The official rules and regulations can
be read in full, and in the proper Legalese, in the fixtures booklet sent out
to teams for the beginning of each season. This is merely the webmistress'
idiosyncratic take on said rules and regulations.........
More stuff added after 'Emergency Procedure.'
Please scroll down.
Duties of the Question Master
Rule no.1 - The Question Master is Da Boss!
But don't get too carried away. This means s/he has to keep
everybody sweet -
the staff at the venue, paying customers, and the rest of the rabble (the
The AK-47 is behind the bar if things get really out of hand. 8-)
It's up to the Question Master to shift the furniture around so that the
two teams have somewhere to sit, have something to rest their notebooks on, and
are eyeballing each other across the (now smoke-free) playing area, or room.
The Question Master is in charge of setting out the scoreboard, stop
(which might actually work this season but I'm not holding my breath),
name cards of the teams taking part, and the Quiz League score book. These
usually somewhere visible, like on the bar or one of the tables. If not, panic!
When the match is over, put the names back in the box in alphabetical order.
benefit of those of you who are unfamiliar with this concept - about 95% - this
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z.
Yes, I know, it really is. rocket science!
Okay, who nicked some of the name boards from the
Like IMPS and WOODENTOPS and several others...
On the plus side, we discovered a nice shiny new
stopwatch, and it actually works!!!
Well, it did last night anyway. (1st. October.)
The Question Master should call both teams to order for a prompt start at
7.30 p.m. or
9.00 p.m. as appropriate, assuming both team are all there (in the physical
sense at least.)
They have fifteen minutes grace in which to put in an appearance, but don't
Still no show? See Rule C.3. under Disciplinary Procedure.
Procedure During Play
Questions should be asked loudly
enough for the audience to hear. The 'audience' is probably Paul ::waves:: or
team members arriving early for the next match or on time but the first match
When an answer is given, repeat
it - loudly - even if it's wrong. We don't want the audience (see above) dozing
And if the answer's right, don't
just say 'correct' - repeat the answer loudly so the audience (see above) can
hear. Some players may mumble, especially when they know their answer is close
but may not be close enough.. (Note: The
idea is that, if you mumble, the Question Master may hear what s/he expects to
hear, not what you actually say, but most Question Masters are wise to this
Announce the score at the end of
each round. Yes, it's up on the lazer display board, but not everybody's awake,
and you might prompt one of the teams to point out that your adding up sucks.
At the beginning of each round,
anounce the number of the round. Some people manage to lose track, including
If there's a dispute over a question and/or answer, and
there's a Committee Member (see below) present, he or she
will sort it out, otherwise, it's up to the Question Master
to smooth ruffled feathers and make sure everyone's happy.
The ability to walk on water is also useful.
In default of this, use the AK-47. ;-)
It's the Question Master's duty to record the final score in the Quiz League
score book, and get the team captains to add their signatures beside their
score to verify that the scores are correct - or at least that everyone thinks
The Question Master at the last game of the evening should transfer
the scores of both matches on to the pre-paid postcard provided
(thanks to Wilkin and Chapman, our sponsors!) and post it "without
- on the way home is good - to our scores co-ordinator.
And if you're the Question Master of the last match of the evening,
you're not done yet! It's your responsibility to ensure that the playing
is at least as clean and tidy as you found it. In particular, dragoon
who didn't escape fast enough into returning all glasses to the bar.
The AK-47 may come in handy here. Failing that, it's down to D.I.Y. ::sigh::
No, not in the event of fire, flood or an in-coming tactical nuclear
but the non-appearance of questions, and/or Question Master.
In the event of such a catastrophic occurrence, 'phone the Chairman whose
is on Page 2 of the fixtures booklet. He will be delighted
.to hear from you. 8-)
New stuff - added 2 OCT 2007
Guidelines for Question Setting
The following are intended as a guide (hence the section heading maybe?)
They aren't hard and fast rules, just aimed at maximizing the happiness of all
concerned, winners and losers alike. They refer only to team games. ::blinks::
So individualists must be made to suffer then? ;-)
1. ......A set of
questions should cover a wide range of topics, and should not include too many
questions on any one topic, i.e. don't hammer your favourite subject to death.
You may find early Byzantine architecture absolutely fascinating, and one
question on the subject may not go amiss, but eight questions on the topic are
likely have steam coming out of the ears of both team's members.
As there are ten rounds per game, it is likely that ten broad
categories will be used as a basis for a set, but it is preferable to subdivide
these into smaller topics to provide variety. [Much preferable - Ed.]
For example, 'History' might be split into ancient history,
Roman history, the Dark Ages, mediaeval history, British history, European
history, social history, history of warfare etc.
N.B. Date questions are well past their sell-by... date, so one per set of
questions is enough.
2. ......It is left to
masters setters to choose their own categories
and topics, and how many questions they each merit, but it is generally felt
that eight questions (the equivalent of a full round) should be the maximum for
a broad category, and correspondingly less for subdivisions/narrower topics.
It should be borne in mind that players have a wide range of
interests which should be catered for, even if they are not shared by the
question setter. So a group of questions on, say, music, should not be confined
to pop or classical or jazz, but should include a
mixture of two or more types depending on the size of that section.
should be based on General Knowledge, derived from widely
available sources. Specialized questions, particularly on local matters, should
be avoided, since they would be unfair to teams which are based outside Grimsby
should be well researched, so that the answers are accurate. Bear in mind that
even the best reference books can contain errors, so try to confirm each answer
from more than one source. [ e.g. your aged encyclopaedia of circa 1957 may say
that Saturn has ten moons but, trust me on this, it's wrong. There are at
least .46 - Ed. ]
5. ......Any one source
should not be used to provide too many questions, especially if that source is
itself a source of quiz questions, whether a published one or a previously
asked set of Quiz League questions. A substantially new set should be prepared
for each game. [ Especially if you've used that set of questions for one of the
teams already during the current season... ]
should not be ambiguous, nor should hints be given, either in the questions
themselves or a reply given to a wrong answer (see below).
7. ......Where a
numerical or date question is set, it should be decided in advance whether any
leeway is to be allowed and, if so,what it will be. This should be worked out
and written into the answer in full, giving not only the actual answer but the
two limits which include the leeway.
This should be done in order that an immediate
"correct" or "incorrect" can be given. If the question
master has to pause to work out if an answer is acceptable, a hint
could well be given will .be given, as to the required answer. It is not
necessary to disclose whether there is a leeway when asking the question -
though you can be damn' sure someone .will
ask! ::mutter:: better yet avoid 'em altogether 'cos they're boring...
8. ...... Questions
should always be in good taste.
it's a lot more fun if they aren't... [ g, d & r.]
~ to be continued ~
Quiz League Officers
Mrs. P. Singleton
N.B. I do not give out personal details such as addresses or 'phone numbers on
as these are open to anyone to see and there are some 'funny' people out