Mastermind 2019 – 3 September 2019
Secretary Craig once again came up with a fiendishly difficult set of questions for our annual mastermind quiz. There was much murmuring in the ranks throughout the meal as members delved into their distant memories to try to recall, amongst other things, the height of the Empire State Building and the location of the first winter Olympics. The three anagram questions caused the most head scratching as the clock ticked on to time-up (Ayr Rotary Club; Robert Burns and Savoy Park of course).
The great after-dinner reckoning determined the three top-scorers Jimmy Begg (also a finalist in the previous two years and a past winner), Paul Williams (also a past finalist) and new boy John Dunlop. Each in turn was invited to take the hot seat and so, with beads of sweat dripping from worried brows, the contestants were put to the test by secretary Craig, doing a just-passable impression of John Humphries.
John was the first to take the chair, amassing a highly creditable 11 points – not bad for a novice finalist. Next was Paul with a disappointing (for him) 8 points. However, Jimmy won the prize chair for a second time with an accomplished 14 points and is thinking of having a garage-sale of chairs if he wins again next year.
Willie Stewart ( on the wrong side of the questioner’s desk for a change) thanked secretary Craig for all the work he had put into hosting a thoroughly entertaining evening.