Thursday, 30 March 2017

Buzzer Quiz Questions - Sport

As promised, the next set of questions from the Buzzer quiz I helped to set....This time Sport....

1.       Which Jamaican sprinter, who is the sixth fastest 100m runner of all time, retrospectively tested positive for a banned substance from the 2008 Olympic Games, resulting in Usain Bolt no longer being a “triple-triple” Olympic Champion?


Nesta Carter



2.       What surname is shared by – the first African American to sign a contract with an NFL team and the man Richard Krajeck defeated in the 1996 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final. In another context, it also the home of the Redskins, the Wizards and Capitals?





3.       This British Formula 1 Driver made his debut in 1993 with the Jordan Grand Prix team. In 1996 he moved to Ferrari and took 4 victories in the 1999 season, finishing second behind Mika Hakkinen in the race for the World Championship. Born in Country Down in 1965, name this Formula One Driver who was crowned Auto sports Driver of the year in 1999?


Eddie Irvine


4.       This sports team is one of 13 NFL teams never to have won the Superbowl.  Joining the NFL  in 1966 they are the second oldest Football Franchise in the deep south. They made their first unsuccessful Superbowl appearance in the 1998 season losing to the Denver Broncos and their most reason was the dramatic overtime loss to the New England Patriots at Superbowl 51. Name this NFL franchise who played their home games at the Georgia Dome between 1992 and 2016?


Atlanta Falcons


5.       At the 2012 Olympics, in which event did David Rudisha set a new world record?



6.       Born in 1978, this boxer in currently in his third reign as the WBO champion of his division. According to Forbes, in 2015 he was the second highest paid athlete in the world. He became the third boxer in history to win genuine world titles in 3 of the original weight divisions and was the first, and to date only, eight-division world champion.  Name this boxer and politician who was defeated by Floyd Mayweather in front a record pay per view audience in 2015?


Manny Pacquiao


7.       This former England International has more FA Cup winners medals than any other player in history. He is also one of only two players to have won the League and cup Double with two different clubs.  He won 107 caps for England between 2001 and 2014, making him the most capped full back. Part of Arsenals “invincible’s team” of the 2003-2004 season, name this individual who was so offended by Arsenal’s offer of £55,000 per week that he left the club in 2006 to join Chelsea?


Ashley Cole


8.       Formula 1: The 2016 European Grand Prix took place in which country?

Azerbaijan (Accept Baku on early buzz)



9.       In 2001, who became the first cricketer to take 500 test wickets and for several years formed a devastating opening bowling partnership with fellow West Indian Curtly Ambrose?


Courtney Walsh



10.    In which year did the following sporting events all occur – Pedro Delgado of Spain won the Tour De France,  Liverpool won their 17th Di vision one title, Steffi Graff won the “Golden Slam” in tennis,  Steve Davis defeated Terry Griffiths in the World Snooker Championship final, Ayrton Senna was crowned Formula 1 World Champion and the Summer Olympics  were held in Seoul?


Become a Better Quizzer

Former Egghead Cj De Mooi has been putting together a series of videos on his YouTube channel aimed at giving hints and tips on becoming a better quizzer. I have included the latest episode below which features Mark Labbett from the Chase. Click through to his YouTube Channel and you'll see the full series, of which this is episode 4....

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Buzzer Quiz Set - Music Round

Over the weekend I attended another Light Speed Quiz buzzer event of which I was one of the hosts (videos to follow)....

I am going to upload the 80 questions (which formed half of the quiz) which I set for the event. 8 sets in total :)


1.       This American Musician has collaborated on songs with Elton John, Sting and Kate Bush and has had music composed for him by Vaughn Williams, Malcolm Arnold. In 1953, he was nominated for an Oscar for his work on the soundtrack of the film Genevieve. To celebrate his 80th Birthday, he released an album with George Martin entitled “The Glory of Gershwin” which reached No. 2 in the UK Album Charts. Name this individual, who never looked back on his career on his after winning the 1927 Baltimore Harmonica Championships?

Larry Adler


2.       This singer was born in Illinois in 1953 and joined the group “Shades of Black” in 1969. In 1980 she released her first solo album called “Naughty” and in 1986 performed a duet with David Bowie on the soundtrack to the film Labyrinth. In 1984 she topped the UK charts with a song written by Prince. The first name of her stage name means “fire” in English although her real name is Yvette Stevens. Name this individual who had hits with the songs “I Feel For You” and “I’m Every Woman”?


Chaka Khan


3.       This Scottish indie band share their name with an Emmy award winning daytime chat show from the USA. Lead singer Kyle Falconer formed the band in 2005 and their latest album “Ropewalk” was released in 2015. They are best known for a number 3 hit single in 2007 which came from the album “Hats off to the Buskers”. Name this band who had their biggest hit with the song “Same Jeans”?


