Electric Pigs lost to The Charabancs of Fire
at the Fletcher Moss thus providing the visiting
team with a welcome two match unbeaten run as
Damian observes in his report....
"The Charas (mini) winning roll
progressed this week with our second victory of the
season over the Electric Pigs. In so doing we
achieved probably our biggest winning margin yet.
How 'mini' or 'maxi' this winning roll will prove to
be is anyone's guess but the type of questions set
by the last two quiz setters can only help our
cause. Papers like this remind us
nostalgically of why we used to regularly occupy a
position in the top half of the league table instead
of grazing the bottom as we have been doing in the
last few seasons.
We grabbed the lead in the first
round and never let it go opening up a big gap at
the start of the second half that enabled us to
coast to victory. A more disciplined approach
to conferring combined with some lucky guesses (once
again) aided our cause confirming one of the golden
rules of quizzing: if you don't know the answer,
guess it right!"
Early reports from Ladybarn indicated
the thrill of a tie but later reports (questioning
Roddy's keyboard dexterity and his ability to tell
the digits '2' and '3' apart) confirmed that
Ethel Rodin had beaten The Prodigals by a single
point in a very tense finish. Roddy
fills us in....
"I am sorry about the mistake with
the score but the '2' and the '3' are very close to
each other on the keypad. The quiz itself came
down to the 'African city' question at the end of
Round 8 with the Prodigals needing one to win and
having a team vote on whether the answer was Lagos
or Cairo. The team voted 3-1 for Cairo - with
the 'one' being team captain, Anne-Marie who thought
the answer was Lagos. As Anne-Marie says on
the message board, that's the sort of thing that
happens when you give people a vote.
Ethel started out with a 6-0 lead on
the difficult science round but went into the last
round two behind after being virtually level from
Round 3 onwards."
Occasionally on our WithQuiz Wednesday evenings it
seems like you're playing the same opposition every
other week so familiar are the faces sitting
opposite. Well that's the way it seems this
season between the two teams that slugged it out at
the Albert Club. This time the Opsimaths
came out on top beating Albert in a close contest.
Indeed Albert were ahead, or on level terms, from
Round 2 until the second half of the very last
time I was playing whilst Howell did the honours as
QM - and quite a job he had too. The trials
and tribulations of being a QM came to a head in
Round 6 on Question 4 (the one about the team that
had been relegated from the Premiership four times,
and its Directors). The question fell to
Ashton who gave what seemed a perfectly valid answer
(but not the one given on the paper). The
matter was disputed at the time by the Albert team
and, after much debate, and a bit of googling, was
resolved by both teams agreeing that Ashton should
indeed have two points. I think the key point
was that the answer on the paper was challenged at
once before we moved on to the next question.
Had we moved on, and then Albert retrospectively
challenged the answer, it would have been unfair to
the Opsimaths as any decisions the Opsis had
subsequently made based on the score at the time
(say to go for a conferred answer rather than a two)
may have turned out to be misguided (ref: the case
of The Bards v Pottery Motor Transport/Traction in
were 16 unanswered questions (breaking 8-8 between
the teams) and this contributed towards quite a
protracted match and - for what I think is the first
time this season - we strayed well past the 10.30pm
watershed. It was just shy of 11pm when we
finally wrapped things up. On this occasion I
think it was the nature of the paper rather than any
dawdling by the teams that caused the delay.
Perhaps we shouldn't gripe about this too much since
by and large this season has been free of very late
Lovingly Mike O'B adds his own losing
"Amidst the angst of defeat (with a pitiful 29
points) I am pleased to report that, after our
recent personal difficulties, the Albert has
reunited in love and understanding.
Acknowledging this I have (with apologies to The
Fifth Dimension) adapted their famous paean to love
as you can see below. From now on this will be
sung before every match that Albert participate in.
As for the quiz we lost because we didn't know
enough correct answers although we put a great deal
of enthusiasm into our wrong answers.
'This is the age of The Albert,
When the Prods are on their Seventh pint,
And Charas fistfight with the Bards,
Then peace will guide The Albert
And love will steer the stars.
This is the dawning of the age of The Al-bert,
The Al-bert, The Al-bert.
Harmony and Understanding,
Sympathy and Trust abounding,
No more falsehoods or divisions,
Golden living dreaming of its visions,
Mystic quizball revelations,
And the mind's true liberation.
The Al-bert, The Al-bert.
Let Eveline in, Eveline in, Eveline in.'
the standout result of the evening (at least as far
as the top of the table is concerned) Compulsory Mantis Shrimp
beat Dunkin' Dönitz quite convincingly at The
Turnpike. Shrimp James tells us the
was a case of déjŕ vu at the Turnpike as we played
Dunkin' Dönitz for the second time in two weeks,
following our 'European' clash at the same venue.
We forged a four-point lead after the first round
and were able to increase that lead incrementally
throughout the night, managing to win seven of the
eight rounds and thereby keeping our very slim title
hopes alive. Dunkin' Dönitz were very good
company, as always, and this made for a convivial
night's quizzing that finished around the 10.30pm
The Men They Couldn't Hang lost to The History Men
in a very low-scoring match at the Parr's Wood
Hotel. Though there were far too many
unanswered questions to make for an interesting
evening the result was nailbitingly close with just
three points in it at the end.