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WITHQUIZ QUESTION PAPERS
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Average Aggregate scored across the whole season for WithQuiz-style papers was: 68.8 points & for WIST-style papers: 98.4 points
Stockport & WithQuiz
Good reaction in the main. "Our sort of quiz - no disputes" according to Andrew from the Fletcher Moss. "What a fab quiz - we always enjoy Smoke Fairies papers" from Anne-Marie at the Albert Club.
At the Red we had mixed feelings with incredulity stretched to the limits with the round whose theme seemed to rely on some bits of the answers being vaguely related to some words that appear in some items that appear in a sequence of some geological ages.
Everybody liked it. The variety ensured that if there was a round you didn't fancy too much then there was something tasty waiting in the wings.
"A great quiz as usual from the Charabancs. Loved the Blockbuster and 'Pick Your Own Subject' rounds. Only beef...the royal marriage questions were too complicated."
"...a truly taxing quiz."
"The last time I faced something that tough on a Wednesday evening was when I inadvertently opened a packet of steak flavoured crisps in the White Swan. The only round to hit the mark was the themed Round 7."
Reviewers were largely happy with their evening's entertainment.....
"The quiz gets an AAA rating from both teams. A high scoring affair, loads of interesting themes and questions, and only 5 unanswereds."
"Beautifully constructed quiz. Well done to The Opsimaths for a great quiz (as usual)."
Well I'll be perfectly honest the Opsimaths didn't like it.
"The Historymen's paper was an interesting cross-section of themes and matched pairs. Not all the themes were that helpful (who among us actually knows the names of Cabinet Secretaries past and present?) but even when a tad obscure, the questions were well-crafted enough to give us an opportunity for an educated guess. As so often with Historymen fare, it was enjoyable and amusing."
Quiz itself was a bit of a challenge especially in the first half but scoring picked up considerably in the second half. Plenty of questions where answers were tantalisingly on the edge of one's knowledge.
"The quiz itself was well regarded and, considering it was largely a 'one person setter' paper, the range of questions and the inherent interest (even for the questions to which no one knew the answer) was highly praiseworthy."
"The questions seemed to have been commissioned from someone in Swansea."
"Very long evening it must be said and it was not really our kind of quiz."
"As reflected in the low scores, tonight's questions did not get a very favourable reaction from either team. Too many difficult, lengthy, obscure and frankly rather boring questions was the consensus."
It was pacy with succinct answers and covered a goodly range of sectors from the knowledge spectrum. The themes were straightforward and helped as they should. My own favourite round was the 'Johns' one which hit exactly the right degree of 'tip-of-the-tongueness'.
"Both teams agreed the questions were rather good - indeed 'the best Albert quiz for a while'."
It was a paper absolutely bristling with information (as is always the case with Dave's output). I must admit that on occasions I'd forgotten what was being asked of me by the time I'd absorbed the last nugget of ancillary data. Dave does like laying a devious trail.
"The quiz was a mixture of the brilliant and the totally opaque and thoroughly enjoyable."
Moderately hard quiz tonight. Needless to say any pop question after 1990 is a bit of a challenge but we even failed on 1950s pop.
"Reaction was mixed. The Twelve Days of Christmas Round was a good idea but the variation in difficulty between the questions gave TMTCH a distinct advantage (as luck would have it) - and 8 questions on any religion is 6 too many in my book."
An excellent paper full of taxing content and interesting formats. I just wonder whether the Blockbuster format for Rounds 3 and 4 couldn't have been applied to the answers rather than key phrases in the questions. But that's a mere quibble on such a well crafted paper.
"Excellent questions from the Prodigals."
The round of linked first names was just nicely pitched to tease (although perhaps a handout of the names might have saved a bit of time and repetition) and the pop/geography round for those who hate pop but love geography questions, or hate geography but love pop questions was perfect for the moaners and enthusiasts alike (i.e. everybody).
"Quiz questions very good - the name connections round was eclectic to say the least."
"A really great quiz from The Charas."
"Overall joy at another fine work of art from the Charas notching the second highest average aggregate of the season to date."
The general view of the Turnpike players was that the QotW (for which most of you predictably opted) was inserted in an unashamed, brass-necked attempt to grab the Question of the Season award. But what a cracker!
QotW: In which town is the British Dyslexia Research Centre based?
