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?
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.
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!
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?
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?
Sources for this round:
Question 2 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_games#Major_events_outside_Scotland
Question 4- https://stories.swns.com/news/amazing-racehorse-names-which-never-made-it-16253/
Question 5 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cue_stick
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.
This is one of first quizzes I wrote for my old local many moons ago. While they were uncommon back then, themed quizzes have definitely become more popular since then, back then I decided to go for a themed quiz just because I could. The theme I chose was British Comedy, I included rounds on Stand Up comedy, Panel shows, Price Phillip, TV and Radio shows, and a picture round where you had to guess the characters name. Thankfully it was a big hit and I’ve not looked back since. Without further ado, here is the first round, to see the answers just hover over the hidden answer and it should appear.
Question 1: Question 1. Which British Stand up Comedian got into hot water in 2008 by describing British Olympic Swimmer Rebecca Adlington as “someone who’s looking at themselves in the back of a spoon”?
Question 2: Question 2. Which two comedians caused a massive row also in 2008 after leaving messages on Andrew Sach’s voicemail live on air during a radio show?
Russell Brand, Jonathon Ross
Question 3: Question 3. Who turned to comedy after a divorce in 2004, using material from their failed marriage as part of their act. They went on to win the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Best Newcomer award in 2008?
Question 4: Question 4. Which popular stand up comedian has gone on to become an established actor with roles in Hollywood films such as “The Fifth Element” (1997), “Mouse Hunt” (1997) and “There’s something about Mary” (1998) among others?
Question 5: Question 5. Which comedian is best known for creating Channel 4’s “Bo’ Selecta!” and for his character Keith Lemon?
Unfortunately on this quiz I didn’t include any sources, but I’m sure if you do a bit of searching you will find the same ones.