Category Archives: Bad Answers

Bad pub quiz question answers, as heanded in by real people.

Bad Answers – Some of These Countries Don’t Even Exist

I can’t remember the question here but I’m guessing it was to name the largest countries whose (English) name begins with the letter S…

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One they missed: Tapioca

Slavia is not a real place. Neither is Samolia. And, real or otherwise, I’m glad I’ve never been to Samolia. It just sounds dirty.

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Bad Answers At The Speed of Sound

Here’s a superb bad answer from the other week at the Newsroom.

In the double-or-bust round, question 5 asked in which year Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight.

You had to get within 10 years of the correct answer and I thought that was a wide enough envelope for most teams to warrant a guess.

Then this got handed in:

bad trivia answer
Forty years before planes were invented, some quiz teams were already flying faster than the speed of sound.

Most teams who answered did get near enough the correct answer (1947) to earn the points.

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The Sex And Race of Lou Reed

Bad answers last night at the Argyle.

Teams were asked to identify this bloke in the picture round:

Clues were added that we were talking about a US rock star, famous both in a group and as a solo artist, someone who died in 2013 at the age of 71.

This was enough clues for a couple of teams to come up with the answers:

  1. Little Richard (who is black)
  2. Billie Holliday (who is black)(and female)

This is despite Lou Reed (above) being a a fairly obvious white male.

Oh well.

 

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Tiebreaker for £300

These were the Jackpot entries from Monday night at Brass Monkey Leith when £300 was at stake.
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Winning £300 on the Tiebreaker.
£300 was at stake
 
Both entries nailed 8/8 in the multi choice, so it went to the tiebreaker.
 
The tiebreak question was to guess how many team members were included in the Chinese team for the Olympics in London 2012.
 
Can you guess who won?
Here’s a clue:
Somewhat more than 68 people
Bad luck, Gordon!

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Bad Answer – Nobel Prizes

bad quiz answer - nobel prizes
Nah. Not really.

Here’s a fairly shit attempt to answer a list question. I asked quizzers to name any five out of the six Nobel Prizes.

I know you know this already but the real answers are:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Literature
  4. Economics
  5. Medicine
  6. Peace

Well done to Laura’s team whose answers are better and who may well one day win the Nobel Prize for Lovely.

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Bad Answers – Gary Glitter, Venice Austria and the Early Early Irish Quiz Birds

I asked “Which city in Italy was the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’?””

Answer given = “Vienna

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Teams had to identify Gary Glitter in the picture round.

Popular magician, Gary Glitter.

Answer given: “Siegfried OR Roy”

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I asked teams to name the 1986 film starring Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert with a soundtrack by Queen

Answer given: “The Hunt For Red October”

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And a nice wee wtf moment at the Newsroom recently. I’m handing out sheets as usual and I come to a a couple who look a little bit sad and disappointed.

The speak in heavy Irish accents: “Yes, yes we’d love to do the quiz but we’re not here tomorrow.”

I explain that the quiz is happening now, not tomorrow. Suddenly they are happy and delighted and take part and have a great time and do really, really badly.

What happens in Ireland? Do you get quiz sheets 24 hours ahead of the actual quiz?

 

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