We think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy a pub quiz. After all, what’s not to love about them? Hanging out with friends, having fun, all while learning random information? And that’s before you’ve even won a prize.
As a fan of online bingo games, we know there’s a bit of a competitive streak in you, too. Don’t worry, we won’t make a big thing of it, all we’ll do is give you some tips and tricks to help you cause a stir at your next quiz night. Only if you want to of course. Wink wink.
Since quizzes can vary widely in their choice of topics, we’ve chosen to focus on some of the key areas to help you tick off as many correct answers as possible.
We expect you either know a lot about sports… or nothing at all. If you fall into the former category, perhaps you might use your time to look up some stats on some less popular sports, which maybe you’ve never really paid attention to. This is because you never know when you might be asked which country won the Olympic gold medal for curling in 2002.
If you’re like many of us and don’t know anything about sports besides the famous footballers you can’t help but hear about, it’s time to do some diligent reading. Of course, you can’t learn everything about a sport in a short time. But, you can improve your knowledge about some key events in a handful of key sports, for example, famous football and rugby players, well-known Olympic medallists, and any other particularly noteworthy sportspeople (which Google could do a good job of helping you out with).
When it comes to this topic, there may again be people in your team who haven’t picked up a book since trying to get through Jane Eyre at school, while others could effortlessly break down all the themes, motifs and key points of Mr Rochester’s character development throughout that classic novel.
So, if you only know about Mr Darcy thanks to Colin Firth (and no one would hold that against you), you might want to give a bit of thought as to what literature questions might crop up in your next pub quiz. Perhaps take a look through some of the top Booker and Pulitzer Prize winners, or scan the latest Guardian or Times bestseller list.
It might require a bit more effort than it takes to play slots online, but who knows? You might even find yourself drawn to reading again, and becoming more of a bibliophile than you expected!
Of course, while that might provide some kind of abstract insight into Einstein’s great mind, it won’t help you win a quiz. To be able to add some value in the science arena, you’re going to also have to do a bit of research, as we think it’s safe to say that the average person hasn’t spent years in a lab or writing complex mathematical calculations on a blackboard.
If you’ve learnt anything from the point above, you might be drawn to pick up a book… a non-fiction one this time. Many authors have conveniently packaged a lot of valuable information into a single book that could help, for example, Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything.
You could also just search online for some of the most important scientific developments over the past century. Or listen to one of the many science podcasts out there that break down complex topics, like Science Talk, which you can conveniently listen to while washing the dishes.
This is another popular subject area that often crops up in pub quizzes. It’s probably the most accessible of the lot (unless for some reason you have an aversion to sitting hypnotised in front of a screen while being whisked away to a finely crafted fantasy world, where you can just sit back and relax).
That being said, there are so many movies out there that it can be difficult to know everything there is to know about them, especially when you start diving down deep into the rabbit hole of art films, and famous movies in foreign languages (although we can recommend them if you’re keen to get out of your comfort zone).
Perhaps the best approach would be to investigate some of the most iconic films over the last century, including famous actors and directors. You could also check out and memorise the past few Bafta and Academy Award (that’s Oscar) winners for the major categories. That at least will give you a broad overview, even if you’re not really up for watching a David Lynch film, or even vaguely interested in popular genres like horror.
There are always those seemingly useless facts that don’t appear to offer much value but could prove golden in a pub quiz. For example, how many time zones are there in the world? How many spice options are there at Nando’s? Or even, how many permanent teeth does a dog have? (It’s always worth your best educated guess, of course!)
While you could certainly search for all of this information online, it might be easier to take a look at previous pub quizzes to get a feel for what kinds of questions could be asked. You could also make a point of noting down any information that you hear that might prove relevant, perhaps even while you’re playing bingo in an online game and talking trivia with other players in the chat box!
Overall, though, if you’re looking to boost your general knowledge, we’d recommend just being open to learning wherever you are. Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Norwegian curling team beat Canada to the gold medal in a tightly matched showdown at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Now there’s some sports trivia to add to your knowledge bank!
We all love a pub quiz, but for all those times when you just want to sit back and not think about anything too taxing, there is always the option to play online bingo.
As we mentioned, you never know what you might learn while chatting away to other players in the chat box, and since you’re taking in numbers all the time, you might be priming your brain to take in all kinds of other pub quiz-worthy information while you’re not playing, too.
And when you’re done making your brain into a general-knowledge sponge, take some time away from the books to try some of the other game types we have for you here at Lucky Pants Bingo, including online slots, scratch & arcade, table & card as well as live casino games. The choice is yours when you sign up with us!
/ 07 September 2021