of Didsbury just managed a victory against The History Men at the
Cricket Club. Tony's report first....
proposed (and we have accepted) that having a blanket policy of always
going second can lead to recriminations on the few occasions when it
doesn't work out. This is especially true when it appears that the
question setters have twigged one's policy and have tried to penalise
the person sitting in the number four seat. So we decided to have
a second toss to see whether we would play first or second should we win
the initial toss. It was a bad mistake! We should have gone
second. If we'd done so we would have won by a street length
against our most affable opponents of the season. Ivor will
catalogue the imbalance of the questions and the startling results in
rounds 4 and 7 which led to a very narrow victory indeed.
were under strength. Jim was on familial duties. Dom, who is
happier to act as scorer, nobly stood in for us as a number four.
The History Boys could only field three players by reason of seasonal
ailments. I was talked out of the Gary Gilmore answer but this was
more than made up for by Steve and Sarah working out the Jonathan
Greening answer. My blurt of the night was to say 'Rochester and
Chatham' but this was compensated for by Ivor forgetting to make a note
of the first letter of the first question and therefore getting the
'Doncaster Central' answer wrong. If he had not made this mistake the result would have
been very different. As I have said before I suppose this is what
quizzing is all about."
take on the match....
"We played in the main
lounge of the cricket club tonight and, until the arrival of two
chocolate labradors and their owner long after the end of the quiz,
there was not another soul in the club apart from the barmaid. How
different from our own normally raucous venue.
were a threesome tonight with Anne being felled by 'flu but we did give
the Bards a bit of a scare taking a 7 point lead after five rounds.
Then the tide turned and Round 7 became our undoing. As always
with a tight result at the end one looks back at the questions that
slipped away. In my case, having the last question in the top to
tail round, I could not remember the first letter of question one and
plumped for Doncaster East rather than Doncaster Central. Then, having
opted for the Royal Marsden as the centre of research for Tamoxifen,
Tony had a steal on the only other likely alternative, the Christie.
The Bards got the lion’s share (9-2) of the unanswered questions so
certainly did well to overcome the disadvantage of deciding to play first
won the toss."
Meat Raffle lost to Dunkin' Dönitz in the Turnpike.
Kieran sends this report....
out to be fairly easy for us and we ended up with a big boost to our
points difference, not that that will matter one jot come next week.
Turnpike entertained us by failing to fulfil its prime function and sell
beer. In retaliation Barry vaped away shamelessly without so much as a
peep from the 'miserable bastard'.
Raffle were good company as ever despite their cause looking lost from a
long way out. Andrew Pig QM'd expertly brooking no debate nor
indeed any time wasting. We had a gripe about the attribution
of Do-Be-Do-Be-Do to Kurt Vonnegut in 1982 since I clearly remember
seeing that graffito in the toilets of Liverpool University's Faculty of
Law, and I'm afraid I graduated long before 1982. David remembers it
from Oxford even earlier! But no damage was done by this slight error.
Richard thumped the table in exasperation as we slotted home Andy
Townsend (nasty image) with the expletive laden '****ing hell I knew the
answer to a question about football before I was born and I didn't get
the chance to ****ing answer it!'
to what seems an inevitable final scene next week. There can never
have been so many teams in with a chance of the title going in to the
last round of matches - and weird things can happen under that sort of pressure.
Over to you Mike!"
Opsimaths started well against their visitors, The Men They Couldn't Hang,
moving fairly rapidly into a double digit lead, but, try as they may,
they couldn't increase this margin winning at the close by 10 points.
With score difference likely to determine the destination of the league
title this year the margin of victory was a crucial concern.
whole it was a good-natured evening supervised by Howell in the QM
chair. The only real moment of tension arose over the Round 8
question concerning Nicole's 'Corrections & Clarifications'. The
answer given in the question paper was fairly lengthy and both
teams offered something that identified the correct issue without
satisfying Howell that they'd got close enough for a certain point.
In the end we all agreed that Graham's initial answer had done enough to
get the benefit of the doubt. This type of situation often occurs
when the answer is longer than the question - as it was in this case.
Although busying himself
with the question paper Howell was still able to keep
tabs on the match stats. His records showed that we'd had 17
two-point answers, 18 one-point answers, 15 steals and 13 unanswered
questions. Of the 'unanswereds' 2 fell to the Opsimaths and 11 to
the Men. The Men definitely got the rough end of the deal by
winning the toss and going first.
So on to next week with
all to play for and TMTCH setting. Ethel are theoretically in with
a shout of the title
but they need both the Opsimaths and the Bards to
lose, Dunkin' Dönitz and Albert (who play each other) to tie, and
themselves to win by a margin of around 70 points! For either
Albert or Dunkin' Dönitz to lift the league trophy they need to win
their match and see both the Opsimaths and the Bards
lose. If it ends up being between the Opsimaths and the Bards
- and both win - it will depend on the score difference each has notched
up over the
whole season. If that is level then the team that
has scored the most match points (almost certainly the Bards) will win.
So, were both the Bards and the Opsimaths to win next Wednesday then, in all
likelihood, it will come down to whether the Bards' margin of victory on
the night is 9 or more points greater than that of the Opsimaths.
Albert beat The Charabancs of Fire at the Fletcher Moss to keep
their title hopes alive. First Mike's report....
makes it look tougher than it was because both teams were three-handed
(apparently Megson is busy trying to buy a consignment of relics,
'miracles guaranteed', from some Serbian gentlemen in Lourdes)."
tonight's quiz must be up there with the most fun losses we have had
this season! With both teams a man (or, sorry Eveline, a woman)
short, it's yet another telling sign of our overall decline that Rosin
got all excited about the fact that we had only lost by a mere 10
points! Yep, that's what it takes to get us feeling good about a
quiz result these days. After an encouraging start in Round
1, as we swept into a 6-2 lead, our misplaced early confidence soon
evaporated as we lost every subsequent round by an increasingly large
margin. How tantalisingly cruel to us are quiz setters these
days! At one point, so desperate to get a point were we, that
Yours Truly excitedly blurted out the correct answer triumphantly
expecting a two only to realise that he had just answered John's
question without even bothering to consult him. To make matters
worse, John actually knew the right answer. Thereafter Eveline
made fun of me by reminding me of this faux pas at least 27 times!
At least, it felt that way."
Rodin retained their glimmer of a hope of league glory by beating The Prodigals
at the White Swan/Ladybarn Social Club. First James....
"Nip and tuck all the way. Pretty good questions on
the whole - and very well balanced. Good themes, excellent
favourite Tory turned up tonight. Geoffrey Howe has, in typical
Geoffrey Howe style, slowly but surely made it into his very late 80s,
without seeming that old - but I suspect mainly because he's not in
the limelight any more - and I'd bet that a recent piccy might betray
his frailty. There must be an Aberavon dead Welsh sheep joke out
there somewhere, but I'd get it in quick.
had a good night with the Prodigals - probably the best banter of the
season tonight at the Swan. Their celebrity team member was even
mobbed by an autograph hunter (the barmaid).
slowly getting my own back on Dave Rainford for all those quiz nights in
the Old House at Home. Dave was a QM extraordinaire (microphone
generally superfluous) and can be blamed as an important influence on my
current enthusiasm for quizzing.
may not have noticed that we've somehow never lost to the Prodigals when
he's been playing; so I must have learnt something!"
then Anne-Marie brief and to the point....
"Close match. The better team won."