Sunday, 27 July 2008

QUICKSILVER - Stop the Lights

Quiz Master: Quicksilver - Bunny Carr

Take the QUIZ!

I mentioned this show recently to an anonymous Irish blogger who had never heard of it so I've taken it upon myself to educate the world at large to the Irish phenomenon known as 'Quicksilver'.

This quiz show was on Irish TV (RTE) and started in the late sixties with old money shillings and farthings etc. In the seventies the budget was so low the questions started at 2p (= 3 cents approx) and climbed to 5p, 10p, 50p £1, £5 and reached a max top jackpot of £10 Irish punts (currency we used before we sucked the EU dry and before Bertie Ahern starred in that movie/documentary 'Celtic Tiger, Hidden Euros')

Contestants had to answer three questions correctly. They could pass on one question by shouting "Stop the Lights!'' A phrase still used in slang and jest in Ireland today.
Norman Metcalfe who played the organ in an effort to give clues was also a classic touch.

It became a cult hit because it was so bad, it was hilarious. The answers the contestants gave to some questions are still the stuff made of legend.

e.g. Q: Name a famous bridge? A: The Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Now YOU can take the QUICKSILVER quiz below and win 20 Euros!
- just 10 short multiple choice questions..BUT..........

  • Wait for the quiz widget to load below - be patient
  • IMPORTANT: The CORRECT answer in this quiz is what the contestant gave as a response - remember that!
  • When you finish the quiz click 'Send Result'
  • When you finish the quiz - Refresh this page to view answers in the widget.

Competition Rules:
The winner shall be deemed to be the person with a 100% score on the quiz (remember to click 'Send Score') who also emails me via the 'Contact Me' button top right of my site with the correct answers. Payment of 20 Euros will be sent via PayPal - no exceptions. In the event of multiple i.e. joint winners Quickroute will decide the winner by random selection - Good Luck and remember it's a game!

Looking for the Quiz? - It's directly above so scroll up and wait for it to load.
Looking for the answers? - Refresh this page after you take the quiz and you'll see the answers coloured green in the widget.

Have any problems taking the quiz - let me know by leaving a comment

Tag: QUICKSILVER, Stop the Lights, Bunny Carr, Norman Metcalfe, Irish Quiz show,Irish quizzes,
Remember to spread the word and send others over here to try and win the prize!

Tags: RTE Quicksilver TV Quiz Show, Bunny Carr.
UPDATE: I just found some vintage video on YouYube - Enjoy!


Megan July 26, 2008 2:41 am  

I have to sober up before I can do this.

Xbox4NappyRash July 26, 2008 5:58 am  

Oh lord, I didn't read it right and got 1 out of 10.

AND... In defence of that poor anonymous blogger, it was before his time...

Baino July 26, 2008 5:05 pm  

Haha totally sucked in! 0%! Well I didn't need the 20 Euro anyhoo! That'll teach me to 'skim'

Queen Goob July 26, 2008 9:57 pm didn't load for me. I'll come back tomorrow to see if I am able to take the quiz then.

iWalk July 26, 2008 11:57 pm  

That Quiz Master seems like a old style gentleman.haha.:)

Quickroute July 27, 2008 11:37 pm  

@ Xbox: The youth of today - so much to learn about Irish history!

@ Baino: Caveat Emptor - or something like that!

@ Queen Goob: If it forst you don't succeed!

@ Iwalk: definitely old school gentleman

@ Roy: Norman will play a tune to give you a clue!

@ Megan: you are at a distinct disavantage - there's an Irish slant to this quiz!

Nomadic Matt July 28, 2008 4:26 am  

so unrelated.....but i saw batman and it was AWESOME. about twenty minutes to long but it was so good. heath ledger was really good....deserves it all.

VE July 28, 2008 6:48 pm  

Can I save time and just elect to answer 'C' to all of them?

Quickroute July 30, 2008 6:44 pm  

@ Nomadic Matt: Yeah Batman ROCKS!

@ VE: OK - Sorry you are the weakest link!

Anonymous,  August 01, 2008 1:38 am  

60%! Cool! I even got the Taj Mahal one. I said birthday suit for the beech one - sicked over that. Sicked, I tell ya.

Quickroute August 01, 2008 12:54 pm  

@ Primal That's most likely the highest score so far. So you're a nude bather then!

Caro August 06, 2008 3:38 am  

Brilliant! I got 70%!

Fell over laughing at the Gandhi one.

Quickroute August 06, 2008 10:06 am  

@Caro : I well impressed - you're top of the leader board!

Caro August 07, 2008 5:41 am  

I can think like an idiot. Er... I mean...

Quickroute August 07, 2008 10:28 am  

@ Caro: That's a unique skillset as long as young can turn it on and off!

Anonymous,  August 12, 2008 10:26 am  

Quicksilver was broadcast first in the late 60s

Anonymous,  August 12, 2008 10:30 am  

Other infamous answers to Quicksilver questions:

Q Which profession do you associate with Fleet Street?


Q Where is the Taj Mahal?

A Across the road from the Lincoln Inn

Quickroute August 12, 2008 12:59 pm  

@ Anonymous: Thanks for the clarification - I saw some references to shillings and farthings alright - practically prehistoric then! I'd forgotton about the ESB one - classic!

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