Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Top 10 Most Useful Reference Works 2014 #1


So eventually we get to number 1....

Trevor Montague has wrote a series of great reference titles over the years and recently released the latest version of the "A-Z of Everything". The major difference this time, other than the obvious updates to include recent events, is the change in format. The title now comes in an A4 hardback format which for me, works much better. The same depth and range of information is there covering everything you would want and need to know. Ideal for setting, learning and all quiz related matters.


With the countdown of reference works over, are there any titles you have found useful this year? I would love to hear your reviews, thoughts and suggestions of other reference titles you have used. Feel free to reply to this thread or indeed email me at


Monday, 15 December 2014


I forget how I actually came across Superbuzzer, but ever since doing so I have been partial to the odd game....a bit of an understatement.

The game involves you playing online against 5 other opponents from across the world across facebook or the app on smartphones and tablets. It runs superbly and it is well supported so you are never waiting long for a game. Rather than multiple choice, which is used by 99% of all apps, this game involves typing in an answer and rather smartly, they don't measure typing speed. You basically buzz and have a few seconds to type your answer meaning even if youre a slow typer its the buzz that counts!

The game has three rounds with 2 players eliminated in each until the final head and head and with various levels of difficulty, open only at certain times and with access only if you have played well in other games, it has a real longevity to it that some apps lack. Its addictive, fun and although there is the odd dodgy and rather random question thrown in (with an American bias too) Superbuzzer has kept me entertained a lot this year and I hope it keeps going from strength to strength. 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Too 10 Most Useful Quiz Books 2014 #4

The Very Pointless Quiz Book

I am not sure if I would have bought this for myself without knowing it was rather actually quite good....but I received this as a gift and it far exceeded my expectations. Containing a fresh batch of questions of the nature you would see on the show this a great title to test that obscure knowledge the programme veers into and also makes great fun as a book for playing with others. Worth a look!

Thursday, 11 December 2014


For those of you who play QuizUp already, you will be fully aware of how in the last 12 months this has provided quizzes all over the globe with a daily fix of head to head quizzing action over a smartphone. I mentioned the app briefly earlier in the year, but it has since become such a regular feature of my commutes and spare moments I tend to forget to mention it on here.

I know some of you play this, as I compete against you on a regular basis, but for those who don't it is really worth hunting down. It is free of course and has a bank that must be bordering on a million questions at least spread over a superb range of categories. Some are very niche but once you start to work out which categories suit you, you will find yourself hooked!

The questions are a good level, the game always flows smoothly and above all else it is easy and fun to use!

I hope the game goes from strength to strength. So many quiz apps come and go and never get the support or Fanbase quiz up has achieved so it will be fascinating to see what happens with this app over the course of the next year as it is, probably fair to say, the first of its kind to reach such a huge audience and achieve such high levels of success.

Top 10 Most Useful Reference Books 2014 #2


Had this been a list of the most useful quiz books in my collection, this would come top by a mile. I have recommended this book several times to many people, and indeed it has topped this list twice over the last 2 years, In terms of range, appropriateness and usefulness this is the best quiz-focused reference book on the market. I have lost count of the number of times learning the information in this book as led me to points whether it be pub quizzes, world championships or quiz league contests. If you're looking to improve or cement your knowledge this is a fantastic place to start!

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Top 10 Moat Useful Quiz Books 2014 #5


The Ultimate Eggheads Quiz Book

Released to coincide with the impressive 10th anniversary of the show, this is a great TV-tie in book that will appeal to fans of the show and quizzers alike. Eggheads often comes in for much criticism due to the format and nature of the show, but the questions here are all high quality and worthy of a place on your quizzing bookshelf!

Monday, 8 December 2014

Top 10 Most Useful Reference Books 2014 #3


Ever since I began collating reference books for quizzing purposes, Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable as barely been out of my hands. Not quite an Encyclopaedia, not quite a dictionary this book is hard to classify other than to say it contains reams of interesting and useful facts and tales. Its one of the few A-Z reference books that is readable from page 1 to the end and it also  is the perfect "pick up and browse" title, the only risk being you will find it hard to put down. One of the finest reference books on the market in my eyes and an endless source of fascination.