Ethel pip the League
Champions at the Albert Club - the Bards power on - Albert get
the better of Dunkin' Dönitz
Pigs in a noisy Red Lion. Ivor tells the story....
"Our usual seating area in the Red Lion was full so
we went to the annexe. The Muzak was pretty loud so Andrew
requested that I, as History Men Captain (self appointed), ask for
it to be turned down. Of course, I delegated the task to Peter on
the grounds that he would have more gravitas. The barman
agreed to our request but unfortunately did not know how to
implement it. Luckily we discovered that if we drank more alcohol
the background music faded anyway - indeed everything faded.
As might be expected from previous matches the History Men v the
Pigs was always going to be a 'one point either way' contest and so
it proved. Needless to say (indeed why am I saying it?) the
History Men contrived to almost completely squander an early,
comfortable lead of 8 points by the time we got to the final 'Pick
Your Own' subject rounds. These started inauspiciously with Tim
missing the Medicine question and then opting for Zoology which led
to endless discussion as we tried to remember the Greek words for
'women' and 'hairy' resulting eventually in us conjuring up the
(presumably non-existent) animal the 'Gynaetrichia'. The match
eventually ended in a two person shoot-out with scores 37 all and
two questions remaining (the situation that leaves all seat 4 people
especially nervous - but then it goes with the territory). Dave
went for Music, got classical and opted for a safe one point.
I went for Theology and Religious studies (hoping that it wasn't
Islamic Studies or Buddhism) and was able to use my 1960s Ulster
primary school education with a question on Genesis patriarchs.
Miss Turkington’s efforts (Plymouth Brethren and ruling her Primary
Six class with a discipline akin to Miss Trunchball in Matilda)
finally paid off a mere 46 years later!"
Albert beat Dunkin' Dönitz
in their Fletcher Moss bolthole as Mike O'Brien tells....
"The result was a surprise to us. We had a 10 point lead at the
end of the first half which, with our usual meltdown, we managed to turn
into a 1 point deficit by the final round. But then we rallied
enough to win on the last question which ironically was a variation of
one of our questions last week - the one on yttrium. DD played
3-handed and would probably have won with a full team."
Bards beat TMTCH at the Cricket Club to cement their position
at the top of the table. Graham reports from the losing camp....
"When the Hangers led 5-0 at the end of Round 1 we thought our luck was
in. Then reality kicked in. Surprisingly the new Hanger
auditioning to become a regular member of the team refused to be
put off replacing Il Capitano Dave for the second half, and thought he
might turn up again...mad fool."
...whilst Tony (a spectator for the night) gives the winner's view.....
"I was sitting out tonight and helping Eric with the scoring. The
Hangmen started well leading 5-2 at the end of Round One. It was
level pegging by the end of Round 2 at 8 all and then the Bards surged
into a comfortable lead by half time maintaining the pressure after the
break to win fairly convincingly.
Jim protested loudly that the Periodic Table was Physics not Chemistry -
Bernard had to dredge up his student memories to recall what the upper
jaw is called in Posh - Eric struggled with Senecio and Camillieri but
did well enough to be asked back. As ever the Hangmen were
delightful company and we parted looking forward to a great night at the
Parrswood in the second half of the season."
Meat Raffle lost to Charabancs
but who cares!! Rachael is getting married at Christmas!
She announced her intentions to the assembled throng in the
Turnpike. Apparently it was the departure of George Clooney
from the eligible stakes scene that clinched her decision. Our
special WithQuiz Society correspondent reports that Rachael just
went for a 2-point blurt when the question was posed. Hooray!
Many congratulations from all your friends in the league. Meat
Raffle are setting on December 3rd so prepare yourselves for a
plethora of Christmas and Wedding themed posers.
Back to more mundane
affairs Damian gives the lowdown on the evening's other match involving
the Meat Raffle....
"Tonight was again a game
of two halves with a depleted 3-man Raffle team competing successfully
in the first half, leading in 2 rounds and drawing in the other 2.
But then the Charas soared ahead in every round in the 2nd half.
Once more, the team that went second in each half had the easier ride.
In any event, the Charas continued their smooth upward progression from
the start of the new season, losing by fewer and fewer points each week
until the margin was so narrow that they couldn't help winning!
Well, you know what I mean."
