However, if you look a little closer at many of the companies on the internet that are selling quizzes, they actually sell quiz rounds. So this isn't such an outlandish claim. Many companies do sell their weekly or daily (or some other time interval) quiz, which comes as a complete entity, while others allow you to buy individual rounds on different topics.

Some companies write quizzes and some companies write quiz rounds.

Quiz Master Shop writes neither quizzes nor quiz rounds, and this is the thing that sets us apart.

At Quiz Master Shop we write questions.

All of our questions are in a database (over 25,000 and still rising) and our clever software does the rest. But why does that matter to you?

Well, if you're a brewery or pub chain that wants quizzes for your pubs, instead of getting your supplier's periodic offering, each of your pubs can download the quiz they want. So instead of having the same quiz in all of your pubs, you can have a different quiz in all of your pubs - how much better is that?

And if you're a pub, club, PTA or whatever, you can choose the number of rounds that you want, the subject for each of those rounds, and the difficulty for each of those subjects.

In both cases our software does the rest, and you get the quizzes that you want.

Get What You Want, Not What You're Given

]]>They played nine rubbers and discovered that no one had sat in the seat corresponding to his name in any of the nine rubbers.

The seating arrangements had been different in each of the nine rubbers.

Mr West had won all nine rubbers.

How many rubbers did Mr North win?

In the nine rubbers the men must have been seated as follows for the seats north, east, south and west:

West, North, East, South

West, South, North, East

West, South, East, North

East, North, West, South

East, South, West, North

East, West, North, South

South, West, North, East

South, West, East, North,

South, North, West, East

In the second and eighth of these Mr North partnered Mr West, and so won two rubbers.

These are the only nine ways the players could be arranged, but the rubbers need not have been played in this order.

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They played nine rubbers and discovered that no one had sat in the seat corresponding to his name in any of the nine rubbers.

The seating arrangements had been different in each of the nine rubbers.

Mr West had won all nine rubbers.

How many rubbers did Mr North win?

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>We saw a child playing with a set which had only four cubes which made six four by four pictures. She was throwing the blocks at random into their box, and suddenly gave a cry of delight - a picture had formed all by itself!

We immediately thought "What are the odds of that happening?", and of course we set about working it out.

So what are the odds of a picture appearing by chance? It does not matter which of the six pictures appears, and the picture can be any way up.

Place the first block at random in any corner of the box. There is a one in four chance that it is orientated correctly.

There are now three blocks to be placed. The first has a one in six chance that it shows the correct picture, a one in three chance that it is in the right corner, and a one in four chance that it is oriented correctly. (6 x 3 x 4 = 72)

The next has a one in six chance that it shows the correct picture, a one in two chance that it is in the right corner, and a one in four chance that it is oriented correctly. (6 x 2 x 4 = 48)

The last must be in the correct corner and has a one in six chance that it shows the correct picture and a one in four chance that it is oriented correctly. (6 x 4 =24)

Multiplying 4 x 72 x 48 x 24 gives 331,776, so the odds are one in 331,776 of a picture forming at random.

]]>We saw a child playing with a set which had only four cubes which made six four by four pictures. She was throwing the blocks at random into their box, and suddenly gave a cry of delight - a picture had formed all by itself!

We immediately thought "What are the odds of that happening?", and of course we set about working it out.

So what are the odds of a picture appearing by chance? It does not matter which of the six pictures appears, and the picture can be any way up.

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The four best ranked teams that finish third in there group will go through along with the six first-placed teams and the six second-placed teams.

So the question this week is what is the fewest number of goals a team finishing third in its group could score and reach the last 16?

It is possible to be placed third in a group with two defeats and a draw, provided the team that you draw with has also had two defeats. Assume that the draw is 0-0. If the team's two defeats are both 1-0 and the other team's defeats are, say, both 2-0, then you will be placed third on goal difference.

