A bit of a horror show (by NUFC), Fergie's tip for the greatest ever Red Devils player and a Wild Card on serpenty stats. Quiz 291 wasn't as busy as we expected for the huge Cash Prize on offer but there was a good crowd in all the same.
It had been a quiet Monday but bloody cold! Winter was reminding us it was on it's way. We hoped the chilly weather wouldn't put off our Quizzers as after last weeks mega turnout we were hoping to get more of the same (or better) for what potentially could be the biggest Cash Prize win in Colly Quiz history.
We also had the Burnley v Newcastle match live on Sky and it was going to be interesting to see how many were in for the game and if they would join in the Quiz with it being for Mega Money.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking fairly quiet. Our usual stalwarts were in plus a few new faces and after the lovely Gemma had done the rounds we had 32 Quizzers in seven teams which took the Cash Prize to a ridiculous £422. Still a canny turnout and you got to be in it to win it.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Collective pundits agree they are all frightfully good". I got interrogated by some parties with a vested interest over the weekend who thought this was something to do with TV pundits with scary Halloween on, I kept a straight face, they were over thinking, it was way more simple than that. Collective pundits agree was meant to indicate majority of critics concur and the all frightfully good… it's the day before Halloween therefore we are talking horror movies! So the Picture Round for Quiz 291 was a selection of 12 of the best Horror Movies of all time (according to Empire). Well I thought it was an easy clue!
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then started our potential record breaking Quiz with the usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. In computers what did the XP stand for in the Microsoft Operating System Windows XP?
Q08. Which famous English landscape artist’s works include The Vale of Dedham, Flatford Mill and The Hay Wain?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to check their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Pics Round with the (unusually) abruptly named Spontaneous Wrecks Are Still ‘Thor’ From Last Night and Ain’t That A Shame! scoring 100% 12s. Katie’s Boys did well with a ten and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with Better Late Than Flake came in third with nines a piece.
The General Knowledge Round proved a similar challenge. Spontaneous Wrecks were in fine form winning the round with a full on 12. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes dropped a point with 11 to come in second and Ain’t That A Shame! managed a ten for third.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks as the undisputed leaders at this early stage with maximum score of 24 (they are on a rich vein of form this lot!). Ain’t That A Shame! and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were up there though with 22 and 20 respectively.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from the Brit Awards to the Eurovision Song Contest…
Q12. Which controversial rap star appeared at the 2001 Brit Awards wearing a mask and brandishing a chainsaw?
Q20. Which British-American pop rock band were the last UK winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997?
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were straight in at number one with an 11 in Music to claw back a point on Spontaneous Wrecks who scored 10 and tied with Ain’t That A Shame! for a number two.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were still leading with 34, two points in front of Ain’t That A Shame! on 32 with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes in third spot on 31.
Next up was the round that can make or break a good score, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. In yards, what is the standard length of a cricket pitch?
Q30. After winning the Premier League in 2013 which Manchester United defender did manager Alex Ferguson predict could become the greatest player in Manchester United's history?
(I think I gave the game away on Question 30 as I couldn't help but chuckle when reading out the question… c'mon Fergie how many wee drams had you had when you came out with that pearler?)
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes decimated the opposition with a cracking 11 for a 100% score in Sport this week. Leaders Spontaneous Wrecks tied with Ain’t That A Shame! on nine to come in second place.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were a point in front on 43, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes we're now a very close second on 42 and Ain’t That A Shame! were in with a chance of glory on 41. It was all down to who would fare better from the 13 points available.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q34. Which 2007 film won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Movie of the Year?
Q39. Which recent period drama revolves around the ownership of a small strip of land in North America called Nootka Sound?
There were four teams scored an excellent 10 from the 13 on offer in the final round… Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Ain’t That A Shame!, Ice Ice Baby and Better Late Than Flake… but the leaders coming into the round, Spontaneous Wrecks, scored one better to win the Round and the Quiz with an 11, to total a superb 54 points on the night.
So to the finale of the Quiz, drawing the winning envelope. What would Spontaneous Wrecks draw this week, it was the fourth week in a row they had won the Quiz and their record was; Beers, Food Vouchers and Food Vouchers in the previous three. Team Member Louise volunteered, she hovered over the three envelopes our top Colly Barmaid Gemma had fanned out in front of her and decided on bottom left. Louise fished out the slip of paper from the chosen envelope read it then buried her head in her hands… Food Vouchers again!
Unbelievable… are Spontaneous Wrecks cursed? Never mind guys, your luck has to change soon and the good news is we can do it all again next Monday for what will be the biggest Cash Prize ever at The Colly Quiz. We are looking at somewhere in the region of £450 plus for Quiz 292, so put a note in your diaries and get your teams together for next weeks mega Quiz.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night. The Wild Card is just a single obscure question with a numerical answer, so it's basically a guess. Everyone who wants a go pays a pound (or £2 if they want a couple of goes) and whoever gets closest to the answer gets all the money in the pot. Our biggest Wild Card winner to date is Mike H who scored for a massive £61 in Quiz 177.
Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 291 we had £24 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked what type of reptiles can be brown, garter or rattle? The answer was of course snakes.
Although not everyones favourite animal, snakes are an extremely successful reptile. There are more than 3,000 species worldwide and they exist on every continent except Antarctica. Whilst there are a lot of snakes that we should stay well clear of because they are highly venomous would you believe the majority of these creatures are actually harmless.
Our Wild Card Question tonight is of all the species of snake in the world how many are venomous?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Louis (who I mistakenly read as Louise! Sorry Louis) but it wasn't really a problem as mis-pronunciation or not he still walked away with £24 in sterling after being way closer to the actual answer of 375 than anyone else.
With that Quiz 291 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another cracking evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 292 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for a record £450 or more.
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Q03. In computers what did the XP stand for in the Microsoft Operating System Windows XP? XP stood for Experience
Q08. Which famous English landscape artist’s works include The Vale of Dedham, Flatford Mill and The Hay Wain? John Constable
from the Brit Awards to the Eurovision Song Contest
Q12. Which controversial rap star appeared at the 2001 Brit Awards wearing a mask and brandishing a chainsaw? Eminem
Q20. Which British-American pop rock band were the last UK winners of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997? Katrina and the Waves
Q23. In yards, what is the standard length of a cricket pitch? 22 yards
Q29. In 2009 Micheala Tabb became the first woman to referee which major sports World Championship Final? Snooker
Q34. Which 2007 film won an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA for Best Animated Movie of the Year? Ratatouille
Q39. Which recent period drama revolves around the ownership of a small strip of land in North America called Nootka Sound? Taboo
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