Four Beards win it by a hair’s breadth

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TRISH TAKES FIVE: By blogger Trish Burgess

A pink triangle is the symbol for what feature on an Ordnance Survey map?

This was one of the questions posed during the ‘Are you smarter than a 10 year old?’ round at Long Sutton Cricket Club’s quiz night. Unfortunately our answer of ‘a campsite’ proved that 10 year olds have the better of us. It was also testimony to that old rule of quizzing: don’t change the answer you first thought of. I had correctly guessed at a youth hostel but then convinced myself they were red triangles (maybe they were, long ago when I studied geography?)

I had gone along to the quiz night with my husband Dougie and two friends, Jutta and Cameron. Our brains were taxed even before the quiz began, trying to come up with a name and we eventually plumped for Foreheads (four heads?).

The quizmaster, Jake Burton, had compiled an excellent set of questions, based on TV quizzes such as ‘Pointless’, ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘A Question of Sport’. In the first half we were pretty slow off the mark, mainly due to our pitiful recall of modern song lyrics, although Cameron rescued us with his knowledge of Kylie and Robbie Williams songs. I surprised the team with my familiarity with children’s TV: a point for ‘In the Night Garden’ due to my recognition of Iggle Piggle.

Jutta and I caught up on our gossip during the Pointless sports round, allowing the boys to weigh up the public’s knowledge of Paralympic gold medals and American sports teams. We also let them continue guessing which actors had starred in which movies in a very clever round based loosely on ‘Deal or No Deal’. As a team we had the most disagreements during ‘Play Your Cards Right’, where we had to guess whether each answer was higher or lower than the preceding one. We were stymied right from the beginning because we argued about the age of Taylor Swift and couldn’t decide how many miles from Earth the Hubble Space Telescope was orbiting.

With the teams very close throughout the proceedings, it was the final round, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, which separated out the winners and losers. The team with the best name, ‘I’ve forgotten my whites’, had been leading for most of the night but were unfortunate to be undone by St George’s Day. This left us and the Four Beards to fight to the finish.

With the Four Beards already one point ahead at the beginning of the round, it was Question 8 which proved to be the decider. “Alex Turner is the lead singer in which British group?” Both teams guessed this incorrectly (it was the Arctic Monkeys) so the Four Beards took the prize.

A big thank you to everyone at Long Sutton Cricket Club for a great night: to Jake for being a calm and organised quiz master and to Lisa for providing the food which I suspect is what gave us the extra brain power in the second half.