Friday, 24 October 2014

Top 10 Most Useful Quiz Books 2014 #10

Running along with the Top 10 countdown of the most useful reference books of the past 12 months I am also going to be looking at some of the most useful quiz books! Again, with just about 10 weeks of the year to go I intend to have the countdown running at one per week. And we will start with..


10.



The University Challenge Quiz Book

Some TV tie in titles are very disappointing but in the range of books I have tied into University Challenge, none fit that mould! This is the latest title in the series and contains a wide range of questions from the show and beyond. I have slowly worked my way through this all year and picked up a heck of a lot of information, ideas for further reading and great questions that have come in handy across all types and formats of quizzing.

Well worth picking up and also an ideal gift for quizzing fans!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Mastermind Standings - 2014/2015



With 10 heats completed in this years Mastermind and 40 people having sat in the chair here are the current standings from the series so far...

Mark Eaves - 30 (Q)
Ian Clark - 30 (Q)
Hazel Humprheys - 28 (Q)
Peter Russell - 26 (Q)
Chris Grandison - 26 (Q)
Brian Davies - 26 (Q)
Andrew Teale - 24 (Q)
Hywel Morgan - 23 (Q)
Mike Foden - 21 (Q)
Paula Keaveney - 21 (Q)
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Gareth Kingston - 28 (2nd)
Diane Hallaghan - 28 (2nd)
Alice Mennel - 26
John Benyon - 25 (2nd)
Susan Sworn - 25 (2nd =)
Jeremy Renals - 25  (2nd =)
Stuary Skelly - 24
Les Morrell-  24
Ciaran Ward - 23 (2nd)
Howard Towner - 23
Cliff Morgan - 21 (2nd)
Louise Boradbent - 21 (2nd)
John Carrington - 21 (2nd)
Neil Crockford - 21 (2nd)
David Love - 21
Neil Madle - 20
Martin Roebuck - 20
Derek Heyes - 20
Jack Young - 20
Sally Mabey - 20
Sarah Lake - 20
Lena Gazey - 19 (2nd)
Tim Allison - 19
Stephen Peter - 17
Andy Crane -17
Diana Muri - 16
Sidin Sunny - 15
Graham Gowland - 15
Mark Roman Gold - 15
Rod Allday - 15

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Top 10 - Most Useful Reference Books 2014 #10

Some of you may remember the feature I ran from last year counting down the Top 10 Reference books I found most useful across the year. With just about ten weeks left of the year it's time for the countdown to start again. Running concurrently with this will be the Top 10 Quiz Books of the year.

Lets start then with...


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Over the last few years this book has taken pride of place on my book shelve. The World Almanac and Book of Facts turns up under my Xmas tree every year and 12 months later it has been studied from cover to cover. Although the book is American and you can discount about 100-150 pages on regional American politics, the rest is quiz gold. Reviews of the year, up to date lists of winners of major prizes, features on major stories of the year. It works two fold, both as a reference work in general and as a review of the year. It runs pretty much up to date, for a Almanac, and usually facts are included right up until publication date (this case being December 2013-November 2014).

Ideal for dipping into, well laid out and a great addition to the book shelf!

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Mastermind Standings - 2014/2015



With 9 heats completed in this years Mastermind here are the current standings from the series so far...(Still not sure if its 6 highest scoring runners up in all or whether they need to have finished second?)

Mark Eaves - 30 (Q)
Ian Clark - 30 (Q)
Hazel Humprheys - 28 (Q)
Peter Russell - 26 (Q)
Chris Grandison - 26 (Q)
Brian Davies - 26 (Q)
Andrew Teale - 24 (Q)
Mike Foden - 21 (Q)
Paula Keaveney - 21 (Q)
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Gareth Kingston - 28 (2nd)
Diane Hallaghan - 28 (2nd)
Alice Mennel - 26
John Benyon - 25 (2nd)
Susan Sworn - 25 (2nd =)
Jeremy Renals - 25  (2nd =)
Stuary Skelly - 24
Les Morrell-  24
Ciaran Ward - 23 (2nd)
Howard Towner - 23
Cliff Morgan - 21 (2nd)
Louise Boradbent - 21 (2nd)
John Carrington - 21 (2nd)
David Love - 21
Neil Madle - 20
Martin Roebuck - 20
Derek Heyes - 20
Jack Young - 20
Sally Mabey - 20
Sarah Lake - 20
Lena Gazey - 19 (2nd)
Tim Allison - 19
Stephen Peter - 17
Andy Crane -17
Sidin Sunny - 15
Graham Gowland - 15
Mark Roman Gold - 15

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Week in Quizzing

Just a few updates for this week.


Fifteen to One is returning tomorrow (Monday 13th October) for the second series since its relaunch. Everything seems to have been retained for the first series earlier in the year including running times etc so I am very much looking forward to that!


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The addition of the new Egghead, Lisa, to the long running BBC 2 show has been the subject of much social media discussion. With her debut week over the hoorah seems to have calmed down a little and the show is as still enjoyable as ever. I am not sure if they have some new setters in, but there have been some cracking questions this week. Well worth catching up on the player.

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The Twitter feed continues to grow. Thank you to any readers who follow and I reached 1,000 followers this week which I was happy about.

The second ebook is selling well and thank you for all the positive feedback. I intend to get the next one out just after Xmas.

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Speaking of books. The National Quiz Team (Pat Gibson, Olav Bjortmont, David Stainer and Kevin Ashman) have put of a quiz book. Entitled The Only Quiz Book You Will Ever Need it was released on Thursday in both Kindle and Paperback editions.

The Kindle Edition is very well put together and at half the price, that is the one I went for.

Mastermind 2014/2015 - Heat 9

 
 
Mastermind 2014/2015 - Heat 9
 
Another close episode this week with everyone hitting over 20. Indeed three of the contestants scored 12 in their GK round so the deciding factor this week was the Specialist Rounds and it Was Brian Davies' knowledge of Robert Peel that won it for him. David Love was third in the series won by Gary Grant but a few long pauses in the SS round perhaps cost him victory. Well done to all involved, a cracking episode!
 
 
Brian Davies - 26
Ciaran Ward - 24
David Love - 21
Sarah Lake - 20
 
 


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mastermind Standings 2014/2015



Following this weeks heat of Mastermind 2014/2015 here are the current standings from the series so far...(Still not sure if its 6 highest scoring runners up in all or whether they need to have finished second?)

Mark Eaves - 30 (Q)
Ian Clark - 30 (Q)
Hazel Humprheys - 28 (Q)
Peter Russell - 26 (Q)
Chris Grandison - 26 (Q)
Andrew Teale - 24 (Q)
Mike Foden - 21 (Q)
Paula Keaveney - 21 (Q)
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Gareth Kingston - 28 (2nd)
Diane Hallaghan - 28 (2nd)
Alice Mennel - 26
John Benyon - 25 (2nd)
Susan Sworn - 25 (2nd =)
Jeremy Renals - 25  (2nd =)
Stuary Skelly - 24
Les Morrell-  24
Howard Towner - 23
Cliff Morgan - 21 (2nd)
Louise Boradbent - 21 (2nd)
John Carrington - 21 (2nd)
Neil Madle - 20
Martin Roebuck - 20
Derek Heyes - 20
Jack Young - 20
Sally Mabey - 20
Lena Gazey - 19 (2nd)
Tim Allison - 19
Stephen Peter - 17
Andy Crane -17
Sidin Sunny - 15
Graham Gowland - 15
Mark Roman Gold - 15