The Best Quiz Round Ideas, From Funny To Challenging To Mortally Embarrassing

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It’s getting harder and harder to host a Zoom quiz. Every readymade list of questions on the internet has been plundered a million times over by now, we all know what a group of crows is called, and we’re all being forced to get more creative with our round ideas. But going off-piste is scary, and that’s why we’re here to guide you.

We’ve already told you how to lay the best foundation for a successful quiz, but the fun lies in the questioning. Avoid fatigue by taking inspiration from the list below, and truly earn your quizmaster stripes (a totally useless skill outside of this specific circumstance).

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1 The 'Who's That Meme' Round
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New Statesman

On our timelines and in the popular imagination, the stars of viral internet memes are frozen in time. But did you know that these men, women and children age just like everyone else? It’s true! The Success Kid is now a Success Man, and Charlie is no longer biting fingers (you would have thought).

im电竞官网-There are hundreds of articles across the internet dedicated to tracking down these former viral stars, and it makes for a challenging ‘Who’s That Meme?’ round. Just post a up-to-date picture of the person in question and ask people to guess. We recommend the New Statesman’s ‘Living the Meme’ series for photos.

2 The 'What Happened Next?' Round

im电竞官网-Raid your Twitter/YouTube likes and WhatsApp chats for viral videos and host them in your quiz, pressing pause at a pivotal moment. Then ask your participants to take a swing at what happens next in the video. Better yet, provide multiple choice options.

im电竞官网-Piece of advice: make sure the videos aren’t too... grim. If the answer is ‘everyone perishes!’ then it’s probably a little too dark for a Wednesday night Zoom quiz tbqhwy. And stop watching those videos.

3 The 'Wipeout' Round
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BBC

Simple, but deadly. Each question has binary answers (yes/no, before/after etc) as well as the option to pass. Your contestants can pass as many questions as they like, or pick between the two multiple choice answers, but here’s the catch: if they get one wrong, they get zero for the entire round.

You’d think they would only answer on the questions they know for certain, but as Chris Tarrant knows only too well, people simply can’t resist a 50:50. Make sure the questions are familiar enough that people will be tempted to take a shot, but difficult enough that it could easily bring their kingdom crashing down. WA-WA-WA-WA-WA-WIIIIIIIPEOOOUUUUTTTTT.

4 The 'Political Face-Swap' Round
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Esquire

This one is very simple and very, very funny. Use the extremely impressive face-swapping website to combine a friend’s face with a politician’s, and then ask players to guess which head of state/disgraced back-bencher has been given the morph treatment.

im电竞官网-The only difficulty of this round is judging your contestants’ historical knowledge and adjusting your questions accordingly. Winston Churchill is far too easy, but a face-swap with Bill Rodgers, the Secretary of State for Transport (1976–1979), is far too hard, so you’ve got to find a fair middle ground that provides a challenge without wandering into wonk territory.

It doesn’t need to be contained to politics, of course. You could opt for famous figures in artwork, or sportspeople, or celebrities. Anyone, really. The site very occasionally has trouble with eyes and teeth, so opt for another picture if that’s the case.

5 The 'Mandela Effect' Round
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Monopoly

The Mandela Effect is a strange phenomenon in which swathes of people across the world share the same false memory. It was named after the common belief that Nelson Mandela died and had a televised funeral in the Eighties, despite the fact he actually passed away in 2013. Other examples include the widely held untruth that the Monopoly Man wears a monocle, and that US comedian Sinbad starred as a genie in a Nineties movie called Shazaam. As you can imagine, these instances are ripe for quiz treatment, and you can .

What makes this round all the more gratifying is that players will inevitably contest every answer and then be forced to issue a grovelling apology.

6 The 'Turkish Remakes' Round
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theNerdPatrol/Flickr

The Turkish film Industry (Yeşilçam) has a proud history of completely ripping off Hollywood blockbusters and spending less than a tenner in the process. From Superman to the Wizard of Ozim电竞官网-, there’s a low-quality, frequently hilarious homage available to watch on YouTube. Play clips in your quiz and let your friends take a stab at what box office hit is having its intellectual copyright flagrantly violated.

