QUIZ Esher/East Molesey 2.30 to 4.30 one Tuesday a month.
If you enjoy helping a team to solve word puzzles and answer questions on an interesting range of different subjects, this is the group for you.
This group meets at the Leaders’ home in Esher. 26 members are registered, of which about 16 typically attend meetings. Teams are formed of up to six members and separate into different rooms - in case answers are overheard by competing teams!
The Group was started in 2009 by a new U3A member known for her work running quizzes locally. The group expanded and, by 2013, when it was too big to fit comfortably into the Leader’s house, the current Leaders agreed to host it. They had been keen quizzers themselves, having taken part in many staff/parent quizzes at nearby schools.
Working in teams, not individually, makes the meetings much more sociable and also means that real joint effort can go into the answers – one person’s ruminating out loud can often trigger a cascade of thoughts from other team members and arrival at the correct answer. The result is cheers from that team and wry smiles in other teams. Loud groans/ happier smiles follow a wrong answer! All questions are written out in the form of “rounds” allowing each team to work on the answers in their own time and in any order. Answers are read out, marked and scores collected. A running score is kept for the more competitive!
A “Table Round” is given out at the start of the afternoon and worked on between other rounds. It does not rely solely on factual knowledge, but involves cryptic clues, anagrams, wordplay or the infamous “Dingbat” style.
Topics covered are wide, ranging from “Famous Williams”, food, music, medical terms, acronyms, Thames' islands, 1960s, history, “Pot Luck” and often time-appropriate – love for Valentine’s Day, WW1 questions for the centenary, Christmas carols.
Rounds can be found on the Internet, in quiz books or “adopted” from Quiz Nights elsewhere! Many members bring their own questions and are amazingly creative. Questions do come up again, but usually we find ourselves saying, “We know this, we had this before...now, what was the answer?”
This is a popular group with a number of the original members and, nearly always, a waiting list. However, there is turnover so, relatively frequently, new members can join.
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