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The Buffy quiz update, or how I need to get a life

Firstly, thanks to everyone for you words of encouragement about The Einstein Factor.  I’m feeling slightly silly about my OTT reaction, it’s just a quiz show, no big deal, I guess my life is mostly fairly dull, so even the slightest excitement is a big thing to me.


Secondly, here are a few more details for those who asked. I will be flying down to Melbourne on Thursday 21 April (Thursday fortnight) for the taping of the show.  A whole round is taped on the one day (5 or 6 shows maybe) – if you’re in the evening taping, you get to stay overnight.  Haven’t got the details of my flights etc, so don’t know yet whether I’m in the afternoon or evening taping.  I guess I’ll found out about TV air dates when I’m down there.  Three contestants are in each show - first round of questions is on your 'special' topic, maximum 15 questions in 90(?) seconds, second round - choose a topic from those listed (general knowledge), everyone answers from multiple choice list, last round - general knowledge WITH special topic questions asked randomly, must hit buzzer to answer.


Thirdly, thanks for the trial questions kassto and skylee.  For anyone who is interested these are the Buffy questions and answers from last year’s series.</span>


Q1. Buffy fell in love with which vampire played by David Boreanaz?

Q2. The scene of many dramas was which popular Sunnydale nightspot?

Q3. Which character helped Buffy and Giles by hacking into various computer systems?
Q4. What were the first names of Buffy's parents?

Q5. Buffy was attending which high school when Merrick told her she was the chosen one?
Q6. In the episode 'Teacher's Pet', who developed a huge crush on the new substitute teacher, Miss French?
Q7. Science club geeks Eric and Chris intended to use the head of whom for the 'girlfriend' they were making for Daryl Epps?

Q8. Which old acquaintance of Giles created havoc by turning the gang into their Halloween costume characters?
Q9. While a student at
Oxford University, Rupert Giles had what nickname?

Q10. First revealed in the episode 'What's My Line Part One' was Willow's ranidaphobia, or fear of what?
Q11. Oz played guitar for which band?
Q12. Who played the role of glamourous super-bitch Hellgod Glory?

Q13. Students of which college fraternity worshipped the demon
Q14. Faith was followed to Sunnydale by which vampire who killed her unnamed female watcher?

Q15. The portal to an evil dimension atop which Sunnydale was located is called a what?



A1. Angel

A2. The Bronze
A3. Willow/Rosenberg

A4. Hank & Joyce

A5. Hemery High

A6. Xander/Harris

A7. Cordelia/Chase

A8. Ethan/Rayne
A9. Ripper

A10. Frogs

A11. Dingoes Ate My Baby
A12. Clare Kramer

A13. Delta Zeta Kappa

A14. Kakistos

A15. Hellmouth


My score 13/15 – missed 10 & 13.


Fourthly – HELP!  I have to come up with 5 Quirky bits about my topic, which will go on The Einstein Factor’s website with a picture and my profile (cringe).  I looking for some helpful suggestions here guys.    I came up with one when I was talking to talesofspike  yesterday – two of the actors who played British characters weren’t really British yadda, yadda, (and in a brief aside, an article in yesterday’s Guardian listed James Marsters’ accent for Spike as the third best in a list of 10 best accents). 


Here are some examples of quirky bits from other contestants for Xena and Dr Who.


  • The greatest conceit of Xena Warrior Princess the TV show, is that it's based on the exploits of a real historical figure whose existence was recorded in the so-called Xena Scrolls, written by her best friend and bard, Gabrielle. The scrolls were 'lost to history' until their re-discovery in a Macedonian cave in the 1940s.
  • R.J. Stewart (one of the show's five male producers) still maintains that, "Everything we did is documented in the Xena Scrolls. So we were always just telling it like it is. We were correcting the impression that centuries of sexism has created by taking the credit away from Xena and giving it to all these pretender males".
  • Gabrielle to Xena in Paradise Found: "I just wonder if maybe your fighting for good has more to do with the fighting part than the good part".
  • Xena was not an Amazon.
  • Lucy Lawless was not the first actor offered the role of the Warrior Princess.


  • Doctor Who began broadcasting on November 23 1963 - one day after the assassination of President Kennedy. In fact the show went out a few minutes late because of a news bulletin on the shooting.
  • At the height of their fame in the 60's the Beatles made an appearance in the show. Big fans, they wanted to do an episode where the Doctor visits them in the future playing in wheelchairs in a retirement home. Brian Epstein demanded a hefty appearance fee so they just made a quick appearance to play "Ticket To Ride".
  • Among its predictions of the future the show got right was the date of the Moon landing (one day off) and that by the end of the 70's, Britain would have a female Prime Minister. Of course they also predicted the British would put a man on Mars by 1971 and that Earth would fight its first interplanetary war in 1986!
  • The Daleks became so popular that the word has made its way into the English Dictionary. It is used to refer to a ruthless and uncaring behaviour and was used a lot in the press in the 80's and 90's to describe the Tory government.
  • A survey by the British Film Institute in recent years found Doctor Who the third most popular British TV show of all time. At 27 years, Doctor Who is the longest running TV science fiction of all time and one of the longest running programmes.

So over to you for suggestions.  I’m just about to fire up the DVD player and start S1 Buffy – 16 days, 144 episodes – bring on the coke and popcorn!

  • Current Mood: silly silly
Okay, first off, do you need moral support? Because I'm free the aft of the 21st and could come with you, bring a thermos of hot milk or something.

