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'Rare Entries' Quiz

Post by Euan Slatter » Sun Oct 09, 2016 9:09 am

RULES:

First off, I need to make up soe questions. There can be a specific topic, or I can just choose anything.

As to the scoring, this is how I do it for each question:

First, I count up how many people gave each different answer. So four people might have said X, and three people said Y, with only one person saying Z.

Therefore, everyone who said X scores FOUR points for that question. The people answering Y get THREE points each, and the person answering Z gets ONE point. This is all very well for correct answers, but there will be occasions where someone gives an incorrect answer to the question. If a player gives an incorrect answer then they score TWICE the highest individual score for that question. So, in our example above the highest score was for X - four points. Therefore an incorrect answer to this question scores EIGHT points. (If every player has given a unique answer for one particular question, then incorrect answers get off lightly, as their score will only be TWO points.)

Repeat this process for the other nine questions, and you will have TEN scores for each player. Each player's ten individual scores are then MULTIPLIED together to give their final score. This means that in theory a player's score can be 1 (1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1*1) - ten unique answers. This is only going to happen if you give a wide choice of answers to a question. Of course, there is nothing stopping you only allowing three or four choices for the questions, but the final scores will be closer, and a lot of people will have the same score.

And that's more or less it. I'll try not to leave loopholes in the questions, as people like me will exploit them and demand one point for a unique answer.


QUIZ 1: FOOTBALL
  • 1. Name a team in the top 4 English leagues who got promoted or relegated at the end if the 2015/16 season (top 4 leagues before relegation/promotion)

    2. Name a player who has been bitten by Luis Suarez

    3. Name a team who has won the Euros

    4. Name a season in which Wanderers won the FA Cup

    5. Name a ground that will host a European Championships match in 2020

    6. Name country that has hosted the FIFA World Cup

    And finally, 7. Name a team in the top 13 UEFA rankings as of the last time they were released
Good luck! Remember to PM the answers, too, by 23rd October, 23:59
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Re: 'Rare Entries' Quiz

Post by Euan Slatter » Tue Oct 11, 2016 7:53 pm

Anyone? I know Stephen M and Johnny C both like the odd quiz!
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Post by Euan Slatter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:56 am

One Entry! No prizes for guessing who....
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Post by Mark James » Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:45 am

Euan Slatter wrote:One Entry! No prizes for guessing who....
Now you're ripping off Guess Who as well as Pointless and there's no prizes for either of them?

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Post by Ian Volante » Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:11 pm

Euan Slatter wrote:One Entry! No prizes for guessing who....
Meakin?
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Post by Euan Slatter » Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:50 pm

Mark James wrote:
Euan Slatter wrote:One Entry! No prizes for guessing who....
Now you're ripping off Guess Who as well as Pointless and there's no prizes for either of them?
Yes: PRIDE! If you must know, i got the idea from the Tube Challenge fourms
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Post by Stephen Moore » Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:36 am

I might do one as well, depending on how successful this one is.
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Post by Euan Slatter » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:28 am

Stephen Moore wrote:I might do one as well, depending on how successful this one is.
Not very. The winner is Stephen, with 1*1*1*1*1*1*1=1. 2nd was no one, 3rd was no one, 4th was.... You get the idea.

But Stephen, do one on TC forum, we haven't had one for a while
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:36 am

Euan Slatter wrote:
Stephen Moore wrote:I might do one as well, depending on how successful this one is.
Not very.
You need easier questions. If you want people to provide "rare" answers, you need your average person to have quite a few answers to hand. And by making all the questions about football, you're ruling out a lot of people.

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Re: 'Rare Entries' Quiz

Post by Marc Meakin » Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:45 am

Is this just Pointless ?
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Post by Euan Slatter » Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:43 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:Is this just Pointless ?
Sort of
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Re: 'Rare Entries' Quiz

Post by Guy Barry » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:29 pm

I'd just like to point out that the "Rare Entries" format has a venerable pedigree on the internet, having been around since at least 1996 and pre-dating "Pointless" by more than a decade! It may have been originated by Matthew Daly on the Usenet group rec.games.trivia. It became very popular on Usenet for a while because of the many contests set by Mark Brader, and then spread to other parts of the internet. It still pops up on various different forums from time to time - there was a craze for them on the SABRE roads forum a while ago, and (as Euan says) they're a regular feature of the Tube Challenge forum.

The tactics can be a little different from Pointless, because the rarity value of an answer is determined by one's fellow contestants rather than a random sample of the public, so there's an element of bluff. Sometimes it can be worthwhile to choose an obvious answer if you think that all the other contestants are likely to have avoided it.

I think it's probably better to start with general knowledge questions before getting into specialized ones though.

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