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Average Aggregate scored for WithQuiz-style papers is: 76.9 points & for WIST-style papers: 102.8 points
This was an excellent paper with which to kick off the season. Widely varying subjects, relatively high-scoring rounds and a few fun questions thrown in for good measure. If now and again the difficulty quotient seemed out of kilter (e.g. the Schubert quintet v the composer who dived at Dusseldorf) such infelicities evened up over the entirety of the evening.
"We found the quiz moderately hard (13 unanswered questions), however there was plenty of variety for everyone."
"A very healthy set of scores reflect a satisfying evening full of smug quizzers."
"Finishing with the Rugby World Cup/UNESCO Heritage site theme was inspired."
"Very good paper was the general conclusion."
"Quiz itself was quite long but perhaps that was due to the thinking time required for the 6 letter pairs (Round 6)."
"Plenty of smug quizzers with points to brag about when they got home."
"Some very good questions and some that were slightly painful."
"We greatly enjoyed the fantastic Prodigals paper. The 'Run-on' round was a favourite, as always."
"It was a brilliant Prodigals paper which produced yet another contest for the ages."
Scoring was a little down on the average so far this season but there was plenty of inventiveness with a few quirky facts to keep our attention.
"The paper was great - we all thoroughly enjoyed it. An excellent range of subjects, well-executed themes and lots of challenging and intriguing facts. I was glad to see plenty of pop music questions again!"
"The questions were fair and ranged widely."
"I thought it was a good paper. Lots of interesting themes. Some took us outside our comfort zone, but tough doesn't mean ungettable"
"A long hard evening with some low scoring"
By no means an easy paper with quite a few unanswered questions along the way (at least in the Opsimaths' match) but absolutely loads of Fr Megson-style ornamentation to lighten the load and make the whole evening a delightful trip around the backwaters of the trivia that Gerry has stashed away over the years.
"I thought it was a quiz packed with very interesting questions and ideas!"
"Usual good range of questions with perhaps occasional uneven pairing and a tad difficult in the first half...."
Highest scoring paper of the season to date with very few questions going unanswered.
"Our compliments to the Opsimaths who produced an accessible paper and a trademark pointsfest..."
A few grumbles about imbalance of the relative hardness of the questions that favoured the team going second
Scores somewhat below the season's average - nevertheless plenty of interesting questions and an excellent 'Run-ons' round - views are markedly varied this week - it seems to have been a real 'Marmite' paper.
"Well done Albert for setting questions that kept the match interesting and close throughout."
"Some very inventive themes. The Companies round provided some fun and the Run-ons were the best of the season."
"I think we all thoroughly enjoyed the quiz. A great variety of subjects were covered (particularly nice to see some maths questions, which are often underserved)."
"The quiz itself, although overburdened at times was fair enough."
A paper crammed with inventiveness and knowledge. Almost every WithQuiz style of round got an outing and there were plenty of 'tip of the tongues' and quite a few laughs. This was as good a debut paper as we've had.
""Hmmm, new setters eh. I brought along our well thumbed copy of A Thousand Insidious Insults to Hurl At Setters (Albert Press: Manchester, 1901). But to the team's collective dismay it remained unthumbed."
An excellent paper; plenty of points on offer, quite a few chuckles and tip-of-the-tongue moments, and no complaints about lack of balance.
"...excellent; the best ever produced by The Bards."
"This week's paper was thoroughly enjoyable, with pleasing variety, a well-pitched level of difficulty and some charmingly inventive themes.
"The Shrimps served up what was ... their best paper yet with plenty of fun themes and varied questions that just tickled the dark recesses of our ageing brains and made us feel alive and quiz-sharp again."
"As for the paper, however, there's no getting around the fact that it was a tough quiz that, at times, involved a lot of conferring."
"Well that was a right old slog."
"It broke a number of cardinal quiz-setting rules and this detracted from the enjoyment of the evening for many quizzers."
"The quiz paper was very much enjoyed by both sides"
"Overall it was a good quiz paper, much more straightforward than last week's even though it was quite a tough paper."
"There were some interesting pairings. including the strange burials."
"A reasonably gettable quiz tonight (we often find Ethelís tests pretty hard) and there was plenty of hallmark science, classical music and tricky football."
"A good effort from Ethel Rodin. If you have covered everything from VAR to bechemal, on content alone it is a fair test for both teams."
A good paper that just missed it's 'hostage to fortune' ambition of an overall 75 point average.
"Good effort on the whole from The History Men."
"Quite the best paper of 2020 so far and a return to form from the Historymen whose papers haven't impressed us that much recently."
A set of cracking scorelines and what appears to most of you to have been a well-balanced set of questions.]
"Absolutely fantastic! There was something for everyone in this one."
"In many ways this was one of the best papers of the season."
"The match was a high scoring affair, especially on the Stockport half of the paper, with very few unanswered questions in a well-balanced set. "
"Tonightís quiz was set by Mike B and it certainly bore the hallmarks we all enjoy, with inventive themes and questions that were tough but which could be dredged up by our ageing brains."
"...the superbly inventive written Round 2"
"Good effort by the setter. There were very few unanswered and a fair number of questions which required conferring. It was an interesting tweak to have the run on round answers in foreign languages."
"The first half of the quiz was rather a slog but things picked up later."
"Quite a tough paper but plenty of subject matter to chew on and what I thought was the best constructed Hidden theme round for a while at Round 6."
"...tonight's paper was reasonably well-balanced and varied enough to excite interest..."
"A great paper from the experts to get us back into our cherished WithQuiz habits."
"This KFD offering scored a creditably high 80.6 points average and exercised all the familiar question techniques: Hidden themes, Announced themes, Run Ons, Pairs and simply quirky Kieranisms. Bravo!"
"Gerry pulled out something special that was worthy of the final round of matches"
"Tonight, Father M threw everything at us with a fascinating procession of themes announced and hidden, pairs galore and a final round with a bit of everything"
"Most of the questions were genuinely interesting"
End of Season
"It was a well-balanced quiz which brought out a wide range of knowledge."
"I particularly liked the narrative approach to the 30-question Round 1 where, instead of dancing crazily from one topic to another he let many of the questions flow naturally from the answers to the previous questions."
"Excellent paper for a quiz final and Tom pitched it at the right level for the right audience"