TV quiz show Eggheads has launched a free masterclass where the cult programme’s resident brainboxes will share their tricks of the trade.
The at-home masterclass video features four of the eight greatest quiz champions in Britain.
It is packed with tips from the Channel 5 Eggheads about how to pit your wits against other teams, boost your general knowledge and best prepare.
The stars came to the rescue after research found millions of Brits feel they lack the confidence to take part in pub quizzes.
Zoom quiz nights boomed in popularity during the pandemic but now real-life pub quizzes are back on the menu, 14 percent of men and women are too shy to take part.
And while eight in ten consider the pub quiz to be a British cultural institution, 62 percent would not be confident to apply for a quiz show due to their lack of self-esteem when it comes to general knowledge.
Another 58 percent admitted they don’t do any research before a pub quiz night.
Despite a plummeting self-confidence in their abilities, 50 percent named the social aspect as the best bit about taking part in a quiz, while only 28 percent prefer winning.
The number one “no-no” when at a pub quiz is giving away the answer, with 57 percent voting that speaking too loudly is a definite avoid for amateur quizzers.
Other “must-nots” include drinking excess alcohol, cheating, spending too long on an answer and having messy handwriting.
It also emerged that Brits’ favourite quiz night subject is general knowledge (47 percent) and music (31 percent).
And the best pub quiz names include Quizzer of Oz, Let’s Get Quizzical and Norfolk And Good.
The research, carried out via OnePoll, also named David Attenborough, Sir Trevor McDonald, Carol Vorderman, Brian Cox and Anne Hegerty as the top celeb quiz team mates.
The full masterclass-style video is available to watch here.
Eggheads is on Channel 5, weekdays at 6:30pm – visit here for more information.
THE EGGHEADS’ TOP QUIZZING TIPS:
Judith Keppel – the first person to win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and the only female winner – on how to prepare for a quiz night and retain knowledge;
- “The most important thing is to read newspapers – you don’t need to read the whole article, but read the headlines.”
- “Become aware of what makes a good quiz question, and I do crossword puzzles, both cryptic and general knowledge, which is a form of brain training.”
- “You can never be over-prepared for a quiz – you can never know enough and you can’t possibly know everything. So just keep learning.”
Kevin Ashman, who still holds the highest record score on Mastermind, on tackling areas of weakness;
- “Tackling areas of weakness is not rocket science – even if it is rocket science.
- “Do not avoid your weak subjects. You may not feel entirely comfortable with them, but it makes a difference if you can visit some sites associated with that subject.
- “For example, in the case of science, maybe a visit to a science museum – who knows what you might find there that would pique your interest?
- “There are certain things that just come up again and again so they really are amongst the first things you need to look at. One of those is the periodic table.
- “Science is something that not everybody is particularly happy with to begin with, but if you learn the periodic table, that’s a very useful thing and can give you an entry into all kinds of other aspects of science.
- “Find your curiosity, build on it, don’t be afraid of your weak areas.”
Lisa Taylor on choosing your quiz team;
- “Try and build a team where you’re covering a lot of different areas of knowledge.
- “Bring in your classicists and your heavy metal enthusiasts and juxtapose with your scientists and your foodies.
- “You’ve got to make sure that you’ve covered as many bases as possible with the people that you’ve got.
- “Make sure that the people that you are quizzing with are people that you know and trust and can have a proper good discussion with.
- “It’s better to have people who think like you, and whose brain works like yours because it’s so much easier to work with them.”
Pat Gibson’s insider knowledge on how to keep calm under pressure;
- “Pressure arises if you really want to win and dealing with that pressure is important.
- “Panicking doesn’t help. If it did, I would recommend it.
- “I don’t think I’m terribly superstitious, apart from being fed, rested and watered prior to a quiz.”