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?
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)?
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
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.
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!
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.
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!