Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Jackpot still rolling...

The main jackpot still was not won this week at the Albert, so looking at around £130 next week. It was good to see some new teams in the quiz on Sunday, and it continues to grow and grow. Hope to see you there Sunday from 7.30pm!

Jackpot questions this week - (Answering one of these right could have won you £120)
Books.
As featured on every book published in the UK, how many digits are there in an ISBN number?

Celebrities
Which actor is also a member of the band “Hollywood Vampires”?
Flags
Which country voted to remove the Union Jack from their flag in 2015
History
The Peace of Westphalia ended which war?
Fashion
Which fashion designer was responsible for Liz Hurleys infamous “safety pin dress”?

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Hosting at The Albert, Sunderland

I am now in my third week of hosting a weekly Pub Quiz in the centre of Sunderland at the Albert pub. Prior to the last month or so, I have never taken a fancy to hosting quizzes but when the opportunity arose I jumped at the chance and find myself really enjoying it.

The pub itself is in a superb location right in the heart of Sunderland City Centre, and having only opened in December, is great on the inside too. There is a nice crowd building in there now and each week we are adding new teams. The Jackpot has rolled over for 3 weeks, and is over £100 next week, which is kind of what I wanted and the bar are very supportive with Prize Money and Beer Tokens to help get the night launched well.

If you are in the Sunderland area, let me know and I can reserve a table for you as we are starting to get busy!

Lightspeed Quiz - Football Special

Last month, I began to attend Lightspeed Quiz events once again after a few months off. The Lightspeed events themselves have developed into a fun day of quizzing with the main event, a QU12 qualifier for the end of season £500 game as well as a special set by one the players. I particularly enjoyed Brenda Curtis' Football themed set below....

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Next Series of 15-to-1

For those of you waiting for Series 9 and 10 of Fifteen to One to begin, it looks likely that the show has been pushed back until later Summer. I believe the original plan was to air it this week starting with Series 9 and going straight into Series 10 afterwards.  As a contestant on Series 10, we weren't given any indication of the air dates but roughly suggested it could be July. Either way, they have two series in the bag so hopefully it will come to air sooner rather than later.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Pub Quizzes in Sunderland

I have set up both a Facebook group (HERE) and a Twitter account (@PubSunderland) intended to promote quizzes in the local area. It is very difficult round these parts finding an accurate quiz listings or any information so I am hoping these two groups will help that cause :)

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Champions - Ashbrooke

Congratulations to Ashbrooke who last night sealed the Sunderland Echo Quiz League title, edging out the champions of the past three season Newbottle.

The 2017-2018 season has been another tight affair for us (Chester's) and we managed to win the final game giving us a winning season, as well as the third highest points average in the league.

The Sunderland Echo Quiz League now takes a break for the Summer and we will back in August-ish time for the start of the Knockout Competition. If any local players are reading this then get in touch if you are interested, whether you are an individual or a team! It would be great to see more players in the League.



TEAM P W D L Total AV PTS Ashbrooke 18 15 0 3 661 36.7 30 Newbottle 18 14 0 4 740 41.1 28 Ship Isis 18 10 0 8 560 31.1 20 Chesters 18 9 1 8 566 31.4 19 Penshaw 18 6 1 11 555 30.8 13 The Prior 18 5 0 13 501 27.8 10 Chaplins 18 3 0 15 477 26.5 6

Monday, 14 May 2018

The Albert - Sunderland and Jackpot Rounds

Last night, I held my first Quiz in the Albert, a pub located in the heart of Sunderland City Centre. Congratulations to Quizzy McQuizFace who managed to win with an impressive 72 points. After trailing by 1 point in round one, they fought back and due largely to a clear victory in the Sports Round, managed to take home the prize
 

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The Jackpot round was not won, giving us a roll over for next week so make sure you get yourself down at 7.30pm on Sunday! Ill post up the questions later in the week

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Tomorrow Night - The Albert Pub Quiz, Sunderland

Just one final shameless plug for my quiz taking place in The Albert in Sunderland tomorrow night! 7.30pm start and I have a great quiz planned with a chance to win money, beer and the all important jackpot!

