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A Guide to Owning a Successful Quiz Night

The key to a successful quiz night is preparation. An excellent quiz should always include interesting questions with popular subjects. You can either create your own quiz or buy from an established supplier. There are a great number of free quiz questions online, nonetheless it can take quite a long time to write an excellent quiz and make sure the answers are accurate so it may be worth buying a pre-made quiz online.

Rounds:
I find the best round to start out a quiz with is really a picture round. The reason for this is because it generally does not need the quiz master to be reading out questions. They are often given out in advance to let people know the quiz has started and present the quiz master the opportunity check they are prepared.

If the quiz has been run in a pub picture round sheets could be given out as you go from table to table asking if people are joining – if they are take their money and present them a remedy sheet and picture round.

Questions:
The questions in a quiz should be challenging, accurate, guessable and interesting. There is absolutely no point in setting a question that everyone will know the answer to. When I write a quiz I try to make sure that most people / teams will get at least 50% correct, but I never want one to get 100%. I also want the answers to be guessable, so at least those taking part have the opportunity of getting it correct, even though they’re uncertain. Another good tip for writing quiz questions would be to try to keep the questions interesting. If someone doesn’t know the answer, they should need to know.

Finally – and crucially – quiz questions must be accurate! I once went to a pub quiz and there was a question along these lines: What’s the name of the barrister living at No. 10 Downing Street (at that time Tony Blair was PM)? The solution given was Cherie Blair, but there is a little uproar as some teams had answered Cherie Booth – the name she used professionally. This illustrates how badly considered questions can cause problems. If a team lost by won point because of this they would have already been quite upset (after all, a pub quiz is a serious battle!)

The Quizmaster:
The quiz master must be confident to speaking to a lot of people, explaining the rules and reading the questions clearly, also it always helps to add a little bit of humour and banter, particularly when running a pub quiz. The quiz master’s decision should be final, never giving in to cries of “that has to be worth half of a mark!!”

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The format of a quiz is entirely your decision, and can vary depending on event. A pub quiz can be very dissimilar to a night in with friends. For pub quizzes, I find the best format is this:

1. Head to each table in the pub asking if they’re joining the quiz and when they’re charge them (I find �1 is fine) and hand them an answer sheet and picture round

2. After ten minutes or so announce (with a microphone when possible) that the quiz is approximately to start and explain the rules of the quiz, e.g. no cheating with mobiles!

3. When you’re ready, explain the rule for the round (e.g. answer trains have the answer to the question beginning with last letter of the prior question) and read aloud the questions. Read them twice

4. Allow a couple of minutes between rounds to allow teams to go over the answers

5. After round 3 pause for ten minutes roughly to take questions and allow punters to refill their glasses

6. Read out the questions to the rest of the rounds, including the tiebreaker

7. At the end allow a couple of minutes for final checks and questions from participants before asking them to exchange answer sheets with a team sitting nearby

8. Read through the answers

9. Get each team to shout out their results. I think this works better than having teams approaching to give results – it’s more fun and informal

10. Keep an email of everyone’s score before declaring the winner. When there is a tie you can use a tiebreaker question (see next tip)

A format similar can also work for social or fund raising events, but obviously for a night in it can be a lot more informal (and I wouldn’t charge your friends!)

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Tiebreakers:
A tiebreaker question can be asked at the end of the quiz in the event of (you guessed it) a tie. In a pub quiz or event with many teams I believe the best way to resolve who won is to get each team to nominate an associate to answer the tiebreaker. However, they must get up before everyone, toss a coin to see who’ll answer first, and answer the questions with the aid of everybody else shouting their opinion. This makes for a more entertaining end to the evening not to mention, everyone reaches shout their opinion!

Prizes:
Giving out the prize can be another portion of the entertainment. There are many methods to do this, from just giving them a collection prize (maybe �20, or a free drink each) or encouraging them to bet the winnings. You can get them to select their prize from three envelopes, or ask them to risk their prize money with a double or nothing bet – this can be anything from the coin toss to a Bruce Forsyth style Play Your Cards Right gam

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