After a couple of months of no snooker, the action on the green baize will return to our screens in less than a week.
The non-ranking Championship League starts next Monday with 64 players from the Main Tour set to take part at the Marshall Arena.
That is of course subject to the strict entry requirements, which include every competitor passing a COVID-19 test and isolation measures being implemented throughout the tournament in Milton Keynes.
Still, it is somewhat remarkable that we are in this position at all given the fact that there are still thousands of daily coronavirus cases in the UK.
The government’s announcement to lift restrictions on June 1st was met with an immediate response by the World Snooker Tour, and snooker will in fact be the first professional sport to return to competitive action in the UK.
A non-contact sport and with the guarantee of it being played behind closed doors, snooker does have an advantage over several other sports when it comes to social distancing.
Since the lockdown came into effect at the beginning of the year, there hasn’t been much to report on here at SnookerHQ.
Instead, we have focussed on providing nostalgic pieces on seasons of yesteryear, as well as the odd quiz.
So let’s cram in another Sporcle teaser or two before the first shots are taken in anger in less than a week’s time.
It’s back to the “A or B” series for this one, and your mission is to answer 15 questions in the time allotted with the straightforward choice of just two options to select from in each.
Be careful because it’s a minefield, meaning any wrong answer will end the quiz and you’ll have to start from the beginning again.
In theory, the questions should be a little easier at the start before getting a bit trickier as the timeline progresses, but in reality it’s all simply about what you know and what you don’t – and maybe a few lucky guesses thrown in for good measure.
The question is, will you pick the right one and make it to the end?
Click here if you can’t see the quiz. (Sporcle)
Featured photo credit: WST