Category Archives: Bad Answers

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

Bad Answers

A few recent bad answers from the #dpquiz quiz scene:

1. Turning The Acrylic Up To Eleven

No one has ever gotten Spinal Tap mixed up with Pulp. Until now

bad answer - pulp instead of spinal tap

2. Crazy Fools

bad answer water foolsThis was a name-the-film from the picture round. Clues were given: year, plot, etc. The correct answer is “Open Water” but “Water Fools” is so much better.

3. Geography Fuckup

People get Australian geography mixed up; people get Eastern European geography mixed up… but rarely with each other.

bulgaria tasmania

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Fact Clearup: Snakes and Bridges

A couple of points of order raised by quizzers over the last week or so:

Anaconda versus Pygmy Hippo

Who is the heaviest? Everyone went for anaconda but the Wiki pages are clear. Heaviest verified anaconda weighed 97.5kg while the Pygmy Hippopotamus can reach 275 kg. It’s not even close.

Another fake snake story

Nigel in the Brass Monkey Leith found a Sun article about a supposed 60-stone anaconda which would be over 300 kg but there are plenty of these mega-snake stories about and the sources are rife with phrases like “estimated” and “thought to be”.

Not the same as facts!

Humber Bridge versus Golden Gate

Last week at the Joker & The Thief, I asked for the longest bridge with the Humber Bridge and the Golden Gate as options.

I said the Humber Bridge was longer, based on a reference I’d read that said the Humber was the longest in the world when it was built in 1981.

As the Golden Gate was completed in the 1930s, I assumed it was shorter.

Grace pointed out afterwards that she’d had a quick look-up (after all the questions) and this showed the Golden Gate as longer.

Indeed, a wiki check shows:

  • Humber: 2220 metres
  • Golden Gate: 2737 metres

However, this is the total length of the bridge and if you look at the longest span (distance between the towers) you have:

  • Humber: 1410 metres
  • Golden Gate: 1280 metres

Luckily the outcome of that particular question had no effect on the overall quiz outcome but it’s an undesirable ambiguity and ultimately, a shite question.


But don’t worry, the person who wrote the question has been sacked and the database amended.

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Eight Stunningly Bad Quiz Answers

I get some amusement from the bad answers which get handed in at the quiz.

Here’s a roundup of some recent gems:

1. Mysterious New Lands

bad answer almania

Almania and Alberia sound like great places to visit. If only they existed…

2. Brian Giggs

bad answer - brian giggsThis was a question about Sports Personality of The Year winners. There is a real Brian Giggs but he does cabarets and cruise ships, rather than wing-wizardry and shagging his brother’s wife.

3. Shakespeare Limited

This question asked teams to name five Shakespeare tragedies, a question to which they responded magnificently at first, before running dry roundabout answer 4:

bad answer name shakespeare tragedies

4. German Surnames

Again this team started this question well, which asked for any 5 of the top 10 surnames in Germany. I never got the chance to ask them but I would love to know where they got their last answer from…

bad answer german names flex

5. Faint Insultbad answer gary bell end glitter

If you’re going to diss the orginal Prince of Paedo Pop, I’m sure you’d want to find something stornger than ‘bell-end’

6. Clue(less)do

Another fine start to a list round, marred by shit memory of elusive character names that definitely include a colour…

bad answer cluedo characters

… but probably not the words shite, twat and cunt.

7. Fact versus Fiction

Question three in this same-letter round asked for the fictional character whose diary was the top selling book in Britain in the 1980s.

bad answer best selling diary of 1980s fictional

For the record: Adrian Mole was made-up but Anne Frank was REAL.

8. Easy Mistake

With Australia competing in Eurovision these days, it’s easy to get Tasmania mixed up with Bulgaria.bad answer bulgaria

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Hunger Games (Zimbabwe)

Cracking bad answer at Brass Monkey Leith last Monday.

It was the same-letter round so players knew they were looking for answers beginning with the letter H.

Question 3 was “What is the capital of Zimbabwe?” which prompted this classic right/wrong answer:

bad answer capital of zimbabwe is not hunger

You do know the right answer don’t you? That’s right. It’s Harare.

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Bad Answer: Spain/India Art/Politics Mixup

This was in the picture round with the hefty clue-in-the-quesiton, viz: Can you name this Spanish Artist drawing on the beach?

Picasso not Ghandi
That’s not Gandhi

Answer: “Gandhi”.

I can see how they got mixed up. So easy to get the father of Cubism confused with the figurehead of Indian liberation. Easy mistake-ah to make-ah.

In case you’re wondering, it’s your old pal: Pablo Picasso.

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The Fairly Obvious Difference Between Nottingham and Nagasaki

Last week I posed a question in the same-letter round, asking which city had been nuclear-bombed on 9th August 1945.

Without being part of the same-letter round, this question would get a lot of wrong guesses of Hiroshima which was three days earlier. However there were enough clues elsewhere in the round to get the letter N.

_nottinghamThe above scene has never happened. But not according to one rogue quiz team unit:

_bad answer nagasaki nottingham

Do people in the East Midlands suffer from congenital deformities? Perhaps this really did happen and there was a cover up. Questions need to be asked.

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