Monday, 7 May 2018

This Sunday - My Quiz in Sunderland

This Sunday night, my new regular quiz night kicks off at the Albert in Sunderland (located in the city centre in what used to be The Vestry). The picture round will be given out at 7.30pm with the quiz starting around 8 and including rounds on News, GK, Sport, Connections, Top 5's and Entertainment as well as a Music Round and a Jackpot. The bar have been very supportive with prizes and I have put together what I think is a really solid quiz, so I hope if you are in the Sunderland area, it would be great to see you there!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Pub Quiz Review

 
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The Blue Bell, Sunderland
Tuesday Nights - 9pm
 
 
Our search for a new quizzing home on Tuesday Nights continues (due to a rather harsh ban on two of our team from playing the quiz we have attended on Tuesday for the past 6 months) and we headed to the Blue Bell this week which is based in Fulwell, just outside of Sunderland City Centre.
 
I had been to this quiz a couple of times before, but it had been probably 3 or 4 years since my last visit. The quiz kicks off with a straight forward picture round, followed by 10 questions on current affairs, 20 on General Knowledge and a jackpot round. The quiz is hosted by a member of the local quiz league and thus the question standard is higher than you would expect elsewhere, with a nice range of questions and a handful of ones that had us thinking.

Prizes on offer include money and beer tokens and there were 12 teams in attendance which is a good figure for this area. The quiz itself is well worth attending if you are in the area, and although it is perhaps a bit on the short side, it is certainly somewhere I would return again. (Especially as we now have vouchers for free beer!).
 
 
 
Tony (the host of this quiz) himself has also written a quiz book, containing 4000 quiz questions across a range of subjects. All the kind of things you are likely to come across at your local quiz night and well worth a look.
 
 




Friday, 4 May 2018

Lightspeed Quiz - April 2018, Oxford



It has been a while since I last attended a LightSpeed quiz for a variety of reasons, but when I heard Chris Curtis was hosting one in Oxford, I made the effort to take the four hour drive there last weekend. The whole event was fun, above is the first video of the initial rounds and Ill post up all specials etc as they are uploaded to the site by the organiser.

Very high standard as always, and some fantastic questions by Chris!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

QLL Brain of London Finals Night

Last week was the Final of the Quiz League of London's individual Brain of London contest. For the past few years, they have been streaming the finals live on Facebook. Well worth a watch if you want to see how high quality questions and a fantastic range of questions. Available to watch HERE

Pub Quiz Review - The Chequers, Oxford

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The Chequers, Oxford
 
 
Last Friday, I took the long drive down to Oxford for a mini-weekend of Quizzing. The main focus of the trip was to attend a Buzzer quiz event (LightSpeed quiz....more on that later) but as it transpired there was a quiz happening nearby the night before which a group of us tried out. The quiz is ran by Dale Collins, of whom I had heard great things, and hence I jumped at the chance of attending.
 
The pub itself was pretty much full to capacity and they would have struggled to get any more teams in, so my advice if you wish to attend is to book in advance. As well as our table of keen quizzers, a Mastermind champion was in attendance and the standard throughout was very high.
 
 
The quiz differed to anything I played in the past in one key area....there is no overall winner. Every round is separate with prizes for the winners. There were picture rounds, music rounds, forward thinking (in which you got 5 bonus points if you predicted your score), entertainment and sport rounds meaning everyone could get involved, and the standard of questions was very high.
 
The highlight of the quiz was perhaps the final round in which Dale issues each team with a buzzer and you score 3 points for a correct answer but lose 3 if you are wrong. Considering our team consisted of regular buzzer-quiz players, I fancied our chances and sure enough we strode to victory, enabling us to play the jackpot game first. This was basically a list based game where we had to identify the top earning Sportsperson from 2017 from a given list (harder than you think).
 
Overall a great night, being perhaps the best team I have been a part of inside a pub quiz, making it a very unique experience. Yes, it would have been nice to have an overall points total and winner, but it hardly detracts from a very fun pub quiz experience and I would certainly urge anyone to visit a Dale Collins quiz if they are nearby (I will try and get a full list soon).
 
 


Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Brain of Britain Appearance


Before I start, it is worth mentioning that this post contains Spoilers about yesterdays episode of Brain of Britain. If you want to listen to the episode you will find it HERE

 

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Five years ago, I made my first appearance on Brain of Britain. It was shortly after I had taken steps towards competing in more competitive quizzes and I was full of enthusiasm and trying to enter as many broadcast shows as possible. Things didn't go to plan and I ended up bottom of my heat with 3 points. I was determined to come back 5 years later (the necessary waiting period for re-application) and do myself more justice.

