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Average Aggregate scored across the whole season for WithQuiz-style papers was: 70.2 points

 
Date Paper type

Set by

Comments Av. Agg.  
15/10/03 WithQuiz Ethel Rodin

Generally favourable comments.  I think it was just right for getting us back into the swing of things with no stunts and only one smugity (sailing boats NOT yachts - Round 2 Q7). 

67.6 Paper
22/10/03

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X-Pats

"The standard of the paper was fine."

Ethel Rodin liked the question about the only six-letter English word ending with 'cit'.

68.6 Paper
29/10/03

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Electric Pigs

Another excellent paper.

69.0 Paper
05/11/03

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Opsimaths

"The 'November 5th' linked questions were a  bit of a damp squib."

69.6 Paper
12/11/03

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Albert

It was a good 'straight down the middle' paper with the highest scores so far this season.

75.2 Paper
19/11/03

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History Men

It had a distinctly different feel from the papers we've had in the last few weeks.  Most of the rounds were themed but the touch was suitably light and the tenor never shifted from one of general knowledge.  When themes are executed like this it adds an enjoyable extra dimension without sending the thing all 'nerdy' - so thank you History Men.  The round I enjoyed most was the book round based on the BBC 'Best Read' programmes.

64.8 Paper
26/11/03 WithQuiz Fifth Finger

All feedback received agrees it was an excellent paper with a really enjoyable sporting venues picture round and many other good, fair questions.  In particular it was nice to have some maths questions that everyone could have a bash at. 

78.4 Paper
03/12/03

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Snoopy's Friends

Clearly the scores were low and this echoes some iffy feedback.  The colour theme was fine in concept and gave plenty of scope for a variety of questions (though an awful lot seemed to be literary) but dropping a 'violet' question, for instance, in a round that had hitherto been totally red was a bit naughty.  On the positive side, despite the low scoring, we did find quite a lot to debate in our many team 'confers' so we did find most of the questions interesting.

57.6 Paper
10/12/03

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Albert Park

"No moans about the balance, or about questions so hard that no-one can answer them.  A jolly good quiz and a credit to the setter(s). The Union Jack City was a good question that none of us could answer.  Similar kinds of questions could be set about Washington DC and Karlsruhe."

"This quiz was judged by both sides to be excellent."

73.2 Paper
17/12/03

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St Caths

The questions were definitely on the hard side.  Comments from around the matches were mixed but there were no major gripes.  Perhaps a few too many 'road' questions was one of the comments I heard.

58.4 Paper
07/01/04

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Stumped

This week we were entertained by another quirky quiz from Stumped.  The crossword round seems, again, to have been pretty popular but some of the other rounds were a bit of a mixed bag.

64.3 Paper
14/01/04

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Brains of Oak

On the whole the questions were pretty tough with a few phrased rather cryptically.

60.0 Paper
21/01/04 WithQuiz Gerry Hennessy

This was a cracking paper - confirming what we'd always known, namely that Gerry H was the best setter of all time. 

83.7 Paper
28/01/04

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Fifth Finger

There were themes and pairs all around - some explicit and others more irritatingly hidden.

"Overall the quiz was best summed up as 'a bit of a curate's egg'."

68.0 Paper
04/02/04

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Snoopy's Friends

Scores were on the low side (especially for teams that were short on criminal, botanical, airport and cookery knowledge).  Rather than go for themed rounds (explicitly or, as of late, implicitly) the Friends had settled for 8 themes that wove their way in and out of each round.

61.3 Paper
11/02/04

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Albert Park

A real cracker!!  High-scoring, explicit themes that gave a sideways angle on general knowledge (rather than trapped the teams in a cul-de-sac of knowledge) and plenty to chat about.

85.6 Paper
18/02/04

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St Caths

General feedback was very favourable.  The scores were pretty high and where I was QMing everybody enjoyed the paper.

75.0 Paper
25/02/04

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Stumped

They served up their usual offbeat mixture with: some very well crafted mugshots of pairs of famous faces melded together: a crossword round that almost (but not quite) kept a cricket theme running throughout;  some explicitly themed rounds on geography, music, indoor pursuits, and sports; and an implicitly themed round on weights and measures.

Reaction to the paper seems to have been pretty favourable round the grounds. 

68.6 Paper
03/03/04 WithQuiz Brains of Oak

Bingo Quiz this week.  There were plenty of 'Well I never!' moments - always a sign of a good quiz - but also the occasional stinker (Q70: 'What cheese is made in reverse?').

Round the grounds the comments were universally favourable.

71.4 Paper
10/03/04

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Ethel Rodin

Another popular paper - high scores and a high enjoyment factor all round.  The '50s Nostalgia' round proved particularly popular with the Opsimaths who find it hard to recall much that has happened since.

76.8 Paper
17/03/04

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X-Pats

Wednesday being St Paddy's day the theme was widely anticipated.  Every question or answer had either a 'saint' or a 'pat' reference.  The intensity of the theme diminished as the paper unfolded.  So, in round one we started off with 'Saint Patrick' full on; by the end we were onto 'PAThogenic'.

The setters certainly avoided the trap of getting bogged down in Ireland for 64 questions.  It was happily possible for the setters to stick fairly to General Knowledge questions whilst keeping to the constraints they had set themselves. 

Reactions were mixed.  Some found the theme wearing towards the end, whilst others commented favourably.

62.8 Paper
24/03/04

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Electric Pigs

Comments this week were once more pretty favourable.  A good snappy paper with most of the questions nicely targeted at the grey area half way between being dead certain and not having a clue.  The anagram's were a nice touch.

73.6 Paper
31/03/04

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Opsimaths

"In the end very good.  Lots of clever themes and a good spread of questions."

79.0 Paper
07/04/04

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Albert

Good straightforward quiz, I thought.  Liked the new question on rhyming answers (Round 3 Q1 & Q2). 

65.8 Paper
14/04/04 WithQuiz History Men

Feedback has been pretty favourable so far.  Interesting themes with plenty of points for those in control of their tongue tips.

76.3 Paper
21/04/04

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Gerry Hennessy

It was a high-scoring and popular bingo-style quiz rivalling Gerry's excellent efforts when he acted as Guest setter at the end of the first half of the season.

"The general opinion in our match was that the paper was really too easy."

79.2

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28/04/04

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Fifth Finger

They warned us of some hidden themes without revealing which rounds contained them, or, indeed, what the themes were.  As it turned out there were 3 themed rounds -  Round 3 (names of musicals), Round 6 (colours of the rainbow) and Round 7 (football team names).  The football team and musical themes seemed fine, but to me the rainbow one was flawed.

74.2 Paper
05/05/04

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Snoopy's Friends

úThis was the hardest quiz of the season so far and our scores certainly bore this out."

48.0 Paper
12/05/04

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Opsimaths

Down at the Griffin both teams were happy with the paper.

79.8 Paper
19/05/04

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Brains of Oak

It seemed to carry the usual whimsical touch that the Brains always bring to their papers with quite a few "Well I never knew that!" moments.  The one about ancient Didsbury (Question 65) was a purler (although I suspect that certain QMs found it infuriatingly long-winded).

All in all another good paper, I'd say.

68.7 Paper
26/05/04

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Electric Pigs

On the whole reaction to the paper was favourable from both matches.  To me it seemed a 'straight down the line' paper with first half/second half pairing and no themes.

67.0 Paper
02/06/04

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Albert

They opted for a traditional paired question format with no themes or pictures.  It was tough but there were plenty of juicy bits of trivia to be had.

65.5 Paper