Sooner or later every pub quiz will have one of the standard rounds you expect in a quiz like General Knowledge or Geography or like I have gone for here, History. I chose a wide range of historical questions and ending with a local question for the audience for those who might feel left out by some of the earlier questions.
Question 1: In Roman mythology Mars was the God of what? War
Question 2: The Costa Concordia cruise ship sank in 2012 off the coast of which country? Italy
Question 3: The M1 Motorway officially opened in which decade? 1950’s (Nov 2nd 1959)
Question 4: In 2012 the world went mad for Gangnam Style, which set record viewing figures on Youtube at the time, but which artist sang the song Gangnam Style? PSY (Park Jae-sang)
Question 5: Question 5. According to the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect” by Rev. Parish of Selmestone published in 1875, what is a Twitten? TWITTEN, w. A narrow path between two walls or hedges.
I didn’t make any notes for the sources on this round, but if you want to dive into a rabbit hole for a few hours then take a look at the excellent Archive.org where they have an archived version of the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect”. It is a fascinating read, see how many words for mud you can find. buried in its pages. Where it is a well known fact that the Eskimo languages have a multitude of words for snow, the Sussex dialect has a similarly large number of words for mud.
This is the second quiz round I wrote for the Alehouse quiz I came up with. For this round I decided to go for a quote round which can go well, but also bomb depending on your audience. For this one I tried to get some pop culture and a range of things people would know about, it is a slightly more difficult quiz for the average audience I take it to. I would say if you can manage a 3 out of 5 for this round then that would be a good score.
Question 1: In 1994 in this long running TV show’s 6th series, who came out with the immortal phrase “Me fail English? That’s unpossible.”? Ralph Wiggum (The Simpsons)
Question 2: Who interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards with the following “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!” Kanye West
Question 3: In a 2016 TV interview, this person was faced with an interviewer who questioned their ability to be humble, so they replied with “I think I am actually humble. I think I’m much more humble than you would understand.” Donald Trump (60 Minutes TV Interview)
Question 4: On the panel show Mock the Week who said “Nobody thought Mel Gibson could play a Scot but look at him now! An Alcoholic racist!” Frankie Boyle
Question 5: In 2006 which country failed to win the Eurovision Song Contest with a song which almost entirely comprised of the lyrics “We are the winners of Eurovision” Lithuania – (LT United, We are the Winners)
As an early quiz, I haven’t got any sources for this round. But your search engine of choice should find one for you. I have to say that for question 3 I would be tempted to change the quote, but at the time I wrote this round that quote was considered a bit mad. How things move on…
Compared to a lot of people I know I seem to be the odd one out because I enjoy going for a drive and love going down the little countryside roads to discover new places and helpful little shortcuts. This is a photo from one of my cross country drives from Portsmouth back home, this photo was taken outside of Chichester unsurprisingly. I couldn’t help but pull over and stop to take a photo of the signpost, which I felt looked very photogenic in the evening light.
These old signposts are ubiquitous across Sussex and many other counties in the UK and are known as fingerposts due to the signs originally looking like fingers pointing in the direction of the location signed. Over the years they evolved into a simple board without a finger but with a square, triangular or other design on the end of the board. There are many regional variations in colour and design of the pole and they can add a local touch to the roads. The older Fingerposts like this one were made of cast iron and wood, but more modern versions on major roads are simply metal which I feel are a bit sterile and don’t have any local feeling to them.
Thankfully these older versions of the fingerpost are still easily found on the back roads I enjoy driving down and with any luck will be for some time to come thanks to the Department for Transport and English Heritage advocating for older posts to be maintained by the local councils. So hopefully this bit of history should continue to point people in the right direction for the foreseeable future.
This quiz is an early quiz I wrote as a trial pub quiz so it isn’t as polished but is still entertaining none the less. This first round was called The World’s Largest, so it was simply a case of finding five entertaining or memorable big things to make a round from. It is a quick and easy round but gives a bit of debate in the teams I tried it out on. See how you do!
