Quarantine Quiz 1

Quarantine Quiz 1

Today I thought I might as well start posting the quizzes I intended to post to this blog when I restarted everything. So today here is the first of my Quarantine Quizzes. Me and my pub quiz team were all in the pub at a quiz when lockdown was first announced in 2020, we decided that we needed an excuse to socialise and stay sane during the coming weeks so we arranged a Monday night online quiz replacement. It took us a few weeks to settle on a format, but eventually we settled on 4 rounds of 5 questions each, that gave us 32 rounds each week to have fun with which ended up being a good replacement for our usual quiz.

This first quiz was definitely less polished than later quizzes ended up being, as we did throw things together rather haphazardly. I know I have said this before, but this is definitely not the best quiz I’ve ever written. Have a go for yourself though, this is round 1 on Geography….ish.

Question 1: As Eurovision is not taking place this year which country, formerly a winner (2003), no longer participates in the event officially because they are dissatisfied with the rules, but unofficially because it is too gay?
Turkey (First Entry 1975, last 2012)

Question 2: The Trans-Siberian Railway was built between 1891 and 1916 and has a length of 9,289 kilometres (5,772 miles), it spans a record eight time zones but what are the two cities it terminates in?
Moscow and Vladivostok

Question 3: What is Britain’s most popular road name?
High Street

Question 4: Apart from Headingley in Leeds and Old Trafford in Manchester, which other northern cricket ground has hosted Test Matches in recent years?br> The Riverside Stadium in Durham

Question 5: What lies between Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square on a standard London Monopoly Board?
Fenchurch Street Station

I didn’t have any sources listed for this, I took inspiration from a few quiz books I was working through at the time. When I dig the books out again next, I will update this post.

UK Snowball

UK Snowball

This is the second snowball round I wrote, this time with a theme of the United Kingdom. The quiz consists of 6 questions which get progressively harder as we go along. As soon as you get an answer wrong, you’re out. Nobody made it to the end of this snowball round, so the pot rolled over, good luck at home!

As it takes place at the end of the evening, some of us need a little help so traditionally the first answer is always D, the second answer is almost always D. Good Luck!

Question 1: In which country of the UK does the Royal Mint actually mint all of it’s coins?
  1. Scotland
  2. England
  3. Northern Ireland
  4. Wales
Answer: D, Wales

Question 2: How many counties are there in England?
  1. 18
  2. 28
  3. 38
  4. 48
Answer: D, 48

Question 3: Which is the Longest River in the United Kingdom?
  1. The River Thames
  2. The River Trent
  3. The River Severn
  4. The River Great Ouse
Answer: C, The River Severn                        

Question 4: What is the length of Kent’s Coastline?
  1. 275 miles
  2. 300 miles
  3. 325 miles
  4. 350 miles
Answer: D, 350 miles                        

Question 5: Where in the UK can the public receive the highest radiation dose?
  1. Sellafield Station, Cumbria
  2. St Austell Brewery, Cornwall
  3. The Harley Street Dental Clinic, Harley Street, London
  4. Belfast City Airport Security
Answer: B, St Austell Brewery, Cornwall                        

Question 6: Bergerac was a long running crime drama set on the island of Jersey, During it’s 10 year run many well-known actors had guest roles in Bergerac, either before or after rising to fame. But which of the following did NOT appear on the show?
  1. Natascha McElhone
  2. Bill Nighy
  3. Tony Robinson
  4. Chris Barrie
Answer: D, Chris Barrie                        

