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Thursday 14th November 2019

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – The Strathie. Jackpot £30. Cheat answer: Jet (music round).

7.30pm – Ship Inn, Musselburgh. Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Jean-Michel Jarre (music round) – Currently in the middle of Refurb. (should be re-opened before Christmas)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Foghorn Leghorn (pic round).

Cheat Clue

Here is the cheat clue for tonight’s music round at the Strathie. It’s former Jet who are listed on Wikipedia as “Jet (Australian Band)”:


In terms of guitar bands, Jet filled the role of “next big thing” for a wee while in the early 2000s.

But it didn’t last.

This was their best known-tune, it was their debut hit and it remains their highest charting song in the UK chart.

After flogging it for a few years, Jet split in 2012 but after a while out of the game they reformed in 2017.

Perhaps they thought there was a way out but eventually saw that this is what they were: rock and roll musicians in a rock and roll band.

And you can’t escape your fate.

It’s a bit like quizmastering, or working in bars once you get past 30 years old.

Suddenly, without realising it was happening, you wake up one day and notice that you’ve been doing the same job for 10 years. And then 20 years.

The taxi driver I had last night was telling me that he only meant to do the job as a stop-gap and never thought it would be for him and that’s him still driving drunks around, 20 years later.

He’s not sure how it happened.

Careful what you start!

Remember: the Strathie has cheap drink and the Newsroom is handy for buses.

Choose wisely!

See you tonight!


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A Man In A Pub Told Me… Part 1 (Platypus)

As a quizmaster, I frequently face men in pubs (women too but mainly blokes) who wish to tell me fascinating true and genuine facts.

The usual idea is that I’m supposed to first be amazed and secondly throw their ‘fact’ straight into the quiz (after quickly constructing a great question to match the fact).

_its a factOne reason for this never happening is that the “amazing” facts are quite often NOT THAT INTERESTING. Flag: this is probably true if your “amazing” fact concerns sport or includes a numerical statistic.

Another reason for me failing to immediately deploy the wisdom is because I need to fact-check everything before using in a competitive quiz, particularly man-in-a-boozer nuggets.

Anyway – here’s the first in a new irregular series where I take a man-in-a-pub fact home and test it for interest and veracity and then try to make a question out of it.

So, someone told me at the Reverie the other night that

“Platypuses are poisonous”


Interest: 6/10

This is reasonably interesting. People like facts about dangerous animals. It creates frisson. Also, Platypuses are at the funnier end of the animal hilarity scale.

Truth: 10/10

Well, let’s see what they say on rainforest-australia.com

“The platypus is the only Australian mammal known to be venomous”

Apparently it’s not enough to kill a man and the only ones armed with the venom are the males. It’s though that they spike each other when fighting for a mate. The poison is delivered via a wee spike above the platypuses rear hell. So don’t fuck with them.

Most importantly though, the truth checks out

Good Question?

With the extra knowledge that the platypus is the only venomous mammal in Oz, I can now create something like this:

Q. What is the only mammal in Australia known to be venomous?

a. Kangaroo

b. Wombat

c. Tasmanian Devil

d. Duck-Billed Platypus

Job’s a good’ un.


Fairly interesting, completely true and a decent question. Plus, it’s in the science category where questions are harder to come by, so overall I give this man-in-a-pub fact 7/10.

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