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The Actuary The magazine of the Institute & Faculty of Actuaries

St Patrick’s night pub quiz

This year’s SIAS pub quiz had an Irish twist as we celebrated St Patrick’s Night in true actuarial style at the City Tavern on 17 March 2005.

Twenty-one teams competed for the title of 2005 SIAS Pub Quiz Champions, and last year’s winners, ‘BW Brain’ (representing Barnett Waddingham) did all they could to retain their title.

There was no shortage of controversy either, with many teams believing that there were in fact 11 songs played during the Irish music round and not ten. Some teams appeared to get Van Morrison mixed up with B*witched, so perhaps they were always going to struggle…

The excitement grew as the evening went on, and many teams vied for the top position, but entering the final round, only ‘Lack of the Irish’, representing Higham Group, and ‘Spike Milliman’, for Milliman, could win. The two teams took equal points in that final round, which meant that Spike Milliman’s highly impressive 20 out of 20 in the Irish music round was the ultimate determining factor.

The winning Milliman team was made of Stuart Morris, Phil Simpson, Keith Goodby, and James Creedon.

Special mentions should go to BW Brains, who managed a creditable fourth place; ‘Secondee to none’ representing PwC, who won the ‘Best Name’ competition; the aptly named ‘We came with the quizmaster but we’re still going to lose’ from PSolve and ‘Possibly Late, Possibly Never’, who despite having only one team member and leaving halfway through the quiz still got almost as many points as ‘Return of the Fact Hunt’ from KPMG.

Many thanks to those who helped organise this year’s event – and to those who came, even though the exams started two weeks afterwards. Maybe next year we could have a St George’s quiz.

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