Monday, 19 September 2016

North East Quizzes

When I first started this blog a number of years ago, one of my main aims was to review local quizzes and make sure people living in the north east area, who read this blog, had a rough idea of quizzes in their local area which were worth a look.

You may remember the Quiz Trek series from a few years ago for example.

In the next few weeks I am intending to embark on a similar theme of posts to really get a good collection of posts together about quizzes in the area. Often they are not very well advertised and many times I have turned up and the quiz hasn't been on as advertised.

I aim to start in a few weeks time and am looking to build together a database of quizzes to attend. Hence, if you have any quiz recommendations in the North East Area then please let me know either on here or via email at Daniel@thequizaddict.com

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Quiz/Trivia Podcast Suggestion

Minds Over Matter

I enjoy listening to the odd podcast or two, and have been hunting for a while for a really good Quiz/Trivia based podcast and recently came across Minds Over Matter which is an American show, pretty sure its San Francisco based, which airs for one hour each Sunday and seemingly has been doing so for over 20 years.

I have listened to around 4-5 episodes now and have been really enjoying it. It's ad free if you listen on the podcast and every episode as a ton of great questions to get stuck into. Callers phone in with trivia, questions are left open and it runs at a really good pace. Yes, there are several questions which are just "too-trivial" and naturally a lot of US-based stuff I can't get anywhere near, but the core of each show has some great questions and I have been learning a ton from each episode.

Well worth a listen to!

Link is HERE




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Trivial Pursuit 2000s

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You may have noticed in the last few weeks, that a version Trivial Pursuit, titled "2000s" started to appear in stores. I had been looking for a new trivia board game to add to my collection and having seen a post from a fellow quizzer on Facebook, advertising that he had written questions for the game, I decided to buy it and have been playing over the weekend with a non-quizzing partner....a reluctant one at that.
 
I am in two minds about my opinion on this....
 
Firstly, the negatives are that the format is not great. Gone are the old Trivial Pursuit Rules that were simple and created longer games. This is very much a "quick fix" sort of game. Although it takes longer to set up that play sometimes!!!
 
The game involves the usual, collecting the wedges, and the categories are pretty much the same as the normal game. But what makes the game so quick is that not only do you collect wedges by merely passing certain squares, but there are a lot of multiple choice and true and false questions, not to mention the difficulty level is lowered. So, even with a non quizzer, some of these games were lasting a matter of mere minutes before we both nearly had full racks.
 
There is a whole element of seeing the category and choosing not to answer, passing onto your opponent. If they get it wrong you win a wedge...
 
Has there ever been a game of trivial pursuit where you can win easily by only answering one question?
 
There are always 2-3 good questions per card which is the one saving grace.
 
Taking my non quiz-fan hat off for the moment....this is probably most suited to families and casual players. My non-quizzing playing partner enjoyed it, the questions were pitched right for her and it did make for a fun few geames but I can't see myself going back to it in a rush!





Monday, 5 September 2016

Buzzer Questions


In terms of size this is island is the seventh largest in Scotland. It is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature”  and is separated from the mainland by the Kilbrannan Sound. Name the Scottish Island that has Brodick as its capital and Goatfell as its highest point?

 

Arran

 

This author was born in 1958 and has since wrote 10 adult novels many of which have been turned into films. He won the Man Booker Prize in 1993 for a novel about a 10 year old boy living in Barrytown although perhaps his most famous novel tells the story of a group of unemployed Irishmen who form a Soul Band. Who is the author of Paddy Clarke Ha Ha HA and The Commitments?

 

Roddy Doyle

 

Which American Physicist, born in 1904, and often referred to as “the father of the atomic bomb”, was appointed as director of Eisenhower’s Manhattan Plan in 1941 that sought to create American Nuclear weapons?

 

Robert Oppenheimer

 

Which British Formula 1 Driver who drove for Mclaren, Ferrari and Williams won the World Championship in 1992?

 

Nigel Mansell

 

Which Actress, born in 1944, took her name from a character in the The Great Gatsby and made her film debut in the 1977 Woody Allen film “Annie Hal” although her most famous role was as Reipley in the Alien series?

 

Sigourney Weaver

 

Name the country. This country became a constitutional monarchy in 1952 and its national day falls on December 5th. Over 90% of the population are Buddhists and chief exports include rice, rubber and precious stones. It has borders with Laos and Cambodia amongst others and has the Baht as currency. Its capital city is Bangkok.

 

Thailand

 

Name the year. Geoffrey Fisher retired as the archbishop of Canterbury, the World Wildlife Fund was founded, Private Eye was published for the first time, Elvis Presley had 4 UK Number 1’s and Yuri Gargarin became the first man in space?

 

1961

 

At 3,776m tall, this mountain is the tallest in its country and was last week announced as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. Its name translates as “wealth” or “abundant” in English and along with Mount Tate and Mount Haku it is considered as one of the “Three Holly Mountains” in its country. Located on Honshu Island, what is the largest mountain in Japan?

 

Mt. Fuji

 

What name is shared by one of the leaders of the Peasants' Revolt in 1381 and a Labour politician born in 1946 who served as both Home and Foreign Secretary under tony Blair?


Jack Straw

 

In April 1974, the radio broadcast of a song by the folk protest singer Zeca Afonso, signalled the start of the Carnation Revolution which took place in which country?

 

Portugal

 

Which long running BBC Radio 4 show was created by Ian Messiter and first broadcast in 1967? The show has had the same host since its inception and guests on the first episode included Derek Nimmo and Clement Freud.  The object of the game is for panellists to talk about a subject without repetition, hesitation or deviation  for an assigned period of time. Name the radio show of which Nicolas Parson has been host from 1967 until the present day?#

 

Just a Minute

 

What number is the tenth lowest prime number, the number that might lead a bingo caller to announced “In Your Prime”, the atomic number of copper, and the number of days in February in a leap year?

29

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Quiz Book Suggestion


 
I imagine most of the people reading this will have at least heard, or possibly own, the above title. "The Only Quiz Book You Will Ever Need" is something that, if based on the title alone, may be something you would expect to be full of chestnuts and 10,000 pointless questions...but when you consider this is written by some of the finest quiz players in the country it changes to make this an essential quiz book. Other than maybe the likes of "On the Tip of My Tounge" which is a different style, this is perhaps my favourite quiz book in my collection. I certainly have spent more time with and learned more from this than I have with any other quiz book....It ranges from the gettable to the obscure and goes on various themes throughout. Every question is well written and its a great learning tool as well as being great for testing yourself!
 
 



Monday, 2 May 2016

Site Suggestion - Kens Quiz Site

I don't have a links section as such on the blog so tend, from time to time, to post up a few site suggestions of the most useful trivia sites on the internet. One I have been using for years is Kens Quiz Site which can be found HERE

The site is totally free with a wide range of questions available and it must take "Ken" quite some time put it together. All the quizzes are themed so whatever you fancy doing your quiz on its all easy to find with years in the archives. The General Knowledge quizzes are particularly good as they are more often than not very testing and I have much fun trooping through the archives.

Twitter Account

Just to remind any new readers that I post various links to quizzes (and especially links to my periscope music quizzes) up at my Twitter account (@quizaddictblog) so just a reminder if you use Twitter to give me a quick follow and say hi!