The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-31T05:32:23Z Junior World Quiz Championships 2017-07-31T05:32:23Z junior-world-quiz-championships The International Quizzing Association and Quizzing Australia will host Australian legs of the 2017 Junior World Quizzing Championships on Saturday, 16th September. The contest is open to high school students aged 14-18 years of age. It will be a written quiz of 120 questions spread across eight categories: ·                  Culture: Art, Architecture, Philosophy, and Religion ·                  Entertainment: TV, Radio, Classical and Pop Music ·                  History: Ancient times through to Current Affairs ·                  Lifestyle: Brands, Fashion, Design, Celebrities, Health & Fitness ·                  Media: Films, Literature, Theatre, Comics and Newspapers ·                  Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Sciences, Zoology ·                  Sport & Games: Olympics, Team Sports, Video and other games ·                  World: Astronomy, Human and Physical Geography, Travel Venues are planned for Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. As well as playing for the World title, Quizzing Australia will recognise Australian, state and category champions. The event is being run by the International Quizzing Association which has held adult world championships annually since 2003. “Supernerd” Issa Schultz from The Chase Australia is a five-time winner of the Australian round. The Junior version was first held in 2016, though Australia did not participate that year. Students interested in participating should visit the Quizzing Australia or Junior World Quizzing Championships websites. Sample questions 1.      What is the maximum number of characters allowed in a single tweet on Twitter? 2.      Viti Levu the largest island of which nation in the South Pacific? 3.      What is the chemical symbol of tungsten? 4.      Which singer performed the official theme song for the Bond movie ‘Skyfall’?   Answers 1.      1. 140;   2.  Fiji;   3. W;   4. Adele Adkins   Ends. Australian Team Named for 2016 Quiz Olympiad 2016-08-17T01:36:24Z australian-team-named-for-2016-quiz-olympiad Australian Team Named for 2016 Quiz Olympiad Quizzing Australia is pleased to announce that the following teams will represent Australia in the inaugural Quiz Olympiad to be held from 3rd to 6th November in Athens, Greece. A team ·         Ross Evans - NSW (c) ·         Yolanda Stopar - Vic ·         Rick Bakker - Qld ·         Gordon McGregor - NSW B team ·         Christian Kelly - Qld (c) ·         David Regal - NSW ·         Paul Bakker - Qld ·         Michael Logue – ACT Team selections were based on performances in the annual World Quizzing Championships which was first held in 2003. Both the WQC and Quiz Olympiad are run by the International Quizzing Association. Ross Evans and David Regal are both past Australian champions (the reigning champion Supernerd Issa Schultz is unable to attend due to commitments with The Chase – Australia), while Yolanda Stopar won nearly one million dollars on the Channel Seven game show Temptation in 2006. More than 500 quizzers from all over the world are expected to take part in the Quiz Olympiad. Confirmed attendees include: ·         “The Governess” Anne Hegerty, star of The Chase – Australia. ·         Barry Simmons from the BBC quiz show Eggheads ·         Ken Jennings who won 74 consecutive episodes of the US game show Jeopardy! Sample questions  1.    Based on a Sara Gruen novel of the same name, which 2011 movie starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon, tells the story of Berzini Brothers Circus employees Jacob and Marlena during the Great Depression? 2.      Located in different cities but in the same state, what is the only name shared by a NHL (hockey) and an NBA (basketball) team? 3.      ‘People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad’ is an Islamist terrorist organisation based in northern Nigeria. They are better known by what two-word Hausa name roughly meaning ‘Western education is sinful’? 4.      Which mortal angered the goddess Athena by beating her in a weaving contest? 5.      They may be the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the USA, but being established only in 1909 they are 200+ years younger than their alma mater. To which Ivy League institution do The Whiffenpoofs belong?      Answers 1. Water for Elephants 2.  Kings 3.  Boko Harem 4. Arachne 5.  Yale University "Supernerd" regains national quiz title 2016-06-06T09:29:42Z supernerd-regains-national-quiz-title "Supernerd" regains national quiz title Issa Schultz, star of The Chase – Australia, regained his national title with victory in the Australian leg of the World Quizzing Championships on Saturday, 4th June. It was the fourth national title for Schultz when he reclaimed the title from two-time winner Ross Evans who finished fourth.  