Friday, 25 September 2020

New Quiz Youtube Channel

 UK based quizzer Gareth Kingston (who I am sure you will have seen on one of his many TV appearances) has launched a new Youtube Channel "All Things Quiz". Certainly looks very promising and already has some great content on there!


To copy Gareth's post from Facebook - 


"’ve launched a new YouTube channel today about all things quiz called ‘All Things Quiz’. (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1P_cDZQTcwzE7AmYFDyOrQ)

It’s the kind of channel I want to watch, and I hope quizzers will want to watch it too.
Already on the channel are:
- Quiz Week: a weekly review of what’s happened in quiz. This week featuring Quizzing World Cup, QLL, OQL, Mimir’s Well, Only Connect, University Challenge and Brain of Britain. If you have suggestions for what should be included next time, let me know.
- Challenges: we have modern quizzers playing the 1980 Brain of Britain Final, and we have a play-along version of Bill McKaig’s record breaking 433 final round of Fifteen To One. Videos showing quizzers playing the McKaig questions for leaderboard glory are coming soon
- Reactions: reaction videos
Future content includes:
- More challenges are coming soon for quizzers to participate in
- Interviews
- Documentary style short videos
- Quiz lab – where new quiz formats are developed and tested
Subscribe to the YouTube channel (subscribers will receive preferential access to challenges), or follow the facebook or twitter accounts to be kept up to date with chances to participate.
If you feel you have an idea that would fit in with the channel’s ethos then please let me know. Over time it would be great to get more voices and more perspectives on this quizzing life."

Monday, 21 September 2020

Only Connect Returns Tonight

 




Just in case you missed it, Only Connect returns to BBC 2 tonight meaning Quizzy Mondays are well and truly back!

Monday, 14 September 2020

General Knowledge Quiz - Wednesday 7pm

My latest General Knowledge Quiz goes live on Wednesday at 7pm (UK Time) at Wikiquiz. 50 questions to tackle in 30 minutes. Link to register is HERE

Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Shaun Williamson - 'A Matter of Facts: One Man's Journey into the Nation's Quiz Obsession' - New Book

Whether you have seen him pop up on countless Celebrity Quiz Shows, or indeed noticed his appearances on the UK Quizzing Circuit, it is safe to say that Shaun Williamson (yes...Ill say it....Barry from EastEnders) is a very keen quizzer. In October he launches 'A Matter of Facts: One Man's Journey into the Nation's Quiz Obsession' and I have been lucky enough to get my hands on an advance copy which I have spent the last few dew days reading. 

There have been a fair few attempts in recent years to try and capture the British Quiz Obsession and Shaun brings to the table a book chronicling a year-long quest to improve his rankings in the World Quiz Championships. The book recounts Shaun’s attempts at Grand Prix quizzing events as he tries to improve his scores, and he takes us on the journey by going through questions he got wrong, his triumphs and his failings. People who have been the Grand Prix Quiz Events before will relate to the struggle and for those who haven’t it will give you an insight into what happens on the first Saturday of every month between the nation’s most keen quizzers. 

In between the question analysis and tales of quizzing adventures, including a run at the Kent Championships and tales of on-board cruise quizzes, Shaun likes to throw in plentiful facts here and there to keep the reader engaged and I certainly learned a thing or two! Shaun explores the wider world of quizzing too, including interviews with Ian Bayley and David Stainer, two of the biggest names on the Quiz circuit. 

I won’t spoil too much but he also looks at various elements of how he can improve his results in other ways than just practising quiz questions. The interview with the World Memory Champion is a particular highlight. The book serves (probably secondary so) as an autobiography covering Shauns’ various pursuits from Bluecoats to EastEnders and beyond. The autobiographical elements are mixed in with the quizzing aspects making it a diverse and engaging read. 

 Overall, for anyone with even a remote interest in quizzing, then this is one of the finest books of its kind. Similar books about the world of quizzing have been written, but this takes a unique approach and is written by someone who has actively quizzed most of his life, competes in events to this date (evident by his presence at last weekends British Quiz Championships) and has a clear passion for playing quizzes! 

 The book is released on October 1st (see link below). You won’t regret buying it!

 

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Pat Gibson - British Quiz Champion

My post yesterday, to my shame, failed to mention one key thing. The winner! So huge congratulations go to Pat Gibson (Eggheads) who took victory with a whopping score of 167 to secure the title of British Quiz Champion.

