Friday, 20 April 2018

Quiz Review - Music Quiz, The Grange Sunderland

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Location: The Grange, Sunderland
Time: Sundays, from 8.30pm
Lying around 1 mile outside of Sunderland City Centre, the Grange is part of the Sizzling chain and probably the closest pub to my home. I have know about the existence of the Sunday Night Music Quiz in the venue for some time, and eventually managed to get round to attending last weekend. I am usually quite strong on music quiz questions, not so much on audio rounds, so didn't know what to expect. I convinced my other half to come along, and we were one of about 8 teams competing for a prize of a meal voucher for the pub itself.
I will start with the positives....the format is great with a lot of different styles of rounds to keep players occupied. Pictures, themed audio rounds, traditional audio rounds, list rounds...clearly effort is made to putting together a fun quiz. In all there are around 20 music quiz questions, 16 pieces of audio, 10 pictures in the picture round and a handout round. Last weeks was a list of Oscar Winning songs and you simply had to identify the films from which they came. I did enjoy it on the whole, and my other half also did (which is a rare when it comes to quizzing)....however there is one big criticism.
It was pitched at far too low of a level....this isn't me being arrogant, but we scored 57/60 and came 5th. There was a 4 way tie for first place on 58/60 and the lowest score was 54/60. I am all for an easy first half to get people suckered in and thinking they can win, but a harder second half is a must if thats the style. I personally would much rather come 5th with 70% of the points and have learned a think or two, than be 5th with only 3 points dropped. It is very easy to write an easy quiz.....the skill comes in writing a quiz that is going to produce staggered results.
I will give it another go, and if you are in the area it is well worth attending. If it is always so simple though, I maybe will look elsehwere

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Quiz Review - Board Inn, Sunderland

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Location: Board Inn, Sunderland
Night: Tuesday Night
Time: 8.30pm
For a reason I may go into in a future post, we have began the search for a new home for Tuesday Night quizzing and we began last night at The Board Inn, a few miles outside of Sunderland City Centre.
If you have read one of my quiz reviews previously, you will know that  don't necessarily like to be overtly negative about pub quizzes, after all one of the aims of the blog is to promote quizzing in the North East, but I am struggling with this one.
The quiz itself was fairly well attended with 9 teams, which is about the norm around these parts. The quiz kicks off at 8.30pm and consists of 3 General Knowledge Rounds, a Music Round, a Picture Round, a Wipe-out Round and a Jackpot.  The pub itself is in a nice location, serves up hot food at the interval and has plenty of parking....but sadly the quiz is let down by the quality of questions.
I will start with the positives....the picture round is a standard guess the famous person style round and the music round is nicely broken down into decades (2 questions on 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) and I always like the inclusion of a Wipeout Round as it brings some tactics into play.
But far too often during the quiz last night, the questions were too obscure, too unguessable and lacking in the clues that could be worked out. There was very little to "think about" if you get my drift, it was either a case of you knew it, or there was not way you were going to guess it. The questions came from a very very narrow syllabus, with no sport and questions that seemed more tamed towards the Hosts interests than the audience in question (always a fatal flaw in quizzes). An anagram round demanded a specific answer of "Tropical Fruit" when asked what a Carambola was being the perfect example of the questions just not being up to scratch.
With 9 teams playing, and many reserved tables, the quiz is popular and if you decide to go I would suggest booking a table, but I certainly won't be returning as the quiz itself isn't worth the time and effort. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Brain of Britain - Monday 23rd April 2018

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I will get round to catching up on my run down of the series so far, but just to let you know that for any avid listeners, I recorded an episode of Brain of Britain this week. My second attempt after first taking part 5 years ago. Ill post a full entry on the recording process after the airing. It airs this Monday, 23rd April on BBC Radio 4. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Book Suggestion

On a recent train journey I passed my time by dipping in and out of this short title, which covers a range of interesting facts about British History, Culture, Sports and everything in between. Full of facts, ideal whether you are a setter or looking to get to grips with a few of those "chestnut" facts that come up time and again, its well worth paying the pennies this is available for on Amazon.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Questions

We received a surprising email last week form an individual wondering whether the questions from the Sunderland Echo Quiz League would continue to be placed on the Leagues site. It reminded me to post up the link to the archive which I have been meaning to do for some time, If you click here you will find a range of questions, by no means complete, produced by the teams in the league.

It is worth mentioning the Sunderland Quiz League is team based, with up to 6 people per team, and the sets are written by the team who haven't got a fixture in a given week. So, as you can expect the sets vary a lot, some are better than others...some have produced fun nights, others have produced nights where you are praying for the end, but all in all you will find a mixed bunch of questions there. As usual I will continue to post sets written by myself on the blog.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Fifteen to One


Applications are currently open for the next series of Fifteen to One. Follow the link HERE. Having recently taken part in the latest filming blocks myself (Series 10, with Series 9 also still be aired), I can vouch for it being a fun experience with a great production team. Well worth a try....and as a side note they do seem to be taking previous contestants back as when I was up there recording (it's all done in Glasgow) there were certainly a large portion of players who were back from a second go!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

European Quizzing Championships Film

Nice little video here from last years European Quizzing Championships held in Zagreb. You will certainly recognise a few faces!