Question 1: Royal Mint Website

Question 2: Wikipedia

Question 3: Wikipedia again

Question 4: Explore Kent

Question 5: This took a bit of research…..I used figures for areas that only the general public could get access to. So I found a figure for the radiation dose you can get from standing on the platform at Sellafield station in Cumbria, right next to the nuclear facility, which is 0.8 millisieverts (mSv) per year, a pittance in comparison to the 2.7 mSv which Public Health England estimates to be the UK’s average annual dose. For Harley Street Dental Clinic I used the same figures from Public Health England for a dental X-ray (0.005 mSv) which means you would could have 160 dental X-rays a year or stand on the platform at Sellafield station, whichever takes your fancy. As for the Airport Security Scan at Belfast Airport I found an article from Science Daily about airport security scanners at Los Angeles International Airport which found that one full-body scan delivered approximately 11.1 nanosieverts of radiation, far less than the 24 mSv that you would be exposed to on the flight itself. As for the highest dose in my list, it was for the natural background radiation in Cornwall which was 6.9 mSv. As I had the whole of Cornwall to choose from I decided to pick a brewery for everyone to recognise and that’s how I ended up with The St Austell Brewery, I probably ought to point out that the levels of radiation have nothing to do with the brewery itself and it is just a natural background radiation from the unavoidable geology of Cornwall.

Tie Breakers

Tie Breakers

An often overlooked set of questions for quizzes are the tie breaker questions, it has been known for teams to end up tied winners and, even rarer, for people to tie at the end of the Snowball Rounds. So it is essential to have a few tie breaker questions up your sleeve ready for the inevitable time you will need to break the deadlock.

The best questions to use for a tie breaker are questions where the answer is a number, because if nobody gets it right then you can easily choose a winner from whoever was closest to the correct answer. This becomes a lot more difficult with a question which has a fact for an answer. That’s why I always use a number question to break any ties which crop up during the quiz. Here are a handful I used in my Quick Quiz.

Tie Breaker Question 1: According to a 2018 article from the Daily Telegraph the UK is home to over 20,000 Kebab “restaurants” but how many Kebabs are sold every day?
1.3 Million

Tie Breaker Question 2: In 2016 Turkish Chef Önder Şahand launched the worlds most expensive Kebab in Hazev Restaurant in Canary Wharf, but how much does his Kebab cost?

Tie Breaker Question 3: How many calories are there in a large donner Kebab in a pita bread (550g)?
1364 Calories

Sources for the answers:

Question 1: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/british-kebab-awards-became-unlikely-fixture-foodie-calendar/

Question 2: https://www.dailysabah.com/food/2016/04/01/turkish-chef-sells-worlds-most-expensive-kebab

Question 3: https://www.checkyourfood.com/ingredients/ingredient/1375/doner-kebab-in-pitta-with-salad-takeaway

Quick Quiz Round 3

Quick Quiz Round 3

This is the longest round in the quick quiz I put together, and perhaps it shouldn’t have gone into a quick quiz as it caused a lot of discussions in the teams and overall it took the same time as a couple of rounds. I called it a Points Builder round, as every question has a lot of answers to help the teams collect as many points as possible.

Unlike my Inflation rounds where the teams know how many answers there are I left it ambiguous in this round which did lead to some teams wildly overestimating the number of answers available. You might want to add a rule to take points away for more answers, I didn’t bother as it was a friendly quiz. Without any further ado, good luck!

Question 1: Name all the European Countries (not dependencies) with a cross on its flag.
Iceland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Malta, Greece, Georgia, Slovakia, Serbia (you could also include Vatican city as it has keys crossed on it’s flag, depending on how generous you are feeling)

Question 2: Name all the Actors who have played James Bond on film.
Sean Connery, David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig.

Question 3: Name all the Queen songs which reached no 1 in the UK singles Charts.
We Will Rock You (1977), Under Pressure (1981), Bohemian Rhapsody (1975), Innuendo (1991), Five Live EP (George Michael and Queen with Lisa Stanfield, 1993), We Will Rock You (Five + Queen, 2000)

Question 4: List the British Prime Ministers since the start of WWII.
Neville Chamberlain (1937-1940), Winston Churchill (1940-1945, 1951-1955), Clement Attlee (1945-1951), Sir Anthony Eden (1955-1957), Harold Macmillan (1957-1963), Sir Alec Douglas-Home (1963-1964), Harold Wilson (1964-1970, 1974-1976), Edward Heath (1970-1974), James Callaghan (1976-1979), Margaret Thatcher (1979-1990), Sir John Major (1990-1997), Tony Blair (1997-2007)

Question 5: Name all the London Terminus Mainline Stations.
Blackfriars, Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Euston, Fenchurch Street, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marylebone, Moorgate, Paddington, St Pancras, Victoria, Waterloo

I don’t have any sources for the answers on this one, but for the last one I’m sure I used the National Rail Enquiries website which had a table somewhere with the stations listed.

