LightSpeed and QU12 Individual Open Buzzer Quizzes

Rules for 2017

There will be twelve tournaments, usually on the last Saturday of each month and a weekend in December (Check the Calendar). All games are played by individuals on buzzers. Each Tourney will have a LightSpeed Quiz, a QU12 and a 'Special'.

LightSpeed Quiz

An ongoing championship where each month's results contribute to a players end of year total

Each tournament will have a LightSpeed Quiz comprising 8 'tilts' of 20 questions each, divided into different genres as follows:

Music, incorporating Pop, Jazz, Classical, Radio, Musicals
Arts, incorporating Art, Architecture, Food, Language, Literature
History, incorporating Biography, Myth, Politics
Pastimes, incorporating Sport, Games
Visual, incorporating Visual, Film, TV, Theatre
Current, incorporating News, Celebrity, Fashion, Crime, Business, Froth, Lore
Science, incorporating Maths, Technology, Nature, Medical, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Physics
Geography, incorporating Social Sciences

  • Tilts will be between individuals in the form of fastest response (buzz, then answer) questions (à la 'University Challenge' starters)
  • All correct answers worth two buzz points
  • All incorrect interruptions minus one point
  • In the case of ties, one point shall be awarded. Ties are now extraordinarily unlikely.

    Entry fees and Qualification:

    Cost per Tourney is 10 per person

    We will endevour to give everybody a game, but, the hierarchy for entry is as follows:

    Single spots are reserved for:

    1. Current season champion
    2. Winner of previous tournament (gross)
    3. One single reserved Rookie spot
    4. Player with longest unbroken run of entries up to the event
    5. Player with second longest unbroken run of entries up to the event

    Remaining spots will go on a first paid up, first served basis, as listed on the facebook tournament entry pages (paypal to ).

    1. Equal competing claims will be awarded to first to pay entry fee


    Handicaps are based entirely on money paid in and won.

  • For each 1 LSQ entry fee paid in for previously played in events a player receives a one point start (Note: This does not include the current event fee)
  • For each 1 LSQ won, a player receives a one point handicap

    Tournament Prizes

    A player's net total points (score +/- their handicap) will define their position at the end of a Tourney and the appropriation of the cash prizes
  • 30 and a medal will go to the Net Champion
  • A medal will go to the Gross Champion
  • 20 of each kitty will go to the Net runner-up
  • 10 of each kitty will go to the Net third place

    Ranking Points

    At the end of a Tourney the players shall receive

  • 3 points for attending
  • 1 point for each person beaten (gross): In the case of tied scores, the person with a) most two pointers, then b) most one pointers will rank highest.

    Season's Prizes

  • A trophy will be awarded to the LightSpeed Quiz Champion, The person who amasses the most ranking points over their best nine events in the year
  • QU12

    A high-jepoardy quiz comprising 12 monthly qualifiers and an end of season final for 500. Generally a QU12 will comprise

    Round '0' - Qualifier

    All players who have not automatically qualified for the day's QU12 will play a qualification round to get into the game proper. Using standard LSQ rules, a player who amasses six points will qualify, until such time as the 12 places for round 1 are filled

    Round 1 - "12 Angry Men"

  • 12 players play for 12 minutes
  • Scoring: Correct answer = 1 point, Incorrect interruption passes on and carries a penalty of loss of half accumulated points.
  • Outcome: Top eight progress to Round 2

    Round 2 - "The Dirty Dozen"

  • 8 players contest 12 questions, each question comprising six clues
  • Scoring: Correct answer on first clue = 6 points, Correct answer on second clue = 5 points, etc.. Negative comparative points for a wrong answer
  • Outcome: Top four progress to Round 3

    Round 3 - "12 Answers A Place"

  • 4 players play for the first to 24 points (i.e. 12 correct answers)
  • Scoring: All correct answers worth two buzz points, All incorrect interruptions lose a life, three lives and out
  • Outcome: The winner qualifies for the 500 final in December

    Entry fees and Qualification:

    Cost per Tourney is 5 + 1 for each previous QU12 of 2017 which the contestant has not entered, with the exception that a player's total contribution shall not exceed (number of comps so far x 5)

    Automatic entry into Round 1 is awarded to

  • Season ticket holders
  • LSQ and Special setters on the day
  • Previous QU12 champions
  • First rookie to pay


    A final QU12 will be played in December, at the end of the last tournament, between the 12 champions from each month. The rules will be the same apart from the winner recieves the 'Prix Pathetique' of 500

  • Special

    To finish off each day there will be a 'Special' of the setter's choosing. A special might consist of 50 questions with a theme to the answers.

    LSQ rules apply, but without handicaps

    The winner gets a medal

    Buzzer Of The Year

  • A trophy will be awarded to the Buzzer Of The Year, the person who amasses the most 'buzz' points over all three comps in all 12 Tourneys. Buzz points include all points gained in all competition + 80 points for each setter of the two hosting an LSQ Tourney + 80 Points for each setter of a QU12 + 50 points for each setter of a Special

    General Rules

  • Each player has an option to play their first Tourney for free, but forfiets any cash prizes
  • For 90, and an undertaking to co-host two Tourneys, a player has a season ticket and automatic QU12 qualification. Early qualification for the final will trigger a proportionate refund.
  • Tie breaker: If a tie-breaker is needed it will be a single LSQ question between relevant contestants
  • Any player may object to a question or answer within one question of completion. If the objection is overuled that player's right to objection is then forfeit.
  • Scoring errors spotted after the event WILL effect results, except in cases where replays would be required
  • The questionmaster's descision is final.


  • All competitors are welcome and ecouraged to co-host two events in the year. This entails, with a partner, setting and asking the 160 LSQ questions at a single Tourney. The fee for an LSQ is 60
  • All competitors are welcome and ecouraged to set one Special. The fee for a Special is 10
  • All qualified competitors are welcome and ecouraged to set one QU12. The fee for a QU12 is 10
    Click here for Setting Guidelines