A PUB quiz team treated the event as if it were lighthearted fun, it has emerged.
Quiz regulars at the King George pub in Swindon, who attend every week because it is the highlight of their lives, expressed concern at the new team’s casual, frivolous approach.
Dedicated ‘quizzer’ Norman Steele is a member of the long-standing ‘The Beards’ quiz team. He said: “Everyone knows that the pub quiz is an intellectual gladiatorial arena of the utmost gravity. But there was a new group last night who didn’t even have a proper name, after dithering about it for ages they just called themselves ‘Darren’s Team’.
“They did not bring their own pen, nor did they make any attempt to conceal their answers by covetously shielding their answer sheet as if it were a precious gem.
“During the half-time interval one of them stood next to me in the toilet and straight out asked what was the name of Duran Duran’s first UK number one.
“I told him it was The Reflex, which is actually their second number one but it serves him right.”
‘Darren’s Team’ member Mary Fisher said: “None of us had even been to a pub quiz before and it was great fun, at least until we won. Then the room when deathly silent and somebody muttered about how ‘new people cannot win’.
“We took our £7 prize money and fled via the fire escape.”