Whose Seat is Arthur’s?

Always on the lookout for local quiz stuff, I climbed Arthur’s Seat last week to see if I could answer the question:

Question: Can you see both Forth Bridges from the Top of Arthur’s Seat?

Dr Paul researcing quiz questions up Arthur's Seat
Dr Paul researching quiz questions up Arthur's Seat


The answer is: yes you can, in fact you don’t have to go that far, you can see them both from even from the top of Sailsbury Crags. But anyway – its a nice little local geography question.

Meanwhle, I’ve had a harder time establishing the origin of Arthur. Whose seat is it anyway? Who is Arthur? The Wikipedia page isn’t too helpful, saying it might be to do with King Arthur and providing an incomplete (as I write) reference about the name being a corruption of Archer’s Seat.

Does anyone know for sure?

More TV – The Chase

The Chase, ITV 1Next on my hitlist of TV game shows to apply for is The Chase which piloted on ITV 1 last June.

The show is doing an audition tour of the UK in February and March to look for contestants.

Audition cities will include Glasgow if there are enough Scottish applications received, so you won’t have to travel far.

I’ve not seen the show myself but it sounds like a distilled version of Eggheads where you have to beat one brain instead of five to win the money.

Perhaps this means the odds of winning money are a better than Eggheads where the rotating panel of ‘brains’ have been known to win 74 episodes in a row!

If you want to get on the show, then send an an email to thechase@itv.com and ask for an application form.

January League Winner

scratchcard victory
Amazing 2 x £2 scratchcard winner

The January league winner is Stuart from Jenny Ha’s whose various teams cobbled together victory over the Reverie’s Mind Crushers.

The victory led to the award of 4 x scratchards with a potential prize of £250,000 each on Monday January the 1st at Jenny Ha’s at approximately 8.10pm

I witnessed the scratching myself and am pleased to announce that from a potential MILLION POUNDS, Stuart managed to win four.

Amazingly, all four pounds arrived on the first panel of the first card. Who’d have thought it?

Well played big man! More crazy Million pound action this month!

quiz winner Stuart
January League winner, Stuart

Here’s the full league table for January. See the league table page for up to date info on the latest competition (there’s a fresh league every month)

Stu “The Deal”    34
The Mind Crushers    28
A New Hope (+ Begnt Inc)    20
The Trumpets    15
Eco Ecos    14
Team With No Name    12
Benji Over    10
Ewok Porn    10
Kev’s Going To Be Last    10
Newall’s Old Boys & Girls, Edinburgh Branch    10
Quiztopher Bigwins    10
Bruce Has Gone Home To Play With His Monkey    8
Felatio Nelson    8
Forgotten Juices    8
Slow Cooking For Dummies    8
The Grapes    8
Us & Him    8
& In First Place    7
Dr Paul’s Pride & Joy    7
One Swail Foop    7
The Canaries    7
The Fuck Ups    7
M-Jays    6
Sexy Sexy Super Sex    6
Anti-Scotia    5
Burn’s Boys    5
Findlay    5
Forced Into It    5
Jenny’s Ha’s    5
Norfolk n Chance    5
Secret Squirrel    5
That’s What She Said    5
Wee & Vicious    5
Good Enough For Lionel    5
Haggis    5
Jock’s Lodge    5
McSweenz    5
Not Known    5
P n A    5
Pooder hoonds    5
Quiz Team Aguilera    5
Tam    5
Tam O’Banter    5
Thistle Do Nicely    5
Mincemeat Tarts    4
Willie Gibson (Globespams)    4
L & E    3
A Man & His Girls    2
Aye Rabbie    2
Cuckoos    2
I Walked Under A Ladder Today – Lady Luck Bring It On    2
Jimmy The One    2
Just 3 of Us    2
Scotia    2
Friends of Livestock    2
Mike Oxlong Dwain Pipe    2
Mr Bear’s Fist of Vengeance    2

Bengt – Weak Spot Discovered At Last

Quiz winners
Ooh Shiny Lights with star voguer Brendan (left)

Half-man Half-Legend, Begnt From Sweden has made a mockery of every challenger and tie breaker that the Reverie quiz has thrown in front of him for months now but it could be that we have finally discovered the Scandinavian superman’s weak spot.

A 38-point draw between BENGT – MADE FROM GIRDERS and OOH SHINY LIGHTS brought up a tie-breaker and therefore seemed destined to be sending quiz victory  the Swede’s way but step forward Brendan from OOH SHINY LIGHTS, call it a walk-off, and suddenly Begnt looked like a very ordinary contender indeed.

Brendan’s more sultry use of pace and his impeccable jacket-shoulder-sling won the day and now the world has a new hero (until Bengt recovers his super powers by a whole week of eating IKEA hotdogs and singing Swedish songs.)

Anyway – Brendan earned his team the wine and put himself into key position by correctly identifying the mystery vegeatble as an ONION, but was unable to follow through when faced with this jackpot question for £20:

Question: Which of these UK sitcoms had the most episodes made?

  • A – Blackadder
  • B – Dad’s Army
  • C – Only Fools And Horses
  • D – Red Dwarf

Brendan answered incorrectly and so we have a rollover of £40 for next Monday night. Would you have got it right?

Jim Finlay Wins £60!