Monday, 7 September 2020

British Quiz Championships

On something of a whim, I decided to enter the British Quizzing Championships at the weekend. Back when I was doing the Quiz GP circuit on a more regular basis, I had entered the British Quiz Championships in 2013 and secured what I rank as my best ever quizzing performance, landing 28th position. Given that was 7 years ago, and the lack of GP practice etc, I would be foolish to aim that high this time around but had a realistic goal of ending in the Top 50-60. In the age of Covid, this was a British Quiz Championships like no other with several live venue's running and a Zoom room for players not able to make a venue. Given that my decision to enter was very last minute, it was Zoom for me, and after going through the set up rules I was ready to play at 11am on Saturday with around 70 others in the zoom and over 100 at live venues. The BQC, as I now shall refer to it as, involves 6 sets of 40 questions on Sport, Entertainment, Art and Culture, Lifestyle, History and Civilisation and Physical World. Anyone who has played a Grand Prix Quizzing event will also know that only your top 5 scores count, meaning one of your papers is dropped. I do not necessarily agree with this rule, as I think a quiz is a quiz and you shouldn’t be able to just drop a subject. I understand why they do it, but….. ….it does tend to help me. As it means 60% of the quiz is contested on my three favourite subjects. Sport, Entertainment and Lifestyle – meaning I can get away with having a poor Physical World paper (or in fact not even giving it much time as I did this weekend). Hardly seems, fair and my place would drop considerably had all 6 been included. But the rules are the rules. As it happened, I was able to land a solid 60th place out of 167 players which I am happy with including a joint 7th finish in the Sport genre. Again, I was solid throughout the three papers I consider my strongest, so if entering again next year my focus has to be on improving the History/Civ and Art and Culture scores to the same level. It was a fun paper, set by Andrew Frazer of QLL, and I left only about 5-6 points “on the table” but probably balanced that out with some lucky guessing. Lowlights being not being able to name Elvis First US No. 1 (even though we were told it had an alliterative title) and fluffing a gimmie on Passport colours by not being able to grasp the question but all in all it was a fun quiz and it was good to be back competing in a GP event. Roll on next year….

Friday, 4 September 2020

Football Quiz

Following on from the Sports Quiz a couple of months ago, my latest quiz for Clarity Media has now gone live and the subject this time is Football! 20 questions to test your knowledge out...give it a go!

Monday, 24 August 2020

Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? Winner incoming...

For the first time in 14 years, it seems that we are going to get a jackpot winner on Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?. Link and details https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/tv/itv-who-wants-millionaire-contestant-18802144

Twitter Questions

I am back to posting some daily quiz questions over on Twitter so if you are looking for something to pass the time, head over to @quizaddictblog on Tiwtter and see how you get on!

Friday, 14 August 2020

Upcoming Book


Noticed this via Shaun Williamsons (Barry from Eastenders) twitter feed. After years on the quiz circuit Shaun has been writing a book all about his venture into the quiz world. Should be a great read. 




Thursday, 13 August 2020

Brain of Britain is back!

In case you missed it, after months of its absence (and with the absence of an audience), Brain of Britain returned this week on BBC Radio 4. You can find it here


Last Call for players/teams for the Online Quiz League

 The deadline is fast approaching for any teams and/or individuals who wish to join the Online Quiz League. Running every Wednesday at 8pm on Zoom, the first season as a huge success with quizzers across the country taking part. The link if interested is here http://www.itzon.co.uk/home 


Online Quiz League

Monday, 13 July 2020

University Challenge - Returns Tonight


Just in case you hadn't notice in your TV guides, University Challenge returns tonight on BBC 2. A sort of Quizzy Monday you could say! Anyway, the show seems to have filmed deep into Round 2 before Covid-19 struck so should be plenty of weeks to keep us going!

Sunday, 12 July 2020

App of the Week - Triviappolis Treasures


For the past few weeks I have been indulging in this superb app which is available now entitled 'Triviappolis Treasures'. As you may have seen from the lack of posts on the subject, I am not playing as many quiz apps as I used to but this came highly recommended and I am glad I gave it a go.

Time has clearly been taken to craft an app that is fun and easy to play, whilst providing superb levels of trivia content that are well researched and written. With me, an app can have all the bells and whistles it likes, but if the question depth and range isn't there then its an instant delete....that is not the case here.

From the direct Twitter "Triviappolis Treasures is a rapid-fire quiz app for travelers and others curious about places. Learn about cities and earn rewards!"

And in fact that Twitter is well worth a follow as it contains regular questions for you to test yourself! @trivappolis is the handle to add to your follow list.


