There's a category we hate, but our trivia guy busts it out at least once a month: Name the year. Usually it will have a theme, where its either people who were born this week, or famous events that happened this week in history, and we have to write down what year it happened.
Our trivia guy is also cheap with his "Totally Random Trivia" category. He always leads off with that.
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The pub quiz I run has the usual suspects of categories - a general knowledge multiple choice to start (basically a sheet of paper left on the tables for teams to start on as and when they arrive) and then regular questions read out over the mic on things like TV & Films, Sports & Pastimes, Music & The Arts, etc.
But then we finish with a Specialist Subject where I ask five questions on sometimes really bizarre topics with a different subject each month. Recently we've done Bumble Bees (though the previous quizmaster was responsible for that), Motorways, Flags, Hanna Barbera cartoons, New Zealand, Celebrities Real Names and the London Underground.
People usually groan when I read out that month's subject name, but you'd be surprised what good marks teams get at the end of it.
We've also done Name the Year (previous quizmaster again) where he read out six years and then five events you had to match up to them - the one 'spare' just makes it a little more difficult.
Originally posted by The King of Keithexcellent idea, Pieman! I may use that one tonight!
Did you use it and what was the result if you did?
Didn't use it yet...I actually have to do research on that category since I remember absolutely nothing on it.
I can't do Pro Wrestler Dead or Alive b/c one of the people that plays is the biggest wrestling nerd alive. I may do a general Dead/Alive category tonight, because those are easy to write and I don't have to read very much.
I really appreciate everyone's help here, and when I get in a bind I look here for categories. I used Spider Man, First Line in a Movie, and Virginia trivia. I do believe I'm going to go with a state capitals category tonight.
Interesting question for me. I would say that when the Rangers are in the Stanley Cup finals, that's bigger than anything for me. However, when my teams aren't involved, I'm usually more invested in the World Series than the Stanley Cup finals.