Monday, January 11, 2010

How does this work?

Here is the format for how we plan to run the quiz:

The quizzing starts at 8 PM but we'd like to see you and your brains there early so you have time to register your team name and members as well as pay your entrance fee of $5 per person.

There will be four rounds of 10 questions each.  The first question of each round will consist of the intro to a song.  Your team will have to name the title of the song and the artist as well as how long you think the song is.  The length of the song will only come into play if there is a tie for the round in which case the team with the closest guess to the actual song length will win the round.  Even if you don't know the song or artist, you want to write a time in just in case you tie the round.  The rest of the questions in each round will consist of standard trivia which may be as simple as being asked to spell a word, to multiple choice, to answering within a range, to something as discrete as a specific number, person, or place.

Example questions:

Q. On the show Barney and Friends, who was Barney's first side kick?
A. Baby Bop

Q. What ingredients make up a standard Tom Collins cocktail?
A. Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, soda water

Q. Within +/- 200 feet, how tall is Mt. Everest?
A. Correct answers would fall within the range of 28,829 ft. and 29,229 ft. with the actual height being 29,029 ft.

Q. Name two members of Led Zeppelin.
A. Any two of the four: Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, John Bonham

At the end of each round, we'll put on some tunes and grade your answers.  Then we'll go over the questions and answers and name the round winner.

Winners of Round 3 will either be bought a round of drinks or given drink tokens (depending on availability).

Overall winners will be given an opportunity to draw for the rolling jackpot.  At the beginning of a new jackpot, a bag will be brought out containing 10 tokens (9 non-winners and one winner).  The winning team will draw one token.  If it is the winning token, the jackpot goes to them.  If it is not the winner, they will be paid out $30, the jackpot will roll over to the next week, and their token will be removed leaving nine for the next drawing.  This will continue each week until the jackpot is won and it reverts back to all 10 tokens.  As well, the "losing" payout will go up each week a team doesn't draw the winning token.  In other words:

Week 1 non-winning token: $30; 9 tokens left
Week 2 non-winning token: $35; 8 tokens left
Week 3 non-winning token: $40; 7 tokens left
Week 4 non-winning token: $45; 6 tokens left

And so on until the jackpot is won.