In truth it really was great fun. There was not a bad word to be had from around the grounds - other than, perhaps, a little gripe at the balance with the team going second having the advantage.
"The paper was enjoyable, if a bit challenging."
The quiz was testing and enjoyable. I do have one gripe, which I have made before. If we are to have a 'Pick the questions' section to the quiz then there should be at least two rounds in this format to even up the chances.
"Yet another paper full of interest with plenty of points on offer for the switched on quizzer."
"A good quiz. We're licking our lips for the follow-up to the male appendages round."
Footballers called Hartley and Poole could never score goals for Hartlepool in the same match, History Men papers could never be popular amongst Opsimaths - these are just some of the rocks upon which my old age has been built. Bugger me!! Everything's gone wrong in the same week. Which is a roundabout way of saying this was a fantastic paper.
"What a superb quiz!! Not one bad question."
Yet again it's good news. Perhaps not quite such hefty scores as in the previous few weeks but nevertheless good scoring with plenty of opportunities to work things out from the information given if you didn't happen to know the answer straight off.
"Quite a tricky quiz in places, though my colleagues were unfazed by having to contend with not only sportsmen questions, but referee questions as well (too much day-time telly I reckon)."
It was an enjoyable canter through all sorts of avenues of knowledge but is most likely to be remembered for the first sighting in either league of the famous Only Connect wall.
Plenty to entertain tonight with the themes
"The Piggies' paper had some interesting theme rounds although we were all left wondering what exactly the Poseidon Adventure had to do with Superman? However, we felt a vote of congratulations to the Piggies was in order for managing to set a round on no less than EIGHT famous Bradfordians that, bar our own dear Chara John, did not include the most famous Bradfordian of all, composer Frederick Delius!"
A long hard marathon of a quiz but - in my view - no slog.
"Bit of a throwback paper with lots of old chestnuts we haven't seen in ages, some unbalanced pairings and even some airport names!"
The QM should have been on a pedestal with a mike in hand reciting the paper straight through - answers and all - with perhaps a short pause for applause every now and then. It was a masterpiece of erudition and wording. It was just dripping with information. The answers seemed to be incidental as the paper unfolded. It took ages to complete and even now as I read it through prior to getting it on the site I keep coming across stuff that had passed me by early in the evening. So, I liked it; so we all liked it. Well mostly.
"A very clever and thorough paper set by TMTCH."
We had to wait until Round 7 before the temptation got just too much for the setters and a splurge of 1980s Indy rock music burst forth. The previous 6 rounds were generally about knowledge rather than specifically about personal obsessions. The result? A great paper!
"Lovely quiz from CMR."
Yet another excellent paper to bring the league season to a close.
"Excellently constructed quiz from the Prodigals. Obviously a lot of thought must have been put in to produce questions where, even if you didn't get the answer, you kicked yourself for not having a proper stab at it.
"I think we all found the quiz quite challenging with a few questions that went unanswered and left us none the wiser when the answer was revealed."
This was another VERY popular paper. Loads of original thinking plus late nights from Kieran sitting up with his Lego kit making models of film posters, works of art and album covers.
"Great quiz as usual from the Smoke Fairies. Loved the Lego round"
Once more we had a paper that was pretty popular around the grounds. I don't whether it's just me but I've noticed a real flowering in adventurous question writing in the second half of this season. The 'Like Father, Like Son' round was a good example of this. Excellent clues and answers that were on the edge of everyone's arc of knowledge - i.e. 'tip of the tongue' stuff.
"Once again an interesting and well constructed quiz with the father-son clues especially cunning."
"Tonight's paper was a characteristic Hangmen effort with many of the varied and quirky themed rounds for which they are justly famous. Thought-provoking seemed again to be the consensus."
Most questions offered plenty of extraneous but fascinating information so that by the end of the evening you felt you'd been to a lecture on a range of subjects by a total enthusiast with some questions thrown in for good measure.
'Knocked Out United'
"One of the harder quizzes of the season with an aggregate score of 63. There were 17 unanswereds."
A good, middling to high-scoring paper with an excellent balance.
Feedback from both teams was very positive with the only real glitch coming from the QM (me) who foolishly referred to pie-eating before, not after, the Harry's Bar question in Round 4.
End of Season
A cracking end of season quiz paper - 4 rounds each of 25 questions.