Well Quiz 89 was a bit different from the norm… the decorators had been in and were half way through prepping the walls so the bar looked fashionably 'industrial' to say the least and we also had the Everton v Newcastle match on from 8pm but by the time our Quiz Teams turned in Newcastle were already 3-0 down!
Despondent supporters turned to the Quiz to entertain themselves and by the time the second half kicked off at 9:05pm we had 34 people in the Quiz which took the prize money up to a massive £176.
The picture round this week was another association test where we had a pic of somebody famous and something they were famous for, the object being to link the two.
Quiz Master John gave our nine teams several minutes to get up to speed with the pics then started off on the usual ten General Knowledge Questions. We upped the bar this week with challenging questions like this:
Q5 Who broke the world land speed record nine times between 1924 and 1935?
Q7 Which visionary billionaire once tried a fruit and veg diet because he believed it would mean he wouldn’t have to shower or wear deodorant?
After the General Knowledge the teams handed in their sheets and Quiz Master John tallied up the scores from both the Pics and the first Question Round. She & Him were early leaders on 19, just ahead of Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room and Heroes & Zeroes in second on 18.5. In third we had the optimistically named We're Going To Win 4-3 on 18 obviously influenced by the fact that Newcastle had scored five minutes into the Quiz with a great goal from Cabaye and were now just 3-1 down.
John hoped one of our teams was taking the piss when they answered the General Knowledge Question "Who succeeded Winston Churchill as British Prime Minister, in 1945?" with Arthur Scargill!
Onto Round Two, Music. We felt Quiz 88 Music was a little too easy and we can't have too many teams getting high marks can we? So the Questions were a little more challenging this week:
Q14 Who were Pretty Vacant in 1977?
Q18 Which environmentally friendly singer urged on her blog in 2007 that people should only use one square of toilet tissue per trip to the lavatory?
Best score for Music was a seven from ten for Quiz On Your Face and Too Effing Cramped, second we had three teams on five, Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room, Heroes & Zeroes and She & Him.
This gave us a leader board looking like this going into the half time snacks, in the lead, She & Him on 24, second Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room with Heroes & Zeroes on 23.5 and third Too Effing Cramped on 22. As Quiz Master John read out the scores Remi managed to stick a second in for Newcastle, game on, 3–2.
Time for snacks. More Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour American Bubble Chips went down well with Bacon Fries and Aircraft Style Cheesy Shapes. Quiz Master John wasn't keen on the Bubble Chips though, he passed them on to She & Him who passed them on to me, then I passed them on to Brendan who thoroughly enjoyed them!
After half time smokes, a refuel of drinks and a chance that went begging for Newcastle to make it 3-3 we moved onto Sport.
Sport was pitched reasonably easy this week with the odd couple of bouncers like this:
Q22 Sir Bobby Charlton is related to which legendary 1950s Newcastle United player?
Q25 Who won the Ultimate Olympian at the 2012 Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year awards?
Top sports pundits this week were Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room (who weren't googling, it's not allowed!) with an excellent eight from 10, not bad for just two team members. Second, five teams with seven; We're Going To Win 4-3 (we didn't the game finished and unfortunately we lost 3-2), Heroes & Zeroes, Quiz On Your Face, Universally Challenged and Too Effing Cramped.
This made it very interesting going into the final round Film & TV. In the lead we had Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room on 31.5. Second, Heroes & Zeroes on 30.5 and joint third, with an outside chance of winning, She & Him with Too Effing Cramped on 29. We included the odd 'current' question in Film & TV this week just to mix it up a bit:
Q35 Which (comedy) duo starred as Holmes and Watson in the 1978 version of The Hound of the Baskervilles?
Q38 Which reality TV star recently said she’d go naked for Playboy… for £1m?
Quiz On Your Face won the TV & Film round with an outstanding nine which took them to a total of 35. Second with eight which gave them 37, Too Effing Cramped and third on seven We're Going To Win 4-3 to take them to 35. The crucial question though was how did the leaders do?
Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room somehow managed a six on what they would be the first to admit wasn't their strongest subject to take them to 37.5 and Heroes & Zeroes also managed a six to take them to 36.5. So despite their late challenge, Too Effing Cramped fell half a point short and Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room won the quiz with a total score of 37.5.
A hearty round of applause ensued for our regulars Richard & Phil Googling In The Back Room, who without their key team members Sarah S (who was sunning herself in Sharm El Sheikh) and Richard C, still managed to win the quiz against some very strong opposition.
What would they draw from the three envelopes on offer from Gemma… Phil M took responsibility, he went middle and after unfolding the slip of paper he'd pulled from the envelope turned to team mate Richard grinning as he announced "Cash Prize". Well done Phil, £176 won, happy days.
Phil got a big round of applause from everyone in the bar as he received the wad of cash from Gemma. Excellent result.
Gemma then raced around the bar selling the £1 little orange Post-It's for our final event of Quiz Night, the Wild Card. £1, one question with a numeric based answer, no Googling and the closest answer wins everything in the Wild Card kitty. There was a very reasonable £29 in the pot which isn't bad odds for a £1 stake… and the Wild Card Question for Quiz 89 was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the 1978 film The Hound of the Baskervilles. The film is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyles famous book The Hound of the Baskervilles, Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes published in 1902. There are still copies of this first edition about, they are case bound with gilt rules, hand marbled endpages and contain 16 illustrations... but if you wanted a decent copy it would set you back over £1,000.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many pages were in the 1902 first edition of The Hound of the Baskervilles, Another Adventure of Sherlock Holmes?
The bar went quiet as people started to pluck figures from the air, there was no clue this time it was pure guess work that would win the cash.
Slowly John's table started to fill up with orange Post-It's. After verifying that everyone had their answers in we had a table covered in 28 orange Post-It's and a yellow one. A ringer? Nope just a rogue colour from the previous week. It didn't matter much anyway as it was one of the first to be filtered out as John took every answer over 400 off. Then he dispensed with everyone who had guessed under 300 and we were left with seven, who were whittled down one by one and discarded until there were only two Post-It's left, Jess with 336 and Lorna with 352.
"Lorna's just won £29" John announced enthusiastically but Lorna was no where to be found. Obviously a pessimist and not expecting to win she was outside talking with her mates. The message quickly got to her though and she started jumping for joy!
John let everyone know that our generous winners Richard and Phil had put £36 back in the pot, so we could have a cash prize approaching £80 to play for next week. He then signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless and that was it, Quiz 89 done.
Although it was a poor night for Newcastle it was a good night for Richard, Phil and Lorna who all left substantially richer than when they arrived. Great Quiz, thanks to all who turned out.
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