Still, that's my problem, and never mind it for the moment. Let’s get on with the show. Given the honour of kicking off the 2012/13 series was Rosalind Winter. Rosalind was offering one of the three subjects which I fancied – the Completed Novels of Jane Austen. Now, bearing in mind that I haven’t read any of them for getting on for 30 years, and that some of my answers were based on what I remember from telly or film adaptations, then I was pretty pleased to get 7 – pretty much all from the first minute’s questions if I recall correctly. Rosalind acquitted herself admirably. 15 in a 2 minute round is a good score which will always give you a good chance if your GK is up to snuff.
Nathan Joss must be one of the youngest of this year’s contenders. He was offering the second of my fancied specialists, in the shape of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth Ist. By sheer coincidence I managed 7 of these as well, spread throughout the round though they were. Despite his relative youth Nathan did not let himself become overawed by the occasion, and managed a good 13 in a round which seemed to me to have its fair share of obscurities as well as relative gimmes.
My banker subject , in the shape of Fawlty Towers, came third, and my thanks are extended towards Gregory Spiller for offering it. I had most, if not all of the questions that focused on details from specific shows, and ended up with 13. Well pleased with that. However Gregory did much better, with a very fine 16, only missing out on one question I believe. 16 took the lead.
Follow that, as they say. Well, that’s exactly what Chris Cann set out to do. Chris was answering on my bogey subject , the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan. I managed one, which to be honest is one more than I expected. Chris, however , managed his own sixteen and no passes, which guaranteed that he would be the last to go in the GK round. So at the halfway stage there were only 3 points between all 4 contenders. All 4 had acquitted themselves well on the specialist, and so could relax into the GK.
Nathan , I will admit, I feared a little for. I always think the Gk round can be harder on younger contenders, simply because there’s so many things you can be asked which you might just know simply because you’re that bit older, which a younger person wouldn’t know. I needn’t have worried. Nathan showed admirable presence of mind to snap out an answer, or in a couple of cases to pass quickly when he didn’t know a guess, and as a result he kept his round ticking along nicely, and scored a commendable 13. A score which Rosalind was unable to match in her own round. She added 9 to her total, which left her 2 points behind Nathan. I also found her round a little harder than the others, scoring a 17 myself as opposed to 20s for Nathan and Gregory’s rounds, and a 21 for Chris’ round.
Gregory needed 10 to overhaul Nathan’s score. This should be doable in a 2 and a half minute round, but it’s never easy when you’re in the chair, and things can go wrong. They didn’t go wrong in Gregory’s round though, and indeed he answered very well, never seeming too flustered, and keeping the round ticking along. 16 put him comfortably into the 30s , with 32, and with only Chris to go, he certainly looked the favourite to go through.
Chris never seemed quite as good in his GK round as Gregory, and missed a few ‘quizzers’ questions, of the sort that Gregory had answered. Nonetheless he did keep the score ticking along, although a little more slowly than Gregory had managed to do. In the end Chris managed 13, which was enough to give him a final total of 29. As John himself pointed out, that may well be good enough to get him into the semis, indeed 28 was the lowest score to get into last year’s semis.
A word for Nathan Joss – you might not have made it this time, but you did well and you should keep it up. You’ll only get better. But tonight belongs to Gregory Spiller. Many congratulations, an impressive performance.
|Rosalind Winter||The Completed Novels of Jane Austen||15 - 0||9 - 4||24 – 4|
|Nathan Joss||The Life and Times of Elizabeth I||13 - 0||13 - 3||26 - 3|
|Gregory Spiller||Fawlty Towers||16 - 0||16 - 3||32 - 3|
|Chris Cann||The Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan||16 - 0||13 - 2||29 – 2|