Well who was going to turn out for Quiz 38 after a wet and cold August Bank Holiday? It felt like autumn was already taking a grip of the weather and we wondered if there would be any appetite for the quiz after what had been a pretty miserable day. We needn't have worried though, even without our regulars She and Him (at the Chris Evans CarFest in Hampshire) seven eager teams turned out, which was brilliant! The cash prize was boosted to £44 with 24 entrants adding their pounds to the £20 which Idiots had generously left in the pot last week.
So just after 9pm we got under way by handing out the Picture Quiz, which was a slight deviation from the norm with dingbats of famous films. This seemed to go down well with some chuckles at the pretty crap (but funny) dingbats and Quiz Master John kicked off the quiz with the usual round one, General Knowledge.
A lot of the teams did well with the dingbats, in fact four of the seven, No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots (last weeks winners), Whistlers Mam, Two Giants and a Midget Jen (the two guys were very, very tall!) and Jesmond Lion Spotters (great topical name), got 100% but the General Knowledge was a bit of a leveller. Whistlers Mam took top spot with 8 and Jesmond Lion Spotters and No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots managed 7 but it was 5s and 4s for the rest. The General Knowledge wasn't that difficult was it? Here's a couple of samples:
2. How many heads of US presidents are carved into Mount Rushmore?
10. It is a rare occurrence, but what everyday name is given in astronomy to a second full moon in a calendar month?
Into round two Music and in pole was Whistlers Mam on 20, closely followed by No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots and Jesmond Lion Spotters on 19 so already it seemed a three horse race as the closest to them was Two Giants and a Midget Jen on 16, S+S and Rank Amateurs on 13 so a points gap was already already opening up. There were some good scores in the Music round and Jesmond Lion Spotters with a perfect 10 hiked their total score up to 29 taking top spot. No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots with a (near perfect) 9 took them to 28 and second but Whistlers Mam crashed and burned in the round with a disappointing 5 leaving them in third with 25, oh dear, music caught them out. Here's a couple of the questions:
11. Which group sang the song ‘Take My Breath Away’ which featured in the film ‘Top Gun’?
18. Joe Strummer was the lead singer with which famous British band?
Snacks, smokes and beers followed. This week snacks were the usual bacon rasher things, salt and vinegar sticks and the perennial peanuts were the order of the day and they all went down well but still no pringles.
Sport, we know you either love it or hate it but it's a crucial round, do well and your up there but fives and below, it's a hard quiz to win from this point. This week the up there teams were No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots on a massive 9 closely tailed by Jesmond Lion Spotters and Whistlers Mam on 8 but the rest were down there with fours and three's. Sports samples as follows:
25. Which city was the venue for the Winter Olympics where Eddie the Eagle became famous for being a rubbish ski jumper?
29. How many times have Scotland played in the World Cup finals?
Final round, Film and TV and barring a complete meltdown it was between two teams, last weeks winners No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots and Jesmond Lion Spotters, both on 37. The round was won by Quiz on Your Face, who we haven't seen for a while (welcome back) with an excellent 9 but joint second was Whistlers Mam and crucially, Jesmond Lion Spotters with 8, 2 points ahead of No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots on 6. Here's a couple of Film and TV samples:
36. Who played Louise in the 1991 film ‘Thelma and Louise’?
39. Who played Alf Garnett in the TV series ‘Till Death Do Us Part’?
So that was it, winners this week were our regular quizzers Jesmond Lion Spotters (hard lines Idiots, valiant effort). Big round of applause, well done, 45 points from a possible 56 this week is some going and it was up to the lovely Lisa from Jesmond Lion Spotters, to choose the winning envelope. Three on offer, what would it be, food, beers or £44 cash. After a bit of deliberation she went for the envelope containing…
Beers! Unlucky Lisa but great for the quiz as that means next weeks cash prize, should you win it, is already £44.
45. Jesmond Lion Spotters
43. No Time For Losers Cos We Are The Idiots
41. Whistlers Mam
32. Two Giants and a Midget Jen
30. Quiz On Your Face
28. Rank Amateurs
Amongst all of the excitement barman Chris had been handing out the post its for the Wild Card. One question, closest to the answer gets the entire kitty collected (obviously googling is not an option!). this weeks Wild Card:
In the General Knowledge round we asked how far the earth was from the sun. If you can remember the number of miles it may give you a clue to the answer for this weeks Wild Card Question, which is... If there was a straight road from here to the sun – how many years would it take you to drive there doing a steady 70mph?
The Wild Card provoked all sorts of questions, "who built the road", "how many petrol stations do you stop at" and a classic "can we stop at a Little Chef", yes, very good. You could see everyone doing the calculations in their head, pretty difficult with the big numbers but the answers started to drift in to Quiz Master John. Eventually everyones educated guess was in, there were answers ranging from 2.4 years (?) to millions of years but the closest, in fact very close, was John and Eileen with an answer that was just one and a half years out. However they got so close, serious mental arithmetic or a pure guess they did very well and won the £24. Not a bad return as they weren't even in for the quiz, they just called in for a couple of wines and walked away with £24 in their pocket, result!
That was it Quiz 38 done and dusted, a goodnight and God bless from Quiz Master John and it was all over for another week. The funniest moment of the night was during Film and TV, Michael, renowned for his knowledge of childrens TV was being ribbed for knowing which kids series Mrs Goggins was in had his team mate John remonstrating "he even knows what number house Postman Pat lives!" he hadn't realised from the question that the answer required was actually Postman Pat… doh! Classic, that's why we love doing this quiz, the banter is top drawer. Thanks to everyone for turning out on a miserable, cold and wet August Bank Holiday Monday.