Charabancs beat Electric Pigs
A whopping 22 point margin for the mercurial Charas
Damian gives the low-down...
Our first victory of the new year and probably with the biggest score and widest margin ever (or at least since we are able to recall). Everything about this quiz just fell right for us with the balance of twos scored (14 to us v 7 to them) and steals snatched from under our unlucky opponents' noses falling heavily in our favour (8 v 1). If only every week could be like this!!
Albert lost to Prodigals
A 15-point margin keeps the Prods at the top of the tree
Opsimaths beat Ethel Rodin
Ethel just get the rough end of a massive 96 point aggregate match
QM Mike reports
I was QMing in the Albert Club's back lounge whilst a handful of very quiet United fans watched the telly in the front lounge. At half time I asked Howell for the footie score. He said he'd heard a faint murmur about half way through the first half of the quiz (albeit the second half of the United match) which probably meant the Reds were ahead. My word how times have changed!
In the world of WithQuiz, however, nothing much shifts. The same 8 trusty knowledge banks were on display tackling a corker of a paper from the Shrimps. This time the form book was slightly ruffled since Ethel (2nd place in the table) lost to the Opsimaths (4th place in the table). The first half was fairly nip and tuck but after half time the home side opened their legs and sprant for the line. Late on Ethel rallied but, alas, too late on.
Highlights? Well, Greg seems to think that 'quince' and 'honey' rhyme; Howell got his Scandinavian straits confused but swallowed his Gwladys Street pride to get a two for 'Rush'; and Nick knew all about The Whitsun Weddings. The latter cheered me since at the bar before we started I was complaining to Nick about what I thought was clearly an error on this week's Only Connect when Homeward Bound, Brief Encounter, Oh Dr Beeching! and The Whitsun Weddings were linked as being 'set on railway stations'. Well the first 3 were but The Whitsun Weddings was set on a railway journey. The wedding parties that Larkin saw from the train window were indeed at stations but to say the poem was set on a station was wrong. So having had this (admittedly rather pedantic) conversation beforehand, and then on Round 2 Question 5 Ethel (who initially got the question) having opted for 'Easter' as the festival referenced, Nick was able to slam-dunk a steal with the correct answer 'Whitsun'. I enjoyed his smile. Moral of the tale: keep talking at the bar, you never know.
Post-quiz chat centred on the leadership battle in the Labour party (Keir Starmer seems to be the one to bet on according to the inside track that is James) and the forthcoming battle of the footballing giants when Peterborough visit Accrington later this month (Roddy and I will be there).
Oh, and as for the individual honours: the Opsimaths got 18 twos against Ethel's 15. For the home team Howell and Nick tied for MVP with 6 twos apiece. Just one question went unanswered and that was Round 5 Question 6 about a Czech-American physicist. Well I ask you!
A great evening and a wonderful paper!
“And for that minute a blackbird sang.”
Turing Testers lost to Bards
A win for the Bards nudges them up to 5th in the table
Tester James sums up
Our first ever WithQuiz match was against the Bards, when we came within a point of them. While this did presage a series of more convincing losses in the first half of the season, we were quietly confident we could challenge the Bards when we met for our return fixture. And we did indeed take a modest early lead thanks to a poetry round containing a personal favourite of mine, Edward Thomas's Adlestrop. But The Bards recouped this with their superior knowledge on matters both avian and aviational, leaving us on level-pegging 21 each at the halfway mark.
It's all too easy to blame bad luck or wish for a different batting order in hindsight, yet we could not help but reflect that the second half may have gone better for us had our South African astronomer team member received the questions about Karl Jansky and the Great Trek. As it was, our knowledge of bicycle manufacturers proved woefully inadequate and we earned ourselves yet another round of drinks.
With the FA Cup playing on the television screens, we were once again relegated to the 'children's area' of the Greenfinch; as usual it was mercifully toddler-free, and we were able to quiz in relative peace under the benign QM'ing of Mike H, for whose presence we were once again grateful.
‘The Taj Mahal of the North’
James Williamson (no relation) erects his Lancaster folly
and QM Mike H gives his views...
A very closely competed quiz for the most part, between two great teams. They were level at half time but the Bards ran out eventual winners by 6 points. It was another high-scoring quiz, just one point less than last week, and it finished just after 10pm (certainly a first for me), at least half an hour earlier than other matches. It was the 'Bike round' that did for the TTs.