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23rd June 2020

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Update 23/06/2020:

I do hope you are all safe and well and that we can get back to our weekly quizzing ways before too long (perhaps in August/September to complete the 2019/20 league competition).

During lockdown I've been involved in tackling a series of fiendishly difficult online picture quizzes.  You're given a page of 20 pictures to identify and then group into 5 sets, each of 4 pictures, where there is an undeniable rationale for each grouping.  There are often red herrings and blind alleys but only one satisfactory way of ending up with 5 groups of 4 with each link justified.  It's a bit like the Only Connect Wall - only more tortuous, and in pictures rather than words.  Usually there is an overarching link between the 5 groups which straps the linking rationales together.  Beware you will need to do a fair bit of Googling!

It's been my turn to set this week so I thought I'd share my efforts on the website.  Beware it can take quite a lot of puzzling - I often take the whole week - off and on - to get to a viable solution (that is if I don't give up totally stumped).  Here's the quiz I've devised - and there is indeed a very specific overarching link to the set of 5 connected groups on this occasion.

Answers on request.  Cheers, MIKE

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Update 16/04/2020:

This morning The Times published an Obituary for Dave.  Click here to view.

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Quizzing in Quarantine

During this period of enforced lay-off I am whiling away some of my spare hours adding a large number of quiz rounds from my archive of Albert Club quizzes to this website (go to 'Question Papers' and scroll down to the list of Albert Club rounds - organised by type of round).

These Club quizzes are significantly different from WithQuiz question papers relying more on cryptic connections and lateral thinking to achieve the answers.  They might not appeal to all but they can be great fun in a social quizzing context where much of the joy is got from 'conferring and deducing' rather than just 'knowing'.  Anyway do have a look and feedback  any reactions via the message-board.

A number of people have wondered if we can host some sort of online quiz competition during these days of social distancing.  I'm certainly willing to put the website at the service of any such endeavour - so if you want to organise something and use of the website would help just let me know.

MIKE

WithQuiz programme of matches suspended

After consulting with team captains and a number of other WithQuizzers throughout today the decision has been taken to suspend the current season's programme WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
We have taken into account advice from medical professionals who play in our league and also the views of some of you who would be unable to play on during this epidemic for very good personal reasons.
In detail the decisions are...

1. To suspend the WithQuiz programme of matches with immediate effect
2. To abandon this season’s Val Draper Cup and Plate competitions
3. Providing the situation is sufficiently improved, to reschedule the remaining 2 rounds of WithQuiz league matches for the second half of September – and if desired an end-of-season Presentation evening straight after these two matches.
4. Depending on what Mike Wagstaffe and the Stockport League say, to schedule the WIST and Lowly Grail finals for late September.

During the lay-off please keep an eye on the website and the message-board; I will keep things up-to-date if and when the situation changes and also post any information I have regarding Dave's funeral.
Keep safe, MIKE

P.S. Tina, Dave's wife, has asked that details of his funeral are not posted on social media - so when details are available they will be passed to team captains to cascade rather than posted on this site or the message-board.

P.P.S. As my own small 'condolences card' for Dave Rainford you will find my 'DR' picture quiz if you press here.

P.P.S. Greg has just forwarded me this photocopy of a page from then latest Radio Times with warm tributes to Dave from all his fellow Eggheads...