So the question . . .

How can a bowler in a cricket match take a hat trick and take each of the three wickets in different overs?

The bowler takes the first wicket with the sixth and final ball of an over.

Then the bowler takes the second wicket with the first ball of their next over, which is also the tenth and final wicket of the opposition's first innings.

Finally, the bowler takes the third wicket with the first ball of their first over in the second innings.

And yes, this does count as a hat trick!

Indeed, in 1988 Merv Hughes playing for Australia against the West Indies did this.

]]>However, one of our question setters went to a new quiz recently, and the quizmaster seemed to have taken things to extremes to avoid the same team winning. This quiz was an anthology of the types of rounds that you can use to reduce the risk of this happening. So, we thought we would give you a run through of the rounds, as you might want to use some.

The quiz kicked off with a Family Fortunes round with points available for the top answers. Anyone who has watched this program will know that the general public come up with some strange answers at times, so this was quite random.

Next out of the box was a multiple choice round. All the questions were quite obscure and had three options. In effect they were all a three-way guess.

It continued with Our Survey Says, which is another chance to guess what the general public have to say.

And to finish there was a True or False round. If a team put down all True or all False they could guarantee to receive half the marks.

So there you have it. All of these have there place in a quiz night, but perhaps not all of them together.

]]>So the question . . .

How can a bowler in a cricket match take a hat trick and take each of the three wickets in different overs?

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

]]>One of the strangest that we heard about was adding up the page numbers in a pamphlet that was in the seat pocket. One plus two equals three, three plus three equals six, and so on.

In case you are interested the total was 90, which confused the passenger in question, until they realised that there was a sheet missing.

What were the numbers of the two pages on the missing sheet?

The sequence of numbers 1, 3, 6 etc. are known as triangular numbers, which are very easily calculated.

The first triangular number greater than 90 is 91, but that can't work as one can't be the sum of two page numbers. In addition this is the 13th triangular number and there could not be an odd number of pages in the original pamphlet.

The next triangular number is 105, which is the 14th triangular number, so that bit is fine. And it is 15 greater than 90, which is the sum of seven and eight, the page numbers on the missing sheet.

]]>The One Bar has been managed by Andrew Walker since 2021, and his 34 years in hospitality shows in the success of the venue. His journey to the One Bar is fascinating; he sold novelty cakes as a child which led him to catering college, on graduating he worked in one of London’s Gentlemen’s Clubs (the sort Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister frequents, not that sort!), and after COVID he decided on a quieter life, choosing Cardiff Bay.

The bar is the only independent food and drink vendor in the Wales Millennium Centre, and one of its nicest features is the frequent cocktails themed to the current show in the Theatre. For example; Negroni-O & Juliet, Jean Val-Gin, Starlight Espresso Martini, Life of Apple-Pi and Oz-Mopolitan. These are in addition to the normal beers, wines and coffees that you would expect.

Theatre goers receive a 10% discount if they show their tickets, and it is very busy with pre- and post-show drinkers, as well as interval drinks which can be ordered.

The indoor area is spacious and comfortable – very necessary given the number of quizzers who attend the quizzes. And there is a lovely outdoor area, which is a suntrap with views over the water in Cardiff Bay. If the weather is good enough, we hope to run some quiz nights outside during the summer.

The entry fees from the fortnightly quizzes (a very reasonable £1 per person) all go to charity, with the current recipient being Big Moose Charity, a local Welsh mental health charity.

So why not try the best quiz in Cardiff Bay? You will have a great time and be supporting a good cause. And even if you don’t quiz, the One Bar is a great choice.

]]>One of the strangest that we heard about was adding up the page numbers in a pamphlet that was in the seat pocket. One plus two equals three, three plus three equals six, and so on.

In case you are interested the total was 90, which confused the passenger in question, until they realised that there was a sheet missing.

What were the numbers of the two pages on the missing sheet?

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

]]>At the first meeting there was some debate about whether the post of Chairman should be called Chairwoman, in view of the young widow holding this position. The meeting agreed on the title Chair.

