WIST Champions Cup
Last season's fourth placed WithQuiz team,
Compulsory Mantis Shrimps, just squeaked through
against last season's joint Stockport League
champions, Tiviot. Rachael who leads
WithQuiz's only 2017/18 100% team tells the tale....
"After our first appearance in 'Europe' we ended a
thrilling evening of quizzing just 2 points ahead.
We were neck and neck going into the last question.
Neither of us got the Fog on the Tyne answer
so the pressure was on me to get my question right.
Luckily it was a nice easy one about The Great
Gatsby. By the end of the Stockport-style
rounds we were leading by 6 points but then the
Withington-style rounds caused us some trouble.
Maybe we should switch leagues (only joking!)."
Reigning WIST Champion's Cup holders,
Travellers Call, lost to WithQuiz league champions Dunkin Dönitz
over the Mersey on Buxton Road.
"Barry has a strictly adhered to self-denying
ordinance when it comes to the first round of the
WIST Cup. He gets interested for the later
rounds when there's a sniff of glory - but in all
the years this competition has been going I don't
think he's ever appeared in the quarter final.
True to form he's taken himself and Deborah off to
Rome (I think they
did manage to catch the plane
this year - he didn't turn up looking embarrassed at
any rate) and so super-sub Simon once more came to
To Great Moor and the Travellers Call. A proper
Robbie's pub perched on the A6 which the brewery has
renovated since our last visit four years' ago.
They've imaginatively painted the inside of the
little room where the quiz is played the same shade
of utilitarian wartime surplus grey that adorns the
outside of all Robbie's pubs. Martin said it
reminded him of a Farrow and Ball colour but the
execution of the decorating was far from their
standards. Understandably the makeover had
removed almost all the faux maritime paraphernalia
that hadn't sat well stranded halfway between those
two great seafaring towns Stockport and Hazel Grove.
Confusingly five ship's bells remain, unnamed,
unrung and frankly unlovely. Worst of all the
fantastically quirky pictures of great Argentinian
footballers of our youth are no longer to be found
hanging on those dull grey walls. Why Robinson's,
just why? Some misguided Maoist cultural purge? Oh
my Caniggia and my Burruchaga long ago.
The Travellers welcomes its patrons with a
blackboard notice stating "No dirty work gear after
9 pm". I've got to go there at lunch time. I
bet it's filthy. And what if, after a hard day's
work, in need of a drink late in the evening, you
pitch up in a tailor made suit on which you've
unfortunately spilled ink or smeared lunch time
barbecue sauce? Would there be bouncers?
At half time a peripatetic musician wandered in off
the street carrying a plastic trombone which had a
bright red bell and a black slide. If he could
be said to have got a tune out of the instrument it
wasn't anything that was recognisable until his none
too certain voice gave out the words to The Girl
From Ipanema and Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
And the locals clapped and cheered him and
encouraged him to play and sing more as the night
wore on. A proper, proper Manc pub that puts the
atmosphere-less, and overheated, Griffin to shame.
My only gripe was that the juke box is an absolute
belter and it was silenced for the very good purpose
of accommodating our happy minstrel.
In amongst all these distractions there was a quiz
which was rather good and in which we led from
beginning to end. A paper which suited us
perfectly, all our informed guesses coming good with
no pass-overs given to our genial opponents.
splendid evening with no distracting football, no
clever dick, or ill-researched questions and all
done with by 10.10. The only possible quibble
would be over 'the contrived postcodes, into Roman
numerals, into cities' pair but I won't remember
them for more than a day. The trombonist will stay
The Opsimaths lost to Smart Italics. Oh
dear! It's two defeats on the trot - this time
to Stockport's joint league winners from last season
captained by Toddy the Ruffler and his sidekick Speg
the Griller (if they sound a tad familiar it's
because on a usual Wednesday they metamorphose into
Ethel Rodin regulars). As ever it was an
excellent evening presided over by Brian as QM and
his assistant Jitka (who was so severe in her
timekeeping on the Stockport-format rounds that
dithering looked as if it might become a capital
The Smarties were just about the better side in a
close contest where the lead veered backwards and
forwards. Interestingly for the Albert Club
maintenance committee, when I retrieved 'David Herd'
(Round 4 Question 8) from the recesses of my brain
after an agonising delay of what seemed like an
hour, I clattered exactly the same spot on the wall
that I hit last year when we played the Dunkers and
I got 'Ripley' at the death to snatch victory.
Even our most cerebral activity seems to take its
toll on the fabric of our playing arenas!
