Hi, welcome to Bill Turnbull's Quiz Site.
I'm now retired having worked in engineering and the licensed trade.
For many years I have written quizzes for my local pubs etc. More
recently I have written a monthly quiz for a local magazine. I have
been submitting quizzes to www.quiz4free.com.
Jim, the owner of the site has kindly built me a site
offering free quizzes for anyone wanting questions for a pub/club
quiz. You can also use these questions for a quiz at home.
I'll tell you a bit more about myself. I
have been writing quizzes for over 25 years the one I have just
finished is number 818 for my local pub, and I have written other
quizzes for other establishments, I also have a quiz published in a
local monthly magazine.
It all began after a few friends and I had been to a few quizzes and
enjoyed them. So we began taking turns writing one for our own
amusement in a local club on a Friday night. Other people in the
club wanted to join in so we decided we would charge them a pound
for charity, no-one objected and we ended up having a large monthly
quiz on a Friday night with a hundred questions on ten different
subjects, we announced the subjects beforehand and the teams would
register one of the rounds as their Joker round where they would get
double points. I no longer have copies of these quizzes as the
computer I wrote them on went bang.
With the money we collected we went to a
local old folks home, and asked them is there anything they could do
with to make their lives a bit better, we were thinking about carpet
bowls, but the matron said if you had enough money could you get a
public address system so that they could all hear the bingo numbers,
We thought that this was a wonderful idea we went to one of the
people (a local builder) who was coming to the quiz and he arranged
to get us one for cost and he also installed it free and built a
desk type affair to run the bingo from, they were over the moon, we
carried on for a while and gave them a Christmas party all paid for
by the money raised from the quizzes.
Then one of my
co-conspirators went back to Ireland and the other one did not want
to carry on. My local pub had a quiz on a Sunday night and after I
had won the jackpot six weeks in a row the landlord barred me from
the quiz but he did buy me two pints to keep away from the quiz
Shortly after his quiz master gave it up (I think he had bought a
quiz book and had been right through it) and the landlord asked me
if I would write a quiz for him, as I was in a Sunday quiz league at
the time I said I would write the quiz but he would have to get
someone to read it. The landlord has gone now but I am still writing
the quiz it has gone through several stages from 30 questions to 40,
several different formats all designed to keep the people
interested, I even had a quiz one week where I managed to get most
of the competitors surnames into the answers, not too hard as there
is a Chandler and a Farthing among them.
The secret to writing a good pub quiz is
to keep it interesting so they keep coming back.
Happy Quizzing Bill
PS Enjoy the site and if you have
any comments or suggestions please
If YOU like writing quizzes and would like to showcase them on your
own FREE site similar to this one, then drop me a line. Include a
sample of your quizzes (Must be your own work). Contact
Bill Turnbull Your message will go to my partner who will
forward it to me.