Weird exotic fruit, fruity thoughts about Cheryl and a fruit based Wild Card. We certainly did our five a day at Quiz 218.
After a fairly pleasant Bank Holiday Monday we were hoping for a decent turnout for Quiz 218. We had forty odd here last week and there was a reasonable cash prize of potentially £80 plus but by 9pm there were just about 15 people in four teams!
Poor. We wondered whether to knock it on the head for this week but decided to give it five minutes and what a good job we did as within five minutes there were 30 people and seven teams and the Cash Prize was up to £76… excellent, Quiz 218 was on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "An exotic costermonger should be able to supply five". Well costermonger is a street seller who trades in Fruit and Veg and five a day is your recommended amount so the Picture Round this week was weird and Exotic Fruits.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the weird fruit masquerading as a Picture Round whilst the latecomers (thankfully) got the beers in and settled down then the Quiz kicked off with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of easy ones first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q03. In the science of astronomy what is an exploding star called?
Q06. Of which small European country is Vaduz the capital city?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a few additional minutes to consider their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did fairly well in the Pics Round but one team excelled, top marks went to 85 who were exotic fruit aficionados with a perfect 12, Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! came in a decent second on ten and Playing The Woman Card + 1 Boy and Wildcats managed nines each.
The General Knowledge Round proved nearly as challenging, Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! and Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes both scored a decent ten, 85 came in second with nine and the intriguingly named 4 Hairy Tits secured third spot with seven.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of 85 sprinting to a quick lead with 21, Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! were a close second with 20 and Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes were the best of the rest on 17.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a naked Cheryl Tweedy to Best British Male:
Q13. A naked Cheryl Tweedy appeared in TV adverts for which major UK company in the early 1990s?
(We did toy with the idea of mentioning a naked Cheryl Tweedy in the Reviews title to see how that affected the website hits but thought better of it in the end, could get us into all sorts of bother!)
Q18. By what name do we better know the hip hop singer, songwriter and actor Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew who won Best British Male at the 2011 Brit Awards?
Straight in at number one this week in Music, Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes with an excellent nine points. Second spot went to 85 on 7 then all the other teams scored a six.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break, 85 had increased their lead, sitting pretty with 28 points. Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes, courtesy of a top Music Round score moved into joint second on 26 with Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! and Playing The Woman Card + 1 Boy tied with Wildcats in third on 21.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries before it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21. What nationality is tennis player Maria Sharapova?
Q22. Other than cricket, what sport is regularly played at Lord’s cricket ground?
Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes played a blinder in Sport this week finishing Champions on nine points. Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! were runners up with seven then four teams tied in third with sixes.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round there were just three points separating the top three, Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes had their noses in front on 35, 85 were on 34 and Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! were just behind in third on 33 but with questions along the lines of these who could forecast the winners:
Q32. In the kids cartoon Roobarb what colour is Custard the cat?
Q35. Who directed the multi-Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire?
Film & TV is usually a good round for regular team Happy Birthday To Me – Bollocks To The Rest Of You! and it was no different for Quiz 218, they stormed it with a cracking score of 13 from the 14 available and with Rascal Ferrets On Different Vibes getting a nine and 85 seven, they won the nights Quiz by a two point margin.
After giving our winners a gracious round of applause it was down to the drawing of the envelopes. It was Team Member Richard's Birthday (as if you hadn't guessed) so it was only right an proper that he drew the card. He went left, unfolded the enclosed piece of paper and announced, Beers! Well unlucky Richard but a few extra beers on your Birthday is always good news and that's an excellent result for next weeks Quiz as it means there is a £76 Rollover... so we could be playing for over £100.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange again (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question. The answer is a number or a date and closest to it wins all the money that's been collected in for the Wild Card. It's always a very obscure question so it's more of an inspired guess than something anyone would actually know, and, as with all of the questions in The Colly Quiz, there is absolutely no Googling. Top Colly Barmaid Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 218 we had £22 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a bonus Question on what is the name of the nearest star to our own Sun? The answer was the triple star system Alpha Centauri which is a mere 4.37 light years away.
It’s difficult to conceptualize such vast distances, but a popular analogy is if the Sun was the size of an average grapefruit, around 13cm or a tad over 5 inches in old money, Alpha Centauri would be about the same distance away as it is from the west coast to the east coast of America.
The Wild Card Question tonight is using this analogy where the Sun is the size of a grapefruit, what would the exact distance be to Alpha Centuri in miles?
After confirming that everyone was in, those over 3,000 were straight out. There were some guesses in the millions? but they must have misheard the bit about the distance across the States? Next off the table to multiple sighs were all those under 2,000, this left just four. Bob with 2007, Aileen's Better Half with 2,783, Mathew P with 2,800 and BR with 3,000. Well as it was well past eleven there was no pussyfooting around, Bob was announced as the winner of a decent £22. Don't think we've seen Bob at the Quiz before but we are sure he might be back as he was well chuffed with his winnings!
With that Quiz 218 was concluded by thanking everyone for turning out, reminding them that the Quiz Report would be on the blog over the next couple of days and the Picture Round clue would be on the Preview next weekend. After wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another entertaining quiz was wrapped up.
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The Wild Card Answer: 2,344.3 Miles