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Useful Quiz Tips - Getting the best out of your Pub Quiz

Here are a few ideas that may seriously improve your quiz night. Take a look and please feel free to use any of the ideas as you seem fit.

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ONE MINUTE QUIZ 

Here's an idea I have been using for a while now, that's going down very well. I call it the One Minute Quiz. Part way through my Quiz Night, I invite teams to come and get a sheet for the One Minute Quiz. When all teams are ready I announce this weeks subject. IE "Parts of the body that are made up of just three letters." then start the clock. Personally, I play the Benny Hill theme that lasts around a minute. When the minute is up I ask the teams to put their pens down. I then ask who has more the ten? more than 15? and so on until I find the team with the most answers. Read through the answers and see if other team agree. The prize needs to be something simple like a bag of sweets, a free ticket into the Play Your Cards Right/Open The Box draw. By the way. I have had almost thirty parts of the body that are made up of three letters. Other subject can be 'Songs with a colour in the title', 'slang words for bum', ''Shades of Red', songs with a body part in the title',  'Things you put on your feet beginning with S', 'Sweets sold in jars', Pizza toppings', 'Australian Towns or Cities', 'Something with a hole in it', 'Scottish football clubs', etc. The list is endless. As always keep it fun x

One Minute Quiz Sheets are available 'free' on the Free Downloads page.

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CAN PUB QUIZZES SURVIVE IN THE SMARTPHONE ERA?

CLICK HERE for a link to a BBC page looking at how to Google-proof your pub quiz.

WE SAY... This problem has been around for a while, nip it in the bud early, but we always include a number of 'Google Proof' questions in each quiz... just in case.

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Hi,

It's always a good idea to indroduce different things to you quiz night, to  keep it fresh and exciting. Here's a few ideas that may be of use to you.

BINGO QUIZ

Does your pub quiz suffer from “the same winning team every week” syndrome?

Here’s an idea that will cut that out.

  • Replace your regular answer sheets with our Bingo Quiz sheets (available free on the ‘free quiz downloads' page.)
  • Players write their answers in any of the circles on the bingo board along with the question number, as well as in the boxes on the left. After all 20 questions have been called, ask them to tear-off the slip on the left and hand it in.
  • Call the answers in random order.
  • The winner is the first team with a line of correct answers ACROSS to bingo board.

You can get three or four games in per night. Don't forget to take breaks, let them get the beers in then hand out more bingo quiz sheets for the next game. This has the added bonus that late comers can join in.

BLOCKBUSTERS QUIZ

Similar to the Bingo Quiz, the Blockbusters Quiz sheet make you quiz more random, So anyone can win.

  • Replace your regular answer sheets with our Blockbusters Quiz sheets (available free on the ‘free quiz downloads' page.)
  • Players write their answers in the boxes on the left, then again on the blockbusters board. After all 20 questions have been called, ask them to tear-off the slip on the left and hand it in.
  • Call the answers in random order.
  • The winner is the first team to make a connection of correct answers across the blockbusters board.(from left to right)

Once again, you can get three or four games in per night. Don't forget to take breaks, let them get the beers in then hand out more blockbuster quiz sheets for the next game.

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RANDOM NUMBER GENERATORS

Here's a great free app on the iPhone to generate randon numbers for both the above games. It can also be used for bingo, raffle, drawing play your cards right and open the box tickets.

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Here's a article from a recent issue of Pro Molibe Magazine.

Pub Quiz nights have been a regular source of mid-week work for many DJs for many years and, if done right, can be quite lucrative.

If you are thinking of including a few mid-week nights to your weekly list of gigs, or even if you currently host a pub quiz night. Here's a couple of tips from my 25 years of hosting pub quizzes. For most of you it might seem I’m covering the basics. But if you can pull one little tip from here, job done. Hope it helps. 

