Monday, 26 February 2018

Cash Show UK

Are you playing the Cash Show app yet? If not...why not! Quizzers across the country are winning decent money from simply answering questions correctly in one of the two daily games! No catch, no fees and its all above aboard. I know that sounds like a sales pitch, but genuinely this is a great opportunity to turn your quizzing knowledge into cash prizes from the comfort of your armchair.

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

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Brain of Britain

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The new series of Brain of Britain begins tomorrow (Monday) in the usual slot on BBC Radio 4. There are some big name quizzers taking part this year so competition will be tough, and later in the series you may ever hear myself trying to remedy my disastrous appearance on the show 5 years ago!

Friday, 23 February 2018

Quiz Review: Stumble Inn, Sunderland

Quiz Review
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The Stumble Inn
Sunderland
Thursdays - 8.30pm
 
 
 
With a free Thursday, I headed up to the Stumble Inn quiz this week, a quiz I have known about for some time and always intended to go back to. This pub is based in Sunderland City Centre and the quiz takes place every Thursday from 8.30pm until around 11pm. If this week was anything to go by, then this is one of the best attended quizzes in Sunderland with around 13 teams taking part. The prize is a £20 bar tab with a rolling jackpot that was £240+ this week.
 
The format of the quiz is quite straight forward with 4 rounds of 10 questions, with loose themes (this week for example was 2 pot luck rounds, Entertainment and History/the World). Throw into the mix a music round and you have a pretty active night. The standard of the questions was reasonable and we managed a respectable 37/40 on the questions themselves. There was plenty of modern questions too which was refreshing and as long as they keep the rounds nice and varied, I can imagine this being enjoyable week in week out. The only downside last night was that they decided to award 20 points for the music round instead of the usual 10. This meant 1/3 of the quiz was based on that round, but luckily it suited us and we held the lead until the end. A good pace to the quiz, decent questions and a good mix of scores and teams.
 
There is a picture round in which the highest scoring team can take home a bottle of wine, and a jackpot (nearest the pin style questions leading to key to the box style game) to end the night.
 
All in all, a very good quiz night and well worth checking out. There are quite a few great quizzes in Sunderland now on Thursdays, its just a shame they aren't more spread out!

HQ Trivia Article

Interesting article here for people HQ Trivia. Follow this link. Indeed, what happens next with all these "win real cash" apps will be very interesting to follow.

If you are not yet playing HQ Trivia give it a go....download from the IOS or App store and if you use my referral code "DanielFullard" we will both get a life to help us

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Lightspeed Quiz 2018

 
Lightspeed Quiz is back for 2018 with the first round competed in January. The videos are being uploaded to the YouTube account so follow the link below to find them as and when they are posted. A very fun set by Mike Lees in these first two rounds!
 
Game 1
 
 
Game 2


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Top Brain

I mentioned last week on the blog that Brain of Brains aired last week (still on the BBC iplayer) and this week it was the turn of Top Brain (link to iplayer HERE). This of course can only take place once every 9 years as it combines the winners of Brain of Brains together in a 3-person contest. Well worth taking the half an hour and listening!

Monday, 19 February 2018

Quiz Night

Interesting quiz night in store for anyone in the Lincoln area tonight. Sadly, a little too far for me but I am sure this will be well worth a look if you are in that region...

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Cash Show UK

Are you playing the Cash Show app yet? If not...why not! Quizzers across the country are winning decent money from simply answering questions correctly in one of the two daily games! No catch, no fees and its all above aboard. I know that sounds like a sales pitch, but genuinely this is a great opportunity to turn your quizzing knowledge into cash prizes from the comfort of your armchair.

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

Friday, 16 February 2018

Quiz - The Badger, Newcastle

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A recent quiz night has started up in Newcastle at a pub called The Badger on Ponteland Road. Why am I advertising a random quiz I hear you ask? Well I am not the "professional" mentioned in the poster but I may have something to do with the questions. If you like in the local area and are looking for a quiz, then I can give the quality of these questions my own seal of approval :)

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Quiz League Set B

As promised, the second set of Quiz League questions set by Ashbrooke


QUESTIONS B

ROUND 1

B1.       Which comedian had the catchphrase “You lucky people!”? 

