SFM Quiz – old fashioned
perhaps, but the best
things always are.
by SFM Quizmaster
the days pass, it is necessary (and wise) to have a quick look every
now and then so you don’t get hit with all fifteen questions at the
same time come senshuraku, but for those caught up in life, all of the
questions do remain on the page after having been posted, so there are
no problems with not actually checking in every day.
Answers must be handed in by the Tuesday or Wednesday after the basho has ended (times and dates are indicated on the main page) and reults will usually be posted on the Sumo Fan Magazine site as well as Sumo Forum in the days following that.
That truly is it – it is old fashioned perhaps but as the sub-title says - the best things always are. Please have a go – all the answers are out there somewhere, or the people that know the answers are and you never know – a banzuke, printed tegata or both could be winging its way to you in no time
Finally, a note on myself as I sometimes feel like the forgotten SFMer given my lack of recognition over on the right side of the top page - as I hold a position with a security clearance higher than GWB should be permitted to hold, only two staff at SFM know my true identity and for reasons intended to avoid compromise of such and subsequent attempts on their life, that’s where I end. Wasn’t that short?
doldrums are here, and with that phenomenon, some of our contributors
are away on vacation, or, like myself, just so lethargic that the
furthest thing from one’s mind is the task of meeting a deadline.
However, since regular staff is just that – REGULAR staff, we have
delegated the Games column this issue to the SFM Quizmaster, and with
his/her own description of our bimonthly game, I will put this column
on hiatus for a bit.
If you are a gamesmaster, though, and want SFM to “publicize” your online sumo game through this column, give me a holler at email@example.com. You will have my immediate attention.
The Sumo Fan Magazine Quiz is simple. It poses a number of questions
and the person who answers the most correctly wins a prize.
As much as that is where I’d like to end it and return to my life of secrecy, my editor wouldn’t be happy with a 23-word summary, so I suppose I’d better go a bit deeper.
The quiz questions originate in the deepest recesses of my brain. “What’s that, ed., not so deep? OK, I’ll try again!”
Every day of a given basho, the SFM homepage displays a different question. Numbering fifteen in all (one being released automatically each day of the basho), the questions asked are sometimes themed, but more often than not are a mixed bag of current (sumo) affairs, historical type conundrums and little-known facts, with a few facts and figures thrown in for good measure.
many games that simply rely on potluck and random guessing, the SFM
quiz is designed to accommodate those who have a level of sumo
knowledge just that little bit higher than the norm; the men or women
about town for whom sumo is a thing of beauty and a never-ending avenue
In reality though, all can play and you don’t have to have been a fan since birth to be able to answer most of the questions. Every answer is in print somewhere – be it the old fashioned book sources many of you have, or from online sites put together over the past few years – by many who used the books to develop their interest in the first place, or from previous issues of our own SFM..
All questions are prepared, written up and double checked by the Nihon Sumo Kyokai via my Editor-in-Chief, Mark Buckton – thanks Mark.