Second, I missed 10,13 and 14, so you are 50% better than me at this gig.

Third, I find it fascinating that series creator Joss Whedon co-wrote Toy Story. That Alyson Hannigan is married to Alexis Denisoff (see, I can't even spell his name!), who played Wes in s3 Buffy. That [brain freeze - the ep where Jonathan has the gun and is on the roof of Sunnydale High] wasn't shown for a long time because of Columbine. That Spike was originally going to be from the southern US. And maybe that co-producer Marti Noxon sang (and quite well) in 'Once More With Feeling', which I think is the first original musical for a tv series (in 'Oz' and a few other series, I've seen people sing already existing songs).
Re moral support, don't know what my schedule is for the day - will get back to you when I find out.

Sometimes I think I should be very worried about the Buffy info I keep in my head.

I like the "Earshot"/Columbine fact - will look for more details on that one.
Sometimes I think I should be very worried about the Buffy info I keep in my head.

PG last night: "So your friends are taking a plane to come here. And watch tv."

Me: "There will be excursions for ice cream."

Don't worry, it is the rest of the world that doesn't understand.

"So your friends are taking a plane to come here. And watch tv."
And the wrong would be where? ::Glomps fellow Buffy freaks::

We truly are misunderstood, and in my case, out of the closet very soon. Back to "Welcome to the Hellmouth".
Re interesting facts, there's also the fact that SMG originally tried out for the part of Cordelia, while CC auditioned for Buffy.
Seth Green also appeared in the movie on which the series was based, though most of his part apparently ended up on the cutting room floor. He does still have one line in the scene at the prom, though he looks rather different with long, curly hair and sunglasses.
'The Door' which bills itself as a magazine of evangelical Christian satire once gave 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' their 'Theologian of the Year' award.

I'm sure more bizarre facts will come to me...
I'm always amazed, and slightly perturbed, at how much 'we' (fans/aficionados/Buffy freaks) know about the show. The fact that I know Eeyore was the first role JM played, or have seen the original piot with a different Willow, or that SMG couldn't eat at McDonalds when she little, or the female watcher after the glove thingie was Kristin Scott-Thomas' sister - wish I could find that much enthusiasm for my uni studies.
Oops, Interesting fact-JossWhedon is a third generation TV script writer. His dad worked on shows like Benson and Alice.
Apparently his mates at college used to tease him about what he was going to end up doing (at the time I don't think working in TV appealed), saying 3GTV. It's sad that people know these things...
You could tell them that your dog is named after one of the characters in the show.

Happy watching! How are B and J taking your news?
Re Anya - not sure whether I want to come that far out of the closet.

B finds it mildly amusing (and is a bit envious that I get to go to Melbourne twice in short order), and J finds it immensely embarrassing, but then again he finds most of the things we do immensely embarrassing. You would have thought it was cool to be dropped off to school by your Mum on a Yamaha 550 motor bike, but not J, oh well ...
I don't think your reaction was OTT in the least - I'm really excited for you, and can only applaud your bravery. I once phoned to apply for 'Millionaire' and then spent weeks worrying that they would phone back and I might have to be a contestant.

I'm assuming your 'Einstein Factor' is similar to our 'Mastermind' - one round on a specialist subject and one on general knowledge. If I come up with any interesting trivia I'll let you know.
I'm fluctuating hugely between excitement and terror - do I really want the world to know how obsessed with "Buffy" I am.

Very similar to "Mastermind" - 1 round of specialist topics, 1 round of multiple choice general knowledge, 1 round of answer at the buzzer combined general knowledge/random 3 specialist subjects.

Think I've settled on 2 of 5 quirky things 1) 2 actors who played English guys who weren't and 2) 2 episodes from S3 pulled because of Columbine High massacre.
Okay, just looked at those questions for the first time and if you're obsessed I'm in deep trouble. I missed out on the frat question (and honestly who is going to remember a random combination of Greek letters?) but got all the others. I don't think I could do it in a TV studio whereas you've already proved that you can but all that info is filed away in my brain... Scary, huh?
I think we all have to accept the fact that we're a little scary ;) The frat thing, I could remember it was a frat, but that was about all - silly American traditions!

As to Willow's fear of frogs - she must have got it later because I've been rewatching S1 Buffy, and in "The Witch" she had no problem removing an eye from a frog to perform a spell.
Continuity has never been a strong point with the show. I seem to recall Willow falling asleep (possibly in the library though I'm not sure) and as she comes to she's muttering something about the tadpoles coming to get her. When whoever is there (and if I'm right about it being the library, it's probably Giles) queries her about it, she explains "I have frog fear." I think it's also come into play in Killed By Death, the episode where Buffy is in hospital with the flu, where Williow tries to make the orderlies think it's her they have to catch rather than Buffy.
Wow, some of the questions are really hard, I am a lot more familiar with the later seasons than the earlier ones, and Q7 had me going "Who did what for huh?" But some of them are so easy! Buffy fell in love with who? Pfft! *g*

Hmm. Fun facts...I thought the "AH is married to AD" is a fun fact (eh, I can't spell Alexis' name properly either, hee); other than that, I'm trying to think...hmmm...that David Boreanaz was discovered by his agent while walking his dog? Uh...
Sadly I have watched "Buffy" since it first aired here in the summer of 97/98, plus many rewatchings of the dvds. However the Buffy loves Angel question did have me gagging, and I was a big Bangel lover in the first 2 seasons - boy has that changed!!

Slowly working on the fun facts - all contributions gratefully received.