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Average Aggregate scored across the whole season for WithQuiz-style papers was: 72.3 points & for WIST-style papers:  88.9 points

 
Date Paper type

Set by

Comments Av. Agg.  

17/09/15

WIST

Mike Bath

"The questioning rattled along at a reasonable pace and very few questions remained unanswered by either team - always a good sign."

122.0

Paper

30/09/15

WithQuiz

Charabancs

"This was a tough paper."

"The bingo-themed Round 5 had some good questions but no-one had the faintest idea what the theme was as the round progressed."

"The overall verdict was that the questions were too hard."

63.6

Paper

07/10/15

WithQuiz

Opsimaths

"Great quiz tonight - not a single dud question, and very few went unanswered."

"Well balanced for difficulty too."

"The quiz had moments good and bad. "

87.6

Paper

14/10/15

WithQuiz

Electric Pigs

"Although fairly low scoring, the paper was full of interest with lots of answers just tantalisingly out of reach (for me anyway)."

"The themes were, by and large, pitched just right with our favourite being the 'sound-alike countries' one which neither team got, but both teams kicked themselves for not spotting."

72.4

Paper

21/10/15

WithQuiz

Dunkin' Dönitz

"Another stonking pointsfest of an evening with the average aggregate just topping 80 points for the second time in the four weeks of the season played.  Not a bad word to be had for the Dunkers."

"If you are a music and a football fan this was a great quiz, if not it was good in parts but you were likely to feel out of things for certain sections."

80.4

Paper

28/10/15

WithQuiz

History Men

"Enjoyable quiz - generally well set.  Not so many fans of the Eastern Asia round."

"Tough quiz - i suspect we might be the only team to beat our average score!!!"

66.0

Paper

04/11/15

WithQuiz

TMTCH

"Brilliant!  Dave has taken us on another guided tour round the backyard of his quirky knowledge-land with plenty of coaxing so that we could scrabble our way towards answers without waiting to be told (at least most of the time) - or, as Gilly lovingly, and more succinctly, put it a trawl through the sort of shite that Dave's full of."

"As we have come to expect an excellent set of questions displaying all the inventiveness we crave."

74.6

Paper

11/11/15

WIST

Dave Barras

"Tougher by a way than last week's TMTCH offering with an even greater focus on engines, lower league football clubs and accessories of war."

"As for the paper: challenging and a bit of a curate's egg."

79.4

Paper

18/11/15

WithQuiz

Mantis Shrimp

"Needless to say we enjoyed the quiz and the themes.  Plenty of questions for us oldies despite it being a Mantis Shrimp compilation."

"Great fun quiz from the Shrimps although the 2 knitters on The Prodigals team take issue with 'knit one, pearl one' as this is either rib or moss stitch, but definitely not stocking  stitch."

71.8

Paper

25/11/15

WithQuiz

Bards

"The evening's average aggregate was a tad on the low side."

"Tough second half to the quiz, but it threw up some very interesting facts."

"What a magnum opus it was!  Hit the sweet spot for us - with dodgy politicians, American presidents and football grounds all featuring, plus a more than generous helping of pop music."

62.8

Paper

02/12/15

WithQuiz

Albert

"This was a good high-scoring paper with few of the 'setter flourishes' that we have seen so frequently this season and which, whilst often enjoyable and informative, have tended to stretch the duration of matches up to and past closing time.  This week's effort was designed to allow a fair bit of time for chat after the match."

83.4

Paper

09/12/15

WithQuiz

Prodigals

"A fine aggregate score of 79.4 meant that this season's trend of keeping the dreaded 'unanswerables' to the bare minimum was maintained."

"The Opsimaths liked this quiz.  It was pretty well-balanced with some cleverly put together rounds which contained plenty of interest."

"Our favourite round was the one with the Jeremy Corbyn theme."

79.4

Paper

16/12/15

WithQuiz

Ethel Rodin

"The overall average aggregate was a little on the low side but there was plenty of interesting material and one or two controversies (as you'd expect).  All in all a fine way to end the first half of WithQuiz 2015/16."

"As our score suggests this was a fairly hard quiz - but not an intrinsically unfair one.  There were relatively few unanswerables but also few twos.  The themes were interesting and encouraged enjoyable conferrals."

66.8

Paper

13/01/16

WithQuiz

Charabancs

"A bit of a curate's egg this one.  Certainly a healthy enough average aggregate at 76.0 but clearly issues with the balance of the difficulty."

"We enjoyed the Megson round and see it as a tribute to a man who has done so much to give the Church the reputation it currently has."

"All agreed that the second half of the season got off to a rousing start with lots of interesting questions."

76.0

Paper

20/01/16

WithQuiz

Opsimaths

"A hatful of points on offer."

"So a scrupulously fair paper with an aggregate score of 84 and 25 twos.   All participants pretty satisfied."

83.2

Paper

27/01/16

WithQuiz

Electric Pigs

"Good quiz - well balanced, no dud questions except perhaps the round with the food companies."

