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This page provides a week-by-week summary of the 2016/17 season with links to each week's QuizBiz article and Question paper.

It also provides access to the season's Fixtures list from which you can link to the final League table, final Inter-team results grid and Photos from the end of season presentation evening.


Follow the season-by-season links below to access similar archive material for other seasons.

For the 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 seasons neither QuizBiz articles nor Question papers have been retained - but you can access what archive material remains directly from the links below.

1999/2000

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1999/2000

final table

2000/01

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2000/01

final table

2000/01

results grid

2000/01

photos

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

2017/18

2018/19

           

Over the coming months each past Question paper and QuizBiz article will be converted to the presentation style first adopted in September 2018.  As this is done the panel that links to the past papers and QuizBiz articles will be changed to blue.

In the meantime the links take you to the Question paper and QuizBiz article as first entered onto the website.

 

2016/2017 Fixture list

 

09/09/16

Sad news to start the season with the recent death of Richard Seed, a long time WithQuizzer and friend of us all

 

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21/09/16

WithQuiz snatch back the WIST Trophy after a year in the care of the Stockport League - QotW set by long term City fan and Stockport quizzing supremo, Mike Wagstaffe makes us all want to turn our backs on the QM

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28/09/16

The season kicks off with wins for Albert, the Pigs, the Dunkers, Mantis Shrimp and The Opsimaths - QotW reminds us of who started the running Brexit sore from which we are still suffering (and will be long after this website has faded away), the bloody Steward of Northstead

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05/10/16

Wins for The Opsis, Ethel, DD and The Prods - whilst The Pigs and The History Men slug out the first drawn match of the season - Gilly struggles with Aaron Chwatt but gets a midwife toad to make her feel at home - QotW celebrates a velvet revoluionary

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12/10/16

Father Megson blames his team's recent woes on Dave, Gilly and The Men - Wins for The Opsis, The History Men, Ethel, The Shrimps and the Dunkers - Still no joy for the Bards, the Charas and The Men - QotW about the Piranha brothers - Transnistria's Foreign Secretary gets a look in

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19/10/16

The Shrimps and The Opsimaths maintain their 100% records; no joy yet for The Bards, The Men or The Charas - questions about Harry Ramsden and Vladimir Lenin plus a gruesome QotW linking death by hanging, graffiti and pop groups

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26/10/16

The Charas start their winning surge; Victories for all the 100%ers: The Opsis, The Shrimps and The Dunkers - Fr M 'Carries on Kampfing' - QotW about the strange coincidence associated with William Herschel's age at his death

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02/11/16

The Shrimps and The Dunkers march on unbeaten whilst (like Barcelona) The Opsimaths prove themselves 'vincible' - questions about the series of Ladybird books for grown-ups - QotW concerns the artist with the greatest number of Number one albums

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09/11/16

The Alex and Travellers Call keep Stockport's hopes alive but elsewhere WithQuiz clean up - QotW all about D B Cooper the Portland to Seattle criminal - and is Pab Zab harder than Jaap Stam?

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16/11/16

Q: Which team hasn't won a match this season? A: NONE! - both TMTCH and The Bards chalk up their first victories of the campaign; elsewhere the Dunkers and the Shrimps continue undefeated - Opsimath Brian's paper brings everyone up-to-date on Rossendale's annual gravy wrestling

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23/11/16

The Shrimps lose leaving the Dunkers as the only 100% team left standing - an excellent Dave Barras paper with QotW all about a Cornish fishing port - memories of the first meeting of the Pools panel and the infamous moustachioed Gerald Nabarro

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30/11/16

The Dunkers win again in a very tight finish to keep their 100% record intact - Just to make the Shrimps feel at home Wilfred Pickles crops up yet again with Ena Sharples but no Mabel - QotW all about mathematical mnemonics

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07/12/16

The Dunkers keep their unbeaten record and their 4 point lead at the top of the table - sad news of the death of Jane the popular Fletcher Moss landlady casts a shadow over the Albert/Opsimaths clash - QotW about Lewis's more serious side - elsewhere in Lewis the Donald...

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14/12/16

The Dunkers keep their 100% record whilst the Shrimps and the Opsimaths both lose - The Charas start their post Christmas surge a tad early - alarming news of Pig Andrew singing The Wonder of You at the Manchester Labour Party Christmas party - QotW all about the Shakespeare play with the highest death count

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11/01/17

The Shrimps, the Dunkers, Albert and Ethel prosper whilst the Opsis slip up (again) against the resurgent Charas - QotW all about the French being fed up with Mancunian guitarists

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18/01/17

Victories in line with the form-book - apart from the Bards beating Ethel at the Cricket Club - a whole round about the Peak District including the QotW in which Hope Springs Eternal!

