Tumble’s in bed, Squiggle & Scooter have been distracted with a DVD and Pixie is on my knee and we are attempting to play Trivial Pursuit. It’s the Genus II edition, like the original but with the funny little plastic question card holders that you wish they hadn’t bothered with.
We’re playing in pairs, against FiL & MiL, which I think we originally did to save time or but which maximises the opportunity for conversations along the lines of “no, no, we’ll go with your answer… see, I told you it wasn’t that”.
It’s easy to forget how lengthy Triv can be, especially when you don’t know the answers. The fact that we are in pairs is of limited help, as Hub & I can only answer the green questions. For the past hour, we’ve all been bouncing around the yellow wedge waiting for a question like “how many world wars were there”. All of the questions are starting to sound vaguely familiar, so we are moved to check that we haven’t gone through them twice.
Hub says that the makers of Trivial Pursuit have had to revise the format slightly because teenagers haven’t got the stamina for the original version; but a speedier game would mean less opportunity for beer consumption and therfore, less opportunity for people to make confused statements like “There’s no ‘R’ in ‘laser'”.