Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Quiz Night Review - The Chesters, Sunderland (Speedquizzing)

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Venue: The Chesters, Sunderland
Tuesday Nights from 9pm
1st Tuesday of Every Month is SpeedQuzzing!
People have varied opinions on SpeedQuizzing - which is a pub quiz using your phone as the answer pad - but I defy anyone to visit the Quiz Night at the Chesters and not enjoy it!
The pub itself is not only my home for Quiz League matches, but also a nice venue just outside the City Centre with plenty of space for all. The quiz is ran by a fellow team mate from the Quiz League and is very well attended. Due to complaints from locals (mainly those who Google) about the change from paper to phone quizzes, the SpeedQuiz now only runs on the first Tuesday of the month....but its one of the highlights of the week!
The first round is General Knowledge with a mix of numbers, letters and multiple choice questions (including picture rounds). Nice mix of subjects. This is followed by a music round and the best of all is kept to last, the buzzer round. Points are awarded throughout for correct answers and fastest teams but the final round is a buzzer, you answer the questions alone with your team and the rest of the pub decides to agree or disagree.
A great night, one of the most fun quiz nights in Sunderland and the only bad thing about it is that it doesn't run every week!

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sunderland Echo Quiz League

Congratulations to Newbottle WMC who were crowned Champions of the Sunderland Echo Quiz League at the Presentation Night last week. The new season begins this week with the knockout trophy.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Quiz Night Review - The Dun Cow, Sunderland

Quiz Night Review - The Dun Cow, Sunderland
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Thursday Nights
One of the members of the Sunderland Quiz League, let me know last week that he was restarting the quiz in the Dun Cow, one of Sunderland's best and most historic pubs so sure enough I was there for opening night on Thursday. The Dun Cow itself has changed hands on an almost annual basis in the last decade and quiz nights have come and gone. With the current quizmaster at the helm, there is never going to be a doubt about the quality of the quiz itself......
Indeed opening night was ram packed. Although a small pub, all of the tables were still full by 7.30am with around 8-9 teams (and around 40 people) taking part. The quiz begins at 8pm on the dot and is finished by 10pm to fit in with the show times at the nearby Empire Theatre.
The quiz begins with a varied music round of 5 questions, followed by a round of 10 questions which were 5 multiple choice questions and 5 on TV and Film. The papers are then collected in to be marked whilst the teams do a picture round, which last night was cryptic pictures of book titles. I prefer quizzes in which answer sheets are collected in after rounds and score updates are given so that's always a bonus.
Following the picture round there was a further two rounds of 20 questions with a 5 question connection element, questions on sport and then a very testing last round of 10 GK questions. Throw into the mix a True or False game for an extra prize and it is a very busy night at the Dun Cow Quiz!
In all, the strength of the quiz is the quality of the questions. Written and researched with care and effort made to produce interesting questions, unique questions and questions that really made me think....I certainly felt my brain had had a workout after the end of the final GK Round!
A superb quiz, and my new home for a Thursday Night!

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Quiz Book Suggestion

I may have recommended this before, but it is certainly worth a second mention. Written by Mastermind Champion Gavin Fuller, this is a great challenging Quiz Book with plenty of good questions to get stuck into, a simple to use format and a great range of subjects!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Mastermind and Only Connect

Just in case you missed it in your TV guides, both Mastermind and Only Connect return tonight for new series. (Only Connect, according to their Facebook page, is eventually going back to Mondays early next year)

Friday, 21 July 2017

Quiz Night Review - The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval

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The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval
Thursday Nights
For the second time this week, I found myself trying a new quiz of the first time. The Keel Row is a very popular pub in Seaton Delaval, and after a lovely meal in there last night, we settled down for the quiz at 9pm. The pub was very full, I couldn't see many spare seats. However, it is very much a night of two halves....
The actual quiz was very enjoyable. There was 15 questions picture round with a nice variety of pictures including maps of US State Capitals (identify the state) and an overall theme of Donald Trump (pictures of him meeting world leaders and people speaking at an anti Trump Rally). What I liked about this was that it didn't form part of the main quiz itself and was instead a separate contest for a bottle of wine.
The main quiz consists of 40 questions, a tad short if you ask me, but the quality was there. Plenty to thing about, plenty of debate amongst myself and my long-suffering-quiz-hostage other half and questions we both could think about. Nice mixture! At this point I was very optimistic that I had found another fun quiz night to add to the diary. Throw in a couple of bonus rounds to win free pints and I was a very happy punter at this point.
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A brief glance at my watch indicated in it was 9.50pm....
Then the wait began. It was a good 45 minutes before anything further happened. Not only does this give ample opportunity to cheat (the venue was large with basically 3 separate areas and the quiz master tucked in the corner....however I do not believe there was cheating going on! but you always risk it with a 45 minute gap)....but it was a tad dull. My preference for quiz nights is to be kept busy, not just sitting waiting around. It was a "swap and mark" quiz which prolonged things even more as the questions were read out in a very slow manner. An hour and ten minutes after the quiz had ended the scores were read out......
So as I said, a quiz of two halves. Good picture round, great questions and nice pace in the first half but what will put me off going back is that 70 minute wait to get the results. (There is a jackpot at the end which we stayed for - under heavy protest from my other half).
I suggested in the car on the way home, this would have been a better night had we left after the questions and either asked for the answers to take away or simply googled to see what we had right or wrong.

"If most people have put it, I will give you the point...."

Now, usually I don't get annoyed by these things but instead concentrate on just enjoying the quiz. When a quizmaster is wrong the two options are usually "Ill only accept the answer on the sheet" or they give in when they are shown the correct answer on google.

I encountered something different at a recent quiz. The round was based on pictures of bands and with it all being 90's - present I scooped up 15/15....or so I thought. It was one of these "swap with another team and mark" rounds and our paper came back with 14/15. A picture that was clearly Radiohead was announced as being Manic Street Preachers....I was bit worried that it wasn't contested so with us two being in a head to head race with a team of 10 for first place, I politely told the Quizmaster it was 100% Radiohead (not necessarily begging for the point but just pointing it out).

To which he said...."If most people have put it, I will give you the point".


So, if I happen to be one of only a few teams to know it, or the only one!, then I am not going to have my correct answer given whereas it everyone proves you wrong I'll get a point! Can't see the logic in that response.