Monday, 25 August 2014

Week in Quizzing

Mastermind, Univeristy Challenge, Only Connect back on the 1st September...a nice time of year for TV quizzing. It was good to see The Link given a second series this week with applications now open via the BBC website. In the array of new shows that have been thrown at us this year not a great deal has impressed, but The Link was pretty enjoyable when it aired earlier in the year and it will be good to see it back (my mission now is it find a partner before the 12th to make an application)

Speaking of TV quiz shoes, Two Tribes, fronted by Richard Osman, began on BBC One this week. After 5 episodes I have found this to be quite enjoyable. Fast paced, good range of questions and, more importantly, it isn't dragged out! See review earlier in the week for more information, or perhaps better, head over to Iplayer now and catch up on the weeks worth of episodes.


A new quiz blog has began HERE. Seemingly produced by a quizmaster it contains various questions and discussion points on quizzing. Well worth a read!


Revision time this week has been spent with a few books I picked up over the weekend. Both are going to feature in an extended post I am going to make next week but for now here are the links if you want to check them out yourself....

The Penguin Book of Fights, Feuds and Heartfelt Hatreds: An Anthology of Antipathy is a cracking collection of tales of fall outs and rivalries between famous people. Ranging from politicians to writers to celebrities it has some great question-setting material but above all else is such an enjoyable read. Particularity at the price you can get it for on Amazon (see link above)

These 1001 series of books are great material for learning and picking up key quizzing information. This book, which I am almost finished working through, has paid dividends over the past year. Whether its been quiz leagues, World Championships or Pub Quizzes, working my way through this title has resulted in a heck of a lot of extra points. £20 is pricey but it is worth every single penny!

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Mastermind 2014/2015 - Episode 2

Mastermind 2014/2015  - Heat 2

I found this week's episode of Mastermind to a very odd one indeed. Congratulations to Paula Keaveney on winning via a Tiebreak and making it to the next round.
I found the GK in this episode to be much tougher than last week. Of course it is all based on personal opinion but the fact that the winning score this week is lower than the 4th place score last week may testify this.
I had a feeling when the third contestant came to the seat for the GK round that we were heading to a tiebreak due to timings and sure enough we got one! I really enjoy the Mastermind tiebreaks and they are quite rare things. The last one I remember was 2 series ago (involving last weeks runner up Gareth Kingston). With 2 correct answers to 1 Paula Keaveney sailed through.
A lot of familiar faces this week.....leads to the question (as raised by David Clark on LAM)...just what is the reapplication policy now. I was under the impression it was a 2 year wait?
Anyway here were the final scores from Heat 2.

Paula Keaveney - 21 (Q)
Cliff Morgan - 21 (2nd)
Tim Allison - 19
Stephen Peter - 17

Mastermind Wiki Challenge Week 3

Thankfully, it looks like Mastermind is back to normal scheduling after the stop/start opening to this series. Episode 3 airs on Friday and the subjects will be - 

The Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe 
Our Friends in the North
Richard the Lionheart
Bobby Moore

A nice range. I have never seen Our Friends in the North so won't probably bother with that one but certainly will be keen to test knowledge on the other subjects.

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Only Connect Series 10

You may have seen the trailers being aired, quite frequently, on the BBC lately but in case you have missed it Only Connect returns for Series 10 on the 1st September 2014. The show will now air on BBC Two so it will be interesting to see how this affects the setting and difficulty of the programme which at times last season risked venturing into the "unenjoyably obscure".

Friday, 22 August 2014

This Week I Didn't Know...

Picture Rounds


This picture makes it a little easier than the one I encountered this week as I didn't see anything other than the face and the top of the collar. Seeing the strip in this manner would have probably lead to a correct guess but based on face alone, this was a bit of toughie. One of the quizzes I attend particularity likes Championship footballers for some reason.


Similar picture to this presented to us. A million and one names ran through my head for this, and without giving the answer away for those of you trying to come up with yourself, I must of thought of every front man apart from....


Annoying! Annoying! Annoying!....I watch Modern Family (which is a great show by the way!) and I knew Sofia was her first name, wrote it down straight away expecting the surname to come.....45 minutes later it still hadn't. Used the old Alphabet tricks etc but nothing.


1. Jordan Rhodes
2. Bonn Scott
3. Sofia Vergara


1. How many stories did each of the World Trade Towers have?

Not the greatest quiz this one and I simply have never even came across this before. I had a feeling I had heard a report about a floor 102 on a 9/11 Documentary some time ago so knew it must be higher than that. Went for 140

2. Shrub Hill is a railway station in which Cathedral City?

Again the name meant nothing. The amount of rail/underground questions I get wrong is higher than it should be and despite doing a little work on this I had not even heard of Shrub Hill. I knew a few cities it wasn't (i.e. Durham) but in terms of what it actually was, my guess was not even close.

3. Silvovitz is made from which Fruit?

Ah Food and Drink defeating me again. Never heard of go to answer on questions like this is Pears!

4. What was the first novel ever written on a typewriter?

Is this a chestnut? As soon as I heard it I thought it was but then my mind was blank on an answer. Pretty duff question and I have yet to research the answer but the answer he was looking for is below.

5. Who wrote the autobiography "Wishful Drinking"?

These types of questions usually lead to me developing a list of possible candidates. The word drinking let to a whole range of answers being suggested and without knowing its hard to work this one out through guess work.


1. 110
2. Worcester
3. Plums
4. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
5. Carrie Fisher

Despite this the picture round and question round alone would have gave us victory. In fact one of the above answers would have given us a chance at the tiebreaker but a pretty disastrous music round led to a 2nd place finish. Listening to "Sounds of the Sixties" every week on BBC Radio 2 still hasn't paid off.

The Link - Recommissioned

It looks as though the green light as been given for a second series of The Link. They have put out a contestant call with the below copied and pasted from the BBC website. I rather liked the first series so tempted to give this a go.....just need to find a partner!

The Link

| BBC One
The Link
We're looking for teams of two, for a battle of wits in a race to break the links and bank enough money to stay in the game.
Is your Dad's general knowledge competition winning? Do you have a friend with a strategy to stay ahead of the game? Can you and your work mate think fast and win the prize money? If you and a potential team mate think you have what it takes, get in touch now!
The Link is produced for the BBC by STV Productions.

To apply

Age limit: Applicants must be 18 years of age and over.
Please only send one completed application form for both contestants in the team.
Application form: Download and complete the The Link application form (Word, 230KB).
The Link
Pacific Quay
G51 1PQ
Closing date: 12 September 2014
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Mastermind Standings

A regular feature to keep track of what is happening in the latest series of Mastermind on BBC Two. After the episode two weeks ago here are the current placings. I am not yet sure how the 6-runners up places work (i.e. whether its the 6 highest scoring players across the board or the 6 highest scoring 2nd place players). I am for now working on the assumption is the 6 highest scoring players altogether.

Mark Eaves - 30 (Q)
Gareth Kingston - 28 (2nd)
Alice Mennel - 26
Howard Towner - 23