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: 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if you want to dive into a rabbit hole for a few hours then take a look at the excellent Archive.org where they have an archived version of the “Dictionary of the Sussex Dialect”.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.
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*!”
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.”
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?”
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!