Euan McCulloch was answering on Passenger Liners 1939 – 79. Apart from being an interesting contrast to Ancient and Primitive boats in the previous show, this was one of the two subjects in this show which I selected for the wiki challenge, so I’ll tell you how I got on in the next post. As for Euan, well, he got on very well indeed. My goodness, but he had to know his subject in order to do well in this one – well, that’s how it seemed to me, anyway. 14 points and no passes was a finer performance on those questions, and mid teens in SS will always give you a fighting chance in the GK round.
Motorhead provided the popular culture option in this second show. I once met Lemmy at a gig . He said those immortal words to me “Who are you and get out of me way. “ No, he didn’t really. He said “Cheers mate. “ Which wasn’t actually the answer to any of the questions in Martin Smith’s round. I knew enough anyway to bag 4 points. Martin, on the other hand, knew enough to bag 14 . I suppose that the closest comparable round in the previous show would have been the Kate Bush round, and as far as I could see these two rounds were pitched pretty much at the same level. Martin’s performance gave him an excellent chance going into the GK round.
Finally to George Ferzoco. I’m not the world’s finest at pinpointing a person’s country of origin from their accent, but I’d be fairly confident that George is originally from the States. He was answering on the Life and Films of Frederico Fellini. This was the last of the 4 subjects I selected for the wiki challenge tonight. George seemed to be one of the more tactical players we’ve seen in quite a while. His answers were crisp, concise and quick. Moreover, if he didn’t know an answer at once, out came the stock answer – Smith. That’s good technique – no time wasted and no passes conceded, but believe me, it needs a considerable amount of concentration to be able to do it. Right at the end of the round George was asked for the name of a particular medical condition suffered from by Fellini. He almost, but not quite got the very long name of it right – but John announced that he would be given it anyway. I agreed, but I couldn’t help wondering whether it was really fair to give a question which had to be answered with such a long , tongue twisting answer anyway. Answers on a postcard to the usual address.
Only Alison seemed out of the contest at the halfway stage, so bearing that in mind you have to say that she did a pretty good job with her GK round. It certainly wasn’t the quickest GK round we’ve seen, but then her priority was getting the answers right, and as such 12 was a pretty good round . I only managed 14 on that round myself. George maintained his form from the SS round for the first 90 seconds or so, but started to lose momentum in the second half of his round. He kept going though, and gritted out 14 points, which looked pretty handy to me at the time. What it meant was that either Euan or Martin were going to have to match his GK round to beat him outright without having to refer back to passes. For the record I had my highest score of this show on George’s round, but I think it’s probably because he was going that bit faster than anyone else did, certainly for the first and last parts of his round.
Euan McCulloch fell behind the clock within the first minute of his round, and it was pretty clear that he wasn’t going to be able to really challenge George’s score. He too gritted his teeth, and pulled out 8 points, which gave him a final score of 22. Not a winning score, no, but perfectly respectable. Which just left Martin to challenge George. Martin kept his composure, and was probably just about neck and neck with George for the first part of the round. With 15 seconds to go you fancied he’d do it by one, but those seconds just kept ticking away, and in the end he’d scored one less than George, with 13. All of which meant that both of them finished with 27. Who had the fewer passes ? George - all of those Smiths paid off, you see. Well played both, though. That was a good show.
|Alison Rawlinson||Children’s Fiction by Rudyard Kipling||8 - 3||12 - 2||20 – 5|
|Euan McCulloch||Passenger Liners – 1939 - 1979||14 - 0||8 - 4||22 – 4|
|Martin Smith||Motorhead||14 - 1||13 - 4||27 – 5|
|George Ferzoco||The Life and Films of Frederico Fellini||13 - 0||14 - 1||27 – 1|