Season 129 was a little on the difficult side - average difficulty 46. Especially the last two questions of the season were particularly hard (just as they should be) – difficulty 7 and 8! Props to Gert-Jan for making such an excellent set of questions (and I do look forward to having that Belgian beer, after winning our bet 😉). A difficult set often means no perfect seasons, and that also proved to be true this time. Three quizzers, David Nadora, Hendrik Scharpenack and Seoan Webb all managed to get thirteen points and that meant that the three top quizzers were going head-to-head (to head) in a tie-break. The topic... Moons orbiting around the 8 planets of our solar system with a radius of 150 kilometers or more. Henrdrik was first out of the gate with 10 answers. However, one of the answers was incorrect (Pluto is no longer considered a planet which makes Charon an incorrect answer) leaving him with a final score of 8 points. David quickly followed suit and with 14 (!) correct answers he was the one to beat.
In a surprising turn of events Ronny Swiggers submitted three correct answers after the tie-break had been activated and that meant that he was also in a position where he could win the season. Ronny also submitted 14 answers, potentially provoking a tie-tie-break against David if all the answers were correct. Unfortunately for Ronny, they weren’t and he ends up at 6 points (personally, I think that naming 14 moons in itself is wildly impressive!). That left only Seoan to potentially steal the trophy from David. However, the at the time of the deadline for submission, no answers had been given. This is perfectly understandable, the quizzers are only given a few hours to answer, and sometimes it is simply not doable. But that means one thing... David is our new champion. This is David’s third championship. Please give him a big round of applause! Tie-break breakdown: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F5eFDf4g6e0HnujzfZEVz9NJT0K7PbzGEsJ5pumdSBk/edit?usp=sharing The answers to the final three days of the season are: _________________________
Day 12 of 14 Chess First used in English by the world champion Emanuel Lasker, what German-derived chess-term denotes a situation wherein a player is put to disadvantage because they are obliged to make a move that can only worsen their position?
Day 13 of 14 Category: Photographers Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, Which German photographer was the first non-British person to win the prestigious Turner Prize? Answer: Wolfgang Tillmans
Day 14 of 14 Category: Board Games As the designer of Bunny Kingdom, King of Tokyo, Netrunner, The Great Dalmuti and without a doubt his most famous design Magic: The Gathering, which American mathematics professor is one of the best known board game designers in the world?
Answer: Richard Garfield __________
Hall of Fame
Tony Moore 18 (Season 111) Laruchka Budelinik 8 (Season 85) Duncan McDonald 8 (Season 123) Dan Palethorpe 8 (Season 124) Allie Livesley 7 (Season 87) Sisira Mark Anthony 7 (Season 119) Mette Mølgaard Pedersen 6 (Season 14) Jens Andersen 4 (Season 107) Kathryn Hutchinson 4 (Season 108) Dorian Willems 4 (Season 113) Sarah Jane Bodell 3 (Season 84) John Robinson 3 (Season 104) Bob Thompson 3 (Season 112) Sander van der Heyden 3 (Season 122) David Nadore 3 (Season 129) Morten Mølgaard Pedersen 2 (Season 4) Jonas Ravn 2 (Season 15) Nick Cuthbert 2 (Season 21) Remi Nikolai Nissen 2 (Season 23) Adrian Allen 2 (Season 32) Michael Clark 2 (Season 37) Bjarke Hansen Christensen 2 (Season 70) Kasper Fuhlendorff 2 (Season 72) Isuru Anuradha 2 (Season 88) Ananthakrishnan Harikrishnan 2 (Season 98) Dhruv Sharma 2 (Season 126) Ida Rud 1 (Season 9) Troels Leth 1 (Season 13) Inge Støttrup 1 (Season 16) Karen Friis Clausager 1 (Season 26) Andy Rowe 1 (Season 27) Tine Kristensen 1 (Season 33) Andrew John 1 (Season 34) Franz Eichhorn 1 (Season 46) Thomas Kolåsæter 1 (Season 52) Chris Grandison 1 (Season 64) Mads Theodorsen 1 (Season 92) Bastian Fischer 1 (Season 94) Bob Douglas 1 (Season 102) Rishabh Gupta 1 (Season 103) Indika Jayasinghe 1 (Season 114) Gert-Jan Dugardein 1 (Season 116) Ronny Swiggers 1 (Season 120) Seoan Webb 1 (Season 128)