got their party underway this week. Last week
they lost by a single point; this time they won by a
single point against The Prodigals. I know
Kieran prefers comfortable margins so here's his
slant on the affair....
"Two games in, points on the board,
88 scored and a negative points difference.
'What's that about?' as a massively irritating
millennial would say.
the blurt continued his eventful start to the
season. Last week it was his two gifts to
Albert that was the difference between the sides
(admittedly balanced by 6 twos and a clear win as
MVP out of all the eight players). This week, at a
particularly tense point in the game, he blurted all
over Judy Murray (you're never going to be able to
unsee that are you?) with the Wightman rather than
the Federation Cup. But then at the start of the
last round, and with the Donutz desperately needing
a two, he screwed his courage to the sticking place
and, reminiscent of Psycho against Spain, rammed
home Chesterfield's impressive church to give us the
lead. We stayed ahead until the end - just - and in
truth neither Barry nor the west London sparks ever
needed redemption. It's a white knuckle ride
playing for the Dunkers this season though. Come to
think of it, it was pretty much the same last time
were outscored 16 to 11 on twos but last week we
scored 19 maximums, including a run of eight
consecutively, and still lost. Conferred
answers and especially bonuses are priceless it
week we're in the sometime Swan and no doubt with
another thriller. It's good to be back."
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp
emerged from the evening as table toppers with their
second consecutive victory - this time over Ethel
Rodin. Rachael sends these comments....
"After a very enjoyable evening we
finished 3 points up. The paper inspired
plenty of frantic conferring on both sides but we
all enjoyed it even though it took a lot longer to
finish than last week's offering. Another
The Bards of Didsbury started well
then faded losing to The History
Men at the Cricket Club. Ivor sends
his victory paean....
a game of two halves tonight with the Bards racing
to a 6 point lead by the mid-point interval.
Usually we lose focus when we're adrift but not
tonight; we'd levelled the scores by the end of
Round 6. Then came the two bingo rounds. Tony is
not keen on the element of luck involved in bingo
rounds as opposed to a setter's attempts at
precision pairing (not that that always works
anyway). Tonight once again the Bards selected
with less luck than their opponents.
had our usual very good time in the Cricket Club
with the Bards. Dom and Mike H shared the QM
....and from the losing side of the wicket Mike H
contributes these views....
"Definitely a game of two halves with the History
Men storming back after the break. Great fun
QMing with Dom. I really enjoy reading the
questions, and would be happy to QM for any team
needing a QM over the coming season.
Oh, and by the way, The History Men expressed some
concern that their season is starting with three
away matches (although their home ground is
definitely not in the process of refurbishment).
They feared that they might 'do a West Ham'.
They needn't have worried!"
The Opsimaths got the better
of Albert on Round One (the pop lyrics round) and
just kept the advantage right through to the end.
Pop lyrics are not central to the Albert ethos so
there was much huffing and puffing from the Albert
Club's visitors when, as QM, I announced the first
theme. Indeed the solitary Albert score on
this round was a two from punk Steve for knowing
about Gary Gilmour's eyes.
As ever with Albert it was
good-humoured and somewhat fatalistic.
Witchdoctor-in-chief, Mike, had brought his mojos
(too numerous these days to list) in a plastic bag
but forgot to get them out until well into the quiz.
When he did there was a slight improvement in
Albert's score rate - but, sadly for them, not
enough to catch up with the Opsis.
The home team were blessed with another flying visit
from Paddy Duffy who this time was on his way back
to London after recording all the new series of
RBQ programmes up in Scotland (they will be
broadcast from late November onwards). Of
course he was unable to tell us how his Northern
Ireland team got on - or indeed try out any of the
questions on us - but he certainly perked up when
round came along.
So a very satisfactory start to the season for the
Opsimaths who sit out next week and look forward to
the real possibility of being bottom of the league
table with a 100% record!
Mike O'B sends his thoughts on the evening's
"The quiz set by the Charas (damn
their black Chara hearts!) would have suited us
better if we had lost the toss and gone second.
We were behind early on and never caught up.
The total score, however, suggests that overall the
paper was fair enough. Our favourite question
concerned Hartlepool. We don't hear enough
about Hartlepool. In fact there should be more
Hartlepoolcentric questions - and indeed whole
rounds. The Albert team has solemnly dedicated
itself to furthering this noble enterprise - so look
out for entire quizzes devoted to this North Eastern
settlement. We say if its good enough for the Ven.
Bede its good enough for us!"