Could You Win an Episode of “QI”?

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Zoe Samuel

6 Min Quiz

You can choose one of your opponents. Who do you choose?

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When you go a dinner party, what is your go-to anecdote?

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How would you win over Sandi Toksvig?

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An image has come up on the big screens and you find it very distracting! What is it?

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What is your favourite Latin phrase?

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What was the subject of the last documentary that you watched?

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How do you prefer to learn knowledge?

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What sort of holidays do you like to go on?

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When you play "Articulate," how often do you say the word?

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Can you keep a secret?

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Are you a Member of The Magic Circle?

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What is the fastest living thing in nature?

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How do you train to hit your buzzer promptly?

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The nerds have come and their live demo has gone wrong! What do you do?

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Someone in the audience calls out what they think is the answer, but no one else on stage has noticed. Do you take credit for knowing it?

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What is your secret weapon?

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How would you describe your education?

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Would you make an alliance with another player to win?

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How many moons does the Earth have?

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Were you that kid who always puts their hand up in class?

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When you forgot your homework, how would you tell your teacher when you arrived at school?

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What is the most challenging job you've ever had?

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How did you come to be on the show?

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Do you know any clean jokes?

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Someone gives the answer you were about to give! How do you feel?

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In which area are you an expert?

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A field full of sheep has freaked out. What is the most likely explanation?

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How often do you go to the pub on trivia night?

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Where on your person would you conceal a crib sheet for the show?

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You set off the klaxon three times in a row. Would you give up at that point?

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About This Quiz

One's goal on "QI" is generally to survive and score higher than Alan Davies. Once that bar is met, the strategy needed for victory varies depending on one's strengths and how one fits into the panel.

It may appear that guests on "QI" match wits with Stephen Fry or Sandi Toksvig, respectively, but in fact, the show uses a team of researchers to summon up the quite interesting facts needed to make the QI Master seem like a genius. Of course, knowing the right answers does not guarantee victory. Most "QI" victors rely on a blend of raw knowledge and the ability to poke fun at one's own ignorance. When a panelist does not know the answer, their best course of action is to be funny about it, and perhaps elicit a clue from the QI Master so they can win.

Alan Davies is both very funny and very smart, but something about the format of "QI" somehow manages to trip him into the traps set by the researchers, earning frequent klaxons and even more frequently, dismal scores. Striking the right balance of correct answers and the right type of incorrect answers is thus the key to winning an episode of "QI." Do you have what it takes?

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