A modest turnout this month with 11 members joining in the frolics that passes for a quiz meeting. We still managed 3 teams with one being made up of just three “gentlemen” who called themselves “J3”, Then we had a group of four ladies going by the name of “Les Belles” and 2 couples who were discussing dishwashers when I enquired what their team name was going to be, so naturally they chose “ The Dishwashers”.
So this month’s Rounds were entitled “Pot Luck” (1. Which two famous literary persons died on 22nd November 1963, the date being infamous for the assassination of JFK?), “Multifarious” (2. Romantic writer Mary Westmacott is better know by what name?), “Miscellaneous” (3. Who was proclaimed King of England after the death of Harold II in 1066?) and “General Knowledge” (4. If you nictitate at someone, what do you do?). The more astute amongst you will have perceived that all the rounds were comprised of general knowledge questions and this was intended to try out a more “level playing field” approach, which I think was appreciated.
The usual 3 Table Top Puzzles were present in the form of yet another map, this time showing Canada and asking to name the 13 Provinces/Territories that comprise that country. Then we had anagrams of comics/comic actors (5. chemical rem tiny). The third TTP was cryptic clues to Oscar winning films (6. Pleased he consumed her).
After the first four rounds, things were evenly matched for second place, but one team were 5 points in front. The TTP puzzles would (as they have in the past) decide the contest and one team’s knowledge of this country was (it seemed) limited to the fact it was north of the USA and whilst another team’s proficiency in Oscar winning films was poor, they picked up an almost perfect score in the anagram section.
So the scores; in third place with 71 points were J3 (percentage wise they would have scored nearly 95 with four team members); in second place with 79 points were Les Belles and just winning by a nose were The Dishwashers with 80 points (well done!).
1. Clive Staples Lewis & Aldous Leonard Huxley. 2. Agatha Christie, 3. Edgar the Atheling or Edgar II (15th October – 10th Dec 1066), 4. Wink, 5. Michael McIntyre and 6. Gladiator (get it? glad he ate her).
Now, I shall not be around for May’s quiz and I will not have the time to devote in putting one together, but if anyone would like to take a turn and step into my shoes for the 2nd May’s meeting, please let me know and I shall do all I can to help and advise.