The Withington Pub Quiz League
8th October 2014
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Major upset at the Griffin as the Bards notch up the highest score of the night
Results & Match Reports
lost to Compulsory Meat Raffle at the Parr's Wood in a
fairly low-scoring affair. Gracious as ever Rachael praises
their hosts for providing a great evening, whilst Graham reports
from the losers' corner......
Electric Pigs lost to Ethel Rodin at the Fletcher Moss.
In the most surprising result of the
evening Dunkin' Dönitz lost by a margin of 22 points at home to
the Bards. These heavyweight local derbies (Stockport's
almost Didsbury team against Didsbury's almost Stockport team)
have a habit of being momentous occasions often signalling the
outcome of some title or other but I can't recall such a hefty
margin in past encounters. Tony sheds some light....
Opsimaths beat History Men in a close fought contest with the margin only becoming marked in the final round. As the History Men entered Round 8 trailing by just a single point Ivor rallied his troops with memories of previous final rounds in which they had lost the round by 10 points to nil. It certainly did the trick as the margin turned into 8 points before you could say 'Alastair Cook'. All in all a good fun evening in the back lounge of the Albert Club.
It was a close run thing at the Turnpike
as well, where the Charabancs lost their second match of the
season - this time to the Prodigals. Anne-Marie sums up
the match as "a strong start for The Prodigals with the Charas
closing the gap in the last 2 rounds" whilst Damian's offers
Quiz Paper Verdict
The paper this week was set by Albert.
It seems to have sparked quite a range of reactions and scorelines with average aggregates from the 'too hard' 58 at the Parr's Wood to the 'very respectable' 72 at the Griffin. At the Albert Club we found the early rounds dragged a bit with the pairing of 'Brians' in Round 2 and 'Owls' in Round 5 pretty unbalanced (who on earth can remember the second series of Big Brother?). As the paper moved on, however, the questions got more interesting culminating in the fascinating Round 6 pair of gliding/surfing novelists.
At the Griffin Kieran and co. just didn't like it. Tony's view, however, was not so harsh.....
"It was interesting that both teams considered and rejected the correct answer to the glider ace question but Kieran chose the surfer answer correctly. God knows why. It was an inspired guess I suppose. I thought the quiz was an interesting mix of theobscure, the second best and the downright interesting."
From the Turnpike Graham comments "If Sherlock Holmes kept bees in 221b Baker Street I'll eat me honeycomb hat....." whilst Rachael sums up for the Meat Raffle....
"The paper was enjoyed by all. A good range of topics and some generally interesting information included in many of the questions. We enjoyed the Ultravox question and the bee-keeping one and were fascinated to learn about the novelist's secret aviation career! The one slight blot on an otherwise excellent quiz paper was the question asking for the word 'BACK' to be spelled out using chemical element symbols. Our opponents gave the answer 'Barium, Carbon and Potassium' which was perfectly correct, but the only answer given on the paper was 'Boron, Actinium and Potassium'. They obviously got the points for their answer. The paper should have allowed two possible answers."
From the Fletcher Moss James gives Ethel's verdict.....
"There was controversy re 'BACK' with Barium, Carbon and Potassium being an equally valid answer. 'WIRE' seemed somewhat harder either way. However - a good quiz. We are normally flummoxed by the popular culture in Albert's quizzes, but this one was well balanced and interesting from the start. Lots of those questions where inspired guesses seemed to yield results."
....and from the Turnpike Damian's feedback......
"Albert's paper was a relatively straightforward mix of pairs,
themes and assorted bric-ŕ-brac on a variety of subjects.
Yours Truly would have liked a bit more history but old queens
seem of flagging interest to most teams these days. One
might suggest that such lack of interest bears unpatriotic
given that the world's most famous old queen is currently
reigning over us!
.....supplemented by the mutterings of a disgruntled Fr Megson....
"The least fun I've had in a darkened room since the bailiffs broke in and confiscated my Vince Hill album."
The Question of the Week
This week pretty well every team voted for a pair of questions in Round 6:
For the answer to this and all the week's questions click here.