This week the paper was set by The
The average aggregate score was a
shade below the season's average (71.0 against 73.4)
but this average disguises a wild variety of scores.
At the Parrs Wood they could only muster an
aggregate of 57 points whilst at The Turnpike the
Shrimps contributed a massive 49 points towards an
aggregate of 79. So very 'Marmite'.
At the Albert Club we were pretty happy with the
offering clocking up 74 points between us. The
balance in each round did seem to veer a bit
dramatically with the team going first in Round 1
suffering rather badly in Round 5 (though that might
just have been down to Opsimathic ignorance!).
Overall there were 9 unanswered questions breaking
6-3 to the detriment of the home team (who won the
toss and went first). Opsimath Clare and
myself did agree afterwards that the 'Only
Connect' round was a little unfair to the team
going first (the Charas in this case) since by the
time the second of each pair was asked the type of
connection had been established. So I'd
recommend that future Only Connect rounds of
this sort do not have questions paired.
Other niggles? Well a number of the great
Mancunians in Round 3 were actually Salfordians
which would probably have led to some sort of
Prodigal topping had the round been asked the other
side of the Irwell. Also some of newspaper
suffixes (e.g. 'Cake') were totally unguessable
(unless you happened to come from Royston, say)
whereas others were reasonably guessable and acted
the way themes should by nudging you towards the
answer. On the plus side the Fibonacci
sequence round and the final University Challenge
Bingo round were very well received. And best
answer of the night was John's offer for Lenin's
definition of 'Imperialism' as "Doing capitalism to
someone else in their own country." Far better
than Lenin's own definition!
First Kieran from the Fletcher Moss....
"The Pigs were their usual intensely
competitive selves, and friendly as ever, as we set
about the Prodigals paper which I understand to be
entirely the work of University Challenge
winner, historian and cricket buff Michael (ED:
According to Ivor below just 5 of the 8 rounds were
Michael's doing). A slow burner maybe but
some excellent ideas. The 'Fibonacci sequence'
round made no sense at all until we twigged it on
the last question when mental arithmetic confirmed
the half-remembered notion that Boney had indeed
carked in 1821. Starting with an 'either Goneril or
Regan' question wasn't such a good idea though since
inevitably we went for the wrong one and the porkers
greedily took the pass over without having to think.
That stroke of luck came back our way however when
Dave went for Harper Lee and Dario Fo as the first
pair of 2016 literary stiffs, and then we got the
point for Umberto Eco (though we knew it anyway -
his everlasting shame, David scored a two in the 'Only
Connect' round for Achtung Baby but in
mitigation we all knew the answer. I even own
a copy, gathering dust in a dark place somewhere.
Somebody I didn't know very well bought it for me as
a birthday present. I don't speak to them anymore.
twelve twos and eight unanswereds. Not a
crowd-pleasing points-fest but it had its charms and
both teams had to work hard to score. But
there was very little that was uninteresting. The
'newspaper suffixes' was a theme that didn't really
work but on the plus side I now know that there is a
Crow and a Chad competing with the Guardian and the
Daily Hate for custom. Pig, and Guardian page
3 pin up, Andrew is also clued up now as to a whole
load of new forums for his splendid Emmeline
Pankhurst statue project."
....and less than enthusiastic Graham....
Saint Gilly, our QM, struggled with this one.
Both teams felt it was a pretty boring set of
questions. Mind you I'm a slave to Dave Barras
and the Hangers so you can't put me off that
....and not-so-owlish Ivor....
and Prodigal setter, Michael, was on hand to see how
we got on and whether we enjoyed the paper. He was
coy enough not to reveal which
were the five rounds he set but overall the quiz did
get the thumbs up.
We did quite like the Fibonacci series round (where
it certainly helped to be sitting in seat 4) and the
Booker prize winners round (where an impossible
Danish-derived Mancunian place name sprung to mind
when I recalled what was described as the most
unreadable book ever to win - The Bone People
by the New Zealander Keri Hulme). Despite my
'owlish ways' not even I have read it.
QotW was the French sound-a-like Mancunian keyboard
composer with the Smiths who may possibly be
remembered long after the other French composer of
the night, Pierre Boulez."
....and cryptic Mike O'B....
"As the score suggests this was a good quiz with
very few unanswerables. A real effort had been
made to tweak the traditional forms of themed
rounds. Our favourite question, even though we
got it wrong, was the cryptic clue concerning the
....and ecstatic Damian....
"Tonight's paper from the other Albert Clubbers, the
Prodigals, was a thoroughly enjoyable affair running
the gamut of practically every form of quizzing
known to Withquiz; with themes, both hidden and
announced, pairs, a bingo round and an Only
Connect round thrown in for good measure! The
subject matter of the questions was nicely balanced
and well varied. The way the scoring panned
out seems to suggest that the team going first in
each half may have had the slight advantage, with
the Opsis consistently ahead in every round in the
first half, and then the Charas grabbing the lead at
the start of the second half and (remarkably for us)
managing to hold on to it right to the end.
for Round of the Night: Only Connect;
Nomination for Question of the Night: The
English-sounding French phrase for 'I'm fed up' (at
least I think that's what it was)."
....and lastly Yuleophile Rachael....
"Over all, we all enjoyed the paper very much,
especially the 'Only Connect' round. There was
plenty of variety and some well thought out themes.
Our question of the night was the question about the
French phrase in the Manchester celebrities round."