Monsters and Aliens, The Walrus of Love and a lucky moment of indecision. Quiz 248 was another canny nights entertainment.
After last weeks decent turnout we were hoping for more of the same at Quiz 248 but news filtered through that one of our top Teams, Rascal Ferrets, had been on a Colly Night Out on Saturday and were all 'hanging' as Boss Freda put it! We hoped they would still make it down to support the Quiz, they did have all day Sunday to recover and their Team member Robin needed them… especially considering the theme of the Picture Round I had concocted.
We waited patiently to see how many we would have this week, there was £93 rolling over from Quiz 247 so with a fairly decent 27 Quizzers we could be looking at £120 or more. After top Colly barman Chris had done the rounds there was a reasonable 23 people in nine Teams to take the Prize Money to £116… but no Rascal Ferrets Team members bar Robin so the only representative of last weeks winners was left to battle on alone.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Have you seen them? Some are a bit frightening, some are just damn ugly and some aren't even from here!".
For seen them think TV or Film, for frightening horror or monsters? Ugly then probably monsters and aren't even from here… from out there? aliens. Put that all together and you might come up with Movie Monsters and Aliens.
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 tad more challenging:
Q01. A caravan is the collective noun for what group of animals?
Q09. From the middle ages until the 19th century which grey alloy was extensively used for making plates, mugs and other tableware?
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.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round despite a bit of twisting on the subject matter (well at least it wasn't as bad a reaction as there was for The Mr Men Picture Round from Quiz 61). In fact three teams, Badly Wrapped Kebabs, We Thought This Was Speed Dating and Spontaneous Wrecks Have Swiped Right On At Least 9 Of The Picture Round On Tinder nailed it with a full on 100%, 12 points. The Quiztal Maze did well to get ten and joint third went to Frans Team and How Low Can You Go on nines a piece.
The General Knowledge Round proved even more challenging. I was expecting a Sister Sledge based Team name this week from our regulars Richard, Sarah and Aileen but what actually transpired was We May Have Had Our Table Nicked But Nothing Will Lure Us Into The Back Room To Rub Shoulders With Spontaneous Wrecks who jointly topped the General Knowledge with the frankly named Shit Picture Round on tens. Spontaneous Wrecks and Frans Team scored eights and Badly Wrapped Kebabs along with The Quiztal Maze and R. Sole (Robin on solo duty) returned sevens each.
The combined scores gave us a top three at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks in the lead by a neck on 20, Badly Wrapped Kebabs on their heels with 19 and We May Have Had Our Table Nicked on 18. The rest of the Teams were bunched up between 17 and 13.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a Walrus of Love to The Werewolves of a major city:
Q13. Which big 70s singer was affectionately known as The Walrus Of Love?
Q16. Warren Zevon sang about The Werewolves of which city in 1978?
Top of the Pops in Music this week were Spontaneous Wrecks with a chart topping ten points. In at two We May Have Had Our Table Nicked on nine and in third spot following the arrival of Team member Jay, R. Sole with eight.
This gave a top three going into the snack break of Spontaneous Wrecks on 30, We May Have Had Our Table Nicked on 27 and Frans Team tied with Badly Wrapped Kebabs in third on 24.
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 score, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22. Which Italian football club is known as the Old Lady of Turin?
Q30. In 1988 which Canadian became the first sprinter to be stripped of his Olympic Gold Medal after failing a drugs test?
The golden boot in Sport this week went to Spontaneous Wrecks and We May Have Had Our Table Nicked in a dead heat of 11s each (yes you did read that right, Spontaneous Wrecks got an 11 in Sport!). Runners up in Sport this week, How Low Can You Go and Shit Picture Round who had changed their name to Shit Music Round! An honourable third went to Frans Team with a nine.