Tommy TRINDER

B2.       GaGa is a tribute band of which group?

                                                                                    QUEEN

 

B3.       Purchased by ING for £1 in 1995, which bank loaned the USA the money for the Louisiana Purchase, thereby helping Napoleon I to fund his war with Britain?

                                                                                                                        BARINGS (& Hope)

 

B4.       Which fairy tale character is known in China as Yeh-Shen, to Algonquin Indians as the Rough-Face Girl, and in the Grimm brothers’ tales as Ash Girl?

                                                                                                            CINDERELLA

ROUND 2

B5.       Of the five football teams to have won all four tiers of the English professional game, two achieved the feat in the 2016-17 season. Name either.

                                                                                    SHEFFIELD UNITED or PORTSMOUTH

 

B6.       Which town which was the setting, after the first six episodes, for TV’s “Doctor Finlay’s Casebook” and is also known as “The Gateway to the Trossachs”?

 CALLANDER

 

B7.       To how many characters did the maximum length of a Twitter tweet expand last year for some of its users?

                                                                                                                                      280

 

B8.       In the children’s song “Nick, nack, paddywhack, give a dog a bone”, where in the body is a paddywhack?

NECK (the nuchal ligament at the back of the skull)

 

ROUND 3

B9.       Which Alfred Hitchcock film features a dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali?


                                                                                                            SPELLBOUND

B10.     Pharsalus, the deciding battle for power between Julius Caesar and Pompey is in which present day country? 

GREECE

B11.     The World War 2 German navy had one aircraft carrier, although it never entered service. What was the name of the carrier – a name perhaps more associated with World War 1?

                                                                                                                        Graf ZEPPELIN

B12.     Dolomite is an ore used in the Pidgeon process for the production of which metal?

MAGNESIUM           

 

 

                                   

ROUND 4

B13.     “The Mousetrap” is a play within which of Shakespeare’s plays? 

HAMLET

B14.     Which horse’s defeat, at 2/9 on, was a shock at Cheltenham in 2017, costing one punter £375 000?

                                                                                                            DOUVAN

B15.     Arguing that low zinc levels in the population because of unleavened bread led to heightened aggression in the Middle East, the lateral thinker, Edward de Bono, suggested the smuggling there of jars of what - because of its high zinc content? 

MARMITE

B16.     In 1973, who succeeded √Čamon de Valera as President of Ireland, but died just a year after taking office?
                                                                                    Erskine Hamilton CHILDERS

ROUND 5

B17.     In his Test cricket career, which player scored 13,289 runs, took 292 wickets and held 200 catches? 

Jacques KALLIS

 

B18.     In the Old Testament, name the husband of Bathsheba whom King David sent into the front line of battle.

                                                                                                URIAH the Hittite


B19.     The Temple of the Reclining Buddha is found on an island in the Wat Pho temple complex in which city?

                                                                                                                        BANGKOK

 

B20.     The first Christmas stamps were issued by the Royal Mail in 1966. They were designed by the winner of a competition run by which TV programme?

                                                                                                     BLUE PETER

ROUND 6 

B21.     When Bob Dylan did not attend the Nobel Prize award ceremony in December 2016, which singer/songwriter accepted the prize in his absence?
                                                                                    Patti SMITH

B22.     Which mountain range takes its name from the Mongolian meaning “Mountains of gold”? 

ALTAI  mountains

B23.     Jeremy Corbyn has been MP for which constituency since 1983?

                                                                                                ISLINGTON NORTH


B24.     MINT is an acronym referring to the economies of Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and which other country?
                                                                                    NIGERIA

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

SpeedQuizzing in Newcastle

 
 
Just a quick mention to anyone in the North East area. I have came across another venue running the SpeedQuizzing events (The Anson in Wallsend). If you haven't tried SpeedQuizzing before then its certainly worth a look!


Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Sets

For various reasons, its not often that any of the questions from the Sunderland league get posted up, other than my own which I post here. I have however noticed a set from 2 weeks ago, written by league leaders Ashbrooke has been added to the site so here it is :) Remember, the league is always team questions hence they may seem harder than some other leagues...

Set B to go follow in a couple of days


QUESTIONS A

ROUND 1

A1.      In 2017, Panasonic launched a washing machine in India which has a special setting for removing which food related item?

                                                                                    CURRY

 

A2.      At which battle in 202 B.C. was Hannibal defeated by Scipio Africanus? 

ZAMA

 

A3.      The Mistral is a wind which, because of the Venturi effect, blows down the valley of which river?

 

                                                                                                                                                         RHONE

 

A4.      In 2017, which country won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time after 53 years of participation?

 

                                                                                                                        PORTUGAL

ROUND 2

A5.      Which then 100-year-old actress became the oldest woman ever to become a dame in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours?

                                                                                    Olivia de HAVILLAND

 

A6.      Which 2017 Rita Ora hit song shared its title with a 1971 Elton John hit?

                                                                                                            YOUR SONG

 

A7.      Which English football club has on its crest a tree and two stars? 

NOTTINGHAM FOREST

A8.      What was the name of the secret society, whose name in Latin means “the enlightened ones”, which was founded in Bavaria in 1776 and included the poet Goethe among its members?
                                                                                                                        ILLUMINATI

 

ROUND 3

A9.      Dying in 2018, who was the only astronaut to fly on Gemini, Apollo and Space Shuttle missions? 

                                                                                                                                                            John YOUNG

A10.    Scalesia affinis is a flowering plant endemic to the Galapagos Islands which has a tree-like habit. It is related to which common, small, meadow plant?

                                                                                                DAISY

 

A11.    In March 1953, while in West Germany working as a Morse code operator for the U.S. army, Sergeant Johnny Cash (Yes, that one!) was the first American to learn of whose death? 

Josef STALIN

 

A12.    Which female trainer joked that Sizing John’s win in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017 was “beginner’s luck”?

                                                                                                Jessica HARRINGTON                    

ROUND 4     

A13.    Which duo first appeared in the Reginald Hill novel A Clubbable Woman?

(Andrew) DALZIEL and (Peter) PASCOE

A14.    Which mountain in the Lake District is 828 metres high and named after the Roman road which ran between forts at Brougham and Ambleside? 

HIGH STREET

 

A15.    Widely regarded as the greatest mathematician of all time, who, born in 1777, published little    during his lifetime but said of those works he did release that they were “Few, but ripe”?

Carl Friedrich GAUSS

 

A16.    Who famously sang “Let the Bright Seraphim” at the Royal Wedding of Charles Windsor and Diana Spencer?

                                                                                                            Kiri te KANAWA

 

ROUND 5

A17.    In 1532, who was made Marquis of Pembroke? 

Anne BOLEYN

 

A18.    Launched in 2005, the MRO has orbited Mars since 2006 and is expected to do so until 2030. For what does the “R” in MRO stand?

RECONNAISSANCE (Orbiter)

 

A19.    “Women and children first” became a standard drill after the sinking of which ship in 1852?

 

HMS  BIRKENHEAD

 

A20.    Which Australian scored a hundred before lunch against Pakistan in January 2017?

                                                                                                David WARNER

ROUND 6

A21.    The U.S.Vice-President, Mike Pence, has a family pet Marlon Bundo, known as Botus. What type of animal is he?

                                                                         RABBIT (Bunny Of The United States)

A22.    BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and which other nation?                       

                                                                                                            SOUTH AFRICA

A23.    Which New Zealander is the only combatant soldier to have been awarded two VCs?

                                                                                                            Charles UPHAM

A24.    Theresa May has been MP for which constituency since 1997?

                                                                                                            MAIDENHEAD


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Cash Show App UK

Cash Show is one of the many apps that are going round now where you can win cash for free by entering 12 Trivia questions. The major difference with Cash Show to others is that the money is won after question 6, so even if you get 8 right and then fall out, you will win a small prize. Some quizzers are making very good money from this, and even the odd win here and there is a bonus, after all its free!

