to the Dress”?
4. Who designed the famous iron suspension bridge, opened in 1826, that spans the Menai Strait?
5. Other than “Sit Down”, name either of the other two singles by the band James to reach the Top 10 in the UK?
6. Who carried the flag for Ecuador at the 1972 Olympic Games and 24 years later was elected President of the nation?
7. Which 1885 epic poem relates the fictional adventures of an Ojibwe warrior and his love for Minnehaha?
8. 38 members of the MacDonald clan were killed in which infamous event of February 1692?
9. In 2003, which authors debut novel “Brick Lane” was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize?
10. Which notorious player was the first in NFL History to rush for more than 2000 yards in a season?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Try your hand at Speedquizzing....

I have mentioned many times on the blog that I am something of a fan of Speedquzzing. I am sure many reading this blog have already tried, or at least are aware of Speedquizzing - a standard pub quiz using a mobile phone to answer questions, rewarding the fastest players along the way.

Anyway, for those of you in the Sunderland area, its that time of the month again for the Chester to host their Speedquizzing night. It happens on the first Tuesday of each month so get yourself along on Tuesday 6th November if you are free and you won't be disappointed!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Pub Quiz Questions #02 - Answers


1.       The films 3:10 to Yuma,  Get Shorty  and Out of Sight, as well as the FX TV show Justified, are based on the works of which crime writer who died in August 2013?
Elmore Leonard
2.       Formed in 2001 in Chicago, which band are fronted by Patrick Stump who released their debut album “Take This To Your Grave” in 2003 and got their name from a character who appeared in the Simpsons?
Fall Out Boy
3.       Football: Who is the only player to have scored over 10 penalties in the Premier League and still maintain a 100% scoring record?
Yaya Toure
4.       In which county would you find the Cerne Abbas Giant?
Dorset
5.       Which is the highest mountain in Northern Ireland?
Slieve Donard
6.       One of the five pillars of Islam, what does Zakat involve?
Giving alms/Giving to Charity
7.       The recreational lake known as The Serpentine is located in which London Park?
Hyde Park
8.       Which pop group had reservationson the infamous “Lockerbie Flight”, having to cancel at the last minute due to studio sessions overrunning?
The Four Tops
9.       In the TV Series Doctor Foster, what is the first name of Doctor Foster?
Gemma
10.   Vince Clarke had Top 5 singles as a member of 4 different groups. Name them?
Yazoo, Erasure, Depeche Mode, The Assembly