If two other groups have had the same pattern of results (that is, the bottom two teams both have the record of two losses and a draw) there will be three third-placed teams on one point. The next criterium is again goal difference, and if the other two teams have suffered bigger loses than 1-0, into the last 16 you go!

It is possible to reach the last 16 by scoring zero goals, provided that you concede very few.

Incidentally, if three teams in a group drew the three matches between them 0-0 and were all beaten by the team that comes first, a 1-0 loss to the top team would secure second place in the group if the other two teams lost more heavily.

]]>The four best ranked teams that finish third in there group will go through along with the six first-placed teams and the six second-placed teams.

So the question this week is what is the fewest number of goals a team finishing third in its group could score and reach the last 16?

As usual you can post your suggested answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Monday 1st - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 2nd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 3rd - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 4th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 7th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 8th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 9th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 10th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 11th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 14th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 15th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 16th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 17th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 18th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 21st - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 22nd - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 23rd - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 24th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 25th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 28th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 29th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 30th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 31st - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

]]>Two boys and three girls beat their father,

The mother beat one boy and four girls,

And the father and one boy beat the mother and three girls.

What would be the outcome if the mother and two boys took on the father and three girls?

Assume that all boys pull equally and all girls pull equally.

If you add together the winnings teams from the first two results you get MBBGGG, and if you add together the losing teams you get FBGGG. Removing a boy and three girls from each leaves MB and FG, so we can assume the the mother and a boy would beat the father and a girl - MB beats FG.

Then add the third winning team (FB) to the MB above and you get FMBB, and adding the third losing team (MGGG) to the FG above gives FMGGGG. Removing the father and mother from both sides gives BB and GGGG, so two boys beat four girls, and it follows that a boy would beat two girls - B beats GG.

So MB beats FG and B beats GG. Adding the winning teams gives MBB, and adding the losing teams gives FGGG - the two teams for which we are determining the result.

The mother and two boys will beat the father and three girls.

]]>Two boys and three girls beat their father,

The mother beat one boy and four girls,

And the father and one boy beat the mother and three girls.

What would be the outcome if the mother and two boys took on the father and three girls?

Assume that all boys pull equally and all girls pull equally.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>- Don’t make it too hard. If you’re writing your own questions, it’s easy to fall into the trap of “If I know the answer, surely everyone does”. If you’re running a quiz you’re probably quite good at quizzes, so be careful – too easy is much better than too hard.
- Don’t make it too long. We’re sure you’ve got some great questions and ideas for quiz rounds, but you don’t have to include everything this time. Your quiz will be so good there will be more of them, so save some material for the next quiz.
- Don’t make it too niche. You will probably have a subject that you know lots about, but not everyone shares your enthusiasm for your pet subject. Make sure you have a wide range of subjects suitable for a wide range of ages.

But don’t be put off, you can always get your quiz from us.

]]>How many of each coin did I receive?

I received nine 50p coins (£4.50), one 20p coin (20p) and three 10p coins (30p) making £5.00

]]>How many of each coin did I receive?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>If you want two groups with the cards in one group totalling twice the value of the other group, you could have 1, 5 and 9 in one group and 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 in the other group. The first group sums to 15 and the second group to 30, and 30 is twice 15.

However, your challenge is to put the cards into two groups with the cards in one group totalling three times the value of the other group.

The total value of the nine cards is 45, and when producing two groups with the value of one group twice the other you need to divide by three to get the total value of the smaller group. In this case 15 with the second group totalling 30.

The problem with one group totalling three times the other is that you have to divide by four, and four is not a factor of 45.

The clue is in the word twist, and the graphic of the number six accompanying this puzzle. You have to turn over the card with six on it to make nine. In this way the cards now total 48, which is divisible by four.

Dividing by four gives twelve, so the first group could be 1, 2 and 9, with the second group 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9. There are other ways to split the cards.

]]>If you want two groups with the cards in one group totalling twice the value of the other group, you could have 1, 5 and 9 in one group and 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 and 8 in the other group. The first group sums to 15 and the second group to 30, and 30 is twice 15.