Search for Cash Show Uk on the Android store and you will see it. If you use my invitation code below when you sign up you will also get a free life (as will I) that can come in very very handy

I have been playing for a few weeks and didn't want to promote it until I knew it was legitimate and now that others I know, as well as myself, have been paid I can vouch for it!

Brain of Brains

Brain of Britain
 
Just in case you missed it, Brain of Brains was broadcast on Radio 4 yesterday and the episode can be found here on the Iplayer.
 
The show pits the last three winners of Brain of Britain together, with the highest scoring runner up, to compete for the Brain of Brain title and a place in the once-every-9-year event Top Brain which is due to be broadcast on Monday 19th February.
 
Well worth listening to! 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Squizzed

Last week, I competed in my first ever proctored Squizzed event which runs all across the continent on a monthly basis. I have seen the questions and played along many times but this is the first chance I have had to take part in a proper event. Rather than me explain I asked the organiser of the event for a blurb about what is entailed and he kindly sent me the below. Well worth getting in touch!
 
 
SQUIZZED is an internationally-flavoured individual written quiz, played once a month, consisting of 101 questions in 55 minutes (60 minutes if English is not your first language), with a participation fee of £5 per person, and around 20 (!) countries and some of the world's strongest quizzers participating on a regular basis.
 
It's played anytime from that month's third Friday up until eight days from that, whenever the local proctor and his players find it the most convenient, starting in January 2018. All the 2018 dates are already announced so everyone can plan ahead.
 
The season lasts for a year (January to December) and the cumulative scores are counted relatively (not absolutely), meaning that the highest scoring person will regardless of their score get 100 points while everyone else's scores will be calculated as a percentage comparing to that.
 
Everything you need for participating in SQUIZZED is a couple of interested players (a minimum of 3 would be nice) and a proctor who will look after them and after the quiz, and that's pretty much it - you can organize it anywhere you want, so please let us know if you want to be a part of it.
 
If you can't make it to the proctored event, you can also play it unproctored from your home (though you won't enter the score table) - just let us know, here or at squizzed101@gmail.com.
 


Sunday, 11 February 2018

SpeedQuizzing..

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...perhaps I should have mentioned yesterday that you can find a list of local SpeedQuizzing events at the following link.



Might also be worth mentioning that the above is the logo you may see being used to advertise these events!

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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Quiz Review - SpeedQuzzing in Sunderland

As always each year om the blog, I post an updated review of local quizzes I attend. Chances are things in that time change and it keeps the information up to date, and is of course good for any readers who are new to the site.

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Chesters, Sunderland
Tuesday Nights
SpeedQuizzing - 1st Tuesday of the Month
9pm
 
 
From when I first experienced it last year, I have raved about SpeedQuizzing many times on the blog and last night was the first time of 2018 I managed to take part....and it was great to be back.
 
SpeedQuizzing is a pub quiz that uses your mobile phone as a keypad and allows for a much more interactive, fun and cheat free game with a much higher element of competition. Some tweaks have been made to the quiz in the Chesters since my last mention and given that the host simply buys the software and question packs from the company, and then can tinker with other elements of the format, the quiz relies on having a good quiz host.
 
The format currently issues involves the opening keypad round which are a mixture of letters, numbers, picture and multiple choice rounds. (The letter questions involve basically pressing the first letter of the answer). The new bonus system was in play last night and rather than being 10 points for correct with 5 for the fastest, a new system of 10 for correct and 3 for fastest, 2 for seconded fastest and 1 for third fastest made it much more competitive.
 
Round 2 is a buzzer round....buzz in when you know and have a go. If you are right, you get the points....otherwise you are frozen out of the questions. It was back on keypads with a standard round and a music round before the final make or break buzzer section. This differs in that you are punished for being wrong and can also pick up points by agreeing with the answer of others.
 
All in all, the changes continue to make this one of my favourite quiz nights on the calendar and SpeedQuizzing is something you need to sample for yourself to get the most of....and if you are in the Sunderland area then there is no better place than the Chesters!