How does the scoring in 'QI' work?

(33 Posts)
LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 16:49:54

Is it so obvious I cant see it? it seems very confusing.

Alan davies always seems to be last, and sometimes someone with the most answers isn't 1st?

and when they say the right answer or the obv answer a klaxon sounds and the words flashed on the screen?

what??????????????

disclaimer-I realise its been going for years but Im a new convert!

anyone?

Not sure the scoring is the point. It's not really a quiz, more the Stephen fry show.

Shallishanti Mon 17-Mar-14 16:54:49

I have often wondered this and tbh I think Stephen Fry makes it up on the spur of the moment
the klaxon is for a wrong answer, esp one that is obvious or they guessed would be given

Amandine29 Mon 17-Mar-14 16:55:30

The klaxon/flashing doesn't go off for correct answers (does it?) but for the answers that people mistakenly think are correct. E.g. 'What's the capital of Turkey? Istanbul.' That's sort of thing.

But as for the scoring I am as lost as you are. Alan always being last is a bit of a running joke. And I think you get more points for little snippets of knowledge or interesting points around the subject.

ImAThrillseekerHoney Mon 17-Mar-14 16:57:43

Klaxon is for a trap - either a popular misconception or an obvious joke that they guessed in advance someone would make. You get points deducted for setting it off, hence all the negative scores.

The impenetrable scoring is partly because they film more than they show so you miss some rounds that might have been high scoring but not good telly, and partly because they score at random to some extent.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 16:58:31

agree its totes the Stephen Fry show, but its very entertaining and informative too!

so the dodgy scores shouldn't send my pedantic tendencies up the wall then?! grin.

Osmiornica Mon 17-Mar-14 17:04:10

He makes them up - or at least someone behind the scenes does. He's said it before on the programme. The klaxon is when they've got it wrong with a common misconception.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 17:05:56

I had a feeling about the klaxon ones, but im really enjoying it, its very entertaining!

PigletJohn Mon 17-Mar-14 17:11:25

Alan is part-owner of the show, so has to be treated harshly to show there is no favouritism. It is supposed to be funny.

The scores are random and meaningless.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 17:15:52

Does that apply then to 'would I lie to you', '8 out of 10 cates' and 'mock the week'? the scoring I mean, im enjoying the laughs and stuff anyway, but as im uberpedantic I don't want to spoil my viewing with nitpicking!

recently got into these panel shows, theyre a saving grace!

Nocomet Mon 17-Mar-14 17:29:10

QI scoring is closly related to the rules of Mornington Crescent.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 17:30:52

8 out of 10 CATS ! spelling!

whats mornington crescent?

PigletJohn Mon 17-Mar-14 17:32:01

shock

Don't the klaxon answers result in mahoosive negative scores. So you can have got several right answers only to get one klaxon and suddenly find yourself minus quite a lot of points.

Mornington Crescent is a game of skill and strategy as players compete to be the first to reach Mornington Crescent tube station on a virtual map of London.

tribpot Mon 17-Mar-14 17:40:48

The audience occasionally wins, often only for answering one question right after the guests have flubbed it. The QI elves just make it up, basically.

PedantMarina Mon 17-Mar-14 17:41:21

Alan Davies is displayed as "the dummy", but usually comes out with some of the most thoughtful off-the-wall responses. Massive girl-crush over here.

As to alleged-scoring, not the worst I've ever seen - Julian Clary the Flamboyant used to deduct points if his contestants wore beige.

Just relax, soak up the Quite Interesting tidbits and channel your pedantry with these to wow family, friends and co-workers.

PedantMarina Mon 17-Mar-14 17:41:21

Alan Davies is displayed as "the dummy", but usually comes out with some of the most thoughtful off-the-wall responses. Massive girl-crush over here.

As to alleged-scoring, not the worst I've ever seen - Julian Clary the Flamboyant used to deduct points if his contestants wore beige.

Just relax, soak up the Quite Interesting tidbits and channel your pedantry with these to wow family, friends and co-workers.

PigletJohn Mon 17-Mar-14 17:45:03

It's the blue whale.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 17:47:25

some of your answers are confusing me even more grin!

Piglet whats the shock for?

and 'blue whale'?

Ive never heard or mornington Crescent, I don't play stuff like that?

drwitch Mon 17-Mar-14 17:49:30

"How does the scoring in QI work?" is a good QI question. Klaxon would go off it anyone said "S Fry makes it up". Real answer is, of course, that there is a portal to a parallel universe where the same panellists are on countdown and the one that gets the most questions right in this wins in our universe. Unless they say "Ill have a p please Stephen"!

PigletJohn Mon 17-Mar-14 17:51:11

Alan frequently offer "blue whale" as an answer. Usually it is wrong.

I am shock that you are not familiar with the rules of Mornington Crescent. It is very simple to anyone with a basic understanding of the London Underground.

LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 17:53:57

still have no idea of mornington cres!

but then again I don't have a basic understanding of the London underground!

tribpot Mon 17-Mar-14 17:57:50
LetZygonsbeZygons Mon 17-Mar-14 18:01:37

thanks trib.
see? I never listen to the radio or have never followed ISIHAC.

now I know!

PigletJohn Mon 17-Mar-14 18:12:31

I really can't see the need to study the rules, they are so obvious and straightforward.

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