After an absolutely glorious Bank Holiday Monday we had a balmy, almost Mediterranean feel to the evening. What a change from just a couple of weeks ago. 31 Quizzers, some having had a little too much sun (or drink?), turned up for Quiz 69 taking the bumper Bank Holiday Monday Cash Prize up to a searing £267.
We also had the Sunderland v Stoke game on the TV, for everyone's benefit, not Just Quiz Master John. A win for Sunderland would put Newcastle in deeper relegation trouble whilst a win for Stoke would put Sunderland right in the mire... could be a tense night all round then!
We kicked off a little after nine with our usual Picture Round, which this week was Name the Apps and after a few minutes for the Quizzers to get their thinking caps on John started on the General Knowledge Round. We thought it was a reasonably easy General Knowledge this week, there were a couple of 'challenging' question chucked in to spice things up though:
6. Of which British Overseas Territory is Hamilton City the capital?
10. Which two politicians had a famous meeting at 127 Upper Street, North London in 1994?
Stoke were ahead 1 - 0 at the Stadium of Light and Sunderland were down to ten men. Quiz Master John warned the teams before they put the first set of Answer Sheets in to think carefully about their Team Names, derogatory ones referring to Sunderland may lose points! Most teams adhered to the advice, there was too much money at stake.
All the teams did reasonably well with the Apps Picture Round, top of the iTunes downloads was It's A Cock Out with a very good 11 from 12. Second we had a team named after old pillow face himself, "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" on Ten and then three teams vied for third, Ed Thais Curry Experts, I Need Chicken and Idiots Have Had Their Chips.
General Knowledge had some teams baffled, best score came from "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" with an eight, followed by She & Him on seven and Ed Thais Curry Experts with Idiots Have Had Their Chips on sixes. Oh no Sunderland equalised… the good news was Quiz Master John had been threatening to cancel the Quiz due to the scoreline but now everything was back on. Music Round next.
In the lead we had "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" on 18 with four teams in second on 15, Ed Thais Curry Experts, It's A Cock Out, She & Him and Idiots Have Had Their Chips. Again we thought the Music round wasn't too difficult, (guess it's easy when you know the answers) but whether it was too much Bank Holiday Sun or too many Bank Holiday beers the teams struggled with questions like these:
11. Complete the title of the Motörhead album, Ace of...?
16. Which 2003 Snow Patrol studio album features the hit single Run?
Best score for the Music Round came from She & Him with a six then there were two teams with fives, Ed Thais Curry Experts and "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce". So going into the the snacks we had a leader board that looked like this… Tops, "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" on 23 then She & Him on 21 and Ed Thais Curry Experts tied with It's A Cock Out on 20. Now for snacks.
This weeks delectable savoury offerings were, the standard peanuts (got to have them), champion Cheesy Puffs and Quiz Master Johns favourites Spicy Corn Twists, for a quid entrance fee what more could you want? Delicious!
The bad news (for most) was the Sunderland game ended 1-1 putting them above Newcastle who are now in a precarious position just above the third relegation place in the Premier League. Quiz Master John was happy though!
After ten minutes topping up on drinks, nicotine and snacks it was back to the Quiz for what's usually the defining round of Sport. Were the questions hard this week? Here's a couple of samples:
26. What sport is featured in the classic movie Endless Summer?
27. In 1932-33 the English cricket team struck on an idea to stop Don Bradman and his free scoring Aussie team-mates, leading to the tour being given what infamous name?
A couple of teams did well in Sport, Ed Thais Curry Experts and It's A Cock Out getting eights which put them right back into contention. I Need Chicken came in second with a 6 and both "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" and Idiots Have Had Their Chips scored fives.
