Wins for the
Prodigals, Bards, Fairies, History Men and - in an upset to the form book - TMTCH
Results & Match Reports
The Men They Couldn't Hang pipped The Charabancs of
Fire at the Parrswood. Damian reports:
"As Dave 'Little Peterkin' Barras
remarked when asked about the significance of his 3 man
team's victory tonight:
'Why that I cannot tell, but 't'
was a famous victory.'
In a low-scoring affair at the
Parrswood, Dave and his 3 man team did indeed do themselves
proud against a full team of Charas raring to go, and with
the confidence that comes from being almost unbeaten
this season. At the start, we were in good form,
immediately seizing the lead and holding on to it for THREE
whole rounds. Thereafter, the Hangmen wrested it from
us and firmly held on for the rest of the evening. A
surge from the Charas in the very last round was not
sufficient to turn the tide. The Hangmen scored a
well-deserved victory. So much for our confidence!"
Compulsory Meat Raffle lost to
The Prodigals. Nice to hear from Prodigal
"It says something about this league
that tonight there was an Egghead, a Mastermind round
winner, and three current University Challenge contestants
in one match. Danny, Cheryl and I were not completely
overawed, but we know our place. An enjoyable quiz
from the Pigs, but playing the Meat Raffle highlighted to us
the age bias - quite a few questions related to the 60s and
70s. That was the reason why we won. Perhaps as a
league we need to think about succession planning."
Ethel Rodin entertained I Blame Smoke Fairies
at the Cricket Club sending them away with all the points.
An absent Kieran (like me at the Etihad) gathers the thoughts of
"Last season, as City
and United exited the Champions League on the same night,
Barry and Martin took on Ethel in the Griffin and emerged
with the spoils. Last night, as City did what they do best,
Bob bolstered the Fairies for another famous victory at the
Cricket Club. Ethel must hate European nights.
At the Etihad, Ronaldo showed off his
entire repertoire: the pout; the teapot; the head in hands
in disbelief; the 'I'm going to cry in a minute' and his
famed cover of 'I can't stand up for falling down'. Mostly
he was crap, a s*** Lionel Messi if you will.
Meanwhile at the cricket club the Fairies were always in
control and Barry delivered a perfect four twos in the
second half to secure the win."
A depleted Opsimaths failed at home to the Bards.
Brian witnessed it all....
"Due to European
commitments, both sides fielded ‘weakened’ teams.
Given that the 2013 Legal Aid reforms have not yet kicked
in, Tony was still able to find a top-class legal eagle as
super-sub and also lend us Dom as an excellent QM.
Played in the new ‘Stadium of Murk’ that is the Albert Club
snooker room, the nap of the green baize was always against
us. With 20/20 hindsight, we should have gone second
first - we seemed to know the answers to their questions,
but not our own! We did win three rounds, but not by
enough points to staunch the tide. Still, it was a convivial
evening, and we look forward to beating Bards on their own
turf later in the season."
The History Men narrowly defeated Albert. Ivor
"A very close game at
the Red Lion and we just get a result thanks to Anne’s
performance in her seasonal debut. Like a thoroughbred
racehorse she must be lightly raced and tends to quicken in
the final furlongs. We don’t even have to show her the
whip. She might yet be the difference that elevates us from
mid table mediocrity to a live challenge for fourth or fifth
place. Of course it might all go wrong if vodka is
declared an illegal substance by the quizzing equivalent of
the Jockey Club."
Quiz Paper Verdict
This week the
setters were The Electric Pigs.
I was away at the Etihad on European duties and have yet to see the paper, so
first shout goes to Ivor:
evening it must be said and it was not really our kind of quiz.
Questions requiring long multiplication and division (and where you are
still hopelessly adrift of the answer to the nearest 10 never mind one place
of decimals), and knowledge of firms’ turnovers that would probably not even
interest an accountant never mind a quizzer did not add to merriment on this
At the Parrswood Damian sums up the joint team
"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. A picture of the late, great Les Dawson looking down on the
proceedings, raising his eyebrows and pursing his lips in the way only he
could do, seemed to sum up the general mood. One of the Hangmen even
disappeared for a while and no-one was quite sure if he would return.
However, unlike Captain Oates of the Scott expedition, he did eventually
make his re-appearance.
There were no actual suggestions for QotW
(although I personally would have voted for Round 1, Q6: Of which incident
in 2010, did Jon Stewart say, 'You actually see the moment when a man's
political career leaves his body'). However plenty of suggestions for
SQotW I'm afraid, and not necessarily the one whose answer was Scatology."
of the Week
A number of you vote this week
(predictably) for Round 4 Question 7:
Chaucerís Canterbury Tales features adulterous fornication
between Alison and Nicholas, the kissing of Alisonís backside by
Absalom, farting in Absalomís face by Nicholas, the burning of
Nicholasís backside in retaliation and a chaotic denouement
caused by an imagined second great flood?
For the answer to this and all the week's questions click
Did you see
Rachael on Mastermind last Friday? Fantastic!! She totally
pulverised the opposition with a towering 33 points. Her specialist
subject? John Peel's Festive Fifty. No, neither have I.