Dueling blog - read D-L's version at
Our expectations were low, and we met them. We finished next to last of the teams on this night. Our major downfall was identifying the artists or titles of pop songs based on hearing part of the music. We missed all 10. Not a clue.
We did best on general knowledge with answers such as Korean kimchi, Marilyn Monroe as Andy Warhol's favorite actress subject, alchemy as the medieval term for chemistry, Ian Fleming as the author of the James Bond novels, etc. Got more than half of the questions right out of the 40 non-music themes.
Pub quizzes have been around since perhaps the late 1960s or 70s, and became so popular there are national competitions in the UK with thousands of bars participating. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pub_quiz). I anticipated it would be a rowdy, interactive event with the quizmaster calling out a question and everyone in the pub trying to shout out the correct answer. But it was more sedate -- we sat with our teams at the table (D-L was my other team member) and wrote our answers on paper, 10 questions at a time in 5 categories, and handed in our paper after each round.
There were bonus points for best team name and for most legible handwriting (when Donna-Lane heard that, she quietly put her pen back in her purse and let me be the designated penman.)
There are more than 40 pub quizzes around Edinburgh each week, and an enterprising company manages many of them, providing the questions and the quizzmasters. It's almost the "home game" version of TV quiz programmes such as "The Chase," which we watch often (and on which one of our British friends appeared a couple years ago.)
Sign over the door says
"Children and dogs welcome"