No messing about this week, Born Slippy? and a Wild Card on Blériot's pioneering journey. Quiz 293 was a record breaking Cash Prize but would one of our Teams eventually pick the envelope with the cash in?
We were hoping it was going to be a record turnout for a record Cash Prize because that would take the Cash Prize on offer to a ridiculous £520 plus but with a rollover of £463 a crowd of 37 would guarantee the £500 plus advertised.
It had been a bitterly cold day, but the potentially huge Cash Prize on offer would surely tempt a few Teams to don their winter jackets and scarves to make it down to The Colly.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking okay, all our regular Teams were in attendance and we also had a few new faces too. Top Colly barman Chris made his way round the bar handing out the Picture Rounds and Answer sheets to our crowd and collecting the £1 entries in.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "National courses on messing about". For courses think water courses which was hinted at by the messing about [on the river] and the National pointed towards British or more specifically England. So the clever ones would have sussed that the Picture Round for Quiz 293 was Rivers in England.
The teams were given a few minutes to reflect on the rivers Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. Barman Chris got stuck into counting the entry £1s and reported we had reached £496… the lovely Gemma suggested topping it up by £4, what a great idea. So I announced the Cash Prize was up to a spectacular £500 before beginning our record breaking Quiz with the usual ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. In which epic Old English poem does the hero slay a monster called Grendel?
Q06. What sort of animals are a gadwall, goldeneye and shoveler?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams didn't have a clue about England's Rivers in the Pics Round with five of our seven teams getting less than half of them right. The brilliantly named Wrecktaneous Sponts knew there stuff though scoring an excellent 11 from the 12 and the cryptically monikered I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine came second with an eight.
The General Knowledge Round proved equally as challenging. I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine were the most Generally Knowledgable with eight scored, Wrecktaneous Sponts came in second on six and We Have The Answers, The Best Answers… obviously didn't to come in third on five.
The combined scores gave us Wrecktaneous Sponts charging out in the lead with an excellent 17. I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine were just a point off the pace on 16 whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks were joint thirds with nines each.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Just A Little to Born Slippy:
Q14. Which rejects from the TV Show Popstars topped the UK charts in 2002 with the single Just A Little?
Q20. Which influential British electronic group had their only UK top ten hit in 1995 with the single Born Slippy?
I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine had the top tunes this week with an 11 scored. Wrecktaneous Sponts were a close second on 10 whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Boris Has Got Our Backs! managed joint thirds on eights a piece.
So going into the snack break I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine and Wrecktaneous Sponts were now neck and neck on 27s with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes a big ten points off the pace in third with 17. The English Rivers Picture Round had certainly played a part in this weeks Quiz and it was looking like a straight face off between the top two for the chance of drawing the £550 Cash Prize.
Next up was the round that can stall a good start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. What is the longest athletic race in the Olympic Games?
Q30. Which player has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League since it started in 1992?
The top two couldn't be separated in Sport this week with both I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine and Wrecktaneous Sponts scoring nines. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were a close second on eight but were now 11 off pole position, so it was very definitely a straight fight between the top two going into the final round Film & TV.
Here's a couple of example Questions…
Q32. Which brothers created the Netflix Series Stranger Things?
Q37. What was the title of the 1992 legal drama starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore?
Marking up the final scores was interesting, I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine had scribbled out a correct answer… which if they had left it would have given them a 100% score on the final round. Whilst Wrecktaneous Sponts had the name of an actor almost right (Brian Laver for Brian Glover?) but I couldn't give it with this amount of money at stake. So both our leading Teams scored 12 from 13 in Film & TV which meant the chance to draw for £500 now came down to a Dart Off!
Sam from Wrecktaneous Sponts summed the irony of it up by commenting "So now I have to throw three darts and win for the chance of drawing from three envelopes and possibly picking some Food Vouchers… again!". Unfortunately, yes, as convoluted as it seems that's the rules.
Hodgie stepped up for I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine and he and Sam shook hands, wished each other the best of luck and tossed a coin.
It was Sam up to the oche first. He composed himself and with the crowd shouting "no pressure" threw a 5. His next dart was a 1, six scored… could he retrieve it with a corker of a third dart? Unfortunately for Wrecktaneous Sponts no, another 5. So Hodgie had 11 to beat.
Hodgie's first dart was also a five, so now it was a huge pressure shot. He scored an 11 with his second which meant it was a formality to throw an 8 with his third dart. Job done, 24 scored but now it was down to drawing from the three envelopes.
Top Colly barmaid Gemma fanned out his choices, Hodgie didn't mess about, went middle, opened the envelope and sniffed the slip of paper inside! Was it a winner? He slowly unfurled the scrap of paper and ecstatically announced - Cash Prize!
That was it, 12 weeks in the making but the £500 Cash Prize had eventually gone. His fellow Team mates swamped Hodgie with hugs and kisses, what a result! The assembled Teams gave our winners a huge round of applause for winning the biggest ever Cash Prize at The Colly Quiz.
Hard lines for our runners up Wrecktaneous Sponts, let's give them their due… they had won the Quiz for five weeks on the trot, hadn't managed to draw the Cash Prize and were missing a couple key Team Members on the night but they still managed to come joint first and lost it on a Dart Off! That is seriously unlucky.
Meanwhile our winners divvied up there record breaking prize and generously donated £45 back into the kitty for next weeks Quiz 294. Thanks guys.
It took a few minutes for everyone to settle down and get their final rounds in at last orders but up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
The Wild Card is just a single question with an obscure 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… Team I Think You’ll Find That Monkeys Mine had jokingly said they would have 500 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 293 we had £32 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge round we asked what Frenchman Louis Blériot was the first person to do in 1909? The answer was he was the first person to fly over the English Channel in a plane.
This historic event started early in the morning on the 25th July 1909 at a field near Calais where an excited crowd watched Blériot take off into the unknown over the edge of a cliff.
His aeroplane rose up into the air and flying at approximately 64 km/h at an altitude of about 76 m, he set off across the Channel towards Dover.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how long in minutes and seconds did it take Blériot to fly over the channel and land his plane on a meadow near Dover Castle?
There were a number of very close guesses this week but our Wild Card Winner for Quiz 293 was regular attendee Jay who managed to get the answer spot on with 36 minutes and 30 seconds, beating Cosmo the Dog who had guessed at 36 minutes and 40 seconds.
With that record breaking Quiz 293 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining night was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 294 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £75 or more.
If you are wondering about the £500 note graphic, there was once such a thing! Here's a link for some more detail.
Q02. In which epic Old English poem does the hero slay a monster called Grendel? Beowulf
Q06. What sort of animals are a gadwall, goldeneye and shoveler? They’re ducks
Q14. Which rejects from the TV Show Popstars topped the UK charts in 2002 with the single Just A Little? Liberty X
Q20. Which influential British electronic group had their only UK top ten hit in 1995 with the single Born Slippy? Underworld
Q23. What is the longest athletic race in the Olympic Games? The Men’s 50 km walk (31.5 miles)
Q30. Which player has scored the most headed goals in the Premier League since it started in 1992? Peter Crouch
Q32. Which brothers created the Netflix Series Stranger Things? The Duffer Brothers
Q37. What was the title of the 1992 legal drama starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore? A Few Good Men
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