A question of pub quizzing

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Which three six-letter boys’ names are all anagrams of each other?

Come on... Come on... It must be on the tip of your tongue.

Pub quiz

Pub quiz

Time’s up! I bet very few of you correctly guessed “Ronald, Roland and Arnold.”

What sort of difficult question is that? I mean!

But it’s the question a friend faced at a recent pub quiz which had the whole place stumped.

Pub quizzes are a funny thing – but what some quizmasters forget is that they’re supposed to be fun.

When it comes to questions, the perfect pub quiz has to strike the perfect balance of difficulty.

Make the questions almost impossible to answer and no one is happy – apart from the smug quizmaster.

But if the quiz is too easy, it fails to keep people’s interest as it’s not stimulating enough to provoke debate.

When it comes to pub quizzes, I often find the hardest question comes before the quiz has even started leaving me and my quiz team-mates sitting there scratching our heads for ages as we struggle to fill the white space on our quiz sheet.

I’m talking of course about thinking of a team name which is almost the most important part of the whole quiz.

You have to pick a name that sounds witty but without being arrogant or too risque. And a team-name that’s self deprecating is always good for the sympathy vote such as “And In Last Place” or “Always The Losers”.

A few years ago, hubby and I went for a drink down the pub one evening and happened to walk in on quiz night and decided to take part.

When it came to coming up with a team name, hubby thought it would be highly amusing to call us “Keith and Orville”.

You remember Orville don’t you? That really annoying green bird wearing a nappy who sings along with Keith Harris.

We became regulars at that quiz for a while and hubby carried on labelling us “Keith and Orville”– until I put a stop to it after realising people might actually think my name was Orville!

Since having children, we’ve not been to too many pub quizzes. But this week, me and a few friends went to try one.

The first task we faced was coming up with a wacky and original name for the fab four gathered around the table.

We went through various options including Le Quizerables, The Village Idiots, Universally Challenged, The Know It Ales, The Scrambled Eggheads and Baldrick’s Cunning Plan.

After dismissing these, The Quizzy Rascals were born.

A good quiz has a varied mix of questions giving most people their moment to shine by instantly knowing the answer.

My own specialist subjects include naff music from the 80s and children’s television programmes circa 1985.

But it’s always hard when there are questions that people EXPECT you to know and wait for you to spout the answer.

For example, just because you’re a journalist, people expect you to know EVERYTHING about current affairs the world over. Sometimes you feel like saying: “I’ve been too busy writing about the news to read about Jordan’s latest squeeze”.

And just because I happen to be a health reporter, some people expect me to have the same knowledge as if I hold a medical degree.

True or False questions are among my favourites. At least you’ve got a 50 per cent chance of getting them right.

The Quizzy Rascals performed quite well. We didn’t win, but we certainly didn’t disgrace ourselves.

Apart from when we answered 9.5m when guessing how many people in Europe were killed by the Bubonic Plague.

We were only 50m out.

The free chip butties mid-quiz certainly went down well.

Forget Baldrick – The Quizzy Rascals have a cunning plan of their own.

We’re going to tour the pub quizzes around Preston until we find a quiz we can win.

And see which one offers the best half-time food.