Mention of blurts in the comments on the Home Page prompted me to try and start a thread about favourite blurts we may recall from Withquizzes recent and not so recent.
I'll kick off:
Going back a good few years now, back when we were still quizzing in the big front room (parlour would sound inappropriately posh) of the White Swan, I remember being asked to quote the next line that followed on from "Stands the clock at ten to three" from Rupert Brooke's famous poem, "The Old Vicarage, Grantchester". Without missing a beat, and without a single thought about any sugary substance of an insectivorous origin, I called out confidently, "And are there buttered scones for tea?" and was utterly dumbfounded not to be awarded an immediate "two" and have it thrown over for a steal to our smug, giggling opponents. The looks on my fellow Charas' faces might have prompted a poem of another kind but I remain dumbfounded to this day.
Come on Rupert, surely buttered scones are much more mouth-watering and traditionally English than boring old honey???
So, any other takers with similarly amusing recollections of things you confidently thought you knew only to find to your consternation that you didn't know as much as you thought you did?
Post by A Relate counsellor blurts on Feb 20, 2020 18:51:18 GMT
My favourite blurt wasn't delivered by me (of course not) and it's my favourite not because of the idiocy of the answer (which wasn't at all stupid) but for the reaction of the QM who may have been "involved" with the unfortunate blurter. It happened some years ago and I'd better not name names but all the older hands of the league will instantly know who the participants were.
It was another give the next line question, this time from a song, and the lyrics given were:
"There is nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say But you can learn how to play the game"
Well it was easy, but that correct answer wasn't what he said. Instead he offered
"All you need is love"
Without taking a breath, without missing a beat, without even saying the answer given was wrong the QM fired back:
"You f***ing twat"
An utterly glorious Withquiz moment.
And yes of course the pair involved are still together, you know they are (and who they are).
Many, many years later that incident makes me laugh more than anything else I've seen in over thirty years quizzing.
Not so much wrong answer blurts but I still laugh at the many anecdotes I heard about the legendary "Scottish Tom" who used to enliven Withquiz with his charismatic if somewhat belligerent presence, fuelled by copious amounts of alcohol, when he was a menber of the long defunct 'Amboss' team (who used to play out of the Fletcher Moss, back then still called The Albert).
Although I was sadly never present on these famous occasions, three such anecdotes I heard included the time when he arrived late for a quiz, fell out of a taxi clearly the worse for drink, but managed impressively to keep a half-filled pint pot upright and unspilt whilst he made his unsteady way into the pub.
Another was when he was asked a question that clearly flummoxed him (not an uncommon occurrence by all accounts), and then informed a bemused QM and fellow team members that "I don't know the answer but I'm NOT going to confer!" Not much chance of a point for the hapless Amboss on that question then.
Sadly, or maybe not, he quizzed in the era before Lord Mike got round to setting up the present website or the Home Page might now be regaled by the kind of no-nonsense pithy comments on the quality of the evening's quiz offerings he once famously offered on another memorable Wednesday evening: "These questions are s**t!" he announced before promptly exiting the premises leaving his long-suffering team-mates short handed yet again.
Apologies if I have got any of these details wrong (please feel free to correct me) but if this is the case, as the news reporter once memorably told John Wayne in the final scene of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,