Wednesday, February 11, 2015

10th February–Home to the Park Taverners


“Revenge is a dish best served cold”

Yes, on this bitterly cold evening in the heavy frozen fog that has clung to the town for some days two mighty teams came face to face to settle a long-outstanding debt. On 30th September Altrincham Town FC beat Macclesfield Town FC 1-0 and the Silkmen were out for revenge.

On the same evening, in the warm and welcoming Waters Green Tavern old friends met for a friendly, fun-filled evening of questions and answers in the Macclesfield Pub Quiz League – the Park Taverners were facing the WG Lemmings for the second leg of the season’s competition. In November the Park Taverners had thrashed the Lemmings who were hoping that this would not be repeated.

The questions covered a wide range of subjects from nicknames to aeronautics and were very well received. Some puzzled looks met with the answer to the General Knowledge 16 to which charity must be at least as accurate as philanthropy – probably better. One question in particular gave rise to some discussion (History Q8) but neither team noticed that the year given was 1715, the First Jacobite Rebellion that got no further than Preston and certainly not Derby. The General Knowledge Q75 also had the Lemmings floundering but all became clear with an enchanting dance-like movement from Shauna, so beguiling that she was asked to repeat it.

Mention must also be made of Juliet the question master from the Nags Head whose strict control over time set a standard for all question masters – and a warning to notorious time-wasters.

At the end of the Specialist, the Lemmings had stolen a lead of 65 to 33 but it must be said that the visitors were without Graham who is their highest scorer.

The Lemmings’ good fortune continued into the General Knowledge that they won with 103 to 83 giving a final score of 168 to 116.

Individual scores were Bob 15/18, Wendy 15/24, Nick 6/15 and Tomo 12/24; conferred points were 8/12 with 9/10 pass-overs whilst the visitors collected 4/7 pass-overs.

Oh and Macc won the football 2-1!

The evening was rounded off with a magnificent pork pie and sandwiches – many thanks to Brian, to Juliet and to our old friends the Park Taverners for a fun and well-fought game.


Anonymous said...

Very good questions this week mostly. The one about the film Godzilla v Destoroyah was a bit crackers though!

alan a'dale said...

Yes, wasn't sure where Godzilla came from when it interrupted a run of very straightforward questions. Had also (I wasn't alone) tied myself in a knot over the "too easy" - conferring on the SI unit of mass in a rare moment of gentle questioning in the specialists. Despite our doubts at the time, Bletchley is within the city districts of Milton Keynes. Personally, did not much care for the "Air" round, but my team-mate who had clearly whiled away a mis-spent youth with several boxes of Airfix (cue Adrian Mole visions) lapped them up for us.

On a night where we narrowly stayed on the Lemmings' shoulders (beware the revitalised Plough Horntails), a special mention to the laconic quizmastering of Dave P from the Nags - who kept smiling whilst watching the scores mount - having sat in the same pub and endured the nasty set of questions given to player four next week. A narrow win, not one where we maintained the coolness of a glass of Chablis from Roy Jenkins' post-capital punishment fridge!