Sunday, 25 January 2015

Eggheads Application

Eggheads are again on the lookout for new teams! I did Eggheads at the start of 2013 and it was a really enjoyable experience. Well worth doing and although we didn't get the result we wanted it was a fun day and the team treat us very well indeed.

The application details for Eggheads are HERE

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Book Suggestion

...and here I am yet again suggesting some useful reference works.

Norman Davies "Europe" is one of the finest books in my collection. I purchased it some time ago and coming in at over 1250 pages long it has taken me some time to work through. But it has certainly been worth it. I have tried several books on European History in the past ranging from short tomes, to thematic works up to the multi volume collections but nothing has captured me like this title. In terms of pure enjoyment of history, it is perfect... terms of Quizzing usefulness it is even better. Every page is brimming with facts, information and knowledge to soak up and this book has certainly raised my knowledge in many areas as well as gave me a list two A4 Pages long of future texts to look into.

I cannot recommend this highly enough.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Newspaper Article

This is from a few weeks ago now but there was an article on quizzing in the Burton Mail recently which you can find HERE

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Sunderland Quiz League

For various reasons I have missed the Sunderland Quiz League so far this year but hope to get back on track soon.

The league is a third of the way through (with all teams playing each other 3 times a season now). Here are the current standings. If anyone is reading in the local area and has an interest in the League pop me an email to and I will put you in touch with the League Chairman,

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Who Dares Wins contestant call

I only mentioned this is a post a few days ago as the subject of a dismal Tiebreak round. Anyway, Who Dares Wins, the lottery "list" quiz show is looking for contestants. Always fancied this but not very hopeful of getting on. Click HERE to apply

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Possibly The Worst Tie Break.....

Since moving I have been trying out a whole range of new quizzes in the South Tyneside area. Some better than others. Living in Sunderland I got into something of a routine of attending the same quizzes week in week out (nice to have a good round of quizzes to attend...).

Last week I tried out a new quiz in South Shields. I will be mentioning the quiz itself as part of my Quiz Trek 2015, but suffice to say a quiz out of 100 points has 40 points available spread across two music rounds which cost us massively. We must have won the actual questions but the lead wasn't strong enough to beat the bigger teams, who clearly knew more about music than us and we ended up 3rd.

Anyway, the story here does not really concern my quizzing, but the fact that the Tie Break round was something original. A lot of you have been quizzing a lot longer than me but even in my years of quizzing it is rare nowadays I see something new. The Tiebreak round was announced as a "Who Dares Wins Round".....(based on the lottery "list" show).

Expect it wasn't,.....the whole idea of the Who Dares Wins show is that the rivals bid on how many they "think" they can get. This Tiebreaker involved a given subject and the contestants had to give an answer each until one couldn't get an answer......Sounds good?

Well it could have been but the host announced that a) Each contestant had 30 seconds to think of an answer each time and that b) the subject was Kings and Queens of England since 1066. Oh dear....

Cue two men rattling off the answers..."Henry I" "Henry II" "Henry III" etc etc. It seemed to last an age, the pub was emptying as the two winning team members kept on going. As it got past the obvious they began to use their 30 seconds.....what a boring end to the quiz.

Now this is not a terrible idea in premise but the host has to be clever enough to think of subjects where maybe there are only a dozen or so answers, and also get rid of the 30 second rule!

In saying that, his comments after the quiz should tell you all you need to know......He mentioned this was only the second time he had to use a tiebreaker. On the first occasion he used Countries of the World.....

New Shoots Quizzers

Every year since I have began the the blog I have posted a little reminder about this gem of a documentary from a few years lets not break tradition.

It focuses on the European Quizzing Championship and is a great look at the world of competitive quizzing featuring the likes of Eggheads CJ De Mooi and Kevin Ashman and Mark Labbett from the Chase.

Runs for about 25 minutes.