This week the paper was set by The Stockport
League (in fact by Alice Walker and Haydn
Thompson of The Railway a.k.a. Locomotiv Stöckpört).
the right mix of rat-a-tat knowledge testers in the
early Stockport-style rounds followed by more
'ponder-ful' themed rounds in the WithQuiz-style
second half. Haydn was present at the Club and
enjoyed a hearty round of applause at the close of
the evening. The average aggregate across the
two matches (106.0) was well ahead of the usual WIST
paper average (the mid 90s).
In the A-Trophy contest I can't recall any
challenges or groans throughout the evening.
The contest started with a string of twos only
broken by the question about the American Puritan
minister, Cotton Mather, who nobody had ever heard
of. Often the WithQuiz side of the table at
these matches wonder whether their style of
questions with plentiful themes and various other
forms of answer-linking trickery might tax the
'foreign' setter but there was no such worry in this
paper. In particular the final round where you
were asked to chose a year and then find an answer
containing the name of a US State capital was nigh
on perfect WithQuiz fodder.
As for 'Question of the Week' the Round 1 question
about the two German villages got everyone's vote.
The Shrimps fielded this first and after much
pondering James persuaded his colleagues that it
could just be that one village had overtaken the
other as the largest settlement of ex-pat Germans in
Brazil (????). When it passed over to the
Prods there was again much pondering before (I
think) Michael latched on to the '50 miles to the
south east' clue and worked it out. A great
'penny drop' moment which made it the clear front
runner for the QotW award.
And then right at the end of the 'Extra Time' Round
(inserted just in case and read out after the match
had finished and the beer been bought) was a
memorable gem about the development of the Fanta
drink during World War 2. Check it out!
Mike O'B offers his thoughts
on the paper....
"This was an exciting quiz with lots of interesting
questions. We liked the round which involved
personalities with first names identical to American
State capitals. Could Lady Bracknell's first
name really be Cheyenne?"
Many thanks to Alice and Haydn for a