week the paper was compiled by
I've Never Been to One.
Spot on for an
evening's quizzing late in the season's calendar! The
average aggregate was, at 85.5, by quite some way the highest of
the season so far. There were plenty of themes but most
were very gettable (the exception being the Refs theme which at
the Club foxed the Charas but not the Opsimaths). The real
challenge for the evening was judging whether to go for a two,
or play safe and confer. As stated above, only one
question went unanswered in at least two of the matches.
One other thing to
praise......tiebreaker questions are usually necessary evils
holding no real interest for the competitors. They are
only fractionally better than a toss of the coin in serving the
purpose of separating tied teams. The tiebreaker in this
paper, however, was magnificent with everyone chipping in and
Gerry getting within 276 of a perfect answer.
approbation - which is more than I suspect two of the setters
could offer their team at the Etihad.
echo the general feeling....
questions from INBTO just played nicely to our strengths.
They usually do. Although not normally a big fan of hidden
themed rounds, and initially crestfallen to discover that every
single round would be of that nature, I have to admit that, for
once, they aided us in finding the answers to the questions we
struggled with. The questions were exactly the usual solid
general knowledge fare we have come to expect from INBTO.
Nothing too fancy or obscure. Just stuff that most of us
can be expected to have a reasonable stab at and you can't say
much fairer than that. An excellent quiz in the company of
excellent opponents, ably QMed by our team-mate Jane, and in the
presence of our lucky mascot Jitka. It was a thoroughly
enjoyable night (though I say so myself)."
There were two
nominations for the Question of the Week: Round 2 Question 5
about the US Democrat Presidential candidate in 1952 and 1956.
I can just about remember growing up to hero-worship him as a
noble loser and an embodiment of all that was good about the
democratic process (compared to the blatant hypocrisy of the
Communist system in the East). The other QotW nomination
(also about the US democratic process) is the one chosen and