Online Quiz League UK - Newsletter - 2021-03

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As OQL Season 3 comes to an end, there's lots to report on, and it felt sensible to draw this up in a newsletter rather than text in an email.


Congratulations to the following teams for their divisional performances.

Division 1 – Winners - Quiz Machine Kills Fascists – Runners-up – Geoff Maltby Fan Club

Division 2 – Winners –  The Unknowns – Runners-up –  Park Exiles

Division 3 – Winners –  Bob's Online – Runners-up –  Lovecraft in the Time of Cholera

Division 4- Winners – Telstars Redux – Runners-up – Underdogs

Division 5- Winners – The Outsiders – Runners-up – PE^2

Division 6- Winners – Bad Generation – Runners-up – The Special Ones

Division 7- Winners – The Simpsons Diagram Room– Runners-up – It Be Dem Jewels


The handicap competition named after Jon Jacob commences on Wednesday. Here's  how it works.

Preliminary Round will be played on Wednesday 31st March. 36 teams will play this week, the winners progress to he Cup 1st round, the losers move to the Plate Preliminary Round

Cup R1 will be played on Wednesday 7th April. The 18 winners from the preliminary round play each other, the winners move to R2 the losers are eliminated. The 46 teams who received a bye in week 1 will play each other, the winners move to Cup R2, the losers move to Plate R1

Cup R2 and Plate R1 will be played on Wednesday 14th April. At this stage both competitions will have 32 teams. The winners progress and the losers are eliminated.

Cup R3 and QF and Plate R2 and QF will both be played on 21st April. Teams will be in groups of 4, one team will host the Zoom meeting and arrange for one game to be played in a breakout room. The two winners from the 1st game will meet in the quarter finals. Any team who loses either game this week are eliminated.

The Semis and Finals of both competitions will be played on 28th April. OQL will arrange the Zoom room and hosts for all matches so you just turn up and play

There are trophies for winners of the Cup and the Plate and runners-up in the Cup.

The handicaps are all available on the website at


Registration is now available for Season 4. This can be done on the website at the link Once you've registered you will receive an email with payment instructions and once payment is received your place in season 3 is confirmed.

You are able to register for multiple seasons to receive a price break. It's £55 a season but if you sign up for two seasons you'll pay £105, three seasons is £150 and four seasons is £190. These are the dates for the upcoming seasons. Please note there will no longer be a friendly week before each season.

Season 4 – May 5th – August 18th 2021

Season 5 – September 1st – December 15th 2021

Season 6 – January 7th – April 22nd 2022

Season 7 – May 4th – August 17th 2022

You can register here

From now on, all new teams will enter in the bottom division which we expect to be Division 8 or 9. This ensures that it will normally be 2 up and 2 down from each division. This will alter only if a team drops out of the league or if a team are so dominant when they join the league that we feel it necessary to give them a double promotion.

You can also refer a new team to the league. For every team who joins the league and quotes your team name in their registration form your team will receive £20 credit. So, sign a few teams up and you'll get a free season with OQL.


OQL are launching a brand new individual competition which will start in April 2021. The competition will use the Mimir format that was used in the BOOQL tournament last summer and the Low Brow Mimir. If you are unfamiliar with the format you can read full details on the website.

This competition will focus purely on the more serious side of quiz, Classical Music, Art, History, Sciences, Geography etc. All players will play 6 matches to determine your division for the knock out tournament. You will then be placed into a group of 16 in a straight knock out to find each divisional champion.

Entry for this competition is just £20 for a minimum of 6 matches and if you read matches for other people you can accumulate uncapped OQL credit so read for enough matches and you could be playing OQL for free indefinitely!

Full details of the competition and how to sign up are available at the website

This is a worldwide competition and with over 300 players signed up already it is shaping up to be the biggest ever online individual Mimir competition.


The Magnusson-Trebek Trophy is a season competition between the UK and IRE teams and the US teams. The top two teams in each division will play their US counterparts in a one-off match all played in early May. There will also be an all-star game for the top scoring individual players, an all-star novice game, for the best newcomers and a match between the setters. The USA currently hold the trophy after an 8-3 victory in January so we're hoping to see the UK and IRE seek revenge this time around.

All teams and players who have qualified for this competition will be notified shortly, but if you would like to spectate and cheer your countryfolk on then just let us know.


We now run a competition based on the hit BBC show, Only Connect. The current competition is about half way through but we will be running this again later in the year. If you are interested in taking part please see our website


OQL also now run a monthly speed quizzing event. These are played on the 2nd Saturday of the month and are played over Zoom. We currently have around 150 people playing this each month but can always accommodate more. The next event will be played on Saturday April 17th and you can read more about it here


OQL have a lot of plans for the future but none of this would be possible without the loyalty of all our wonderful players. I can never thank you all enough for participating in OQL and I really hope you stay with us for a long time. If there is anything I can do to help improve your enjoyment of the league then please let me know. I will always listen to my players and we are always striving to improve the league.

Best wishes