This is the second round I put together as a backup quiz for a friend of mine. This round is another of the pub quiz staples, Geography. Sooner or later you will get a Geography round and it is bound to get a moan from some people around the room, but personally I enjoy them. As always, you can never please everybody. This is a relatively straightforward quiz with a local question thrown in for the fun of it. I would expect 4 out of 5 is a very do-able score for this round.
Question 1: Which is the longest river in Europe? The River Volga at 3,690 km (2,290 mi), The River Danube is in 2nd place at 2,860 km (1,780 mi)
Question 2: Situated in Italy, what is Stromboli? A Volcano
Question 3: Is the tropic of Cancer in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere? Northern Hemisphere
Question 4: In Sussex, which is further North, Upper Dicker or Lower Dicker? Lower Dicker
Question 5: Which mountain range straddles Morocco and Algeria? Atlas Mountains
I didn’t list any sources for this round again, but it should be easy to discover. For Upper and Lower Dicker I just looked at a map, if you don’t happen to have a map of Sussex to hand, then Open Street Map should be able to help.
This is a round I put together as a backup for someone else’s quiz a little while ago, this first round was a sports based round. Normally I don’t do too many sports rounds as I don’t have a huge amount of knowledge in that field, but when I do put a round in I use it as an opportunity to learn something new. With any luck some of you might learn something new from this one.
Question 1: Which Formula One World Champion has the unenviable record of being the driver with the fastest ever penalty in his career, after he earned a $1000 fine for speeding in the pitlane after only 6 seconds? Sebastian Vettel
Question 2: Highland games are events held in spring and summer originally in Scotland and now all over the world, but which country has the largest number of events? U.S.A. (59 Events inc Hawaii), 2nd place is Canada with 42.
Question 3: On only 3 occasions have the Olympic Games have been held in the Southern Hemisphere, name the countries they have been held in. 1 Point for Each correct answer. Brazil (2018), Australia (1956, 2000)
Question 4: What do Hoof Hearted, Muff Diver, Who Gives a Donald, Big Tits, Brigadier Gerard, and Another Horse all have in common? They are all names of Racehorses
Question 5: What is the minimum length of a cue in Snooker? 3ft (914mm)
This is a photo from last year from what turned out to be the last day before the country locked down under the stay at home orders for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic. I ended up in Chichester as I needed to buy a few bits from shops which aren’t in my local high street and as the weather was so nice I took my camera with me. I haven’t spent much time in Chichester for a good few years and I think it is underrated and overlooked in favour of Brighton and Portsmouth either side. I enjoyed a stroll around the city and took a few photos, this being one of the ones I liked of a Twitten.
A Twitten is a uniquely Sussex word (as I’ve mentioned in a quiz round or two) for the narrow alleys you find between walls or hedges, so this particular Twitten is an excellent example of one. Sussex has a wide variety of local vocabulary to delve into, with any luck I can dig out some photos and use them to explain what they might mean. If you want to have a browse in the meantime then visit Archive.org where they have an archived version of the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect” which should give you plenty to browse through.
Connection rounds are great fun, they can be an opportunity to confuse your teams right up to the point when they finally see the light as a bunch of seemingly unconnected things all become linked together. For this round a bit of knowledge of myths and legends might come in handy.
Question 1: A Knucker once terrified Arundel until it was outwitted by either a knight or a local farmer’s boy, depending on who you listen to, before it met its end. But what was the Knucker? A Dragon
Question 2: What is featured on the airborne forces patch of the Parachute Regiment, worn on the sleeve and commemorating one of their most famous actions which took place on D-Day? It is considered an emblem of the Parachute Regiment. Pegasus
Question 3: In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Buckbeak was sentenced to death, when he attacked Draco Malfoy after being taunted and provoked. But what was Buckbeak? 1950’s (Nov 2nd 1959)
Question 4: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was famous for creating Sherlock Holmes and his deductive reasoning, but he was seriously lacking in this department when he fervently argued that these existed after being presented a photo of them taken by two young girls in 1917? Fairies
Question 5: Scott Tracey piloted one of these in this eponymous TV show? Thunderbird
Connection: They are all flying mythical beasts
I didn’t make any notes of sources for this round either, but if anyone needs a source for Question 5 then you really didn’t watch the right kids TV when you were younger. As for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, yes he was famous for creating what many people consider to be the most rational example of the detective in fiction, but at the same time he held beliefs which seem quite mad by today’s standards. The Knucker from question 1 is an old Sussex Folk Tale which provides some entertainment and you can read up more about it here.
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: 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)