Now, if you’re asked for the name of an Italian neo-classical sculptor, you hit the buzzer, and say Canova. Neither team could do that. Right, the next starter basically asked for one of the two US baseball players that the average man on the Clapham Omnibus might have heard of. Daniel Petrides zigged with the wrong one – Joe DiMaggio – while Eric Monkman zagged with the right one – Babe Ruth. Bonuses on Jadwiga, Queen of Poland (which sounds like a title of a very bad film) promised but little, but delivered a useful 10 points. Wolfson’s determined skipper also took the next starter, recognising a description of a ratchet. A full house on The Fellowship of the Ring brought up Wolfson’s century. Sam Fairbrother was the first to recognise that Baron Richmond is not actually a character in a pantomime, but William Hague (you’re making up your own punchlines now, I bet.) Astronomy provide one bonus. So to the music starter, and Sam Fairbrother obeyed the unwritten rule that if it’s a piano solo, you’ll be right more often than you’re wrong with Chopin. 3 more classical music lullabies provided a terrific full house for Jesus. Ben Chaudri was the first to buzz in to identify the Azores for the next starter. Less well known colours as described by the Fount Of All Human Knowledge (Wikipedia) brought ten more points. Now, I felt Eric Monkman was a little unlucky with the next starter. Asked which Empire Bayezid ruled, he answered Turks. The correct answer was the Ottoman Empire, but as we know, The Ottoman Empire was what eventually became Turkey. I don’t question the adjudication, but I feel sorry for the Wolfson skipper since I’d say that he obviously knew the right answer. Daniel Petrides supplied that. Authors usually known just by initials and surnames – eg – E.M. Forster – brought 2 correct answers. I’d argue that neither team boasts a cycling fan, since there was no rush to the buzzer when JP asked for the name of the city in which the annual classic race to San Remo starts. “Milan?” asked Eric Monkman with a gesture which seemed to ask – it can’t be that, can it? – It could and it was. A couple of correct answers on National Trust properties brought the score to 135 – 95 in Wolfson’s favour at the 20 minute mark.
Jeremy Paxman Watch
Sadly JP was in his most Bamberish mood tonight, which gives us nothing to report.
Interesting Fact That I Didn’t Already Know Of The Week
The little finger within a ratchet that permits movement only in one direction is called a pawl.