After the bumper £171 Cash prize going last week we were pleasantly surprised to see a good turnout for Quiz 90. It's obviously not the money that brings our intrepid Quizzers out on a Monday evening… it must be the delightful crack of Quiz Master John!
Nine teams entered Quiz 90 and that took the total Cash Prize up to a not to be sniffed at £71.
Our Picture Round this week was matching the famous people to something ridiculous they have said. Quiz Master John gave the teams five minutes to settle down and get their heads round the Picture Quiz before kicking off with the General Knowledge Round. We had the usual ten questions on virtually anything and anyone such as these:
Q7 Who succeeded Richard Nixon as US president in 1974?
Q10 Ljubljana is the capital and largest city of which central European republic?
After the General Knowledge our teams handed in their sheets and John tallied up the scores from both rounds. Top in pics we had Look Out Sarah's Back with a ten from 12 followed closely by A Pair Of Idiots He & Him, (confusingly) She & Him and Heroes & Zeroes on nine. The Team with the most General Knowledge were Max Clifford Is A Knob who scored nine, second in the round were Look Out Sarah's Back, The Hasty Puddings, Heroes & Zeroes and Does Your Fire Work Freda? all with eights.
This gave us an early leader board showing Look Out Sarah's Back on 18, Max Clifford Is A Knob on 17.5 and Heroes & Zeroes on 17. Next up Music.
Our ten questions on Music this week spanned the decades here's a couple from the 80's and 70's:
Q13 Which newspaper launched the 1987 Ferry Aid single that counted page three model Linda Lusardi in its list of pop stars?
Q15 Heart of Glass was a number one single taken from which Blondie Album and for an extra point in what year?
Quiz Master John started reminiscing about Blondie and how much he loved the album when one of our teams shouted out "Yeah, that was my Dad's favourite album too!", realising how old this made him appear John quick as a flash retorted… "Yeah, but I was only three". Course you were John!
Look Out Sarah's Back had the right blend of team members for the Music round as they returned an excellent 10 from a possible 10.5. Second we had Max Clifford Is A Knob on nine and Heroes & Zeroes came in third on eight. This gave us a leader board looking like this going into the half time snacks: Top and obviously benefiting from Sarah's return from sunnier climes, Look Out Sarah's Back with 28. Second, not far behind were Max Clifford Is A Knob on 26.5 and in third, Heroes & Zeroes on 25.
Quiz Master John reminded everyone the bar was still open for recharging beverages at the half time break then he and everyone else who did slipped outside for a smoke. Gemma brought out the delicious savouries for each of our teams which this week consisted of Bacon Fries, some tube shaped things and what looked like the tremendous Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour American Bubble Chips. Whatever the snacks were they seemed to go very quickly!
After the short break John returned to his podium and got us underway with Quiz Night part two, everyone's favourite round… Sport. There were some easy and a couple of really hard questions this week in Sport:
Q26 Which manager took over from Don Revie at Leeds in 1974 after the most successful period in the club’s history?
Q30 In Rugby which former Harlequins fly half played on 70 occasions for the All Blacks between 1995 and 2004?
The scores reflected the difficulty of the round, top of the League we had Max Clifford Is A Knob and Look Out Sarah's Back on a paltry six a piece and second with fives, A Pair Of Idiots He & Him, Quiz Akubusi, The Hasty Puddings and Heroes & Zeroes.
Going into the final round this week wasn't as close as it has been recently, with just two teams in contention (barring some sort of meltdown), Look Out Sarah's Back on 34 points and Max Clifford Is A Knob a point and a half behind on 32.5.
Film & TV had a few tasty questions but here's a couple of the easier ones:
Q32 Mrs Slocombe and Captain Peacock featured in which classic 70’s TV Comedy series?
Q35 Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous is the tagline from which 1984 movie?
Max Clifford Is A Knob won the round with an excellent eight from 10 but they had to win the final round by two points in order to leap frog the leaders Look Out Sarah's Back. We had four teams second in the round with seven's... A Pair Of Idiots He & Him, She & Him, The Hasty Puddings and yes, you've guessed it Look Out Sarah's Back. So that meant Look Out Sarah's Back pipped Max Clifford Is A Knob by just half a point to take this weeks quiz!
After a generous round of applause Gemma gave the returning Sarah the usual choice of three ominous looking brown envelopes. Sarah asked her fellow team members Phil and Richard which was the winning envelope last week, it was middle so she went right, opened it up and calmly announced "Cash Prize". Excellent, not quite as much cash as last week but there was £71 to share amongst the team. After divvying up their winnings the generous Look Out Sarah's Back team put £11 back into the pot to start us off on Quiz 91.
Gemma had quickly been around the bar selling the £1 little orange Post-It's for our final act of Quiz Night, the Wild Card. £1, one question with a numeric based answer, no phones and the closest answer wins everything in the Wild Card pot. There was a reasonable £25 in the kitty this week which isn't bad odds for a £1 stake, and the question was:
In Film and TV we asked a question about Nicholas Cage’s Bel Air Mansion which he put up for auction in 2010 due to foreclosure. The auction didn’t go very well... there were no takers as the house, though impressive, was not to everyone’s taste. In fact one estate agent described the property as ‘fascinating and bizarre’ with an interior design that was more like a ‘frat house bordello’.
The mansion had a central tower, custom wine cellar, 35-seat home theatre, six bedrooms, nine bathrooms and an Olympic-size pool. The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the total area of Nicholas Cage’s Bel Air Mansion in square feet?
There were groans from the entrants, how on earth would anyone know that? There were no clues this week it was just pluck a figure out of the air, so everyone wrote their wild guesses on the orange Post-It's and then neatly arranged them on Quiz Master John's table.
When all 25 were in John started to filter the winner from the rest, everyone over 100,000 square feet were discarded (there was one guess at 250,000… some mansion that). Then everyone under 10,000 was taken out and this left four Post-It's, John read the names and answers out and two were discarded, leaving Graham M on 12,750 and Charlotte BW on 11,500. John paused, the bar was near silent, then there were loud cheers from the back room as he announced Charlotte was the winner of the £25. Charlotte got a nice round of applause as Gemma handed her the cash from her first Wild Card win.
Quiz Master John signed off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless and Quiz 90 was complete. Thanks to all who turned out, it was an entertaining night. Well done to Look Out Sarah's Back who's team members went away a tenner better off each and congratulations to Charlotte on winning the £25 Wild Card, which is not bad for a quid stake!
We hope to see everyone back for Quiz 91 where we have an £11 rollover courtesy of our winning team so a good turnout on the night could take the Cash Prize to over £40.
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