History Man beat Prodigals
Another stunning 'comeback' victory for the History Men
Ivor seems as puzzled by the turnround as the rest of us
Another victory for the Historymen and on this occasion we were not even in our lucky seats. What can account for our improvement having lost our first six opening games of the league season? We are playing with our usual team (half of whom are not men) but we now seem to cover sufficiently the areas of knowledge required (at least in recent quizzes). More importantly we are exercising more careful decision-making when it comes to the 'going for the two' or going for 'blurt avoidance' (as in the Kenny Rogers song The Gambler, know when to hold and know when to fold). However tonight our seven-point win was also due to our lucky decisions, picking questions we knew the answers to in the two Bingo rounds (we won 9-3 in Round 4 and 9-1 in the Round 8 picture round). The Prodigals were still ahead by a point going into the last round so the match was a lot closer than the final score suggests. Perhaps we have also purged our tendency to have last round (drink-fuelled?) implosions.
Scouse Euro winner
Our run of wins will now be ended as we set next week. After 23 years and over 60 papers we have just about run out of ideas but we hope it will be all right on the night.
The Prodigals were as usual excellent company and we had Guy (Mr Anne) in the QM seat who had no more effect on taming Historymen exuberance than other QMs - but nevertheless performed his duties well.
I must conclude with some thoughts on the 'Alumni' or 'Celebrity' versions of University Challenge and Mastermind (though with no informed insight whatsoever). Sadly these are not quizzes at all but game shows designed for entertainment, indeed entertainment verging on cruelty. The contestants appear to be either recruited from Islington dinner parties, or placed by agents eager to revive old careers or get exposure for dubiously talented newcomers. Quizzing ability does not seem to be a requirement and indeed the lack of knowledge on display is more worrisome than amusing. Quite what possessed former singer and Irish MEP Dana to appear (and score 0 in her specialist round of 1970-76 Pop Music) is beyond me. Perhaps schadenfreude or the prospect of humiliation keeps the Great and the Good on their toes and the rest of us entertained!
Ethel Rodin beat KFD
Things just can't get better for Ethel
James enjoys a bit of Bingo down in Ladybarn
There was an early lead for KFD with single point victories in the first 3 rounds - and it was neck and neck in the first 3 rounds of the second half, but Ethel had the luck of the draw in both Bingo rounds.
It was an enjoyable match played in good humour with a decent and generally well balanced paper. Damian stepped in at short notice to curate the whole affair. Many thanks!
"I hold my hand up - fair cop!"