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?
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.
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?
Question 5: Scott Tracey piloted one of these in this eponymous TV show?
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?
Question 2: The Costa Concordia cruise ship sank in 2012 off the coast of which country?
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!”
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!”
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…
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?
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?
The only source I have for this round is for Question 3, a source for the largest beer can.