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Cars & Vans 4U Ltd. Question Setters' Trophy: 2019–20

Week 11 – 14 January 2020

  Week   Setters Difficulty Balance Ent'ment Total Last Yr
1 1 GK Rushton Diamonds 10.00 7.21 6.28 23.49 18.63
2 7 Spec Royal Oak 9.49 8.73 5.15 23.37 8.43
3 4 GK Waters Green Rams 7.54 8.37 6.20 22.10 18.84
4 4 Spec Park Timers 10.00 5.46 6.47 21.93 18.44
5 1 Spec Rushton Diamonds 8.16 6.35 6.67 21.18
6 2 GK Dolphin Dragons 6.36 8.60 5.65 20.61 17.65
7 6 Spec Queens 5.58 8.35 6.03 19.97 15.92
8 11 GK Church House Bollington 5.94 7.32 6.09 19.35 11.71
9 7 GK Royal Oak 4.31 8.56 5.98 18.85 17.10
10 3 Spec British Flag 2.80 9.60 6.03 18.43 14.50
11 9 GK Broken Cross Club 6.22 7.05 4.43 17.69 18.23
12 2 Spec Sutton Mutton 6.37 6.06 4.11 16.54 8.61
13 6 GK Queens 6.45 3.49 5.86 15.81 21.09
14 11 Spec Church House Bollington 4.70 4.02 6.67 15.38 11.85
15 3 GK British Flag 3.85 5.24 5.04 14.13
16 8 Spec Brewers Arms 0.00 9.80 3.86 13.66 (8.05)
17 5 GK Sutton Club 7.14 0.00 6.11 13.25 21.28
18 9 Spec Robin Hood 1.62 6.90 4.37 12.90 (15.73)
19 8 GK Nags Head 1.89 4.69 4.08 10.66 (15.49)
20 5 Spec Sutton Club 3.44 0.00 6.19 9.63
21 10 GK Harrington 'B' 0.00 2.24 5.28 7.52 13.84
22 10 Spec Plough Horntails 0.28 2.16 4.19 6.63 (19.31)

For the full spreadsheet, please click here.

After three weeks of testing questions, most teams found the Church House Bollington's set somewhat more approachable. The balance was quite good, with a slight bias (according to the spreadsheet) in favour of the teams that went "first first". Both sets did well in the Entertainment stakes; the Specialists are top of the table, while the General Knowledge are eighth out of 22.

The Specialists were of pretty much average difficulty, but the spreadsheet detected a marked bias in favour of the teams that went first. Those teams scored on average 105% of their average scores, and those that went second 95%. The General Knowledge were significantly easier than average, and the balance was better. The apparent bias also worked the other way, so that the teams that went second ("first first") scored on average 97% of their averages, and those that went first ("second first") managed 102%.

Overall, the teams that went "first first" scored exactly 100% of their averages, and those that went "second first" scored 97%. There were actually several close games this week, but it's probably fair to say that the slight bias detected by the spreadsheet is statistically not very significant, and too small to blame for any adverse results.

Interestingly (if you like this kind of thing!) in the A League all the winning teams went "second first", while in the B and C Leagues they all went "first first".

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