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Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 16th Feb '07 8:56 AM


INFO: at

WHO? Anybody who would like to take a test on a mix of academic and
pop culture trivia.

WHAT? A written test of two hours to complete 30 questons in 8
categories questions in eight topic areas

Culture including Architecture, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Museums,
Religion, Mythology

Entertainment including Music including Classical, Blues, Film Score,
Jazz, Rock, World), Ballet, Musicals and Operas, Radio, Television

History (

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Fri, 16th Feb '07 5:04 PM

No provision made to include DownUnderians????

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 16th Feb '07 8:20 PM

As it turns out, other countries may be participating as well, including thus far Norway, and India, even though the content in this quiz will be decidedly anglocentric (vs the World Quiz June 2 which draws material from a variety of countries and is translated into many languages).

Certainly Aussies and Kiwis (or anyone else down under) would be welcome to join in!

Fill out a site registration via the website at and we will work it out.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 16th Feb '07 8:21 PM

I also see that my post was truncated quite a bit - thus checkout the website for more info!

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Fri, 16th Feb '07 9:59 PM


Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Sat, 17th Feb '07 7:06 AM

Just a thought - could we not fix an international competition of some type via Sploofus?

Maybe USA State teams and others' national teams to get some sort of numbers balance!

Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Sat, 17th Feb '07 9:49 AM

Great idea Surreyman.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sat, 17th Feb '07 10:24 AM

There will be an internet radio show which will include discussion of this quiz event on a show at 5pm ET / 2PM PT today - see

Hosted by J. Keith van Straaten:
J. Keith can be seen as a talking head on VH1’s “Best Week Ever” and on E! countdown shows like “Celebrity Feuds” and “Guilty Pleasures.” He hosted Comedy Central’s game show “Beat The Geeks,” and since 2004 has been producing and hosting “What’s My Line? - Live On Stage” in Los Angeles (coming to New York City in 2007).

1mks  (Level: 208.5 - Posts: 5867)
Mon, 19th Feb '07 6:14 PM

I'm happy right here with Sploofus but thanks anyway.

Allena  (Level: 253.9 - Posts: 1388)
Mon, 5th Mar '07 2:10 AM

I will probably try to register a site near Washington D.C. So far they have in New York. Site registration is done as follows:

Get: A place for about 3 hours where you can have people taking a written test without being too crowded. There will be one hour of testing on 4 categories, then a marking period where people taking the tests swap sheets for grading, then another hour of testing on 4 categories, and another marking period. The total time should be around 2.5 hours for the test and marking, with the additional time set aside for seating of players and picking up afterward.

Sounds like fun...In my opinion, the site shuld serve beer!

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 6th Mar '07 2:40 AM

It would be excellent to have a site in DC, and some on the left coast as well. Having the quiz at a bar or restaurant could be a way to promote that establishment, and maybe they will be encouraged to have a special happy hour or blue plate special...

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 8th Mar '07 12:47 AM

The new (and more professionally designed) website is here

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Thu, 8th Mar '07 7:43 AM

I hope I can find time to make the Chicago event. You seem to be using sploofus to promote your activities. I am not complaining. Promoting trivia and such is a good thing. However, I would think you would mention and link sploofus on your site. Reciprocal promotion is the less you could do, and is fairly expected on the Internet.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Thu, 8th Mar '07 8:56 PM

Great idea! I had not thought to link due only to the mention chat forum, but it is simple enough to do, so now is linked from

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 20th Mar '07 1:36 AM

Here is some info on the people setting the questions for the Transatlantic Quiz (

From the USA

Ray Hamel, reference librarian and crossword puzzle constructor; NY Times Trivia Master; past winner and judge of Trivia Bowl, University of Colorado; member of Network, team which has won the annual World's Largest Media Trivia Contest in Stevens Point, WI sixteen times; Quiz writer for "Pages" magazine

From Canada

Paul Paquet, trivia writer through for clients such as Microsoft Encarta and MTV Europe; head writer for World Trivia Night; and a writer for merchandising for 1v100 and Who Wants to be a Millionaire

From the UK

Chris Jones: former Civil Servant (managed a team of legal specialists) who now works full-time for He has enjoyed success in both individual and team quizzing - he's won money on WWTBAM? and captained teams to three nation-wide competition wins. He was the prime mover in the establishment of the first 'World Quizzing Championships' in 2003 which then led to the creation of the IQA (in concert with Jane Allen, Steven de Ceuster and Arko Olesk).

