I know, it sounds a bit contrived – and it reminds me of square dancing in school or musical chairs without the music, the chairs or – well, maybe it doesn't remind me of musical chairs.
Following each date, participants mark on a card whether they would have an interest in meeting their date again.
"When you see crazy walking your way, cross the street." Same sort of thing.
And before you ask, yes, hubbie and I had that spark when we first met.
If a mutual interest is noted, speed-dating organizers provide each party with the other's phone number.
Now I can here detractors – men, mostly, thinking this is a way women have contrived for rejecting many men on a given evening.
Armed with a nametag, a scorecard and their sparkling personality, couples are paired up to begin their first speed date.