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Taking The Hump

I asked a picture question which was:

Q. Which city do you have to visit to see guardsmen dressed like this?

Swiss Guard at the Vatican
Swiss Guard at the Vatican

Well these are the Swiss Guard and they look after the Pope and all his dodgy crew, so the answer is the Vatican.

Seeing as how the Vatican is entirely contained within the city of Rome, I also accepted “Rome” as a correct answer. After all, you have to visit Rome to get to the Vatican.

But one team were sore aggrieved. They had originally written “Vatican” on their answer sheet but then scored it out and put “Venice” instead.

The woman came up to complain.

Her line of reasoning was thus: “We originally thought Vatican – but you asked for a a city and the Vatican is a country“.

I explained that the Vatican, whilst being a country, is also a city, the clue being that it’s called “Vatican City State”.

She wasn’t having this and re-iterated her initial point: that I asked for a city and the Vatican is a country.

I tried to say, in different words, what I’d said before.

She put her point of view for a third time. We were getting nowhere. It was like having a Brexit meeting in the middle of Heathrow’s third runway.

So I asked her if she was asking me to give her the points for putting down the wrong answer?

She re-stated the fact that they’d written down the right answer before scoring it out.

I said I can’t really go giving people points for everything they score out.

And that was that. She went off back to her table, clearly pissed off.

Except that, by the end of the following round, the team had left the pub and I don’t know for sure, but I kind of suspect they took the hump at my strict stance of not awarding points for incorrect answers…

… which is rich, considering I gave them the points for “Olympic Rugby” when the answer should have been “Wheelchair Rugby” in another picture question.


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Bad Answers – Some of These Countries Don’t Even Exist

I can’t remember the question here but I’m guessing it was to name the largest countries whose (English) name begins with the letter S…

bad quiz answers at the Dr Paul quiz
One they missed: Tapioca

Slavia is not a real place. Neither is Samolia. And, real or otherwise, I’m glad I’ve never been to Samolia. It just sounds dirty.

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Bad Answers At The Speed of Sound

Here’s a superb bad answer from the other week at the Newsroom.

In the double-or-bust round, question 5 asked in which year Chuck Yeager became the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight.

You had to get within 10 years of the correct answer and I thought that was a wide enough envelope for most teams to warrant a guess.

Then this got handed in:

bad trivia answer
Forty years before planes were invented, some quiz teams were already flying faster than the speed of sound.

Most teams who answered did get near enough the correct answer (1947) to earn the points.

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Wednesday Is Satisfaction

Quizzes tonight:

7pm – The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Poli Genova (music round)

9pm – Brass Monkey, Drummond Street. Jackpot £120 Cheat: Saint Mirren (pic round)

Sloppy thirty early on, rigid one twenty on late shift… but loads more students. Choose a pub.

Quizzers are advised to stock up on fish with cheese sauce before the fray. That is thar BRAIN FOODZ/

How about the music round cheat? Here it is:

This was my favourite song from the only Eurovision I’ve ever actually attended which was a few years ago in Stockholm. What you don’t get when you watch it on TV is the sense of how mental the room went for this song. It was totally great.

My family and I are sad that we are (currently) not planning on going to Lisbon for this year’s contest. If I had the money I’d be there every single year.

I’m delighted, meanwhile that various members of Quiz Team And The Queens (who usually quiz at the Brass Monkey) are headed for Lisbon. Delighted for them, jealous too

Meanwhile, you do get the occasional thick cunt at the quiz.

This wasn’t the case other night at the Tolbooth I asked for the five largest cities by population in the Republic of Ireland. They weren’t thick cunts, they just got the wrong Ireland:

wrong ireland
Wrong Ireland


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The Sex And Race of Lou Reed

Bad answers last night at the Argyle.

Teams were asked to identify this bloke in the picture round:

Clues were added that we were talking about a US rock star, famous both in a group and as a solo artist, someone who died in 2013 at the age of 71.

This was enough clues for a couple of teams to come up with the answers:

  1. Little Richard (who is black)
  2. Billie Holliday (who is black)(and female)

This is despite Lou Reed (above) being a a fairly obvious white male.

Oh well.


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Bad Answer – Nobel Prizes

bad quiz answer - nobel prizes
Nah. Not really.

Here’s a fairly shit attempt to answer a list question. I asked quizzers to name any five out of the six Nobel Prizes.

I know you know this already but the real answers are:

  1. Physics
  2. Chemistry
  3. Literature
  4. Economics
  5. Medicine
  6. Peace

Well done to Laura’s team whose answers are better and who may well one day win the Nobel Prize for Lovely.

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Bad Answers – Gary Glitter, Venice Austria and the Early Early Irish Quiz Birds

I asked “Which city in Italy was the setting for Shakespeare’s play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’?””

Answer given = “Vienna


Teams had to identify Gary Glitter in the picture round.

Popular magician, Gary Glitter.

Answer given: “Siegfried OR Roy”


I asked teams to name the 1986 film starring Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert with a soundtrack by Queen

Answer given: “The Hunt For Red October”


And a nice wee wtf moment at the Newsroom recently. I’m handing out sheets as usual and I come to a a couple who look a little bit sad and disappointed.

The speak in heavy Irish accents: “Yes, yes we’d love to do the quiz but we’re not here tomorrow.”

I explain that the quiz is happening now, not tomorrow. Suddenly they are happy and delighted and take part and have a great time and do really, really badly.

What happens in Ireland? Do you get quiz sheets 24 hours ahead of the actual quiz?


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Bad Answers

Here are some recent bad answers from the quizzes:

1. Pure Steaming Anger

There’s something just so nnnnnrggggh about Paraguay, don’t you find?





fucking paraguay
So Much Anger

2. Hell Dragon

A harmless salamander gets a fancy go-faster makeover and becomes… Hell Dragon!

Actually, a salamander

3. Delboy Error

David/Jason confusion subtracts seriousness from epic Bible story .

Jason and Goliath
I blame Del Boy for this mix-up

Mister Happy, rebranded

The classic Roger Hargreaves character gets the Scottish treatment he so richly does not deserve:


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