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 12:14 PM

I'm pretty sure I have a venue for this in Jacksonville FL. I'm trying to get hold of the pub owner now. Also a good chance at least 4 Sploofers can participate.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 1:22 PM

Got hold of the owner, she's thrilled, we're a go for Jacksonville! Looking into promotion, working on a flyer. What do I do now?

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 2:35 PM

Yay! It's official!


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 4:48 PM

Flyers are posted (Sploofers can see it on my profile) and it should be on the pub's web page soon. I'll put the word out to my players at the other pub on Tuesday and give extra flyers to my college students to take back to campus.

So exciting! Jeannarie and Phitzy, I hope you can come!

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 6:21 PM

Radio stations. You need to get it on the radio station...and also into the public view at the university.

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 7:33 PM

Thus far, Sploofers who have sites for the quiz in New York and Jacksonville.

Here is new PR for the event:


NEW YORK/LONDON -- Who's better at trivia? The British? The Americans? The Canadians? We'll find out on Saturday April 14 when top game show contestants and everyday people from around the world compete simultaneously in the first-ever Transatlantic Quiz. The two-hour written quiz taken by individuals will cover a mixture of pop culture and academic trivia.

The event will match the most famous trivia player in the USA, Jeopardy mega-champ
Ken Jennings, against the greatest player in Europe, World Quizzing Champion
Kevin Ashman. "These two titans will be going head to head for the very first time," says co-organizer Paul Bailey. "It'll be very interesting to see how our best does against their best."

The general public is invited to take part in the two-hour written test that will cover pop culture and academic trivia in the areas of culture, entertainment, history, lifestyle, media, sport, science, and world topics. Event sites and times can be found via links at – note that the test will be given live in the various locations and not on the web. Current venues include London, New York, Ottawa, Chicago, Jacksonville, Madison, and Boulder, with others being added in the weeks leading up to the test.

The questions for the quiz have been balanced between the three competing countries and developed from the USA by Ray Hamel, reference librarian and crossword puzzle constructor, NY Times Trivia Master, and Quiz writer for "Pages" magazine. Questions from Canada have been developed by Paul Paquet, trivia writer through for clients such as Microsoft Encarta and MTV Europe, head writer for World Trivia Night, and a writer for merchandising of “1v100” and “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”. The questions from the UK have been developed by Chris Jones, former civil servant and winner on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” who now works full-time for

The Transatlantic Quiz will also prepare players for the World Quizzing Championships, which take place June 2, 2007.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 7:38 PM

I wouldn't have a clue, for one, and for two, I'd be worried about attracting more people than my little venue can accommodate. I can do a successful small event but it would quickly turn into disaster if a hundred people showed up.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 7:41 PM

My previous post was directed to Tuzilla.

Thanks for the info, Paul, I'll make it available to prospective players and at the venue.


Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Tue, 27th Mar '07 2:05 PM

For reference, there is an updated press release at:

The press release is being sent today to the top 100 US newspapers by circulation

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Tue, 27th Mar '07 4:17 PM

I've got that posted at the pub already. Also getting hits from your web page. Players are coming from Tampa and most of my regular trivia players are signed up, plus at least 4 Sploofers besides me. Looking good!

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 1st Apr '07 10:12 AM

The quiz has contact from folks in Boston and St. Louis about possible new venues - we hope to get those going soon. Note that some sites need preregistration, so be sure to send email to those mentioned - follow the links at

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Mon, 9th Apr '07 8:23 AM

You still have your chance to sign up and try your wits vs the likes of Ken Jennings and Kevin Ashman - next Saturday at various locations...

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Thu, 12th Apr '07 9:34 AM

Rats us sploofusers on the West Coast of Canada are too spread out to make up a team. So GO GO GO!!! Jacksonville & everyone else, for that matter.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Fri, 13th Apr '07 6:32 PM

Reminds me of the old Trivial Pursuit games they used to have in Pubs/Bars in the 80's.
- The contestants would each be at their own 'local' and set up with linked computers. (In those days there were no websites to access, so that part would be easier now.)
- The questions came one at a time - paced so that it was not possible to cheat.
- The person with the most correct answers at the end of the session was the winner.
- And the name of the winning contestant and location of the bar was posted on the site at the end of each session.

