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Thursday 30th Jan

Quizzes Tonight:

7pm – The Strathie. Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Razorlight (music round).

7.30pm – Ship Inn, Musselburgh. Jackpot £90. Cheat answer: Jean-Michel Jarre (music round) – Currently in Refurb. (The pub should have been re-opened by now but they had to replace the roof so new date is currently unknown)

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat answer: Monster Raving Loony Party (pic round).

Cheat Clues

The music round at the Strathie tonight contains this piece of music by Razorlight:

Razorlight’s best song, probably

Today’s a crazy day so once again no chat. Still doing tax, have to help my daughter’s school quiz team and trying to get Eurovision tickets. It’s one hell of a morning.

But by the time I go to “work” tonight I should be fairly relaxed, so come to the quiz and I’ll chat then.

Hopefully see you later.


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Dead Pool entries for November 2019
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Monday 13th May 2019

Pub Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot: £50. Cheat: Echosmith (music round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £150. Cheat news: Rabbit(pic round)

Big mad ton fifty at the SAFARI, tonight

And here is the cheat music round clue for tonight. It’s Echosmith at the Brass Monkey:

The Cult, tearing up the mid-eighties

Fun fact: the band is made of one sister and three brothers. Although the older brother has now left.

The singer is only sixteen when the song was released in 2013.

The song remains their biggest hit in America and their only hit in the UK. After today you might never hear about Echosmith again.

Anyway, who cares? It’s Eurovision week and that’s all that’s important.

Lordi, back in the day.

I have no quizzes on Tuesday so you can watch the first semi-final unhindered. If you come to the quiz on Thursday you could miss the second semi, but – like me – you can watch it on catch-up when you get in.

I know some of you still reject the idea of watching the semis (you are mental), so the final is on Saturday and is going to be brilliant.

If I put my money anywhere this year, it has to by Cyprus.

Cyprus are not top of the betting at the moment. Top 3 at the moment are Netherlands, France and Sweden but I genuinely think these songs are pish and cannot win.

Seems harder to predict than last year though which was straight Cyprus v Israel.

Anyway, if you “don’t like” Eurovision, don’t worry about it and just come to the quiz. There are not too many questions about the world’s greatest annual event. Just the occasional one. Nothing to fear.

See ya later – x

Dr P

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Thelma and Louise winning at the Safari Lounge
Thelma and Louise winning at the Safari Lounge

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Mon 17th Dec – Quizzes Tonight In Edinburgh

Quizzes in Edinburgh Tonight:

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot:£100. Cheat: Blanche (music round)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £90. Cheat news: The Isle of Wight (pic round)

Tonight’s quizzes are the last Monday quizzes before Christmas. I’ll be off next Monday (Christmas Eve)

The Monday after that is Hogmanay and I will only be doing the Brass Monkey Leith and the quiz will be earlier. (5pm).

This is because at this time most of you will NOT be out of your boxes on booze; the quiz will still be possible.

Anyway, that’s next week. Now, here’s the reward for reading this post:  a free answer for tonight’s music round at the Brass Monkey Leith.

Ahh, it’s Blanche fae Belgium. A few commentators had her down as favourite for the Eurovision in 2017. The song is cool and modern. But the consensus was that her performance let the song down.

In the end it finished fourth. Fair play


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Sunday Pub Quizzes In Old Edinburgh

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Kula Shaker (music round)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £30. Cheat: Rollerball (pic round)

Here is the music round cheat for the Percy. It’s Kula Shaker who were popular for fifteen minutes round about 1996. I always associate them with Tony Blair and Chris Evans. It was those kinds of times…

Nothing more to say today except wasn’t Eurovision great as usual? By the way I am so sick of people attributing UK failure to Brexit and saying things like “it’s all political”. Total nonsense. Here’s why:

1. It’s got nothing to do with Brexit. The UK has been getting shit scores for years, including before Brexit. Try putting in a good song.

2. It’s got nothing to with Brexit part 2. There are 43 nations participating this year and a third of them are not EU members anyway. Try putting in a good song.

3. It’s all politics. Yeah, how come Israel won? Everyone hates them more than they hate the UK. Thing is, they entered a good song.

Drives me nuts like, British people complaining about how the Eurovision is unfair. My idea would be to try putting in a good song.


