Saturday, 16 January 2021

Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #4 - Trivia UK

        Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #4

Trivia UK






The team behind Trivia UK are keen quizzers who I have had the pleasure of competing with in the Online Quiz League (link HERE if you are keen). The podcast was set during the first Lockdown I believe and each episode contains a raft of great questions in a good listenable format. When the first Lockdown ended it seemed that the show would be put on ice, but new episodes have returned recently so now is as good a time as any to jump in and catch up!

Friday, 15 January 2021

Jeopardy on UK Netflix

 







Just in case you have Netflix and haven't noticed (indeed I didn't until made aware as its tucked right away in there), several dozen episodes of the rather excellent US quiz show Jeopardy have been uploaded to the UK version on Netflix. Always top quality questions and players so well worth hunting down!

All Things Quiz - Quiz week

 



For any new readers who haven't had the chance to check it out yet......See above the latest Quiz Week news video from Gareths Kingstons fantastic All Things Quiz Youtube Channel. Make sure you follow the channel for ongoing quiz content. 

Wednesday Night Individual Quizzing

 On top of all the team based events going on across Zoom at the moment,  I recently started playing in a Wednesday Night individual based quiz, using MIMIR format, that is ran by the organisers of the QVQL. Its a superb quiz with a fun and friendly atmosphere and you literally will be pitting yourself against the very best. It starts at 9pm every wednesday, all you need is Zoom and you can find details on the facebook page HERE

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #3 - PodQuiz

                                                         Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #3

PodQuiz





It hardly seems fair to conduct this Quiz Podcast series without mentioning the very first quiz podcast I discovered many years ago. A quick check shows that this has been running now for a staggering 824 episodes. The quiz includes a music round to kick off and themed rounds every week, only 20 questions so nice and quick to listen to. Most top players will score full marks, but it serves as a good learning tool to get those chestnuts in and keep sharp!


You can find the site here

Magnusson Trebek Trophy

 Over last weekend a series of games took part between the divisional winners in both the UK Online Quiz League and the Online Quiz League USA. I won't post any spoilers about the overall score but if you follow the link below you can see a great contest between Quiz Machines Kill Facists and MILFs. (Sorry for some reason it won't allow me it post the video embedded)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82VU5vx1Sz4&t=1916s

Saturday, 9 January 2021

Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #2 - Four Play

                                                         Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #2

Four Play






Next in the series is another podcast from the team behind Trivial Warfare....this time its FourPlay. This is a connections based quiz game involving one contestant per episode and the best way to describe it to UK players is to think of the Only Connect connections wall. Its very tough, and ideally if you want to play along you will need a pen and paper but the clues and connections are inventive and after a few episodes you will certainly feel that your brain has had a workout!

Wednesday, 6 January 2021

Quizzing in 2021 - Lowbrow MIMIR

 





If my posts regarding the Quizzing events that have enriched 2020, then its probably worth mentioning a few ideas for Quizzing events you can get involved in in 2021!


Starting in mid-January, the Lowbrow MIMIR is the newest competition from the Online Quiz League. Quizzers from across the country (and indeed globe) will compete in this individual contest aimed at Lowbrow knowledge (see picture above for definition of what this covers). The MIMIR format involves 4 players competing at a time, and the way the structure works means that you will eventually be paired with people of your own level so games should be close, tight and above all else fun! 


The setting team is the same one that are behind the fantastic questions on the Online Quiz League, so the quality is going to be high. Don't be daunted by the idea of individual quizzing!


You can sign up HERE and please mentioned The Quiz Addict or Daniel Fullard when you do so!

Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #1 - Trivial Warfare Blitz

 In a new series of posts for January, and with the UK in the grip on another Lockdown, I thought it might be a good idea to recommended some quiz based podcasts for you to get stuck into this month. 


And we start of with Trivial Warfare Blitz


Quiz Podcasts for Lockdown #1 

Trivial Warfare Blitz





Many of you will maybe already heard of Trivial Warfare. One of the most successful quiz podcast around and based in the USA, the show has now over 300 episodes in the archive. The 'Blitz' version which I am suggesting here is an offshoot from the show in which contestants compete, 3 per episode, in a last man standing style game. A great range of questions, quick fire episodes and plenty to learn. This is ideal for passing time in those long lockdown days.

 

Thursday, 31 December 2020

Happy New Year

 I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and holiday period. With 2020 now behind us, let's look forward to what hopefully be a better year! 




Tuesday, 29 December 2020

Quizzing in 2021 - Low Brow MIMIR - Sign Up Now!

 




If my posts regarding the Quizzing events that have enriched 2020, then its probably worth mentioning a few ideas for Quizzing events you can get involved in in 2021!