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25/01/17

Only one headline tonight: The Bards ram-raid Fortress Griffin and nick the Dunkers' 100% record - QotW won by the fascinating teaser asking for the names of the 2 US Presidents born in 1913 - another favoured question revived memories of The Avengers

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01/02/17

Albert and The Opsimaths creep a little closer to the Dunkers at the top; the Shrimps and the Prodigals miss out - QotW all about the resting place of two boobies

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08/02/17

Traveller's Call win through to hold the flame for Stockport in the WIST Finals against WithQuiz's Albert - The Shrimps will play the Prodigals in the all WithQuiz A-Trophy final - Mike O'Brien hogs the limelight with an unashamed plug for Mr Compensator and his special magic 8-ball - QotW all about John Johnson who avoided the hangman by tumbling from the scaffold to his death in 1606

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15/02/17

Double bubble for the Dunkers - they win whilst nearest rivals Albert, the Opsimaths and the Shrimps all slip up - excellent QotW all about the national anthem called 'Ons Hémécht' - and the Prodigals win the Orkney Dary trophy in the Albert Club derby

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22/02/17

In an evening where the top 6 were all matched against each other.... The Shrimps edged closer to the top beating the Dunkers whilst the Opsimaths and Ethel beat close rivals Albert and the Prodigals - In a pretty tough Bards paper QotW was all about Torquemada, Mary Tudor and Lucretia Borgia

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01/03/17

At the top The Dunkers and The Shrimps both win; elsewhere there's the rarity of two tied matches - between The History Men and The Charas, and The Bards and The Men They Couldn't Hang - a pointsfest of an Opsimaths paper from Brian - QotW all about Serbian delicacies

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08/03/17

Defeats for the Dunkers and the Shrimps leaving just a sliver of a chance for the Opsimaths - a quiz set by TMTCH summed up thus: "A paper that was, in effect, a volume of 64 short and absorbing stories crafted to perfection by master builder, Dave Barras" - QotW about tubular warnings

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15/03/17

News of the death of Dave Barras, one of WithQuiz's finest overshadows the week in which DD clinch the title - Pigs' paper dedicated to Dave with these words: "Dedicated to Dave Barras.  A genial giant and a master quiz setter.  With grateful thanks for the many hours of enjoyment your quizzes and your company have afforded us."

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22/03/17

The day of Dave Barras's funeral - Gerry posts this beautiful tribute:

"It was dark, dreich and dismal at Macclesfield crematorium yesterday as many of us gathered to say goodbye to Dave.  A sullen contrast to the rich and colourful patchwork that had been Dave's short life as we heard described in an eloquent ceremony.

One thing that stayed with me (apart from the grief etched into Gilly's face) was the description of the little bits of paper left lying around the house when Dave took to setting quizzes.  I recently heard Seamus Heaney's widow saying that she still missed her husband's untidiness about the house; his clutter of little jottings and phrases that might one day be nurtured and coaxed into poetry.

Good quiz questions are maybe more ephemeral than good poetry but they have this in common: they don't just happen, they both need a lot of work, a lot of teasing and wheedling before they can be published.  Above all they both need inspiration.  Dave had that inspiration.  An inspiration that made us realise that there is more to knowledge than knowing the answer; that knowing how to ask can yield a still more rewarding pleasure.

Quizzing, by its nature, will always be about the trivial and the banal.  But so is life oftentimes.  So take a leaf out of Dave's jotter and make the most of both.

Rest in Peace, Darlo lad.  You are and will always be missed."

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29/03/17

The league season ends with wins for The Albert, The Opsimaths and The Shrimps, but defeat for our League Champions, the Dunkers, emphasising just how close a contest it's become of late - QotW about the Spice Girls and 1-2-3-4-5 - Memories of Bagpuss

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05/04/17

Victories for TMTCH, The History Men and The Charas as the handicap system does its thing - Tough Opsimaths paper - QotW about the arrest of Helen Duncan in 1944

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12/04/17

Cup competitions underway - Dispute as to whether Greenland is a country and Rutland a county - QotW for philatelists: 'They were introduced in 1958 and phased out in 1991; they are said to have inspired the 1973 Genesis album Selling England by the Pound; what are they?'

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26/04/17

Travellers Call triumph in the WIST Champions Cup to take the trophy back to Stockport for the first time in 5 years - The Prodigals win the A-Trophy for the second year running - Gadheim can't wait for Brexit whilst Westerngrund wants us to remain (see the fascinating QotW)

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03/05/17

Victories for the History Men and Ethel Rodin in the Val Draper semis - Dunkers and Prodigals win through to the Plate final - the Shrimps QotW links up fast food and oriental dictators - a gem of a question about Bierce's Dictionary definitions

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10/05/17

The History Men lift the Val Draper Cup, just - The Prodigals add the Plate to their A-Trophy victory a fortnight earlier - QotW all about a 'Vegetable Compound, a Positive Cure for all those Complaints and Weaknesses so common to our best female population'

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24/05/07

The Dunkers win the 2016/17 Question of the Season award - The Shrimps win the evening's quiz which was set and presented by Mike Wagstaffe - as a quiz bonus Mike asked us to think of an amusing caption for this wonderful picture of Pope Francis

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