Our first venture after the summer break into merry mental mechanics saw ten of our regulars who could not think of anything better to do. We cobbled together two teams of five with the old favourite name of “The Coven” (three ladies and two gentlemen) making up one team and “The Confused” (four gentlemen and one lady) making up the other.
As has been the style of late, all the specialised subjects have been jumbled up and distributed to create four rounds of general knowledge questions. Apart from the one round called “General Knowledge” we had “Miscellaneous”, “Multifarious” and “Pot Luck”.
The questions were on subjects such as (1) “Which famous British actor's real name is Krishna Pandit Bhanji?”, (2) “Which creature appears on the front of a British Passport with the lion?”, (3) “Buff Orpingtons and Plymouth Rocks are types of what?” and (4) “In which war was the Victoria Cross first awarded?”.
I also challenged the participants to three Table Top Puzzles. These took on the guises of (5)“Cryptic Musicals”- “Fall Short of an Eastern City”, (6)“US Presidents”- Dwight D. Eisenhower, and (7)“Dingbats” - “Mce Mce Mce”.
After three rounds The Confused were in the lead by 5 points. This would have been more but the played their Joker on the first round which proved to be a tactical error and whilst they scored a near perfect round in round two it was not enough to see them through. The Coven made good use of their joker and leapt ahead with only the TTPs to trip them up. Unfortunately, although The Confused managed one more point on these than The Coven, the end result was not in doubt.
The final scores were The Confused 93 points and The Coven 105 points (well done!).
The answers: (1) Ben Kingsley, (2) A Unicorn, (3) Chickens, (4) Crimean War (1854), (5) Miss Saigon, (6) 1953-1961, (7) Three Blind Mice.
Next month's outing will be the fourth anniversary of our first Quiz Meeting.
Hasta la vista,