Are Quiz Wins a bit like buses, you wait for ages then two come at once? Well this week we were keen to find out if She & Him could build on their magnificent win in Quiz 72.
After a beautiful sunny day the bar rapidly filled up with 34 eager quizzers, some looking quite tanned (or lobster red depending on your viewpoint) to take the prize on offer to a reasonable £106. Nick in particular had caught the sun and Quiz Master John cheekily asked Micki at the bar to turn down the lights in the back room so we could see him glowing.
Micki then handed out the picture round. This week we went for Street names from old pictures of Newcastle. We then kicked off Quiz 73 with the usual set of 10 General Knowledge Questions just after 9pm. Fairly good results this week so we must have pitched them just about right, what do you think?
1: Which US President famously uttered the words “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”?
2: Which company accidentally translated their famous strapline to ‘we’ll eat your fingers off’ when they launched their first chinese outlet in 1987?
There was hell on about the Street Names Pics Round, mostly stemming from the introductory text which read ‚ "name the Street, Road or Area". We put this in because all of the answers were not necessarily ‘Streets’ in the traditional sense there were Roads as well and with Newcastle having several ‘Streets’ named after old areas of the City (Bigg Market, Cloth Market and Pandon Gate for instance) we were trying to say the name didn’t have to end with ‘Street’. Well that totally backfired!
There were claims that Haymarket was an ‘area’ for one of the pics and that The Side was actually Dean Street (well it’s not if we look at a map). Rather than getting into that argument though, Quiz Master John very diplomatically decided to give everyone with the same claim, Haymarket, Dean Street etc the points and at the end of it all the scores stayed pretty much the same as everyone just added one or two marks! Well done John, it could have turned ugly.
Early leaders were our reigning champions She & Him with a very impressive full marks on the Newcastle Pics and a solid 8 on the General Knowledge to give them 20, second we had No Way Jose scoring 11 and 8 to give them 19 and in third was both No Dart Off Necessary and The Idiots Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman getting identical 10 for Pics and 8 for General Knowledge.
Into round two, Music. Wow there were some low scores here, bottom of the pile were Lacking Members who clearly were with a two, whilst top dogs with just seven we had No Dart Off Necessary. Seconds with fives we had three teams, The Fourth Crusade, Save UK Justice and No Way Jose. Was this not surprising with questions as rock as this?
16. Donna Matthews was the guitarist with which 1990s Britpop band?
20. In 2001 what group released an album entitled When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up?
Going into the half time savouries break we had in the lead No Dart Off Necessary (obviously confident) on 25, She & Him and No Way Jose tied on 24 and in third with 22 The Idiots Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman.
The snacks this week were very well received, back in were the spicy peanuts, accompanied by Bacon Fries and Mini Cheddars... fantastic, free fayre. Following a short interlude for nicotine, beers and delicious savouries we were back into the competition. The Sport round, [usually] the leveller!
Some teams excel in the Sports round and this week it was No Way Jose who almost did with an eight, we had two seconds on seven with No Dart Off Necessary and The Idiots Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman and three teams with five, She & Him, Noels House Party and The Fourth Crusade. So these kind of questions must be (nearly) on the button?
24: Which international football teams had a squad full of players in Euro 96 whose surnames all ended with the letter 'v'?
30: Which team reached the quarter finals of the 1990 football World Cup without actually winning a match?
Final round and it looked like a two way tussle between No Dart Off Necessary and No Way Jose who were both tied on 32, we had last weeks defending champions She & Him and The Idiots Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Woman on 29 a piece but it would take a double fail from the leaders to let these guys back into it. Here’s a few tasters for Film & TV:
32: Which actress starred in Breakfast At Tiffany’s?
36: What model of Aston Martin car was used by James Bond’s character in the 1965 film Thunderball?
37: In Two and a Half Men which character was played by Marin Hinkle?
Well it was cut and dried when Quiz Master John marked up, no Dart Off this week and ironically the winners of the round had alluded to that in their team name No Dart Off Necessary, who won the round with a very impressive nine from ten, they couldn't be caught despite the good score of seven from No Way Jose. So we all applauded or regulars No Dart Off Necessary who had played very well and won the Quiz with an excellent 41 points from 51, commiserations to She & Him, who played very well, coming in third, maybe win number two next week?
Micki offered the three envelopes up to Richard from No Dart Off Necessary who went for the middle straight away, statistically the cash envelope (he reads the blog) but this time the stats failed and he got the Food Vouchers. Unlucky Richard, but we have a feeling he’s looking at the bigger picture - which is there’s £106 going into Quiz 74 so better to win that.
Barman Chris went about handing out the Post-It's for the famous Wild Card Round whilst Richard had been contemplating (briefly) which of the three envelopes to choose. There were 21 people in it which meant £21 to win on one question, closest to the numerical answer wins the prize and Googling is a definite no no. This weeks Wild Card was:
In the Film and TV Round we asked what car did Bond drive in the film Thunderball – it was the Aston Martin DB5. Tonight's Wild Card is dead simple, what is the top speed of the DB5… in Kilometres per hour! The answer runs to three decimal places.
You could see the quizzers faces in total conversion mode, they had an idea about the mph but what was that in kmph? Some even resorted to long hand mathematics! Slowly the Post-It's started to enter the grid on QMJs table, then after one final call to get the answers in he began the filtering process. Firstly taking all answers below 200kmph off, then those over 250kmph off, letting everyone know as he went along. It then got very close, we had three Post-It's left, Googz with 228.7, Gary with 230 and Jay with 232, all were within 4kmph of the winning figure but John didn't leave them hanging… he announced Gary, you've just won £21.
Excellent, Gary, winner of the Wild Card three times already came to the bar with a round of applause to collect his fourth prize, £21. Not the highest Wild Card ever but hey, for a £1 stake that's Gary's night out paid for, with change!
So with a trademark Good night and God bless from John, Quiz 73 was done. Great night's entertainment, thanks to everyone who turned out. We hope to see you all for next weeks Quiz 74 where we start with a rollover of £106, so with a good crowd we could be looking at maybe £140?
1. Which US President famously uttered the words “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”? Bill Clinton
2. Which company accidentally translated their famous strapline to ‘we’ll eat your fingers off’ when they launched their first chinese outlet in 1987? KFC
16. Donna Matthews was the guitarist with which 1990s Britpop band? Elastica
20. In 2001 what group released an album entitled When It’s All Over We Still Have to Clear Up? Snow Patrol
24. Which international football teams had a squad full of players in Euro 96 whose surnames all ended with the letter 'v'? Bulgaria
32. Which actress starred in Breakfast At Tiffany’s? Audrey Hepburn
30. Which (european) team reached the quarter finals of the 1990 football World Cup without actually winning a match? The Republic Of Ireland.
37. In Two and a Half Men which character was played by Marin Hinkle? Judith Harper-Melnick
36. What model of Aston Martin car was used by James Bond’s character in the 1965 film Thunderball? DB5