Chart toppers from down under, a cereal shocker and poor timekeeping! A canny turnout for Quiz 253 and it was a laugh too.
Quiz 252 was a canny turnout despite a cold night and a hardly inspiring potential £40 up for grabs so we were hoping for a similar crowd at Quiz 253.
It was chilly but at least it wasn't chucking it down and as the time approached the nine o'clock kick off we waited to see if the Teams that said they enjoyed last week and would be back would return! It wasn't looking great, we had a couple of teams in around eight but that seemed it, then all of a sudden a busload turned in. After our top barmaid Gemma handed out the Quiz Sheets out and got the Quids in we had 32 Quizzers, nine Teams and £77 to play for! Fantastic, Quiz on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "2601 Antipodeans hit summit record". Bit cryptic but we think a few Teams had it sussed Antipodeans are "a person from Australia or New Zealand (used by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere)" and hit / record refer to music with summit referring to the top the pinnacle so you should have number ones from down under but the final clue was 2601. 26/01 is Australia day so this week it was a topical Aussie Number Ones Picture Round.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the drinks in 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 a little bit harder:
Q01. Where in the body is the patella?
Q08. In 1894 what breakfast cereal was created by an American Seventh-day Adventist at the Battle Creek Sanatorium as part of an anti-masturbation cure?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a few minutes to check their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
A couple of Teams did very well in the Pics Round, Mary Tyler No More, Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes and the slightly less long winded team name from our regulars... Spontaneous Wrecks Improvised Comedy, Live At The Bridge Hotel On Wednesday – More Unpredictable Than A trip Through American Customs all got a maximum 12 points (go see Spontaneous Wrecks "50 Shades of Improve" this Wednesday see the clip below for a taster). Team Taylor, Fac Off and Team James all managed a decent 10 to come in second and Badly Wrapped Kebab scored an eight for third.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more of a challenge. Mary Tyler No More, Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes and Lord Denning’s Pastoral Vision topped the round with nines. Spontaneous Wrecks sealed second with eight and Team Taylor along with Badly Wrapped Kebab came in third on sixes.
The combined scores gave us a top three at this early stage of Mary Tyler No More and Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes jointly edging in front with 21s. Spontaneous Wrecks were a close second with 20 whilst Lord Denning’s Pastoral Vision and Team Taylor were a bit off the pace with 16s a piece to come in third.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from X Factor to half a crotchet:
Q14. Which former X Factor finalist has been chosen to represent the UK at this years Eurovision Song Contest?
Q16. In musical notation what is the rythmic term for a note that lasts for half a crotchet beat?
Chart toppers in Music this week were Mary Tyler No More. Spontaneous Wrecks and Team James were close seconds on 10s and Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes secured third place with eight.
This gave a top three going into the snack break of Mary Tyler No More leading on 32, Spontaneous Wrecks and Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes in second on 30 and the trio of Team James, Lord Denning’s Pastoral Vision and Team Taylor a bit behind in joint third on 23.
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 turn a good Quiz bad… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25. Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton, born in Ashington, Northumberland, is closely related to which famous 1950s Newcastle United player?
Q28. In which sport do you adopt the egg position to maximise aerodynamics?
Winners by a joint head in Sport this week were Mary Tyler No More and Lord Denning’s Pastoral Vision with nines. Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes were a tad off the pace on eight to come in second and Manc, Baldy & Alan with a seven trailed in third.
The Sport scores gave us a fairly conclusive top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Mary Tyler No More looked certs for an Oscar on 41. Rascal Ferrets On Quiet Vibes were waiting in the wings on 38 whilst Spontaneous Wrecks were seven off the nominations with 34. However with questions along the lines of these there was always a bit of hope that it was possible to catch the front runners:
Q31. In which country was Lord of the rings Director Peter Jackson born?
Q36. Which popular long-running BBC1 family sitcom was axed in 2011?
Spontaneous Wrecks made a fist of it by scoring a round winning 12 in the last round to take them to a total of 46 on the night. Mary Tyler No More didn't have the best of rounds by their high standards but still scored 10 to come second in Film & TV with 10 and amass a Quiz Winning total of 51. Manc, Baldy & Alan and Badly Wrapped Kebab did well in the final round to come in with eights each but they were well off the pace with totals of 31.
There were rounds of applause for all our Teams tonight as the final scores were announced especially for Mary Tyler No More who won Quiz 253 by a comfortable six points.
It was down to Aileen from the winning Team to draw the prize envelope. After the now obligatory shuffle by top Colly Barmaid Gemma, Aileen went middle, the bar went silent, there wasn't even anyone whispering Beers or Food Vouchers? Then after what seemed an age Aileen eventually unfolded the enclosed slip of paper and announced… Food Vouchers!
Unlucky Team Mary Tyler No More, it's the second week on the trot they have won the Quiz and the second week on the trot they have pulled the Food Vouchers! The good news for all the other Teams (and anyone who wishes to join us for Quiz 254) is that we should be playing for a Cash Prize of over £100 next time.
Unfortunately due to the high number of Teams and a late start we didn't have time for our usual Wild Card to finish the night. We will try to sort out the poor timekeeping next weeks so that we can squeeze our final question in.
Without the Wild Card to finish off that was Quiz 253 complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our Quizzers a safe journey home another busy but highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again next week for Quiz 254 where the Cash Prize could be over £100 with another decent turnout. So get a couple of clever friends together and come down and join us!
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Q01. Where in the body is the patella? The knee, it’s the bone we call the knee cap
Q08. In 1894 what breakfast cereal was created by an American Seventh-day Adventist at the Battle Creek Sanatorium as part of an anti-masturbation cure? Kellogg’s Corn Flakes
Q14. Which former X Factor finalist has been chosen to represent the UK at this years Eurovision Song Contest? Lucie Jones
Q16. In musical notation what is the rythmic term for a note that lasts for half a crotchet beat? A quaver
Q25. Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton, born in Ashington, Northumberland, is closely related to which famous 1950s Newcastle United player? Jackie Milburn who was the cousin of Bobby’s mother Cissie
Q28. In which sport do you adopt the egg position to maximise aerodynamics? Downhill Skiing
Q31. In which country was Lord of the rings Director Peter Jackson born? New Zealand
Q36. Which popular long-running BBC1 family sitcom was axed in 2011? My Family