It is quite a close-knit committee, as Alan and Eve are twins, and Carrie's husband is the Treasurer's brother.

The President and Treasurer go back a long way too, sharing a dormitory when they were at school.

Furthermore, the President and Secretary are to be married soon, with Dora as Maid of Honour.

From this can you work out who holds the five posts on the committee?

The key to this is Carrie who we know is married, so she can't be the President, Secretary (who are to be married) or Chair (who's a widow). And she can't be the Treasurer either as she's married to the Treasurer's brother. So she is Vice-Chair.

Dora is Maid of Honour at the wedding, so can't be President or Secretary, which leaves Eve as the lady getting married. Meaning Eve is President or Secretary.

Neither Carrie nor Eve can be Chair, and the Chair is female, so Dora must be Chair.

No female can be Treasurer, so the Treasurer is either Alan or Brian.

The Treasurer shared a dormitory with the President, so the President is also either Alan or Brian.

The male President is marrying the Secretary (who must be Eve) and Alan and Eve are twins, so Brian must be President and Alan Treasurer.

That is, Alan is Treasurer, Brian is President, Carrie is Vice-Chair, Dora is Chair and Eve is Secretary.

]]>At the first meeting there was some debate about whether the post of Chairman should be called Chairwoman, in view of the young widow holding this position. The meeting agreed on the title Chair.

It is quite a close-knit committee, as Alan and Eve are twins, and Carrie's husband is the Treasurer's brother.

The President and Treasurer go back a long way too, sharing a dormitory when they were at school.

Furthermore, the President and Secretary are to be married soon, with Dora as Maid of Honour.

From this can you work out who holds the five posts on the committee?

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 - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 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 - Academy Espresso Bar 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 - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 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 - Academy Espresso Bar 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

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4 | 5 | 6 |

7 | 8 | 9 |

- At how many degrees Celsius does water freeze?
- Legally what is the largest amount of 2p coins that can be used in a single transaction?
- In Scrabble how many points is the letter X worth?
- How many pounds are in a stone?
- How many stars are on the Australian flag?
- Apart from two, what is the square root of four?
- According to the nursery rhyme, how many magpies indicate a boy?
- How many points are scored for a Safety in American Football?
- How many players are normally in a Rugby League scrum?

0 | 10 | 8 |

14 | 6 | -2 |

4 | 2 | 12 |

1 | 2 | 3 |

4 | 5 | 6 |

7 | 8 | 9 |

- At how many degrees Celsius does water freeze?
- Legally what is the largest amount of 2p coins that can be used in a single transaction?
- In Scrabble how many points is the letter X worth?
- How many pounds are in a stone?
- How many stars are on the Australian flag?
- Apart from two, what is the square root of four?
- According to the nursery rhyme, how many magpies indicate a boy?
- How many points are scored for a Safety in American Football?
- How many players are normally in a Rugby League scrum?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Crowns | Bits | Tads | |

3 | 7 | 5 | |

2 | 13 | 7 | |

7 | 6 | 7 | |

8 | 11 | 6 | |

Total | 22 | 12 | 1 |

So how many Tads are in a Bit and how many Bits are in a Crown?

If you add up the Crowns column there are 20, which means that there must be a carry of two from the Bits column to make 22.

The Tads column adds up to 25, but only one is recorded, so the number of Tads in a bit must divide exactly into 24. And it must be at least eight as there is a seven in the Tads column. That is, eight, twelve or 24.

Finally, there are at least 14 Bits in a Crown as there is a 13 in the Bits column.

A little trial and error gives eight Tads to the Bit and 14 Bits to the Crown.

]]>Crowns | Bits | Tads | |

3 | 7 | 2 | |

2 | 13 | 7 | |

7 | 6 | 7 | |

8 | 11 | 6 | |

Total | 22 | 12 | 1 |

So how many Tads are in a Bit and how many Bits are in a Crown?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Five boys applied for the job of paperboy at a local shop - Al, Bill, Chas, Dave and Ed. The manager runs a trial from Monday to Friday, and the boy who sells the most newspapers will get the job.

