I rather like quizzes - as long as they ask questions on the kind of topics I might know something about! Some questions are too trivial to be any sort of challenge at all ('what is the capital of France?') while others ('which planet has moons called Triton and Nereid?') may require making an informed, intelligent guess, so your brain actually gets a bit of exercise and you feel a small 'high' if you get the answer right. Many are of the sort where you either know the answer or you don't, such as: 'which Blue Peter presenter recently kayaked 2000 miles along the Amazon?'.

We all have patchy knowledge, riddled with gaping holes. The subjects where I struggle to come up with a sensible answer are mostly sport, entertainment or celebrity news but [...more...]

I do fairly well on some topics others might find dull: geography, history, politics and science. I find football trivia pointless and dull: who cares which team was runner-up in the FA Cup in 1995 or which player transferred from Doncaster Town to Biggles United for £4,000 in 1961? Certainly not me!

As a child my parents liked quiz shows on television and always tried to shout out the answers. Mum was good at things like history - especially Kings and Queens - and did well on art and literature; Dad was always good on science or technology and they both did well if a knowledge of French or Latin was involved. I have happy memories of University Challenge from the Bamber Gascoigne era, where the questions always seemed to me as a child to be too obscure and impenetrable, though I can answer a proportion of the questions in the modern version. I enjoyed "Ask the Family" with Robert Robinson. ('This one is is for mother and youngest child only...')

I still watch some television quizzes, though Eggheads annoys me as I don't want to get to know the details about the contestants' lives or their ages or hear the presenter remind them that they must get this one right to avoid being knocked out - everyone knows! The worst thing about Eggheads is that asking each person just three questions in multiple choice format really doesn't test them or give them a chance to show off their knowledge.

In the last five years or so I've been part of a team which usually does the Tuesday pub quiz at the Dorset Soldier where we often do well. Last year we won the village Carnival Quiz and will enter again this year. I've been to other quizzes around here and elsewhere too. About three years ago I went to a charity quiz in Winchester where the questions were asked by Kevin Ashman from Eggheads, who used to set the questions for BBC Radio 4's "Brain of Britain". That's a good quiz which really sorts out those with a wide knowledge from the rest.

In March our pub quiz team went to a charity quiz and curry evening at the Village Hall run by Kerry Adams (pictured above) who is raising money for Epilepsy research. We were in the lead at one point but fell down on the music round which was definitely not our era!

That event was good evening and a success in raising funds so Kerry is arranging another Curry and Quiz this Saturday 8th May. Tickets are still available if you contact her quickly. See Diary for more information.

Pub Quiz Cash Won

Yesterday, Tuesday 1st June, over two hundred pounds was won at the weekly quiz at the Dorset Soldier. On several previous occasions our team has narrowly missed winning larger sums but this time we made the right choices and came away with £206 to share!

The rollover quiz costs £1 a head to enter and the prize is awarded when a team gets answers to all ten questions correct. This doesn't happen every week, so the cash builds up until someone wins it.

The main six round quiz takes place first, nominally at 9pm and also costs £1 per head to enter. The top three teams share £50 in prize money: £25, £15 and £10.

Quiz win


A nice sum to win, but even better than the money is the satisfaction of winning!!

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