Welcome to the 40th season of the
Withington and District Quiz League (WithQuiz)
......which kicks off with a
decisive victory by The Stockport League over
WithQuiz in the annual WIST Cup friendly challenge
The Results - WIST
Pre-season Friendly Challenge
The WithQuiz League
were trailing from early in Round 1 and never
managed to get back within touching distance of
their opponents in the season's opener against The Stockport
By the end of the Stockport format
questions (Rounds 1 and 2) Stockport had a 9 point
lead and, despite a late rally by WithQuiz in the
final round (won 6-1) Stockport kept their lead
intact running out winners 60 to 51.
We only managed to field a team of 5 (Nick, Damian,
Mike H, James and Tony) in this 6-a-side match
whilst Stockport had the full complement (including
Roddy of Ethel Rodin fame who moonlights each
Thursday for Smart Italics over in Stockport).
I suspect Thursday evenings for many WithQuizzers
are reserved for other activities whereas in
Stockport Thursday is the traditional quiz night.
Of course the same logic works against Stockport
when a Wednesday is chosen for our inter-league
matches (as in the WIST Champions and Lowly Grail
The atmosphere was - as the match title suggests -
very friendly with plenty of sportsmanship
(particularly when, as QM, I blurted the answer to
one of the questions before offering it to Stockport
for a bonus; the Stockport team admitted they
wouldn't have known and let the QM error pass).
Suitably the Round 1 Stockport plaque question (Q11)
went to the Stockport team and the Pennington Flash
colliery Round 4 question went to Tony who was born
and brought up pretty well on top of the pit in
question. Surprisingly no-one knew what the
plaque at 86 Palatine Road (just a few hundred yards
away from the Albert Club) celebrated (Round 1
This week the paper was set jointly by Mike
Wagstaffe of The Stockport League and Mike Bath of
As was the case last year Mike
Wagstaffe and myself made full use of the TV screen
in the Albert Club's back lounge displaying pictures
and scoreboards as the evening progressed.
Indeed Mike W (who set the 4 WithQuiz-style rounds)
had a picture to support every one of the 60
questions he had compiled. In some they were
essential to the question; in others helpful clues
to the answers; and in many just a bit of relevant
colour to the subject being covered in the question.
Whichever they were much appreciated and added
significantly to the entertainment for both teams.
Dave Barras 'Question of the Week'
This week the
vote goes to the 'Anchorage' question in Round 6 which had everybody scratching
their heads over plausible contenders for the US State required in the answer:
Around 40% of the residents of Alaska live in its largest city,
Anchorage. Which is the only US state in which a higher
proportion of the state’s inhabitants (approximately 43%) live
in its most populous city?
answer to this and all the week's questions click
two teams 'on the bench' each week this season Opsimath Howell has
suggested we try a 'Sitters v Setters' subsidiary competition alongside
the main show with the two teams not involved in league matches that
week playing each other with a question paper obtained from another
league. With Anne-Marie's agreement next week's Setters (The
Opsimaths) will play next week's Sitters (The Prodigals) at the Albert
Club. We'll see how things progress over the first few weeks of
the season and publish results and feedback on the Home page.
Watch this space.
last Monday after the regular 'Last Monday of the Month' Albert Club
quiz to watch the edition of Eggheads that had been broadcast
earlier in the evening. Oh my word! Rachael and her Shrimp
soldiers well and truly dipped themselves into the Eggheads. Only
Adam failed to reach the final round which pitted Shrimps Rachael,
James, Mike and Paul against Eggheads Dave (of this parish) and Lisa.
Needless to say the Shrimps won and picked up £2,000 prize money.
Special mention to Mike who, en route to the final, vanquished Egghead
Kevin who has recently been crowned World Quiz Champion for the sixth
40 Years On......
It seems we are not the only ones
celebrating a 40th birthday at this time; The
Antiques Roadshow has just hit the same mark.
So, I thought it would be worth rummaging through
the memories at the back of your minds to see if any
priceless gems were lurking ready for a second
airing. I'll kick off with one of my own......
......Opsimaths poised like coiled
springs, ears agape as Jitka intoned in her usual
stern manner "Who won the Men's Boom in the Mexico
Olympics?". Time passed; we conferred; we
scavenged for a plausible guess. Could it be
some lesser known yachting event? Perhaps a
competition that has subsequently been dropped.
Finally we gave up. Over to the visitors (I've
forgotten our opponents that night; could it have
been the Pigs?). More head-scratching; more
furrowed brows. "OK we give in."
"Oh, maybe it's the Men's 800m."
WithQuiz memories you'd like to share?