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Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 28th Apr '09 9:13 AM


The World Quizzing Championships are coming up on Saturday June 6th, 2009

We are accepting applications for venues - this quiz is conducted live and not online - if you or someone you know is interested in hosting or proctoring the quiz, please contact or call 303-731-2775 in the US or gpaulbailey on Skype. Typical locations to conduct the quiz are places such as library conference rooms, restaurants, bars, park shelters, or other public places where people can sit with space between them, and have a small amount of audio played to support several questions.

How the Competition Works:

The World Quizzing Championships take the form of a written quiz that is sat simultaneously around the world. Each competitor faces exactly the same questions (translated into their mother tongue in many cases - and even into braille) at exactly the same time.

There are 240 questions, divided into eight categories, and 90 minutes in which to answer them. At the end of the 90 minutes, the papers are marked and each quizzers' top seven marks will be added together to find the winner.


Culture - Fine Art, Architecture, Philosophy, Museums, Religion, Mythology
Entertainment - Pop Music, Musicals, Rock Music, Classical Music, Opera, Jazz, Blues, World Music, Television, Radio, Film Music, Ballet
History - History, Current Affairs, Exploration, Famous People, Civilisations
World - Geography, Cities, Space, Technology, Transport, Inventions
Sciences - Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Fauna, Flora
Lifestyle - Human Body, Health & Fitness, Food & Drink, Costume, New Age Beliefs, Products & Brands, Fashion, Design, Handicrafts, Tourism
Sport - Track & Field, Team Sports, Motor Sports, Winter Sports, Games, Hobbies, Pastimes, World Records.
Media - Recent & Old Movies, Literature, Language, Comics.


1. The eight papers are handed out in two sections. You have 45 minutes to answer as many of the questions in each half as possible. If you have finished before the expiry of 45 minutes, you may leave your seat. Please then respect the need for other players still quizzing to be free of distractions.

2. Papers will be swapped with another player for marking at the end of 45 minutes.

3. Unless stated in the question, last names are acceptable.

4. Phonetically correct answers will be accepted – this is a test of your knowledge NOT spelling.

5. After the four genres have been marked, you will get your paper back and you have 5 minutes to check you agree with the marking. Disputes must be referred to the proctor in this time. Please indicate which answer(s) you are querying with a large “?” question mark. The proctor is the official adjudicator – his/her decision is final.

6. At the end of the four genres, your checker should copy your scores into the table on this top sheet. If you agree with their marking, sign next to the score(s) to show your approval. Your complete script should then be handed in. Once this has been done, no further discussions will be entered into about your score. The score signed for will be considered to be correct.

7. The overall highest scoring player from all participating venues will be the World Quizzing Champion 2008.

8. In the event of a tie, the score you dropped from your lowest scoring genre will be taken into consideration. If there is still a tie, the person with the highest scoring paper in any genre will win. If there is still a tie the player whose next best score (from any category) is highest (and so on) will be deemed the winner.

9. In the event of any unprecedented occurrence or unforeseen circumstances arising in the course of the quiz, the official adjudicator may give a ruling on the matter and their decision shall be final.

10. Your commencing to answer questions herein indicates your complete and unequivocal acceptance of these rules.

Justsomeone  (Level: 130.3 - Posts: 39)
Fri, 1st May '09 3:59 AM

World Quizzing Champion 2008 or 2009?

