consolidate at the top whilst there is no clear
pattern lower down the table with all five away
Ethel Rodin lost to Dunkin' Dönitz
Albert lost to Electric Pigs
Charabancs lost to Mantis Shrimp
Bards lost to History Men
Turing Testers lost to Opsimaths
Ashton’s hat-trick hero and his local statue
hope many of you have already managed to watch last
Sunday's edition of Who Wants To Be A
Millionaire? If not hurry to catch up.
Opsimath Howell Davies put up a wonderful show
matching Jeremy Clarkson blow for blow as they
bantered their way through the best part of half an
hour's prime time TV. Needless to say Howell
came out on top - oh, and along the way won
£250,000. With Opsimath Nick as his 'Phone a
Friend' friend he navigated past the troposphere,
past Denise Lewis, scoring against San Marino,
and then deciding that with only a 90%
certainty that Aristotle was Alexander the Great's
tutor he would run for the hills with £0.25M rather
than gamble for half a million.
Howell was as cool as a cucumber throughout and made
all his 'confer/go for it' decisions as assuredly as
so this evening it was down-to-earth for Howell as
the Opsis scrapped against the Turing Testers at the
Greenfinch and Jeremy Clarkson gave way to a
slightly younger Joe Hanson in the QM's chair.
Ethel Rodin lost to Dunkin' Dönitz
The Dunkers just edge it
It was lost on DD’s last question where they
conferred for a safe point - but it could be argued
that it was actually lost on Ethel's 'first'
question, where our QM inadvertently gave the answer
with the question, denying Geoff a straightforward
two for Vertigo in favour of a spare where we
conferred incorrectly on a 50/50 movie title (that’s
a bit harsh on John perhaps.
Neither side boiled their wee for long enough to eke
out any phosphorus - and I’m not sure there was a
straightforward way into that answer. On the
other hand it seemed that the seaweed/iodine
connection had some logic to it.
The 'Travis' question was a bit of a killer as well.
The verbs 'rain' and 'sing' were given as answers,
both of which could reasonably have been viable.
Nobody in the room remembered or remembers Turn.
However, an enjoyable evening overall - as quizzes
between our two teams often are. And in fact very
few unanswered questions, despite a higher than
usual proportion of conferred answers.
and Kieran has some news for you
"Come gather 'round people wherever you
me tell you the story of the sometime* Donutz' third
one-point-last-question win out of our last four
visits to the venerable Stadium. The basic
facts? 11 twos to us versus 10 to Ethel; 2 bonuses
each; 17 DD conferreds, and one more for Auguste's
little known sister; only 3 unanswereds, 2 of our
questions and one of our host's; never more than a 3
point lead at the end of any round; we led after
Rounds 1 and 2 (and clearly at the end); scores
level after Rounds 3 and 6 and the Rodinistas ahead
at half time, and at the end of Rounds 5 and 7.
cares? That's not the story.
"He that gets hurt will be he who has
business end of the evening, halfway through Round 8
and the battle (in)side it (was) ragin'.
Question 62 of 64 and the scores 38 all. The line it
(was) drawn, the curse it (was) cast, the wheel
still in spin but there was no doubt who it was
namin'. Enter young Liam®, and thanks be to
who or whatever his god is that he's an English
graduate. Three serial-winning quiz veterans
with varying numbers of fingers extended, indicating
varying confidence in what they thought was the
right answer. Young Liam® kept his eyes wide
knowing the chance wouldn't come again.
"Your sons and your daughters are beyond
the impudence of youth (and a passable knowledge of
zombie horror), oh the sweetest of twos. 40-38 to
DD. Talk about shaking the windows and
rattling the walls. Greg of course levelled
things up on Ethel's last question but I had the
luxury of conferring mad, mad, mad, mad for the
"The first one now will later be last"
still on holiday this week hence young Liam's®
second successive appearance. David wouldn't have
got that two...just saying.
"The present now will later be past"
*'Sometime' because this was the last ever game for
Dunkin' Dönitz. After five and a bit
moderately successful seasons they are no more.