Starting in January, the Lowbrow MIMIR is the newest competition from the Online Quiz League. Quizzers from across the country (and indeed globe) will compete in this individual contest aimed at Lowbrow knowledge (see picture above for definition of what this covers). The MIMIR format involves 4 players competing at a time, and the way the structure works means that you will eventually be paired with people of your own level so games should be close, tight and above all else fun! 


The setting team is the same one that are behind the fantastic questions on the Online Quiz League, so the quality is going to be high. Don't be daunted by the idea of individual quizzing!


You can sign up HERE and please mentioned The Quiz Addict or Daniel Fullard when you do so!

Monday, 28 December 2020

Quizzing in 2020 - Summary

I hope the series of posts on Quizzing in 2020 has inspired you to join in some of the great innovations that are taking place in the Quizzing community. The first months of 2021 may indeed be grim ones, but there has never been a better time to get involved in some serious quizzing, or not so serious if you prefer.

Looking back on 2020 purely in Quizzing terms, I like many others have probably never done have much quizzing as I have this year. In fact, there is no probably about it. Playing in 3-4 leagues, daily buzzer quizzes, pub quizzes, Wikiquiz.....the list goes on. The community has really come out in force and I have met some great new people as well as seen more regularly online that I would in reality. A quizzing friend of mine, in a discussion on the subject, used the term "new lease of life" and in many ways that is what has happened to my quizzing in 2020.

Becoming a new parent and moving home in 2019 pretty much wiped out that year for me. Having left the Sunderland Echo Quiz League and not attending GP's or events such as Quiz in North, meant I was quizzing very rarely indeed and not at all at a serious level.  A handful of pub quizzes here and there and running my own pub quiz was all I really had going on. Yes I was still looking at GP papers, viewing league sets online and setting questions but with the void of serious quiz action I was struggling to find the motivation to improve.

A year later and things are very different. It seems a bit awkward writing a a positive post about 2020, but looking at things in terms of purely quizzing, the year has seen a wide range of innovations that have provided enjoyment to thousands of people. Nobody could have predicted the year we would have, but the dedication, hard work and commitment of the people behind the scenes of the various quiz leagues to make things work online has been beyond admirable. 

Quizzing has never been more active, and in terms of serious players competing against each other and tackling serious questions, there have never been as many options. As quizzers, we have never had such a luxury of choice and the buck doesn't just stop with the organised events. The social aspect and informal quizzing has been a side effect of the move to quizzing online with late night sessions running into the small hours. A quick post on the relevant facebook pages and you could have a Zoom room full of quizzers in no-time!

Many of the innovations of 2020 will continue long after this horrendous year is over. There has been fundamental shifts in the quizzing community and it will be interesting to see how things pan out. 2021 I am sure will be a better year and one that is full of more quiz than ever!

Sunday, 27 December 2020

New Years Eve -Twitter Quiz

Throughout the day on the Quiz Addict Twitter account @quizaddictblog I will be running a 300 question quiz with questions posted throughout the day.


Prizes will be included at random times so make sure you follow the account and see you on Twitter!


Quizzing in 2020 - The Pub Quiz

 In addition to the series that has looked at the quizzing world of 2020. the changes, the innovations and the vast array of options we now have as quizzers, I can't ignore one aspect of 2020 that has changed by quizzing and that is the disappearance of the Pub Quiz, specifically my Sunday Night quiz at The Albert in Sunderland. Although some quizzes did start up again briefly during the Summer, the local restrictions, nature of the quiz and usual array of teams, meant that relaunching the quiz wasn't really viable and to stay on the safe side, it hasn't taken place since March. The pub itself remained open when permitted, operating with a delicious festive takeaway menu at the moment, but the quiz is still yet to return.


Like many other hosts, I miss various parts of hosting the pub quiz. The research each week not only was enjoyable but added to my own knowledge and during the lockdown period, I have been able to answer countless questions correct due to the fact that I had set it in the pub quiz. Particularly current affairs stuff....and indeed the reverse has happened, I have missed out on getting points on current affairs questions I would have lapped up if I was setting.


I have missed more than just the research and quiz writing element. Sunday night's were more of a social thing and I had great teams competing on a regular basis. The quiz did take up a lot of my week and was hitting a good stride before Lockdown hit, so the year of hard work was really starting to pay off. 


Lets hope 2021 sees the Albert Pub Quiz return in some form!

Saturday, 26 December 2020

Boxing Day Twitter Quiz

 Over at my Twitter account @quizaddictblog I will be posting up several questions throughout the day on Boxing Day. A wide mix of things and Im hoping to post in excess of 100 questions. Follow the account and play along