British Quizzing Championships 2014

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British Quizzing Championships 2014

Postby Chris » Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:01 pm

Saturday 6 September will see around 100 of the top quizzers in Britain assemble at our venue in Rothwell, near Kettering for the 15th* annual British Quizzing Championships. In addition 20 more quizzers will also be participating at a satellite venue in Edinburgh with a similar number perhaps over the water in Dublin. The winner will emerge as the holder of the coveted Mark Bytheway Trophy.

* This will be the 15th annual contest for the Individual title (first won in 1999 by Kevin Ashman). 2014 sees the 9th annual competition for Pairs, that event having first been staged in 2006 (won by the pairing of Ian Bayley and Pat Gibson, both of whom have won the individual title!).

If you're looking for details on Edinburgh, please note places are limited to just 20 this year due to other bookings at the regular venue. Accordingly, places at the Voodoo Rooms are reserved for those who habitually attend events there. Our host in Edinburgh, Ewan, will be sharing details in due course (likely very soon since he's already consulted us on his plans, 99% complete, including schedule etc.).



Our venue is the Tresham Hall, being the upstairs facility at the Conservative Club in Rothwell (Kettering area). This has proved popular when we have held events there in the past. It is easy enough to find by road, with free parking available in the immediate vicinity. Similarly it involves a less than arduous rail trip from London to Kettering, with an each-way journey time from the capital of just 53 minutes. Train departures each way are frequent.

Venue Address:

Rothwell Conservative Club,
Market Hill, Rothwell,
NN14 6EP




09.30 - 09.45 Early registrations [later arrivals register 10.00 - 11.00]

09.45 - 10.35 Annual Highbrow/Lowbrow Quiz (see below)
10.35 - 10.50 Answers & Marking

11.00 - 11.30 Order of Merit & Grands Prix medals ceremonies

11.30 - 12.30 British Quizzing Championship (Individuals) Part I
12.30 - 12.50 Answers & Marking
12.50 - 13.00 Short break
13.00 - 14.00 British Quizzing Championship (Individuals) Part II
14.00 - 14.20 Answers & Marking

14.30 - 15.30 Luncheon

15.30 - 18.00 British Quizzing Championships (Pairs)

18.00 - 18.10 Results & Presentations

18.10 - 18.30 Short Break

18.30 - 19.15 Hot 100 (Individual quiz)

19.15 - 19.30 Answers, Marking, and Close

Post event activities.

20.00 – Restaurant booking at The Old Bakehouse

This Italian-themed restaurant has an upstairs which we can have exclusive use of, with room for 20 diners - first come first served. The waiters will also tolerate us engaging in inter-coursal and post prandial quizzing, so I'm sure all will have a good time (the place looked after us well following the last event in Rothwell). If you are keen to attend this post-event meal, please contact me directly (e-mail is best, - Remember, places are limited to 20 so when those places are gone, that's it!


Highbrow/Lowbrow Quiz

This combines what was, formerly, two separate quizzes - albeit we rank everyone according to how they place in the better of their two half performances, and award rankings points accordingly. So, a first place in Highbrow and 36th in Lowbrow will see you earn the same rankings points as the person who topped the popular culture section, and vice versa. What you’ll have then is a 100 question quiz, split into two parts, 50 Highbrow and 50 Pop Culture. You could of course chose to concentrate on just one of those sections! Ties will be settled first by reference to the best finish place in one's less successful half of the quiz, then by reference to overall aggregate score.

The quiz is a little shorter this year, to accommodate people travelling together by train - the rail journey from the capital being just 53 minutes (if they don't get a chance to start the quiz before the train moves out of the station, they can always collect up the scripts at Kettering and Jane and I can do the marking while Part I of the BQC is taking place).

2014 British Quizzing Championships (individuals) for the Mark Bytheway Trophy

Our annual, full-on 240 question quiz in which ALL 240 questions across six genres count for full marks! At stake, the Mark Bytheway Trophy, aka ‘The Moby’.

This year we'll once again have satellite venues in both Edinburgh AND Dublin. While there will be Irish participation, with players from both the Republic and the North, players should be aware we won't be striving to accommodate them quite as much as we did last year - the feedback after 2013's event indicating that while they appreciated the gesture, it was not essential for their enjoyment of the event.

British Pairs Championships

Pairs quizzing, first taken-up seriously here in the UK after the 2005 European Quizzing Championships in Tallinn – where Pairs quiz is the local specialty – sees a preponderance of questions in which clues make it possible to get to the correct answer via more than one route. Questions are designed to test the Pair, to see if their joint effort can exceed the sum of their combined individual knowledge. Entries are invited from 'pre-formed' pairs or pairings can be arranged ad-hoc on the day.

