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 ;)

Quiz League Set B

As promised the second half of the Quiz League set I set from the Sunderland League a week or so ago...

Sunderland Echo Quiz League

Set by Chesters

Set B

Round 1 - B

1.       What surname is shared by the Author listed by Guinness world records as the bestselling novelist of all time and a serial killer hanged in 1953 for the murder of at least eight people?
2.       This European country has a population of just over 1.3 million and consists of a mainland and around 2,000 islands. It is bordered by Russia in the East and Latvia in the South and joined Nato as a full member in 2004. Name this country?
3.       Only two French players have scored more than 100 goals in the English Premier League. Thierry Henry is one….name the other?
Nicolas ANELKA
4.       Name either of the chemical elements to be named after asteroids.
Cerium or Palladium


Round 2- B

1.       Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in how many films?
2.       If you add together the symphony numbers of Mozarts “Prague Symphony” and Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony what number do you get?
39 (38 and 1)
3.       Which is the smallest and southernmost of the four main Balearic Islands?
4.       Tessa Sanderson is one of only 2 women to compete in 6 consecutive Olympic Games in track and field events. In which year did she make her Olympic debut?


Round 3 - B

1.       At which major tourist attraction in France would you find “Point Zero”, the point from which all French distances (especially those to and from Paris) are measured?
Notre Dame Cathedral
2.       Occurring in the 21st century, who was the last non-British, non-German winner of the Formula 1 World Championship?
3.       Who am I?  In 1971 I became the 4th playwright of the 20th century to be knighted. I served in the Royal Air Force during World War 2 as a tail gunner which inspired my work “Flare Path” and I shared a writing credit with Graham Greene on the 1947 film of Brighton Rock.
4.       To within a year either way, in which year was Theresa May born?
1956 (accept 1955-1957)








Round 4 – B

1.       Two word answer required…..which constituency was the first to declare their result in the 2017 General Election?
Newcastle Central
2.       What name is shared by a film which won the Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and a band who had their only UK number one hit in 1977?
3.       The third pillar of Islam is Zakat. What does Zakat oblige  people to do?
Give to Charity/the Poor
4.       Signed in 1985, the Schengen Agreement is named after a town in which country?


Round 5 - B

1.       The Dreamtime is the basis of the understanding of the world and the creation beliefs of which group of people?
2.       Interviewing over 900 witnesses and costing £150 million pounds, the inquiry by Lord Saville concluding in 1998, was the largest and most expensive enquiry in British legal history at the time. What infamous event was the inquiry looking into?
Bloody Sunday
3.       The Booker Prize winning novel “Rites of Passage” tells the tale of a 6 month voyage to which country?
4.       Also featuring in the name of a popular modern country band, which word refers to the period of American history and culture following the Revolutionary War but prior to the American Civil War?


Round 6 - B

1.       Pyrosis is the medical term for what common complaint?
2.       Lake Tanganyika, the world’s longest freshwater lake, is divided between 4 countries. Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo are 2. Name either of the others?
Zambia or Burundi
3.       What was the name of the round, brick, fortified gun positions, over a 100 of which were built in the early 19th century along the south coast of England to repel an expected invasion from Napoleon?
Martello Towers
4.       Which crime writer is the author of the “Women’s Murder Club” series including the books “1st to Die”,  “3rd Degree” “7th Heaven” and the latest in the series “15th Affair”?
James Paterson


Friday, 1 September 2017

Quiz Book Suggestion

I may have suggested this book on the blog before, but well worth a mention again. Packed to the brim of questions in a Quiz League style. The questions range from the medium difficulty to the very hard, there is very little filler and it is a great book to get to grips with those quiz league style questions you hear time and time again. Will take an age to work through it too as its a hefty tome.