Retired to the twilight home that has so long been
their obvious destiny. With their old road
rapidly agin' and unable any longer to lend a hand
they've got out of the new one in favour of the team
which will carry Heaton Mersey's colours into battle
at the Parrs Wood against the Shrimp next Wednesday.
synthesizers, no diacriticals.
"The times they are a-changin'"
Attila the Speaker
lost to Mantis Shrimp
The Shrimps hit their stride
was on the spot
After an extremely enjoyable
evening of quizzing against the always delightful
Charabancs, we finished 15 points ahead. The scores
were very close for the first couple of rounds, with
the Charabancs actually in the lead after Round 2,
but we gradually overtook them to enjoy a small lead
at half-time. We extended this lead throughout the
second half even though the Charas put up an
excellent fight scoring several inspired
so was Damian
After a blistering start
to the season which saw us briefly ascend the
dizzying heights to the top of WithQuiz it feels
like normal service has been resumed.
As Father M
sadly declared, "Où sont les neiges d'antan?"
or would have done if he had ever studied
or even bothered to learn French.
Essentially this was a
quiz of 2 halves for us. In the first half we
kept pace with our wonderful Shrimp opponents
concluding it with a gap of just 4 points. The
second half however was something of a disaster with
us picking up only 14 points to the Shrimps' 26.
Even the sight of a tanned Graham, freshly returned
from an excursion to the Indian sub-continent, could
not inspire us. We just fell foul of most of the pop
music references which were promptly picked up by
our music-savvy opponents. That said each of us
scored at least one 'two' (with Gerry firmly
establishing himself as our star player of the
evening by notching up an impressive 6) - and so all
of us qualify for a spot on the team next week. It
feels like small consolation.
We could not really fault
the questions which had lots of entertaining and
varied ideas. For some reason we just can't
seem to choose wisely on the 'Pick Your Subject'
rounds these days. For instance I naturally,
and eagerly, plumped for 'On The Throne' only to be
landed with a feckin' Game of Thrones
question (is it really only me who never studiously
followed this much referenced TV series?). In any
event I counted only 3 unanswered questions which,
you've guessed it, all fell to us - not that it
would have made much difference to the outcome
anyway. All we can do is congratulate the
Shrimps and hope that they can continue in this vein
and finally land the elusive Big One at season's
Bradford’s lost home of football and cricket
to History Men
The History Men are up and running
has this to say...
Points on the board at last
- and against the Bards with whom we have had some
epic matches in the past. Not only had we lost the
first three games of the season we had also been the
team with the lowest score in the league on all
three occasion which did not do our confidence much
good. However we went into a 5 point lead
after Round 1 and had extended it to 12 points by
the end of Round 6. There was a bit of a
wobble on Round 7 before we had secured victory
early in Round 8. Bard Jim was the MVP tonight with
6 twos and Tony was the Jonah with two of the five
unanswered/unanswerable questions. Mike H was in the
QM seat and his friend John and his guide-dog Lucie
acted as our audience. John might be joining us for
occasional games in the future as a player. So might
Lucie who at least would not blurt out wrong answers
(unlike some members of our current team).
Testers lost to Opsimaths
Comfortable win for the table toppers
B reports from the bench
The first ever (I think) WithQuiz match at the
Greenfinch was an enjoyable affair. The Turing
Testers are a most affable addition to our league
and I'm sure that over time they will tread the same
path up the table that Rachael's team has trodden -
but this week's paper was a bit of a trial for them.
A number of times they had the right answer in sight
and then turned off the track - and on other
occasions conferred when a solo answer would have
been correct and doubled their take.
I think we forget how much of our competition is
about developing and executing good tactics rather
than just knowing stuff. Alex, James, Owen and
my grandson, Joe, will get their tactics sorted over
the coming weeks and deliver a few shocks to
As for the venue we were confined to the kid's play
area (in order to avoid disturbance from the 11
Scousers on the box elsewhere in the pub) but it
worked fine. The single kid in the room was as
good as gold as her parents switched off
entertaining her and got more and more interested in
As for the match there was never really any doubt as
Nick, Brian, Hilary and Howell powered ahead on
questions that seemed to favour those of a more
senior age range. There were 14 unanswered
questions in total (falling 8 to the Opsis and 6 to
the Testers) which is perhaps a little more than
The Pigs continue
their bright start
Mike O'B tells
A good quiz with very
few unanswered questions.
