A barren bar, some flawless fashionistas and the Wild Cards gone to the dogs… again! It was a small but committed turnout for a quiet but nonetheless pleasant night at Quiz 235.
Was it me or was Monday just a deadly dull day? The weather was pants, work dragged and there just didn't seem to be a good buzz for the day. We hoped our Quizzers had enjoyed their day a bit more and were going to turn out in force to take Quiz 235s Cash Prize to £80 plus!
With quarter of an hour to go it wasn't looking good the bar was barren! We waited… and waited… and waited. Then at ten past nine decided that was it, five Teams, 20 Quizzers, game on (we've had lower numbers!).
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Analyse: We are the goon squad and we're coming to town". Well if you are on my wavelength you would suss that analyse is a clue meaning to look closely and "We are the goon squad…" is a line out of the David Bowie song Fashion. So to look closely at Fashion, it had to be close ups of Fashion Brands didn't it?
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got their liquid refreshments sorted out and settled down. The Quiz then 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 harder:
Q03 Whose tomb was discovered by Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon in 1922?
Q06 The Colorado Beetle is a major pest for what kind of crop?
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 very well in the Pics Round, The Academy scored a 100% 12 from 12. A new team, 4 One To The Girls came in a close second with 11 and *We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! with the usually verbose Spontaneous Wrecks Present The Great British Improv Off – This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel… Buy A Ticket And See If I Have A Soggy Bottom fashioned a third with tens a piece.
*The Team Name makes reference to their outstanding score of 57 points at last weeks Quiz... not that they were bragging like!
The General Knowledge Round didn't prove as challenging as usual. Spontaneous Wrecks scored a full on 12 points, We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! came a close second on 11 and The Lone Ranger (his Team didn't turn up!) scored an excellent, for a team of one, ten.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks a point in front on 22. We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! and The Academy on 21 and 4 One To The Girls a close third on 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from When We Collide to a 48 Crash:
Q13 Which X-Factor winner had the second best selling single of 2010 with the song When We Collide?
Q18 In 1973 which pint sized American glam rocker got to number 3 in the UK Charts with 48 Crash?
Straight in at number one in Music this week were Spontaneous Wrecks with 10 from the 12 available. We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! and The Academy were just off the top spot on nines each and 4 One To The Girls managed a respectable third with eight scored.
This gave the leader board a familiar look going into the snack break. Spontaneous Wrecks still had their noses in front on 32. We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! along with The Academy were hot on their heels with 30 each and 4 One To The Girls were hanging in there on 28.
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 give a teams good start a right groin strain… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24 Which player scored the most Points for England at the 2007 Rugby World Cup?
Q29 What nationality is former tennis player Gabriela Sabatini?
Finishing first in Sport this week we had The Academy with a near perfect 11. Spontaneous Wrecks came in joint second with We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! a bit behind on nine's each and 4 One To The Girls took a Bronze with eight.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, The Academy and Spontaneous Wrecks were now joint leaders on the night with 41 points each. Last weeks winners We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! were a couple of points off pole on 39 and 4 One To The Girls were five points adrift on 36. It could all change on the last round though especially with questions along the lines of these:
Q31 In the classic 1980s BBC comedy Hi-de-Hi what colour coats did the holiday companies employees wear?
Q40 Which 2008 superhero movie starring Will Smith was written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan?
The Lone Ranger played a blinder on the final Film & TV Round scoring a full on 12 but he was too far off the pace to bother the leaders. Second spot in the round went to Spontaneous Wrecks on 11 and We Thought ’57’ Referred To Heinz’s Varieties Until We Entered The Colly Quiz! rolled in third on 10. The Academy were a couple of points off the leaders on eight so this meant Spontaneous Wrecks Present The Great British Improv Off – This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel… Buy A Ticket And See If I Have A Soggy Bottom triumphed in the weeks Quiz with an excellent final score of 52.
All that remained was to find out what the prize would be, there was a hush (not hard with just 20 in the bar!) as Gemma gave winning Team Member Louise the choice of three envelopes. She went left, unfolded the enclosed piece of paper and announced… Cash Prize! Well done Louise, £69 into the coffers of Spontaneous Wrecks.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night. Before we moved on to that though Top Barmaid Gemma had great news, winners Spontaneous Wrecks had donated £29 of their prize money back into the pot for next weeks Quiz 236. What a generous bunch! That means with a decent turnout next Monday we could be playing for a Cash Prize of £60 plus.
So to the Wild Card…
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. Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 235 we had £17 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sport Round we asked which player scored the most Points for England at the 2007 Rugby World Cup? It was Jonny Wilkinson.
England had a good tournament in 2007 reaching the final where they lost to a good South Africa side who beat them 15 points to 6.
During the tournament Jonny Wilkinson scored5 conversions, 14 penalties and 5 drop kicks.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what percentage of England's overall points total for the 2007 Rugby World Cup were scored by Jonny?
After double checking that everyone was in all the entries under 40% were discounted. Then all of the guesses exceeding 60%… which left four Post-Its in the Goldilocks zone; Tony O'Reilly on 43.7%, Cosmo the dog on 43.8%, Hazel with 52.6% and Tom H guessing 59.6%. As the intro may have indicated it was Cosmo the dog who was the Wild Card Winner courtesy of the finest of margins, he had guessed just 0.1% closer to the actual answer than his team mate Tony O'Reilly. That's four times to date the pooch has prospered from a Wild Card Win, a canny result for our canine contestant.
With that Quiz 235 was complete and 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 brought to a close.
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Wild Card Answer: 47.86%
Source: England scored 140 points in total during the tournament 67 of which were scored by Jonny Wilkinson. 67/140 = 47.86%