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


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

Brain of Britain
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?



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?



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

Packet of Chewing Gum



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



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



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?



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



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?



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?


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?



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

Coca Cola


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



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



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?



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



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



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

Julian Assange


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

James I


2.       In which decade was Daylight Savings Time introduced?



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



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?



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)

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Brain of Britain 2018 - Heat 1

Brain of Britain
The latest series of Brian of Britain began this week on Radio 4 with a couple of known names from the quiz circuit competing. A very good episode that you can hear here and well worth listening to.
Spoilers below -
For this series, like I did a few series okay, I will keep a running total of the scores of the competitors in a sort of ranking. The Q next to a name means they Qualified as heat winners. It will also be useful to see who is in place to qualify as the highest scoring runner up
Jack Bennett (Q) - 14
Andy Tucker - 10
Sanjoy Sen - 10
Francis Atherton - 7