The Charabancs of Fire lost at home to the The Bards of Didsbury who seem
to be starting this season with a bit more panache than their campaign last
season displayed. Damian tells the story from the losing side of
"Beer tonight not quite up to its usual drinkability. Consequently our
quizzing was not up to our (at least recent) quizzability standards. After
even Stevens with the Bards for the first 3 rounds, we fell away quickly
and never quite recovered. Our first two quizzes of the season had been
amongst our best ever results but tonight was a desultory return to the worst of
our form from seasons prior. For us everything depends on the type of
questions set. Obviously tonight it did not go our way!"
The History Men lost at the Red Lion to Dunkin' Dönitz.
Various reports on this one. First the winning visitors' view from
"Our unsettling repetition of exactly the same results as last season by margin
of victory or defeat came to an end with a 12 (as opposed to 5) point win in the
Red. More than that, we are in positive points difference territory and
it's only taken us four games to get there.
things remain the same though. David ducked out to
go to a gig (Jason Isbell this time rather than Joan
As Policewoman) and so we called on a sub.
Not, for once, supersub Simon but David's daughter
Ruth. Ruth is only the second of our academy
products to feature for us, following her cousin
Alex (Mike's son) who played a few times some years'
ago. There's nine in the next generation
between Barry, David, Mike and me but somehow
spending Wednesday evenings in the pub with a bunch
of 50-something quiz nerds has yet to set their
millennial pulses racing.
started in thoroughbred style, confidently scoring a
two for 'Strider' on her first ever question;
thereafter her fortunes were more mixed. She
instantly caught the old-hand quizzer's 'I know the
answer to everyone else's questions except mine'
malaise but seemed to enjoy the evening anyway.
Despite spending the last three years at Cambridge
she couldn't tell us the former name of
Edwards college which, to be fair, was renamed six
years before she went up; and she clearly had never
ventured to Impington or Histon by means of the
world's longest guided busway. Students! They
weren't like that in my day, bah! In truth
they, and I, were exactly like that and long may it
Historymedics managed not to embarrass themselves
over anatomy or medical terms and Tim scored his
most lowbrow two ever by knowing the Paltrow/Martin
dreck. He may never live that down. Anne's
football team collapsed even more speedily than her
quiz companions who only trailed by three at the end
of round six. Presumably they (Spurs that is,
not the Historymen) are warming up for their
traditional abject lay down and die at Old Trafford
on Saturday. Barry thinks so and frankly so does
Unanswereds were three each (sorry, Ivor, for
stepping on your territory) and twos were also even
at ten apiece. The match was won by our six bonuses
while our hosts got none. I may have mentioned
the importance of bonuses and conferreds once or
twice already this season.
evening ended in the time-honoured fashion with Ivor
on his phone issuing urgent instructions for control
of the latest zombie-apocalypse plague trying to
break out of the MRI - and the rest of us wittering
amiably about Blade Runner in IMAX and why
our generation thought the original Star Wars
was gobsmacking while Ruth's cohort were a bit
off next week and attention completely focused on
Naples. Now I'm really not confident about that
....then the losing home team's thoughts from
teams in our quiz league are a bit like North Korea
in that meritocracy very closely resembles dynastic
inheritance. Tonight saw the debut of Ruth (David’s
daughter) for the Dunkers who rather discomfited us
with a two on her very first question. After our
record defeat by the Mantis Shrimp post-grad
students last week our confidence is so shattered we
do worry that a team from Beaver Road Year 6 might
take us to the wire on a good night. However
tonight also saw the return of Anne’s niece Vanessa
whose last game saw us snatch the Cup from Ethel on
the last question ('the greatest comeback since
Lazarus' as the late Sid Waddell might have said).
Tonight she was introduced to our more usual style
of play - i.e. staying in touch only a few points
behind until our implosion in Rounds 7 and 8.
Perhaps if the Swedish Round had included a few
Dutch questions things might have been better.
It started promisingly with Tim recalling Wild
Strawberries but concluded with three steals for
and finally Mike H, the QM chips in....
"The History Men ended Round One three points
behind, and remained three behind, right up to the
end of Round 6. It seemed to me (judging by
the murmurings I heard) that they thought the
balance of the questions was against them."
The Prodigals lost to The Opsimaths in the first of this season's Albert
matches. Both Jimmy and Dave were absent for the Prodigals but
Anne-Marie seems blessed with a pool of reserves so both sides were four-handed.
The Opsimaths snuck ahead in Round 2 and never looked back finishing a
comfortable 16 points in front.
Nick was on imperious form for the Opsimaths displaying his Archer's
knowledge to the full (including a magnificent two for 'Robin Snell' which had
been gestating in Nick's noddle for what seemed like an age before emerging
perfectly formed). Hilary impressed with her knowledge of German baritones
'Marlene Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau' answer and I managed to
remember some long ago memorised list of the most populous Swedish cities to
snatch two points for 'Uppsala'.
Most importantly however the evening was full of fun and jest with the racket
from the quiz room overwhelming the somewhat sombre mood from the main lounge
where Spurs were sinking to the Hammers to everyone's disinterest. Well,
everyone that is apart from long term Spurs fan, Brian, who did an admirable job
as our QM."
The Electric Pigs lost to Ethel Rodin at the Fletcher Moss.