Quick Quiz Round 2

Quick Quiz Round 2

This is the second round of my quick quiz. I was stuck for ideas so I just went for a General Knowledge round, that’s just a quizmaster way of saying “I didn’t know what to do, so I just threw together a bunch of random questions”. Which incidently is how this round materialised. This should be relatively straightforward round with any luck.

Question 1: On the London Tube Map which line is represented by a black line?
The Northern Line

Question 2: The famous video sharing website Youtube launched in which year? Bonus points for the name of the first video.
2005, and “Me at the zoo” uploaded on April 23, 2005

Question 3: What was the name of the first dog in space?

Question 4: What is the name of Postman Pat’s sidekick?
Jess The Cat

Question 5: What was East Germany’s official name?
German Democratic Republic

Again for this quick quiz I’ve lost the sources on this one, sorry!

Quick Quiz Round 1

Quick Quiz Round 1

This is the first round I wrote for a quick quiz a little while ago, this round is a connection round which are always good fun. This one was a little bit tougher on my audience than I anticipated and only 2 of the 5 teams got the connection, see how you fair on this one.

Question 1: In the Royal Flying Corps what was issued to balloonists but not to pilots of aircraft until after the end of WWI?

Question 2: Which English term means literally “having learned much” when translated into Greek?

Question 3: Which work of art holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at US$100 million in 1962?
The Mona Lisa

Question 4: Chianti wine originates from which region of Italy?

Question 5: Which 1991 American action comedy film starred Bruce Willis, who also co-wrote the story and the theme song? The film was panned and won 3 Golden Raspberry Awards for Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Picture.
Hudson Hawk

Connection: Leonardo Da Vinci.
Running through the questions, Leonardo Da Vinci invented the Parachute, he was a Polymath, he painted the Mona Lisa, he was born in Vinci in Tuscany, and the plot of Hudson Hawk involves Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork (and if you haven’t seen the film, that’s all you need to know about it).

I seem to have lost all the sources I used on this round as in my notes all I have left is https:// in my sources, so I guess you will have to resort to Google for this one!

Snowball Round 2

Snowball Round 2

This is the second Snowball Round I wrote for a quiz, this time I decided not to have a theme for the quiz and just went for a bunch of random questions. As it happens, this Snowball Round was actually won by someone who had visited Hawaii and knew the last question, so see how you compare.

Don’t forget that as it is played at the end of the night we need need a little helping hand, so the first question is always D and the second questions is almost always D. Good luck!

Question 1: When Arnold Schwarzenegger turned 18 he joined the Austrian Army to serve his national service but what did he do during his national service?
  1. Air Traffic Controller
  2. Bricklayer
  3. Chef
  4. Went AWOL

Answer: D, He went AWOL (to attend Junior Mr Europe Contest) – and got 1 week in prison for his efforts.

Question 2: What was the longest Roman Road in the UK?
  1. Dere Street
  2. Watling Street
  3. Ermine Street
  4. Fosse Way

Answer: D, Fosse Way from Exeter to Lincoln was the longest.

