James (from Ethel Rodin)
set an excellent quiz to get us all off on
our summer quiz sabbatical when we gathered at the Albert Club
for the traditional end of season presentation evening.
The winners on the night were Albert who led most of the
way, sailing home to a big greasy grin from the Paddle of Rebuke
(which Mike had brought along just in case...), and some
the half way point in the evening, John (from the Charas)
delivered his sunny verdict on the season's goings on.....
everyone's delight that the hunt for the League trophy
has been more competitive than ever this season with 5
teams vying for the title, all in with a realistic
prospect of victory right up the penultimate round of
praised the generally high standard of question-setting
which, he felt, underlined the wisdom of our policy for
setting our own papers and not buying in material from
outside as many leagues do ("thought not bought" was his
catchphrase for this),
encouraged us all to continue the search for new formats
and styles to swell the already burgeoning list we use -
even if occasionally a new format falls flat,
just offer a hint of criticism for the growing tendency
to include too many lengthy questions in which the bulk
of the question text is unnecessary in the search for
emphasised how well WithQuiz are doing in the popular
annual WIST competitions with our mates from the
Stockport League (the WIST Champions Cup has been held
by WithQuiz teams for 3 years running and the A-Trophy
has been won by WithQuiz teams in both of the seasons in
which it has been contested),
of all he urged us all to continue to foster humour and
whimsy in our papers - such as the recent question about
merkins which provided his moment of the season in the
Charas/Prodigals match when Anne-Marie provided a
graphic description for the non-cognoscenti and Damian
(for he is one of these) pretty much fell off his stool.
John then invited us to cheer the various trophy winners (see
here to get the full
list) as the season's gongs were dished out.
the old League Shield has had to be replaced by a bigger model
able to carry the necessary number of inscriptions, the original
Shield was awarded in perpetuity to the Dunkin' Dönitz team in
recognition of their incredible run of 12 straight League wins
between 1999 and 2010. The Val Draper Cup has also had to
be replaced for similar reasons so the old Cup was awarded to
the Charabancs to mark their run of 3 consecutive Cup victories
between 2013 and this year.
in previous years the 'Question of the Season' was voted for
during the evening from amongst the 30 Questions of the Week
nominated on the website during the season. The results
were as follows:
Compulsory Meat Raffle
What country's most northerly point
is the furthest south?
The Men They Couldn't Hang
According to TV comedy scriptwriter Jimmy
Perry's memoirs, published in 2002, what did his father
say to him at the age of 16 when he said he wanted to
become an actor or a comedian?
"You stupid boy!"
Which graffito, which purported to
contain quotes from 2 philosophers and a singer (and has
been transferred to many a public convenience since),
was coined by Kurt Vonnegut in his 1982 novel Deadeye
"To be is to do"
"To do is to be"
"Do be do be do"
....so Compulsory Meat Raffle (Rachael, David and Liz) duly collected the wine for their
season's setting triumph - and, by the way, let it be known that
they are henceforth to be known as Compulsory Mantis Shrimp.
In the mean time
if you want to see a few photos to prove to those at home that
they really were at the Albert Club click
To view a gallery of all the pictures to appear in QuizBiz articles throughout
the 2014/15 season click
...and just for fun here's a slightly different version of a local map....