The BMJ-ingled all the way to a quiz win

By December 11, 2020Public

MJA Christmas quiz: the view from the gallery

Our Christmas quiz is always special, and this year was no different, thanks to a brilliant team effort from quiz-master Danny Buckland, our administrator-extraordinaire Sallie Robins, an amazing musical round from Robert Mitchell Thain and a pun-tastic missing headlines interlude from Isla Whitcroft.

Quiz Whitties win

And, of course,  there was another winning team — the Quiz Whitties — making it two victories on the trot for the British Medical Journal. The quick-witted Whitties — Elisabeth Mahase, Abi Rimmer, Caroline White, Ingrid Torjesen, Jennifer Richardson and Tom Moberly — clinched victory by playing their joker on the final music round, taking their score to 39.5.

Nightingales and Bubbles

Bubbly Alan Maryon-Davis

Joint runners up were the Silent Nightingales – the HSJ’s Sharon Brennan, David West, Tom Norton, Lawrence Dunhill, Nick Kituno and Matt Discombe – who took an early lead and held it until the final hurdle; and the Extended Bubbles,  media and medical all-stars – Nicola Hill, Aasma Day, Jane Symons and Drs David Oliver and Alan Maryon-Davis, who both finished with 31 points.

Sharon’s shot with the lot: the Sihan Sling

The Nightingale’s Sharon Brennan took the prize for the best cocktail: the Sahin sling; a timely homage to the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine, developed by Ugur Sahin and his wife Oezlem Tuereci – a classic martini served with a syringe and sugar cube (a la the Salk polio vaccine) on the side.

Spot prizes

Best team-name went the the My Corona’s from Pulse, and themed  costume went to Alan Maryon-Davis, with a fetching  halo of Extended Bubbles. Your prizes are on the way.

If you fancy your chances, click here to see the picture round — and see if you can spot the celebrity mash-ups.

Quiz master with the mostest: Danny Buckland

Robert Thain Mitchell provided a challenging live music round

Super Sallie Robins

Headliner: Isla Whitcroft, with husband Graeme


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