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On the Tip of My Tongue: Questions, Facts, Curiosities and Games of a Quizzical Nature Hardcover – 22 Oct 2007


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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (22 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595113
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'[A] deviously different quiz book. The idea is to pose questions that
you're almost certain you know the answer to - the name of all six
Monopoly pieces, or all the Cluedo weapons - but actually leave you
flagging once your bluff is called' --Sunday Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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David Gentle is a self-confessed factaholic, who, since losing to his sister naming English counties on a childhood car trip, vowed one day to write this book. David splits his time between composing quizzes and consulting to the I.T. industry. He lives in Wandsworth with his oft-tested wife and young son.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Kirby on 28 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is dangerous. It's a bit like watching something like West Wing or 24 on DVD - you keep promising yourself you'll go through just one more episode (or game in the case of the book). Basically it sets the reader different challenges - things like identifying what 48 different 'ologies' mean to giving you a load of death scenarios that you then have to guess the famous person from. I'd recommend it because the quiz nerd in me loved it but it's a good asset for any self-respecting book shelf as it's good for idle moments, making yourself look clever and a bit of fun for family/friend gatherings etc. A good one for Christmas i reckon.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ian Clifford on 23 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
'On the tip of my tongue' is ideal for the whole family as it goes way back in time and covers a huge variety of trivial, but annoyingly important wisdom. From naming all twelve lines of the London Underground, through the seven chart topping singles of Kylie, and the Olympic host cities of the modern era, to the nine activities traditionally forbidden in public swimming pools. Yoda the grandmaster of knowledge said of its lists "Love them all you will. Remember them all you wont!"

This book will stop your family from fighting their way through Christmas, and instantly liven up a night in the pub. It's a book of mind games and mental challenges that will test even the most acutely trivial amongst us. It will also show up those inclined to know more than they should admit about Boy Bands or Doctor Who. The big kids in your family will love it!!

This book is just great! If you want a book that will test your knowledge and make you an instant quizmaster, this is it! If you want to be the pub quiz wizard, this is it! If you have someone in your family who loves trivia and annoying all others with it, this is the gift to get.

This wonderful book is packed with hundreds of very irritating lists of things that you think you know, and probably do, but can you remember it now? Oh - it's just 'on the tip of my tongue'. You will LOVE IT and HATE IT!!! BUY IT NOW!!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Littlewood on 29 Oct. 2007
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A mate of mine told me about this book and I bought it on a whim. It arrived on Friday and I happened to have it out when some quiz hating friends came to supper that night. Our quiet and civilised night turned into a full on battle of the wits that ended at 4.00 am.

The next night I took it to the pub with me (to meet some friends, not to buy it a drink). Turned out to be the basis for an impromptu quiz night with me as the questionmaster and entry for teams was beer for me. I have covered the price of book with beer several times over.

Sunday was a very hungover day but I ended up playing with my wife in bed for six hours (I was most disappointed to discover that she knew more about Kylie than I did).

This is a dangerously addictive book that should probably carry a health warning - and not just for people who are obsessed with lists, trivia, quizzes and facts about life the universe and everything. Even people with relatively little interest in such things, (like girls and others with more rounded lives than I), seem to be totally sucked in.

Wherever there is a coffee table or a toilet in your house, you need this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. G. Peplow on 8 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
If this doesn't get you out of some really difficult buying decisions then I don't know what will. You know what I mean. Staring into space at 4pm on 24th December wondering what to get your fact filled uncle, competitive cousin, John from work who for some reason decided to buy you a birthday present, your geeky brother in law etc etc. Well all your worries are over. This is the perfect ditherers X-mas purchase. A quiz book that looks like you've spent some money on it and is guaranteed to lead to fights on X-mas day. Perfect. Avoid that last minute gut retching buying blitz. I have.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. MILLER on 30 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Is it a quizz, is it a book or a game? Well it's all three and you certainly play it as much as you read it. I bought it due to the general quirkiness and high quality of the questions - miles ahead of anything else on the market, especially in that it suits all levels with every question containing some easy ones, some mediums, some difficult and some stinkers. Everyone gets a good score but it's really unexpected. It's amazing to bring out at any time of day. We've "played it" time and time again and loved every session. It's brilliant for shutting up children, keeping you awake, driving you mad, bringing out that competitive spirit and teaching loads of obscure but nevertheless very useful facts. Don't take a present when you go round somewhere for dinner. Take this instead and make sure you take it home again too. Absolutely brilliant! Looking forward to the next volume in the series! A totally unique concept. Really cool the way the answers are all jumbled up meaning that you'll never know quite when you've played the whole book. Fantastic stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By health care professional on 23 April 2011
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in here there are facts you knew but forgot, ones you would never have thought possible and ones that make you go 'damn iknew that'.

if you write quizzes, or do pub quizzes etc then you cannot fail to love the things you read in here, as some day you will be glad you read about them.

one thing i found amazing was how many seas there are, i thought 7, but no, you have to get the book to get the anser, but i doubt anyone would know all of them, to be honest i hadnt even heard of them.

great book, slightly different approach - this one you can skim down the index to find a topic of interest to work/learn on and the answers/solutions are to the point. or you can just work through methodically - your choice.

good book for 'team building/ice breaking' at work - eg split into groups and get people to work together to solve the problem. much more fun than wearing a badge and having to wait your turn to tell everyone about yourself - how dated and boring is that - should anyone in a personnel dept be reading. if they are, then get this and bring life into team building/induction courses :)
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