Question 1: Which is the largest salt water lake in the world? The Caspian Sea (371,000 km2)
Question 2: The World’s tallest building is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, how tall is it? 828 meters / 2,717 ft
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: According to the Guinness World Records, who had the highest ever attended concert with an estimated audience of 3.5 million people on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro? Rod Stewart
We always used to end quiz nights with a snowball round, it’s a simple premise. Everyone pays £1 to enter and enters individually rather than as a team. 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. Whoever is left at the end wins the whole pot. That doesn’t happen often and the pot rolls over from week to week, hence the name.
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: According to Wikipedia, how many islands are there in the River Thames between Oxford and the North Sea inclusive?
Answer: D, 122
Question 2: The Isle of Wight hosts many events, but none are as well known as Cowes Week, which is one of the longest running regular regattas in the world, but in which year did it start?
Answer: D, 1826
Question 3: Which poet wrote in 1624 that “no man is an island, entire of itself”?
Answer: B, John Donne
Question 4: The Island Games are an international mini Olympics for island communities, where were the XVIII Island Games held in 2019?
Answer: D, Gibraltar
Question 5: Love Island is a British dating reality series broadcast on ITV2, contestants are locked in a villa where they have to ‘Couple Up’ and anyone left single is eliminated. The location of the villa is located on which island?
Zakynthos Aka Zante, Greece
Answer: C, Mallorca, Spain
Question 6: Bergerac is a British television series set on the island of Jersey, it stars John Nettles as the title character Jim Bergerac. Many well known actors had minor roles in Bergerac before rising to fame, but which of the following did not appear in Bergerac?
This was the last round of my British Comedy Quiz, a classic round of any pub quiz, a picture round! In tradition in my local pub we hand the picture round out at the begining of the evening to give the teams as long as possible to think of all the answers. In this round I went and found 10 photos of British Comedy Characters, some well known, others not quite as well known.
1. Arnold Judas Rimmer (Red Dwarf)
2. Manuel (Fawlty Towers)
3. Captain George Mainwaring (Dad’s Army)
4. Father Jack Hackett (Father Ted)
5. Mr. Wilberforce Clayborne Humphries (Are You Being Served)
6. Captain Edmund Blackadder (Blackadder Goes Forth)
7. Alan Gordon Partridge (I’m Alan Partridge)
8. Maurice Moss (The IT Crowd)
9. The Fat Sweaty Coppers (The Fast Show)
10. Bernard Black (Black Books)
This is another photo from my last time in Wales, this time it is an image I took in Snowdonia. After having spent the day in and around Caernarfon I decided to go the long way around to get back to where I was staying in Porthmadog, this involved driving along the Menai Strait to Bangor and driving down the A5 to Capel Curig before driving down to Beddgelert and then Porthmadog. This route encompasses some fantastic views of Snowdonia passing by many rivers and lakes in the valleys and some great views of the peaks.
When I turned a corner and found this view, I had to stop the car and take a photo. This is looking down the valley of the Afon Glaslyn (River Glaslyn) towards Beddgelert with Llyn Gwynant (Lake Gwynant) in the foreground with the sun setting in the distance out of frame. Mount Snowdown, Wales’ tallest mountain, on the right blocks all of the sun’s light but shafts find their way through dips on the slopes causing the shafts of light to fall into the valley. It was such a beautiful September’s evening I just had to stop and take a moment to enjoy it.
Only afterwards did I find out that this view looking towards Moel Hebog (Bare hill of the Hawk) behind Beddgelert is one of the most photographed views in all of Snowdonia  so this is hardly the most original photo. I like it just the same, because it takes me back into the evening I had driving back to Porthmadog from Caernarfon and the views I enjoyed on that drive.
This is the penultimate round of my British Comedy Quiz, I chose a different and in my opinion underappreciated medium for the focus on this round, radio. This round focuses on the multitude of radio comedy shows which have come from the BBC over the years. The BBC put out a fantastic array of radio comedy shows and I think many are overlooked or only get attention when they are picked up and the format converted for TV. As this was a bit more of a challenging round for some of the clientele of the pub, I went for a slightly easier round. See how you do on this.
