Thursday, March 21, 2019

19th March Away to the Plough Horntails

This the penultimate game of the season saw a meeting of the three teams fighting relegation: Image result for race to the finishthe Park Taverners (quizmaster), the Plough Horntails (home team) and the Lemmings.The last published News and Views has already foreseen the fate of the Lemmings …

The Horntails are old friends and always a joy to meet but the Lemmings could expect no favours in this crucial game.

The questions (available on the above website) had all been set b y the Royal Oak. The Specialist were wide-ranging and interesting although there were no high scores (Tomo’s was the best) and the Lemmings had a nose in front at the end with 49 to the home team’s 44. The General Knowledge played to the Lemmings’ interests as they finished with 76 to the Horntails 68, taking the game with 125 to 112.

Individual scores were Bob 6/18, Sunil 9/0 Nick 6/12 Tomo 12/21 conferred points were13/15, pass-overs 3/10 while the Horntails collected 4/7 pass-overs.

Final positions still depend on next week’s games.

Shauna the question master controlled the game with charm and humour and as always it was a very friendly game with lots of laughter and banter. The eveniing ended with a very tasty selection of cheese or ham sandwiches – many thanks to the landlord, to Shauna and the the Horntails.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

12th March Home to Sutton Mutton

Just three games to the end of the season and all teams are looking over their shoulder – are they safe? Will they go up? Are they relegated? This game was between the two teams at the bottom of the B League and the Lemmings were struggling to drag themselves up the table to avoid relegation.

Image result for panicBut Fate struck before even the game started – both teams were seated and ready to go when the visitors asked who was asking the questions – the Lemmings were due to provide the Question master!! PANIC!!! Nick rang Sunil to see if he could make it and then a discussion with Bob and Tomo about who would be question master – this problem was resolved when Becky gamely volunteered to be QM even though she has never done it before. The visitors graciously  gave the Lemmings extra time to allow Sunil to get to the Tavern and the game eventually started.

The Specialist questions had been set by the Harrington Academicals and were much appreciated including a round on the final words of films and two-wheeled transport. At the end of the Specialist the Lemmings were ahead by a nose with 59 to 54. The General Knowledge helped the Lemmings strengthen their lead with a final score of 136 to 107.

Whilst in no way a criticism of the questions it was unfortunate that some of Sunil’s questionsImage result for baywatch were actually vision-based (colour of bathing suits in Baywatch for instance) – not sure what we do about that.

Individual scores were Bob 9/15, Sunil 12/3, Nick 12/12 and Tomo12/12; conferred points were 7/25 with pass overs 7/15. The visitors picked up 6/7 pass overs.

Becky deserves a special mention for her questioning – she did very well indeed especially as this was her first attempt – thank you Becky, and to Brian for a fine selection of sandwiches and to the Sutton Mutton for a most enjoyable game.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

5th March Question Masters

Having set the General Knowledge questions, the Lemmings were this week question masters in the C League.
Image result for louis brailleNick and Sunil were at the Plough for the Horntails game against the Park Taverners to oversee a very friendly game with lots of laughter rounded off with very tasty sandwiches.
Sunil got a special thank you as it was his birthday and his brailler had fascinated everyone.
Bob covered the game in Rushton Spencer (the home team won)  whilst Tomo officiated at the British Flag.who lost to the Nags Head.
Also see the following request for potential Masterminds:
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Sent: 07 March 2019 11:11
Subject: Mastermind 2019
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Someone must be interested

Friday, March 01, 2019

26th February Away to the Park Taverners

Always a pleasure to meet again with the Park Taverners, adversaries and friends over many years enhanced by this being the hottest winter day since records began.

Image result for vale brewery bollingtonThe Park Tavern is a very lively pub with two quiz teams, a weekly film and a wide selection of ales from the Vale brewery in Bollington – and an excellent scibar every month with outstanding speakers in various scientific subjects.

The questions had all been set by the Dolphin and both teams found the Specialist in particular to be very difficult, reflected in the comparatively low scores for the Visitors, although the Lemmings conferred well. The Taverners did better than the Lemmings though with 46 points to the Lemmings’ 43 – which goes to show that although hard they were well balanced.