This years event takes place later in the year in Zagreb. Ill post a link up one the details are online.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Brain of Britain 2018

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The latest series of Brian of Britain has been continuing over the past few weeks, and heat 4 was aired today (don't look below if you are avoiding spoilers). I feel a little bit behind in my ongoing leader board for the series thus far but see below for the full updates. The Q's next to names indicate the heat winners who have already made the next round. Hopefully, if you follow the show, or indeed are taking part this series, it gives you a good idea of where you are .
 Mark Eaves (Q) - 20
Jack Bennett (Q) - 14
Amit De (Q) - 11
Andy Tucker - 10
Sanjoy Sen - 10
Julie Lamangion - 9 (Q)
Jill Goodwin - 9
Ian Porter - 8
Phillip Issac  - 7
Francis Atherton - 7
Andrew Franko - 6
Beverley Beasley  - 5
James Wilson - 4
Gillian Ledwick - 4
John Robinson - 4
Eddie Alexander - 3

Friday, 16 March 2018

Cash Show Available on IOS

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Just a quick note to mention that the Cash Show App I have mentioned a few times on here is now available on IOS. The good news is, despite a little bit of worry early on, they have started paying out the big winners now.

If you are signing up, please use the code below and we will both a free live which will come in very handy indeed!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is back!

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You may have already heard, but applications are open for the upcoming series of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?. The application form is HERE and requires a photo, a short multiple choice test and also an optional video. I hope its more in line with the original series rather than the "everyone has a sob story" revival from a few years back.
Good luck to anyone applying!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Pub Quiz #1

General Knowledge

1.       Which birthday did Barbie celebrate in 2009?



2.       Which cartoon character has her own theme park located in Hampshire?

Peppa Pig


3.       What do the letters QI stand for in the name of the popular comedy quiz show?

Quite Interesting


4.       In which decade were teabags first sold commercially?



5.       What was the first item to be sold in the UK using an electronically scanned Bar Code?

Packet of Chewing Gum



1.       Olivia Coleman played Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in which ITV Series?



2.       Lady Di, Willy, Wellard and Roly are dogs who have appeared in which TV Soap?



3.       Justin Fletcher is better known by what name in a famous Cbeebies series?

Mr Tumble


4.       Who provides the sarcastic narration on the TV show “Come Dine With Me”?

Dave Lamb


5.       In the Simpsons, what is the first name of Chief Wiggum?



1.       In which Olympic sport might you use either a recurve, a compound or a traditional piece of equipment?



2.       Who replaced Sepp Blatter as President of Fifa in 2016?

Gianni Infantino


3.       In which city do La Liga team Espanyol FC play their home matches?



4.       What sport is played by the Nottingham Panthers, Dundee Stars and Cardiff Devils?

Ice Hockey


5.       Over what distance, in metres, are Olympic and World Rowing Championships held?


Food and Drink


1.       In cooking what does the abbreviation UHT stand for?

Ultra Heat Treated


2.       Mozzarella Cheese is made from the milk of which animal?



3.       John Pemberton is credited with the invention of which popular drink?

Coca Cola


4.       What kind of food item does an Oometer measure?



5.       The name of which dish, found on a menu in Indian Restaurants, literally means “Dry Fry”?



21st Century Events

1.       Who replaced Ed Milliband as leader of the Labour Party after the 2015 election defeat?

Jeremy Corbyn


2.       What is the name of the music streaming service launched by Beyonce and Jay Z?



3.       Which non-European country competed in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2015?



4.       In which country were 33 miners trapped for 69 days in 2010, gaining the attention of the worlds media?



5.       Who is the controversial founder of WikiLeaks who became Personna non grata in the USA in 2010?

Julian Assange


1.       Which monarch was on the throne during the Gunpowder Plot?

James I


2.       In which decade was Daylight Savings Time introduced?



3.       In which modern day State of the US was Captain James Cook killed?



4.       Where did the so-called Bevin Boys work during World War II?

Coal Mines


6.       Which king erected 12 Eleanor Crosses in Memory of his wife?

Edward I


1 Questions 5 Answers

Q:  Olympics. Which five events make up a Modern Pentathlon? (Note: You only need to list the disciplines involved, not the distances)

1.       Running

2.       Shooting

3.       Horse Riding

4.       Swimming

5.       Fencing


Connection Round

1.       Which pop artist famously painted pictures of Campbells Soup Tins?

Andy Warhol


2.       Which former bass player with the Sex pistols died aged 22 in 1979?

Sid Vicious


3.       Which American writer, director and actor has produced and starred in films including Annie Hall, Hannah and her Sisters, Manhattan and The Purple Rose of Cairo?

Woody Allen


4.       Which unit of length, used by the International  Astronomical Union, measures  around 5.9 trillion miles?



5.       What is the connection between the above answers?

Toy Story (Andy is the owner of the toys, Sid is the evil neighbour, Woody the cowboy and of course, Buzz Lightyear)