Quiz Bowl Blogpost #2: The World Quizzing Championship

In 2016, I played in the World Quizzing Championship for the fourth time–and won the Boulder, Colorado subregional for the fourth time. Yay me. 😃

It’s free to play; just show up the first Saturday in June at a location near you at the appointed time. You get 1 hour to answer 120 questions, divided into 4 general categories. Then you switch papers with someone and grade them. After a short break, you get another hour to answer another 120 questions in 4 other categories. The lowest score of the 8 categories is dropped, and the other 7 are added to get your total score. Thus, a perfect score is 210. My general goal is to score more than half, which I have done 3 of the 4 years, including 2016.

It’s a lot of fun every year to see what you know–and usually a little embarrassment to see how much you don’t know, how much you do/should know/have heard of but can’t remember, and how many more you would get right if you read every word in the question very carefully 😠

Yet, my WQC score of 115 was 159th out of more than 2,500 people, so I still did really well. 💪 The bad news is, there’s a lot of work needed to get higher than that. Looking at recent questions, I do well on physical science, chess and Norse myth but still need to learn animals, international sports, and world geography–among other things.

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