The paper this week was set by The Bards.
Average Aggregate score across all 5 matches was 56.0, the
lowest of the season yet - with the tally of 19 unanswered
questions in at least 2 of the contests. So it was a tough
paper and quite hard work for QMs and teams alike.
Redemption came in the range of subject matter which gave for
quite a few laughs and subsidiary discussions.
At The Turnpike (as at the Fletcher Moss it seems) some went
down the 'Cheese' route in Round 3. At the end of the
round when all was revealed Roisin justified her mistake by
pointing out that...."Celebrity was just a slice of brie wrapped
in celery" at which point Howell backed her up indicating that
'Hammond' was a pretty good sound-a-like for a phrase that often
precedes the word 'Cheese'". Later the biggest mass
chortle of the night came in Round 6 when it was suggested that
Madame Ciccone's book may have been of the pop-up variety.
Oh, and how come the Austrian Crown Prince managed to slaughter
approximately one animal every 15 minutes throughout his life
(making a few assumptions about the length of his shooting
career and the average length of the hunting day)?
Biggest single complaint came early on over the 'Red Card'
question at the end of Round 1. Later research confirmed
that hapless Richard Dunne is indeed joint Premier League Red
Card champion with 8 sendings off (alongside Duncan Ferguson and
Patrick Viera) but that he WAS NOT sent off last Sunday.
His crime on Sunday in the QPR v Liverpool match was to score an
own goal to bring his peerless Premier League Own Goal tally to
10 (or 12 depending on which website you believe). Poor
old Richard! At least he has never eaten one of his
James' comments from Ethel's match.....
"Some good questions but also some stinkers - although they were
equally spread between the two teams. QotW was the one
about the hunting Crown Prince whilst - non-question was the one
about nomophobia. The Sopranos theme went over
both teams' heads (in retrospect we thought that there should
have been a 'Tony' in that round given that the Bards were
Finally from the Griffin Ivor was not impressed..."With a
combined score of 56 this was a hard quiz with few redeeming