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These are a few notes for getting started writing your pub quiz, or general knowledge quiz. There are no hard and fast rules. If you are just beginning and intending to do it on a regular basis, my advice would be to keep it simple, avoid controversy and test the water with the audience. Every pub has a different type of clientelle and what might be suitable at once end of town might be wholly unsuitable at the other!

Beware when setting questions. The fatal mistake that question-writers often make is putting in questions which, although interesting facts in their own right, do not make good quiz questions.

An example of this might be "Architecturally, what links Runcorn with Australia?" The answer being that the Runcorn bridge and Syndey Harbour bridge are practically identical! It may be interesting but who is really going to know that? A very few people on Merseyside, perhaps? I once showed a picture of the Runcorn bridge and asked where the photo was taken, just for fun - Which is approaching it slightly different and it's a bit of fun. But if it's an obscure fact that people have little idea of knowing, they will not thank the quizmaster for it, even when the interesting nature of the answer is revealed!

I find it is it good practise to have a mixture of quiz questions so that some are quite hardcore, requiring knowledge of fairly dry historical or scientific facts, combined with media or celbrity-based questions. Too much emphasis on either end of the spectrum will irk one type of quiz-goer.

The other type of question which it does no harm to throw in is one that requires some working out or at least a few moments thought. Asking how many property squares on a Monolopy board or the number of segments on a dart board are both good questions to lead to lively debate amonst team members, but should be far from impossible.

These are just a few thoughts on the way I put together a quiz and by no means a definitive guide. Every pub atmosphere is different and every set of participants is different. I find it is always important to listen to the feedback from teams. Whilst it is important to maintain some distance and attempt to keep some degree of authority for when the arguments break out, it is good to be able to take on board any criticism of style of question and you will soon learn what to avoid.

A final word of advice though - It is always the negaive people who are the loudest. A single team of moaners who don't like football questions will always create a greater impression on you than the other half dozen teams who got those questions right and go home happy with the quiz. Take it as a complement when teams return and don't listen too hard to the moaners! They will no doubt have finished near the bottom of the of the pile, while the teams that do well on quiz night don't say a word but no doubt appreciate your effort!

In the U.S.A. , what is celebrated on February 2nd and is also a film? GROUNDHOG DAY

In what profession would you use the acronym "SOCO"? Police Work Scene of Crime Officers

What is the official national anthem of the USA.? (Star Spangled Banner)

The blue cornflower is the French equivalent to what in England? Red Poppy

Which weather phenomenon translates from the Spanish for 'little boy'. (EL NINO)

Ambassador to the Court of Saint James is the official title for Ambassadors of which country? UK

Which castle is on the island of Anglesey? Beaumaris

What is echolalia? Involuntary Speech repetition, Navigation by sound, Anxiety caused by your own voice

Which N. African seaport's name is Spanish for white house? CASABLANCA

Which is the only vowel on a standard keyboard that is not on the top line of letters? A

What's the worlds most popular Non Alcoholic Drink? (Coffee)

What letter is given to a car number plate when the age or identity of the vehicle is unknown or if it may have been built from parts? Q

In which street is the Bank of England? Threadneedle Street

Globe and Jerusalem are types of what? (Artichoke)

In the drink, what are the components of a Screwdriver? Vodka and orange juice

How many people take part in the dance of a quadrille? Eight

In which city are the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund? Options: Washington, Geneva, Berlin Answer: Washington

How many stars are on the European Union flag? 12

Rather than a hatter, what is the proper name for a maker of hats? Milliner

What license cost 37 pence when it was abolished in 1988? Dog Licence

In Scrabble how many letters have a value of 2? Two ("D and G")

Lending her name to a famous brand, who was the Greek Goddess of Victory? Nike

What is the name of the poker hand containing three of a kind and a pair? Full house

In slang, how much money is a monkey? 500

Loriners and farriers cater for what? Horses

In the game of draughts, how many men does a player start with? 12

Which is the best selling car name of all time (The model has undergone seveal redesigns in is history)? Toyota Corolla (25 million vehicles sold in 142 countries)

Which country in the world sends the most letters abroad? UK

What rank in the Royal Navy is the equivalent of the army's Field Marshall? Admiral of the Fleet

Which army is headed by General John Gowans? The Salvation Army

Which French car design achieved fame in motoring circles for his 'double chevron' gear and logo? Citroen

Astrologically speaking, two of the fire signs are LEO and ARIES. Which is the third? Sagittarius

Who is the longest serving member of the Privy Council? The Duke of Edinburgh (appointed in 1951)

Which number president of the USA is George W Bush? 43

On which day of the year does All Souls Day fall? Nov 2nd

What was Fanny Craddocks real first name? Phyllis

What are the caves at Lascaux famous for? Prehistoric Cave Paintings

On what day of creation did God make the sun, the moon and the stars? 4th

What is the collective name for the 9 handmaidens of Odin? Valkyries

What is another name for a ships load mark? Plimsoll Line

What is the meaning of the word Hypocaust? A) Annihilation of a town by flood B) mass inoculation C) underfloor heating - answer c

Who is said to rule in a Plutocracy? The Wealthy

Illustrated on its logo, the product Marmite is named after a French word meaning what? Cooking Pot 

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