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. 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...

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Fifteen to One Applications

Thanks to Dave over at the Life After Mastermind Blog for alerting me to the fact that the applications for Fifteen to One's next series are now open

Link is HERE

Monday, 4 September 2017


My favourite quizzing event of last year returns in November with a few slight changes, including the individual and team events now being on the same day! Well worth a trip to Sheffield to take part in!

More details HERE

Saturday, 2 September 2017


As part of the Lightspeed Quiz buzzer events that run every month up and down the country, the QU12 game is always on of the highlights. Above is a video of the recent set from The Market Tavern in Thornaby with a familiar face involved ;)