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 1st May '09 7:52 AM

Sorry on the cut and paste there - yes, this indeed is for 2009

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 6th May '09 1:00 AM

Hoping to add a spot in Florida, Texas, and pacific NW to this mix, but here it is thus far:

USA & CANADA VENUES as of 5 May 09
(State, City, & Contact Information)
If you plan to participate, please inform the person who is coordinating at the site you wish to attend - check back at by late May 2009 for additional venues being added.

contact Alan Baratta
Site TBD

contact Jim Newman
Site TBD
contact Mark Ryder
Site TBD

Georgia - ATHENS
contact Robin Richards
Loco’s Eastside 1985 Barnett Shoals Rd Athens 30605 (Green Acres Shopping

starting at 1pm

Illinois - CHICAGO
contact Paul Bailey
Site TBD starting at noon

contact David Legler
Site TBD

contact Tony Hightower
Site: Shades of Green, 125 East 15th Street (~100 yards from Union Square)

starting at 2pm

Ontario - OTTAWA
contact Paul Paquet
Site TBD

accepting bids for WQC additional sites in the USA.
Please contact Paul Bailey at 303-520-0200 or

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Wed, 20th May '09 1:54 AM

More info at

Quizzing All Over The World!
Setting questions for an international audience is a tricky task. It takes months to do.

The questions have been written by quizzers in Belgium, Estonia, India, USA and the UK, and with additional help from quizzers in Australia, Finland, India, Netherlands, and Norway, we have selected 240 questions (from among 800 or so that were submitted for use) which comprise a fair and entertaining quiz that, hopefully, sees everyone start on a fair footing.

During the voting process - which leads to the eventual selection of questions - points are awarded to questions and countries can veto any they deem unsuitable for someone in their country/region to answer. The highest scoring questions, covering the broadest range of subjects, are thus selected and used.

In each genre a matrix was used to classify questions which scored well in voting to ensure we peered into each important nook and cranny while striking a decent global balance. Some very good questions have not made the cut where, for example, we already had ample coverage of, say, Hollywood movies, when needing to ensure we also include some good questions about Asian films too (Korean cinema anyone?!).

Once this process has been completed, the questions then go for translation into all languages that have been requested. In 2007 we also had a set produced in Braille (after initial translation).

Garrybl  (Level: 294.1 - Posts: 6803)
Sun, 31st May '09 12:23 PM

Anyone else going to the NY site?
If so please drop me a pm!


Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 31st May '09 12:37 PM

My trivia group had some early interest until some dates solidified. Turns out the quiz day coincides with our local film festival and the people who were most interested (self definitely included) are commited to a film project that day.

We'll get 'em next time.

Thanks, Paul, and good luck if your participating! Let us know how it all turns out.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12008)
Sun, 31st May '09 1:22 PM

Top 10 Places in 2008:

173 - Mark Bythway, UK
172 - Ronnie Swiggers, Belgium
170 - Tero Kalliolevo, Finland
167 - Kevin Ashman, UK (Champion 2004, 2005, 2006)
165 - Pat Gibson, UK (Champion 2007)
163 - Nico Pattyn, Belgium (reigning European Champion)
155 - Olav Bjortomt, UK (Champion 2003)
154 - Ian Bayley, UK
152 - Jesse Honey, UK
150 - Dorjana Sirola, Croatia (highest placed woman)

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 31st May '09 11:40 PM


Sorry you can't participate in this one, but try to hold onto the first Saturday in June 2010, as that has the potential to be a qualifier for a bigger event - more news to be announced in the coming months at - go to that site and watch the video there for a sneak peek.

For those of you in the Chicagoland area - I will be traveling from Denver to that area to put on the quiz next Saturday 6/6/09. See for information on that site and 10 others across the US + Ottawa Ontario.


Didb72  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 243)
Mon, 1st Jun '09 3:33 PM


Once the championship is done, maybe you could do a quiz with the questions.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 2nd Jun '09 12:14 AM

Good idea - I will put together a quiz (although the one given is short answer rather than multiple choice...) There are some sample questions online at the, as well as a twitter feed of sample questions there too.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Mon, 8th Jun '09 12:02 AM

Top 100 world results at
full list will be posted soon

Web location for North American scores

Surreyman  (Level: 274.5 - Posts: 2775)
Mon, 8th Jun '09 6:38 AM

Is the full list of 2009 questions now available anyway, so we could 'have a go'?

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