Last week Cats, this week Toms! The Villains very own God, a cricketing comedy conundrum and a Wild Card on the first rules about touching balls. Quiz 295 was the usual fun and games but did our winners draw the cash?
It had been a bright, cold Monday but no rain… always a plus point as far as Quiz turnout goes! Last weeks £69 was still in the pot as The Hasty Puddings, winners of Quiz 294, drew the Beers so with a 30 plus turnout we could be playing for a £100 or more on the night.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking favourable, Spontaneous Wrecks were back in force and we had a couple of newish teams it seemed. Once our lovely top barmaid Gemma had limped her way around the pub (Wedding + High Heels = Calves issue) getting the £1 entry money in we were indeed playing for over £100… £101 in fact! Quiztastic.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Hardy baker waits cleverly". We thought this was fairly straightforward, forget the phrase and look at the words individually and they are all surnames for Tom… so the Picture Round for Quiz 295 was Famous People Called Tom.
The teams were given a few minutes to think through the twelve Toms Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then commenced the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. Franglais is a mangled combination of French and which other language?
Q09. Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru are better known by what collective name?
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 fairly well in the Picture Round and whilst no team scored 100%, we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and (our regular overly verbose team were back after 2 weeks missing) 27 Days To Christmas But Only Nine Days Till The Spontaneous Wrecks Christmas Special – Get Your Tickets Now And See What’s In Our Sack! scoring decent 11s a piece. Four teams managed tens with the rest getting decent nines and eights.
The General Knowledge Round was a breeze for most with the round winners Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Dukes both getting a near full house with 11, Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks scoring ten and the rest getting mainly nines.
The combined scores gave us Rascal Ferrets On Vibes as the leaders at this early stage with a total of 22 and The Dukes a close second on 21. Spontaneous Wrecks were third with 20 whilst the rest weren't too far off the pace on 19s to 17s.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Every Breath You Take to Relax:
Q12. Which groups 1992 Greatest Hits album features the track Every Breath You Take?
Q17. What have the singles Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols and Killing an Arab by The Cure all got in common?
Chart toppers in Music this week, pumping up the volume on 12, were Spontaneous Wrecks. Second spot went to Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with a near perfect 11 whilst three teams did well with nines to get in the top three.
So going into the snack break Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were in the lead with 33, closely followed by Spontaneous Wrecks on 32 and The Dukes on 30.
Next up was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q24. The first written rules for which popular sport were penned in Edinburgh during 1744?
Q29. Which Irish defender was affectionately known as God by the Aston Villa faithful in the 1990s?
First past the post in Sport this week we had The Dukes with an excellent 11 scored. Leaders Rascal Ferrets On Vibes made a fist of it with a 10 for a close second whilst Spontaneous Wrecks fell into third spot in the round with an unusually limp 9.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty interesting top three going into the Film & TV Round. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were obvious Oscar favourites on 43 but with 13 points to play for in the final round The Dukes and Spontaneous Wrecks were waiting in the wings to capitalise on any duff lines with 41s each.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q35. “The last man on earth is not alone” is a tag line from which 2007 sci-fi movie?
Q40. What was the title of the mid 1990’s ITV sitcom starring Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall which centred around a local cricket club?
There were plenty of good scores in Film & TV but it was the strangely named RIP Dmitri Hvorostovsky & Haim Sulleymangola that won the final round with a decent 11.
The funniest wrong answers of the night for me were for Q40. We had some great cricket based attempts such as LBW, Run Out and Hit For Six but the one that made me chuckle was Stumped! from Spontaneous Wrecks… they're an improv comedy outfit you know! Anyway it made no difference as they didn't get a point for it.
In second spot, all with tens a piece, we had the leaders and the second placed teams. So that gave us Rascal Ferrets On Vibes as the clear winners by two big points on the night ahead of second placed The Dukes and Spontaneous Wrecks.
Our assembled teams gave the winners (and seconds) a deserved round of applause as top Colly Barman Chris gave Gemma a rest and offered up three envelopes to winning team member Robin. He went middle, slowly retrieved the slip of paper from inside as our teams were shouting Beers and Food Vouchers, paused then announced… Beers!
Unlucky Robin, close but no cigar. However with such a strong performance by their full team if they all turn out again next week the Rascal Ferrets will be a force to be reckoned with for what could be a £130 plus Cash prize.
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) 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.
Barman Chris had done the rounds getting the £1 entries whilst we were serving last orders and for Quiz 295 we had a very decent £25 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked for which popular sport were the first written rules penned in Edinburgh during 1744? The answer was Golf.
The first Rules for golf were brief, there was only 13 entries, including such classics as rule two "Your Tee must be upon the Ground" and rule six "If your Balls be found any where touching one another, You are to lift your first Ball, till you plays with your last".
The Wild Card tonight is, including the title and the official signature by Captain John Rattray, how many words made up Golf's first set of rules published in 1744?
There were four close answers this week in the Wild Card. Regular quizzer Jay had 322, Rob was there or thereabouts with 324, Andy B had a guess of 327 but the winner this week, just ten off the actual answer of 348 was Spontaneous Wrecks team member Jon F on 358.
With that Quiz 295 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another excellent evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more teams) next week for Quiz 296 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £130 or more.
Q02. Franglais is a mangled combination of French and which other language? English
Q09. Mizaru, Kikazaru, and Iwazaru are better known by what collective name? The three wise monkeys: Mizaru, covering his eyes, sees no evil; Kikazaru, covering his ears, hears no evil; and Iwazaru, covering his mouth, speaks no evil.
Q12. Which groups 1992 Greatest Hits album features the track Every Breath You Take? The Police
Q17. What have the singles Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols and Killing an Arab by The Cure all got in common? They were all banned by the BBC
Q24. The first written rules for which popular sport were penned in Edinburgh during 1744? Golf
Q29. Which Irish defender was affectionately known as God by the Aston Villa faithful in the 1990s? Paul McGrath
Q35. “The last man on earth is not alone” is a tag line from which 2007 sci-fi movie? I Am Legend
Q40. What was the title of the mid 1990’s ITV sitcom starring Brenda Blethyn and Timothy Spall which centred around a local cricket club? Outside Edge
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