Drinkers = Thinkers

Sometimes, the team that drinks the most also answers the most questions right and this was true on Monday at The Reverie where PARAGUAY SHOULD HAVE WON 3-1 were in rampant form, both in ordering dirnks at the bar and in answering questions.

pub quiz team winning at The Reverie, NEwington, Edinburgh
Paraguay Should Have Won 3-1

The booze skills in the team were largely under the management of Irish Mark (not pictured) who was doing nothing to buck his national stereotype. Downing pints of Guiness in one go? Good things come to those who wait but also to folk who just throw it down their neck!

Sarah wasn’t drinking at all (she was driving) so it was she who was sent forward to face the Riddle of The Beast. She found Phil Collins in execution mode:

Q. What is Phil Collins’s favourite method of state execution?

A. Gas Chamber

B. Lethal Injection

C. The Chair

D. Phil Collins does not believe in capital punishment

After some debate in the team, Sarah was ready to choose the chair but was swayed by Alana who insisted on lethal injection.

Whaddya know – its the chair. Phil knows that the chair is the most painful and gruesome and that’s why its his execution method of choice!


£140 next week and its all in the hands of REPLACEMENT QUIZMASTER MARK, pictured below. Obey him as you would me.

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Scotland: Best World Cup Losers?

Billy Bremner 1974
Billy Bremner sets up this question with an incredible miss against Brazil in 1974

One of THE TRUMPETS said to me at Jenny Ha’s the other day: “Here’s a good pub quiz question for you: Q. Which is the only country to be put out of the world cup without losing a game? A. Scotland (in 1974)

This is a part of Scottish football legend: that only ourselves would be so unlucky as to be put out of the world’s top footy tournament without even losing a game! Of course, Scotland did become loss-less losers in 1974, drawing with Yugoslavia and Brazil after beating Zaire…

              P  W  D  L   Gls  Pts
YUGOSLAVIA    3  1  2  0  10- 1   4
BRAZIL        3  1  2  0   3- 0   4
Scotland      3  1  2  0   3- 1   4
Zaïre         3  0  0  3   0-14   0

…But I had a niggling doubt about the unique-ness of the claim and sure enough, I’ve found a few other countries who can claim this, including our old friends/foes from down South.

England (Spain 1982)

England also achieved this distinction of being losers who never lost in 1982. Aftter winning all three of their first phase games, England then ground out two 0-0 draws against Spain and West Germany in the second round. This was in the days when FIFA still had group phases beyond the first round, a tournament feature which was used in various World Cups prior to 1986 when knockout from the 2nd round onwards became standard.

Brazil (Argentina 1978)

Brazil themselves were loss-less losers in 1978 when they beat Peru and Poland in the second phase, only to draw 0-0 with hosts Argentina and go out on goal difference. Brazil went on to beat Italy in the 3rd place playoff, so despite a tournament record of W4, D3, L0 – they  failed to become champs.

Cameroon (Spain 1982)

The teams above at least qualified for the second phase but Scotland aren’t even the only team to go out of the first round without losing a game. In 1982 Cameroon ‘achieved’ this after three draws in the opening phase saw them going home on goal difference behind eventual winners Italy.

Belgium (France 1998)

Belgium cemented their reputation for boredom in 1998 by drawing all three group games with South Korea, Mexico and Holland. Three points wasn’t enough and they were out. So you see, Scotland are not quite unique in World Cup misfortune and I find that kind of comforting. Apparently the original question was on the radio somewhere: Real Radio or Forth FM. Which just goes to show: don’t believe everything you hear!

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Quiz Agression Channeled Through Jokes Round

This is what happens when one quiz guy rips the answers out of another quiz guy’s hand during the bonus round and the victim is not brave enough to issue a direct  verbal challenge, preferring  instead to wait until the jokes round to get me to issue  the challenge under the guise of a joke.

snap crackle popFortunately, no blood dirtied the pavement outside the Reverie and everyone went home smiling although you get the feeling that the bad feeling lingers to this day, and someone might just snap, crack or pop one of these days…

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