The Bards of Didsbury
beat The Electric Pigs at the Cricket Club.
Tony offers his views on the evening....
"We enjoyed a relaxed evening with the Pigs.
The questions were slow in arriving and even slower in the
reading out. Eric tried to apply the new rules but some of
the questions were a tad on the interminable side and needed to
be repeated as everyone had forgotten what the question was
about by the time the question mark arrived. Having four
bingo rounds was certainly overegging that pudding although we
did all agree that the Biblical Blockbuster Bingo was enjoyable
with some well chosen questions. We scored very heavily on
these whilst the Pigs drew the short straw time and again.
Otherwise the quizzing was pretty much level pegging - indeed
the Pigs enjoyed an early lead.
Whatever happened to good themes and clever
pairing? I think someone had a touch of the PMTs!"
(Ed: This is positively the last time I will
publish any comments that contain references to 'PMT',
'Potteries' or 'Traction')
Mantis Shrimp beat The History Men at
The Turnpike - as Rachael reports...
"A very convivial evening at the Turnpike where
the recently renamed Mantis Shrimps finished with a score of 33
to the History Men's 25. Although we were ahead
throughout the match, our opponents did claw back points to run
us pretty close at several points in the game. The History
Men were delightful opponents as always and we look forward to
playing them again in the next leg!"
....whilst Ivor's first report of the campaign as
losing skipper goes thus:
"The excitement has been building up for weeks - the start of a
new season and can we regain the heights of yesteryear (second
in 2004/5 and 2007/8) or are we doomed to continue our downward
quizzical drift (seventh last year)? Sadly for us it is the
latter with a comprehensive victory by the Mantis Shrimp (no we
do not know either where the name has come from)."
The Prodigals lost to The Opsimaths in the first Albert
Club derby of the season. Things looked tight in the early
rounds but then as the bingo stuff took hold the Prodigals
drifted behind and never managed to recover the gap. To be
fair the choices they made on the bingo rounds (in comparison to
the Opsimaths' plumps) were ill-fated. In a literal sense
it was a very hot encounter as the Club's crazy heating system
accelerated into deep winter mode and left a few sweaty brows.
Ethel Rodin tied with Dunkin' Dönitz at the Ladybarn Club. Kieran writes....
"An up and down evening on a challenging paper which maybe
promised more than it delivered. The prospect of an entire
Boycott bingo round was just about the most exciting
introduction imaginable, but then no 'my mother's pinny' nor
indeed an appearance of Mrs. B's sweeping brush.
Euro bingo was
similarly in and out but The Leningrad Cowboys are totally new
to me and they look an entertaining bunch so once again
Wednesday evening has added to the sum of my knowledge. I was
certain that IIR would provide an easy two points in the
biblical bingo rounds - how wrong could I be? And who has
ever heard of the character involved, or, indeed, who can
remember his name even now? P.R.U.D.E.N.C.E. was also a bit
tough. I felt bit it all made for an exciting evening with
Ethel getting the draw with a point for Malmo on the last
Barry made an
early claim for goal of the season by correctly identifying the
American Spice Trade Association. Given the subject matter
Martin and I thought that the 'TA' would stand for 'tingling
arse' but we've never really got out of the fourth form as far
as humour goes.
And on top of all
that, Manchester 2 Germany 0 London 0. Not a bad night."
beat The Men They Couldn't Hang. Mike sums up
matter-of-factly with a sombre touch....
"Both teams were complete and able to start at 8.30 and finish
around 10.30. The paper was generally fair. The
Bingo rounds (for a change) seemed to arouse few complaints
about varying level of difficulty. A few questions were
overly verbose - and to demand knowledge about the scale for
measuring the hotness of spice was asking a lot. The
Albert's favourite question of the week was number 20 in the
city bingo round.
After all this it did feel strange to be in a home fixture
without Mary asking the questions."
(The City bingo question to which Mike refers was: 'It may have
started in the Balkans as a protest but nobody paid any
attention and it quickly became harmless. That was in 1961 when
it was generally called a 'Grecque'. Turning its back on fickle
fame, it retreated to Eastern Europe where it lived under
sedation until 2010. Then some English citizens caught
sight of it on the banks of the river Warthe and carried it back
triumphantly to their own lair where it still resides.
What is it?')