Question 3: How many bridges span the width of the River Amazon in Brazil and Bolivia?
  1. 0
  2. 89
  3. 354
  4. 1121

Answer: A, 0                        

Question 4: In the financial year 2018-2019 drug seizures at UK borders hit a record high, how many kilos of cocaine were seized in the year?
  1. 3,338 kg
  2. 6,307 kg
  3. 9,645 kg
  4. 12,189 kg

Answer: C, 9,645 kg                        

Question 5: Walt Disney measured how many paces it took him to eat a hot dog to see how far apart bins should be in Disneyland, how many paces apart are the bins?
  1. 21
  2. 23
  3. 25
  4. 27

Answer: C, 25                        

Question 6: What is the largest number of alcoholic drinks you are permitted to have in front of you in Hawaii?
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 0

Answer: A, 1                        

The only source I listed for this quiz is for question 4.

Backup Quiz Round 4

Backup Quiz Round 4

Quite honestly, this is not the best round I ever wrote, I had an idea to take my Prince Philip fill in the blanks questions and modify it for politicians. On a side note, politics really should be kept away from pub quizzes in general, its fine to ask who was prime minister on a date, or who came before or after, but don’t go much further into politics because it will get messy. Because I wrote this in a hurry I didn’t read through it as well as I could have and so I have ended up with a fairly easy round as there are only certain things which can go in certain gaps. It may work better at the end of your quiz perhaps, but I wouldn’t recommend using it, treat this as an example of what not to do!

Below I have five quotes or well known statements from politicians and at the bottom I have a few words to fill the gaps with, all you have to do is to fill the gaps in the quote with the correct words.

Question 1: At a Press Conference in April 2003 how did Tony Blair end the following statement “Before people crow about the absence of Weapons of Mass Destruction, I suggest they *Blank*.”?

Question 2: In her speech declaring her bid to become leader of the Conservative Party in 2016 Teresa May said; “You can judge me by my *Blank*!”

Question 3: During the 2005 General Election Boris Johnson went onto BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and said “Voting Tory will cause your wife to have bigger breasts and increase your chances of owning a *Blank*!”

Question 4: Gordon Brown was famously caught on microphone complaining to an aide after meeting Labour Voter Gillian Duffy in 2010, how did he describe her?

Question 5: After Boris Johnson assumed the post of Prime Minister in 2019 Caroline Lucas went on Twitter and said “At a moment when we need a leader with courage and integrity, we get a *Blank*”

Here are the bits to fill in the gaps with

  1. *Record*
  2. *Bigoted*
  3. *pompous clown*
  4. *Wait a bit*
  5. *BMW M3*


Question 1 – D
Question 2 – A
Question 3 – E
Question 4 – B
Question 5 – C

I didn’t make any notes of sources for this round, but I’m certain that I used wikiquote for this round.

January Blues

January Blues

This is a photo I took last year in Brighton while I had time to kill in the morning before an appointment. I had a wander around the town and especially The Laines before ending up on the pier. I think it was the first time I had been on Brighton Pier when it was absolutely deserted, there wasn’t a tourist in sight. The weather was extremely calm for January and I got this photo of the deserted pier with the calm sea and the Rampion windfarm on the horizon.

A view from January of a calm sea off the Palace Pier in Brighton with the Rampion Windfarm visible in the distance.
Backup Quiz Round 3

Backup Quiz Round 3

This is the third round for the backup quiz I wrote for a friend. This round was a little unusual in that I had an idea for a round but couldn’t get it to fall together in a way I liked, so instead I wrote a quick last minute round which just went along the theme of “The World’s Biggest” things. See how you do at it.

Question 1: Which is the largest salt water lake in the world?
The Caspian Sea (371,000 km2)

Question 2: The World’s Largest mine is used to mine Lignite (or brown coal) and covers an area of over 182 miles, but where in the world is it?

Question 3: Where would you find the world’s largest beer can?
The Grand Hotel in Cobar, New South Wales, Australia

Question 4: What is the world’s longest underwater tunnel?
Chanel Tunnel

Question 5: By definition a Satellite is an object which revolves around another object, what is Earth’s largest satellite?
The Moon

The only sources for the round which I made a note of are the following ones:

Question 2: https://www.miningpeople.com.au/news/the-worlds-deepest-biggest-and-deadliest-open-pit-mines

Question 3: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/big-beer-can