TRIVIA TRICKERY: How to control and prevent cheating at your trivia events

Cheating has the potential of ruining a great trivia night, but if handled properly, it’s easy to stop it before it starts.


PREVENTING CHEATERS
Prevention is your first step in making sure you host a fair and fun trivia night.

While some hosts hold on to players’ phones during events, we don’t recommend this. Not only is there a liability issue if a phone is lost or damaged while in your possession but people typically balk at the idea of handing over something that has essentially become an extra appendage.

Here are a few options we recommend to prevent cheating before it starts:

1) “SHAME” the players before the game begins.
That sounds harsh but it works. We make a very big point to address cheating when we discuss the rules before the event begins. Clearly stating that cheating won’t be tolerated (and how “uncool” it is) deters the majority of people who might have the urge to look something up. Remind players of this rule every few rounds.

2) Have the players “SELF-POLICE”.
Tell them to keep an eye on each other and to make sure cheating isn’t going on around them. IMPORTANT NOTE: we suggest asking players to tell YOU if they notice something, not to confront the other team directly.

3) If you have done the above yet still feel that cheating might be a problem, you can BAN the use of CELL PHONES during rounds.
This is still hard to regulate and won’t prevent cheating between rounds (like when they are working on their picture rounds) or bathroom-break cheating but it will make spotting cheaters easier since fewer phones will be out.

 

CATCHING CHEATERS
Having said all that, it’s generally pretty easy to spot cheaters.

People tend to get the courage to cheat after the first round, typically due to embarrassment over a low score. For example, going from getting two questions right in one round to a perfect score in the next is certainly a red flag. This doesn’t always mean the team is cheating but if a shift in scores like this happens, be aware. Keep an eye on their table and see if players are using phones in a way that might indicate they are cheating. As mentioned in the prevention tips above, other teams may also tell you they saw people on their phones looking up answers.

 

CONFRONTING CHEATERS
If you do catch someone cheating, it usually only takes one conversation to put it to an end.

We like to approach the team in a way that does not place judgment on them, but gives them the benefit of the doubt. Just saying something like “I want to remind you that you can’t look up answers during the quiz” usually does the trick. Don’t ever intimidate, use the word “cheat” or make them feel stupid. They know that they shouldn’t be doing it, all you are doing is letting them know you noticed. If it happens a second time, and you are sure they were cheating, we typically suggest disqualifying them from the game.

These tips should help keep your game honest. Above all, remind players that the game is supposed to be fun and cheating takes away from that.

Good luck and happy quizzin’!

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What happened last night… 12.1.16

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SCORES
?1st place: Bangarang – 6400 – won $90!
?2nd place: Endangered Feces – 6000
?3rd place: Electra & the Daddy Issues – 5900 

SCORES CONTINUED
Sweatpants Boner – 5800
The Flying Deloreans – 5700
Tit’s Ahoy! – 5500
Space Coyote – 5000
East of the Mason Dixon – 4500
Dead Last – 4100

STANDINGS
1st: Bangarang – 39    
2nd: Endangered Feces – 24   
3rd: Space Coyote –  19  
…Electra & the Daddy Issues are right behind @ 18 pts!  


BONUS QUESTION
Q  What is a quinquennium? 
A  A period of five years. 

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 Team      Bangarang       They got it      Wrong       Pot =      $150     



What happened last night…?!?! 11.29.16

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SCORES 
?1st place: Grumpus! – 5800 – Won $60!! 
?2nd place: Morning After Pilsner – 5700  
?3rd place: Sweatpants Boner – 5300  

SCORES CONTINUED
Just Rich n Dan – 5200
Duke It Out – 5100
Sweaty Potato Fries – 4900

STANDINGS
1st: Morning After Pilsner – 33 
2nd: Duke It Out – 29 
3rd: Sweatpants Boner – 16 

BONUS QUESTION
  Q   While these 85 articles and essays were written by
Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay,
they were published under the pseudonym “Publius”? 

  A                                  Federalist papers                                    

GUESSING TEAM:    Morning After Pilsner 
THEY GOT IT:  Wrong  
BONUS JACKPOT =  $250!  



 

What happened last night…?!?! 11.22.16

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SCORES 
?1st place: Get Out of Yale Free Card – 6600 – Won $100!! 
?2nd place: Morning After Pilsner – 5600  
?2nd place: Sweaty Potato Fries – 5600   
?3rd place: Truffle Shuffles – 4700  

?3rd place: Trivia Newton John – 4700  

SCORES CONTINUED
Sweatpants Boner – 4300
Temple Beth Grohl – 4100
Dirty Mike and the Boys – 4100
Deez Nutz – 3900
CIAA – 3800

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STANDINGS
1st: Morning After Pilsner – 30 
2nd: Upenn The Floodgates – 28 
3rd: Sweatpants Boner – 14
 Trivia Newton John & Whiskey Business are close w/12 pts! 

BONUS QUESTION
  Q   What is the longest river in Wales? 

  A                                                               Severn                                                                

 

GUESSING TEAM:    Get Out of Yale Free Card  
THEY GOT IT:  Wrong 
BONUS JACKPOT =  $200  

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What happened last night… 11.17.16

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SCORES
?1st place: Space Coyote – 6300 – won $70!
?2nd place: Endangered Feces – 6200
?2nd place: Bangarang – 6200
?3rd place: Hamsbollah – 5900

SCORES CONTINUED
Electra & the Daddy Issues – 4500
The Flying Deloreans – 4500
Shuttle-cocks – 4500

STANDINGS
1st: Bangarang – 35    
2nd: Endangered Feces – 21   
3rd: Space Coyotes –  18  
…Electra & the Daddy Issues aren’t far behind @ 16 pts!  


BONUS QUESTION
Q  What was the code name of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden? 
A  Operation Neptune Spear

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 Team       Hamsbollah        They got it        Wrong        Pot =      $100     

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See you all in 2 WEEKS! NEXT QUIZ: DEC 1st (DeCEMber y’all)