A very cheesy Picture Round, rubber bullets and poison arrows? plus a record Cash Prize. Quiz 292 had a decent crowd and was highly entertaining but did the Winners draw the huge wedge of Cash on the night?
Winter is coming… it had been a crisp cold Monday but we were hoping things would warm up around the 9pm mark for our record £450 plus Quiz.
We only needed a 29 turnout to break the record £450 Cash Prize won by Rascal Ferrets in December 2016 and as the evening counted down towards kick off it was looking a certainty as the bar was filling up nicely.
After doing the rounds and getting the entry money in we confirmed it was indeed a new Colly record of £463 to win on the night but there were just a couple of obstacles… first you had to get the most points and second you had to choose the right envelope (which our winning teams hadn't been able to do for the past 11 weeks!). So with 41 Quizzers, ten Teams and a record Cash Prize it was most definitely Quiz On.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Wallace loves the stuff". If you know you're Ardman films you would realise that what we meant was the Wallace from Wallace & Grommet and his favourite snack of choice was Cheeeese! So the Picture Round for Quiz 292 was Types of Cheeses.
The teams were given a few minutes to study the stilton and contemplate the camembert in the Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then commenced our record breaking Quiz with the usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q2. Which brewing company created Harp lager in the 1960s?
Q6. What was the codename for the military campaign by coalition forces from 35 nations to liberate Kuwait in 1991?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to review their answers before the Picture Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
It was a bit of a mixed selection in the Cheese Picture Round with some Teams knowing their dairy products and others with no idea. At your wine and cheese party you would probably want to have Fatter Kids Win At See Saw, Bradley Walsh’s Sideburns and Spontaneous Wrecks who were all cheesy experts with 12 from 12. Fat Kids Win At See Saw came a decent second with a creamy 10 whilst all of the other Teams need to stick with cheddar on eights and under.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging. Fat Kids Win At See Saw and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes won the round with decent nines while Spontaneous Wrecks and c/o Counting The Cash, Chris came in second on eights each.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks* as the early leaders with 20 scored, Fat Kids Win At See Saw a close second on 19 and their chubbier buddies Fatter Kids Win At See Saw in third spot on 16.
*I thought I was in for an easy night this week, on marking Spontaneous Wrecks Picture Round the Team name just said Spontaneous Wrecks. Smashing I thought then picked up their Answer Sheet… Spontaneous Wrecks Thinks That If The Quiz Prize Gets Any Higher The Winner Will Have To Consult The Paradise Papers For The Best Offshore Investment Opportunities! Well at least the assembled Quizzers appreciated it when I read out the first round of scores.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Rubber Bullets to Poison Arrows…
Q12. Rubber Bullets and I’m Not in Love were 1970s hits for which English band?
Q17. Poison Arrow was the first top ten hit for which 1980s pop group?
Ominously Spontaneous Wrecks were chart toppers this week with an 11 scored. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were a close second with ten whilst three Teams tied for their on eights.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were building an impressive lead with 31 points. Fat Kids Win At See Saw were trying to keep up with a half-time total of 27 whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were now in third with 25.
Next up was the round that can turn a good score bad, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. In Mogul skiing, what are the moguls?
Q29. At which famous English sporting venue would you find the Grace Gates?
Three Teams, Spontaneous Wrecks, Fat Kids Win At See Saw and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes tied for the golden boot in Sport this week with an impressive 11 from the 12 available. c/o Counting The Cash, Chris and the brilliantly named Hasty Cheeseboards came second with tens
The Sport scores gave us what looked a foregone conclusion going into final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were favourites with a four point lead on 42. Fat Kids Win At See Saw were a game second on 38 whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were six off top spot on 36.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. What is the character name of the friendly witch in both the 1970s TV series Bewitched and the 2005 film with the same title starring Nicole Kidman?
Q38. The 1972 book The Moon’s a Balloon and it’s 1995 sequel entitled Bring on the Empty Horses are the memoirs of which debonair British actor?
Rascal Ferrets once more made a fist of it in the final round to win with a perfect 12. It wasn't anywhere near enough though as the the impressive Spontaneous Wrecks had a score of 11 whilst c/o Counting The Cash, Chris and The Hasty Cheeseboards did well with tens to come in third.
So for the fifth week running Spontaneous Wrecks won our Quiz. This rich vein of form was a poisoned chalice though as for the last four wins they hadn't drawn the Cash.
The assembled Teams gave our winners an appreciative round of applause as top Colly Barman Chris gave them the choice of three envelopes. There were loud shouts of beers and food vouchers from the other Teams, desperate for the Cash to rollover as Spontaneous Wrecks went through a bizarre folded piece of paper kind of ritual which seemed to give Louise, last weeks drawer of the envelope another go. She was understandably hesitant… in one envelope there was a slip of paper saying Food Vouchers, in another a slip of paper with Beer scrawled upon it and in the third a slip of paper which had a Cash Prize of £463. Who wouldn't be daunted with that choice! Team member Sam dispensed with protocol and grabbed the middle envelope. He pulled out the slip of paper, unfolded it and chucked it back in the centre of the table in disgust… another win, another set of Food Vouchers!
Unbelievable. Five wins on the trot, four Food Vouchers and one Beers drawn for Spontaneous Wrecks. The assembled Colly Teams went mental, cheering and clapping, relishing the chance to play for what could be in the region of £500 next week! Commiserations to our winners, normally we would offer solace in saying there is always next week but two of the Team will be missing next week and the week after due to prior commitments… so if there is ever a chance to break Spontaneous Wrecks winning sequence it could be at Quiz 293 next week.
Up next we would usually have a Wild Card Question but once more we simply ran out of time.
So with that £500 bombshell Quiz 292 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another fantastically entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again next week (along with a few more Teams?) for Quiz 293 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for near £500… or more!
Q2. Which brewing company created Harp lager in the 1960s? Guinness (now Diageo)
Q6. What was the codename for the military campaign by coalition forces from 35 nations to liberate Kuwait in 1991? Operation Desert Storm
Q12. Rubber Bullets and I’m Not in Love were 1970s hits for which English band? 10CC
Q17. Poison Arrow was the first top ten hit for which 1980s pop group? The band ABC
Q22. In Mogul skiing, what are the moguls? Bumps or hills
Q29. At which famous English sporting venue would you find the Grace Gates? Lords Cricket Ground
Q33. What is the character name of the friendly witch in both the 1970s TV series Bewitched and the 2005 film with the same title starring Nicole Kidman? Samantha
Q38. The 1972 book The Moon’s a Balloon and it’s 1995 sequel entitled Bring on the Empty Horses are the memoirs of which debonair British actor? David Niven
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