My favourite moment came on the 'Fish weirs and
Remarriage of widows' question (Round 6 Question 5).
After much consideration The Opsimaths went for
"Extracts from the 95 theses pinned by Martin Luther
to the Wittenberg church door". Wrong as it
turned out but how on earth did he get to 95 after
he'd exhausted the obvious ones about indulgences,
etc.? I bet there was something in there
somewhere about widows and fish. Oh where are
you Monty Python when we need you most?
The question got passed over and the Smarties were
straight in there with Magna Carta for a bonus
In a tensely fought match Alexandra who
finished joint winners of the Stockport League last
season had a narrow victory over last season's third
placed WithQuiz team, Albert.
From the winner's rostrum Mike Wagstaffe sees
the match thus....
"As usual we thoroughly enjoyed our latest WIST
Champions Cup match - these matches always provide a
welcome diversion from the regular league
programme. Our opponents, The Albert, were one of
the few WithQuiz teams that we had yet to play in
'Europe' and, as last year's runners-up, they
probably arrived in Edgeley as bookies' favourites.
The match was always close, in fact the only time we
led was in the last of the six rounds. The Albert
won the first round by four and we reduced their
lead to two by half-time. We levelled early in
the second half only for The Albert to edge ahead
again. Our 2 twos and 2 'steals' in the first four
questions of Round 6 were the clincher so that we
eventually won by four points."
Mike O'B sums up from the viewpoint of the
"This was a good contest, very tight all the way
through with the lead changing several times.
We lost it in the final round really when we fell
apart. Ironically we came out top in the Stockport
format but couldn't do the same in the WithQuiz
We were much taken by the fact that the Alexandra
has a resident parrot. This would make a fine
addition to our squad and I pondered over whether to
steal it. Buying was out because its wage
demands would have been impossibly high. It
was noticeable that because of its shrieks and
whistles it had a bar to itself so would have been
very useful in clearing out the Fletcher Moss on a
WIST Lowly Grail
The History Men lost by a way to The Printers.
Ivor sends his usual dispatch....
"The Lowly Grail Cup game saw a suitably
lowly performance from us. We were losing to our
opponents 24-15 after Round 1 and, although we
staged a recovery to be only 3 points behind after
Round 3 (the first of the WithQuiz-style rounds), we
lost the last three rounds to be well beaten. The
Printers were actually the reserve team for the
Lowly Grail series as winners of last season's
Stockport second division title. How lucky we are
in Withington to have just a single league and no
relegation or even the ignominy of applying for
re-election! This was The Printers' first ever game
against us and despite the absence of home
team-provided food and our raucous banter (it does
not take much to set Anne off) we all had a good
....and Mike H chips in....
"The History Men can now concentrate on the league
having won just two of the rounds and losing by an
aggregate of 10 points.
And to answer the question left hanging after last
week's QuizBiz, it was Anne who answered the
spoonerism about a quiz team's name - i.e. the
Mystery Hen got the History Men.
Hatters Arms, last season's 8th placed Stockport
team lost to WithQuiz's 5th placed team, The Prodigals.
Anne-Marie, who clearly enjoyed the trip
out to Marple, sends this....
"All over by five to ten and hot dogs laid
on. What a lovely pub and lovely team!
Well worth the trek to the outer regions of
The Bards of Didsbury placed 8th in last
season's WithQuiz table beat 5th placed Stockport
team, Lokomotiv Stöckpört, at the Didsbury Cricket
HMRUFC, last seasons 7th placed Stockport
team beat WithQuiz's 6th placed Ethel Rodin.
James was on hand to send this report....
"In the absence of the rest of the Ethel Regulars
(who were representing Stockport team, Smart
Italics, in the WIST Champion's Cup trophy), I put
together a team including my father-in-law Lloyd and
a couple of quiz league rookies. With youth on
his side, Danny struggled with this paper, visibly
deflating when hit with yet another 'Which
1960s.....' question - but he did drag 'Take That'
from somewhere, although even that happened when he
was only ten year's old. Meanwhile baby-boomer
Bernard excelled and helped our score reach
We were 22-17 down after Round 1 (all 4 unanswered
questions falling to us) but then closed the gap to
28-25 after the written round.
The Withington rounds also gave us 4 unanswered
questions to their 2. The final score slightly
flattered HMRUFC since our challenge petered out
with a a 5-1 deficit on the final round that we'd
needed to win 5-0.
As is often the case, we'd have done better if we'd
had the other team's questions, but on balance the
result was a fair one."