Mantis Shrimp lost to Electric Pigs
The Shrimps' title hopes are fading after a home defeat at the hands of the Pigs
NZ's bird of leisure
Prodigals beat KFD
The Prods retain second position with a home win
Jimmy tells the story...
Four successive defeats was our worst run in many a long year and so we approached this match with a fair bit of trepidation.
KFD were a man down and the points that they automatically lost for that shortfall proved critical in a match that was far, far tighter than the five point winning margin would suggest.
It was the Prods who trailed by 5 points after the travel and tourism themed Round One - this despite my missus working in the travel trade for nigh on forty years. Shows how much attention I pay to her...
By the end of Round 3 we had closed the gap to just two points but the visitors robustly maintained that margin up until Round 6.
When QM Ann-Marie announced a Science round and simultaneously predicted nowt for the Prods she was, as usual, spot on. At the end of Round 6 we were six behind and contemplating hitting the Kool Aid with Jim Jones.
Nous avons adoré the foreign language run-ons however and it was Prodigal John (as it so often is) who secured the critical steal of the night with a totally inspired guess on the Plaid Cymru / Welsh guards mash-up. A ten point total on the round saw us sneak a one-point lead into Round 8 where we managed to hold our nerve and wrap up a much-needed win.
A tip of the hat to KFD who deserved something out of this, but that's the way the mop flops sometimes.
Celebrity perverts of yesteryear, the gradual decline of the beautiful game, John Denver’s malevolent streak and Pritti Patel were the topics of a most convivial post-quiz conversation. A nice end to an evening that reminded me of exactly why I buzz around the M60 every Wednesday.
David Mealey, Denton's log-ender
History Men beat Charabancs
A comfortable win for the home team
Ivor checks in...
A convivial evening once more with our old friends the Charas. The Youth policy is now being employed by both our sides with John’s son Charles replacing Gerry, and Young David being replaced by even younger Vanessa.
A game of two halves tonight. The first half was played under the dartboard (luckily not in use) until noise led to relocation to the now vacant snug. The Charas had a terrible first half with only 9 points to our 20 but they were much improved after the break and outscored us 23-20. The Charas had fewer unanswereds (3 to our 5) and more 2s (11 to our 6) so our victory was due to a superior 'steal' rate (their 2 to our 10).
Readers will recall we had some trouble driving to the Alexandra last week. Tonight there was some trouble driving home as the child proof locks in my car are on the blink and Tim and Mike were both in the back seat via the only door I could open. An example of conversation:
Tim: “This car is four years old!”
Me: “It is a Yaris, and OK most of the time.”
Tim: “I knew someone whose car caught fire in Greece and the doors didn’t open and he burned to death and that was a BMW.”
Mike: “My car caught fire once.”
Me: “Lucky it wasn’t a BMW.”
...despite which everyone was delivered home safely.
“Oh, and one last thing, leave the shower curtain on the inside of the tub”
to which QM Mike H adds...
Truly tonight was a 'quiz of two halves'. The first half had a total score of 29 points (with only 9 of those going to the Charas), which was less than half of the points available. Until Round 4 Question 4 there had only been one two and that was the first question of the night.
Quite possibly, the answer given to Round 1 Question 7 ('Association of Travel Operators Liability') was better than the real answer. By the end of Round 3, there had been so much conferring I had written in my notes: "Have the teams given up on trying for twos?". Not only that, but from the QM's point of view, there was so much noise at the Red, that most questions had to be repeated. Added to which many of the questions were of the 'who cares, anyway?' type.
By the end of Round 3, we were able to return to our normal seats and the noise had abated - and, coincidentally, the standard of the questions improved. However the first half didn't finish until 9.52!
The second half of the quiz was much better with 44 points scored and we were able to finish by 10.45.
The first PM