Select a news topic from the list below, then select a news article to read. is an Irish site, run by Cillian O'Ruanaidh. The site uses tag-based organisation for its questions and sells them in packages of 100 to those looking to put on a quiz.

Cillian was running the site pretty much on his own quiz-labour until recently but has now opened up the site so you can make money too, simply by supplying the site with good-quality quiz questions which can then be sold as part of Quizbag's quiz-packs.

At the time of writing, the deal is that you get paid a percentage of each quiz pack sold which is equal to the number of your questions that appear in that quiz, divided by two. So if a 100-question quiz selling for 20 Euros contains 9 of your questions, you'll get 90 cents.

If this sounds complicated, I can personally tell you it isn't. I've already signed up, submitted some questions and made money. Give it a shot. You may not make as much money as you would going out and doing quiz nights yourself, but there could be a few extra quid for you at the end of the month.

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Here's a great tool for quiz question writers who want to look for Olympics info in a new way, a really nice interactive map from the New York Times


You can search through the years and get super fast stats on how various countries performed in various years. There is also a version for the Winter Olympics.

Here's a couple of things I found from the map that I didn't know already:

  • Despite being separate and even rival countries at the time, East Germany and West Germany fielded a unified team for the Summer Olympics in1956, 1960 and 1964.
  • Up to and including the 2010 Vancouver games,  the only Southern Hemisphere country to win Winter Olympic medals of any colour has been Australia.  THIS IS A MISTAKE - SEE COMMENTS BELOW.

I'm sure you can find plenty more.

Of course, Wikipedia has its own excellent resources (such as the all-time Olympic medal table) that offer more depth but this is a refreshingly visual tool to probe the Olympics and should serve as a jumping off point for a nice bit of question-writing.

I'm off to do a bit now to bolster the sports trivia pages.




lyric cloud quiz question

The first new picture questions on the site for a while are some interesting Lyric Cloud questions.

To make the pictures I used, which is a great little resource ofr making these kind of questions. I tarted up some of the images with the Gimp but the basic images provided by Wordle itself are easily good enough to use in your quiz.

the best tihng about Wordle is the fact that its a free service. They say you can use the images you create anywhere as long as you give them some credit.


Not too many details here other than a monthly quizmaster required for a pub in Hampshire. Interested? Get in touch with JAckie. Her email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and tell her the Doc sent you.

chorlton_pub_quizSky Sport prices are going up and publicans are considering other options, including hiring pub quizzes, according to this great article on The Publican website.

From a quiz perspective there are some interesting figures from a pub called the Three Compasses in North London where the landlord found that “Sky-related customers” spent £4.50 per head, about a pint and a half, per event (gross profit £2.25) compared to quiz night customers, who spent

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