The Bards of Didsbury
lost to a Compulsory Mantis Shrimp team who
managed to get back to their magisterial best after
last week's slip up at the Griffin - and in the
process the Shrimps returned to the top of the
table. Rachael sends this....
"After last week's disappointing performance we
found ourselves back on form again tonight with a
paper which played more to our strengths, although
it did offer plenty of challenging questions that
led to furious conferring, with the Shrimps pulling
answers from seemingly nowhere!
We had a very enjoyable evening with our excellent
opponents, The Bards. We were one point ahead
by the end of the first round and steadily extended
this lead over the next few rounds, maintaining it
throughout and ending 13 points in front."
Rachael's report, however, deals with just this
week's match and fails to mention the horrors that
we all witnessed at the weekend....
Ever the ones for the TV studio the Shrimps took
a rest from quiz programmes over the weekend to make an
appearance on Blue Planet 2.
According to David Attenborough "the Zebra
Mantis Shrimp is the most deadly assassin in the
green seas". The programme showed this
40cm long submarine brute hiding in a sandy
burrow at the bottom of the ocean stretching out
its claws to grab some poor unsuspecting passing
fish. Apparently in the world of the
Mantis Shrimp the female doesn't hunt herself
but sits in the burrow producing eggs whilst the
male collects the grub. Should the male
wander off in search of a more attractive mate
(as happened in this film) then the female goes
unfed and has to put out distress signals in an
attempt to attract another male. Bloody
men! Totally untrustworthy. Rachael
The History Men just squeaked past The Opsimaths
at the Red with Ivor going for a two on the last
question to give the home team a one point victory.
When I called in on my way back from another
Sterling victory at the Etihad (gained in what's
fast becoming known as 'Pep time') the tension had
dissipated and Mike H was spraying the spares around
the Snug. Clare had had to cry off late in the
day for the Opsis so Joe Hanson a student from
Manchester University who is reserve on this year's
University Challenge team stepped into the
breach. Joe is keen to play in WithQuiz and
will be either raising a team from amongst his
university colleagues or offering his services to
play in one of the existing squads. I'm sure
we would all be keen to welcome a new team if he can
Mike H offers these observations from the
QM's chair at the Red....
"A very enjoyable quiz this evening - very close
with an equal number of unanswerable questions going
to either side (4 each as it happens). Ivor
had earned a few jeers from his own side for his
Round 1 blurt (Bend It Like Beckham for
Question 7 - 'Blurt It Like Ivor' was the chant
heard from the terraces) but made up for this with
his clinching two pointer on the final question of
the evening (chants of 'the hills are alive to the
sound of Ivor' could be heard)."
The Prodigals beat The Electric Pigs at the
Albert Club as Anne-Marie reports....
"Good first appearance this season for Kate playing
for the Prodigals. Pity Jimmy took the night
off to watch his beloved West Ham at Everton!
It will be a long journey home to Salford for him!"
The Charabancs of Fire came up against third-placed Ethel Rodin
at The Turnpike. Having lagged behind
throughout the contest the Charas just failed by 3
points to beat their visitors. Ethel are now
sitting pretty behind the Dunkers and the Shrimps
and are well placed to pounce if either of the table
James joyously despatches these few words....
"Ethel were ahead from the start, and went into the
last round 7 points ahead. The 'never say die'
Charas, however, raced to a 5-0 lead in this round
and so, in the end, we just managed to cling on with
the winning points coming from Roddy’s knowledge of
Grime - a sentence that will never be written, ever
....whilst Damian (returning to his reporting
duties after a break last week) sends this....
Father M volunteering to share quizzing duties with
new boy Graham (late of the Hangmen), the Charas
fought a hard battle with one of our oldest and most
steadfast rivals coming up short against them once
again - but managing to keep the final score
respectably close. We never led in any round
and the gap between us drifted from 2 points to 7
points by Round 7. A Herculean effort in Round
8 enabled us to close the gap to a mere 3 points.
Now if only there had been another round! Father
M's policy of suspending any team member who fails
to score at least one 'two' fell once more on deaf
ears as each member of the team duly thwarted his
carefully thought out plan. It's bordering on