Quiz to fool Google created to stop cheats

Posted on December 14, 2011

 

A quiz that can fool Google has been created, to prevent cheats at a local quiz night. Quizmaster Scott Bray, aged 30 has been running trivia evenings for five years and is so popular he has even earned the nickname of Quizmaster Flash. Bray is so fed up with cheats using Google on their smartphones that he has devised a quiz that will confound even the search engine giant.

Although Google prides itself on providing information to users, and businesses create inventive SEO campaigns to appear high on the search engine pages, Scott has worked hard at keeping quiz participants off the Internet and mostly, away from Google.

The ‘Ungoogleable’ quiz is thought to be the first in the UK, and specially designed to confuse search engines. The quiz, which is held every month, now focuses on puzzles which are observation based, lateral thinking and spot the difference questions, rather than traditional general knowledge questions. Scott said:

“The trick has been to ask questions like “What have these three items got in common?” and “Which is the odd one out?”. They are not questions which the internet would instantly tell you.”

The quizzes consist of 60 questions and include music and video questions, in addition to a round where competitors have to recognise everyday smells. Scott admits that participants in the quizzes use smartphones to Google answers as no one wants to seem as though they don’t know the answer. Google gives instant answers to most queries, wherever you are in the world, Chester or California.

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