Pub quiz, 14th November – Rick Gilchrist writes:

Having left what we thought was sufficient time to get to York for the quiz, a combination of heavy traffic, road works and fog meant we only just made it before the scheduled start. Numbers were sufficient to make up six teams to contest the quiz held at the Yorkshire Terrier pub on Stonegate in York. Catherine Greensmith took the role of quiz master and, having placed our food orders and got the drinks in, we all settled down for the first set of 20 questions on subjects ranging from geography and history through pop music and musicals to children’s literature. Some questions generated a good deal of whispered debate at many of the tables but it was soon time to swap answers with the next table in time honoured fashion.

There was a moment of controversy when the answer to one question on Australian geography was challenged by a former resident but Catherine quickly moved to allow 2 correct answers to that one. Alas, my team had neither answer!

At the end of round one only a couple of marks separated all the teams and we were all ready for some refreshments. The half-time chilli proved to be rather hot and spicy – too hot for some – but the chips were excellent and once everyone had had their fill it was on to round 2. Again the questions covered a wide variety of subjects with S Club 7 and Bob the Builder figuring amongst the answers.

Once the round 2 marking was complete Team No.6 were declared the winners by a single point from team Awesomeness with French Leave a further point behind. Translation Assemble took forth spot just ahead of Gravity Never Failed, with the Latecomers completing the positions. Chocolates and wine were the reward for Team No.6 whilst the Latecomers, having failed to overcome the handicap of a late start due to travel difficulties, literally picked up the wooden spoon. Thanks to Catherine for keeping order and to everyone who participated and donated to the charity collection.