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

Rollover at Jenny’s

The Burns Night quiz gave us a great contest, finally won by BURNS’S BOYS who claimed that they guessed all the answers.

Whatever works!

However, Jason from the team was unlucky with the jackpot question and it means we have a rollover and a pot of £60 on offer next Monday.

The ultimate question was on the topic of ‘Robert Burns Remembered.’ Would you have got the ultimate question correct:

Q. In 1802, which town became the first to host an official Burns Supper?

A. Selkirk

B. Ayr

C. Dumfries

D. Greenock

Loose Quiz Question Request

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My Other Website

My other website does free quiz questions for quizmasters and the idea is that you’re supposed to browse for whatever questions you want and copy and paste accordingly.

It’s self-service.

Then I got this beautifully non-specific email the other day from Arish. Here is the entire text of his email:

Dear Sir
Kindly send me some free quiz questions please

You know what Arish? Maybe I’ll just send you a link.


Dr Paul

World’s First: Negative Points!

I’ve been running pub quizzes since the mid-1990s but I have never seen anyone finish a quiz with MINUS points unti lthe other night at Jenny Ha’s when Willie, going under the team name SCOTIA managed this epic feat.

Having built up a flimsy 8 points in the first four rounds, Willie went for beroke in the minefield round, answering all five questions, getting them all wrong and scoring minus 2 for each: total score for the round: minus 10, total score for the quiz: minus 2.


Kev Is NOT Going To Come Last

The team was called KEV’S GOING TO COME LAST but this turned out to be the worst prediction of the night as Kev stormed to a draw finish with WEE AND VICIOUS and them took them out on the sudden death trivia. Class.

Quiz Winner at Jenny Ha's
Kev's a winner

Kev also passed the challenge to face the ultimate question but stumbled on this one so the rollover is up to £40 for next week.

Would you have got this…?

Q. Which of these countries has the highest population?

A. Taiwan

B. Tanzania

C. Thailand

D. Turkey

The right answer would have got Kev £20 but alas, no!

See you all next week for a Burns’ Night themed super Scottish quiz.

Benji Over in Sixty Quiz Quid Clover

FDGT star Pierce and block-rockin pal Pete were the champs at the Reverie last night, going by the name of BENJI OVER.

winning pub quiz team
Pete, Pierce and Gill as BENJI OVER

It was a proper ding-dong battle as BENGT INC and THE MIND CRUSHERS and THE TEAM WITH NO NAME all swapped the lead but in the last round it was BENJI OVER’s bravery and a frankly lily-livered show from MIND CRUSHERS that settled it, the Mind Crushers only choosing to answer one question in the minefield.

So, wine for Pete and Pierce but then it was challenge-tastic Pierce who blew the horn for over 20 seconds (never mind 10) and correctly answered the ultimate £60 question.

Would you have got this right?

Q. What year did Wham! split up

A. 1983
B. 1984
C. 1985
D. 1986

Pierce knew this one – even before the options were given and it was sixty quid all the way.

Back to basics for next week  – £20 but remember: next Monday is also Burns Night so there will be a full-on Burns-Night quiz and you can get a rather good dinner for £8.95.

Crap Answers From Last Night

Two spectacular wrong answers last night. First of all at Jenny Ha’s came this question in a round entitled “The Seventies”:

Q. What year in the 1970s were Dannii Minogue, Ewan MCGregor and Gary Barlow all born.

A. 1961

And then, up at the Reverie was a picture question, a night-city skyline full of skyscapers and light.

Q. Which city in Germany in this?

A. Amsterdam.

It’s not 1942 any more, darlings.

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