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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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Sunday Night Pub Quizzes Edinburgh

Tonight’s quizzes :

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Molly (music round – see vid below)

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: Vauxhall Vectra (pic round)

Sunday has been NAE QUIZZES for a couple of weeks so its good to be back.

The song in the Percy music round is a UK Eurovision entry from a couple of years ago, widely hailed by Eurovision fans as the Britain’s “least shit” entry for about a decade.

Fair enough. It was never going to be a winner though. Other countries do stuff like this and do it better than we do. Molly finished seventeenth.

Only four and a bit months to go until Lisbon. It’s getting exciting.

Both jackpots are sixty pounds tonight. It’s been a while so I had to look up the records but both were definitely rollovers on the 17th December.

Don’t be like Robin:

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Sunday Sensational

Sunday is the best night for going out, according to everyone who knows.

6pm – The Persevere. Jackpot: £60. Cheat: One of the images in the picture round shows Windsor Castle 

8pm – Tolbooth Tavern. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: One of the whoppers in the music round is Sunstroke Project. They come from Moldova and have entered the Eurovision twice. They should have won with this:

The shaky-leg thing. Cannae beat it.

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Latest Music Tips From You, To Me, To You

Brian Cant is dead. The guy was a genius and that’s all I have to say on that. RIP.

Meanwhile, here’s some of the music recommendations you’ve been bugging me with recently as I tour the pubs in my stately fashion.

1. I Fought The Law (Original)

I always though it was a The Clash song but true to Clash form, it’s just nicked.

Here’s the original hit, although the song itself was written by one of the Crickets, as in Buddy Holly.

Thanks to James the Baker for pointing out this one.

2. Kansas by GWAR

We were talking about Boston and Chicago and Kansas all those kinds of bands and Star from the Joker marked my card with this GWAR cover of Kansas’s best known song. It’s powerful stuff.

3. Love City Groove

I can’t remember who I was talking to, but we got on to the subject of Eurovision and before you know it we were talking Love City Groove, a notorious UK entry from the 1990s. Was it really that bad?

Watch the video and see what you think.

4. The Genetic Opera

I think it was in some list round, a wee while ago and someone tried to convince me there was a show title ‘The Generic Opera‘.

Sounded dodge, but I took a note and have only just got round to looking it up. It looks like they meant Repo! The Genetic Opera. I’ve just watched a bit.

Hmmm. Not sure. It looks like the kind of thing that’s trying achingly hard to be as cool as Rock Horror and something I would have liked in 1988, but this was released in 2008 so I guess I missed that bus.

Have fun, if you’re still young enough for this:

5. Big B

Another bonus-round discovery. People write it down. I question it. They insist it’s famous. I’ve never heard of it. No one else in the pub has heard of it. One look on youtube and whaddya know: 1.7 million views on one song.

Big B is fat (Big – geddit) and is a rapper. This song is called “White Trash” and it seems to me to a cheap and cheerful Butlins piss-knock-off version of Kid Rock.

Kinda fun, sort of stoopid.

One of the great things about doing the quiz is hearing about all these new treats that my busy life and active lifestyle denies me the time to find out about by myself.

Keep informing! Comment below or tell me at the quiz.


Dr P

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December League Starts Tonight

quiz league starts now
quiz league starts now

The Dr Paul Quiz League for December begins tonight. Results from all Dr Paul quizzes that take place in December will funnel into a league table and the top team will win a spectacular prize, just in time for New Year.

Points will be based on the Eurovision Song Contest system and will be scored by the top ten teams at every quiz (12, 10, 8, 7, 6 ,5 ,4 ,3 , 2, 1)


Meanwhile, The bottle of vodka prize at Smart City Hostel has been replaced with a more universal offering of £20 for the bar. This means that if you don’t like vodka, there is now a meaningful prize for the Smart City Quiz.

Smart City Hostel is Edinburgh’s poshest hostel and is probably 5-star. You can find it on Blackfriars St or you can use the Cowgate entrance (just along from Bannerman’s)

High Street Hi-Jackers, the perfect combination of American power and German grit
High Street Hi-Jackers, the perfect combination of American power and German grit

Last week’s winners, the HIGH STREET HI-JACKERS are pictured. Are you smarter than a random colleciton of Americans and Germans?

Come along at 8.30pm tongiht to find out.


Dr Paul

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