Here we go again, Quiz 88 and with a couple of our regular players on holiday we were wondering what kind of turnout we would get for the potential £140+ Cash Prize.
As we neared nine the bar didn't look that busy but when Gemma had handed the Pic Quiz and Answer Sheets out she came back with £31 entry money. So it was quite a good crowd after all and this boosted the Cash Prize on offer to £142.
Our Pic Quiz this week was Time Travelers on Film and TV and Quiz Master John gave our teams five minutes to get their brains in gear before kicking off with our first set of ten questions in the General Knowledge Round.
Q3 What is the current capital of Vietnam?
Q5 What name is given to flying animals of the order Chiroptera?
There were some good scores in the Pics Round, one bright bunch called simply Egg managed to get all 12. In second spot on 11 from 12 we had a team topically called The Kenya Tourist Board (ouch) and last weeks winners the less controversially named Heroes & Zeroes. In third on nines were She & Him along with a team name inspired by the bizarre football goings on down the road Di Canio Shouts At Idiots.
Team Black Bush were top of the tree scoring eight from 10 in a difficult General Knowledge round with Heroes & Zeroes in second on seven. The rest of our teams were much of a muchness scoring sixes and fives.
The net result of the opening rounds was Heroes & Zeroes were narrowly in the lead on 18, Egg just behind them on 17 with The Kenya Tourist Board in third on 16. Next up we had the Music Round with corking questions like these:
Q12 Which pop superstar made the video to her debut single in 1999 dressed as a saucy pigtailed schoolgirl?
Q13 What was the title of a number 3 hit for the Hollies in 1969 which became a number 1 for them in 1988 following it’s use on a (Miller) beer commercial?
We obviously made Music far too easy this week as four teams tied for the round on nine; She & Him, The Kenya Tourist Board, Is There A Sand Dancer In The House? and Egg. Everyone else scored eight. We will have to make Music a bit tougher for Quiz 89!
So going into the half time break top of the pile we had Heroes & Zeroes and Egg with 26, second on 25 The Kenya Tourist Board and in a close third She & Him. There was only six points separating all eight teams so it was quite a tight Quiz.
Now for the savouries. The return of the Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour American Bubble Chips was extremely well received. We also had salt and vinegar twirls, which were a nice change and the ubiquitous chilli flavoured roasted peanuts. A veritable feast for free!
After our teams had topped up with drinks and those who do had enjoyed a quick fag John got us underway with the next round ten questions on Sport.
Sport, you either love it or you hate it and this week most teams probably hated it possibly due to questions like these:
Q23 In July 1985 which British athlete set a new world mile record in Oslo?
Q25 What was the nickname of Chelsea’s former goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti?
Pole position in Sport we had Is There A Sand Dancer In The House? with an impressive eight from 10. Second with seven, Universally Challenged and then four teams tied for third on six, She & Him, Heroes & Zeroes, Di Canio Shouts At Idiots and Black Bush.
The Sports Round had made things even tighter on the leaders board, still in front we had Heroes & Zeroes on 32, Egg had dropped a point in Sport so were now second on 31 along with Is There A Sand Dancer In The House? and in third, still with a slim chance of winning we had both She & Him and The Kenya Tourist Board.
So five teams separated by two points had 10 questions on TV & Films to decide who would win Quiz 88… it was tense!
Q37 What was the name of the car with artificial intelligence driven by David Hasselhoff’s character Michael Knight in the 1982 TV series Knight Rider?
Q39 What where the names of the creative duo behind the 80’s satirical puppet show Spitting Image? Peter Fluck and Roger Law
Following John's marking up he handed the quiz sheets back to our teams. Most had done reasonably well in the final round all scoring between seven and eight but there was one team with full marks. Our leaders Heroes & Zeroes had just managed an eight so if it was either Egg or Is There A Sand Dancer In The House? that had scored the 10 they could just pip Heroes & Zeroes to win the Quiz… but they both got eight.
It was The Kenya Tourist Board who had the 10 which meant that they matched Heroes & Zeroes on 40 points and John was ecstatic, for the second consecutive Quiz a DART OFF!
Our two teams picked their champions and for the second week running Jay, from the team this week known as The Kenya Tourist Board, stepped up to the oche to throw the first three of his six darts, not a great start, 17. Next up for Heroes & Zeroes we had Barry who threw a not much better 21. Jay had his chance to win it by getting a big score second time around and he managed an excellent 50 leaving Barry a target of 47 to triumph. It came down to the final dart, Barry needed 18, he went for 20 and got it to win the Dart Off by just three points. Hard lines Jay so close, third time lucky next week?
So following a round of applause the three prize envelopes were presented to Barry's fellow team member who went left, slowly opened it and after what seemed an eternity opened the slip of paper inside. £140 she gasped but our regulars knew that wasn't the case, the slip of paper would read Cash Prize if they had won – she had drawn the food vouchers. How unlucky for Heroes & Zeroes, they won Quiz 87 after a three team Dart Off and pulled the Beers and now have the Food. Never mind, as with Jay come back for Quiz 89 it could be third time lucky for Heroes & Zeroes as well.
Good news for our other teams though as it means there is a whopping £142 rollover going into Quiz 89 and with a good turnout we could be looking at a potential £180 Cash Prize.
The nights excitement wasn't over though, we still had the Wild Card! Gemma quickly toured the bar distributing Wild Card Post-It's for our final one off question of the night open to everyone in the bar for a quid. It's usually a number or a date answer which is so obscure it's a guess and as with all of our Quiz Night there is absolutely no Googling allowed. There were 25 people in it so the Cash Prize on offer was a handsome £25 and this weeks question was:
In the Film & TV round we asked a question about the 80’s satirical puppet show Spitting Image whose wicked latex caricatures burst onto UK screens in 1984 lambasting anybody who was in the public eye. The show ran until 1996 and at its peak was watched by 15 million people.
The Wild Card Question tonight is over the 12 years Spitting Image was on our screens how many episodes, including Holiday Specials and one off shows were there?
Quite straightforward this week, 12 years, how many shows? The Post-It's started neatly filling John's desktop. After everyone was in John took all the answers over 200 off his table calling out the names as he went. He then went for all the answers under 100 and removed them, this left seven Post-It's. Everyone over 150 was taken off, they were close but not close enough, which left just two Post-Its... McCartney with 144 and Jay, who'd just been beaten in the Dart Off guessing 137. John happily announced that this week it was Jay who was the closest to the answer we were after and he got a rousing round of applause as he gladly accepted his £25 from Freda. Well done Jay.
That was that Quiz 88 drew to a close with the customary Goodnight and God Bless from John and we are looking forward to Quiz 89 with a potential big Cash Prize. We will also have the Everton v Newcastle game on the night so if you are interested in watching football you can combine it with the Quiz for an exciting night out where you could win a serious amount of dosh too.
The Answers:Click the images to get more content
The Wild Card Answer: There were 132 Spitting Image shows in total