this first week of the league season the paper was set by The Opsimaths.
The scoring was spectacularly high - and if you
think I'm gilding the lily a bit then just remember
that the highest aggregate score from last season
was an 88.2 notched up by Albert's paper from
October 12th. Last night the aggregate was
So plenty of twos (indeed if you were
in any doubt and didn't go for a two then there's a
good chance that your team lost). But on the
down side an experimental dalliance with a new sort
of round that missed the mark - for some teams by
quite a mile.
It's hard to devise a new format for a round but
always worth trying. This time it didn't come
off. The round in question was the
'Quote/Misquote' Round 4 where you were invited to
decide whether two well-known quotes from a given
source were both accurate, both misquoted or one of
Here's what you had to say....
"Quote/Misquote: Complete pot luck....terrible idea"
"The quotations round caused a few problems because
it called for such precise knowledge. In our
case it degenerated into a hit or miss series of
gambles which sometimes paid off and sometimes
didn't. To come up with an original format for
a quiz round takes some doing these days so the
attempt is to be applauded. With a bit of
tweaking this would be a good
- e.g. for the Shakespeare pair Ashton suggested
quoting a couple of fairly obscure lines and asking
if those particular lines came from the named plays.
We did enjoy the 'Run Ons' round, a format that
always provides a few laughs."
was the almost obligatory Blockbuster Bingo round
(that abomination invented by the, hopefully, soon
to be canonised Megson) but also some serious
attention paid to novel formats for themed rounds
which we all agreed made a refreshing change and was
much to encouraged. We were quite unable to
agree a Question of the Week; there was an 'embarras
de richesse'. I think that should be taken as
a compliment by this week's setter."
"The misquotes round wasn't particularly successful
(that's a misquote of Anne's opinion of the round).
Overall only 2 unanswered and lots of twos.
"The Opsis' paper was smooth going and very
enjoyable except for, as you may have guessed, the
Quote/Misquote round which was more of a Misfire
round. Interesting idea but just far too
nitpicky and overly precise (whose memory is sharp
enough these days to recall where every single word
should be placed in a quotation?). It just seemed
to go against the grain of the well-known 'near as dammit' spirit of WithQuiz that has made it so
enjoyable for most of us down the years.
QotW? We had opted for the answer to the
Goon Show/Whisky follow on question: 'He's
fallen in the water of life!' but, on reflection,
must agree with the one selected by Ethel Rodin as
it involves one of our very own even though he only
fell in the water of the Atlantic!"
....and Gerry C....
"And the paperwork? 7 gotten rounds and 1
As Mike O'B says it is hard to come
up with a satisfactory new round format that fits
our type of quiz. Paddy Duffy, late of the
Opsimaths and now one of the regular team members on
Radio 4's Round Britain Quiz was visiting the Albert
Club last night. He now plays in the Quiz
League of London (QLL) and he was effusive in praise
of the format and standard of the WithQuiz papers
compared to that enjoyed in the QLL. By the
way, Ivor, Paddy is representing the Northern Irish
team in RBQ. Who said Brexit is
bringing back a hard border?