Softwire Charity Quiz Night
7 May 2013, by David Simons
At the tail end of 2011, we had our first Softwire Charity Quiz Night. It was a brilliant success, raising hundreds of pounds for charity and making sure that everyone involved had a great night; so much so that we knew we needed to bring it back!
This time, Tom Steer returned as the Softwire resident Quizmaster and baffled, perplexed and intrigued all the quiz-goers with a range of tricky questions and a special round that brought out the competitive tastebuds in everyone: Identify the Jam. The winning team were only able to get such a good score by not only being able to list the ten commandments; but also by having the tastebuds to discern the difference between damson and greengage.
Thanks to everyone involved in the organising of it, including Quizmaster Tom Steer and his fellow organisers Dan, Lucie and Zoe. We’d also like to thank The Bull in Highgate for putting up with us for the evening and providing the buffet. We had a large number of teams attend, and with everyone’s help, we raised £568 from ticket sales and the “snowball” round, which has been matched by Softwire to give a grand total of £1136 towards our plan to adopt a village in Ghana with Ashanti Development.
To whet your tastebuds for the next Softwire quiz, we’ve included a sample of the questions that we were put against on the day (select the text to see the answers):
Q: In cricket, if every batsmen in a team was bowled out first ball, what would be the number of the not out batsman remaining?
Q: In Holland they say Pif! Paf! Pof!, in Finland Riks! Raks! Roks!, in Mexico Pim!Pam!Pum! and in Germany Knisper! Knasper! Knusper! What do we say in Britain?
A: Snap Crackle Pop.
Q: Which olympic sport is played on the smallest playing area?
A: Table Tennis.
Q: “The mirror crack’d from side to side;”The curse is come upon me,” cried…” who?
A: The Lady of Shalott.
Q: A newspaper review of which 1956 play described it as “nothing happens, twice?”
A: Waiting for Godot.
Q: Braeburn Capital is a hedge fund owned by which global technology company?
Q: Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Franz Kafka’s The Trial, and Stieg Larson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire – what’s the connection?
A: All were published posthumously.
Q: What’s Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s claim to fame?
A: He’s the new pope.
How did you do? There’s one more question that got everyone’s head scratching during the break, so here’s one more to think about without the answers! Which are the only five countries which you can’t colour any of the letters in if you write their names in all capital letters?