Sunday Service: Pub Quiz For Your Pleasure

Think about pleasure. What does it mean?

Does it mean a walk in the countryside? Maybe. But with those midgies and lack of toilet facilities? Maybe not.

rubbish countryside
The Countryside: Rubbish

Does it mean sex? Maybe. But with those performance issues and gender politics? Maybe not.

Does it mean humping the opposition at pub quiz? Of course it does. Get your shot of pleasure. Tonight:

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: the music round includes an act named 5 Seconds of Summer. See vid below for the tune. It’s some weepy-weepy snowflake boyband shit.

8pm – The Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: The picture round includes the answer Apocalypse Now. It’s a film about th Vietnam War. It’s supposed to be genius but the only time I saw it I fell asleep. I’m not saying it’s a bad film, it’s just a bit long and I was a bit knackered.

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Steve Swallow, Jazz Bassman

So I did a bonus round the other week where you had to think of a list of famous people with birds in their name, something like that.

As usual, the criteria for success in the bonus round include choosing answer that everyone has heard of. Examples here would includes Eagle Eye Cherry and Alan Titchmarsh.

People are always raging when no-one has heard of the thing they’ve written down.

In this case the “legend” that none of us give a flying fuck about is someone named “Steve Swallow”.

“Who the fuck is Steve Swallow?” I asked, not unreasonably.

“You don’t know who Steve Swallow is?” gasped the guy.

“No” I replied succinctly, “Who is he?”

“He’s only like the greatest Jazz Bassist…. ever”

“Right. That’s why no one has heard of him. NEXT!”

To be fair to the guy, I promised I would look Steve Swallow up when I got the chance. This was months ago and I’ve had millions of chances, but now I finally got round to looking him up. It’s pretty fucking unimpressive.

So, if you really have two minutes and 35 seconds spare, here’s Steve Swallow and his jazz bass solo:

 

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Prince Is A Spooky Bastard

When Prince died, just over a year ago, I first heard the news as I turned up for a Thursday quiz at the Argyle Bar.

To my surprise, Prince featured in the picture round that night. Obviously I hadn’t planned it. My quiz scheduling was nothing to do with the death of The Artist.

Prince is Pic 3

Purple Spooks.

Anyway, next thing you know a year has sped by. Prince was never one of my favourites so I hardly ever thought of him or his demies.

But then, exactly one year later (one day out – but still a Thursday) – he turns up again on his death anniversary, again at the Argyle Bar, this time in the music round.

Again, not scheduled deliberately. I’d forgotten all about Prince being dead and I program the music and picture rounds a month ahead anyway.

Pure Purple Heebie Jeebies.

Cool down Prince, ya mad ghost.

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Thursday Pub Quiz – Enormous Jackpot at Newsroom Tonight

The jackpot has reached terra incognita at the Newsroom. We are now buzzing at £350. Win it tonight.

7pm – Argyle Bar & Cellar. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is Iraq.

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £350. Cheat: Grace Jones is in the music round (see vid below).

I always tell people that the Newsroom is the thickest pub of the week and definitely the right place to come if you want to win money.

It’s not strictly true about the thick thing. It’s just that the Newsroom attracts staff-nights-out and the like where people are maybe not one hundred per cent quiz-focussed.

So if you know the quiz and how it goes, you usually do have a bit of an advantage over these passers-by. And it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but most people who come from other quizzes end up liking the Newsroom when they come. Tonight would be a good night to try it.

Giles Angels, for example, started off quizzing at the Joker but have found the Newsroom a happy hunting-ground. Maybe they’ll win the money tonight? We’ll see…

By the way, Grace Jones was what it was all about in the eighties. No one was more aloof, untouchable, and supreme as the Jones.

That was the image anyway. I had one of her albums. It was all right.

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Beat The Clock – Get To The Quiz

You can always join the quiz late. No problem. But it works better if you are on time. Tonight’s events:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot: £120. Cheat: The picture round includes Juan Manuel Fangio

9pm – The Brass Monkey (Drummond Street). Jackpot: £60. Cheat: the music round includes Sparks. The song is in the video below. Sparks are great. Lots of invention, sass, oomph and choonage – the four classic elements of pop.

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Why Is Craps Called Craps

How come casino dice game is , effectively, called “shits”?

Gus from team Thelma and Louise was asking me this recently when a question about Craps featured in a double-or-bust round at the Safari Lounge.

Craps traces its roots back to an ancient British dice game called Hazard.

According to Mental Floss, the explanation for the name comes from the time that Hazard was imported to the USA, and the roll of double-one (also known as “snake eyes”) was, for some reason, known in the Louisiana area as “crabs”.

Snake Eyes Watching You

“Crabs” transmuted to “Craps” and eventually became the standard name of the American casino staple. This explanation is also favoured by crapsage.com who attribute the “crabs” call to French sailors.

Meanwhile, Wikipedia’s explanation says that the game’s popularity spread from New Orleans, Louisiana where French influence was heavy and this took it’s French name “crapaud” with it as it spread.

Crapaud means toad and refers to the crouched stance of players as the game was originally played by people squatting in the street. On their honkers, as we used to say.

These are the two stories I’ve found so far. The variability and uncertainty lead me believe that I will not be doing questions on the matter any time soon.

 

 

 

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Monday Night Quiz Action In The Great Village Of Edinburgh

Come on. You love it.

Brass Monkey Leith – 7pm. Jackpot: £100, Cheat: “Aberdeen” is an answer in the picture round.

Safari Lounge – 9pm. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Music round contains ‘Yello’ – see music video below.

Apologies to everyone who didn’t see the cheat yesterday. I was telling people in the pub that it failed to post as scheduled, some technical thing, but looking today I see it’s because I completely forgot to make the post in the first place. Hey ho. Brains eh? Brains.

As for the tune in the music round tonight, even if the name ‘Yello’ means nothing to you – there’s a good chance you’ll know the music. It’s been used for so much. Back in the 80s when it came out it wasn’t like anything else in the charts. It felt like a revolution of the balls. They are from Switzerland and no one else has been from Switzerland since, not even Celine Dion.

Anyway: the song’s a belter. Listen:

 

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Thursday Quizzes in Edinburgh

Massive jackpot at Newsroom tonight. Look out!

7pm – Argyle Bar & Cellar. Jackpot:  £60. Cheat: One of the pic round answers is 1937.

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot: £300. Cheat: One of the music round clips is Inner Circle (see vid below). But beware, the song is filthier than it sounds.

Hopefully it will be busy at the Newsroom with this whopper of a jackpot although you really never can tell. If you want to make absolutely sure, you can call them to reserve a table: 0131 557 5830

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Quizzes Tonight in Magnificent Edinburgh

Vote for me, cunts!

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: the picture round includes an iguana.

9pm – The Brass Monkey (Drummond Street). Jackpot: £30. Cheat: the music round includes The London Boys, both of whom are, sadly, dead. (See video below)

Pure dance quality by the way. 89-style.

 

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Monday Pub Quiz Info For Edinburgh

There are two Dr Paul quizzes tonight and they go like this:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: Charles Lindbergh is in the picture round. He was a flyer who achieved great fame in 1927 when he flew New York to Paris.

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Bobby Darin is in the music round with a spooky old tune which is cool and timeless, like Craig David’s ‘7 Days’.

There’s not really a video cos it’s so old. But here’s the song. It’s boss:

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