This is a unique event in the British quiz calendar. After an initial qualifying round the contest proceeds by rounds, with Pairs being eliminated along the way until a remaining cluster of Pairs fight it out in a Final round. Everyone else gets to keep quizzing, recording their scores, with a prize for top overall score as well as the actual competition/knockout winners. Players are encouraged to form Pairs in advance of 6 August. So, however, if immediately prior to the event you still do not have a partner, we will find you one. There will be a prize for the best performance by one of these last-minute, 'scratch' Pairs. This will be whichever of them goes furthest in the main contest - if necessary separated on score/tie rules if the last two or more go out of the competition at the same stage.

We expect perhaps as many as 50 Pairs at our English venue. Because of the knock-out element to the competition (and also venue/time constraints in Edinburgh) this competition, unlike the Individuals, is open to be won only at the central location. Questions will be available in the satellite locations, where they can be played for fun.

Hot 100 Quiz

Like last year, when this doubled as the Highbrow element for the weekend, results from this quiz will help inform (along with other data) team selection for English participants at November’s European Quizzing Championships, in Bucharest.

This 100 question quiz has an entirely international flavour befitting a monthly competition that is held around the globe. Since it will help inform England teams selection for Bucharest, in order to be as inclusive as possible, there is scope for some satellite venues on the Sunday – i.e. for those players unable to remain at the main venue beyond 7pm. Interested parties – you’ll need two quizzers plus someone to act as ‘proctor’, who can be a non-quizzer – should contact me NO LATER THAN midnight Tues/Wednesday 1/2 September. I will likely be far too busy to entertain requests made only on the day of the BQC.



Saturday - options...

Main event - BQC, Pairs Quiz, including lunch: £30.00
High/Lowbrow quiz: £4 extra
Hot 100 Quiz: £4
All in £35.00

As the BQC is a very hectic day for us, with lots of people to look after, it would assist us greatly (and probably make your life much easier too) if you could register and pay in advance. Payment can be made via PayPal. Our NEW user ID is - please make sure you use this one and not the old one. If it's easier, you can pay via bank transfer. Just drop Jane a line and she will send you the details. Many thanks!



The day after our Championships sees the CIU Quiz Final in Derby (Sunday 7th September). If you're also attending that quiz and want details on where to stay nearer to Derby, feel free to drop me a line. If you want accommodation in or near Rothwell, read on...

Local choices include...

The Rothwell House Hotel

Bridge Street, Rothwell. NN14 6JW

24 en-suite Bedrooms, 3 bedroom apartment consisting of one single room one twin or king size double and a double room with a small kitchenette. All the rooms have all the extras the same as the hotel bedrooms including their own flat-screen TV. The Rothwell house has full free wireless connection. All rooms have an iron and ironing board, juice, hot chocolate, Horlicks tea and coffee.

Red Lion Hotel

23 Market Hill, Rothwell (this is a pub very close to our quiz venue)

It has some mixed reviews on Trip adviser but seems to have come under new management last year and undergone refurbishment.

Travel Plaza, Desborough

Old A6 Harborough Road (B576), Desborough, NN14 2UG

A former Travel Lodge with an adjacent Indian Restaurant ("The Gurkhas"). This is a few minutes drive north out of Rothwell. The hotel and restaurant has had occasional post quiz visitors ever since we held the World Championships at Rushden and Diamonds FC some years ago. The curry house is OK too!
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Re: British Quizzing Championships 2014

Postby Jane » Sun Sep 07, 2014 8:26 am

If you attended the BQC in Rothwell yesterday and need the answers to the Hot 100, please ping me an email: xxx

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Re: British Quizzing Championships 2014

Postby Chris » Sun Sep 07, 2014 3:52 pm

Many thanks to everyone who helped to make yesterday possible, especially Neil Phillips who organised the English venue and who, along with family members, kindly helped ferry people from Kettering to Rothwell. I'm only sorry it wasn't possible for me to attend the meal last night to enjoy his company as well as the fruits of his hard work.

We should also extend many grateful thanks to Ewan McNaught who once more made the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh available (where 19 participated). Cheers Ewan! Thanks also to Derek and Johnny in Dublin, where another 15 quizzers joined the fray.

A quick look through the results shows that all the medal spots were taken by the quizzers gathered down in Rothwell!

We're still awaiting scores from Singapore, in the meantime here are the provisional scores from the British Isles for the BQC and for Great Britain only for the 'Brows' quiz.


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