the wonderful Ladybarn Social Club the home team,
Ethel Rodin, lost to the 100%-ers, The Opsimaths.
I arrived just before 10pm having spent the
earlier evening hours watching a certain football
match - so I needed cheering up. Thank you
Nick, Hilary, Howell and Brian for providing me with
a suitable distraction! A fine match very ably
invigilated by Ethel's QM (whose name I'm afraid I
didn't catch). We do have an excellent batch
of QMs at the moment who collectively make a big
difference to the enjoyment of our quiz evenings.
The match finished before 10.30pm so there was again
plenty of 'catch up' time.
Shrimps, you may be pleased to hear that our star
player, Nick, is absent in a fortnight's time in
Greece with erstwhile Opsimath and Jeremy Paxman
acolyte, Paddy Duffy. They will be in Athens
competing as a duo in the Quiz Olympiad. Since
leaving Manchester (and the Opsimaths) for the smoke
Paddy has well and truly hitched his wagon to the
media. He was Assistant Producer on this
week's Panorama programme which had Paxman
ambling around the US offering various facial
expressions of disbelief at the terribleness of the
Presidential campaign. At least we in the UK
can be proud of the fact that we have (eventually)
consigned our leading sex bully to an unmarked
Yorkshire grave; in the US they are seriously
considering making him President!
The Bards of Didsbury just don't seem to be able to
emulate their stellar performances of last season,
losing again - this time to the ever-improving History Men.
Ivor reports on the events of the
evening at the Cricket Club....
"After a slow start our season is accelerating. We
do not often beat the Bards these days but tonight
in an almost deserted cricket club we took a lead in
the first round and for once we held on. The Bards
are back to full strength (with Bernard a strong
deputy for Steve) and were unlucky to be playing
second ('unanswereds' breaking 0-5 against them);
otherwise they might have had points on the board
instead of a fourth consecutive defeat."
The Prodigals are starting to exhibit the
form they showed towards the end of last season
managing to beat The Electric Pigs at the Albert
Albert too are looking in good nick as they
eased past The Charabancs of Fire at The Fletcher
Moss. First Mike's take on the
"An enjoyable contest enlivened by the Greek Chorus
of despairing City fans gathered around the TV in
the bar. The second half suited us better than
the first half. There were very few unanswered
questions but a lot of 'ones' so there was plenty of
opportunity for conferring."
"Yes, another quiz night, another defeat.
Maybe my memory is getting faulty but, once upon a
time, I'm sure we used to win quite often when
posting numbers like 38, 31, 42 and 32 (our last 4
losing scores). Well, not these days.
Standards have obviously risen and the constant
addition of new faces to revitalise the opposition
teams has made a big difference. Correct me if
I'm wrong, Mike, but it occurs to me that the Charas
are probably the only team left in Withquiz with a
line-up unchanged for the last 10 years, and this
probably goes a long way to explain our inability to
compete these days. At any event, that's my
latest attempt to come up with some sort of
explanation for our chronic loss of form. I'm
always open to alternative explanations of course,
are not too rude. Eveline's suggestion that we
should sack our absent captain (who fled to the
highlands of Scotland this week to escape the
constant litany of failure) is probably a tad on the
harsh side given our collective sense of
responsibility - and possibly blasphemous too!"
(ED: Yes Damian I do believe that The Charas are
the Gladys Knight and The Pips of WithQuiz reminding
us all each week of 'The Way Things Were'.)
Compulsory Mantis Shrimp who have streaked
off the blocks this season kept their 100% record
intact by beating The Men They Couldn't
Hang. First Rachael's feedback....
"After another enjoyable evening at the Turnpike
with the always delightful TMTCH, we ended the night
10 points to the good. This, however, is not
representative of the whole match as we finished
most of the rounds never more than one or two points
ahead. As we entered the final round we led by
two points but Round 8 was very good for us and
disastrous for the Men."
and then Graham's....
"The Hangers once again managed to snatch defeat
from the jaws of victory, this time following the
curse of Round 8. Earlier I had been crippled
by a tumble on that dreadful cycle lane outside the
Turnpike, with it's shallow pavement (my fat lip
still throbs as I write). However nothing
could deter me carrying on and rising to the Dunkers
challenge. Neck and neck until Round 8, and
then the quartets threw us. As ever the
Shrimps were entertaining, and in the Turnpike,
always excellent value. I'm not looking
forward to taking on the History Men at the Red next
week with the EFL Cup Derby. Any alternative