The Sport scores gave us a two horse race going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were leading with 41 and We May Have Had Our Table Nicked were three points adrift on 38. Frans Team had 33 but the two leaders were heavyweights in Film & TV so it would take a miracle for both of them to have a meltdown… but with questions along the lines of these there was always a slim(?) chance:
Q32. Insomnia Cafe, Six of One and Across the Hall were all titles considered for which major American comedy TV series?
Q37. Which actor played protagonist John Conner in the 2009 film Terminator Salvation?
It wasn't to be. True to form, Spontaneous Wrecks won the final round with ten scored. We May Have Had Our Table Nicked came in second with The Quiztal Maze and R. Sole on nine whilst third spot went to Frans Team and How Low Can You Go with eights each.
The final round scores meant that Spontaneous Wrecks won the Quiz by a pretty comfortable four points in the end and with our assembled teams giving the winners a round of applause it was down to Team Member Louise to choose the winning envelope from top Colly barmaid Gemma. Louise went middle, managed to draw two envelopes accidentally then gave the one back that had dropped on the table, was it the right envelope to give back though? She unfolded the slip of paper enclosed and beamed with delight as she flipped the piece of paper over to reveal… Cash Prize!
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter the Wild Card is just £1 and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question. It's a very obscure question so the answer, usually a number or a date, is more an inspired guess rather than something anyone may know.
The winner of the Wild Card is the person who is closest to the answer we have and there is no drawing of envelopes or anything, they get all the money that's been collected in for the Wild Card on the night! Our biggest Wild Card winner to date is Mike H who scored for a massive £61 in Quiz 177.
Top Colly Barman Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 248 we had £20 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we had a question about the classic 1979 Vietnam War movie, Apocalypse Now.
The movie was scheduled for six weeks of filming in the jungles of the far east but ended up as the most chaotic film shoot there has ever been. The production team and actors were getting pissed up or on drug binges (or both), the camp was hit by a spate of tropical diseases, the sets were devastated by typhoons and lead actor Martin Sheen had a heart attack.
The costs and schedule spiralled so out of control that Director Francis Ford Coppola ended up mortgaging everything and more just to finish the film.
The Wild Card Question tonight is… because of all of the problems during the filming of Apocalypse Now what was the number of weeks it actually ended up over it's originally estimated schedule of just six weeks?
After confirming that everyone was in firstly all guesses under 50 were junked, then any that were over 80 which left just five of the 20 Post-Its. Cosmo's Evil Twin had 53, Alex P 54, Elliot 61, Joe D 64 and Me + Steve 73.
This weeks winner was just one week out, he had scribbled out a first answer of 37 on his post it and replaced it with 61… so a moment of indecision by Elliot had won him the £20. Unlucky for Joe D though as if Elliot had stuck with his original guess it would have been Joe walking away with the 20 notes. The crowd gave up an appreciative round of applause for our Wild Card winner and there was just enough time to let everyone know that Spontaneous Wrecks had generously donated £20 to start us off next week. So we gave them a round of applause too!
With that Quiz 258 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all next week where we could be looking at a Cash Prize of £50 plus if it's a decent turnout.
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Q01. A caravan is the collective noun for what group of animals? Camels
Q09. From the middle ages until the 19th century which grey alloy was extensively used for making plates, mugs and other tableware? Pewter
From a Walrus of Love to The Werewolves of a major city
Q13. Which big 70s singer was affectionately known as The Walrus Of Love? Barry White
Q16. Warren Zevon sang about The Werewolves of which city in 1978? The Werewolves of London
Q22. Which Italian football club is known as the Old Lady of Turin? Juventus
Q30. In 1988 which Canadian became the first sprinter to be stripped of his Olympic Gold Medal after failing a drugs test? Ben Johnson
Q32. Insomnia Cafe, Six of One and Across the Hall were all titles considered for which major American comedy TV series? Friends
Q37. Which actor played protagonist John Conner in the 2009 film Terminator Salvation? Christian Bale
The Wild Card Answer: 62 weeks over schedule (it took 68 weeks to film!)
Source: Death By Films