The Withington Pub Quiz League
WITHQUIZ QUESTION PAPERS
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Average Aggregate scored across the whole season for WithQuiz-style papers was: 69.2 points & for WIST-style papers: 82.7 points
Mike Wagstaffe & Mike Bath
A paper containing themes, pairs and bingo - a pot pourri of all our formats. Pretty good was the general consensus.
"Full of praise for Round 4 on Shipping areas."
4 themed rounds (one with pictures) and 4 paired rounds. It went down OK at the Griffin where I was QMing (perhaps they were being nice to me!). Favourite was Round 3 with the Lord of the Rings theme.
"A tough quiz. Very impressed by the stones round, as any themed round that still leaves you searching for a link after 4 or 5 questions has to be pretty inspired."
"It was always an interesting quiz. Maybe it would have been a better idea if either round 6 or round 7 had been inserted into the first half to ease the slog."
"The unanimous vote for 'Round of the week' went to Round 5 which would have been really excellent if Snoopy's had remembered to include it."
"We were all generally positive about the quiz; well balanced pairs throughout."
"Good tough questions but generally of the straightforward kind."
Themed rounds 1 and 8 sandwiched five paired rounds. In a homage to last week's Snoopy quiz where the questions for Round 5 were missing, SPW decided to give us a Round 5 with missing answers.
So, all in all, a pretty good evening's entertainment.
"We found the Prodigals's questions a well-balanced mixture of erudition, entertainment and eccentricity."
"A pretty good paper with a wide range of subjects and plenty of points to be won."
Roddy in the QM seat did say it would be a moderately difficult quiz but in the end it didn't prove outrageously so.
"Pretty good quiz and clearly plenty of points on offer. Everyone happy with the night's entertainment (well we were at any rate)."
A wide range of subjects were covered from pop singers who went to war to the introduction of the poll tax in 1275.
"A couple of comments about what we thought was an okay paper (personally, I thought pretty good, but my enthusiasm was not shared by all my fellow Pigs)."
Fantastic!! A model of what a really well crafted WithQuiz-style paper should be. Plenty of well worked themes which served to enhance the questions (rather than questions which served to live out a theme), a dazzling array of subjects and a few 'penny drop moments' to leave you with lots to talk about at work tomorrow.
"Tonight's paper was excellent."
As TMTCH put it: '64 things TMTCH knew nowt about'.
The truth is the paper was well-crafted
History Men & TMTCH
It was a most enjoyable paper which, I think, showed off the standard of our league's question-setting most favourably. The variety of the question styles with pairs, pictures, themes and the Stockport written test kept us on our toes all evening. I thought TMTCH's 4 themed rounds were absolute corkers with my favourite being Round 3 (the theme being those Northern things that follow the rivers and precede the TV soap programmes).
Positive comments from the Albert Club, the Griffin and the Red but down at the Stadium of Murk James and Ethel were none too chuffed about the balance.
"So long since we last had a game it felt like going back to school after the summer holidays. Paper went down very well here but we know what to expect from the Charas and they didnít disappoint with their usual (or rather unusual) Irishiana (is that a word?) and monarchiarchal (possibly not a word) curios."
"Tedious - too clever by half."
"We found this a rather hard quiz."
"On the whole a challenging but informative quiz - very few 'twos'."
"Plain sailing with the straightforward wording of the questions providing plenty of quickfire answers."
General consensus was that it was a pretty good paper with plenty of imagination and lots of variety. I thought the 'name the missing member of the group' round went down really well
"Very good quiz; thoughtful questions, excellent themes, well balanced. A great example of how to set an interesting quiz which kept both teams in the tie right up to the last 2 questions."
It was a classic WithQuiz paper full of interesting subject matter, and equally interesting ideas as to how to engage the brainpower of the teams (sibling hunting, hidden themes, celebrity picture-spotting with a common nominal feature),
"Pretty good really - lots of points on offer (we scored 18 twos) and some good ideas. We liked the picture round where the surname was a first name."
"A challenging paper was redeemed by interesting subject matter and a new twist in the bingo rounds where the question number formed a key element of the actual question."
"Great quiz - compliments to the setters."
"Albert's questions went down very well with both teams."
"Anne-Marie was unlucky enough to get the Goodness Gracious Me parody question (Round 8 Question 2) and hereby nominates it as the most obscure question of the decade."
Dave called in to see how the paper went down. At the final whistle (sounded just after the last orders call) both teams gave him a spontaneous round of applause. In my view this paper was as good an example of the WithQuiz question-setting craft as we've had all season
"We all appreciated that a lot of hard work had gone into tonight's quiz; generally thoughtful questions that frequently needed long discussion and inspired deduction - which might be rephrased as 'a long hard slog', but that would be unfair. There were many excellent questions and well organised pairings."
"A moderately difficult quiz. It was certainly full of interesting teasers."
"A hearty thumbs up - I think both teams enjoyed the Hitchcock themed round the most."
"It dragged a little here and there but overall a combined score of 70 with plenty of twos indicates a pretty good evening's entertainment."
"Rather a lot of unanswerables in this game (17) which as setters we find a bit of a surprise."
Good fun all round Didsbury (though not much joy in Clayton, Kieran). As ever Gerry served up an enjoyable evening with plenty of points on the board and plenty to discuss as well.
"From T S Eliot to Bananaman in consecutive questions - that's what I call GENERAL knowledge!"
Prodigals & Ethel Rodin
"The questions were really taxing."
Another cracker from Gerry to end our league season
It was a tasty mixture of themes and pairs with loads to chat about. At the Fletcher Moss the Opsimaths' favourite round was Round 4 with its academic theme.
Another great paper from The Men.
"Both teams enjoyed the Hangmen's questions. It was a well-crafted paper with some clever themes."
"Hard but fair" was Albert's verdict. The Men They Couldn't Hang seem to like it - especially the Canadian lake tie-break bit. Mike O'Brien had a fascination for Edgy Films whilst the Prodigals were taken with the thought that Colin was a Pollack. It was a low-scoring and lengthy affair but my overall impression from the Prodigals/Bard clash at The Albert Club was that the paper went down OK.
"On the whole the questions were very good. An enjoyable quiz.
"Tonight's questions were firm but fair. It was low scoring, but balanced,
First half dragged a bit we felt, and not up to the Charas usual standards.
'Knocked Out United'
In amongst this stupendous goulash of a quiz was the very first attempt at Swingo (OED: "Random choice of anything by means of sweet selection"). This delicious invention came courtesy of the Albert (see above for a description of its delivery).
"It seemed a tough paper."