Ethel Rodin beat Prodigals
Victory for Ethel puts them well and truly in the race for the title
James has a smile on his face...
A close match all the way through, with both teams leading by a couple of points at various stages. But Ethel slowly crept ahead in the last few rounds, and pretty much full marks from everybody on the fruit round didn’t leave any space for the Prodigals to make up the difference. We seem to be punching above our weight at the moment with a sequence of close wins. I suspect in doing the double over the Prodigals we have opened the path for the Mantis Shrimps to win the league comfortably.
For the answer to the one about the bloke whose ashes are in his invention, we offered the slightly unlikely 'Pringles'. Roddy had steered us away from the correct answer, because apparently he’d read that the inventor of Pringles, (which to be fair might have been called 'Pluto Thingies') did apparently end up in a Pringles tube, with the only debate being what flavour it should be labelled. I do hope that’s a true story and not simply from Roddy’s imagination!
(News has just got through that Roddy was indeed correct; the ashes of Frederic Baur, the inventor of Pringles, were buried in a Pringles can; Roddy is not deluded after all).
Oh, and much credit to Roddy for (surprisingly) getting Billie Eilish for two.
Ming's would-be fling
...and defeated Dave adds this..
An entertaining night at the Red Lion, but we just fell short against title challengers, Ethel Rodin. This is a hungry tight team whose combined common sense conferring, matched with brave individual decision-making on the twos, was enough to overcome us in the end. We had our chances. Mountain ash and spider could have made the difference, but well done to Ethel Rodin and their erudite QM Liz, who is pretty firm on Tony Blair’s legacy. Some tough matches to come, but this title is definitely up for grabs.
Opsimaths beat Mantis Shrimp
Shrimps cling on at the top despite the Opsis completing the double over them
Mike B oversaw this one...
The QM seat for me this week, so sadly I missed out on the delicious whole round on Scottish islands set by Tim. No matter the Opsis without me were on cracking form and yet again confounded the odds by beating the league leaders. That's two weeks running we've done this, but this time the fact that the Prodigals lost to Ethel and the Shrimps have a better points difference than Ethel, means that Rachael's team stay top. But isn't it getting interesting? Could Ethel nick it at the death?
This wasn't as obviously a 'senior citizen's paper' as some we've had this year but it did contain quite a lot of yesteryear stuff. Starting with the 'Carry On' theme was a strong nod in that direction although, as Tom commented to me, knowledge of the theme didn't really play too big a part in that round. Incidentally I was asked by the Shrimps which Carry on film was the best (or should I say the least bad) and I suggested the first of the series Carry on Sergeant which I can just about remember actually made the 11-year old me laugh back in Burgess Hill, Sussex in 1958.
With the best-mannered team in the league on hand (no, not the Opsimaths) conviviality and mutual respect abounded. With Tom, Adam, James and Rachael (and Richard spectating in the wings) I had the chance to get some personal coaching on how a QM should hurry things along in true 'Paxo-style'. I fear my gruffness doesn't really cut it - although we did manage to finish in good time for a bit of a post-match natter.
Of course I want the Opsimaths to win the league this year - and I wouldn't mind if our fellow Albert Club team, the Prodigals, made it two years in a row - and it would be great to have Ethel as a new name on the shield - but in my heart most of all I hope the Shrimps go one better than last year. They really do deserve it.
And finally a shout out for Howell who got 6 twos and would have had more if he hadn't opted for a tactical confer on Ms Cherry. What's more he knew the name of Ted Evetts, the first PDO World Championship player to be bested by a dartess. Andrew, I think Fallon deserves a statue. Get to it!
Turing Testers lost to Charabancs
The Charas win to keep themselves off the bottom of the table
In our first ever visit to the Greenfinch (for a quiz that is), we notched up our second victory of the new decade by beating new boys, the Turing Testers, on their home turf. Thus we returned the compliment after they notched up their maiden victory by beating us in the Albert at the start of the season.
Although the Testers outdid us 8 to 5 on scoring twos, we managed to confer in a more disciplined manner than we have shown of late and this helped carry us through, aided by the fact that we grabbed the lion's share of the steals, 11 to 5.
Next week we set and enjoy a 2-week break given we no longer play any part in affairs south of the Mersey. Let's hope the rest will help rejuvenate our brains before we are plunged into the hurly burly of quizzing again.
Inch Kenneth where Unity spent her last 9 years with a bullet lodged in her brain(R3/Q2)