 

 

The show you heard yesterday, was only recorded last Monday (16th April) at the BBC Radio Theatre in London. During the audition process I had stated I was happy to travel to either venue (Salford being the other) and having been to Salford for the recording in 2013, it was nice to go somewhere different. The Radio Theatre itself is a fantastic venue, and as always with these recordings, was full to the brim.

 

My main ambition going into the heat was to better my performance from 5 years ago. In that time I have done a heck of a lot of quizzing and improved my scores in the GP’s dramatically from where I started (although still highly inconsistent). Despite nerves getting the better of me at a recent TV recording, I felt quite relaxed, until the theme music hit. I wasn’t as nervous this time around, but still had the “blank mind” issue that has plagued me before.

I must admit, the first priority was to score a point. I think the “fear of zero” needed wiped out, so was happy to pick up the Sampdoria question on a bonus. I made a couple of schoolboy errors…..When asked for a character for the Lolita questions, I somehow managed to get in my head they were looking for a historical figure and when it came to the Dennis Meanace questions, I was completely down the wrong tracks looking for a cartoon-duo for some reason!

 

The annoying questions were the Right Said Fred/Taylor Swift question which I only recently read but couldn’t recall in the time, and the Great Expectations question which just didn’t come to mind. Salt N Peppa too is something I will have answered right before, but by that point in the show I think even if they asked me my own name I would have passed!

 

Even on my best day, I would still have been nowhere near to Mark Coopers commanding score. The way Brain of Britain works, it helps if you haven’t got other keen and experienced quizzers in your heat, and Mark gave a masterclass. Anthony Fish too, I later found out, is a keen GP attendee and regular quizzer which explains his stellar comeback towards the end of the episode.

 

However, I have no complaints and again the whole experience was fun, meeting great people and taking part in one of my favourite broadcast quizzes. I will still be under 40 the next time I am eligible to re-apply which will hopefully work in my favour, and I would love to have another stab at doing my self-justice. Somehow I need to master quizzing under pressure, and despite leaving Brain of Britain terribly disappointed I didn’t do myself justice (especially with recent GP scores), it certainly hasn’t put me off!

Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Albert, Sunderland - Hosted by me!

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Although I write questions for various pubs, companies, apps and such like on a regular basis, I have never until recently had the fancy to run my own quiz night. But a stroke of luck landed me in contact with The Albert Pub, located in Sunderland city centre, and after a brief discussion I have agreed to host a quiz on Sunday Nights.

If you are in the Sunderland Area, The Albert is a superb location and the quiz will commence on 13th May with a nice jackpot to start us off, and prizes galore. I will post more details nearer the time.

 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Quiz Review - Music Quiz, The Grange Sunderland

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Location: The Grange, Sunderland
 
Time: Sundays, from 8.30pm
 
 
 
Lying around 1 mile outside of Sunderland City Centre, the Grange is part of the Sizzling chain and probably the closest pub to my home. I have know about the existence of the Sunday Night Music Quiz in the venue for some time, and eventually managed to get round to attending last weekend. I am usually quite strong on music quiz questions, not so much on audio rounds, so didn't know what to expect. I convinced my other half to come along, and we were one of about 8 teams competing for a prize of a meal voucher for the pub itself.
 
I will start with the positives....the format is great with a lot of different styles of rounds to keep players occupied. Pictures, themed audio rounds, traditional audio rounds, list rounds...clearly effort is made to putting together a fun quiz. In all there are around 20 music quiz questions, 16 pieces of audio, 10 pictures in the picture round and a handout round. Last weeks was a list of Oscar Winning songs and you simply had to identify the films from which they came. I did enjoy it on the whole, and my other half also did (which is a rare when it comes to quizzing)....however there is one big criticism.
 
It was pitched at far too low of a level....this isn't me being arrogant, but we scored 57/60 and came 5th. There was a 4 way tie for first place on 58/60 and the lowest score was 54/60. I am all for an easy first half to get people suckered in and thinking they can win, but a harder second half is a must if thats the style. I personally would much rather come 5th with 70% of the points and have learned a think or two, than be 5th with only 3 points dropped. It is very easy to write an easy quiz.....the skill comes in writing a quiz that is going to produce staggered results.
 
I will give it another go, and if you are in the area it is well worth attending. If it is always so simple though, I maybe will look elsehwere
 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Quiz Review - Board Inn, Sunderland

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Location: Board Inn, Sunderland
Night: Tuesday Night
Time: 8.30pm
 
For a reason I may go into in a future post, we have began the search for a new home for Tuesday Night quizzing and we began last night at The Board Inn, a few miles outside of Sunderland City Centre.
 