Jim and Jeff -winners at Jenny Ha's quiz by Dr Paul in Feb 2010
Jim n Jeff - Champs!

After several months of complaining about ‘monkey music,’ Jim (teamed with Jeff, was finally champion at Jenny Ha’s with the kind of performance that will echo around the mountains for years to come.

JIMMY RN swept aside such illustrious names as THE IDIOTS and SP, to reighn supreme at the end of the quiz.

Then, Jim was adroit with the challenes and deft with the jackpot question. He got this one right for £60. Would you have done the same?

Question: What does the name ‘Hong Kong’ mean?

  • A – Nine Dragons
  • B – Fragrant Harbour
  • C – Southern Capital
  • D – City of Azaleas

Well done to Jim who answered correctly and took the £60 cash prize. Of course, Jim was delighted by this but anger remains: Jim is still infuraiated by my refusal to get a “man’s haircut”.

Oh well Jim, you can’t have everything.

Tonight’s Quizzes

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The Trumpets, Jenny Ha's

Jenny Ha’s: 7pm – jackpot is £60 after the rollover last week.

Reverie: 9pm – jackpot is the basic £20

tonight’s specialist subjects:
Jenny Ha’s: Australia
Reverie: Spain

To get emailed with the secret phrase (worth 2 points) and to get advance notice of specialist rounds, join the mailing list: (see form on the right-hand side at the top…)


The Omnipotence of Bovril

Researching a jackpot question for next month about the origin of various drinks (Vimto, Bovril, Irn Bru, etc) led me to this amazing Bovril advert from the early 20th Century.

Bizarre Bovril and Pope ad
Before USA v USSR there was Bovril and The Pope

Intersting. I’m no expert but it looks like The Pope is drinking a two litre flagon of the brown-and-beefy stuff and has just won a game of chess against The Devil (off-camera) by plonking down a massive 50-litre rook with a Bovril prefect’s badge.

I guess this is what people got up to before Facebook.

January League Winner

Stuart also won £100 this month

Partially becuase of his quiz success and partially because some challengers couldn’t keep the same team name going for the whole month, January’s league winner is Stuart who usually graces the quiz at Jenny Ha’s

Stuart wins a million pounds in Scratchcards and becomes enormously rich this coming Monday. if he’s in.

I haven’t spoken to him yet but I suspect he’ll spend the million on some new moon boots.

The final table for January 2010

Stu “The Deal”    34
The Mind Crushers    28
A New Hope (+ Begnt Inc)    20
The Trumpets    15
Eco Ecos    14
Team With No Name    12
Benji Over    10
Ewok Porn    10
Kev’s Going To Be Last    10
Newall’s Old Boys & Girls, Edinburgh Branch    10
Quiztopher Bigwins    10
Bruce Has Gone Home To Play With His Monkey    8
Felatio Nelson    8
Forgotten Juices    8
Slow Cooking For Dummies    8
The Grapes    8
Us & Him    8
& In First Place    7
Dr Paul’s Pride & Joy    7
One Swail Foop    7
The Canaries    7
The Fuck Ups    7
M-Jays    6
Sexy Sexy Super Sex    6
Anti-Scotia    5
Burn’s Boys    5
Findlay    5
Forced Into It    5
Jenny’s Ha’s    5
Norfolk n Chance    5
Secret Squirrel    5
That’s What She Said    5
Wee & Vicious    5
Good Enough For Lionel    5
Haggis    5
Jock’s Lodge    5
McSweenz    5
Not Known    5
P n A    5
Pooder hoonds    5
Quiz Team Aguilera    5
Tam    5
Tam O’Banter    5
Thistle Do Nicely    5
Mincemeat Tarts    4
Willie Gibson (Globespams)    4
L & E    3
A Man & His Girls    2
Aye Rabbie    2
Cuckoos    2
I Walked Under A Ladder Today – Lady Luck Bring It On    2
Jimmy The One    2
Just 3 of Us    2
Scotia    2
Friends of Livestock    2
Mike Oxlong Dwain Pipe    2
Mr Bear’s Fist of Vengeance    2

Gigantic Score at Reverie

Not Cristina Aguilera
Not Cristina Aguilera

The team name QUIZ TEAM AGUILERA is the NORFOLK AND CHANCE of the 21st century and is now woefully old and hackneyed. Please do not use it.

A much better celebrity pub quiz team name turned up on Monday at Reverie when we were joined by QUIZTOPHER BIGWINS (as in Safari – So Goody)

This team was obviosuly manned (or ladied, in fact) with original and talented thinkers because whereas a bog-standard Quiz Team Aguilera had turned up and unsurprisingly finished about tenth, Quiztopher Bigwins absolutely SLAUGHTERED the opposition and finished a record 11-points clear at the end of the quiz.

Man, they were like a steamroller.

Unluckily for them it was only good enough for the wine as Anna missed out on the new mystery vegetable challenge and this gave NOT KNOWN (Neil and Andy) the chance to steam in and grab the cash on the following question on Great Scots. Would you have answered it correctly for £20?

Q. In 2009, STV ran a poll to find the Greatest Scot of all time. Robert Burns topped the list but who came second?

A. Billy Connolly

B. William Wallace

C. James Watt

D. John Muir

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