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January 09, 2008

Crisis and rubbish

There are things that I am rubbish at. Difficult to believe, I know. Don't worry, this isn't going to be a post about being mental because (a) you're all fed up with that; and (b) I'm feeling ok today.

So, the answer is not: sleeping, relationships, parenting, thinking straight, and such.

The intros round.

Is the answer.

What do you mean, what?

Oh, ok, some further explanation may be required.

I am rubbish at that fun quiz thing when someone starts playing the intro to a well-known song and you have to shout out as soon as you know what it is. We did this at new year, my mates and I, and as usual I didn't get any.

I don't understand this. I listen to music a great deal, and I knew the songs that were played, but I just couldn't identify them from the opening bars. So I stood there and waited for someone else in my team to shout the answer and then shouted that out, more loudly. Like I always do. Why doesn't my brain work in such a way as to allow me to shout out the answer before anyone else, just once? I can only remember ever getting one once, in the pub quiz, and that was because I was older than everyone else on my team. (It was 'Ride On Time', by Black Box, since you asked, and that is very distinctive for anyone old enough to remember).

For the general amusement of everybody I did a fiendish quiz for new year. I reckoned if anyone got half the answers right they were doing well - and the winning team (which had the LOML and Mumbling Nige on it) got 22 out of 40 in the end so I was about right.

The teams that got less than ten were a bit bored though and now I'm worried that I set questions that were hard just so I could be all superior and knowledgable and not because it would be fun for everyone else. *sigh*.

See what you think, a few sample questions below:

1. On a clear day, what is the furthest you can see from the top of the Eiffel Tower?
2. What is the square root of one quarter?
3. Which sport uses a piece of equipment exactly 9 by 5 feet?
4. Into which ocean or sea does the river Nile flow?
5. The Queen Vic is on the corner of Albert Square and which other street?

I'll put the answers in the comments so have a think before clicking over, and then let me know if they are (a) too hard and I am an arrogant egomaniac; or (b) they are ok standard and I am just trying to help everyone have a good time.



  • The answers are:

    1. the sun (I had fun by saying: the white cliffs of Dover .... is wrong; Mont Blanc .... is wrong. Do you think this was a bit wanky?)
    2. One half. (Not as hard as it looks: what multiplied by itself is a quarter, half a half, so on)
    3. Table tennis.
    4. The Mediterranean.
    5. Bridge Street.

    So, what you think? Wanker or good mate?

    By Blogger crisiswhatcrisis, at 10:21 am  

  • Ok really, on the basis I got 60% although the white cliffs red herrings were a bit mean! Maybe your friends are just thick?

    I love the introductions thing although anything after 1985 becomes too difficult.

    By Blogger jas, at 4:56 pm  

  • I like question one, but then views are my speciality

    By Blogger I, still, like the views, at 5:55 pm  

  • you doing OK, crisis?

    By Blogger I, still, ♥ the views, at 7:03 am  

  • I take it the window is now shut.

    By Blogger jas, at 8:04 am  

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