The General Knowledge rounds were more popular and once again the Taverners came home a nose ahead of the Lemmings with 80 to 75 taking the game with 126 to 118 – 8 points clear.

Individual scores were Bob 6/27 Becky 0/6, Nick 6/12 Tomo 12/6; conferred points 13/18, pass-overs 6/6 whilst the Taverners picked up 6/8 pass-overs.

The game was played in excellent spirits with jokes and banter and rounded off with a generous supper of very tasty nachos – many thanks to the landlady, to the home team and to the question master from the British Flag.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

19th February Plate Semi Final

This week the Lemmings were host to the Harrington B team – bridges had already been built as with them we are providing the questions on 5th March and vetting is well advanced.

Image result for roaring fireAs usual the Lemmings tried to manoeuvre the visitors towards the open fire which provides a very efficient distraction as the smell of burning flesh fills the pub. Sadly they spotted this and moved further away, There were compensations however as they had brought along Lola a delightful (and very well behaved) chocolate labrador that in turn provided a distraction for the Lemmings!! Nick Image result for chocolate labradorwrongly said Eric Clapton had sung about her but was gently corrected – it was The Kinks!. Not a good start!!

The questions (Rushton Diamonds and Park Taverners) were very good and only a tiny handful was not got by both teams and the rounds were fairly evenly matched.

After the first round of 20 questions the Lemmings had stolen a slender lead with 20 to 15 but the next round was level with both teams scoring 20. The round leading up to the half-way mark saw the Lemming graze through with 14 to 13 – a narrow lead of 6.

The second half was a little more favourable to the Lemmings who got 22 in the first round to the visitors’ 16; next twenty was 18 to the visitors; and the final round saw the Lemmings seal victory with 20 to 13 and a final score of 114 to 93.

Tim from the Park Timers controlled the game with good humour and the evening was rounded off with an excellent cheeseboard with grapes, chutney and fresh baguettes. Many thanks Brian, to the visitors and to Tim for a very pleasant evening.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

5th February Home to the Harrington Academicals

Image result for punishmentA game we’d been dreading – when we played the Academicals in the first leg the Lemmings were given a sound thrashing by over 50 points and at the last reckoning the Academicals were sitting proudly at the top of the B League having lost just one game, But bloodied but unbowed the Lemmings welcomed the visitors to a glowing fire, an excellent selection of fine ales and smiling faces behind the bar.

The Specialist we thought to be very good, with a round in which all the answers were fish-related and a good varied selection for the others. Fortunately they fell very much in line with the Lemmings’ interests and they had built a surprising lead of 58 to the visitors’ 33 at the break.

The General Knowledge were not so well received especially having avoided football in the Image result for soccerSports round the GK was rather top heavy with soccer questions of one form or another.However both teams played on gamely in excellent spirits – there were two occasions when possible contentious points were awarded to the opposing team with good grace.

Again the Lemmings did well taking the GK with 73 to the visitors’ 63 and taking the game with 137 to 96.

Individual scores were Bob 3/15, Becky 3/6, Nick 18/9 and Tomo 9/12; conferred points were 15/20 with 10/11 pass-overs. The visitors collected 1/5 pass-overs.

It was a very pleasant evening rounded off with a vary varied cheeseboard from Brian with fresh baguette and biscuits with chutney – many thanks for Brian, to the Academics and to Anne the patient and genial question master

Thursday, January 31, 2019

29 January Away to Rushton Diamonds

Or at least we should have been but the snow isolated Bob in Rainow and we had no means of making the journey.
But anyone who did play please feel free to make comments here.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

22 January – Plate Quarter Final

Image result for light snowYes it’s winter and with the first flakes of snow comes disaster!

First Bob who lives in the hills, rang – roads are closed and he doesn’t think he can make it.

Then Sunil, in Coventry for a meeting, rang to say his taxi failed to arrive, and he has missed his train but the next one is due to arrive at 8 o’clock. He rang later to say the second train was running 20 minutes late.

Looks like we’d be a team of two but after a flurry of phone calls managed to get Becky to play.

