Saturday, 10 August 2019

Mastermind - Contestant Call

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With the new series starting on BBC Two last night, contestant calls have been put out again for the next series of Mastermind. The online form is HERE. Good luck!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Quiz Book Suggestion: Mensa Quiz Book

I have seen the Mensa Quiz Book in stores and whilst browsing online, but for some reason ignored it, assuming it was more of a puzzle based book than pure wrong was I? On the off chance I picked it up and flicked through it noticing it to be nothing but quiz question.
The standard of these question is superb, well researched and testing with more  of a high brow focus. Taking me 3-4 weeks to work through, it was a really good stiff test and as with any good quiz book, there was plenty to learn.

Easily up there with the best quiz books in my collection and certainly one to look out for!

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Quizzer Starter Pack - Review

Ever since the Quizzer Start Pack series ended last week, I have had daily emails with people mentioning books they think should be worthy of inclusion. I am more than happy to mention a few of these and have replied to all the emails I have got but if you have any books you feel should have been on the list, please email them over to and Ill be posting some "reader suggestions" very soon!

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Podcast Suggestion: The Musical Man


Another podcast suggestion today about a subject that comes up time and time again in quizzing and that is Musicals!
The Musical Man is a relatively new series in which, one by one, musicals that have won or been nominated for the Tony for Best Musical are discussed. each episode is  a treasure trove of information, right from the off with episode 1 telling you more about the Tony's than you ever need know, and then kicking right off with the first winner....Kiss Me Kate.
I do hope this series, currently at about 30 episodes, keeps on going as its a goldmine for quizzing nuggets and facts about the many musicals since the Tonys were introduced in 1947.
Again, I won't post up any links, put the Musical Man is available on all of the popular podcast sites, my favourite being Castbox

Monday, 5 August 2019

Mastermind Returns!

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Just in case you missed it in the listings, the new series of Mastermind begins this week, on Friday August 9th, on BBC Two. I think this is the first series under the new production team so it will be interesting to see if there are any changes....

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Podcast Suggestion

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As a huge fan of Podcasts, I tend to veer towards ones that will be of some use to me in terms of quizzing and one I have recently completed is the excellent "History of the Heavyweight Championship" by Steven Bunce. I haven't put any links up as its available on most podcast sites (Podbeam or Castbox being my preferred two).
Each episode lasts around 20-25 minutes and focuses on a single year from the era. At present the series covers 1960-1979, one of the most exciting eras for boxing! As at the time there was only one real undisputed champion for much of the era, there often aren't a great deal of fights to cover so Steve goes into great detail about the fights and fighters from the era! Well worth a listen! I have picked up so much from it quizzing wise.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Set

If you have a quick scroll down to the bottom of the page on THIS LINK you will find the opening set from the first week of the Sunderland Echo Quiz League season. Some great questions to have a go at!

Friday, 2 August 2019

The Albert Pub Quiz - Sunderland

Sunday Night
Pub Quiz
The Albert Sunderland
If you happen to be in Sunderland this weekend, and fancy a pub quiz on Sunday, then look no further than the Albert on Fawcett Street where I will be hosting my usual Sunday Night quiz with a 5 week rollover on the Jackpot this week!

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Quizzer Starter Pack #10

Quizzer Starter Pack #10
Guide to Flags of the World

I do hope you have enjoyed this series, and with the tenth and final post, I suggest a book that is a lot more than it sounds. Yes, the main idea behind the book is focusing on the flags of the world, but each page has so much information on not only the flag, but the countries involved that it will be just as much use in Geography rounds as anything else. Pocket size, easy to digest and overall a perfect book for purpose.

Last Months Reading - Part 1

As regular readers will know, I like mentioning books that have proven useful in terms of quizzing on the blog and from now onwards Ill post a summary of some of the books I have been reading/using in the month, with my thoughts on whether they are useful and whether its worth you investing some time in them. No better place to start than here, hence heard are some of the factual works Ive read this month...

Britain From Above - 5/5

I picked this up from a local charity shop for pennies, not expecting much. Its based on the Andrew Marr TV series of the same name which I didn't watch at the time. The book contains hundreds of photographs of, as the title suggest, Britain from above and first things first, some of the photos are awe inspiring. Its worth the price of the book alone just to see them. However, the season I am scoring this book a 5/5 is that the text that goes with them is fact packed, quizzing gold. As both a player and a setter I got such a wide range of information from this book that it will keep me going a while. If your struggle sometimes with British Geography questions then this is a must, and even if you don't, I am sure there is something for everyone.

