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    Lack of knowledge

    Been a resident of the Lothians for 50 years. Today was the first I have ever heard of the Isle of May when I googled it after seeing it from Yellowcraig beach today.

    My knowledge of Scotlands geography is shocking. I'm really good at flags of the world though.

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    Pretty good at sports trivia going back to the sixties. Useless at mental arithmetic.

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    Worst - the periodic table
    Best - geography, stuff like knowing where the Isle Of May is

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    Obscure 90s football facts, whisky distilleries and their produce and Scottish mountains I'm pretty good at.

    Actual useful stuff is my downfall.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hibby View Post
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    Pretty good at sports trivia going back to the sixties. Useless at mental arithmetic.
    I have a real knack for (straightforward) mental arithmetic and frequently surprise people in meetings, with them often reaching for their calculator to check.

    I'm crap at recognising people out of context. If I was outside the main entrance at Easter Road I'd be able to recognise and name most of the players, coaches, etc. because that's where they're meant to be. However I could easily walk past Jack Ross or Christian Doidge in the street across here and I wouldn't have a clue.

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    Good: Music festivals, Scottish football 90s onwards, geography, food and drink

    Terrible: Movies, history, showbiz


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    I have a real knack for (straightforward) mental arithmetic and frequently surprise people in meetings, with them often reaching for their calculator to check.

    I'm crap at recognising people out of context. If I was outside the main entrance at Easter Road I'd be able to recognise and name most of the players, coaches, etc. because that's where they're meant to be. However I could easily walk past Jack Ross or Christian Doidge in the street across here and I wouldn't have a clue.
    Tony Blair passed me in HMV once and it took me a bit to recognize him. I knew he was famous but couldn't quite place him for some strange reason. He was actually PM at the time as well 😂.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibby70 View Post
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    Been a resident of the Lothians for 50 years. Today was the first I have ever heard of the Isle of May when I googled it after seeing it from Yellowcraig beach today.

    My knowledge of Scotlands geography is shocking. I'm really good at flags of the world though.

    What's your best and worst subjects?

    So you won't know you can actually get a boat to the Isle of May, then? It's worth the trip, but I'd take some sea sickness tablets first.

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    I remember useless stuff. The only time it came in useful was when £10 jackpot trivia machines came out but they soon got more sophisticated.
    Best at sports.
    Worst at art and literature

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    I've a pretty decent knowledge of most things in general and used do well watching things like the Chase etc, but literature or classical music gets me every time.

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    Best: transport
    Worst:"Celebreties".(by choice).

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    I have a PhD and in my subject area and those close to it, I like to think I'm a pretty smart guy (science).

    Yet my general knowledge leaves a LOT to be desired - especially around history, the royal family, art, literature, celebrities etc.

    Probably get passing marks for geography, sport, cinema, music and food and drink...
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    I know enough to be dangerous on most subjects. I've not been privvy to the best education but I do read an immense amount, even if most of that is for entertainment rather than educational purposes, it still means I've picked up a reasonable general knowledge. If on Mastermind, I would be able to choose between a few areas as my specialist subjects due to having had a variety of occupational education and apprenticeships. My preferred mastermind subjects would be:

    European Military History
    Pre-clinical medicine
    HF, VHF and UHF communications
    European geography
    German History
    Arctic Warfare

    I'm by no means an academic, but I'd like to think I could add a few points to your pub quiz team.

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    One of the biggest downside to the internet enabled mobile phone is the death of the pub quiz. I went regularly to a few and loved them, along came the mobile and killed it. . People were meant to self police but full marks were more common. Teams of 18 year olds smashing out the answers to 60s TV sitcoms ect, horrible patter

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    When I worked for Hilton there was an annual quiz for all hotels in Scotland held at the Grovesnor every year. Our accounts team were really keen quizzers and entered every year but always seemed to come second. One day I walked into accounts and they were all practising quiz questions and told me this was the year they would win. As a wind up I told them they were all thick and they I could put a team together that would beat them, They laughed and said go on then, so I quickly recruited a team of four and we entered the annual quiz at the Grovesnor, our accounts team were livid as they finished third and we won it. I maybe shouldn’t have shouted GIRUY as we passed their table to collect the trophy but drink had kicked in by then 😂

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    One of the biggest downside to the internet enabled mobile phone is the death of the pub quiz. I went regularly to a few and loved them, along came the mobile and killed it. . People were meant to self police but full marks were more common. Teams of 18 year olds smashing out the answers to 60s TV sitcoms ect, horrible patter
    I got grief a couple of years ago for having a pop at the winning team of a charity quiz my work took part in. 'It's just a bit of fun' was the general feeling.

    The cheating was so obvious, they got every question right apart from 2 that a smart phone would have been no help in answering. Their captain then made a speech and quite graciously called everyone else 'losers'. I'd had a few and couldn't resist having a nip back later in the night.

    I just don't see the point in cheating in a quiz. Obviously you might walk away with a bar tab or a few quid but is it really worth it? If it's just a bit of fun then cheating seems to suggest that firstly you don't really believe that and secondly you aren't that interested in having fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibrandenburg View Post
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    I know enough to be dangerous on most subjects. I've not been privvy to the best education but I do read an immense amount, even if most of that is for entertainment rather than educational purposes, it still means I've picked up a reasonable general knowledge. If on Mastermind, I would be able to choose between a few areas as my specialist subjects due to having had a variety of occupational education and apprenticeships. My preferred mastermind subjects would be:

    European Military History
    Pre-clinical medicine
    HF, VHF and UHF communications
    European geography
    German History
    Arctic Warfare

    I'm by no means an academic, but I'd like to think I could add a few points to your pub quiz team.
    I wouldn't have academics anywhere near my pub quiz team
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    Worst- world war 1.

