Tie-Breaker Questions

In case of a tie between two teams, the closest answer wins!


1. Including the antenna on the top, how many metres tall is the Eiffel Tower?

324 metres

2. How many minutes long is the total running time of the 1972 film’The Godfather’?

178 minutes

3. On what date was the first UK premium bond purchased?

1st November 1956

4. How many words are there in Herman Melville’s book ‘Moby Dick’?


5. How many miles, as the crow flies, is it from London to New York?

3470 miles

6. How long, in days, hours, minutes and seconds, was the total duration of the successful Apollo 11 mission which landed on the moon in 1969?

8 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds (See source here)

7. How many words are there in the King James Bible?

783, 137 (See source here)

8. On which date was the first ever episode of the Channel 4 word quiz ‘Countdown’ broadcast?

Tuesday 2nd November 1982

9. How long, in miles, is the River Thames?

215 miles

10. How many times does the word ‘blood’ appear in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’?


 11. In the 2010 General Election, how many people voted for the Conservative Party?

10, 706, 647

12. How many metres high is Mount Snowdon?

1085 metres

13. In the 2012 London Olympics, Russian Ivan Ukhov won gold in the men’s high jump – with a jump of what height?

2.38 metres

14. The first even Tesco store was opened in Burnt Oak, Middlesex – in which year?


15. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the lady holding the record for the largest natural breasts has an around chest-over-nipple measurement of how many centimetres?

177.8 cm

16. Sultan Kösen is the world’s tallest living man – how tall is he? 

8ft 3 inches / 251 cm

 17. How many full-time undergraduate students were at Cambridge University in the year 2012/2013?


18. How much was the average price of a Greater London house, for sales between October and December 2012?

£445,651 (Source: Land Registry of England and Wales, Crown copyright)

19. As of 16th March 2013, how many Sainsbury stores were there?

1,016 (Source: Sainsbury store portfolio – link here)

20. How many people survived the sinking of RMS Titanic?

706 (492 passengers and 214 crew)

33 thoughts on “Tie-Breaker Questions”

  1. A fabulous website especially cos the answers are with the questions and so it is so much quicker to find appropriate questions to ask at a quiz where we have not just Brits attending, but Germans, Danish, Spanish, Dutch …, so has been perfect. Thanks and keep them coming!!

    1. Thanks Carolyn – it’s always great to receive positive feedback! Glad the quizzes are helpful for you 🙂

  2. excellent site ease of use and some top questions , glad I found the site instead of trawling the net , thank you

  3. Brilliant website, so glad i subscribed to receive your quizzes. Have used them for charity functions lots of times. Thank you once again

  4. Thank you very much – I’m a quizmaster in Newcastle and am in the middle of a quiz now – and discovered I didn’t have a tiebreak question! You’ve just saved my life! When I get home I’ll explore some more of your excellent site 🙂

    1. Hi – thanks for your comment. You make a good point – current affairs is not included on the site. This is purely because all of the quizzes are undated and have been designed for use at any time. If you are looking for current affairs quizzes – Quizfactor.com do a great daily world news quiz and bbc.co.uk creates a weekly quiz of the news. Hope this helps 🙂

    1. Hi Peter – glad you like the site. Yes, I’m aware I’m a bit low on sports questions! It’s not my area of expertise, but I’m working on it – I hope to include more sports questions soon.

  5. Thanks for this great site, i am from germany and host a “quiznight” every month. I thought i already asked all sorts of questions but i found great new ideas on your site…

  6. great site, I am in Australia and run a trivia night for sporting clubs to raise funds, found the site very helpful, wish i could find an Aussie site similar. Love the photo quizzes, some more modern ones would be great

    1. Hi Daryl, glad you like the site. What would you like to see on the picture quizzes? I’ll be honest, I need some new ideas! 😉

  7. all good questions a real good mixture better than having to just give the answer in years as you get quizzers asking for different types instead of just what year did this happen. once again Charlie great tie-breakers

  8. Hi. I run a weekly quiz here in San Javier Spain. I use this site often not only for questions but also ideas.
    A popular theme I use is numbers. Say 11 to 20 and all the answers are one of the numbers 11 to 20. Not using the same one twice of course. ie. 12 “signs of the zodiac”, 13 “unlucky for some” etc etc. Or use numbers 1 to 10. (Easier to find answers for these of course.) Great site and thanks.

    1. Hi Malcolm – glad you like the site. It seems you have some great ideas for rounds too – thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. On a date of birth question does the closest still win . .? For instance the answer is 8th Dec 1966 1 team put 16th Jan 67 the other team put October 12th 66 .i know the 67 in days is closer but at the end of the day it’s the incorrect year..I would therefore say the ultimate answer is the correct year if someone has that even if the amount of days is more ,,surely it’s the person who has the right year as opposed to someone closer in days.

    1. Hi – I would still say that the closest person wins. In the case you give I would give the point to the team who put 16th January 1967.

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