The Withington Pub Quiz League
15th October 2014
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Ethel pip the League Champions at the Albert Club - the Bards power on - Albert get the better of Dunkin' Dönitz
Results & Match Reports
Men beat Electric Pigs in a noisy Red Lion. Ivor tells the
beat Dunkin' Dönitz in their Fletcher Moss bolthole as Mike
Bards beat TMTCH at the Cricket
Club to cement their position at the top of the table. Graham
reports from the losing camp....
Meat Raffle lost to Charabancs but who cares!! Rachael is getting married at Christmas! She announced her intentions to the assembled throng in the Turnpike. Apparently it was the departure of George Clooney from the eligible stakes scene that clinched her decision. Our special WithQuiz Society correspondent reports that Rachael just went for a 2-point blurt when the question was posed. Hooray! Many congratulations from all your friends in the league. Meat Raffle are settingon December 3rd so prepare yourselves for a plethora of Christmas and Wedding themed posers.
Back to more mundane affairs Damian gives the lowdown on the evening's other match involving the Meat Raffle....
"Tonight was again a game of two halves with a depleted 3-man Raffle team competing successfully in the first half, leading in 2 rounds and drawing in the other 2. But then the Charas soared ahead in every round in the 2nd half. Once more, the team that went second in each half had the easier ride. In any event, the Charas continued their smooth upward progression from the start of the new season, losing by fewer and fewer points each week until the margin was so narrow that they couldn't help winning! Well, you know what I mean."
Opsimaths lost to Ethel Rodin in the top of the table clash at the Albert Club. An excellent match full of good humour with Brian in the chair as QM seeing that all was fair play. The Opsimaths crept ahead over the first half and then accelerated in Rounds 5 and 6 only to lose Round 7 by 9 points to 2. All to play for in the final round then, but Ethel kept her collective head and sneaked home by a single point. A famous victory well merited. It seems to me that Ethel Rodin are now consolidating their position as a 'Top 4 team' making the league that much more open as an annual contest.
Quiz Paper Verdict
The paper this week was set by The Prodigals.
A good solid effort maintaining the standards achieved so far this season. The average aggregate was 77.4 which is the season's highest yet. Generally high-scoring all round (topped by a massive 55 points recorded by the Bards) meant that there were few 'what am I doing here?' moments. In the Opsimaths/Ethel encounter we enjoyed the evening greatly enhanced as it was by QM Brian's scrupulously clear pronunciation. The only negative comments came in the 'Announced theme' rounds where the questions were fine but the themes somewhat laboured ('Crafts') or obscure ('Fictional newspapers').
Damian's feedback from the Turnpike....
"With Anne-Marie acting as QM deploying her customary efficiency
and charm and not hesitating to correct poor punctuation and
grammar (what a great school headmistress she would have made),
we found the Prodigals' paper interesting and quirky - nicely
poised between the difficult and the recognisable. The mostpopular offerings of the evening were the 'Guess the surname
from 3 clues' round and the final 2 'Pick Your Subjects Rounds'.
Given that setting 'Pick Your Subject' rounds has been one of
the mainstays of previous quizzes set by the Charas, predictably
we basked in such familiar territory and positively cruised
through Rounds 7 and 8.
Ivor's verdict from the Red....
"The quiz paper was very well received and, as the scores suggest, just the right level of difficulty and balance. The 3 clues to a surname with the philosopher theme gets the round of the week - the cricketing Nobel laureate and cricketing PM, the pair of the week.
The 'Wrong answers of the week' were given to the question on the significance of the voyage of the Hougoumont. These were variously:
A victorious James comments on behalf of his fellow Rodinistas....
"The paper was a good one. When I set quizzes myself, I get a degree of pleasure when it remains close right up to the wire - and for 3 out of the 5 games last night to be won and lost on the last question reflects very well on the setters.
For me, there was the rare pleasure of being able to gain a point from knowledge acquired just that day in the process of setting my own questions (not for WithQuiz, I must add!) - and as for the tight finish, the topics on the board did land very well for Ethel (which hasn't always been the case with that type of round)."
Mike from the Fletcher Moss concludes "the aggregate score tells us that this was a reasonable paper although it never felt so easy even when we had a good lead" while Tony from the Cricket Club picks up on a hiccup...."It was slightly remiss of the Prodigals to leave the artist's signature on one of the pictures. It was spotted by our QM in time and got scrubbed out. I hope everyone else managed to do the same."
The Question of the Week
Like everyone else I rather liked the 'Clues to a surname with an overall theme' Round 6. I've gone for Question 4:
For the answer to this and all the week's questions click here.