Drop one spinner, rotate another home, pick four seamers, win the toss, bat first, get bowled out cheaply with a pink ball on a first day pitch with bounce and turn by India with three spinners, turn on the floodlights, cancel lunch, move tea forward and introduce dinner. All in a day’s Test cricket and leaving us enough time to prepare for tonight’s Elm Tree Quiz. Another themed quiz this week. One for geographers and specifically insulaphiles – the theme is Islands.
Thanks to John Donne for his reminder that no man is a quiz team entire of itself. Best of luck to all teams out there.
This week’s quiz comes with a health warning for any sufferers of acrophobia, which is of course the extreme fear of heights and is not to be confused with vertigo, which is a spinning sensation caused by labyrinthitis, benign paroxysmal positioning or cricketers called Ashwin.
That’s because the theme of this week’s quiz is “Up”.
Here’s to keeping our spirits up.
Notwithstanding that the US political system is once again providing competing entertainment on a Wednesday evening with its Impeachment soap opera, the Elm Tree Quiz valiantly holds its own. And this week it is a guaranteed Donald Trump-free zone. Ivanka, however, has a walk-on role. Just like real life.
All the best
Today, 3rd February, is always the same. It is always the day after 2nd February, Groundhog Day. I have previously suggested selecting Groundhog Day as the Quiz’s film of the moment in perpetuity on a never-ending loop and must confess my disappointment that my enthusiasm for this was not universally shared. This week, however, sees the long-awaited return of the Elm Tree’s favourite question… round 5, question 2. I can feel the suspense building already!
Enjoy and stay safe.
All the best
Despite the powers that be in the United States trying to steal the quiz’s thunder on recent Wednesdays with the three Is of Insurrection, Impeachment and Inauguration, we are back in fine fettle with our annual Burns Night Special. All the questions relate to things Scottish (with a degree of political licence).
Lang may yer lum reek!