However, your challenge is to put the cards into two groups with the cards in one group totalling three times the value of the other group.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Shovel - £3.50

Lawn Edger - £3

Pressure Washer - £20

Strimmer - £10.50

Children's Bicycle - £15.25

Lawn Mower - £14

We noticed that all but one of the items had been crossed off, but out of politeness we asked how the sale had been going. We were told that the afternoon's takings had been twice the morning's takings, due to the nicer weather bringing out more people.

Then we brought a smile to his face as we bough the last remaining item, which was?

In the morning the items sold were the Lawn Edger and Lawn Mower for £3 and £14, making £17. In the afternoon the items sold were the Shovel, Pressure Washer and Strimmer for £3.50, £20 and £10.50, making £34.

Which means that we bought the Children's Bicycle.

]]>Shovel - £3.50

Lawn Edger - £3

Pressure Washer - £20

Strimmer - £10.50

Children's Bicycle - £15.25

Lawn Mower - £14

We noticed that all but one of the items had been crossed off, but out of politeness we asked how the sale had been going. We were told that the afternoon's takings had been twice the morning's takings, due to the nicer weather bringing out more people.

Then we brought a smile to his face as we bough the last remaining item, which was?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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Sunday 2nd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 3rd - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 4th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 5th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 6th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 9th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 10th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 11th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 12th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 13th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 16th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 17th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 18th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 19th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 20th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 23rd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 24th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 25th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 26th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 27th - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

]]>- The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest space station ever built. Apart from the ISS what is the largest object orbiting the Earth?
- Manchester United was the first team to win the Premier League. Which team was the last to win the First Division?
- A plane crashed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. In which country were the survivors buried?
- Which is correct - seven and six are twelve or seven and six is twelve?
- What colour are the eggs laid by peacocks?
- How many of each animal did Moses take onto the Ark?

For the first question you are being led into finding the second biggest object orbiting the Earth, but that is not what the question asks. The answer is the Moon.

In the second question it is easy to try to remember who won the old First Division the season before the Premier League. However, Portsmouth have just won the First Division.

You need not worry about problems between the two Koreas - survivors do not need to be buried.

Neither - seven plus six is thirteen.

Peacocks do not lay eggs.

Noah took animals onto the Ark not Moses.

]]>- The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest space station ever built. Apart from the ISS what is the largest object orbiting the Earth?
- Manchester United was the first team to win the Premier League. Which team was the last to win the First Division?
- A plane crashed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. In which country were the survivors buried?
- Which is correct - seven and six are twelve or seven and six is twelve?
- What colour are the eggs laid by peacocks?
- How many of each animal did Moses take onto the Ark?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>There are five pirates on a ship with 100 gold coins of booty, and they are trying to divide the coins between them. The method that they have agreed is that the oldest pirate proposes a distribution of the coins and the other pirates vote on the proposal. If 50% or more of the pirates agree with the proposal, it is accepted and the coins distributed. If not then the pirate that made the proposal is thrown overboard and the oldest remaining pirate proposes a distribution of coins.

The pirates don't like each other, so if a pirate would get the same number of coins however he votes, he will vote against to kill the proposing pirate.

If everyone votes logically, what happens?

Let's work backwards from two pirates.

In this case the oldest proposes that the other pirate receives all 100 coins otherwise the vote will fail and he will be killed.

With three pirates the eldest will propose a split of 99, 1 and 0. The youngest pirate will vote against this, because if he doesn't there will be only two pirates left, and he gets everything. But the second youngest votes for it, otherwise he gets nothing.

With four pirates the eldest will propose a split of 97, 0, 2 and 1. The two youngest will support this as they get more than they will with three pirates.

So with the initial five pirates a split of 97, 0, 1, 0 and 2 will be supported by three pirates, the eldest, and the two who receive coins who would get less on the four-pirate vote.

