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Getting quizzical at home

By martin booth, Tuesday Mar 24, 2020

A primary school teacher-turned-quizmaster has come up with an innovative way to save his business and encourage people to be sociable during the UK’s lockdown.

Sam Munnings was faced with losing all his income after pubs and bars were told to close due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead of going to the pub, teams can now take part in Sam’s quizzes from the comfort of their own living rooms using video calls.

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Sam, who used to teach at Holymead Primary School in Brislington, organises pub quizzes in more than 30 venues across Bristol and the South West, including the Knowle, the Hare on the Hill in Kingsdown and the White Lion in Westbury-on-Trym.

“Our quizzes are fun and interactive and I wanted to find a way to carry that on whilst people are social distancing, so I have worked out a way to transfer that format online with the use of a video conferencing app,” said Sam.

“We like to think we are putting the social into social distancing!”

Let’s Get Quizzical are now hosting daily virtual quizzes at 7.30pm each evening using the Zoom online conferencing app.

Private afternoon quizzes are also available for groups of family and friends who are separated.

Main photo by Mary Jones

Read more: Coronavirus live updates, March 24 2020: UK goes into lockdown

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