The View



4.       This guitarist ranked third on Rolling Stone Magazines poll to find the greatest guitarists of all time with the magazine describing him as “the pontiff of powerriffing”. He has twice been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and again 1995, for his work with the two bands for which he is best known.  He featured in the closing ceremony of the 2008 Olympics, composed the soundtrack to the film Death Wish II and was given an OBE in 2005 for his Charity work in Brazil. Name this guitarist who has been a member of The Honeydrippers, The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin?


Jimmy Page



5.       What is the stage name of the individual who released  “Gangs Signs and Prayer” in 2017, which became the first grime album to reach Number 1 on the UK Album chart and who has the real name Michael Omari?





6.       Considered one of the most important composers of the 20th Century, this individual lived between 1881 and 1945.  There are statues of him in South Kensington, Brussels and outside of his final place of residence in New York. He was also a talented Pianist and known as an important collector and arranger of folk songs. He is best remembered for his First and Second String Quartets as well as the ballets ‘The Wooden Prince’ and ‘The Miraculous Mandarin’, but perhaps his most famous work is the 1991 one act opera “Bluebeards Castle”.  Name this composer,  who along with Franz List, is considered the most influential Hungarian composer of the 20th Century?


Bela Bartok


7.       This Abba song originally featured on the album “Voulez Vouz” and was released as a single in 1979 when it was beaten to the Xmas Number 1 spot by Pink Floyd. Name this song that became a Xmas Number 1 hit as part of a double A-side 20 years later for Westlife?


I Have a Dream


8.       What name is shared by a song on the David Bowie album “Hunky Dory” which he dedicated to his son, and the British indie  band formed in 2004 by lead singer Luke Pritchard who had their biggest hit with “She Moves in Her Own Way”?

The Kooks


9.       Which solo artist currently has the biggest selling debut album of the 21st century and last December tweeted “'If you thought 2016 was bad, I'm releasing an album in 2017”?


James Blunt


10.    Which music festival was first held in 2003, with Iron Maiden and Audioslave as headliners and takes places annually at Donnington Park, Leicestershire ?



Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Quiz Review: Holystone Quiz, Silverlink

Pub: The Holystone
Night: Tuesday Nights 8.30pm
It has been a year in which I have been mainly sticking to tried and tested quizzes, but due to the Newcastle/Brighton game last night a lot of local quizzes were cancelled and I stumbled upon The Holystone. The pub is in a village just North of the Tyne Tunnel and the Quiz Runs every Tuesday at 8.30pm.
The Format of the Quiz is quite simple...10 question picture round and then 4 rounds of 10. There were around 7 teams in, but the host did announce there was usually more but attendance had been hit by the football.
The quiz itself started well with the picture round which was well pitched and put together with some care. In fact, whilst sticking with the positives there was a good solid Geography Round and the Connections round was very well done.
But....I am sure you will agree...when the quizmaster says "Round 1...Family Fortunes", you start to have doubts. Add to the mix that there was 2 points per top answer here (with the Geo and GK rounds only 1 point per question) and you have a quiz that hinges on this. 20 out of the 70 points on offer are for Family Fortunes knowledge. The only other round to match up was the music mash up round....two tracks played together, identify both artists.  Another 20 points on offer in this round.
The quiz is popular, and the size of the jackpot (which we won) suggests plenty of people usually take part, but the inclusion of an overweight Family Fortunes and the music round which favoured younger teams like us massively was a bit of a let down.
We did win the quiz on a tiebreak, and then took the jackpot (so don't think we were the most popular people in the pub that night) but I don't think I will venture back for the quiz night.
The pub itself is lovely and I do look forward to going back to the Holystone for the meal using the vouchers we won in the quiz itself.
So, carrying on from my poll last year that leaves my current Quiz Night Rankings at -

North-East Quiz Night Rankings
1. The Plough, Cramlington - Wednesdays
2. The Ship Isis, Sunderland - Mondays
3. Fitzgeralds, Sunderland - Thursdays
4. The Chesters - Speedquiz, Sunderland - Tuesdays
5. The Dun Cow, Sunderland - Sundays
6. The Plough Music Quiz, Cramlington - Sundays
7. The Moorcock, Peterlee - Sundays
8. Southside, Easington Village - Tuesdays
9. The Blagdon Arms, Cramlington - Tuesdays
10. The Willow Farm, Cramlington - Tuesdays
11. The Lambton Worm, Sunderland - Sundays
12. The Holystone, Holystone - Tuesdays