Rick Bakker (second) and Yolanda Stopbar (third) filled the other places. Schultz also claimed his fifth successive Australian Pairs title, and third in succession with Michael Logue. Evans teamed up with Leon Derry, Jim Huxley and Shane Francis to take the Australian Teams title. Part of the 14th World Quizzing Championships, almost 2,000 quizzers from all over the world took part simultaneously with the Australian round hosted in Sydney by Quizzing Australia. Kevin Ashman, star of the BBC quiz show Eggheads was the overall event winner, claiming his fifth world title. The WQC was first held in 2003 in England with about 50 participants, but is now a genuinely worldwide event with about 100 venues across more than 40 countries. Unlike the pub trivia many people are familiar with, the WQC is an individual, written quiz and the questions are not for the faint-hearted. It had added importance this year as the inaugural Quiz Olympiad will be held in Athens, Greece in November 2016 and the WQC is the main section trial for the Australian team.  Quizzing Australia will announce the Australian team in August.   --- Sample questions (answers below) 1.      The only film on Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations, which 1950 film starred Bette Davis as an aging Broadway star and also provided Marilyn Monroe with one of her first important roles? 2. Known for its ice rink and Christmas tree, the main building of which New York art deco complex is known as 30 Rock? 3. From independence in 1965 until 2015, which country expanded its territory by 23%- not via military conquest, but by land reclamation? 4. Which European country leads the water polo medal tables at all Olympic Games, with nine golds? 5. Now used for many alcoholic beverages, what name was originally given to a drink made with water, weak beer and rum that was introduced into Britain’s Royal Navy in 1740?    ---   Answers   1.       All About Eve 2.       Rockefeller Centre 3.       Singapore 4.       Hungary 5.       Grog ---   Contact: www.quizzingaustralia.org info@quizzingaustralia.org Christian Kelly (Director) 0419 705526 2016 World Quizzing Championships Loom 2016-05-09T07:50:33Z 2016-world-quizzing-championships-loom The 14thWorld Quizzing Championships will take place on Saturday, 4th June 2016. Over 2,000 quizzers from all over the world will take part simultaneously, with the Australian round being hosted in Sydney by Quizzing Australia. Past winners include the stars of the BBC quiz show Eggheads Kevin Ashman and Pat Gibson, each of whom has won four world titles.  Issa Schultz, star of The Chase – Australia, is a three-time winner of the Australian round and will again be competing, and “The Governess” Anne Hegerty is also expected. The WQC was first held in 2003 in England with about 50 participants, but is now a genuinely worldwide event with about 100 venues across more than 40 countries. Unlike the pub trivia many people are familiar with, the WQC is an individual, written quiz and the questions are not for the faint-hearted. It has added importance this year as the inaugural Quiz Olympiad will be held in Athens, Greece in November 2016 and the WQC will be the main section trial for the Australian team.  Quizzing Australia will announce the Australian team in August. --- Sample questions (answers below) 1.      1.. In Latin this word means a female animal used for breeding. In Geology it is the natural material surrounding a metal or gem. In Biology it is the intercellular substance of a tissue. The commonest use of the word, however, is in Mathematics. Also appearing in the title of a 1999 film with superb special effects, which word is it? 2.     2.  In 1927 a famous sports team was created by Abe Saperstein. Originally known as the ‘Savoy Big Five’, they have played more than 20,000 games under their current name, notably against the Washington Generals and the New York Nationals. What is the name of the team? 3.     3.  One particular month is known for its close connection to warfare and tragedies. Events taking place in that month include: the outbreak of the American Civil War and the Bosnian War, the Rwandan genocide; the deaths of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II; the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the San Francisco earthquake, the first use of poison gas in WWI and the sinking of the Titanic. Which month? 4.     4.  In order to fight the French, Native American tribes like Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga and Seneca formed a confederacy. What was this confederacy called? 5.     5.  The NASA Cassini mission, which also carried the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe, will explore which Solar system planet through to the year 2017?  --- Answers 1.     1.  Matrix 2.     2.  Harlem Globetrotters 3.     3.  April 4.      4. Iriquois 5.     5.  Saturn