The paper this week was set by The Opsimaths.
By some way the highest average aggregate score of the season to
date (80.8), this was a quiz with few unanswered questions.
Compared to last season when the second Opsimaths paper notched
up a measly average aggregate of 57.4, the lowest of that
season, this was a return to form. All seemed to like it
and there were few gripes. Credit largely goes to Brian
who compiled it all and modified accordingly when the other
Opsimaths fed back their comments. But it would be wrong
of me not to acknowledge the contribution of Paddy who played
for us throughout last season but is now pursuing his meeja
career in London. He sent us the well-liked, but somewhat
narcissistic, 'Theme with a progressive link' Round 3.
In the Charas v Pigs encounter Gary D liked the paper but did
query again why some of the themes had been announced at the
start of the round rather than left to be deduced by the teams.
In particular Rounds 1 and 8 had themes that could quite
reasonably be expected to be cracked after 2 or 3 questions and
this would have added to the fun.
Here are the other comments I received....
Tony: "I was dismayed at the start to hear that there
were Bingo rounds as well as a 'Choose Your Own Subject' round.
However the Bingo rounds, brilliantly, had themes - and
intelligent ones at that - and the subject round was also quite
cleverly crafted. So all is forgiven. Our
congratulations to the setters for a most enjoyable evening
analysing our general ignorance - which is what a typical
Withquiz night should be."
Ivor: "The quiz tonight was deemed to be of a very high
quality (especially as it was an Opsimaths paper!) and, as a
typesetter/printer/compiler myself, I appreciate the fact that
some Opsimath has spent a lot of time constructing the grids and
filling the envelopes correctly, never mind setting the
questions. The themes and connections were reasonably gettable
the running theme in Round 3 a tour de force (with even the
spare contributing). Sadly although I spotted the connection by
question 2, and was awaiting my Harry H Corbett in question 8,
it never came. Likewise David spotted the theme very early,
but equally sadly the early 1970s albums were not by Bread.
Tonight’s frustrations were, as usual, plumping for the wrong answer
when there was a choice of two (the wrong MI organisation) and of
course picking the wrong questions from the grid. It is usually
James who complains about the unfairness of Lady Luck with this
style of question rounds but I bet he is not complaining tonight!"
Dave 'Egghead' R: "I really enjoyed this quiz. Well done
James: "Good quiz - enjoyed by both teams. Lots of fine
rounds with good themes. Plenty of excellent questions - and I think
only one dud (the one about the small man who turned out to be very
tall indeed). But overall well balanced and competitive from
start to finish.
The one about the Manchester Sports Guild Folk Club would be our
choice for QotW. That was the best theme round too. I'd
been trying to link 'Holy -----' with a word from each answer before
we twigged the link."
Ashton: "QotW agreed by both teams - the one about the ratios in
the 'Big' final round."