The sales figures are recorded on a chalk board at the back of the shop, but on Saturday morning, when the job is to be awarded, it rains, and some of the figures are washed out - see below.

Mo | Tu | We | Th | Fr | Tot | |

A | 6 | 2 | 10 | |||

B | 2 | 13 | 9 | 35 | ||

C | 4 | 12 | 1 | 35 | ||

D | 13 | 8 | 4 | 40 | ||

E | 5 | 11 | 3 | 29 | ||

Tot | 29 | 33 | 43 | 26 | 178 |

Of the twelve missing number the manager could remember only that Ed sold one more paper on Wednesday than Chas had sold on the Tuesday. He decided to give the job to the boy who could restore all the numbers to the table.

Could you get the job?

The table should read

Mo | Tu | We | Th | Fr | Tot | |

A | 6 | 10 | 2 | 10 | 11 | 39 |

B | 2 | 13 | 4 | 9 | 7 | 35 |

C | 4 | 6 | 12 | 12 | 1 | 35 |

D | 14 | 13 | 8 | 1 | 4 | 40 |

E | 3 | 5 | 7 | 11 | 3 | 29 |

Tot | 29 | 47 | 33 | 43 | 26 | 178 |

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Five boys applied for the job of paperboy at a local shop - Al, Bill, Chas, Dave and Ed. The manager runs a trial from Monday to Friday, and the boy who sells the most newspapers will get the job.

The sales figures are recorded on a chalk board at the back of the shop, but on Saturday morning, when the job is to be awarded, it rains, and some of the figures are washed out - see below.

Mo | Tu | We | Th | Fr | Tot | |

A | 6 | 2 | 10 | |||

B | 2 | 13 | 9 | 35 | ||

C | 4 | 12 | 1 | 35 | ||

D | 13 | 8 | 4 | 40 | ||

E | 5 | 11 | 3 | 29 | ||

Tot | 29 | 33 | 43 | 26 | 178 |

Of the twelve missing number the manager could remember only that Ed sold one more paper on Wednesday than Chas had sold on the Tuesday. He decided to give the job to the boy who could restore all the numbers to the table.

Could you get the job?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The Joneses were the first to move in and picked the top-floor apartment, with the Smiths and the Browns in the other two.

The three couples get on well together. On his way down to go to work Ryan calls in on Jon and they walk to the station together. And each morning Cath goes up for a cup of coffee with Mrs Brown. Naomi is quite forgetful, and she often nips down to Debs' flat to borrow sugar.

In fact, the only complaint comes from Paul who feels the couples above and below rise a bit early which disturbs his sleep.

So what are the first names and surnames of the occupants of the three apartments?

Ryan and Naomi Jones are in the top flat, Debs and Paul Brown are in the middle and Jon and Cath Smith occupy the ground floor apartment.

]]>This rarely causes a problem except in the odd cash-only establishment, and when someone wants to do your quiz. Collecting £1 per head with a card machine would be impractical, and often the money is going to charity, so can’t go through the till. Worse still, many bars don’t take cash at all, and so don’t have any to give out as cashback.

The solution that we all use is to let them do the quiz, and promise to come to the next one and pay double. Some do and some don’t, but many of those that do become regulars – and they remember how accommodating you were. And those that don’t come back – well, if you’d refused to let them do the quiz you would still have had no money from them!

]]>The Joneses were the first to move in and picked the top-floor apartment, with the Smiths and the Browns in the other two.

The three couples get on well together. On his way down to go to work Ryan calls in on Jon and they walk to the station together. And each morning Cath goes up for a cup of coffee with Mrs Brown. Naomi is quite forgetful, and she often nips down to Debs' flat to borrow sugar.

In fact, the only complaint comes from Paul who feels the couples above and below rise a bit early which disturbs his sleep.

So what are the first names and surnames of the occupants of the three apartments?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>One country had a law that married couples who wanted children must continue having children until they had produced a male child, and then they had to stop. If the first child is male - stop there. If the first child is female - keep going until a boy is born.

