David Edwards writes:

On Wednesday 20th May, the League was pleased to welcome its President, Geoff Mumford of Burton Bridge Brewery to present the trophies and certificates for our 2014-2015 season. The trophies, as well as the evening’s buffet, were kindly sponsored by the Brewery.

The winners and runners-up of the DPQL competitions for 2014-15 were:

DPQL_2014_2015 Results

Also, a Chairman’s special “Low Maintenance” certificate was awarded to the Black Cow, Dalbury Lees, who, in spite of never figuring among the strongest teams, support and participate in all League events, always afford their visiting teams a warm welcome, and as individuals make invaluable behind-the-scenes contributions to the successful continuance of the League.

Brain of Derbyshire

The League is grateful to Steve Cooke of the Blue Stoops for setting, as is customary for the previous year’s winner, all the evening’s questions. Almost forty, an unprecedented turnout, participated in the preliminary competition.

The leading eight, who advanced to the buzzer semi-finals were:

DPQL_2014_2015 Brain of Derbyshire

and the scores in the semi-finals and final were:

  • Semi-Final A
    Les Hurst 12
    Ashton Davies 10
    Dave Edwards 9
    Roger Springthorpe 6
  • Semi-Final B
    Chris Jones 16
    Gordon Taylor 7*
    Colin Ferguson 7*
    Chris Willis 3
  • Final (see photograph below)
    Les Hurst 25
    Chris Jones 15
    Ashton Davies 8
    Gordon Taylor 6

So, Les Hurst of Ilkeston becomes the 2015 “Brain of Derbyshire” with the reward of a cup and the dubious privilege of setting next year’s questions.

Steve had questions for everyone, and those not reaching the semi-finals entered a Fifteen-to-One style quiz, which was won by Liz Banks of the JCB Lakeside Club, Rocester.

2015BoD_FinalLeft to right: Chris Jones, Les Hurst, Ashton Davies, Gordon Taylor (Click to enlarge)


DPQL Presentation Evening & BofD report 2015 (Full Report)

Forget Cheryl’s birthday.

Can you do the maths puzzle for Vietnamese eight-year-olds that has stumped parents and teachers?(Guardian)

Incidentally, we have a new Brain of Derbyshire after Wednesday’s Awards and Quiz Night. Thanks to the Royal Oak, Ockbrook for hosting, and to Geoff Mumford of the Burton Bridge Brewery for his sponsorship of, the event.


Just a brief “eve of event” reminder that the Presentation evening and “Brain of Derbyshire” individual competition is tomorrow night from 8:00pm at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook with a buffet and quizzing opportunities for all.


Want to Revise?

University Challenge: Are these the 20 toughest questions Jeremy Paxman has ever asked? (Telegraph)

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Hosted by Shane Richie, pairs of contestants get to choose the dream prizes that make up their wish list and in order to take them home, they have to ask and answer a series of questions. But they’ll have to be quick – they need to beat the floor if they want to win their wish list!

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Win Your Wish List Application Form

All applicants must be aged 18 or over and the closing date is 1st June 2015.

City nicknames: which do you know?

The world’s hardest geography quiz

Which famous film locations do you know?

Now let us turn from the Telegraph’s obsession with geography to some of their other recent quizzes:-

Test your spelling, punctuation and grammar

Turner Prize nominee or load of old rubbish?

Match the football club’s ground to the 2015 general election results. (Guardian)

Children’s poetry quiz: finish the line (Guardian)

Our congratulations to the Scarthin Crumbles who, on Tuesday 12th May, became the first winners of the Derbyshire Literature Festival’s Book Quiz at Arkwright’s Cromford Mills.

Are you organising a quiz for a good cause/charity? Let us know and we’ll try to mention it on this DPQL website.

Does anyone know why all the great authors who were also footballers such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Albert Camus a) played in goal, and b) also had first names beginning with ‘A’? Or is this an example of apophenia in question-setting?

The 2014-2015 season ends with the Brain of Derbyshire event and the DPQL Presentation Night at the Royal Oak, Ockbrook on Wednesday 20th, May.

The Brain of Derbyshire event is open to anyone within the League’s remit, not just League players. Please email if you are a non-member who would like to participate.

Provisional start-time: 8pm.


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