CJ De Mooi - Online Quizzes



Former Egghead CJ De Mooi has been keeping busy during the Lockdown period, providing free daily questions over on his Youtube channel. Quick, fun and well balanced the questions provide a nice distraction during a break time or just to keep the mind ticking over. If you click the link above it will take you along to the channel where there is a ton of content to get stuck into!

Friday, 10 July 2020

Podcast Suggestion - Rex Factor

Rex Factor (@rexfactorpod) | Twitter

One of the things Lockdown has certainly enabled me to do is catch up on podcasts and the latest one I have been listening to is the superb "Rex Factor". Now the concept may not appeal, two avid history buffs compare the Kings and Queens of England and give them a rating based on various factors. It's all done with a pinch of salt but the level of historical detail is superb and there are so many facts to pick up its well worth your time to listen to the extensive archive!

Wikiquiz

I mentioned some time ago about the superb online quiz resource set up by Will Jones - Wikiquiz. Just in case there are any new readers, I thought I would give it a quick mention. There are still multiple daily quizzes from some of the finest writers in the country being uploaded so head over to the site now HERE to join in. All totally free!

WikiQuiz.org

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Online Quiz League - Team North East Crowned Champions

Online Quiz League

The very enjoyable first season of the terrific online quiz league has came to an end with Team North East (consisting of Clive Dunning, Mark Walton, Michael Mcpartland, Tony Walmsley and Kevin Bearne) crowned Champions of the first season.

One of the quizzing highlights of Lockdown by far, this has been a superb league to be part of and the next season is on the horizon. Whether you are a team or a solo player wanting to experience well organised matches with superb questions, then this is the league for you. Contact me at daniel@thequizaddict.com and Ill put you in touch with the organiser if you wish to play!

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Book Suggestion - Classical Map of Britain



I have had this book from Classic FM in my collection for years now, but only just gotten round to reading it. Classical music is one of those areas in which, although I am no expert, I can usually hold my own in quizzing terms. Even so, this book has taught me a heck of a lot and is written in such an accessible way, that its perfect for quizzers to not only gain a good base in the subject but build on current knowledge. Defintley worth a look on the link above

Friday, 3 July 2020

Online Quiz Suggestion

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I have played quite a few online quizzes over lockdown and the one I am enjoying the most is the Friday night quiz produced by "Colins Online SpeedQuiz". All on Zoom/Speedquiz app....Click HERE for the Facebook link and maybe see you there one week!

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Online Quiz League

Online Quiz League

During Lockdown, each Wednesday night I have been taking part in the excellent Online Quiz League ran by Jon Stitcher. The league is coming to the end of the season now and it will be continuing for another season. Jon is always on the look out for new teams, whether you are an established team already or a solo player looking to be matched with others, then please get in touch with Jon via his site HERE

Thursday, 4 June 2020

Radio 4 - My Generation


When Lockdown hit, Radio 4 were in the midst of a season of Brain of Britain, which is still being recorded as the heats begin to air. With that not being possible, Radio 4 sprung into action with the newest quiz to hit the Monday 3pm slot "My Generation". Hosted by Stuart Maconie, its a fun quiz conducted from people's homes, and is worth a listen. Click Here for all the latest episodes

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Online Quiz League



Online Quiz League


During Lockdown, I have been doing more quizzing than ever ranging from online pub quizzes, to the superb Wikiquiz, to Speedquizzing Live....but the biggest area of enjoyment for me quizzing wise has been the Online Quiz League. With three divisions, great questions and a superb format, all conducted via Zoom, the league has kept dozens of quizzers entertained in this difficult period. And the good news is, that a second season (and beyond!) is on the cards so if you are reading this and you want top quality quiz questions, in a competitive scenario with friendly people....look no further than the website which is HERE and register your interest

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Quizzing in Lockdown #9 - Daveys Smartphone Quiz

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Davey’s Smartphone Quiz

Current format I use is SpeedQuizzing Smartphone quiz. I was the first person in Glasgow to use this software almost 9 years ago. I’ve been hosting quizzes for over 15 years now and I’m a full time DJ, radio presenter And quiz host.

Thanks to SpeedQuizzing I have adapted my pub quiz very easily to online, I’ve actually been busier since we went online. It’s brought my brand to more people and improved how I host.

I host quizzes in bars in and around glasgow on Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs and Sunday. Well I did before coronavirus!

