David Edwards writes:

At least night’s League committee meeting, we fixed the date of this year’s AGM at Wednesday, 9th September at (subject to confirmation) the Miner’s Standard, Winster.

There is already a proposal on the table from one team for a minor adjustment to the match format, and a couple of other as yet informal suggestions. If you have suggested rule changes or ideas that might be considered for trialling, do feel welcome to submit proposals for the AGM. Proposals should be submitted in writing (use the Contacts page for email) to Ann Àinsworth, the Acting General Secretary, at least two weeks before the AGM. You should be prepared to attend the AGM to support the proposal.

RULES1 as ratified at 2014 AGM for WEBSITE (League Rules)

RULES2 as ratified at 2014 AGM for WEBSITE (Quiz Rules)

[The Rules page has lagged. Above are the rules as clarified by Mike McKenna].

Would you and your friends enjoy the thrill of regular quizzing? The DPQL’s fixture table for the 2015-2016 season has not yet been finalised. Would your team like to join?

Please use the Contacts Page to discuss joining with our Chairman.

We need to hear from you by Friday July 17th 2015.

Teams who cannot commit to the season might like to play in the Open Trophy. See our post below.

Teams from outside the DPQL are invited to apply to play in the League’s Open Trophy competition. Quiz rules are as other DPQL matches with teams of four, the consequence is different. The Open Trophy is a knock-out competition, with teams losing in the first round going through to play in the prestigious Kendall Consolation Plate.

Matches will be played in the spring of 2016, to be drawn at the League’s AGM (date to be confirmed, September 2015). Please contact the Chairman through our contacts page in good time to discuss your entry.

Monday June 15th 2015 is the first National Beer Day. Be a part of it.

10 best British beers (Independent). (This is not an endorsement: other beers, ales, stouts, porters and lagers are available).

“The village inn, the dear old inn,
So ancient, clean and free from sin,
True centre of our rural life
Where Hodge sits down beside his wife
And talks of Marx and nuclear fission
With all a rustic’s intuition.
Ah, more than church or school or hall,
The village inn’s the heart of all.”

(Thus spake the Brewer’s PRO, according to John Betjeman).

QUIZ: How good is your punctuation? (Telegraph)

Spelling quiz: how good are you? (Telegraph)

(Consistency of capitalisation is not one of the Telegraph’s subjects).

The Independent called them  ‘the hardest general knowledge quiz known to man‘ when it reported on last week’s World Quizzing Championships, organised in part by Chris Jones, recently a finalist in the Brain of Derbyshire 2015.

The ultimate winner was Briton Olav Bjortomt, but looking at the English entrants on the Results page I see that the DPQL’s Roger Springthorpe upheld our county’s honour. If there are more please notify us. The Results page is here – for some reason all British entrants are identified as English if you wish to narrow the selection.

Yesterday (13th June), in response to an invitation from the Quiz League of London, the DPQL sent a team to the Don Bissett Cup, the team competition of the annual London Open Quiz Festival. Our representatives, Steve Cooke (Blue Stoops), Gordon Taylor (Brunswick), Iwan Thomas (Royal Oak Ockbrook) and Dave Edwards (Son of Lakeside), left their familiar stamping ground to wave the Derbyshire flag on that wicked city down South.

The team reached the semi-finals on the strength of a victory over a Yorkshire team which included Barry Simmons of Eggheads fame. Then, in a close fought semi-final tie, we were edged out by the eventual winners, Westminster, the QLL’s own President’s Trophy champions, within whose ranks was Paul Sinha, familiar as one of TV’s “Chasers”. No disgrace there, particularly as the two point margin could have been overturned by the different outcome of a single question.

Even greater success was achieved, however, in the day’s other competitions. Steve and Iwan overcame some highly esteemed opposition to comfortably win the Pairs competition, with one of the pairings in joint third place also conspicuous in its DPQL connections.

Steve Cooke’s day was particularly successful, with an impressive sixth place in the individual competition. In fact, only two competitors, both of them regulars from Eggheads, answered more questions correctly. Unfortunately, Steve lost out on the bizarre time bonus/penalty system.

To cap a very successful day, our brave boys, competing as Derbyshire Necks, won the informal table quiz which completed the event.

Quiz League of London report and results online.

Don Bissett Cup and Plate 2015



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