Well it was no where near the balmy Mediterranean evening we enjoyed last week and the Cash Prize rollover was just £57 (thanks to our generous winners last week) so we weren't sure what the turnout would be for Quiz 70. We were quite surprised when in total we had 23 quizzers eager to get involved, taking the potential cash prize up to a not inconsequential sum of £80.
We got going just after 9 and Quiz Master John was adamant there would be no football talk this week, Sunln being in dire straights and Newcastle securing Premiership Football following their respective games over the weekend. So Sarah S immediately asked him what a big metal thing was that had a dial on the front to keep money in. Ah yes 'Safe'…
This weeks Picture Round was match the famous paintings to the artist, pretty tricky if you didn't know your art but we did give our Quizzers a cryptic clue on what the theme would be on the Quiz Preview.
Once the teams had five minutes or so on the Pics we got started on the ten questions on General Knowledge. The questions as always covered a wide range of subjects such as:
2. By what name was Scottish King Robert I known?
5. Christopher Columbus, along with many sailors of the time mistook which sea mammals to be mermaids?
A few teams did really well on the Picture Round getting 100% but for some art obviously wasn't their 'thing'. The art critics this week were Lucy (one lady on her own!) and Super Nintendo Charmers who got the maximum 12 points, coming in second was both I Need Chicken and Who Needs Googz and third in Pics we had the topically named We're Staying Up – Are You John?
General Knowledge had most teams already careering towards the relegation zone but Super Nintendo Charmers took their chance to rise above the strugglers with an excellent eight from ten. Joint second in match day 70 we had We're Staying Up – Are You John? and She & Him on sixes and clinging on in third we had both I Need Chicken and Miami Zombies. This left the early league positions looking like this going into Music: Leaders were Super Nintendo Charmers establishing a commanding lead of five points over second place I Need Chicken and Lucy with We're Staying Up – Are You John? in a UEFA Cup slot in third on 14.
Next up was ten questions on Music. Again most teams found the questions a challenge, not surprising with difficult opponents like this:
15. Which slushy singer released the love song Woman’s Heart in 1999?
19. Who had a hit with Slash Dot Dash in 2004?
Winners of round two were The Mona Idiots with a useful victory of seven points. Runners up were the tricky Super Nintendo Charmers on six and in play off third we had four teams on five points, I Need Chicken, Who Needs Googz, We're Staying Up – Are You John? and She & Him. This left the Quiz League looking like this going into the mid season break: Super Nintendo Charmers were streaking ahead with 26 points on the board, the nearest challengers I Need Chicken had a massive six points to make up already on 20 and in joint third we had Lucy and We're Staying Up – Are You John? on 19. The title looked like it was there for the taking at the half way stage… time for the free snacks!
This week we had the usual peanuts, which were delicious, the fantastic bacon wheeto's (Quiz Master John's favourite) and the 'aquired' taste of the fish and chip flavour savouries which Rob from She & Him described as tasting like feet. After scoffing the free snacks, having a smoke and getting the beers in our Quiz Teams were ready for the second half of the season.
Sport. Some of our teams did really well in this weeks Sport and some did really badly, the scores ranged from nines to ones! In top spot, yes you've probably guessed it, Super Nintendo Charmers scored a nine, second place we had We're Staying Up – Are You John? on eight and in third slot on seven The Mona Idiots. We didn't think the questions were that hard:
23. What year did Cristiano Ronaldo leave Manchester United?
30. What’s the full name of the Premier Leagues only current female linesman?
So going into the final round Film and TV we had champions elect Super Nintendo Charmers on 35 points, eight points ahead of their nearest rivals We're Staying Up – Are You John? on 27. It was almost mathematically impossible for Super Nintendo Charmers to lose the Quiz at this stage which is a first after 70 Quizzes! The Film and TV Questions were 'varied':
34. Which 1990 comedy horror film had the tag-line “Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude”?
37. What was the surname of siblings John (Boy), Jason, Mary Ellen, Erin, Jim-Bob, Ben and Elizabeth who lived in Jefferson County, Virginia, USA?
Winners of the round were We're Staying Up – Are You John? with a creditable eight but second with seven were Super Nintendo Charmers on seven, which meant they won the Quiz with an unprecedented seven point lead from their nearest challengers. As Quiz Master John announced the results a round of applause went up for these guys, well done, it was an excellent score but could they choose the cash from the three envelopes on offer from Freda behind the bar? The designated team member didn't mess about, he went straight for the left envelope of the three then slowly opened it up and announced "The Food Vouchers". Unlucky team Super Nintendo Charmers, the cash was again in the middle envelope, but that's good news for Quiz 71 as it means we start with an £80 Rollover which should take the potential Cash Prize on the night to well over £100.
Chris had been busy getting the quids in for the final act of Quiz Night, the Wild Card. For one pound entry, there's one Question, one numerical answer and one winner – the closest to the answer – who gets everything in the pot. This week there were 27 entrants, so £27 was waiting for the person who got the closest to the following question.
In General Knowledge we asked the question: Briton Robert Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette shook hands at which significant meeting in 1990? It was the official Channel Tunnel breakthrough ceremony in December 1990.
There’s more than one Channel Tunnel connecting Britain and France, there are two tunnels for the trains and further one for service plus many interconnecting tunnels between them.
Tonights Wild Card Question is in total how long is the Channel Tunnel system in kilometres?
There wasn't the usual groans? Most in the bar seemed to lean back and look to the ceiling obviously calculating the width of the channel, multipying it by three adding a bit on for the interconnecting tunnels and bits on land then converting it to kilometres, whilst some people just leaned forward, took a 'calculated' guess and wrote down 3,523km! John took that one off his Podium of Wild Card Clarification before he even gridded his Post-It's out.
John then started to filter the close from not so close by taking everything over 200 off, then everything under 100 was binned. Then he pruned out everything under 140 and everything over 160 which left us with three Post-It's, Mike H on 142km, Richard N with 147km and Rob with 149km. After referring to his quiz sheet for a final time John read out the total and announced Rob as closest to the answer we were after! We had a big round of applause for Rob who wins the Wild Card for a record fifth time in 70 quizzes and he walked away £27 richer on the night. Not a bad end to the Quiz then for Rob (Him from She & Him), they didn't do great in the Quiz this week but the Wild Card win certainly makes up for that.
That was Quiz 70 complete, John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless and we were done for another night. He'll be full of beans next week though as whilst writing this the Arsenal have beaten Wigan so his team of choice are assured of Premiership status next season, get your thinking caps on for 'celebratory' team names for Quiz 71.
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