Going into the final round it was as tight as a gnats chuff, we had three teams in the joint lead on 28 – Ed Thais Curry Experts, It's A Cock Out and "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce". She & Him were still in with a chance on 25 but it looked like it was between the three leaders. The Film & TV Round was well hard, with questions all over the place such as:
34. Which 1996 (Sci Fi) film featured Bill Pullman as US president Thomas J. Whitmore?
37. What was the name of the cat who chased Pixie and Dixie?
The ones who dealt with this round the best were I Need Chicken who turned in a respectable seven from ten. They were only on 22 coming into the round though so it was all about who got the most points from the three leaders. Ed Thais Curry Experts came in second with six, joint second with six were It's A Cock Out along with, yes you've guessed it, "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce"… Quiz Master John was delighted, a Triple Dart Off!
The Dart Off rules were simple, two rounds of three darts each, highest score wins. First up at the ockey we had Michael from "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" who threw a 24, Kenny 'The Half" was next for It's A Cock Out and he chucked a very good 31 and then our team member from Ed Thais Curry Experts threw a 28. Michael was back at the ockey for the second round, he scored 31 to take the score to beat to 54. Kenny wasn't phased though, he calmly stepped up and threw an excellent 42 to take the lead on 73. The pressure was all on our man from Ed Thais Curry Experts, a score of 45 would draw, 46 would win and he threw 34. Unlucky Ed Thais Curry Experts and "Steve Bruce, You Should Have Kept Steve Bruce" but well done to Kenny from It's A Cock Out.
Could Kenny now do better at drawing the envelopes than he did at Quiz 68 where he drew the Food Vouchers? Barman Chris offered up the three envelopes, one had a slip of paper inside saying £267 cash, one had a slip saying Food Vouchers and one had a slip saying Case of Beer. For the last few quizzes the Cash has always been found to be in the centre envelope, it's random but true, so what did Kenny choose this week… the one on the right! He slowly pulled the slip of paper from the envelope, read it, then read it again to make sure before shouting, "Cash, it's the Cash!", fabulous, well done Kenny and the It's A Cock Out team the massive £264 Cash Prize was yours!
Chris had been out getting the Post-Its sold for our Quiz finale the Wild Card Question whilst the Dart Off was in progress. One question, one obscure number or date for the answer and nearest to it wins everything in the Wild Card kitty. Following the undoubted sales technique of Chris coupled with our eager contestants enthusiasm the kitty was up to a reasonable £31. The Wild Card Question for Quiz 69 was:
In the Film and TV round we found that Quentin Tarantino originally wrote the part of Django in his latest blockbuster for Will Smith, but he turned the role down.
The Wild Card Question tonight is the film Django Unchained had the longest shooting schedule for any Tarantino film, how many days was it scheduled for?
Fairly straightforward answer required this week we thought until Graham wanted clarification on whether this was actual shooting days, where they were filming or did that include editing time? (Well he is a solicitor, facts like that matter).
Eventually, all the Post-It's were in and it was time for John to do his thing on the Podium of Wild Card Clarification. The over 300's were taken off, the under 100's were disposed of. The over 150's were cast aside and the under 120's were binned leaving us with four Post-It's, Graham and Chris with 147 and Phil Mac and Brendan with 123. Yes it was another dart off but it wasn't between Graham and Chris, step up to the ockey Phil and Brendon, who were both from the same team!
Brendan was off first, scoring a super 46, Phil "The Power" managed a 38. Brendan was lethal on the night though, he threw another 54 to take his score to a cracking total of 100, what could Phil reply with… 35, so with a well deserved round of applause it was well done Brendan, £31 better off for a quid stake. Brendan immediately went to the bar and got the beers in for his team mates, great stuff.
That was it, great Quiz, some good laughs (especially when Sunderland were losing) but Quiz Master John was happy with a point at the end, so it was a Good Night and God Bless from him and we were done. Great gesture by the winners It's A Cock Out, they put £57 back into the pot for next week, so we could be playing for a Cash Prize of nearly £100 if we get a good turnout.
Thanks to everyone who joined in the Bank Holiday Monday Quiz, good night, great crack.
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