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Sunday Night Pub Quizzes In Edinburgh

I give you…. my Sunday quizzes. You are welcome. Your family is welcome. Bring ’em all.

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: One of the music round answers is Reel 2 Real. See vid below for the tune.

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £120. Cheat: One of the picture round answers is Frank Turner.


Isn’t Real 2 Reel brilliant? Isn’t ‘I Like To Move It’ it the greatest song ever written? Isn’t Mad Stuntman pure barry? If you disagree, you must come to the quiz so that we may FIGHT.

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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.

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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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Sunday Gives and Never Takes

Sunday’s like your friend who brings you biscuits and coke when you are depressed. Sunday is nice.

The Persevere, 6pm

Easter Road is the location, the Percy is the venue and you can meet lots of local celebrities when you come to the quiz, such as The Plebs, Blue Fox Tuesday and The Chameleons.

Jackpot: The aforementioned Chameleons won the money last week, so we are back down to £30.

Cheat: The music round includes the B-52s performing ‘Rock Lobster’. First single I bought, as it happens. You can hear the song by clicking the video at the bottom of this post.

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Halfway down the Canongate lurks the Tolbooth. If you can find it, you’ll enjoy it. Sunday smells like success.

Jackpot: Unusually, we have a bit of a rollover: it’s £90 tonight

Cheat: The picture round tonight includes the answer The Legend of Zelda. It’s something to do with computer games.

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Dr Paul quiz winners

So how about that video. Yes, it’s coming up in a second. I just want to first say how much I love the B-52s.

“I love the B-52s.”

There you go.

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Would You Do A Runner For £20?

Now, we’re not sure if the Australian girls at the Tolbooth the other night were trying to do a runner or not but when they suddenly got up to leave at the end of the music round, I was surprised (they’d been doing well in the quiz and clearly enjoying it up to this point).

So why leave now?

They seemed to be moving towards the front door somewhat hastily. They seemed a little flustered.

Now, to get out the front door of the Tolbooth they have to go past me and, as I prefer to do when someone is leaving, I engaged them rather than ignored them. The idea is that maybe I’ll find out why they didn’t fancy finishing the quiz, perhaps give them a voucher for next time, etc.

Anyway, I stopped them to chat. The apparent reason they needed to “catch a bus”.

A bus? To where? To Australia? From the Canongate?

Anyway, they would have been away, out the door and up the road if I hadn’t stopped them for a word, and this gave Nick the bar chief JUST enough time to notice who they were.

“Ahh – excuse me ladies…” he says “…don’t you still need to pay for your food?”

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Ahhh, they had ‘forgotten‘ about the macaroni and cheese (which is suspicious in itself, seeing as how the Tolbooth mac-and-cheese is of unforgettable quality.

So they paid, of course (by card) and left. I was left chatting with Nick about whether they meant to do a runner or not.

Of course, there’s no way we could be sure but we reckoned about 70 per cent “Yes”. We’ll never know.

What’s the best runner you’ve ever pulled?

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Sunday Sunday 17th April

As the dust settles on the weekend, it’s time for you to step up and earn four hundred pounds in the next few hours. Make it so.

Persevere, 6pm

Jackpot: £180

Cheat:One of the music round hits is Electrique Boutique. Who they? I don’t really know to be honest. Pretty obscure but the song was a one hit wonder in 1999. See music video below

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot: £220 – the biggest pot of the week

Cheat: One of the answers is “Marlin

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Sunday 10th April

Sunday brings the promise of some nice fat #dpquiz jackpots:

Persevere, 6pm

Jackpot: £150

Cheat: One of the answer is Los Angeles

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot £170

Cheat: One of the music round hits is by Cheap Trick. Added bonus: in the video, the drummer is smoking a fag. While he drums. In 1979. He is still alive.

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Sunday 3rd April

Quizzes tonight light my fire. And yours. Ooh yeah.

Persevere, 6pm

Jackpot: £120

Cheat: one of the music round answers is a rock thing from the year 2000 by a band called VAST, see video below

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot: £140

Cheat: One of the answers tonight is Frankfut. Specifically the answer is Frankfurt-am-Main but you’ll totally get away with just writing “Frankfurt”. It’s that kind of quiz.

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Easter Quiz Night

Jesus is dead. Jesus is risen. Eat your chocolate and worship the prism.

Here’s tonight’s quiz info.

Persevere, 6pm

Jackpot: £90

Cheat: one of the music round bits is by the Thrills, see video below

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot: £90 (main) plus £20 (head-to-head) = £110 total

Cheat: One of the answers tonight is “Hispaniola

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Hibs Cancel Percy but Tolbooth Marches On

Because of the gigantic success of the Hibs reaching the LEague Cup Final, there can be no quiz at the Persevere tonight. That’s because the boozer will be full of Hibby chaos, win or lose (particularly win). Back next Sunday.

The Tolbooth is relatively unaffected by such shenanigans and the quiz continues as usual

Tolbooth Tavern, 8pm

Jackpot: £150 (this is £120 in the head-to-head and £30 in the ‘main’ jackpot)

Cheat: I’ll tell you this: tonight’s music round includes Napalm Death

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