Assuming a 50% chance of a male child, and thus a 50% chance of a female child, over the long term what is the likely ratio of male to female children going to be?

Take a random sample of 1,024 child-producing couples. 512 should have a boy and 512 should have a girl, and the ratio is 1:1.

The 512 couples who had a girl will produce another child. 256 should be boys and 256 should be girls, and the ratio is still 1:1.

The 256 couples who had a girl will produce another child. 128 should be boys and 128 should be girls, and the ratio is still 1:1.

And this continues. Counterintuitively the number of boys and girls will be equal.

]]>The event was a huge success, with the upstairs function room packed and £700 raised towards the Eisteddfod. As the quizzers enjoyed it so much, the Rugby Club is now planning to have an annual quiz.

]]>One country had a law that married couples who wanted children must continue having children until they had produced a male child, and then they had to stop. If the first child is male - stop there. If the first child is female - keep going until a boy is born.

Assuming a 50% chance of a male child, and thus a 50% chance of a female child, over the long term what is the likely ratio of male to female children going to be?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>Sunday 3rd - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 4th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 5th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 6th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Sunday 10th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 11th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 12th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 13th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 14th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 17th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 18th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 19th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 20th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 21st - One Bar at Wales Millennium Centre 19.30

Sunday 24th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 25th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 26th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 27th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 28th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 31st - The Inn on the Green 20.00

]]>The street has the same number of houses on both sides, and each boy is meant to deliver to one side of the street. However, Bright is never early, so Early starts delivering newspapers on Bright's side of the road.

After Early has delivered five newspapers Bright appears and starts delivering on his side of the street at the sixth house. Early then starts his side of the road at the first house.

Now Early is quite bright and does not rush to deliver to his houses, especially as he has done some of Bright's houses. As it happens Bright finishes his side before Early finishes his and crosses over to deliver to the last nine houses on Early's side.

Clearly Bright delivers to more houses than Early, but how many more?

Bright delivers to eight more houses than Early, however many houses are in the street.

Consider a street with nine houses each side. Early would deliver to five houses on Bright's side and then stop. Bright would deliver to the remaining four houses on his side, and then all nine on Early's side, making 13, which is eight more than Bright.

Adding houses to both sides of the road adds the same number to each boy's total, keeping the gap between them at eight.

]]>The street has the same number of houses on both sides, and each boy is meant to deliver to one side of the street. However, Bright is never early, so Early starts delivering newspapers on Bright's side of the road.

After Early has delivered five newspapers Bright appears and starts delivering on his side of the street at the sixth house. Early then starts his side of the road at the first house.

Now Early is quite bright and does not rush to deliver to his houses, especially as he has done some of Bright's houses. As it happens Bright finishes his side before Early finishes his and crosses over to deliver to the last nine houses on Early's side.

Clearly Bright delivers to more houses than Early, but how many more?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The excitement is obvious, but the concern comes from the need to paint the new tank. All of the tanks need regular painting to prevent corrosion, and they know that 100 litres of paint is needed to cover the 100,000-gallon tanks, but they are not sure how much paint is needed for the 800,000-gallon tank.

So they came to us, thinking we might be able to help.

How many litres of paint is needed for the 800-gallon tank?

The volume of a sphere is proportional to the cube of its radius, and the bigger tank is eight times the size of the smaller tanks. Eight is two cubed, so the radius of the bigger tank is twice that of the smaller tanks.

However, the surface area of a sphere is proportional to the square of its radius. So doubling the radius quadruples the surface area.

Thus 400 litres of paint is needed.

]]>The excitement is obvious, but the concern comes from the need to paint the new tank. All of the tanks need regular painting to prevent corrosion, and they know that 100 litres of paint is needed to cover the 100,000-gallon tanks, but they are not sure how much paint is needed for the 800,000-gallon tank.

So they came to us, thinking we might be able to help.

How many litres of paint is needed for the 800-gallon tank?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>The recipe she uses is based on fruit juice, and she rotates through orange juice, apple juice and pineapple juice on a three-day cycle. Apparently, it is important to include different fruits in your diet, not just the same one each day.

