Terrible Answer Wins £100

singapore sapporoSo last night’s big money jackpot at the Persevere came down to the last multiple-choice question for £100:

Q: What does the name of the city ‘Singapore’ actually mean?

  • City of Monkeys
  • City of Lions
  • City of Dragons
  • City of Angels

A bloke called Dylan got it right and won £100 in sexy Scottish cash. Brilliant. Afterwards he told me has worked out the answer like this:

“Well I thought Singapore must be where they get Sapporo beer and I’m pretty sure there’s a lion on the Sapporo beer label.  So it must be ‘City of Lions’

As it happens, Sapporo beer is made 3693 miles away from Singapore, in Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Also, the Sapporo logo is a big golden star. As far as I can make out they’ve never used a lion.

So well done Dylan, it takes a special kind of genius to put two completely wrong things together to come up with the correct answer, and kind of appropriate given that the name of Singapore is probably a mistake anyway.

Incidentally, if you ever want to know how far it is from one place to another, I suggest this epic tool.

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Ballad Of A Failed Cheat

Nocheating1Brigid told me that in all her years going to pub quizzes she only ever attempted to cheat once.

The incident happened years ago, before the availability of Google on phones but after the invention of SMS.

Brigid decided that one question was too hard and that her mum would know. So, after a quick run round the moral maze she decided it was OK to text her mum the question, mentioning that it was for a pub quiz.

The return text came back swiftly. All it said was:

Don’t cheat“.

Quality parenting.

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Dead Pool Pundits Follow The News

howard halifaxThere are still a couple of weeks to go to get your names in for the August Dead Pool. The following is a list of names so far.

The most notable movers so far this month is former-family-favourite Rolf Harris, whose recent guilty conviction and subsequent reported suicide-watch in jail have led 5 quizgoers to back an August demise. This compares to one vote for July.

Another newsmaker who Edinburgh quizgoers are backing to die is the absolute theocratic monarch of the newly proclaimed Islamic state, Abu Bakr al-Bagdhadi. The ISIS leader is a new entry and has two backers so far.

My favourite so far this month is “Howard from The Halifax Adverts“. Bloody hell. You never know.

By the way, if you’re reading this and thinking, “where’s mine” – I only load up the slips I get which have a LEGIBLE email address. Others go in the bin, ken?

 

August Dead Pool So Far (number in brackets = current number of backers)

Prince Philip (5)
Rolf Harris (5)
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (2)
Alex Salmond (1)
Baroness Butler-Sloss (1)
Bruce Forsyth (1)
Courtney Love (1)
Daniel Radcliffe (1)
David Luiz (1)
Elton John (1)
George Lucas (1)
George R R Martin (1)
Holly Willoughby (1)
Howard From The Halifax Adverts (1)
Ian Paisley (1)
Joaquin Phoenix (1)
Judi Dench (1)
Lady Gaga (1)
Lindsay Lohan (1)
Michael J Fox (1)
Michael Schumacher (1)
Muhammed Ali (1)
Nigel Farage (1)
Nouri al-Maliki (1)
Oscar Pistorius (1)
Paul McCartney (1)
Pete Doherty (1)
Roger Moore (1)
Sarah Jessica Parker (1)
Sean Connery (1)
Shia LaBeouf (1)
The King of Thailand (1)
The Queen (1)
Wilco Johnston (1)
William Shatner (1)

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One Quiz Only Tonight

The World Cuhoff colours germany ballp interferes with life tonight and so there is only one quiz:

6pm Persevere

Jackpot: £60

Cheat phrase: “THE HAMMER’S GONNA MAKE YOU DIE”

The 9pm quiz at the No.1 Grange Road will return next Sunday as life returns to normal.

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Exclusive: Stephen Hawking Joins Take That

In a recent list round, I asked quizzes to name all five members of Take That. I liked this entry where for some reason the first name that sprang into their heads was Jason Orange and, when unable to recall all five, they just shoved your old pal Stephen Hawking into the line up.bad answer - take that members

Imagine the dance routines.

 

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Captain Mick, Defier of Gravity

ps_cpt mick wins jim beam

This is your pal and mine Mick. Captain Mick that is – note the armband. And that’s him living it large at the Percy last Sunday with a bottle of Jim, as per winners’ privilege.

Mick defied the years and gravity at the start of the quiz when he performed a HAND-STAND to win the enthusiasm bonus. I ain’t never seen a hand-stand before at the quiz. It’s a first.

Mick rules.

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Do These Boys Know What The Future Holds?

young men unaware of lifes brutalityA couple of clean-cut students with bright eyes ablaze and hopes for the future intact win a booze token one night in a basement pub, thus beginning a downwards spiral of alcohol, self-abuse and self-piss.

In thirty years time will they remember that THIS was the moment at which the catastrophe that was their life began to write itself?

I presume not.

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Fashion Advice Contained In Foreigners’ Joke

Earlier this year we had a Costa Rican/Qubecois team, which is an unusual combination to find at No.1 The Grange.

As you would expect, their jokes round submission was unique too:

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What’s a Clavi-Organ?

TheeuwesClaviorganumGot the “are you a real doctor” question the other night, this time from a real doctor who is an expert in Clavi Organs. What’s a clavi organ? Well I’ll let Eleanor (that was her name) explain. After all, she wrote the Wikipedia page on Clavi-organs.

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Classy Bird, Overheard

shot of redAt one of the Sunday quizzes recently, in trooped a real class act along with all her class act pals.

“Geez a shot of whatever’s strongest,” she says.

Respect.

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