]]>There are five pirates on a ship with 100 gold coins of booty, and they are trying to divide the coins between them. The method that they have agreed is that the oldest pirate proposes a distribution of the coins and the other pirates vote on the proposal. If 50% or more of the pirates agree with the proposal, it is accepted and the coins distributed. If not then the pirate that made the proposal is thrown overboard and the oldest remaining pirate proposes a distribution of coins.

The pirates don't like each other, so if a pirate would get the same number of coins however he votes, he will vote against to kill the proposing pirate.

If everyone votes logically, what happens?

As usual you can post the answers as a comment on this website, reply to the post on Facebook, or retweet or reply on Twitter @quizmastershop.

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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Let F be my age and S be my son's age.

F = 2S

F - 10 = 3(S - 10) giving

F = 3S - 20

So 2S = 3S - 20 giving

3S = 2S + 20 and

S = 20

So my son is 20 and I'm 40, and ten years ago I was 30 and he was 10.

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We advocate walking around to keep an eye on things, but this can be very difficult if you have your quizzers in two distinct areas. When you are inside the outside teams whip out the phones and vice versa.

One way around this is to insist that everyone is inside (or outside), but that might stop some teams from taking part – “it’s a lovely evening and we want to be outside”.

If you have someone who can help you, get them to circulate as well to keep tabs on things.

]]>Below we have a variation on this. You will see four numbers, and you have to work out the fifth number in the sequence.

- One
- Seven
- Eleven
- Twenty Seven

So what is the fifth number?

One is the smallest positive number with one syllable, Seven is the smallest positive number with two syllables, Eleven is the smallest positive number with three syllables, and Twenty Seven is the smallest positive number with four syllables.

Thus the fifth number is the smallest positive number with five syllables, which is Seventy Seven.

]]>Below we have a variation on this. You will see four numbers, and you have to work out the fifth number in the sequence.

- One
- Seven
- Eleven
- Twenty Seven

So what is the fifth number?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>It is surprisingly difficult to get numbers that add up to 100, and as a consequence the jackpot can get quite large. For example, can you find the numbers that you would need to mark off in order to get exactly 100 on the card below.

6 | 17 | 15 | 42 |

3 | 51 | 72 | 33 |

53 | 9 | 63 | 36 |

The only set of numbers on the card that can make exactly 100 is 6, 9, 15, 17 and 53.

]]>We had been to a couple of pubs that were meant to be using them, but both had stopped. We couldn't find out why, which didn't seem very promising.

Then on a holiday the quiz night ran on smart phones, and we were off.

The first impression was that it was ideal for a resort hotel to use. The quiz went along quickly, the answers were marked immediately, the scores came up after every question, with the top five displayed on the screen, and the quicker you answered the more points you got.

In effect, none of the staff had to run the quiz, or know anything about it.

There were a few drawbacks that we noticed.

The first is a minor thing - all the questions have to be multiple choice (or true or false), which isn't ideal. A team that has no idea of the answer can guess quickly (especially on true or false) and get lots of points.

Secondly, one of the answer to one of the questions, which was a true or false, was wrong. Worse, it was an easy question and virtually all the teams answered correctly (getting no points) and the two or three who got it wrong leapt up the leader board.

Of course, answers are sometimes incorrect in all sorts of quizzes. However, a "live" quizmaster would have spotted the error before the quiz and corrected it, or very quickly realised that the answer was clearly wrong and resolved it.

Lastly, a few teams, including us, had the connection drop when answering a connection. This meant that the team in question "got the answer wrong" through no fault of their own. On holiday, with another quiz tomorrow night and a first prize of a baseball cap, no one was too annoyed. In a pub's monthly quiz night with a large prize, perhaps they would not have been so sanguine!

All in all we can see the benefits and might well look at adopting it sometime.

]]>It is surprisingly difficult to get numbers that add up to 100, and as a consequence the jackpot can get quite large. For example, can you find the numbers that you would need to mark off in order to get exactly 100 on the card below.

6 | 17 | 15 | 42 |

3 | 51 | 72 | 33 |

53 | 9 | 63 | 36 |

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

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