28th November 2001
The Cellar Bar of Batley register the
highest ever score in the history of the Wise
Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League, defeating Halfway House of
Wyke by 94 points to 38. League all time records can be viewed by
following this link.
21st November 2001
season of the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz
League gets under way tonight. Fixtures and results can be
viewed by following the links in this paragraph.
18th November 2001
The fixtures for the 2001-2002
season of the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz
League are finalised. Also fixed is the date of the 3rd
annual Steve Crew Memorial Event. This will be on Wednesday
January 2nd 2002.
Participating teams have been mailed with details of fixtures for
2001-02. A recording with details of the full first week's
schedule can be heard by telephoning 01924 890582.
10th November 2001
Ian Bayley pulls off something of an upset to win the 3rd annual
British Quiz Championships, relegating two-times reigning champion Kevin
Ashman to runner-up spot. However, despite the turn-up, Kevin
still reigns supreme as the No1 ranked player in the UK. Read all
about the event on the excellent British
Quiz Association web site.
9th October 2001
Three people linked with the Wise Old Owls began an assault on
the Discovery Mastermind title. On 9th Stewart McCartney of
the Cellar Bar won the opening show, taking British Rock Music of
the 1970s as his specialist subject.
On 14th October Ian Sutton of the Cellar Bar (taking the life
and works of Antonin Dvorak) came head to head with Chris Jones of Wise
Old Owls (the Revolutionary & Napoleonic Wars, 1793-1815).
You can see Ian & Chris' exciting battle on Discovery Channel
at 8pm on Monday 19th November - repeated 2am 20/11, 4pm 20/11 and 4pm
22 September 2001
Sunday 22.9.01 saw the final of the C.I.U. (Clubs and Institutes
Union) national quiz competition. This nation-wide contest,
carrying a £1,000 first prize, is open to teams from Working Men's cubs etc. that are members of the
The Lee Brig W.M.C. of Altofts (a team featuring Chris Jones of Wise
Old Owls) came a very creditable third, finishing just one point
behind the 2000/01 champions in second place & three behind this
year's winners. The Brigands improved one place on last
year's finish, collecting a total of £600 prize money in the process.
A detailed account of the event can be viewed at the British
24th August 2001
Challenge TV have approached us with a request that we put out
the call to potential contestants who might like to audition for a new
quiz show, called Stake Out. Auditions are in Birmingham on
In short the programme involves contestants bringing £250 of their
own money to the table and betting that they will know the answers to
general knowledge questions better than their opponents. If you
will, its a sort of 'Poker for Questions' game.
Interested? Up for it? Phone the contestant hotline (01622
684 407) or ask us for an
23rd August 2001
After a major update visitors can now download all the questions used
on the 2nd annual Steve Crew
Memorial event. You can also view numerous photos on our new 'Images'
20th August 2001
Researchers for BBC Discovery Mastermind inform us they have
re-opened the search for contestants. Obviously they've not yet
found 96 candidates of the right calibre. So, if you've not
already applied and you are keen to take part, contact us urgently and
we'll send you an application form - in MSWord 2000 (please
specify if you prefer it in another format).
19th August 2001
Discussions are underway with a view to staging a north of England
pub quiz tournament. At present teams from the Rochdale &
District, Oldham & Bury Quiz Leagues have
registered an interest. The call has also gone out to Wise Old
Owls teams, and 'affiliates'. Watch this space ....
18 August 2001
We hail the return of that chair, that music and those
spotlights .... the BBC have formally announced the return to
television of the legendary quiz show Mastermind. The new
series will not, however, be hosted by Magnus Magnusson. Instead
the popular barrister turned TV star Clive Anderson will front.
Last seen on our TV screens in 1995, and since relegated to Radio
4, the show will initially make its reappearance on the digital Discovery
Channel. The 'Beeb' are hoping for viewing figures
around the million mark. If all goes well there is a possibility
the show can make a return to prime-time mainstream TV.
One advantage of the programme airing on digital TV is that
subscribers to Sky will be able to 'play-along' during the
general knowledge section of the programme. A selection of
multiple-choice answers will appear on an 'interactive' screen and
viewers will be able to post their high scores for others to admire.
Applications closed on 17th August & programme makers
have already begun interviews to select 96 contestants. A number
of Wise Old Owls 'clientele' have been seen and its hoped
at least one will make it onto the programme, which begins recording in
25th April 2001
For the second year in succession the Lee Brig Working Men's Club,
Altofts played host to the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League
The White Lion of Armley in Leeds defeated The Washington
of Sheffield to become our 2001 Champion of Champions.
In the final of the second annual Wise Old Owls Yorkshire League
Plate Knock-Out the Railway of Mirfield defeated The
Halfway House 'B' of Wyke.
7th March 2001
The Wise Old Owls regular season concludes and our five new conference
winners are established. Follow the next highlighted link to
view the season's final league tables.
Wednesday 14th March sees the initial stages of the cup competition
get under way. More details to follow.
13th February 2001
See story from 9.2.01; according to a Press Association report,
Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) have moved to allay fears
of massive fines for unlicensed pub pop quizzes.