Current Quizzes online:
Mon- General Knowledge 7pm start

Tues- Themed (different topics each week) 7pm start

Weds- Themed (different topics each week) 7pm start

Thurs- General Knowledge 7pm start

Fri and sat I do private quizzes, neighbourhood/family type quiz with some other bits added.

Can find me on Instagram @daveyssmartphonequiz

I’m on Facebook Davey’s smartphone quiz

And twitter but haven’t used it for a while

And my website is:
www.daveyssmartphonequiz.com

Monday, 25 May 2020

Quizzing in Lockdown #8 - Wayne Shapiro - Trivia Madness


The next in our Quizzing in Lockdown series comes from Down Under with a post from Wayne Shapiro from Trivia Madness.....

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I started running online quizzes for family and friends on a Sunday night, but have transferred to running online quizzes for companies whose staff are working from home. It has been extremely successful with 38 bookings for May alone, sometimes running 4 in a day!!

 

The format I am using is whatever video platform is used by the client. The best is Zoom, but I have also used Microsoft Teams, Webex, Google Meets and GoTo Webinar. The attendees go on to the video platform to watch mem but the quiz is run using the website crowdpurr.com. I write my quizzes on there, multiple choice and timed. It works really smooth for what I need it for. The quiz runs for about 35-40 minutes.

 

Adapting wasn’t too hard, but certainly helped when I was recommended to the website I now use. Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of interaction with my pub quizzers, but from a financial standpoint, it is better for me to do what I am doing. I have a very strong list of clients now and at least 50% of my clients are new ones, so 2021 hopefully will be a great year.

 

My normal quiz nights in Sydney were Tuesday nights at the Royal Hotel in Paddington. I also had staff running quizzes at 3 venues on Wednesday nights.

 



YouTube Corporate Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1FcfRNjwFv0

wayne@triviamadness.com.au

www.wayneshapiro.com.au

 

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Quizzing in Lockdown #7 - CapCaud's Virtual Pub Quiz

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Can you tell us the times and dates of the quiz you run online?
CapCaud's Virtual Pub Quiz runs every Saturday night, we go live at 8pm on Youtube Livestream.

What is the current format?
We have 6 rounds of different themes, each with 5 questions. Participants submit their answers to the quiz via an online survey, which is sent out during the stream. We then use that survey to check your answers at the end. There are also extra quiz point available:
- Caption the image (best image caption for the weeks photo get's an extra quiz point)
- Recreate the image (best recreation of the week's photo wins an extra quiz point)
- Higher or lower (we have a giant set of playing cards and play higher or lower live, we pick a team at random and they send their decisions via social media)
Generally people can send their shoutouts on social media and we feature them live on the stream. All in all it's a great experience for all involved.

How have you found adapting to hosting Online?
Hosting online actually has a lot of benefits if you know how to work streaming software. It's fun to integrate videos and images into the feed. We've had some good music rounds which work well via a livestream. If you have a webcam, there are a lot more eyes on you than a standard pub quiz. With a stream, you aren't limited to the size of a venue, there is no limit to the number of people who can join in.

Where and when are normal quiz nights held?
I don't actually host a pub quiz outside of quarantine. CapCaud's Virtual Pub Quiz started as something to do with a few of my friends and has kind of snowballed through word of mouth. I love how the people joining in engage with everything, and it's a lot of fun to host.

How can people get in touch if they want to know more?
Contact us via our social media profiles:
- Instagram / @CapsQuiz
- Twitter / @capcaud
- Facebook / CapCaud's Virtual Pub Quiz

You can see all of our previous episodes on our youtube channel:

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Quizzing in Lockdown - #6 - Premier SpeedQuizzing

Hope you are having a nice weekend and here is another online option for you with some information from Premier Speedquizzing.....

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--Can you tell us the times and dates of the quiz you run online?--

I started running two quizzes a week, on a Saturday and a Monday evening. I found that most people didn't want that so reduced it to a Saturday only at 8pm. I have since introduced a Music Bingo night, incorporating mini gameshows on Mondays at 8 and a Gameshow night on Tuesdays at 8.

The gameshow night is currently called Quizzy Fortune, similar to family Fortunes but I am also developing other games including Catchphrase, Wheel Of Fortune, Letterbox and The Price Is Right.

--What is the current format?--

I use SpeedQuizzing for the quiz right now. I started running quizzes many years ago on pen and paper but found there was a lot of cheating and debating answers so about 15 years ago I removed myself from quizzing.
About 6 years ago I discovered SpeedQuizzing and it was like a revelation, the one thing I had been needing all those years. Fully researched questions reduce the risk of having any wrong or debatable answers and the interaction with quizzers brings it into its own. It also cuts out cheating completely, well almost.
I have also developed other side games and quiz rounds to enhance the already amazing product.

