This time of year I always keep an eye out for the End of the Year/Xmas Quizzes that appear in the paper. Ill try and keep this post updated with the days in which the quizzes are appearing and if anyone wants to add any to the comments section please do!
Maybe something will come along this year that will match the genius of the Indepedents Boxing Day quiz!
The annual tradition of Christmas University Challenge returns on Christmas Eve on BBC 2. Seems to be a bit of confusion (if Twitter is anything to go by) as BBC 4 began airing the 2017 series last week.
However, fear not, the 2018 run begins Christmas Eve at 8.30pm with the final airing 4th January!
Bit of a cheat here as I am going to include 2 books. Probably both books you have heard of, if not in fact read, and both very useful in their own rights. This marks the end of the series but if I suddenly think of anymore I will do some additional posts!
Essential reads packed with useful information, and aside from the facts and good question ideas that can be picked up, they are just darn good books to read!
Fans of the BBC Two Quiz show Only Connect are in for a treat this week, as starting tonight we have 4 back to back episodes to enjoy! Tonight's edition is the regular series followed by three nights of special including a Champion of Champions, Sports Special and an all family affair!
Not only that but Xmas Eve will see the show retain its usual slot for the regular series before a special on Xmas Day itself!
Ive always thought TV stations are missing a trick by not having more quiz shows on TV on Xmas Day and nice to BBC 2 giving Only Connect a slot!
The DK Books are essential for quizzers as they contain so much information, in a clear image filled format that they are handy to work with and digest. Whether learning or setting! Animals have always been an area I struggle with, even at a basic level, information on Animals just doesn't seem to stick but this book has helped me along the way. Of all the DK books in my collection, this must rank up there with the very finest and most useful for quiz.
Although general I am pretty okay at music, I do have a couple of blind spots, but this book as helped me out no end! Presented in a nice easy to read list form, it covers a wider period of music giving useful facts and introducing some of the bands and acts who come up time and time again in quizzes but I never seem to get right.
Available for pennies on Amazon second hand, well worth a look
Genius of Britain was a channel 4 series from a number of years ago, not that I realised at the time of buying this book. The book talks about great scientific achievements over the decades and as I have mentioned before, I tend to learn things better when presented in prose like this rather than lists, and there are some fascinating tales included in this text. Worth a look
As Science was one of the areas I was trying to improve on this year, the next few posts in the series will look at books on this subject that were useful. The Periodic Table is without doubt the most "quizzed about" subject in Science and as a good refresher/source for setting this has proved to be very valuable indeed. Presented in a fun, vibrant way....a great book to get started on/revise your science knowledge!
It has been a great year at the Albert Quiz (Sunderland City Centre) and we cap it off on Sunday with the Big Xmas Quiz. Ive been working on the quiz for weeks now and think I have crafted a unique Christmas quiz that will be fun for all!
We start at 7.30pm and I would hope to see you there!
As promised, more mythology......This has actually been on my shelf since it was first released and having just got round to reading it I would certainly recommend it for cementing the knowledge of mythology. I find it much better learning in this manner, with stories, than lists etc so this works for me, and again, even if you don't ever get a chance to use the knowledge on offer here....its still a darn good read!
Mythology is one of those subjects that comes up time and time again in quizzes. No matter if it is down at your local pub or indeed at the highest level of GP's. So the next 2 posts included books on the that subject. I will start with Norse mythology, one of the lesser covered subjects, but still something well worth knowing. And even if you don't ever answer one question on Norse mythology, this is a cracking read....
Every year one books gets a mention in this list.....and this year is no exception. The Pears Quiz Companion is, in my view, one of THE essential primer books in any quizzing collection. Over the years this has won me more points than any other.
A few days ago I mentioned Quiztastic 4 in my rundown of some of the years best podcasts. Alan, who runs and organises the show has kindly submitted a quiz for readers of the blog to have a go at. See how you get on and information about the podcast can be found HERE
1. Television - What is the only television show that has Adam Sandler, Terry Crews and Neil deGrasse Tyson appear in it?
2. Business - Scotland is often thought to be the only country in the world where Coca-Cola is not the top selling soft drink,however there are three countries, can you name the other 2?
3. Music - What do the songs 'In the Air Tonight', 'Fat Bottomed Girls', 'Fuk da Police' and 'Deep in the Heart of Texas' all have in common?
4. Current Affairs - A woman was arrested this year (November 2018) under the Unexplained Wealth Order, this was the first time this had ever happened in the UK. What shop was she in when it happened?
5. Geography - In what city would you see the Cloud Gate?
6. Science - What day in 2018 was the Earth Overshoot Day?
7. History - Who was the Prime Minister of the UK at the beginning of the 2nd World War?
8. Literature - Which book is famous for the following quote - “If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”?
9. Geography - Which mountain is known as the savage mountain?
10. Science/ History - What is the highest that any part of the Wright Brothers plane ever reached?
Not only would this work be the top contender for my "Book of the Year" but it is also certainly a contender for one of the most useful reference books in my collection. Released this year, this is a treasure trove of information that guides you through classics of world literature, authors, storylines and seminal works. I can't do it justice in explaining just how useful and ideal for quizzing setting and revision it is.
Essential! I can't think of a better guide to Literature on the market
If you are in the Sunderland are this month and looking for a Pub Quiz then I just wanted to make you aware of the quizzes Ill be running. All involve big money jackpots, a unique format and plenty of prizes to win! For more information please pop me an email at Daniel@thequizaddict.com and I can answer any questions you have.
The Albert (Fawcett Street, Sunderland City Centre)
My longest running quiz will run as normal tomorrow night (2nd December) and next week (9th December) before our Bumper Xmas Quiz Night on 16th December which I am hoping will be a superb night! We will then take a break for a few weeks before starting back up in January!
The Pickle (Vine Place, Sunderland City Centre)
Growing week by week we are on a similar time scale at The Pickle with the quiz running o Thursday Nights as normal on December 6th but then the bumper Xmas Quiz Night on December before a Xmas break.
I am also in the process of planning a Xmas Quiz Night at Yates which is looking likely for 17th December.