    Not got the faintest idea what it was all about. Like absolutely no idea.

    Always thought it’s something I should know more about.

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    I got grief a couple of years ago for having a pop at the winning team of a charity quiz my work took part in. 'It's just a bit of fun' was the general feeling.

    The cheating was so obvious, they got every question right apart from 2 that a smart phone would have been no help in answering. Their captain then made a speech and quite graciously called everyone else 'losers'. I'd had a few and couldn't resist having a nip back later in the night.

    I just don't see the point in cheating in a quiz. Obviously you might walk away with a bar tab or a few quid but is it really worth it? If it's just a bit of fun then cheating seems to suggest that firstly you don't really believe that and secondly you aren't that interested in having fun.
    I thoroughly approve of your actions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    One of the biggest downside to the internet enabled mobile phone is the death of the pub quiz. I went regularly to a few and loved them, along came the mobile and killed it. . People were meant to self police but full marks were more common. Teams of 18 year olds smashing out the answers to 60s TV sitcoms ect, horrible patter
    Speed quizzes are the way to go.

    Impossible to cheat and if it's done properly it's brilliant fun. I go to a social club which runs one every few weeks. Every team chooses a theme tune which gets blared out for a few seconds when they get an answer right and folk are up dancing to it like they've scored a goal.

    It's a great night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    Speed quizzes are the way to go.

    Impossible to cheat and if it's done properly it's brilliant fun. I go to a social club which runs one every few weeks. Every team chooses a theme tune which gets blared out for a few seconds when they get an answer right and folk are up dancing to it like they've scored a goal.

    It's a great night.
    Is that where you download an app and you login to the quiz masters WiFi, thus barring the availability of "Google"?
    I was in a "Village" hotel near Manchester and they done this every Wednesday. Excellent quizzing and impossible to cheat.

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    Have to look into that thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedy_gonzales View Post
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    Is that where you download an app and you login to the quiz masters WiFi, thus barring the availability of "Google"?
    I was in a "Village" hotel near Manchester and they done this every Wednesday. Excellent quizzing and impossible to cheat.
    I think there are different versions.

    At the one I used to go to pre-covid, they hand out tablet type screens which you use. In theory you could cheat, but you only get a few seconds to answer, usually buy choosing the answer's initial letter or a photo on the screen.

    I'll see if I can find out more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    I think there are different versions.

    At the one I used to go to pre-covid, they hand out tablet type screens which you use. In theory you could cheat, but you only get a few seconds to answer, usually buy choosing the answer's initial letter or a photo on the screen.

    I'll see if I can find out more.
    Ahh, the ones I did, you had to download a "speedquizzing" app to your phone. You logged in to the quizzers wi-fi hotspot and entered your team name and chose your buzzer sound (usually a natty little clip of a pop song).
    By being logged in to their wi-fi, there was no way to Google as their was no "Internet", but even if you could or had a spare phone, you just didn't have the time to cheat.
    Like yours, it was "Who wants to be a millionaire" style of questions with multiple choices, sometimes you had to rank in order, or even enter a value and the closest won (how many stops on the London underground "Circle" line?).
    There's obviously different formats but you can actually download it for your own "lockdown" quizzes that you can do via Zoom (or your video chat app of choice).
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    A subject on which I apparently have a decent level of knowledge is identifying actors in a TV program and being able to say at least one other TV show they've been in (which drives my Mrs nuts)


    Subjects I'm not so good at are... well pretty much everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedy_gonzales View Post
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    Ahh, the ones I did, you had to download a "speedquizzing" app to your phone. You logged in to the quizzers wi-fi hotspot and entered your team name and chose your buzzer sound (usually a natty little clip of a pop song).
    By being logged in to their wi-fi, there was no way to Google as their was no "Internet", but even if you could or had a spare phone, you just didn't have the time to cheat.
    Like yours, it was "Who wants to be a millionaire" style of questions with multiple choices, sometimes you had to rank in order, or even enter a value and the closest won (how many stops on the London underground "Circle" line?).
    There's obviously different formats but you can actually download it for your own "lockdown" quizzes that you can do via Zoom (or your video chat app of choice).
    It's very similar to the one I've been to with the quizmaster's wifi etc.

    Great fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith_M View Post
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    A subject on which I apparently have a decent level of knowledge is identifying actors in a TV program and being able to say at least one other TV show they've been in (which drives my Mrs nuts)


    Subjects I'm not so good at are... well pretty much everything else.
    I can do that, but I won't the actor's name nor the name of the character he/she played in the other show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hibbyradge View Post
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    It's very similar to the one I've been to with the quizmaster's wifi etc.

    Great fun.
    A pint from me to the first person that finds somewhere in Edinburgh doing this when we're back running

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stairway 2 7 View Post
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    A pint from me to the first person that finds somewhere in Edinburgh doing this when we're back running
    Download the speedquizzing app, there's a search facility.
    Obviously there's nothing there just now, and in normal times the vast majority of the speedquizzes are in Englandshire, but a few do pop up here.

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