Text of ‘Leader’ Article about the quiz

In T.W.W.’s inter-town contest — Tregampau — on Friday, a team from Aberdare was knocked out of the competition on its first appearance by Amlwch, who had already been successful in a contest in this series the previous week.

Anglesey’s team thus earned the right to carry on in the competition, and this afternoon (Friday), they will be on our screens again, competing against a team from Welshpool this time.

This competition, in which the accent is mainly on entertainment, began with the performance of a mime by the woman compère of the programme, Teleri Bevan. For this, three members of each team were blindfolded (wearing masks reminiscent of “What’s My Line?”).

Teleri’s mime, watched by the captain of each team, quite obviously depicted the processes involved in cutting a man’s hair.

MASKS OFF

Then the second member of each team took off the masks, and they watched as their captains repeated the mime. It was their task now to pass the mime to member number three in each of the two teams, and then these third members repeated the mime for the (by now) unmasked fourth members.

Having watched this, the fourth performance of the Mime, the fourth team member on each side had to say what the mime was about. Amlwch got it — “Hairdressing.” But somehow or other Aberdare’s mime, presented most efficiently in the first place by the Rev. Glannant Jones, got increasingly blurred as it passed along the line, and as a result, Aberdare’s assessment of the whole thing was very wide of the mark.

DIALOGUE CONTEST

Then came a dialogue contest. In this Aberdare were represented by Mrs. (Rev.) Arfon Jones (Aberaman) and Mr. Glyn Voyle (Abernant.) Here Mr. Voyle depicted a man who had found a wife with the aid of a matrimonial agency. Utterly dissatisfied with his spouse, he goes back to the owner of the matrimonial agency to complain, and she had to find something to say on the spur of the moment to defend her matchmaking service—and in so doing Mrs. Jones ingeniously turned on Mr. Voyle, accusing him of being too parsimonious — he had chosen his wife from the list governed by the lowest scale of fees. What did he expect?

The judges — singer Miss Esme Lewis, who was a Grammar School music mistress at Aberdare; rugby player Clive Rowlands and Mrs. Lyn Howell, wife of the secretary of the Welsh Tourist Board — awarded Aberdare’s effort seven marks.

Amlwch’s dialogue — a scene; between a village grocer and a customer — earned them nine marks, but it must be said that substantial slices of this altercation carried on in broad North Wales Welsh, would be absolutely unintelligible to the average South Walian.

Then two films were shown. The Rev. Glannant Jones had to answer for Aberdare after watching shots of a steeplechase race!

MINUTE FILM

The film was shown for the best part of a minute and then he was asked: (a) What sort of cap was worn by the jockey on the winning horse? (b) How many fences were there? and (c) What was the number of the first horse over the first fence? Amlwch were shown a film of part of a basketball game, and this was followed by a similar form of questioning.

The Rev. Glannant Jones answered the first question correctly and Amlwch managed to get away with two correct answers. At the end of this round Aberdare had a total of 10 marks and Amlwch 18.

Next came a competition for the best telegram. Here the Rev. Glannant Jones again answered for the Aberdare team.

VITAL TELEGRAM

Aberdare’s telegram was to be sent by a man taking part in a play. The leading actress had been taken ill, and he found himself in the position of having to make love on the stage to his former sweetheart. The telegram was to go to his wife telling her about it.

Glannant got full marks (nine) for this alliterative gem: “Spwnio Pam heno esbonio pam yfory.” For the benefit: of Sassenachs — “Spooning Pam tonight. Explain why tomorrow.” Amlwch’s telegram — telling a young man that his girl friend had been wooed away from him by one of his best friends while he was on holiday — earned them seven marks.

At this stage in the contest, Aberdare had 19 marks and Amlwch 25.

Then came a round of questions in which the team members were asked to identify pictures of Welsh notabilities, various statues and other Welsh landmarks. This left Aberdare one more mark behind — 28 points to Amlwch’s 35.

Aberdare dropped some marks too on an unusual test in a quiz game — counting wads of notes. In fairness to Mr. Glyn Voyle, who works in the Aberdare District Council’s rates department, and is naturally an expert in this field, it must be pointed out that it was not he who had been chosen for this by the T.W.W. “quiz kids,” but schoolmaster Mr. Luther James, who did well, but not quite well enough to match the fleeter-fingered lady on the other side.

Then came a round of serious questioning which proved highly informative and very entertaining.

The compère fired questions at the two rows of contestants at a brisk pace, and at the end of it, with the two teams breathlessly recovering from this onslaught on them by the genial woman compère, it was found that Aberdare had been bettered by 53 points to 41, leaving Amlwch to go forward to face the cameras once more this (Friday) afternoon.

— GLYN GRIFFITHS