FIRST OF ALL Don't lose sight of what a pub quiz night is all about. It's about keeping the tills ringing, selling beer/food etc. So a well-structured evening with lots of opportunity for teams to visit the bar is what it’s all about. I’m a firm believer in not over-cooking anything. Two/two and a half hours is about the max to keep an audience’s attention. Anymore and you are stretching it. Three rounds, made up of a 20 question picture quiz or Table Top quiz is a great introduction to your night followed by a general knowledge round and finally a music round. That should fill your night out nicely.

ADVERTISING Posters in the pub, flyers on the tables. You can get A3 or A2 full colour posters on-line for a few quid, same with the flyers. Backed up with social media – Facebook, Twitter, etc. Plus the A board outside the pub to attract passing trade. If you are starting a new night, ask the manager to get staff, family and friends and the regulars to get teams sorted out in advance of the night.

QUIZ QUESTIONS. Don’t waste time writing your own questions and collating pictures /catchphrases, etc. There are companies on the internet where you can instantly download quality pub quiz questions and games for a few quid. Quizsupplies.co.uk is a great place to start. 

ANSWER SHEETS You can always design your own or there are a number of different answer sheets ready to download for free from the ‘free quizzes page’ on the quizsupplies.co.uk website.

KNOW YOUR AUDIENCE Don’t just read your questions straight from the question sheet. Look over the questions first. Make sure you can pronounce any unusual words or names and adapt any questions that may be too tough for your crowd. If Questions are too tough or too easy, your teams will lose interest and you will have another empty table.

For example… Barbara Bach, the model that played Bond girl Anya Amasova in 'The Spy Who Loved Me', married whom in 1981? RINGO STARR  

If you feel the question is too difficult for your crowd, simplify it. Replacing 'whom' with 'which drummer' or even 'which Beatle'. Likewise if the question is too easy, make it tougher by leaving some of the information out of the question. Another way is to give multiple choice answers.  

RULES Be very clear on the rules. Rule 1, the quizmaster is always right. Rule 2, if the quizmaster is ever wrong, Rule 1 applies. Rule 3, It’s a fun quiz so put your phones away. 

TEAM NAMES Table 6, and The Hamilton’s doesn’t give you much to work with. Ask your team to go for elaborate funny team names and read the out to encourage them. Natural Born Losers, Norfolk And Clue, Quizimodo, Universally Challenged, The shy teds, Nice Place To Put Your Face, Beating Chastards, Agatha Quiztie, have been some of my favourites. 

SUPPER The Quiz Supper always helps to put bums on seats. Hotpot, chilli or a curry for a £1 if the pub has catering facilities, or free sandwiches if not. 

PRIZES Don’t have to be massive. £20 bar tab for the winners £10 for second. Make the bar tab valid for the following week’s pub quiz. That way you are a guaranteed the repeat business. Design your own bar-tab/vouchers in the form of full colour business cards from vistaprint. Includes boxes on the back that can be filled-in by hand for valid on date, and signature. The front of the bar-tab/voucher is an open invitation to plug your DJing services. 

MID WEEK SPORT If the football is on the TV. Don’t cancel the quiz, you potentially have a crowd of new quiz teams. Hand out the Picture Quiz or Tabletop Quiz during the halftime interval and tell teams you are starting straight after the football. Usually they’ll stay and join in. 

SAME WINNING TEAM? Here’s an idea that stops your pub quiz night suffer “the same winning team every week” syndrome. Instead of using regular answer sheets, use Bingo or Blockbuster answer sheets. (available free from the ‘free quizzes’ page on the quizsupplies website. 

You read out all 20 questions for each round. Your teams simply write their answers in the boxes on the left, then again on the bingo or blockbusters board. After all 20 questions have been called, ask them to tear-off the slip on the left and hand it in. (this helps to prevent cheating as you have a copy of their original answers)

Call the answers in random order.

The winner is the first team to make a connection of correct answers across the blockbusters board.(from left to right) or a line across the Bingo board. Great fun! 

Issue new Bingo or Blockbuster answer sheets for each game. You can get three or four games in per night. Don't forget to take breaks between rounds to let your teams visit the bar then hand out more blockbuster quiz sheets for the next game.