A spokeswoman for PPL explained the license fee for a single pub quiz
is just £2.11 plus VAT. An annual subscription was also available
at a modest £160 plus VAT.
specialist companies wishing to produce compilation tapes for sale to
pubs & clubs etc., are required to obtain a commercial dubbing
license costing £10,000 p.a.!
9th February 2001
The death-knell of the pub pop-quiz is sounded, perhaps?
Reported in the UK media this week, Phonographic Performance Limited,
the people responsible for collecting play-fees for record
companies and musicians, have announced they are to crack-down on pubs
which do not pay for music used in pop quizzes. Anyone found using
music in a quiz on licensed premises will be liable to a fine - in
extreme cases this could run to £20,000!
4th February 2001
Details of the BBCTV 1000 to 1 competition, a quiz intended to
generate interest in this year's Comic Relief appeal, have now
been deleted from this site. Auditions have closed and filming
begun (concludes 10.2.01).
3rd January 2001
The second annual Steve
Crew Memorial Quiz was held at the Lee Brigg W.M.C.,
Altofts, West Yorkshire. The event, held in memory of a founder of the Wise
Old Owls who died in 1999, was won by the holders, Cellar
Bar of Batley.
More details here.
21 December 2000
After problems with Tripod's server - which prevented updating of
files etc. - the Wise Old Owls web-site gets back to
normal. Apologies to all those who encountered problems while
connecting to this site.
15 December 2000
Yorkshire quiz teams win the inaugural Roses Team Match-play
Held at the Horse & Jockey pub in Altofts, teams from
Lancashire and Yorkshire played in a series of team quizzes in which the
latter emerged victorious by two points to one.
A fine win in match 3 for a combined team from Astley Bridge
Conservative Club (Bolton Premier League) & the Royal
Exchange (Littleborough) over the Oddfellows (Halifax) was
not enough to turn matters round after two earlier defeats at the hands
of the Cellar Bar (Batley) and Lee Brigg Hotel (Altofts,
The evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and without
exception combatants look forward to a return meeting - which it
is hoped will involve even more teams next time.
15 November 2000
The 2000/2001 season of the Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Quiz League began
tonight. The Yorkshire League
pages carry full details of fixtures, results, and league tables, as
well as 'Stats & records' & an extensive 'FAQ' page.
28 August 2000
Our latest flirtation with TV 'stardom' (albeit pretty tenuous) is
described in our newest article, entitled 'The
People Versus' . It details issues surrounding the
programme & offers an insight arising out of our protracted and
frantic efforts to get on the show.
21 August 2000
One of our League's leading teams, The New Inn of Walton, nr
Wakefield (playing under the name 'Innuendo') have tonight
won their quarter final tie in BBC1's prime-time quiz show The
Syndicate. (Sadly they lost out in the
'semi. Nevertheless they can hold their heads high after a
magnificent overall performance - WELL DONE THE NEW INN !)
7 August 2000
Just added to the web site is our history
page. Upon this modest foundation we hope to build a
comprehensive picture of the origin of the quiz and its development down
the years. The first feature is an in depth look at what might
just be the first ever quiz book written in Britain, George A.
Birmingham's "Can You Answer This?", a collection of
2,000 questions, with rules for 'solo' and 'social' play, which was
first published in 1927.
23 July 2000
The Wise Old Owls are in discussion with officials
representing quiz leagues in the Rotherham, Sunderland and York areas,
with a view to staging a North of England Quiz Challenge.
We are now actively looking for sponsors to support the event.
Check back here for details (interested teams might drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Stop press - officials from a league in
Bolton have contacted us with proposals for a Roses Match.
We're keen to find teams willing to participate in such a contest.
Once more, interested parties please take note and get in touch!
5 July 2000
The Wise Old Owls Summer League kicks-off in Sheffield
tonight. Next Wednesday, 12th July, five teams in the Bradford
area will join an identical number in Sheffield in what is our second
mini-league summer series.
The format for this league is similar to our principal 'Winter
League' competition, although it is rather more relaxed. There
are no taxing individual questions to worry about!
Time permitting we will be posting-up some details as to how the two
leagues are progressing. Watch this space!
26 April 2000
The Branch Road Inn of Greetland, Halifax are the winners of
the 31st annual Champion of Champions knock-out competition.
They beat the New Inn of Walton, Wakefield by a convincing 83
points to 48.
In the inaugural Wise Old Owls Yorkshire Plate knock-out contest
the Lord Nelson of Crigglestone beat the Old Pack Horse 'B'
from Cleckheaton by 68 points to 50.
View the questions used on 26 April 2000.
26 April 2000
The Yorkshire Quiz League conference winners for the 1999/2000
season were presented with their trophies and certificates on 26 April.
View the season's final league tables here.
24 April 2000
To mark the end of our Yorkshire Quiz League's 'millennium
season', we've launched our new Stats & Records page.
View the highs & lows here.
20 April 2000
There's no money to be won here (well, no real money that is),
but you might enjoy a visit to Andrew Davies' "Not
The Who Want's To Be A Millionaire" page. On his recently
re-vamped 'Triv.com' site, Andrew has devised a Java applet which mimics
the format of the hit TV show - well almost, you don't have to sit
opposite Chris Tarrant!