--How have you found adapting to hosting Online?--

I've been about a while and although I have no formal training on computers I am proficient in using them and troubleshooting.

When the lockdown came into place and my business was crippled because all venues closed suddenly I wasn't sure what to do. I read via the Facebook group that SpeedQuizzing were developing an online version of their quiz.

At first I thought this wouldn't go anywhere since the whole concept is about banter and direct contact with quizzers but I decided to give it a go.
To my surprise, the SQ team churned out a basic online quiz platform pretty quickly and they have developed it at a fast rate. It could well soon be as good as the pub version. This left my only concern to be how the internet would perform since SQ is all about fastest fingers etc.
I am seeing the real possibilities of what can be achieved and am continually striving to introduce new ideas and games to the mix. Keep it fresh and keep your gamers.

I use Zoom to present my quizzes and games. For me, even though I have heard a lot of issues, it has been incredibly stable. Using the SQ web software, OBS, XSplit Cam and Touch Portal I think I have a great product which is improving every day.


--Where and when are normal quiz nights held?--

I have quizzed at a number of different venues in and around Edinburgh. Generally in the evenings at about 8pm. My main venue is The Cuddie Brae at Newcraighall, every Thursday, where I regularly have about 50 quizzers join me. I also Quiz at The Old Colliery near Danderhall and The Coalgate in Ormiston. All of these venues are currently on hold because of the lockdown but I hope to get them all up and running as soon as I am allowed to do so.


--How can people get in touch if they want to know more?--

I can be contacted in the following ways - By phone 07967 695 284. By email info@premiersq.co.uk
Website premiersq.co.uk. Facebook facebook.com/premiersq


Friday, 22 May 2020

Quizzing in Lockdown - #5 - Robbies Quarantine Quiz

The series is proving popular, so will continue as long as there are quizzes to mention! The latest comes from Robert Ford



Can you tell us the times and dates of the quiz you run online?

Robbie's Weekly Quintessential Quarantine Quiz runs every Wednesday at 8pm over Zoom video conferencing.


What is the current format?

The quiz is free to join but we do suggest a voluntary charity donation to our charity of the week; each week’s charity is chosen by last week’s quiz winner. The quiz is a pen & paper honesty quiz; no multiple choice questions ever! It can be quite challenging difficulty wise as I try to cater to a broad range of ages.

We use Zoom video conferencing for the quiz, everyone finds it more interactive as they can see 

each other and also ask questions and make the odd well timed quip as the quiz goes along.

Each week's format is as follows:

🖼️ Picture Round (always a random theme)

📰 Have I Got News For You (Current Affairs from the last 7 days)

👎 Loser's Round (A topic selected by last week's losers; questions are written by myself)

🧀 The Trivial Pursuit Round (12 questions, two from each trivial pursuit topic so each week’s quiz covers as much ground as possible. The questions are not actually taken from the game!)

🙏 The Charity Round (Bonus points are rewarded to any team that has donated to that week’s chosen charity. I spin the Wheel of Good Karma to find out how many points are rewarded)

👻 Robbie's Random Round (a mystery topic of my choosing. Some examples are conspiracy theories and name the comedian.)

🎵 The Music Round (the structure changes, often intros can also be song lyrics plus a connection. Always 2 songs from each of the last 6 decades of music.)

🔗 The Connection Round (a classic connection round)


How have you found adapting to hosting Online?

I’d never hosted a quiz in my life before so this is all new to me. I love going to pub quizzes so I thought I would put one on for my friends; I enjoyed it and they enjoyed it so I continued. Nine weeks later we are up to 84 quiz teams from all over the place participating through a Zoom meeting.

We’ve raised over £1200 for charity in that time period which is quite surreal!

Practise makes perfect and I finally feel like I know what I’m doing now! I’m always trying to improve the quiz and add as much humour as possible.


Where and when are normal quiz nights held?

If there is enough support I will continue to do an online quiz even after lockdown is over. I certainly have a newfound respect for quiz masters as it is not an easy job pulling a quiz together. If this becomes a future career I will let you know where the in person quizzes take place!


How can people get in touch if they want to know more?

Subscribe to the quiz @ www.rwqqquiz.com (You will be sent an email with details on how to join the quiz each week.)

Email me @ robwilliamford@gmail.com

Follow our social media:

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