Welsh Trio Narrowly Miss Mastermind Glory

There was agony, but great pride for three of Wales’ best quizzers in the 2019 Mastermind final.

It was particularly bittersweet for us at the Quiz Organisation Of Wales, as all three are Welsh internationals who were part of the Wales A squad at this year’s Celtic Nations Quizzing Championships.

Dave Cowan opened proceedings with a tricky specialist subject round on the movie career of the Marx Brothers, scoring 10 on those and 13 on general knowledge. Mark Grant then took 12 points on the theatre architect, Frank Matcham, and followed that up with 14 in his general knowledge round. Ian Orriss led the way for Wales, scoring 14 points on Owain Glynd┼Ár and adding 13 on general knowledge. It was not to be for Ian, however, as Judith Lewis overhauled him on the last general knowledge question of the contest.

Our congratulations to Judith, a worthy winner of a tense final. The performances of our Welsh trio are testament to the value of competitive quizzing experience in Mastermind, with seven of the last ten winners regularly competing on the UK and international circuits. If you’re looking to have a go at Mastermind, we’d be happy to help you prepare at our regular Events.