Category Archives: Bad Answers

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

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.
pub quiz tiebreaker
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


Teams had to identify Gary Glitter in the picture round.

Popular magician, Gary Glitter.

Answer given: “Siegfried OR Roy”


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”


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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Bad Answers

Here are some recent bad answers from the quizzes:

1. Pure Steaming Anger

There’s something just so nnnnnrggggh about Paraguay, don’t you find?





fucking paraguay
So Much Anger

2. Hell Dragon

A harmless salamander gets a fancy go-faster makeover and becomes… Hell Dragon!

Actually, a salamander

3. Delboy Error

David/Jason confusion subtracts seriousness from epic Bible story .

Jason and Goliath
I blame Del Boy for this mix-up

Mister Happy, rebranded

The classic Roger Hargreaves character gets the Scottish treatment he so richly does not deserve:


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Baby Animal Murderer Sheds Light On Outdoorsmans’ Terminology at City Pub Quiz

I had a fairly inconsequential (first round) question last week where I asked for teams to give the four-letter word for the young of a deer.

Answer: Fawn (The additional clue was given by the fact that it was the same-letter round and the letter was F).

However, as I ask the question, one guy pipes up with “What species?”

I reply honestly enough: “I don’t know… a normal deer?”

Later, I asked him what he was talking about. He said that if it’s a red deer then it’s not a fawn, it’s a “calf”.

I asked him how he knew and he said that he used to disembowel them.


“I used to live on Knoydart,” he says, “We used to take them down off the hills and disembowel them. Big ones, and little ones too.”

The time to disemboweled by draws near.

“Was this for food?”

“Oh, they’re pests, they eat all the trees, and there’s millions of the buggers. There’s no wolves, see?”


So, although there is no strict logical connection between murdering an animal and knowing the technical term for its young, I thought there’s a chance me might know his onions so I head to God (aka Wikipedia) to check out the straight facts.

Wiki gives us this:

"For most types of deer in modern English usage, the male is a buck and the female a doe, but the terms vary with dialect, and according to the size of the species. The male red deer is a stag, while for other large species the male is a bull, the female a cow, as in cattle. In older usage, the male of any species is a hart, especially if over five years old, and the female is a hind, especially if three or more years old.[109] The young of small species is a fawn and of large species a calf; a very small young may be a kid. A castrated male is a havier.[110] A group of any species is a herd. The adjective of relation is cervine; like the family name Cervidae, this is from Latin: cervus, meaning stag or deer."

So there you have it. Blood-handed, wild-eyed, mountain-roaming outdoors type is correct.

Question edited.

Database saved.

Job done.


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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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