7 The 'Terrible Recorder Covers' Round
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im电竞官网-Music rounds – as long as every member of your quiz party has steady WiFi and functioning speakers – are a lot of fun. Of course, you could opt for the tried-and-tested intros approach (stressful, requires you to press pause at just the right time like a schmuck), but we’ve got a better suggestion: recorder covers.

YouTube is awash with terrible and hilarious covers of classic songs played on the most maligned member of the woodwind family, the recorder, and they’re perfect fodder for ‘name that song’ rounds. Just when you think you might have it, the musician will accidentally emit a screeching note that bamboozles your brain. and browse from there.

8 The 'Old Social Media Status' Round
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Twitter

im电竞官网-Delve through your friends’ Facebook and Twitter feeds to screenshot their most embarrassing and/or mystifying statuses and ask people to guess who wrote them. They should be far enough in the past – 2007 is a good vintage – that even the perpetrator themselves will have forgotten or buried it deep in their subconscious. (Nothing that could potentially get them cancelled, though, unless it’s just too funny to pass up).

Alternatively, you could focus in on the old, ill-considered tweets of celebrities – but then you’d have to to provide some kind of clue to help out your players. Or you could give them multiple choice answers. Or not. It’s your life.

9 The 'Boulangerie/Patisserie' Round
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Everyone considers themselves a master baker these days. They make one passable loaf of bread, upload it to Instagram stories and suddenly they’re an expert. Are we just bitter that we couldn’t join in because the shops ran out of sourdough starter? No. The point is, we must show them up for the phonies they truly are.

Post a picture of an obscure French bread, pastry or cake – un mille-feuille perhaps, or un bon savarin – and watch as they squirm. If you opt for multiple choice then you can make up some French pastry names, which is surprisingly fun.

10 The 'McDonald's' Round
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McDonald's

McDonald’s regularly tests out new menu items in different countries. Some of them look good, some of them very much do not, and most of them feature an egg that has absolutely no reason being there. But the weird thing is, the cultural background of the dish doesn’t always correspond with where it’s being road-tested. That’s what makes the McDonald’s-around-the-world round so challenging.

Post a picture of a lesser-known McDonald’s dish from fryers past – Austria’s ‘McNoodles’ maybe, or Hong Kong's ‘Twisty Pasta Breakfast’ – and ask players to guess where it was sold. The more ill-conceived and doomed-looking the better, of course.

11 The 'Was Dennis Bergkamp's Goal Against Newcastle A Fluke?' Round

We’ll let you decide the correct answer. (The answer is no).

12 The 'Is This Trump Tweet Real?' Round
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Donald Trump/Twitter

A chance to flex your creative muscles and destroy your brain in the process. Copy and paste some of Donald Trump’s lesser-known Twitter ramblings and then come up with a few of your own, making sure to study his language and cadence (a lot of exclamation marks, frequent ALL-CAPS, riddled with typos, @-ing the wrong person). If you get that right, this round is downright impossible.

13 The 'Prestige TV Background' Round
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Mad Men

When we’re watching TV (approximately 12 hours a day at this point) it’s easy to focus on characters and plot points and ultimately ignore the décor. Not only is that a great affront to hard-working set designers across the world, but it also presents the perfect opportunity for a can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it quiz round.

It’s quite simple. Display a piece of scenery from a famous show and ask players to place it. You could opt for Don Draper’s conversation pit (easy), the offices of Succession’s Waystar Royco (moderately hard) or go way more niche. Check out some high-res options – from Mad Men to Breaking Bad to Buffy the Vampire Slayer – here.

14 The 'Celebrity Tattoo' Round
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Keystone FeaturesGetty Images

im电竞官网-Not only do celebrities have terrible tattoos just like you and me, but they’ve actually got a lot more of them. And get this: their bad taste was never held back by a lack of funds or the threat of being laughed at by their horrible mates. As such, they tend to keep them hidden as much as possible – which makes identifying the tattoo-haver in a Zoom quiz all the harder.

Download a celebrity image and crop into the tattoo, making sure to include anything too identifiable (their face; their name in block capitals etc) and you’re good to go. To help your contestants out, it might also be a good idea to include an anonymous quote from the celebrity explaining the reasoning behind their ink, which can often be more embarrassing than the tattoo itself.

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