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EQC 2008 Club Teams Championships

Final results

The final official list of results runs as follows:

No. Team R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total
1 Broken Hearts 14 15 15 15 14 73
2 It’s Grim Oop North 12 14 13 17 16 72
3 JFGI 13 14 10 16 16 69
4 Milhous Warriors 14 15 12 15 13 69
5 Clockwork 13 15 14 13 12 67
6 Café den Hemel 12 12 16 14 10 64
7 Alzheimer 10 14 15 10 14 63
* More Cowbell (* 6 players) 13 11 13 11 12 60
8 Tasmanian Nerds 10 14 10 12 12 58
9 El Diablo en el Ojo 12 11 10 13 11 57
10 The Pitbulls & The Lipstick 14 10 9 12 11 56
11 Hovedstyret av 1914 9 9 12 12 13 55
12 Naapurivisa 9 12 11 10 11 53
13 De Knøsjes 7 13 8 13 10 51
14 Quintessential Heroines 12 9 9 11 7 48
15 Lag A 9 10 8 7 12 46
15 Viseo 9 10 6 11 10 46
17 Club Seals 8 10 10 10 7 45
18 Nordbiochem 6 7 9 10 9 41
19 Nameless and Shameless 8 8 8 7 7 38
20 Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb 7 7 6 8 9 37
21 Besserwissers 6 9 7 8 6 36
21 The quizzers who say NI! 7 8 8 6 7 36
23 Blauw Zöld Combination 8 5 4 8 7 32
24 Transatlantic Team 4 5 11 5 4 29
25 4ever Blowing Bubbles 7 5 6 4 3 25
26 Põlva 4 3 4 5 5 21

Analysis

1. Difficulty

A total of 1347 points were taken in the quiz out of 2700 possible, a percentage of 49.9. In detail, the difficulty profile, ie the number of questions at each observed difficulty (measured by the number of teams answering correctly) looks as follows:

We see a reasonably even distribution of difficulties between 6 and 20 correct answers, with fewer questions ending up at the difficult and easy extremes. In particular, one question was correctly answered by every team, number 2 about a Czechoslovak 800-meter runner with a world record still standing. Four questions were answered correctly by every team except one: questions 41 (card game with four main varieties and a name from «basket» in Spanish), 61 (Israeli foreign minister), 71 (host of America’s Next Top Model) and 91 (city also known as Dar Beïda). Questions 39and 79 were mastered by 25 of 27 teams; the questions were about the home country of Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary, and Kane’s last word in the movie Citizen Kane.

One question was too difficult for everyone, number 38 on a Russian entomologist and his namesake honey-bee gland. Two solo points were taken: Milhous Warriors answered question 55 on the Italian who wrote the treatise The Command of the Air, and De Knøsjes knew the answer to question 65 on a North African/Middle eastern cooking oil made from goat or sheep butter.

Three questions were correctly answered by two teams…
53 (Czech hockey player who defected and played in the NHL): Naapurivisa; Hovedstyret av 1914
70 (Spanish water polo player often considered best of all time): Naapurivisa; Café den Hemel
98 (South American rodent with name meaning «false paca»): JFGI; It’s Grim Oop North

…three questions by three teams…
10 (Bulgarian philosopher and literary theorist): Clockwork; JFGI; Nameless and Shameless
25 (the two football teams in the politically-charged 1941 German Championship final): Milhous Warriors; The Quizzers Who Say NI!; Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb
89 (Spanish painter from Valencia with a variant of Impressionism): Clockwork; El Diablo en el Ojo; Viseo

…and two questions by four teams:
56 (first name of the son of the Buddha and also of Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi): Café den Hemel; Tasmanian Nerds; More Cowbell; Nameless and Shameless
66 (five-letter name connecting footballer Kemal, artist Alain Gourdon et al): Põlva; Club Seals; It’s Grim Oop North; The Pitbulls & The Lipstick

Note that as many as 18 out of the 27 teams are represented among these 11 most difficult questions.

2. Combinations

Broken Hearts’ winning score was 73 points out of 100 possible. The best combined score by two teams was 85, as shown by this table:

No. Teams Score
1 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors 85
1 Milhous Warriors / It’s Grim Oop North 85
3 Alzheimer / It’s Grim Oop North 84
3 Clockwork / It’s Grim Oop North 84
3 Clockwork / Broken Hearts 84
3 Milhous Warriors / Café den Hemel 84
3 Café den Hemel / Broken Hearts 84
3 It’s Grim Oop North / Broken Hearts 84
9 Clockwork / JFGI 83
9 Clockwork / More Cowbell (6 players) 83
9 JFGI / Milhous Warriors 83
9 JFGI / Broken Hearts 83
9 Milhous Warriors / De Knøsjes 83
9 Café den Hemel / More Cowbell (6 players) 83
9 El Diablo en el Ojo / Broken Hearts 83
9 Tasmanian Nerds / It’s Grim Oop North 83
9 It’s Grim Oop North / More Cowbell (6 players) 83
9 Broken Hearts / More Cowbell (6 players) 83
19 Naapurivisa / Broken Hearts 82
19 Alzheimer / JFGI 82
19 Alzheimer / Milhous Warriors 82
19 Clockwork / Hovedstyret av 1914 82
19 JFGI / Café den Hemel 82
19 JFGI / It’s Grim Oop North 82
19 JFGI / More Cowbell (6 players) 82
19 Café den Hemel / It’s Grim Oop North 82
19 El Diablo en el Ojo / It’s Grim Oop North 82
19 Tasmanian Nerds / Broken Hearts 82

 

The most complementary team for each participating team, ie the one with the most extra points compared to their own, can be seen in this table:

Clockwork Milhous Warriors (85)
Milhous Warriors Clockwork/It’s Grim Oop North (85)
It’s Grim Oop North Milhous Warriors (85)
Alzheimer It’s Grim Oop North (84)
Café den Hemel Milhous Warriors/Broken Hearts (84)
Broken Hearts Clockwork/Café den Hemel/It’s Grim Oop North (84)
JFGI Clockwork/Milhous Warriors/Broken Hearts (83)
El Diablo en el Ojo Broken Hearts (83)
Tasmanian Nerds It’s Grim Oop North (83)
De Knøsjes Milhous Warriors (83)
More Cowbell (6 players) Clockwork/Café den Hemel/It’s Grim Oop North/Broken Hearts (83)
Naapurivisa Broken Hearts (82)
Hovedstyret av 1914 Clockwork (82)
Lag A It’s Grim Oop North (81)
The Pitbulls & The Lipstick Broken Hearts (81)
Nordbiochem It’s Grim Oop North (80)
The quizzers who say NI! Broken Hearts (80)
Club Seals Clockwork (80)
Nameless and Shameless It’s Grim Oop North (80)
Viseo Milhous Warriors (80)
Besserwissers It’s Grim Oop North (79)
Blauw Zöld Combination Broken Hearts (78)
Quintessential Heroines Clockwork/It’s Grim Oop North/Broken Hearts (77)
Põlva Broken Hearts (77)
Cuthbert, Dibble & Grubb It’s Grim Oop North (77)
4ever Blowing Bubbles It’s Grim Oop North (76)
Transatlantic Team Broken Hearts (76)

 

Even if the British teams dominated this competition, they need foreign help to break 90 points, as seen in the table of best triples:

No. Teams Score
1 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / It’s Grim Oop North 93
2 Naapurivisa / Clockwork / Milhous Warriors 92
3 Alzheimer / Milhous Warriors / It’s Grim Oop North 91
3 Clockwork / JFGI / Milhous Warriors 91
3 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / More Cowbell (6 players) 91
3 Clockwork / It’s Grim Oop North / Hovedstyret av 1914 91
3 JFGI / Milhous Warriors / More Cowbell (6 players) 91
3 Milhous Warriors / Café den Hemel / It’s Grim Oop North 91
3 Milhous Warriors / It’s Grim Oop North / De Knøsjes 91
10 Naapurivisa / Milhous Warriors / De Knøsjes 90
10 Naapurivisa / Milhous Warriors / Viseo 90
10 Clockwork / JFGI / More Cowbell (6 players) 90
10 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / Café den Hemel 90
10 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / Tasmanian Nerds 90
10 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / Nordbiochem 90
10 Clockwork / Milhous Warriors / Club Seals 90
10 Clockwork / It’s Grim Oop North / Broken Hearts 90
10 Clockwork / It’s Grim Oop North / More Cowbell (6 players) 90
10 JFGI / Milhous Warriors / Café den Hemel 90
10 JFGI / Milhous Warriors / It’s Grim Oop North 90
10 Milhous Warriors / Café den Hemel / More Cowbell (6 players) 90
10 Milhous Warriors / Tasmanian Nerds / It’s Grim Oop North 90
10 Milhous Warriors / De Knøsjes / More Cowbell (6 players) 90
10 Café den Hemel / Broken Hearts / Hovedstyret av 1914 90
10 El Diablo en el Ojo / It’s Grim Oop North / Broken Hearts 90

 

(Note also that the winners, Broken Hearts, only feature towards the end of this list.)

Four teams together could have taken 96 of the 99 points awarded, through the combination of Naapurivisa, Clockwork, Milhous Warriors and one of Tasmanian Nerds, It’s Grim Oop North and More Cowbell. In order to make a superteam taking all 99 points, six teams were needed.