Opsimaths lost to Ethel
Rodin in the top of the table clash at the Albert Club. An
excellent match full of good humour with Brian in the chair as QM
seeing that all was fair play. The Opsimaths crept ahead over
the first half and then accelerated in Rounds 5 and 6 only to lose
Round 7 by 9 points to 2. All to play for in the final round
then, but Ethel kept her collective head and sneaked home by a
single point. A famous victory well merited. It seems to
me that Ethel Rodin are now consolidating their position as a 'Top 4
team' making the league that much more open as an annual contest.
The paper this week was set by The Prodigals.
A good solid effort maintaining the standards achieved so far
this season. The average aggregate was 77.4 which is the
season's highest yet. Generally high-scoring all round
(topped by a massive 55 points recorded by the Bards) meant that
there were few 'what am I doing here?' moments. In the
Opsimaths/Ethel encounter we enjoyed the evening greatly
enhanced as it was by QM Brian's scrupulously clear
pronunciation. The only negative comments came in the
'Announced theme' rounds where the questions were fine but the
themes somewhat laboured ('Crafts') or obscure ('Fictional
Damian's feedback from the Turnpike....
"With Anne-Marie acting as QM deploying her customary efficiency
and charm and not hesitating to correct poor punctuation and
grammar (what a great school headmistress she would have made),
we found the Prodigals' paper interesting and quirky - nicely
poised between the difficult and the recognisable. The mostpopular offerings of the evening were the 'Guess the surname
from 3 clues' round and the final 2 'Pick Your Subjects Rounds'.
Given that setting 'Pick Your Subject' rounds has been one of
the mainstays of previous quizzes set by the Charas, predictably
we basked in such familiar territory and positively cruised
through Rounds 7 and 8.
Our QotW? The Samuel Beckett cricket question. Yours
Truly has possibly learnt more from his fellow Withquizzers than
he ever did by boring old study and reading books! Whoever
would have thought that an Irishman who spent most of his life
in France and wrote most of his works in French would be such an
enthusiast of cricket that he actually got a mention in
despatches by the Cricket authorities? Apparently this is
a well known fact in Ireland and Father Megson chided me for my
lamentable ignorance of the, apparently, longstanding Irish love
for this resolutely Anglo-Saxon pastime. Just knock me
down with a feather, or maybe a cricket bat!
...and our 'Answer Of The Week'? Chara John's enthusiastic
response to the question on why Sophie Wittams has been in the
news recently. Apparently she was not the unfortunate
person who stuck a leech down her throat until it bled. He
seemed crestfallen when the answer turned out to be something
rather less exotic but it gave the rest of us a good laugh
anyway.....always in the best possible taste of course!"
Ivor's verdict from the Red....
"The quiz paper was very well received and, as the scores
suggest, just the right level of difficulty and balance. The 3
clues to a surname with the philosopher theme gets the round of
the week - the cricketing Nobel laureate and cricketing PM, the
pair of the week.
The 'Wrong answers of the week' were given to the question on the
significance of the voyage of the Hougoumont. These were
1) it was the first ship to travel through the Suez canal
2) It sank and survivors on the lifeboat killed and ate the
cabin boy (I dare say worse things have happened to cabin
A victorious James comments on behalf of his fellow Rodinistas....
"The paper was a good one. When I set quizzes myself, I
get a degree of pleasure when it remains close right up to the
wire - and for 3 out of the 5 games last night to be won and
lost on the last question reflects very well on the setters.
For me, there was the rare pleasure of being able to gain a point
from knowledge acquired just that day in the process of setting my
own questions (not for WithQuiz, I must add!) - and as for the tight
finish, the topics on the board did land very well for Ethel (which
hasn't always been the case with that type of round)."
Mike from the Fletcher Moss concludes "the aggregate score tells
us that this was a reasonable paper although it never felt so
easy even when we had a good lead" while Tony from the Cricket
Club picks up on a hiccup...."It was slightly remiss of the
Prodigals to leave the artist's signature on one of the
pictures. It was spotted by our QM in time and got
scrubbed out. I hope everyone else managed to do the
Question of the Week
Like everyone else I rather liked the 'Clues to a
surname with an overall theme' Round 6. I've gone for Question
What surname links:
America's Schubert, a book with a character called Sally Bowles and the albums
Low, Heroes and Lodger?
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