The Constable Quiz League
Guidelines for Question-Masters
Please read (to yourself) this before starting
In two halves of 5 or 6 rounds each, the last round of each half being a
written round. There will usually be two or three questions on each subject
flor each team. Normally two points are given for a team answering their
"own" questions and one for a bonus unless otherwise noted. Two points for
each correct written question. The teams draw cards for tables 1, 2 and 3
at the start and the order of asking is 1, 2 and 3 for the first half
(clockwise) and 3, 2, 1 for the second half.
8.15pm is the stated start time, the idea being to finish around 10pm.
We've asked that all teams try to respect this. Late Arrivals can be
greeted with jeers!!. If you keep it brisk enough you shouldnt have any problem finishing by 10pm. Brisk, by the way, is best. They can always ask you to
slow down, but people seem embarrased to ask anybody to speed up.
We usually try to fit a break or sometimes two in. Use your judgement.
Time to Answer:
No time limit has been set in the past but a good rule of thumb is
30 seconds for a team's own question and 15 for a bonus! Be prepared to be
lenient if the question/round is one which requires more thought than
usual. Time given should be fair and equal to all teams and in proportion
to the difficulty of the question. Saying "Team Two?" a
couple of times before warning that you will pass the question on should
do the job. If they really push it you can just pass it on to the next team
for a bonus, but shaming them (why not? They're boring everybody else!)
into an answer, or a pass, may be a better, and less stroppy, solution.
Nearly Right Answer:
This is often a tough one!. I expect all Underlined words to be
included for a correct answer!. So if the full correct answer
is obviously required then you should expect that. But if there is some
leeway and the essence of the answer is obviously correct, consider giving
the points. Mispronounced answers, or variants where it is obviously correct,
should be given as correct. Watch out for mumbled answers that might be
capable of more than one interpretation. Ask them to repeat the answer
more clearly. Partly correct but incomplete answers usually
require an expectant look (no clues) to see if they can expand
on the answer. The same applies where an entirely different form of words
is used. Fair teams should consider if they think another team
got it right!
Disputed Questions & Answers:
It Will happen. ALL QUESTION SETTERS MAKE MISTAKES! Error percentages
vary from 1-5%. I tend to the lower end of this range. There are also questions
where the meaning may not be clear, in which case you must use your own
judgement as to what is fair. If the mistake is really obvious and
everybody, out of common sense, agrees, then the points are usually
But this is what the spare questions are for, so DONT BE AFRAID TO
USE THEM ! A WARNING FOR THE TEAMS IS THAT THE SPARES ARE NOW RANDOMISED
AND THE FIRST MAY NOT BE EASIEST. The Vast majority of the time
the answer given will be right but the question has been misunderstood
(or perhaps badly phrased by ME !)
Can you repeat the question?
Why not ? Pubs can be noisy, people talk while you are reading, or there may be
a lot in the question to absorb and understand. Dont let a team get away with
more than one repeat unless it's very tricky or noisy. This is a time
hallowed delaying tactic but we must be fair to everybody. It's normal
to ask if anybody wants any questions from the written rounds repeated
before passing the papers and I think within reason to do so. But it's
highly unusual for that to include all 15.
Balance is something that can be considered a little difficult. Everybody
tries to set an even set of questions, but it's never easy, because
so much must be a subjective decision. Hopefully over each quiz and
over the season everybody will feel they've had a fair crack
of the whip. Cut me some slack !
Can you ask the home team captain (or whatever) to phone the result to
Iain Moffat on 01206 396419 as soon as the quiz is over . They are
also responsible for ensuring that the Confirming Postcard is
sent to him. E-Mails can be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org instead of the card if you're so inclined.
The Golden Rule:
We're all grown-ups and this has been one of the most successful
quiz leagues in the area through 16 or so seasons. The reason for
the entire quiz is to have some fun and enjoy each other's company.
Please remember this teams !
Any critics should consider how They would go about setting 26 or more
quizzes, at the rate of one a week!
Author: Alastair Mcraw
Last Update: September 28th. 2003