 
If you have read one of my quiz reviews previously, you will know that  don't necessarily like to be overtly negative about pub quizzes, after all one of the aims of the blog is to promote quizzing in the North East, but I am struggling with this one.
 
 
The quiz itself was fairly well attended with 9 teams, which is about the norm around these parts. The quiz kicks off at 8.30pm and consists of 3 General Knowledge Rounds, a Music Round, a Picture Round, a Wipe-out Round and a Jackpot.  The pub itself is in a nice location, serves up hot food at the interval and has plenty of parking....but sadly the quiz is let down by the quality of questions.
 
 
I will start with the positives....the picture round is a standard guess the famous person style round and the music round is nicely broken down into decades (2 questions on 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s) and I always like the inclusion of a Wipeout Round as it brings some tactics into play.
 
But far too often during the quiz last night, the questions were too obscure, too unguessable and lacking in the clues that could be worked out. There was very little to "think about" if you get my drift, it was either a case of you knew it, or there was not way you were going to guess it. The questions came from a very very narrow syllabus, with no sport and questions that seemed more tamed towards the Hosts interests than the audience in question (always a fatal flaw in quizzes). An anagram round demanded a specific answer of "Tropical Fruit" when asked what a Carambola was being the perfect example of the questions just not being up to scratch.
 
With 9 teams playing, and many reserved tables, the quiz is popular and if you decide to go I would suggest booking a table, but I certainly won't be returning as the quiz itself isn't worth the time and effort. 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Brain of Britain - Monday 23rd April 2018

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I will get round to catching up on my run down of the series so far, but just to let you know that for any avid listeners, I recorded an episode of Brain of Britain this week. My second attempt after first taking part 5 years ago. Ill post a full entry on the recording process after the airing. It airs this Monday, 23rd April on BBC Radio 4. 

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Book Suggestion



On a recent train journey I passed my time by dipping in and out of this short title, which covers a range of interesting facts about British History, Culture, Sports and everything in between. Full of facts, ideal whether you are a setter or looking to get to grips with a few of those "chestnut" facts that come up time and again, its well worth paying the pennies this is available for on Amazon.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League Questions

We received a surprising email last week form an individual wondering whether the questions from the Sunderland Echo Quiz League would continue to be placed on the Leagues site. It reminded me to post up the link to the archive which I have been meaning to do for some time, If you click here you will find a range of questions, by no means complete, produced by the teams in the league.

It is worth mentioning the Sunderland Quiz League is team based, with up to 6 people per team, and the sets are written by the team who haven't got a fixture in a given week. So, as you can expect the sets vary a lot, some are better than others...some have produced fun nights, others have produced nights where you are praying for the end, but all in all you will find a mixed bunch of questions there. As usual I will continue to post sets written by myself on the blog.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Fifteen to One

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Applications are currently open for the next series of Fifteen to One. Follow the link HERE. Having recently taken part in the latest filming blocks myself (Series 10, with Series 9 also still be aired), I can vouch for it being a fun experience with a great production team. Well worth a try....and as a side note they do seem to be taking previous contestants back as when I was up there recording (it's all done in Glasgow) there were certainly a large portion of players who were back from a second go!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

European Quizzing Championships Film



Nice little video here from last years European Quizzing Championships held in Zagreb. You will certainly recognise a few faces!


This years event takes place later in the year in Zagreb. Ill post a link up one the details are online.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Brain of Britain 2018

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The latest series of Brian of Britain has been continuing over the past few weeks, and heat 4 was aired today (don't look below if you are avoiding spoilers). I feel a little bit behind in my ongoing leader board for the series thus far but see below for the full updates. The Q's next to names indicate the heat winners who have already made the next round. Hopefully, if you follow the show, or indeed are taking part this series, it gives you a good idea of where you are .
 
 
 Mark Eaves (Q) - 20
Jack Bennett (Q) - 14
Amit De (Q) - 11
Andy Tucker - 10
Sanjoy Sen - 10
Julie Lamangion - 9 (Q)
Jill Goodwin - 9
Ian Porter - 8
Phillip Issac  - 7
Francis Atherton - 7
Andrew Franko - 6
Beverley Beasley  - 5
James Wilson - 4
Gillian Ledwick - 4
John Robinson - 4
Eddie Alexander - 3

Friday, 16 March 2018

Cash Show Available on IOS

Cash Show Available on IOS
Just a quick note to mention that the Cash Show App I have mentioned a few times on here is now available on IOS. The good news is, despite a little bit of worry early on, they have started paying out the big winners now.

