Charitable Donation

As mentioned at the final quiz of the season, the surplus funds in the MSQL coffers (£100) were donated to Mary's Meals, a charity supplying nutritious food to schoolchildren in Africa. The receipt can be seen below (click on it to see it at full size):

 

15 to 1 auditions in Liverpool

Remedy Productions are holding auditions for Fifteen to One in Liverpool on the 28th of August. If anyone is looking for more information please email them at SeanMaguire@remedyproductions.tv or give them a call on 0141 428 3417.

This Season's Qustions

As the season is now finished, the passwords have been removed from the question sets on the Quizzes page.

End of Season

Congratulations to Kluggers on taking the season title unbeaten!

The head-to-head playing season is now complete, the week by week results and end of season table can be found on the Results page.  The end of season Grand Prix will be held at Aigburth People's Hall on August 17th, starting at 8pm.

Fixtures Posted

All of this season's fixtures have now been added to the Fixtures calendar

Contestants Wanted by Billy Butler

Billy Butler is looking for contestants for the Gamesroom which is played Monday-Friday 3.40pm on his show on Radio Merseyside.

If anyone would be up for playing you can email claire.minter@bbc.co.uk or contact them during the programme (2-4pm) on 0151 709 9333.

New Season Details

The new season of the Mersey Summer League will begin on Monday 8th June 2015 with a grand prix event to be held at Aigburth People's Hall, beginning at 8.00pm. The quiz will consist of 60 written questions, a music round and a picture round.

Questions and fixtures for the rest of the season will be handed out at the event.

15 to 1 is back for a second series

15 to 1

Channel 4 have announced that 15 to 1 is coming back with a second series.  If you would like to apply you can ask for an application form by sending an email to 15to1apps@remedyproductions.tv

In each show fifteen contestants go head to head answering some of TV’s toughest general knowledge questions. It’s a gripping game of quick fire answers where the winner is simply the last person standing.

Ultimately more than just a game of survival, Fifteen to One is a battle of supreme knowledge with the fifteen highest scoring winners returning for the end of the series final where they’ll compete for the title of ‘Grand Champion’.

The Grand Champion of the series wins up to £40,000!

Mersey Summer Quiz 2014

This is just to confirm dates for the Summer League and deal with a few other preliminaries before we start the season.

We’ll begin the season on Monday June 2nd for a Grand Prix, at Aigburth People’s Hall, Aigburth Vale, Liverpool, L17 0DJ.  The evening will begin at 8pm.  On that night, as well as playing the Grand Prix, we’ll distribute fixtures, contact information and questions, and collect subs.  Owing to a reserve from last season, we’re able to reduce the subs this year to £20 per team.

The season will then run every Monday for nine weeks, and end with another Grand Prix on August 4th.

MQL are keen to investigate electronic question distribution, which is used in the Quiz League of London, and saves considerable expense as well as not being at the mercy of the post!  We’ve agreed to pilot electronic distribution alongside printed questions this summer.  This will give us, and MQL, a chance to see what issues might be raised and also hopefully give us evidence with which to convince anybody who is reluctant to make the switch.

The system will be explained fully at the Grand Prix, but basically the quiz is sent by email or posted online as a password protected pdf file available for download on the day of the quiz.  The sixteen-character password is split in two, with eight characters sent to the home team, and eight to the away team by email or text.  On arrival at the venue, the two halves of the password are entered and the quiz is opened to be read from whatever device is to be used.  While teams would need a laptop or tablet to read the quiz, since it can be downloaded ahead of time, there is no need for internet access at the venue.

We propose that a small number of teams will have electronic questions at their home games, but this will potentially involve all teams at some point in the season.  For this reason, we will need an email address and/or mobile number for two members of each team, so that the password can be sent in order to access the questions; of course at least one of these two players must be in attendance at any relevant game.  If any team is particularly keen to be among those receiving questions electronically, let us know.  We’ve had a couple of offers already, but we’d like to have two games each week using electronic questions, so would welcome volunteers.

We look forward to seeing you on June 2nd,

Angela & Brian

Mersey Summer Quiz League 2014 Season

We are currently preparing for the 2014 season of the Mersey Summer Quiz League, and are asking teams to sign up. Last year’s competition was very successful, with nine weeks of head-to-head games after a Grand Prix event to start the season.  This year we plan to have a Grand Prix event at both ends of the season.

For those who’ve not taken part before, the format is seventy questions, asked to teams of up to six people. The team to whom the question is addressed are given twenty seconds to confer before answering, for one point.  If they answer incorrectly or fail to answer, the opposition are given a further 5 seconds to answer for a bonus point. The questions are directed to a team until they answer one correctly, at which point play switches and the questions are directed to the opposite team; when they answer one correctly, play switches again.

Last year we had nine teams playing; eight from Liverpool, and one from Warrington. This enabled us to play a nine week head-to-head season, with everyone playing everyone else once, and each team having one free week.  Obviously, an even number of teams enrolling would eliminate the free week.

The Summer Quiz League is more relaxed than the regular league, and an ideal way to introduce people to formal quizzing without the pressure of individual questions.  There is time for a friendly quiz afterwards, using whatever resources the home team has to hand, but because of the irregular numbers of players and home and away fixtures, there are no sandwiches or drinks bought for the visitors; the fixtures are no less friendly for their absence!

Results are sent by text or email immediately after the game, and tables are posted on the website: http://www.merseysummerquiz.org.uk  Do have a look at the website for more idea of last year’s competition.

While some teams playing in the league are whole LQL teams, many are made up of personnel from a number of LQL teams.  This allows for cover over holiday periods as well as a broader social mix.  Last season we managed to do a bit of “matchmaking” to enable players who were interested in playing to find a team glad of their presence, so please get in touch if you’re a singleton looking for a team to play for. 

We ask that all Summer League teams who wish to participate respond indicating their involvement by Friday 11th April 2014, by emailing doyleah@hotmail.com; at the same time providing details of their venue and nominating a Secretary for receipt of questions.  Subscriptions, to cover the cost of buying question sets, photocopying, any postage etc, will be kept to a minimum (last year’s subscriptions were £30 per team) and collected at the initial Grand Prix, date and venue to be confirmed. 

Please pass on this information to any players who might be interested.  We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you over the summer!

Brian Thompson & Angela Doyle

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