Here’s a moral question for you to consider. When setting a quiz have you ever been tempted to give an answer to a question which you know to be wrong, secure in the knowledge that if anyone makes a fuss you can hide behind the old adage “The Question Master is always right “ ?
I hasten to add that I have never done this myself, although I freely admit that I have given out wrong answers from time to time due to ignorance, carelessness, or incorrect information in my sources. No, probably the worst lie I told wasn't in a quiz at all. It was when I told a girl at university that I had been the large cub scout who ate his packed lunch on a roller coaster in “Jim’ll Fix It” However that was all a long time ago, and not really anything to do with the issue in hand.
I’m doing the second part of a two week stint as question master in the rugby club tomorrow night, and I’ve just been putting the finishing touches to the quiz. I’m going to ask a bit of an old chestnut –
Which piece of music has been requested most times on “Desert Island Discs ?”
I remember asking it about 10 years ago, and giving the teams 4 options – “I’m Not In Love” by 10CC – “Winter” from Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons – “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven – and “When I’m Cleaning Windows” by George Formby. It’s the Beethoven one of course. Last time I asked it IIRC about 4 teams actually went for the George Formby song, and I have to admit that for a minute or so I did seriously consider going with that answer tomorrow night to see if I could get away with it.
Don’t worry. I am not going to make a mockery of my self-appointed role as question master. Laugh though it undoubtedly would be. However it does beg the question – we’ve all played in quizzes where the QM has got something wrong. But have you ever played in one where you are absolutely certain that the QM has deliberately given a wrong answer – or – have you ever set a quiz yourself where you have deliberately given a wrong answer ? I’d love to hear from you if you have.