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ROVING REPORTER - QUIZ NIGHT NOVEMBER 18

Added on: Sun 25th November 2018

After weeks of planning the time had rolled around for the winter version of the PU3A Quiz Night.

The day started for some just after lunch, preparing the feast that was to be used to fire up brain power. Thanks go to Gill Parsons and her army of workers for their hard work.

Then a further cohort of willing volunteers turned up early to set up the hall, and again thanks go out to all of them for thundering around the hall making each table fit for a banquet.

Questions were set, answers were checked, it was time to engage the grey matter.

One hundred and thirty eight of the great and good from PU3A gathered at Jack Hunt School for an evening of fun and laughter, with an occasional serious bit thrown in. There were eight rounds on very diverse subjects and a picture round thrown in for good measure.

We managed to raise 19 tables of enthusiastic quizzers in teams ranging from 4 to 8 (the teams of 4 and 5 had a couple of no-shows on the night).

We kicked off with a Ploughman’s Platter, and for 40 minutes the teams tucked in. It seems that we over-catered as there were items left at the end- but little went to waste as people took the leftovers home at the finish. I suspect there were lots of bowls of Stilton and Celery soup on Saturday.

We started quizzing on time with our three quizmasters dressed for the occasion.  We had Terry The Toff (Terry McCarthy in a full Tux), Hilary The Prof (Hilary Keegan in her Graduation gear), and Wally from “Where’s Wally” who was just that ---- a Wally (in the form of Alan Locke). Keeping order with the scores was Mary The Math (AKA  Mary McCarthy in her Schoolgirl outfit ) – looking like our Head Girl.

Round 1 was titled “Weird UK” where all questions were about the odd events and celebrations we Brits take part in. Some of the puzzled looks on some questions were a sight to behold. There was a hiccup when we got to question 3 – the idiot of a quizmaster (yours truly) had somehow deleted the slide – so everyone got at least one point. There was much discussion about the question “What local village (Northamptonshire) holds the World Conker Championships every October? – to which the answer was Southwick.   Many queried this – but we have checked back and it has been there since 2009, so 9 years should be enough to qualify Southwick as the right answer 😊.   However, by the end of the round On The Ball came out with an impressive 8 points to top the initial leader board.

Moving into Round 2 we attacked “A Year in the News” – looking back at headlines for the past 12 months. When we got to the answers we were all baffled as Hilary made Robert Mugabe as the departed star of Department S and Peter Wyngarde as the resigning despot from an African Country.  An interesting world Hilary lives in 😊. The team Sing Something Simple shot into the lead, pipping Pungs and Kongs (apologies - no photo) into 2nd by one point.

We thundered through round 3, looking at UK History, and boy did we learn things in that round. The Wordsmiths (again no picture - sorry) would appear to thrive on the past as they were the round winners and joint leaders at this point..

Round 4 was a bit more local with all questions revolving around facts about Peterborough. The favourite seemed to be “How far is it to drive around Peterborough using only dual-carriageway roads”. Distances varied from around 6 to way up in the 20s. In fact – to the nearest mile it is 12 miles. The quiz-setter should apologise to the quizzers – the question on “Who opened Queensgate” – you were all correct, it was 1982 – not 1976 as in the question – whoops, my bad (I am taking lessons in Teenage speak 😊 ). We were at the halfway point now, and Simple Minds had taken an outright lead as we took a comfort break.

Everyone got up to stretch their legs and all the other things you do when you are let out at playtime for the quick 10 minutes we had.

During the break we marked the picture round which had a possible 20 points on offer. An impressive 19 out of 20 was scored by The Wanderers and Spot The Brain Cell, but it was The Wordsmiths who made a break to the front.

Back into the rounds proper we pressed on into Science and Nature with Hilary. The question "The scientific name for which animal is 'Ursus arctos horribilis?" seemed to cause the most consternation with Arctos throwing people towards the Polar Bear – when in fact that Latin name is for the Grizzly Bear. By the end of the round On The Ball wrestled back the lead – they were not giving up easily.

Terry took control for round 6 (Geography) and got the laugh of the night. As he cruised into question 2 he seemed to lose track of where he was and instead of asking the question he gave the answer to uproarious laughter and barracking from the quizzers. Surprisingly enough everyone got that question correct 😊 . We now had a real fight on our hands for the lead with Amnesiacs taking pole position alongside On The Ball.

Round 7 lurched into view in the form of a round on Sport with Hilary taking the podium. We had questions on Darts and Table Tennis alongside Elephant Polo and Speedway. With only one round left Amnesiacs had come up on the rails and snuck into a lead.

The final round was overseen by Wally and was the ever-present Music round. We covered Pop and Classical, Soul and Jazz trying to slip a curved ball in to strain even the most musical mind. It didn’t work!! On The Ball took an impressive full 10 points to snatch Victory from the Amnesiacs at the last minute.

From comments received at the time of writing this report it would seem that everyone had a good time, and we will have to look at running a big quiz again.

The full results are below

TEAM

POINTS

POSITION

ON THE BALL

85

1

AMNESIACS

81

2

THICK END OF THE WEDGE

80

3

SIMPLE MINDS

77

4 =

SPOT THE BRAIN CELL

77

4 =

JOLLY MIXTURES

75

6

WORD SMITHS

74

7 =

SING SOMETHING SIMPLE

74

7 =

JAZZ BEANS

74

7 =

THE REAL McCOY

74

7 =

TRUMPS

73

11

THE WANDERERS

72

12 =

EIGHTS

72

12 =

THE SPIN DOCTORS

71

14

NEVER TO LATE

69

15

PUNGS & KONGS

66

16 =

THE CLABBERS

66

16 =

THE CPD's

62

18

THE FRANGLES

59

19

 

Pictures of the evening with "most" of the teams can be found here

Or a short Video here

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