She then adds some fruit, and as with the juices, she keeps a variety in her freezer and takes out the following morning's fruit every night before she retires to bed, to allow it to defrost. She did not give us details of the cycle of fruits that she uses, and none of us asked.

Finally she adds porridge oats for energy and roughage.

She makes up her smoothie in a 16 ounce cup using a one fluid ounce measuring cup to put in the correct ratio of ingredients.

But then it started to get interesting, as she told us how much her breakfast smoothies cost. The fruit juices are all the same price, and work out at 36p per fluid ounce. The frozen fruits are also all the same price, and work out at 45p per fluid ounce cup. And the porridge oats cost 43p for each fluid ounce cup.

She informed us that her smoothie was extremely healthy and worked out at only 39p per fluid ounce.

How many cups of juice, fruit and oats does she use?

At 39p per ounce her smoothie must cost a total of £6.24. The only way to arrive at that figure using whole ounces of the ingredients is ten ounces of juice, and three ounces each of fruit and porridge oats.

10 x 36 + 3 x (43 + 45) = 624

]]>The recipe she uses is based on fruit juice, and she rotates through orange juice, apple juice and pineapple juice on a three-day cycle. Apparently, it is important to include different fruits in your diet, not just the same one each day.

She then adds some fruit, and as with the juices, she keeps a variety in her freezer and takes out the following morning's fruit every night before she retires to bed, to allow it to defrost. She did not give us details of the cycle of fruits that she uses, and none of us asked.

Finally she adds porridge oats for energy and roughage.

She makes up her smoothie in a 16 ounce cup using a one fluid ounce measuring cup to put in the correct ratio of ingredients.

But then it started to get interesting, as she told us how much her breakfast smoothies cost. The fruit juices are all the same price, and work out at 36p per fluid ounce. The frozen fruits are also all the same price, and work out at 45p per fluid ounce cup. And the porridge oats cost 43p for each fluid ounce cup.

She informed us that her smoothie was extremely healthy and worked out at only 39p per fluid ounce.

How many cups of juice, fruit and oats does she use?

Answer at 9.00 on Monday

]]>We were sitting in The Jolly Quizmaster having a quiet drink after a hard day at the coalface writing quiz questions, when we noticed a young and attractive lady walk in. She walked to the bar and ordered a drink, and then (and this is what really attracted our attention) asked the barman who was the best dart player in the pub.

The barman indicated someone at the dartboard practising with friends, and said he was unbeaten in the local darts leagues for quite a few seasons - he is the best in here by some distance. We couldn't wait to see what happened next.

Well, what happened next was that she approached the champion darts player and challenged him to a game for £50. He and his friends looked incredulous and he told her not to waste her money.

She responded by saying that she was so confident that he could double all of his scores, and if he was too frightened to play she would find someone who would play her at darts. To reinforce the point she took a £50 note from her handbag and waved it under his nose.

The top darts player looked stunned, and clearly had no idea what to do. This sounded like easy money.

So, the question is, what should he do? What would you do if you were him?

There is an old adage that if something sounds to good to be true, it probably isn't going to be good - and the adage holds out here.

If you double every score you make then the score that is recorded must be an even number. And you will note that 501 is an odd number, so it is impossible to score 501 when you double your scores.

If the champion darts player takes up the challenge the young lady will take £50 off him, no matter how bad a darts player she is.

]]>Thursday 1st - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 4th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 5th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 6th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 7th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 8th - Academy @ Platform 18.30

Sunday 11th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 12th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 13th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 14th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 15th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

Sunday 18th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 19th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 20th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 21st - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 22nd - Academy @ Platform 18.30

Friday 23rd - National Eisteddfod Quiz 19.30 in Cilfynydd RFC

Sunday 25th - The Inn on the Green 20.00

Monday 26th - Hemingways (Jomtien) 20.00

Tuesday 27th - The Udder Quiz 19.00 for 20.00

Wednesday 28th - Plough & Harrow, Warfield 20.00

Thursday 29th - Academy Espresso Bar 19.30

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