The Best Quiz Round Ideas, From Funny To Challenging To Mortally Embarrassing (2022)

Oh boy. Here we go again, again. The third national lockdown looks like it's going to stretch into the middle distance, and any chances of seeing our mates and families are definitively on ice. Even the tiniest crumbs of a sesh have been dashed from our hands. The closest we're likely to get is to dust off the questions we thought we'd put away for the time being and gird ourselves to host a Zoom quiz. Again.

Ten months into this whole palaver, it's getting harder and harder to keep things fresh on that front. 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).

Of course, we’re not going to patronise you like other ‘Quiz Round Ideas’ articles on the internet. Chances are you’ve already considered adding a picture or music round to proceedings. We respect you too much to waste your valuable time like that. You need something fun, inventive and, most importantly, challenging. Some of the below options may require a little bit of research, but the effort will pay off. We promise.


The Google Translate Lyrics Round

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Think of this as a 2021 refit of Chinese whispers. All you do is take a lyric from a song and run it back and forth through Google Translate a few times, then get your players to guess what song the garbled string of words you've got left are the lyrics to.

Let's try a simple example: "Yes, I take my horse in the street of the old town. I'm going to ride until I can no longer bear it." Yes, of course, it's 'Old Town Road' by Lil Nas X.

If you really want to jumble things take it to Korean, Japanese or Swahili: "Horsemen, tone town street. I can't stand it anymore." It's kind of like going on holiday, in the least satisfying way possible.


The How Well Do You Know Your Friends Round

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There's nothing more entertaining than discovering a friend's long-hidden bad opinion, and this should winkle out a few of them. Get each of your players to answer a different question about something – which of a few mutual friends you'd be happiest to go on the run with after a bank heist, for instance, or who you'd trust most to give you a lockdown haircut – and get them to record their answer in a voice note that they send over before you gather for the quiz itself. The quiz element here is incidental, but there's a very appealing theatrical element to the reveal and it should spark off some arguments.


The 'Does It Float?' Round

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This game has been around since the 16th century, though the stakes have admittedly lessened since then. Chances are you’ve taken all of the context you need from the title, but: present your contestants with a number of different objects and ask them to guess whether they A. float, or B. do not float. It should be a simple round, but there’s some trickery you can employ to make sure it isn’t. A screwed up ball of tin foil does not float, but fashion it into a little boat and… ta-da! Apples float, potatoes do not. A pencil floats, and a comb does not. It’s hours of fun, a great round, and has the added benefit of making your contestants feel incredibly stupid.

You have two options: either test the objects beforehand (the cowardly method) or you can actually do a live demonstration through your camera. The latter will necessitate filling the bath/sink up with water and then positioning your computer on a stool or chair, near the large body of water. It really adds an element of danger to proceedings. Quick question: do laptops float?

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The 'Who's That Meme' Round

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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).

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. Check it out here


The 'What Happened Next?' Round

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.

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.


The 'Wipeout' Round

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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.


The 'Political Face-Swap' Round

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This one is very simple and very, very funny. Use the extremely impressive face-swapping website Reflect Tech 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.

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.


The 'Mandela Effect' Round

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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 check out a big list of examples here.

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.


The 'Turkish Remakes' Round

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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 Oz, 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.


The 'Terrible Recorder Covers' Round

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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. Start with this one and browse from there.


The 'Old Social Media Status' Round

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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.


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.


The 'McDonald's' Round

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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.


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

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


The 'Is This Trump Tweet Real?' Round

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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.


The 'Prestige TV Background' Round

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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.


The 'Celebrity Tattoo' Round

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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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How to create a quiz
  1. Create an advanced poll.
  2. Click the button and click Make a quiz and set correct answers.
  3. Click set answer shown on each question.
  4. Select which answer(s) you want to be the correct option.
  5. Click Done.
  6. Repeat for each question.
  7. Click Save.
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How many legs does a quiz? ›

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Final Round (Rapid Fire)

Each team will give 5 questions to answer within the time limit of 50 seconds. 10 marks for the correct answer and negative 5 marks for the wrong or no answer. Question will be changed for every 10 seconds. 2 teams are to be selected as Winners and Runners.

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Quizmaster are masters of pace, among other things. Avoid trying to get through everything too quickly, but don't be too slow either. Finding the perfect balance is the key to being a successful quizmaster. Watch the audience and try to get a feel for how things are going.

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How many rounds should a pub quiz have? ›

A good quiz should be between four and eight rounds of 10 questions each and include a mixture of different rounds. Be careful not to give it too much of a human rights focus or you might end up alienating those who aren't active campaigners.

How do you make fun virtual quizzes? ›

Read each question and option out loud

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How many legs does a quiz? ›

How many legs does a jackal have? Jackals, a cousin of wolves and dogs, have four legs.

How do I run successfully quiz? ›

How to organise a great quiz
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  2. Set it up properly. You're not playing for the town hall clock, so don't make the questions too hard. ...
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  4. Have a routine, and go slow.

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A questioning; esp., a short oral or written examination to test knowledge.

How do you make a student quiz? ›

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How long should a quiz last? ›

If you have an evening devoted to a quiz, whether a corporate event or a pub quiz, somewhere between 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 hours is ideal – I'd probably plump for 2 hours of quizzing with a break in the middle.

How can I spice up my pub quiz? ›

A good variety of questions gives everyone a chance to participate. The best pub quiz questions are ones that give everyone a chance of answering. Audio/visual games, using handouts or your pub music system are also a good way to shake up the formula and keep the quiz feeling fresh.

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How many legs do animals have? ›

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