Nothing is new under the sun.
there you go,

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 11:31 AM

I gotta know -

Trans-Atlantic quiz standings?

Who is the most trivial group?

It's making me crazy!!!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 12:06 PM

They didn't break it down into groups. Just a list of scores. About 60 people took it. I would've thought we were the smallest group but we were one of the biggest. Go figure!

Gpaulbailey  (Level: 76.1 - Posts: 65)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 1:16 PM

More info will be posted soon, but a quick summary:

Summary - this is the top 7 scores out of 8 categories for each person - the tiebreaker at this level is how you did in the dropped category
Top 10 USA (we will combine in Canada, UK, Norway, Belgium, and India soon!)

#1 Donna Jackson 162 (Sploofus member!)
#2 Joshua Kreitzer 147
#3 Ken Jennings 146
#4 Ed Toutant 121
#5 David Kraut 118
#6 David Flinn 114 (126)
#7 Jeffery Schwartz 114 (119)
#8 Bill Schantz 110
#9 John Todd Jensen 108
#10 Sandy Wood 104

Top by category -the tiebreaker here is after the decimal point lists how you did on 10 highlighted questions in each section.
Culture - Kreitzer 25.7
Entertainment - tie Jennings 22.7 & Kreitzer 22.7
History - Jackson 23
Lifestyle - Jackson 27
Media - Kreitzer 25.9
Science - Jackson 24
Sports - Jackson 21
World - Jackson 23

Banomet  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 266)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 1:23 PM

WTG, Smoke! Very impressive!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 1:32 PM

You know those WMs when they're all lined up in order and it all just goes your way? It was like that. An amazing number of the questions were RIGHT in my strike zone, and I got REAL lucky with some guesses. I'm more surprised than anything.

Best part? I finally impressed my kids!

Count on me to beat Ken Jennings when there's no money in it! Story of my life!

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 2:28 PM

And I forgot to say how much credit I give to Sploofus for making me a LOT better at guessing.

Phitzy1  (Level: 66.4 - Posts: 873)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 4:22 PM

You truly are the Trivia Mistress!

Nickdanger  (Level: 150.8 - Posts: 62)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 4:25 PM

Wow!!! Way to go, Smoke!!


Crazy4games  (Level: 122.7 - Posts: 1020)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 4:30 PM

Wow, Smoke!! That is truly AWESOME!!! Kudos to you!

Zeedee  (Level: 222.2 - Posts: 1088)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 5:07 PM

Holy cow, Smoke!
(Channeling Bette Midler here...) Did you ever know that you're my hero? You're everything I would like to be.......
I am so impressed!

Groupw  (Level: 144.4 - Posts: 153)
Sun, 15th Apr '07 10:46 PM

Way to go Smoke! How does it feel to be a member of the smallest club in the world? The "I Beat Ken Jennings Club"?

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Mon, 16th Apr '07 7:42 AM

Thanks, folks! It's a lot to get my head around (especially while trying not to get a big head). The news of the win was icing on a really lovely cake of a day! It was so wonderful to have Jeannarie and Phitzy and her adorable Mom here for the day to meet some of my trivia players and friends! My dear hubby grilled sausage and chicken for us, I made Vet's Extreme Banana Bread and Phitz brought an AMAZING lemon cake. The weather cooperated beautifully, the company was more than congenial, the wine and beer flowed freely and a good time was had by all, as you can see from the pics on my and Phitzy's profile pages; Jeannarie will have even better ones to post when she gets home. Coming home in the small hours to discover that I'd won the darn thing was positively surreal!

Yesterday I was swamped with congratulatory emails from other contestants from several countries and requests for a picture and information about myself for press releases--and the capper of the evening was an email from Ken Jennings!

I'm a bit breathless with it all and trying not to get too full of myself. Today I'll be out showing Jeannarie some of my favorite local spots and enjoying a seafood lunch on the river. Now if only these gale-force gusts will die down.

Thank you all for your support and congrats--I'll use this serendipitous nugget that fate has dropped into what's left of my lap to tout Sploofus and all the wonderful people here at every opportunity.


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