Eatons Modern Ready Reckoner: Essential Everyday Trivia - 5/5

Bargain of the month. Only £1.50 new on Amazon at the moment and well worth ordering. See the previous post from later July with all the info, but as I said then, this is a gem of a book for quizzing!

Do Not Pass Go - Tim Moore -3.5/5

I have read several of Tim Moore's works and enjoyed them all! As well as being humorous travel logs they are always fact packed and "Do Not Pass Go" fits this mould. The book is centred around the Monopoly Board and Time visits each location and presents a useful History, meeting locals and throwing facts at you left right and centre! Superb reading, but perhaps a tad long.

The Art of Travel - 4/5

Anything by Alain De Botton is well worth reading and this book more than so! Alain uses the words and works of famous writers, artists and travellers to describe the ideas and habits of travelling. With some great pictures and art work its a great throughout provoking read and certainly taught me a thing or two!

From Absinth to Zest: An Alphabet of Food - 4/5

Food and Drink is one of my weaker areas, and whilst in a charity shop recently, I picked up an excellent series of books published by Penguin all bout great Food Writing. The first surprised me, as prior to this, I was unaware Alexander Dumas had produced a notable work on Food. A dictionary of Cuisine of sorts. This book contains snippets from that larger work and at under 100 pages was a nice easy read, plenty of info and facts, and has made me consider purchasing the full dictionary itself!

Unforgettable Places to See Before You Die 3.5/5

Again, another series I got from a recent trip to the charity shop was the "Unforgettable...." series from BBC Books. In this book, 40 places to see are focused on with great pictures and tons of facts on each. Some of the entries contain things you will have read time and time again (Taj Mahal etc) but then there are some more obscure places that prove very interesting indeed!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Quizzer Starter Pack #9

Quizzer Start Pack #9
Animal (DK)

Animals is always my weakness. It was something I never really had much interest in until I started quizzing and therefore I have had to put in a lot of work just to get the basics right and improve my knowledge from virtually nothing, to a level where I can cope with the basic questions. This book from DK, one of many in my collection from DK which are all superb, has served the purpose superbly. Written and presented in a way that will make the information easy to sustain, this is the best book of its kind I have came across and well worth the investment!

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Facebook Suggested Quiz Groups

Many of my Facebook friends, I know simply for the fact that we share an interest in quiz and one of most of my time spent on Facebook is in the any dedicated Facebook Groups to quizzing. I am not sure how to link on here but if I give you the titles of some of the most useful and interesting groups I am currently a member of, they are easily located on the site. If you yourself have any good suggestions let me know in the comments...

Quiz Discussion Group - As the name suggestions this has well over 10k members, is well administrated and proves a good ground for discussion about the world of quizzing

Quiz Questions Group  - Some top quizzers and setters present daily questions for you to tackle.

The Contestants - A good group if you are looking for contestant calls or have questions about appearing on TV Shows

Only Connect Questions Group - Again, some of the finest quizzing minds post self-made questions in Only Connect Style. Well worth a look if you are a fan of the show.

Quizmasters - If you host quizzes, a good resource with thousands of files, questions and experience quizmasters always on hand to dish out advice and offer last minute help!

Monday, 29 July 2019

Quizzer Start Pack #8

Quizzers Starter Pack #7
 What Are the Seven Wonders of the World?


Now, before we start with the latest entry in the Quizzer Start Pack, ignore the title. The book is about far more than the Seven Wonders of the World. The book poses 75 similar questions ranging from "What are the 5 pillars of Islam?", "What were the seven French Dynasties?" to "Who are the three sons of Noah?" and "What were the first 13 states of the USA?". Each question then leads into a could few pages of facts and background information. As a primer into these areas it is near perfect and I wish I had discovered it earlier in my quizzing!

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Quizzers Starter Pack #7

Quizzers Starter Pack #7
 Passing Time In the Loo

There are a few version of "Passing Time In The Loo" and I would strongly recommend them all as part of your Quizzer Starter Pack. The most useful sections of the book are the 2-3 page summaries of key works of literature. These pages alone have helped me massively in all forms of quizzing. The first volume goes beyond that and looks at biographies of key people, quotes and simple lists of facts. An essential tome and one which will start picking you up points as soon as you use it!

Friday, 26 July 2019

Quizzing Article

Interesting article on British quizzing on Bloomberg recently. Click HERE