How to win a pub quiz
It's Wednesday night and the Ninjas, Squareheads and Grey Matter are battling it out in their favourite pub, but who has got the winning formula? Quiz night is generally good, clean fun, but it can get super competitive, especially when there is that year's supply of beer up for grabs. Contrary to popular perception, it's not that duo of 20-something computer geeks sitting in the corner or the members of the men's hockey team who necessarily are going to ace this game.
Here are a few tips on how to assemble a winning team.
1 Special interests
Obvious we know, but pick a team that covers all the bases in terms of general knowledge. Think history, film, music. And be sure to include your annoying friend who seems to know something about everything. He'll come in handy.
2 Use all the firepower you're allowed
If the maximum number of members on the team is six, then try to fill all the slots. As anyone who has sat through a company workshop on team building will tell you, the more people you have on a task, the greater likelihood of success. More heads are always better than one, and it's amazing the useless information you'll find washing around in your brain.
3 Make it intergenerational
Speaking from experience, a team that mixes up the ages will always do better. The oldies are likely to come up trumps in categories like history and geography, while it's the millennials who are likely to be able to identify the music and know the answer to the questions about who snogged whom in recent movies.
4 Read the papers
Seems obvious, but lots of people simply don't keep up with the news. Just by reading your daily paper or going online to check the news sites, you'll be up to speed on the general knowledge of the day, which is always likely to crop up.
5 Find out who the sponsor is
If someone has stumped up the prize for quiz night, it's quite likely that there may be a question about their product. Find out what the prize is and who sponsored it, and then do a quick Google on their website.
6 Don't drink too much
As quiz night moves along, and more drinks go down the hatch, you'll find it harder and harder to retrieve that obvious answer from the deepest recesses of your brain. If you stay sober your chances of success are vastly improved towards the end of the evening. The difference between winning and losing may well be down to the brain power of your designated driver!
7 Get to know the quiz mistress
Every quiz mistress or master has their quirks, and the more you observe them, the more likely you are to get the measure of them. It's a cat-and-mouse game, really!
8 Listen to each other
Sometimes the right answer is missed in all the excitement, as the loudest voices in the team shout the others down. Evaluate all the suggestions before you make the final decision. Sometimes the most hesitant member of your group may well know the answer but doesn't have the courage to assert themselves.
9 Don't be a cheat
In this day and age of Google, it's all too easy to take a sneaky peek on your phone under the table. That's not sporting, and you could be disqualified.
10 Just have fun
If it's just the two of you sitting in the corner and you're coming stone last, don't worry about it! Sling back those tequila penalty shots and fall about laughing over your silly answers. It's meant to be fun, after all.