If you are signing up, please use the code below and we will both a free live which will come in very handy indeed!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is back!

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You may have already heard, but applications are open for the upcoming series of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?. The application form is HERE and requires a photo, a short multiple choice test and also an optional video. I hope its more in line with the original series rather than the "everyone has a sob story" revival from a few years back.
 
Good luck to anyone applying!

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Pub Quiz #1


General Knowledge

1.       Which birthday did Barbie celebrate in 2009?

50th

 

2.       Which cartoon character has her own theme park located in Hampshire?

Peppa Pig

 

3.       What do the letters QI stand for in the name of the popular comedy quiz show?

Quite Interesting

 

4.       In which decade were teabags first sold commercially?

1900s

 

5.       What was the first item to be sold in the UK using an electronically scanned Bar Code?

Packet of Chewing Gum

 

TV

1.       Olivia Coleman played Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller in which ITV Series?

Broadchurch

 

2.       Lady Di, Willy, Wellard and Roly are dogs who have appeared in which TV Soap?

Eastenders

 

3.       Justin Fletcher is better known by what name in a famous Cbeebies series?

Mr Tumble

 

4.       Who provides the sarcastic narration on the TV show “Come Dine With Me”?

Dave Lamb

 

5.       In the Simpsons, what is the first name of Chief Wiggum?

Clancy

Sport

1.       In which Olympic sport might you use either a recurve, a compound or a traditional piece of equipment?

Archery

 

2.       Who replaced Sepp Blatter as President of Fifa in 2016?

Gianni Infantino

 

3.       In which city do La Liga team Espanyol FC play their home matches?

Barcelona

 

4.       What sport is played by the Nottingham Panthers, Dundee Stars and Cardiff Devils?

Ice Hockey

 

5.       Over what distance, in metres, are Olympic and World Rowing Championships held?

2000m

Food and Drink

 

1.       In cooking what does the abbreviation UHT stand for?

Ultra Heat Treated

 

2.       Mozzarella Cheese is made from the milk of which animal?

Buffalo

 

3.       John Pemberton is credited with the invention of which popular drink?

Coca Cola

 

4.       What kind of food item does an Oometer measure?

Eggs

 

5.       The name of which dish, found on a menu in Indian Restaurants, literally means “Dry Fry”?

Jalfriezi

 

21st Century Events

1.       Who replaced Ed Milliband as leader of the Labour Party after the 2015 election defeat?

Jeremy Corbyn

 

2.       What is the name of the music streaming service launched by Beyonce and Jay Z?

Tidal

 

3.       Which non-European country competed in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 2015?

Australia

 

4.       In which country were 33 miners trapped for 69 days in 2010, gaining the attention of the worlds media?

Chile

 

5.       Who is the controversial founder of WikiLeaks who became Personna non grata in the USA in 2010?

Julian Assange

History

1.       Which monarch was on the throne during the Gunpowder Plot?

James I

 

2.       In which decade was Daylight Savings Time introduced?

1910s

 

3.       In which modern day State of the US was Captain James Cook killed?

Hawaii

 

4.       Where did the so-called Bevin Boys work during World War II?

Coal Mines

 

6.       Which king erected 12 Eleanor Crosses in Memory of his wife?

Edward I

 

1 Questions 5 Answers

Q:  Olympics. Which five events make up a Modern Pentathlon? (Note: You only need to list the disciplines involved, not the distances)

1.       Running

2.       Shooting

3.       Horse Riding

4.       Swimming

5.       Fencing

 

Connection Round

1.       Which pop artist famously painted pictures of Campbells Soup Tins?

Andy Warhol

 

2.       Which former bass player with the Sex pistols died aged 22 in 1979?

Sid Vicious

 

3.       Which American writer, director and actor has produced and starred in films including Annie Hall, Hannah and her Sisters, Manhattan and The Purple Rose of Cairo?

Woody Allen

 

4.       Which unit of length, used by the International  Astronomical Union, measures  around 5.9 trillion miles?

Lightyear

 

5.       What is the connection between the above answers?

Toy Story (Andy is the owner of the toys, Sid is the evil neighbour, Woody the cowboy and of course, Buzz Lightyear)