The paper this week was set by The Prodigals.
A very respectable 71.8 average aggregate meant that very few WithQuizzers will
have gone home twoless to cry into their pillows. There were variations in
the difficulty however, with the second half considerably easier than the first
half. A few grumbles about balance within the rounds could be heard at the
Red Lion but they were minor compared to the general appreciation of another
inventive and interesting set of questions.
I was sitting on the Opsimaths bench this evening looking over QM Peter's
shoulder to peek at the answers. Best round for me was Round 5 where you
were given a list of first names and asked to spot the link between them.
Although this round could have been better balanced it did provide some
excellent challenges. Each set of names seemed to ring distant bells but
only after some concentrated conferring did the answers emerge from the teams
and even then not in all cases. The name 'Terence' in the last question of
this round was perfectly positioned to throw the teams off the scent - though in
the end the Opsimaths rumbled it. An excellent round!
Good too (and not unexpected after the exchanges a few weeks back) that the
Prodigals had devoted a whole two rounds to 'celebrating great women'. Not
sure all of the women featured had rightly earned the adjective 'great' however.
Geva Mentor, Laura Geitz and Laura Langman!?!
What did the rest of you think?
From the Ethel Rodin/CMR encounter James....
"It's always a bit difficult to offer a critique from either end of the success
spectrum (i.e. when you've been hammered or when you've walked away with it).
However, trying to be objective, we thought it a good quiz with good questions.
No controversies and no 'who cares?'
Even the few unanswered questions had answers that had been discussed and
rejected in the conferring that went on.
The hidden themes were transparent - which always helps. All
in all it was a good paper that afforded a good night's quizzing.
When we play CMR I'm always left thinking that either the league
should set a moratorium on questions about cheesy 1970s TV
programmes, or we should allocate an 'old git' to join their team
(nominations?). As a child of that decade myself, I'm
invariably left high and dry when that kind of question comes round.
Great films and decent music from the same era tend to transcend
generations making them fair material, but the amazing quality the
70s offered on the silver screen was countered by some utterly dire
material on the small screen - much of which has (thankfully) never
been repeated, and should be allowed to remain in obscurity ad
From the Albert/Charas match Mike....
"This was a very workmanlike quiz which moved along at a good pace.
We liked the chef theme and our question of the week is the one
about the first woman to be elected to the Rock Hall of fame.
This was not because of the intrinsic merit of the question so much
as the fact that the answer so enraged Graham that he threw himself
face down on the floor of the pub. Very impressive - and
reminiscent of the old days in the League.
Just for a change most of the questions in the Bingo rounds were
relatively easy. There is nothing wrong with this. It's
nice to get the answer right when we spend so much of our time
getting things wrong."
....whilst from the same match Dave's summing up was not so
"If revenge is a dish best served cold then Anne-Marie laid on a
veritable sorbet as TMTCH managed a mere 2 points in rounds 3 and 4.
A good job Ellen Wilkinson is one of Durham's finest. Even the
big boys toys question came dressed up in women's clothing.
QotW? Plymouth Rock - if only 'cos it gave debutant Josh his
first two. You never forget your first two!
....and Graham's even less so....
"Have to say that a round with nil points for us and one for the
Albert sums it up."
Finally from the ever courteous Andrew and his victorious
Pigs it was clearly not a boring evening - or rather ....
"Very enjoyable quiz. Question of the week: Round One Question
8 about the Crossrail boring machines."