After performing well in the earlier rounds, and with an over placing in the early teens in the preceding round, our hopes were reasonably high that our quiz team might do well and progress in the third round held on 15 March. Sadly a combination of tricky rounds didn’t suit us, so not this year!

After performing well in the earlier rounds, and with an over placing in the early teens in the preceding round, our hopes were reasonably high that our quiz team might do well and progress in the third round of the District Quiz.

By this stage the teams have been whittled down to 30, with six teams taking part in each of five venues across the District simultaneously. Our round was hosted by Dudley, and the food offering before the meeting was a couple of tasty beef and gravy cobs with chips, making a change from the buffets which are commonly on offer.

The quiz itself followed the usual format, ten rounds with General Knowledge starting and ending, and varying rounds inbetween. This time around we had Geography, Travel & Transport (which felt like more Geography to us), History, Entertainment, Science, Extremes, Arts, and Sport. Previous we’ve done particularly well on Food & Drink and Nature rounds and with neither of those this time, we struggled somewhat, particularly on the Geography round(s).

By Round 3 we’d lost 15 points on the leading team, and by the end we trailed by 20 – so that shows how much we lost on those!

As always, there was some fun to be had with some of the answers, and again, as always, there were one or two questions where we had the right answer as an option and went for a wrong one. Sorry Neil – now we know the standard guage railway track separation in feet and inches!   

Our final score in the round was 101, with the winners in our heat scoring 121, so whilst it’s not impossible we could make the overall top 10, it does seem highly unlikely!