Quiz fever ... Diary of a Corona Kid (Week 9)

I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to partake in virtual quizzes.

Thursday, 28th May 2020, 3:23 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 3:24 pm
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Normally, I’m not a very competitive person. Sports day is nice, and you obviously root for your team, but if someone else wins the race, I’m not going to have a meltdown.

When it comes to quizzes, though, it’s a different story.

What’s the point of having knowledge if you can’t display it through several rounds of scored questions?

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At school, we had a quiz every Friday morning, which was excellent because it was a chance to have a bit of fun.

One week we had a ‘name that cabinet minister’ round, which I won through my recognition of Jeremy Hunt.

Funnily enough, this now comes in handy when trying to test myself at the daily Government coronavirus briefing... which Government minister will it be today? George Eustace, Oliver Dowden, or Grant Shapps?

The lesser-known ones, of course, score higher points in this game of recognition.

My competitive side tends to creep out during these events.

New Year’s Eve trivia can turn slightly nasty, especially if someone tries to cheat by looking at the card to see the answer!

So for these reasons, I don’t join in with the new lockdown craze of virtual trivia nights.

It’d always be in the back of my mind that someone was cheating, looking at their phone or something.

Obviously, most of the bigger quizzes for charity are fantastic, and great fun. The more people playing, the better your knowledge if you win.

But don’t get me started on multiple choice, that just takes away the challenge.

That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy the quizzes on television, especially the ones where you could become a millionaire.

There would be no fear of coughing in the audience, because they would get sent home to self-isolate for a fortnight.

At least we can still phone a friend.