Badly Written Questions

(apologies for the short and slightly delayed blog this week – life took over again)

Back at the quiz this week after my two week enforced sabbatical. Given the date I was expecting a Guy Fawkes themed quiz, with rounds like Top Ten favourite Popes (Alexander VI is mine) and having to guess the intro for songs like Knife Party and Katy Perry. Alas it was not to be and a normal quiz ensued.

Beer – Liberation Rouge / Morocco Ale … Quiz – won

On the beer front, the Liberation Rouge definitely wasn’t a ruby red,  and it ran out after I’d sampled it twice. This left me with Morocco Ale, a dark spiced little number that was good for three more pints. Unfortunately it was a higher ABV than I was ideally looking for, a fact that came home with a vengeance the following morning. However, it would be good for a proper Christmas ale – I started off brewing my Christmas ale this week – Old Suffolk Strong from Festival. The brewing process included the addition of a kilo of dextrose which is promising. I’ll update you on this in about six weeks.

I also found out The Royal Blokes* weren’t placed in the last two quizzes. This, at least, gave me the smug satisfaction of knowing that my input is needed, if not wanted.

At this weeks quiz, with two rounds to go, we had a 20+ point lead. However, we almost snatched defeat from the jaws of victory due to a badly written question. After being given a list of ten names, we had to pick the five who had declared themselves as the monarch of England since 1066. Seems pretty easy (as long as you know Matilda was one of the correct answers). However, the list was confused by inclusion of Harold. We asked The Governess* whether ‘since 1066’ included 1066 and were told ‘that’s for you to work out’. Call me pedantic, but I’ve always thought, with such a badly written question, it’s for the Quiz Master to provide clarity, not for the teams to guess what the question might mean. Anyway, we assumed not (going for Malcolm Canmore instead), found out ‘since 1066’ did actually include 1066, got it wrong, leading to a slide which including two incorrect gamble questions and resulted in a single point win. Unfortunately Amber Nectar* weren’t there to complain about it!

The King of badly written questions had to be John, previous landlord and quizmaster. His questions weren’t so much badly written, just that he couldn’t pronounce any of them. What made it worse is that he wrote his own quiz. At least, as a team, we could ‘speak John’ which meant that classic questions like “Jupiter Eleven appeared in which TV series” and “Which rugby team was captained by Francisco Pioneer” could be answered (once translated).

I really miss John.

Footnote: Dextrose is brewing sugar and is much better than sucrose (normal household sugar). The Empress Matilda was daughter and heir of Henry I. However, upon his death, her cousin Stephen of Blois usurped the throne and ruled from 1135 to 1154. The civil war that followed was called The Anarchy, and resulted in Matilda’s son being named heir to Stephen and ruling as Henry II. Malcolm III Canmore (meaning bighead) ruled Scotland from 1058 to 1093 and also appears in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Jupiter II was the spaceship in Lost in Space and Francois Pienaar was the captain of the South African rugby team.

*see Cast List


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