The Withington Pub Quiz League
WITHQUIZ QUESTION PAPERS
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Average Aggregate scored across the whole season for WithQuiz-style papers was: 64.7 points & for WIST-style papers: 98.4 points
"All in all a well researched and well presented example of the setter's art if a tad on the tough side."
No getting away from the facts - it was tough!!
"We found the paper itself a tad on the hard side. None of us had ever heard of the famed concert pianists Martha Argerich and Valentina Lisitsa."
"Excellent Quiz!!" was the verdict from Andrew at the Red - and from the Griffin: "The usual very high standard from the Opsimaths. The 'Pick your Topics' format (first seen last year) works really well whilst the Thunderbirds and dead pop stars rounds offered plenty of points."
"Quiz itself a winner. Only 6 unanswered questions breaking 3-3."
I managed to talk to 5 of the teams face-to-face during the course of the evening and they all thought it was an excellent paper - even those suffering defeat.
"Loads of points on offer and some well worked themes although there were a couple of telegraphed pairs. We loved the sheer front of introducing a Eurovision Song Contest round via The Aryan Brotherhood (of Man - which we are thinking should be our team name next year)."
"We thought the Bards' efforts were generally quite good despite a rather obvious pairing here and there."
"All the teams thoroughly enjoyed the wide variety of questions."
"General appreciation from both teams for a fine paper.....but there were one or two holes to pick.....the balance on occasions left something to be desired with Porifera (the hardest question of Round 1) paired with Esox (by some way the easiest question of the round) being just one example."
Heavy doses of politics and the arcane in a standard issue Ethel paper. As ever some loved it and some - well - were not so keen.
"We liked the questions with Prime Ministerial connections."
A common moan from all quarters about the mistaken assumption that Glossop is in Greater Manchester (Round 6 Question 8) but otherwise plenty of approbation
"The quiz was variable in difficulty. I think going first was an advantage given the spread of unanswerables."
Variety is the spice of life and by God there was plenty of variety in this paper. Themes, Blockbuster-style question choices, Bingo rounds and a 'Who am I?' format. At The Red we found it all thoroughly enjoyable. It took us up to ten minutes before closing time to get through the paper but I don't think any of us felt it hard work.
"We were a bit overwhelmed by the popular music-related stuff."
"Quiz paper hit all the right notes and we especially appreciated the interesting additional info given in some of the answers."
"Decent enough quiz, though we feared the worst after the first couple of questions offered up island populations and traffic figures from the airport. Things got much better, however, as the evening bobbed along."
"Three cheers to the CMR on their maiden quiz setting effort. Some of their questions were a little on the erudite side."
"The inaugural Meat Rafflers paper was certainly a toughie."
The chief concern for me was the very low aggregate score (45.8) which was over 10 points lower than the previous lowest this season. This means that many of the questions went unanswered by either team. Indeed at the Albert Club there were 4 instances of one of the teams scoring no points in a whole round.
"The quiz was hard - very hard - with 24 unanswerables in total."
"The quiz was as expected from the doyen of setters; pairs that were close, but not too close, and themes that were not outrageous. However it was perhaps harder than some past offerings from Gerry."
For me this was, by some way, the best paper of the season. The Men on top form yet again. Brilliantly executed themes, plenty of penny drop moments, and an evening's worth of interesting conversation to be had on the back of the subject matter in pretty well every round.
"The star of the evening was the quiz itself."
"Once again, the inventiveness of the Men's themes/connections put the rest of us to shame (how can anyone follow that next week - and it's us setting!!)."
"Decent enough quiz though there were one or two dodgy pairs."
"Both teams seemed to enjoy the questions though with 14 unanswered it was more difficult than we thought when compiling."
There's no 2 ways about it - the majority didn't like it. After providing the highest average aggregate of the season so far in their first paper before Christmas the Opsimaths last night managed to achieve the second lowest of the season.
"We found the paper boring and Gerry felt the questions lacked empathy".
"This week was a rat-a-tat affair with most of us done and dusted by 10pm. Not a lot learned but some good exercise in familiar territory."
"The Piggies' questions were a return to the traditional quiz format, with bog standard general knowledge questions, after the esoteric efforts of previous weeks. The pairings left a tad to be desired at times but all in all it was good, clean fun and an enjoyable evening was had by all."
Very decent paper from the Bards with plenty of twos and only a few unanswered.
"We thought it was a really good quiz this week. Excellent mix of questions."
The feedback received from the teams indicates that this was a pretty good paper. It was well balanced and gave rise to some close contests.
"The quiz itself was a winner and Round 2 was a Treat."
"Overall impression was that this was fairly difficult quiz with some unevenness in the pairings.
"I'm loathe to praise such a dull paper but somehow it managed to produce an exciting match
"We enjoyed the paper but found some questions pretty challenging"
Some quite conflicting feedback about this one. James at Stadio del Noce thought it very lop-sided with the balance all in favour of the team that went second.
General opinion was that there was plenty of good material on display
Excellent! Full of variety and interesting stuff sprinkled with some trademark Gerry Collins wording (the thought of WW2 being decided in an afternoon by a couple of Cup Winners slugging it out was magnificent). Round 2 contained a devilish twist at the end which nearly stumped us until my crossword brain realised that it was the 3 letters themselves that were reversed. My own favourite, though, was the Blockbuster round which the Charas try out regularly.
Themes and interest but nothing too obscure.
Fantastic!! Round 4 scored a new first for our league - questions on knitting with the actual stitches knitted and provided in the envelope for the match at the Turnpike. Cheryl very kindly converted the photos that the rest of you had into actual knitted swatches for the Meat Raffle game.
"OKish paper from the Prodigals but a bit laboured here and there."
It was pretty tough as the average aggregate score implies. Amidst the head-scratching, however, there was, what I thought, the best themed round of the season based on the highest buildings in the world in reverse chronological order.
"Wow! Both teams found this a difficult quiz and the final score reflected this."
An excellent effort according to feedback received so far. Well worked themes, plenty of points on offer and a gorgeous ending.
The 'Where am I?' Round 1 got things off to a cracking start with the monster theme perhaps edging it as the best themed round of the evening.
A refreshing change to what's become our staple diet of pairs interspersed with themes - just questions one after the other with no rhyme or reason connecting them.
"Tonight's paper was a bit of a treat for us as it harked back to the good old days of simple, straightforward, themeless general knowledge questions."
"Hard quiz - 23 unanswerables. It is always good to be reminded that no matter how well informed you think you are there are always gaps in your knowledge that a discerning quiz can penetrate. In this case rappers, cathedrals, early modern European monarchs, Gothic horror juvenilia and much, much more."
"We found it tough going but redeemed by the pure fun and laughter it generated."
Quite a tough paper but with plenty of amusement along the way to keep us all engaged. Questionable pairing in some cases (I was the lucky soul who got the Spock question so I shouldn't complain too much) but the feedback and the results (especially the one at the Parrswood) indicate a job well done by Graham and his gang.
"It was not a quiz for the young."
"A hugely enjoyable 'straight down the middle' paper set by the league's arch conformists."
"The general consensus seemed to be that it was an excellent all round balanced paper from the Piggies."
The whole paper could certainly be summed up by the word 'eclectic'. As ever themes rubbed shoulders with pairs, and the downright boring (naming tax rates) with the fascinating (the connection between Origen, Sima Qian, Mohammad Khan and Boston Corbett).
"In all a great celebration of the unique WithQuiz style."
The paper demonstrated mastery of both the Stockport and the WithQuiz codes of questioning. In the Stockport format Round 1 all but one of the 30 questions were answered correctly ensuring there were no 'not a clue' longeurs.