A close encounter all
the way through was decided by our very poor showing
in Round 7 - although the hard left faction in the
Albert team is attempting to portray this as another
success in our 'truth-over-facts' policy.
Indeed the leadership of the Albert was forced to
thwart a proposal to commiserate with the Pigs
because of their fact-based victory.
Nevertherless we look forward to many more
On a sunnier note
Eveline tells me that 'The Butt Lift' money is
pouring in and is soon likely to surpass Howell's
'Three Studies for Figures at the base of a
paper set by...
Aggregate score 80.4
is turning into a bumper season for high scores.
Are the questions getting more accessible? Are
we collectively getting better at quizzing? Is
the competition that much keener so that we are more
often on our mettle? Only 5 or 6 years ago the
season's average aggregate was in the mid to upper
60s. Surely it's got to be a good thing to
send more quizzers home happy at having scored a
bundle of points. And even now I can hear
Kieran's voice in my ear: "It's not just about the
points scored but about the quality of the questions
and the way in which they're posed". True.
what's the 'but' on this week's paper? Well
after a pretty lengthy Round 1 on pop and film
nominal coincidences the Turing Testers had a grand
total of zero and the Opsis just 6. It's fair
to say that most of the pop and almost all the films
predated the births of the home team members.
Whilst some of the titles nevertheless had claim to
be significant cultural events in their genres, most
didn't. Things picked up a lot after that and
we much enjoyed the inventive Run-ons in Rounds 4
and 5. So I think on balance we all went home
having enjoyed the efforts the Prodigals had made on
…before being taken into custody by The Police
these are Rachael's views...
We greatly enjoyed the fantastic Prodigals paper.
The 'Run-on' round was a favourite, as always, and I
was personally very pleased to see so many pop music
questions this week. I particularly enjoyed
the first 'shared titles' round! We did feel
that we had a slight advantage in going second, but
the whole paper was so good that this is a minor
and these Kieran's...
It was a brilliant Prodigals paper which produced
yet another contest for the ages between two teams
who've been going at it like this for more years
than any of us can now remember.
and these Mike H's...
One can hardly call it a difficult
paper when in our match at the Parrswood only four
of the 64 questions were unanswered (one with two
very close but wrong answers). However 34 of
these 64 questions were conferred, some at length.
Having said that, some round formats and some
questions were very clever. If I'd been
playing then the first two rounds would have
particularly suited me.
Well before Constable
...finally Ivor's feedback for the
The Prodigals' quiz moved along briskly for the
first two rounds before intermittent 'constipators'
started to slow the rapid progress so that we didn't
finish until nearly 11.00. However, as QM Mike H
pointed out, sometimes the question is short, the
answer even shorter but the thinking time in between
the two leads to such slow play. We did enjoy the
challenge however. The shared song/film titles
round went down really well as did the two rounds of
Run-through pairs. What was there not to
like? Plenty of opportunities to extricate a
correct answer especially during conferrals.
Favourite questions included yet another intriguing
fact about Rod Hull’s shared interests with Emu
(though Emu’s contribution to the single probably
not dissimilar to John Cage’s to 4.33). The
inventiveness of some of the Run-throughs ('Brown
Sugar Loaf Mountain', 'Downing Street Years and
Years' and more) was most entertaining.
Question of the Week
This week the Greenfinch quizzers were unanimous in
their verdict that Round 2 Question 8 was a corker.
It serves as a model of how to word a question so
that, from initially thinking the whole thing was
impenetrable, the 4 Testers eventually clawed their
way into the box and then with a whoop of
unrestrained joy slotted the ball home.
Which celebrity duo recorded a single with
Bristol Rovers FC in 1974 to celebrate the Pirates’
promotion to the old Division Two? The more vocal of
the duo perished in a tragic football-related
accident in 1999.
For the answer to this and all the week's other
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