I’m always open to guest posts here on the site, especially covering things I missed myself. My early departure from Tartu meant I didn’t get to take part in the Pairs event or watch the Nations Cup final. My team-mate Lorcan Duff, on the other hand, managed both of those things. Here’s his report:
The Pairs event was of a standard slightly harder then the individual quiz, but a lot easier then the four person team quizzes. We were sitting at a table with a Top-10 quizzer Ronny Swiggers, from Belgium, and his partner. We didn’t disgrace ourselves at all, getting a lot of answers the Ronny pair couldn’t answer.
Pat Gibson and Kevin Ashman, neither of whom (amazingly) made the Top 10 individual final, won the event, so our Padraic and Derek chose the right quizzers to be photographed with!
So the fun quizzes did actually take place on Saturday night, but in a different venue. I would have liked to try them out, but instead spent the early morning drinking with members of the Quiz League of London. They are talking about having a quiz weekend of their own the weekend after the World Quizzing Championships next June, with four or five countries already confirmed, along with eight English regional teams, so that is something we can think about.
On the Sunday afternoon the Nations Cup final between England and Finland took place. It was a very high standard, neck and neck most of the way. England pulled away towards the end, thanks to a slightly stronger history knowledge base.
One of the questions asked for the name of the destructive computer worm in 2000, to which Kevin Ashman answered “Don’t take this the wrong way, Arko, but I Love You!”