"Tonight's questions from the Piggies felt a bit like a trip down memory lane with several 'I'm sure I've heard that one before' reactions."

73.6

Paper

03/02/16

WithQuiz

Dunkin' Dönitz

"The quiz was difficult although well-constructed. We hated the picture round."

"A great quiz tonight - really good questions.  Close throughout and well balanced with only 3 unanswereds to each team.  Down to the last question."

74.2

Paper

10/02/16

WIST

WithQuiz

"A 94.0 average aggregate was pretty good for a WIST paper and there were plenty of good brain teasers.  I particularly liked the Arthurian-themed round which gave just the right amount of theme-guidance without making things too obvious.  Less popular were the anti-pope questions which had everybody groaning.  Still all in all a good enjoyable evening's quizzing."

"Very interesting questions to test our quizzing abilities with a fair few tricky ones in the mix."

94.0

Paper

17/02/16

WithQuiz

History Men

"An erudite and well-presented effort with plenty of points on offer."

"Weak points?  Well, I did think quite a few times during the evening that the Mantis Shrimps youngsters were bombarded with quite a lot of stuff relating to that awkward period before they were born but after history had finished."

71.2

Paper

24/02/16

WithQuiz

TMTCH

"We had to be impressed yet again by the amount of time, thought and effort that goes into papers set by the Hangmen.  Nonetheless, as the final scores suggest, this was one of their more complex efforts and indeed pushed the boundaries as to what constitutes 'general knowledge' to its very limits!"

"Ah the delights of a labyrinthine Barras quiz - though, to be fair, apart from his mania for charcoal burners and John Knox's less than famous son this was a pretty good effort.  The themed rounds were unusual in that it was usually easier to work out the theme than to answer some of the questions."

66.2

Paper

02/03/16

WithQuiz

Mantis Shrimps

"This was an interesting quiz.  The scores were close for most of the evening and the unanswerables seemed to break pretty evenly.  A good effort by the Shrimps."

"I have to say that this one was a pretty good paper."

71.4

Paper

09/03/16

WithQuiz

Bards

"This paper was a tad on the hard side but full of variety and interest.  The hidden themes were quite accessible and well-used.  There did seem to be a lot of politics."

"Toughish quiz with a lot of MPs on the loose.  The themes were straightforward enough."

66.4

Paper

16/03/16

WithQuiz

Albert

"Overall feedback was pretty good with just a hint of griping about some unfortunate question pairing.

"The quiz was conducted at a brisk pace and we found much to enjoy in it.  The anagrams round provided a great deal of entertainment and we found the whole paper to be interesting and full of variety."

71.2

Paper

23/03/16

WithQuiz

Prodigals

"Tougher than their offering earlier in the season, this paper had an average aggregate of 66.0 points but it managed to notch up two tied matches - a unique feat, at least for this season.  Perhaps somewhat controversially, all eight rounds were themed - two announced and the rest hidden."

"The quiz itself was well constructed and with a good variety of themes."

66.0

Paper

06/04/16

WithQuiz

Ethel Rodin

"Clever stuff and worthy of the season's league climax - 2 hidden themes, 2 announced themes, 3 paired rounds and a bit of Bingo."

"A combined score of 66 with 14 unanswereds does suggest a moderately hard test for us, but it was not a quiz without interest."

65.6

Paper

13/04/16

WithQuiz

Charabancs

"The Charabancs (as always) served up a splendid mix of the gettable, the ungettable and more than a few of the unforgettable questions that regularly delight us.  First prize for the unforgettable category must go to the one about the origin of the 'partridge in a pear tree'."

"A reasonable Charas paper with some decent themes and a few of the 'you only put that really duff question in there to try to find an eighth to fit the theme didn't you?' variety."

70.7

Paper

20/04/16

WithQuiz

Albert

"The Albert's splendid uncomplicated and points-rich paper helped things along no end so many thanks to them for this - as well as for catching the zeitgeist of south Manchester quizzing circles.  We still doubt that Grand Funk Railroad have ever had a hit however."

"We found the paper diverse and accessible and the themes generally well-executed.  However, there did seem to be some inconsistency in the difficulty levels between question pairs."

80.5

Paper

27/04/16

WIST

Mike Bath

"The pace was reasonable with all done and dusted before 10.30 leaving plenty of chatty time."

"The quiz itself was one of the best of the season.  There was no controversy and lots of interest.  Both teams reacted well to the 'French Department' Round and the 'Down and Out' round.  Mike deserves a small ripple of applause for showing us all how quizzes should be set."

100.5

Paper

04/05/16

WithQuiz

Ethel Rodin

"General consensus as far as I can gather was 'tough but fair'."

"Overall it was a good paper with plenty of questions to encourage conferring, and unanswerables which seemed to break fairly evenly.  Furthermore time did not seem to be an issue."

63.5

Paper

11/05/16

WithQuiz

'Knocked Out United'

"At the Club the feeling after the first 4 rounds was that it was a toughie."

"There were one or two gripes as the paper progressed."

70.0

Paper