Wednesday, 24 October 2018

New Sunderland Quiz Night launches 8th November...

My next pub quiz venture in Sunderland is kicking off soon! The Pickle is a superb bar in the centre of Sunderland, and I will be starting to host a quiz there on Thursday 8th November. All my usual format with a wide range of prizes and plenty of rounds to test your brain. All starts at 7.30pm.
If you are looking for a pub quiz in Sunderland on Thursday Nights...give it a try. Be sure to say hi!

Monday, 22 October 2018

Mark Mason's latest book...

It is getting to that time of year again when I will soon be posting my annual countdown of the most useful and interesting books I have used for quizzing this year, but there was one book released this week that I must mention. Mark Mason has written several interesting books, and this one is no exception. Packed full of trivia, looking at the people who didn't quite manage to be the first person to achieve landmark achievements….

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Finger on Buzzers

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Fingers on Buzzers Podcast
As quite a fan of podcasts, I was very interested to hear of the launch of a new podcast all about quizzing at the back end of the summer called Fingers on Buzzers. The podcast is hosted by the comedian Lucy Porter, a keen pub quizzer and the Chase's own Jenny Ryan.
There have been about 8 episodes so far with a wide range of sections including guests from the world of quizzing, both contestants and producers, tips on quizzing, teasing questions on common quiz themes and general chit chat about quizzing itself.
Always worth a lesson and a fun 40-45 minutes each week. Available on all pod casting services (I happen to like Pod Bean!)….

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Pub Quizzes in Sunderland...hosted by me!

As mentioned earlier in he year, I never really saw myself as a quiz host but having jumped at the chance to host a quiz night back in May I have never looked back. I am currently running two quiz nights with a further two set to come. Here are the details of the current nights. If you are in the Sunderland area looking for a quiz.....then I'd love to see you there!

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The Albert, Sunderland
Running since May, we have a good team of regulars now at the Albert with different winners most weeks. The quiz starts at 7.30pm with a picture round, leading into a News, Entertainment, Music, Connectons, Themed Rounds, Gamble questions, Top 5s and General Knowledge rounds! In addition we have a jackpot which is growing by the week and up to around £170 this week. At the end of the month we also do a Last Team Standing game which is another chance to win!
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The Peacock
A slightly newer venture is the Peacock in the heart of Sunderland City Centre. A unique pub which is a superb setting for a quiz. Same format as above and growing every week!

Friday, 19 October 2018

Sunderland Echo Quiz League

The 2018-2019 season of the Sunderland Echo Quiz League gets underway next week. Ashbrooke claimed the title last season, and almost did the double, narrowly missing out to Penshaw in the cup final last week.

If you are in the local area and would like to take part in the league, please let me know and we can arrange for you to come down to one of the games and see how the league works,

The fixtures for the first rounds are below

Sunderland Echo Quiz League 2018-2019


Round 1 – 24th October

Prior v Ashbrooke
Penshaw v Chaplins
Newbottle v Navy Club

Setters:  Ship Isis


Round 2 – 31st October 2018

Ship Isis v Chaplins
Prior v Navy Club
Penshaw v Newbottle

Setters: Ashbrooke


Round 3 – 7th November 2018

Newbottle v Prior
Navy Club v Ship Isis
Chaplins v Ashbrooke

Setters: Penshaw


Round 4 –14th  November 2018

Navy Club v Penshaw
Chaplins v Prior
Ashbrooke v Ship Isis

Setters: Newbottle




Round 5 – 21st November 2018

Ashbrooke v Navy Club
Ship Isis v Newbottle
Prior v Penshaw

Setters: Chaplins


Round 6  - 28th  November 2018

Chaplins v Newbottle
Ashbrooke v Penshaw
Ship Isis v Prior

Setters: Navy Club


Round 7 – 9th January 2018

Penshaw v Ship Isis
Newbottle v Ashbrooke
Navy Club v Chaplins

Setters:  Prior


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Only Connect Returns This Monday

Fans of Only Connect will be pleased to know that the series returns this Monday on BBC 2 for another mammoth series. 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Quiz Books of the Year #4

With only a few more to mention on the Quiz Books of the Year list we move onto the Cryptic Quiz Book which is a unique collection of questions. The title did put me off a little bit, but once I got stuck into the book I realised it was a well written, carefully researched title that is well worth a place on our book shelves and a perfect gift for quizzers at Christmas!