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Welcome to maccql.com

This website replaced the Macclesfield Quiz League blog in 2017. The blog had been operational since 2007.

Macclesfield is a market town in the English county of Cheshire, and its Quiz League has run without a break in the town's public houses on Tuesday nights through the winter since (at least) 1981. The League has been very kindly sponsored for many years by AstraZeneca under their excellent Community Relations programme.

Without the League's serene influence, several hundred people might have no idea which was the longest river wholly in England, how many bones there were in the human body, or who shot Gandhi. Some of us have been taking part for decades, and still don't know ...

On this website you can find the League fixtures, the latest results and tables, questions that have been asked since part–way through the 2016–17 season, and a partial historical archive of results and tables.

More information on the League is available on Nick's Quiz site, which has been a favourite with MQL participants (and indeed many non–participants) for many years. Nick's blog concentrates on the fortunes of one particular team, but also provides a forum for anyone who feels inclined to comment on matters related to MQL. It also holds the questions from several seasons up to and including 2016–17.

Macclesfield Quiz League is always keen to welcome new teams. If you would like to take part, or if you have any other queries about the League, please contact markw@maccql.com.

If you have any comments on the contents of this website, not least regarding any errors that you may spot, please email haydn@maccql.com.

Latest News

The penultimate round of League matches in the 2018–19 season were played on Tuesday 19 March. The questions are available here; the results, tables, News & Views, etc., will be published as soon as they are available.

Next week (Tuesday 26 March) we play the final League matches of the season. For the fixtures, please refer to the menu section on the left hand side of this page.

Cancelled Games

In Week 11 (29 January), two games were called off due to concerns about the weather:

Rushton Diamonds v. Waters Green Lemmings
Cock Inn v. Robin Hood

Neither the Lemmings nor the Cock felt it was safe to travel (the second game was due to be played at the Robin Hood). The League points were therefore awarded to the Diamonds and the Robin Hood.

In the C League, the Robin Hood are already confirmed as champions and the Cock Inn's League position is unlikely to be affected in any meaningful way. In the B League however, the Diamonds are pushing for promotion, while the Lemmings are in some danger of relegation; and there is a chance that either or both of these issues may be affected by the number of match points scored by the teams involved.

In order to be strictly fair to all parties, the Committee has decided that the teams at whose request these two matches were called off should be awarded the average scores for losing teams on that night in their respective divisions, and the other two teams should be awarded the average scores for the winning teams.

Match scores were not high in Week 11. The points awarded are as follows: Rushton Diamonds 129, Robin Hood 103, Waters Green Lemmings 114, Cock Inn 98. These points have been included in the League tables published on this website.


If you watch Eggheads on Friday 22 March (BBC2, 18:00) – or on the Internet, by your method of choice – you might see one or two people you recognise.


We recently received the following message:

"My name is Emily, I'm a Casting Researcher working on the new series of Mastermind. We're currently scouring the UK to find the next bunch of contestants to sit in our iconic black chair. If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning one of our coveted glass bowls please email mastermind.hth@hattrick.com ASAP to request an application."

Go on, go for it. You know you want to!


The latest updates to the archive were made on Thursday 14 June 2018.

All the information I have for the 2004–5 season and earlier is now on the website. The League's hard–copy archive should hold a complete record from at least the year 1998; what I don't have for these years I will get and upload in due course (but probably not until next summer).

Final tables (League and Individual) are online for every season since 1994–5. Results (and News & Views) for the seasons 2005–6 to 2015–16 are waiting to go online.

For details of what we have and what we don't have, please refer to the Archive Summary page. If anyone has anything from before 2003 that isn't on the website, please let me know!

Thanks to Andy Johnson, Robin Morrell and Tim Findlow who have provided information so far.

Haydn Thompson

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