Quiz 45 attracted 37 Quizzers to battle it out for a total of a possible £100 cash prize once last weeks rollover was added in. We also had a record sized team of eleven students, which is humungous compared to our usual three or four quizzers per team. We let it go though as let's face it they were only students with limited knowledge of old stuff…
We started with the usual picture round, details of fast food logos which some teams found very easy, that says more about some teams eating habits than maybe they should let on however!
The quiz kicked off proper with General Knowledge. There were some excellent scores in this round as we had put a couple of fairly rock questions in there to spice things up, namely:
6. Who was the first man to fly across the English Channel?
10. Originating in Japan and used to ward off bad luck, what is a Maneki Neko?
Quite rightly we were pulled about an absolute travesty in General Knowledge, we had used one of the questions in a previous quiz! Well spotted Sarah, what a memory, deep apologies but that should give regular quizzers an advantage over the newcomer students shouldn't it? Anyway we do try to check back to make sure we don't repeat questions but after 45 quizzes of 40 questions a time, the odd one does slip through.
Most teams did very well in the pics, five teams from nine got all 12 correct which does say something very sinister about how good the branding of these companies is!
The General Knowledge was more of a mixed bag with scores from six from ten through to a very creditable nine by those eleven students, collectively known as The Magicians Nephew. We had three teams on eight, John Is A Mackem, Jimmy Savilles Trackie Bottoms and Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems – bit of a 'mackem' bashing thing going on here but if you had seen the derby the previous day it was to say the least a point gained by Sunderland, let's put it this way, Newcastle striker Demba Ba is Sunderland's second top scorer this season due to his 'equalising' own goal, sorry, back to the quiz. In third in General Knowledge we had Him and Her our ever present quiz team on seven, a couple with obviously brilliant minds as they scored just two less than the combined knowledge of the eleven bright eyed students… that's pretty impressive guys!
So going into the second round Music we had in the lead our team of eleven, The Magicians Nephew on 21, in second on 20 we had Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems and in third we had three teams, Him and Her (outstanding score!), John Is A Mackem and The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Ben Roberts.
Music was all over the place, 40's, 70's, 80's, 1800's composers, you had to be either a genius or have several age groups in your team to do well. Top scorers in the round were John Is A Mackem, combined age of the three probably 150 years old and would you believe it, those eleven fresh faced young un's The Magicians Nephew both with eights. Idiots did well with a seven and then the teams faded away with sixes through to four for a team with a rather alternative view on the derby game Jimmy Saville Is A Mackem, great name guys, shame about the score. Here's the tasters:
15. Who had “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” at number one in 1996?
19. Which song spent most of 1984 in the charts despite being banned by the BBC?
Going into snacks we had the eleven students, The Magicians Nephew on an a very impressive 29 from 32 followed by John Is A Mackem and Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems on 27. Him and Her had a disaster in Music returning five from 10 to leave them in joint third place with The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Ben Roberts on 24.
After half time savouries, drinks top ups and smokes we got straight into the sport… students know nowt about sport so surely this would level things out.
There were some pretty obscure questions in Sport this week, we had Cricket, Hockey, Tony Mowbray and Mohawk Turns as the subject matter but we still had four teams get excellent nines from ten, Jimmy Savilles Trackie Bottoms, Jimmy Saville Is A Mackem, Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems and yes you've guessed it our young students, The Magicians Nephew, they weren't getting phased! We thought there were some hard questions, what do you reckon?
22. In which 11-a-side Olympic sport do players take long corners and short corners?
30. Who is the only footballer to both captain and manage a World Cup winning team?
Final round, Music & TV. Leading were our student friends The Magicians Nephew on 38, still in the running we had Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems on 36 and John Is A Mackem on 35. Would the students slip up… well John Is A Mackem got a very good nine from ten in the last round to take them to a final score of 44, Idiots didn't do so well with a seven in the round but still racked up 43 on the board. Winners this week however, yes you've guessed it, were our eleven students The Magicians Nephew who scored a very impressive eight in the TV & Films to give them a final total of 46, dropping just six points in the entire quiz. Not bad for a team who's average age must have been 19. How could they know the answers to questions like this?
33. What was the name of the spy that Michael Caine played in the Ipcress File?
36. What English town is the setting for the original British version of TV sitcom The Office?
No grudges by our regulars though, the students played an excellent game and won it fair and square so they got a round of applause and were asked to nominate a team member to choose the envelope containing their prize from the three offered up by barman Chris. Paul (a girl, what is it with these students?), stepped up and after a bit of cadjoling from Quiz Master John snatched the right one of the three, but would it be the 'right' one. After a little fumbling she managed to get into the the envelope and announced with disappointment 'the drinks', well at least it wasn't the food for a change!
Hard lines students, great win, shame about the prize. That's a good result for everyone else though as it means there is £100 going straight into next weeks quiz so we can all have a pop at the big money. What chances two or three teams of 10+ next week?
46.The Magicians Nephew
44. John Is A Mackem
43. Idiots Have Already Got More Points Than The Mackems
40. The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Ben Roberts
39. Jimmy Savilles Trackie Bottoms
38. Jimmy Saville Is A Mackem
35. Quizlamic Extremists
32. Him and Her
Wild Card time, the envelope had just been opened by Paul from The Magicians Nephew and Chris was already on the case handing out the post its. Only 20 people decided to gamble a quid on this weeks Wild Card Question which is a bit of a shame as the odds are actually much better than the quiz, one question nearest to it gets the lot, rather than 52 Quiz questions, winners get a one in three for the cash prize and if won share it? Anyway this weeks question was:
In the Film and TV round we asked what the anocronym for Doctor Who’s TARDIS was. The answer (as we all new) was ‘Time And Relative Dimension In Space’. The Doctor Who series started in late 1963 and to date we have had eleven different Doctor’s who have been involved in 229 stories.
The Wild Card Question Tonight is how many episodes of Doctor Who have there been up until the last one aired on 29th September 2012 excluding specials and the 1996 movie.
The post its were slowly dropped into Quiz Master John. The clues, as always were in the question, 229 stories (3 - 4 episodes a story), we do usually give you a pointer but as always no flippin' googling as that defeats the whole purpose of having the quiz.
Once the answers were all in John reluctantly announced there was a winner, he still hasn't got over the exciting Dart Off and Quiz Off from a few weeks ago! A round of appluase went up for Ed, yes, you have guessed it again a member of the student team of eleven The Magicians Nephew. We won't hold it against them though they did very well in their first quiz and they happily walked out of the bar collectively 24 beers better off and Ed was happy as Larry with his £20.
Thanks to everyone who turned out tonight it was a great quiz and we appreciate your support. Quiz 46 will be a Halloween themed special and the prize, depending on the turnout, could be £130+ so let's get some 10+ teams together to compete with the students among us!