About the Pub Quizzery
Triviology pub quizzes are free to play, last a couple of hours, and are composed of seven short rounds, giving teams instant gratification for their efforts. Team size can range from one – five players, with prizes for everyone on the winning team. Questions are thoroughly researched and cover a wide variety of topics. Here’s my standard format (play the sample quiz here!) :
Round I: CHOTCHKIE’S
Miscellaneous trivia, including The Token Sports Question.
ex: What is the best-selling candy bar in the world?
Round II: POTATO POWER
TV and movie trivia, sometimes with video clips.
ex: On “The Dukes of Hazzard,” what kind of car is The General Lee?
Round III: BOOK LEARNIN’
Questions about geography, history, science, literature, etc. . . y’know – book learning!
Round IV: LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Something active, fun and easy, like Barrel of Monkeys or putting golf balls. I also love to create unique rounds that challenge all of your senses. For example, I’ve had a smelling round (composed of fresh cut herbs from my garden), a cocktail tasting round, and a cheese tasting round. Yes, you read that right – FREE CHEESE!
Round V: WHAMMY!
I pick a different, specific topic each night, and ask you stuff about it. Past rounds have challenged teams’ knowledge of Saturday Night Live cast members, US state quarters, Stephen King novels, and Latin phrases, amongst other things.
Round VI: I AM A WALRUS
I provide information about an individual, one piece at a time. The sooner you guess, the more points you could get. Past subjects have included Socrates, Billy Idol, Darwin, Woody Woodpecker – you get the idea.
Round VII: I DON’T FEEL TARDY
Identify song title and artist from audio clips; music ranges from hip hop to classical to punk to pop to country.
RETIRED ROUNDS (Mind you, I still use these formats, I just usually scatter them thoughout my trivia nights, rather than composing enitre rounds of them):
NATALIE PORTMANTEAU: Combine film or TV show titles to form a new one.
ex: film adaptation of an Alice Walker novel + movie in which
Apollonia cleanses herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka = “The Color Purple Rain”
YOU COULD BE A CONTENDER (quote from “On the Waterfront”): I play video or audio clips from film or TV; you identify the title and actor.
ex:”I love my dead, gay son!”
WORD UP (title of a song by Cameo): literature, poetry, grammar, theater, comics, etc.
ex: What author asked the question, “Who is John Galt?”
I’M JUST A BILL (from Schoolhouse Rock!): History, geography, current events.
ex: What is the most common first name for a US president?
WHO BRINGS THE HEAVY? (a student asked a teacher friend of mine this question in an effort to understand gravity): All manner of scientific inquiry.
ex: What anatomical feature of gorillas do primatologists use to identify and distinguish individual apes from each other?