The 10 pub quiz questions that people always struggle with most

A few of these might be worth keeping in mind ahead of your next quiz (let's face it, there's bound to be another one or two over Christmas).

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Quizzes, quizzes, quizzes. We should all be experts on them by now, shouldn’t we?

Before the pandemic, most of us have participated in a few competitions down the local pub, maybe even scooping a prize if we were lucky enough to be on a particularly bright team.

But it wasn’t until 2020 when pub quizzes truly came into their own.

With nowhere to go – and little else to do – during lockdown, Brits began hosting their own quizzes over Zoom with workmates and pals.

It became the norm – with everyone trying to out-do one another with increasingly tough questions.


Now, The Daily Mail has revealed that SpeedQuizzing – a group of pub quiz experts – have actually published a list of the toughest questions that always seem to get players confused.

A few of these might be worth keeping in mind ahead of your next quiz (let’s face it, there’s bound to be another one or two over Christmas).


The trickiest pub quiz questions…

  1. You buy a bat and a ball for £1.10. The bat costs exactly one pound more than the ball. How much is the ball?
  2. You’re standing on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?
  3. If you were running a race, and you passed the person in 3rd place and then the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?
  4. What is 5+3×2?
  5. What country is represented by the flag with orange, white and green? 
  6. What was the highest mountain in the world before Everest was discovered?
  7. What animal is spelt out when you put the symbols from each of the following chemical elements together? Bromine, Oxygen, Wolfram, Nitrogen, Beryllium and Argon.
  8. What name is given to the organic vessel containing a zygote in which an embryo develops until it can survive on its own and hatches?
  9. Which two football teams always play with a 2-5-3 formation?
  10. Before Boris Johnson, who was the last Prime Minister to take office who didn’t have a wife?

…and the answers

  1. 5p
  2. North Pole (If you start at the North Pole and go one mile south, then one mile west and finally one mile north, you’ll make a triangular path and end up back at the North Pole, your point of origin)
  3. 2nd place
  4. 11 (the multiplication part should be done first in this equation)
  5. Ivory Coast/Cote d’Ivoire
  6. Everest (it was still the highest mountain in the world when nobody knew of its existence).
  7. Brown Bear
  8. Egg
  9. Table football teams
  10. Theresa May