It seems a long time since there was anything to report on in terms of the Cheshire Village Quiz - and it is! Our last game was way back at the end of November and we don't usually arrange a quiz in December for obvious reasons.
We had been due to meet in Croft on Friday the 25th of January to resume the contest, but this date turned out to coincide perfectly with most of the North West of England (and well beyond) being covered in a few inches of snow!
The January quiz was called off at the eleventh hour when it became apparent that whilst teams might have managed to get to Croft, their chances of getting home again afterwards were much slimmer!
Thanks to mobile telecommunications technology, your correspondent was able to cancel everyone for January before they had set off, but obviously not before Croft had made some preparations for the evening, thus we decided that we would have a change of venue for February and North Rode (who were due to host) stood down in favour of Croft so that their previous efforts did not go to waste.
Croft proved to be excellent hosts and the supper of baked potatoes with a variety of bolognese / chicken curry accompaniments was delicious, as was the crumble and custard to follow. Somewhere along the line the cups of tea were lost, but we won't hold that against anyone, and in my book the provision of custard buys you much credit!
Thanks are due to all the Croft team and associated helpers who made the night possible, including Jean who asked the questions.
Peter Watson's questions this month included the now traditional 'Current Affairs' round, a round on 'Signature Tunes' or similar and a round to take us all back to school on mathematics, entitled 'Does it all add up?'
The second half of questions started with a very challenging geography based round where we were asked to identify towns or cities by way of their distance from other places and one additional clue. Some of us had only just managed to get to Croft, so this was by some distance the lowest scoring round of the evening! Upton did very well though with 8 points and I will mention them again later.
Round 5 was entitled 'What the Dickens' composed of questions about the said Victorian novelist and the last round, 'What's your Game' was all about sport. One or two people were worried that this was not a strong subject for their teams, but this turned out to be the second highest scoring round of the night after 'Current Affairs'.
When all the scores were added up, Upton had put in a mighty performance. 54 out of 60 cannot be argued with. Croft were second with 48 points and then 4 teams finished with 43, namely Malpas, North Rode, Peckforton & Beeston and Warmingham.
A very enjoyable evening - and it didn't snow!