Fortunately we were playing very good friends the Park Tavern who were happy to agree to a delayed start and the game started with Sunil’s arrival.

As always all questions were conferred (if individual scores had been taken Tomo would have shined) and the two teams fought a very close battle.

After the first 20 questions the Lemmings had slipped behind with 14 to the visitors’ 15 but both teams scored 18 in the next round. The Lemmings then fell further behind with 17 to the Park’s 19 – now a deficit of 3!

But then the Lemmings’ luck changed as they took the next round15 to 12 making the scores level before moving on to a strong finish in the next two rounds with 18 to 12 and 16 to 12 – a final score of 98 to 88.

As always with the visitors it was a very pleasant game and the question master Keith was a fair Image result for fingers crossedand flexible official.

The evening drew to a close with a fine selection of sandwiches – thank you Brian, the Park Taverners and to Keith.

Here’s hoping the weather improves.;

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

15th January – Away to the British Flag

Image result for british flag macclesfieldIt seemed ages since the Lemmings last visited  the Flag as the hosts had enjoyed something of a sabbatical in the A League before returning to the B League and giving the Lemmings a drubbing of nearly 30 points in the first game of the season.

The pub is a cosy local that despite being a free house is still selling Robinsons Unicorn and others from the former owner and a guest that for our visit was Marston’s Pedigree all well kept.

The evening started with black clouds on the horizon as Becky was not at the Waters GreenImage result for worried Tavern the  customary gathering point (she had made her own way to the Flag setting the alarm bells ringing) and the question master was stuck in traffic following a serious accident between Hazel Grove and Macclesfield. Sighs of relief when both Becky and the question master arrived but the Lemmings were obviously a bit jumpy.

The Specialist rounds set by the Nags Head were interesting and clearly a lot of thought had gone into them – one round on trains in film and another on various aspects of magic were different and enjoyable. It was a keenly matched game and at the end of the Specialist the Lemmings were trailing by just 8 points with 47 to the Flag’s 55. We’ve made up bigger deficits in the past.

The General Knowledge questions had been set by the Robin Hood and were rather patchy with too much effort on pairing the questions. They did however manage to score this season’s first nomination for the coveted Nine Banded Armadillo trophy for which the answer was kenning described in Wikipedia as “a type of circumlocution, in the form of a compound that employs figurative language in place of a more concrete single-word noun. Kennings are strongly associated with Old Norse and later Icelandic and Old English poetry.” No-one in the room had ever heard of this!

Again these rounds were closely fought but the Lemmings could not break the Flag’s lead and the teams ended with equal points, 77 each with the Flag victorious with 132 to the Lemmings 124.

Individual scores were Bob 6/15, Becky 3/12, Nick 6/15 and Tomo 15/12; conferred points were 12/10 with 5/12 pass-overs – the Flag picked up 5/18pass-overs.

It was a pleasant game rounded off with a selection of sandwiches – many thanks to the landlord, to the question master and the home team.

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

8th January Home to the Nags Head

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This was the half-way point in the League and now all the games played so far will have the venue changed (home/away). It was almost a local derby as the Nags is only around the corner from the Tavern, and the quiz team are old friends and adversaries.

The Specialist questions had been set by the Park Taverners and were very well received – they covered a wide range of subjects with a round on islands and clearly a lot of thought had gone into the setting. The scores at the ne of the Specialist were equal with 72 each.

The General Knowledge rounds set by the Rushton Diamonds were less kind to the Lemmings who saw the Nag’s Head slipping ahead, until they had built a substantial lead of 98 to 70 finishing the game with 169 to142 (Nick’s scoring may have lost a point there).

Individual scores were Bob 15/15, Sunil 18/9, Nick 12/12 and Tomo 18/12 – Conferred points were 6/13 with 3/9 pass-overs whilst the visitors gathered 3/12 pass-overs.

It is interesting to look at the conferred points as usually the Lemmings get a very high score here but only two questions were conferred in the Specialist which reflects the excellent balance and difficulty of the rounds.

Special thanks are due to Brian the question master who kept the game flowing with a light and humorous touch, to the visitors for a pleasant and jocular game and finally to Brian for an excellent selection of sandwiches.