Question 1: Which Radio Show is famous for having a round with rules which are made up and change every single week depending on location where the aim is to end up at Mornington Crescent Tube Station. I’m Sorry I haven’t a clue
Question 2: Everyone knows Dad’s Army as a TV show, but it was also a radio show with the same plots and stories, but which came first? Radio show or TV Show? TV Show (July 1968 was the first TV Broadcast and January 1974 was the first Radio Broadcast)
Question 3: Which comedian who hosted his own Radio show and podcast is famous for his one liners and puns and is the brother of a Radio 2 DJ? Tim Vine (Brother of Jeremy Vine)
Question 4: The Radio show “The Unbelievable Truth” Where contestants must write a lecture to smuggle truths past a panel in a lecture without the truths being spotted is hosted by which half of a double act? David Mitchell (Mitchell and Webb)
Question 5: Question 5. Which Left wing comedian is known for their Radio programme where they travel to small towns in the UK and take the piss out of the locals. Mark Steel’s in Town
No sources listed I’m afraid, but feel free to take a look at the BBC’s array of radio shows and you might find something you’ll enjoy, I can wholeheartedly recommend The Unbelievable Truth currently broadcasting it’s 25th series!
This next round of my British Comedy Quiz focused on TV Shows, of course there have been many TV shows from every decade of TV to choose from, but knowing the audience in the pub I went for TV shows I had heard discussed in the pub and which I knew were popular. One of the key things about this round is that there is a trick question in there somewhere, all of the quizzes which the regular quiz master would write would open with the line.
In tonight’s quiz there may be one more or fewer trick questions, you don’t get any extra points for spotting it, but you don’t loose a point if you get it right.
Often there were no trick questions at all and it was just chucked in to put you off your stride and make you second guess everything. So as the regular quiz master was taking part in the quiz this week, I thought I would give him a chance to have a go at my trick question. I can’t remember any more if he fell for it, but many people did!
Question 1: Which BAFTA award winning Comedienne created and wrote the TV Show Dinnerladies? (1998-2000) Victoria Wood
Question 2: In Blackadder the Third, Blackadder (played by Rowan Atkinson) tries to convince his mad Scottish cousin MacAdder to take his place in a Duel with the Duke of Wellington (played by Stephen Fry) but who played the Mad Scotsman MacAdder? Rowan Atkinson. Yes, this was the trick question!
Question 3: The cast of which show took part in University Challenge as Scumbag College? In an episode which involved racing to catch a train accompanied by The Ace of Spades by Motorhead. The Young Ones
Question 4: In the famous Two Ronnies sketch, Ronnie Corbett keeps handing over candles but what was Ronnie Barker trying to buy? Fork Handles
Question 5: What is the proper name for the piece of music used for Monty Python’s Flying circus as the theme tune? The Liberty Bell (a March by John Philip Souza)
For this round I decided to go for a slightly different round to see how it went. I plumped for a fill in the blanks round to let people’s imagination run wild. In my experience whenever a team has no idea what the answer is, not even a vague one, they will put the most ridiculous answer down just to entertain themselves. So I decided to use this to see what the most ridiculous answers were I could get out of the teams, I was pleasantly surprised with the varieties in the answers! As I said this round was fill in the blanks, but I went for a particular theme. Prince Philip. I thought that his quotes would fit very well in a British Comedy quiz, and I was validated when it got a lot of laughs!
Question 1: On finding out that Cate Blanchett was in the film Industry, what did Prince Philip ask her to fix in 2008? His DVD Player
Question 2: At A Dinner Party in 2004 he opened the meal with this phrase; “Bugger the table plan, give me *Blank*!” *My Dinner*
Question 3: In 2000 he said “People think there’s a rigid class system here, but dukes have even been known to marry chorus girls. Some have even married *Blank*!” *Americans*, It was only when I was reading out the answers when I realised that one of our Locals had brought his American wife along to the quiz that night. Fortunately she saw the funny side!
Question 4: At a visit to Salford in 2001, 13 year old Andrew Adams told Prince Philip he wanted to go to space. Prince Philip’s reply was “You’re too *Blank* to be an Astronaut.” *Fat*
Question 5: In 1998 he met a British Backpacker who had trekked through Papua New Guinea and said “You managed not to get *Blank* then?” Eaten
Sorry, I didn’t make a note of my sources for this. A quick search shows that lots, and lots of newspapers reported on these quotes though!