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Of all of our
teams the Prodigals tend to be the most experimental with their
setting. They like to push the boundaries and see if they
can come up with new
ideas for round formats. Indeed were it not for this
spirit of inventiveness our Wednesday evenings would still be
stuck in the 'What's the capital of Albania?' mode that
characterised the early years of the Withington Quiz League.
The Prodigals are also regular contestants at the monthly Albert
Club end of month Monday quizzes and I'd like to think this
shows in some of their formats. For instance the hidden
theme in Round 6 was distinctly Albert Clubbish (by the way this
was not introduced as a 'Hidden theme' round on the paper - it
just said 'Theme' - but in the Opsimaths/Meat Raffle match, as
QM, I chose not to state the theme up front).
The '20th Century
Bingo' in Rounds 7 & 8 seemed to us an excellent twist on the
'Pick your Subject' format and should bear regular use.
The use of the stated theme in Round 5, however, did not seem to
have been executed quite so successfully. Some of the '-esque'
words in the answers were simply names that have managed to earn
an '-esque' suffix over the years (not much added guile here),
but some were words that had altogether different meanings with
the '-esque' suffix such as 'picture' (these questions were more
interesting to answer). The real boob in this round was in
the first question where the '-esque' word was hardly an
essential feature of the answer. In our match at the Club,
Meat Raffle's Richard copped for this question and agonised for
ages having got the right answer without seeing any 'esque' word
in it. Eventually he conferred, forfeiting his bonus point
for going solo. In a theme round it is always worth
double-checking that the first question gets the teams off to a
a special mention for the second spare at the end of Round 4
that asked competitors to name the first band to perform at
Live Aid 1985. Even the world's most knowledgeable
popular music quizzer, Rachael Neiman, was flummoxed by this
one. Excellent question!!
What did the rest
of you think?
enjoyable Prodigals paper, much more accessible than some of the
post Christmas efforts. We liked the 'mother and daughter'
round and the '-esque' suffix round was pretty good too - but
the Monty Python theme smacked of an idea with two or
three good questions and then a rather laboured process to force
the rest of the round to fit. The hidden capitals were ok and
made for some of those very satisfying moments when you were
able to confirm your original guess by spotting 'Male' for
instance and then happily go for the two points. The final two
rounds were a decent variation on blockbuster bingo as well.
All in all a very good evening."
"It's been our
opinion that the standard and quality of recent quiz papers has
risen quite dramatically and tonight's offering from the
Prodigals was no exception. It was a thoroughly
entertaining and well crafted quiz with novel and excellently
worked out themes plus a wonderful 'Pick Your Subject With Dates
Provided' pair of rounds that gave enough variety to satisfy
everyone - and I say all this despite the rather lopsided score
by which we lost tonight.
Well done, Prodigals!
We couldn't settle
on a particular Question of the Week but the 'Mother and
Daughter' and 'Now For Something Completely Different' themed
rounds could certainly be nominated as 'Rounds Of The Week'!"
quiz and the themes went down a treat. Never knew there
were so many '-esques' and capital cities short enough to sneak
into a word. The 'mothers and daughters' round was my
favourite, though the Monty Python round runs it a close
second. The 'Pick Your Own' grid was suitably enigmatic despite
the year clues (was anyone expecting American football?). Major
disappointment of the night was the appearance of Giacometti’s
L’Homme Qui Marche which scuppers a picture pair for next
week's History Men's paper. We'll have to park that for a
"We thought non-QotW
was the one with the answer 'STATUE of Alan Turing'. We
knew it was AT but could not fit that to the theme. My
favourite questions were the ones that led to a 'late Norwegian
Blue' and to 'Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink' (and I was waiting for
another 'python' to appear in the '-esque' round)."