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How To Make Sure Your Pub Quiz is a Success

There are 2 factors to consider when putting on a pub quiz

1) Locale, questions and advertizing – The strategy in a nutshell – You have created it and it and “they” will come. Then…

2) Let’s refer it as the systemization – What will happen on the night of the event at the personal level. Having the tools in place is neccessary and fundamental but it’s vitally important that you pull it all together properly Consider this – Can you host an awesome evening or will it be a terrible, confused calamity once off? This article is about making (2) bang on right.

You will need to devise a poper plan of attack to be certain the quiz runs successfully and that you (hopefully) and the players (absolutely essentially!) have an absolute ball. First things first then – You need a quiz question master and you will need to supply him with the things he needs.

Who can Be Quizmaster?

o A person who doesn’t mind public speaking.

o Who can confidently and clearly read out the questions.

o Who won’t get led of track by banter or phased (hopefully not) by a heckler or beligerant “self proclaimed genius pain in the arse dunk”.

Where will the quizmaster sit to “work”?

o Reserve a spot for them.

o One that can’t be overlooked by team spies!

o This is critical – The quizmaster must been seen as objective and above reproach. Accusations of spying on him or her can ruin the whole evening and even lead to the quiz being called off. Not fun!

How will they be heard?

o Unless it’s a really small venue, you will need a P.A system capable of being heard above general pub conversation – not everyone will be taking part in the quiz.

o Many pubs will have this sort of thing – but check and if so can you use it?

o If not see if they can hire one or check out your local Yellow Pages on or offline and look for disco or PA hire suppliers.

o A simple system will be pretty cheap but be sure to practice with it first so you don’t get embarrassing sound losses or ear bashing feedback.

Who will mark the questions?

o Most question masters can mark up to 10 teams’ answers between rounds, but they may need a helper.

o Alternatively in a more “friendly” quiz you may let teams swap papers and mark each others’ quizzes between rounds then hand in marked answers for you to keep score.

On The Night:

o The quizmaster announces that the quiz will start in x minutes.

o Collect team names and entry fees.

o Record the name of the team on your scoresheet.

o Give each team some answer sheets for each round – One per team and a couple of spares

o Have a stock of pens for them if needed.

Start the quiz!

Start by reading out team names (giving everyone a name check) and begin the quiz.

1. Each question should be read out once.

2. A short break then repeated.

3. At the end of the round, quickly recap all questions.

At the end of the round:

1. Collect sheets from teams for marking (perhaps announcing that if they’re not handed in within a minute, the team gets 0 points)

2. Or get teams to swap papers then read out each question then its answer.

3. At the end of each round read out the cumulative scores.

Remember the golden rule – the quizmaster is always right and the idea of the quiz is to get the answer on his or her answer sheet.

At the end of the quiz:

1. Give the final scores with the top 3 in reverse order.

2. Have a tiebreak question or 2 ready (usually a number answer with the first correct answer or closest answer as the winner).

3. Run your cash jackpot if applicable, give out the prizes.

Then finally, announce the date and time of the next quiz and start preparing!

A Note on Team answersheets and Quizmaster score-sheets:

o Team answer sheets – Basically a grid lined A4 type sheet with answer write in numbered boxes and a line on top for the team name.

o Make sure you have lots of them, one per team per round – so if you have 10 teams and 6 rounds you’ll need 60 (and take some spares!)

o Quizmaster score sheets – Where you have a line per team name and boxes per round so you can record the scores per round and easily total up at the end.

o You can do them easily on a PC in Excel or find free ones to download online

Above all – GOOD LUCK and have fun too!

All the quiz questions and answers from Spellbound Pub and Grill’s Sunday quiz can be seen for free at

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