History Men beat Compulsory Meat Raffle at the Red. Ivor
handicap had unwound by the end of round 5 and a swing round (Round 6
which we won 7-1) ensured victory. It is amazing how the threat of
having to set for the next series of matches sharpens our killer
instinct and lust for a win!"
Dunkin Dönitz lost to Ethel Rodin in a match they would have won
by a single point without the handicap system. In the event they
tied - only to lose on the tiebreaker question about the length of
Gone With The Wind. Well, tomorrow is another day, Kieran!
Kieran's take on
the evening's competition.....
"The first time we have
ever lost a quiz by five minutes - the margin (220 to 215) that Ethel
were closer to the seemingly interminable length of Gone With The
Wind. I'm quite surprised we both went for such low numbers -
we were thinking the answer should be given in hours or maybe days.
quiz in which we were never ahead and only scored one bonus all night -
on the penultimate 'Moot Hall' question which allowed me to go for the
draw by getting a two on the very last question. Ethel very generously
allowed my 'Electric Saw' answer and thus the tie break was set up - all
to no avail as far as we were concerned.
scored 15 twos to our opponents 9 but were well behind on conferring to
get those all important ones. It seemed to me that the paper hugely
favoured the side going second in the first half - but this isn't borne
out by the facts of the unanswered questions which went 5-4 against
night and not quite the Opsimaths paper we have come to expect in recent
years but an enjoyable evening nonetheless with much talk of coalitions,
tactical voting and the fate of the Alexanders, Danny and Douglas (both
toast). From me another rant against the Catalunyan con artist
ruining my football club at all levels as anyone who tuned to ITV4 on
Monday night could see. OK you didn't bother, never mind.
season is over, congratulations and good luck to Ethel. See you
all on May 27th."
Actually your season isn't quite over yet, Kieran. As highest
scoring losers Dunkin Dönitz have earned themselves a place at the table
in the Plate semis in a fortnight's time where they will fight it out
with old foes, The Bards!)
beat The Men They Couldn't Hang in a close run affair.
Mike from the Albert reports....
"The handicap made this a
tense affair until the last round. The paper was wide ranging and
interesting with plenty of opportunities for conferring. The only
quibble was from Ashton who, in the 'kin' round, was disappointed to
find that although merkin and foreskin featured there was no question
which offered the snooker player Marco Fu as the answer."
The Charabancs of Fire
The Prodigals in a fun-packed evening at the Turnpike. Absolutely
loads of mirth all round. It seems the Charas (and Father M in
particular) have never come across a merkin (though they did get the
points for correctly answering La Mer). Anne-Marie - an
expert in this field - was able to introduce them to the subject.
Once she uttered the phrase 'muff wig' the penny dropped. Ladybarn
parishioners beware, Fr M will be prodding this subject from the pulpit
now he is fully up to speed.
It was a strange scoring pattern with the Charas steaming away in Round
1, which they won 7-1, getting almost all the Prodigals' questions right
on 'steals'. Things evened up later on with the sores almost level
at half time. Early in the second half the Charas pushed ahead
again and never looked back, winning by 7 points with handicaps applied
and 4 points without them. The question about the Maine
Road/Old Trafford link foxed everyone until an inspired Cheryl cracked
it. She remembered a blind friend from Rusholme who made the
journey to Old Trafford on alternate Saturdays using this mode of
transport just to be at the Reds match and experience the atmosphere.
Great story, great friend, great points!
Damian gives the view from the winner's enclosure....
"Gosh, how we Charas love the cup rounds. After all, it's usually
the only time in the season that we get to shine! Tonight we set
off with heads held high, handicaps in hand, and started off on another
cup match in winning fashion. Why, oh why, can't we be this
positive in league rounds? In our defence, we didn't need our
handicap to win tonight's match but maybe it is a crutch that gives us
the necessary psychological boost to do well against our opponents. It
led to maybe the most presumptuous round of drinks Yours Truly has ever
bought when he cockily went to the bar on behalf of our opponents when
there was still a full round of quiz questions to answer!"
....and, unusually for a Wednesday night, Father Megson's spin doctor,
Gerry Collins, has come on-line with his thoughts....
"No fec-kin around for the Charabancs tonight as 'hard as nails' gaffer
Megson has them limbering up for Thesaurus training just minutes after
dispatching the Prodigals from this year's Cup competition. The
veteran celibate is now in sight of leading his team to a momentous
hat-trick of Cup Final victories and is determined to avoid any Federici-style
slip-ups in their forthcoming semi-final. Eagle-eyed viewers will
note the fresh spring in the step of the Cup hopefuls that belies their
sluggish league form and, which unfortunately proved just a tad too fast
for our cameraman to capture in real time. Just think how fast
they will be when they sober up!"