People (and giraffes) in the Easter news, trip hop trios from Bristol and record breaking revenues for a Fast & Furious Wild Card. Quiz 263 eggceeded our eggspectations for an Easter Monday turnout (and it was a laugh).
Easter Monday had been grim, it was cold, cloudy and then it started raining! With it being a Bank Holiday it was a bit of a gamble having a Quiz, we've had some where there's been a good crowd and then others where the turnout was hardly into double figures. Fingers crossed it was going to be the former.
It wasn't looking good with a half hour to go then a busload turned up! We really can't predict this Quiz at all, within twenty minutes there were 34 people in eight Teams eager to get going. Eggcellent… £55 to play for, game on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Lot's of eggciting things going on over the last week... have you been paying attention?". One of easier clues probably, basically people (and giraffes!) who have been in the news over the week but the twist was they had been superimposed onto an egg so looked a little warped.
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 bit more taxing:
Q03. The ancient city of Paphos is on which Mediterranean island? Cyprus
Q08. What is a more common name for the condition myopia?
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 okay in the Picture Round nobody got the full compliment but four Teams tied with the best mark of ten from twelve; The topically titled Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails along with the interestingly named Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings, Reasonably Easy and And The Winner Is… Whilst the rest of the Teams managed nines, sevens and a six.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as challenging with Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails, Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings and P’tong Yang Kipper Bang all scoring a ten. Reasonably Easy and the (usually) overly verbose Spontaneous Wrecks Are Looking Forward To The Easter Special Of The Walking Dead Where Jesus Comes Back To Life But Is Immediately Shot By Daryl came in second with nines each whilst Billy No Mates with seven came in third.
The combined scores gave us top three at this early stage of Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings jointly leading with 20. Reasonably Easy were a close second with 19 and Spontaneous Wrecks were third on 18.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from rock-n-rolling Boxers to trip hop trios from Bristol:
Q14. In 1995 boxer Frank Bruno reached number 28 in the charts with a cover of what song?
Q20. Which electronic trip hop trio from Bristol had their biggest hit in 2001 with the single Hide U which got to number six in the UK charts?
Top of the Pops in Music this week were Spontaneous Wrecks with a near perfect 12 from the 13 on offer. Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails did well to come in second on 12 whilst the (electronic trip hop?) trio of Reasonably Easy, Billy No Mates and Badly Wrapped Kebab scored nines a piece to come third in the round.
This gave a top three going into the snack break of Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails leading on 31, Spontaneous Wrecks second on 30 and Reasonably Easy with Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings joint third on 28s each.
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 ruin a good score Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q23. In 2005 which football team was the first to name a squad which included no British players in it’s 16 man squad for a Premier League game?
Q28. In 1977 which F1 racing team was the first to install turbo-charged engines into their race cars?
Winners by a good length in Sport this week we had Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings with a decent 11 each. Badly Wrapped Kebab were second on 10 and Spontaneous Wrecks and Billy No Mates tied in third with nine.
The Sport scores gave us what could be and interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round, Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails were looking Oscar favourites on 42 whilst Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings and Spontaneous Wrecks were still in the running with 39 points each. Reasonably Easy might have been the outsiders on 35 but you can never tell with questions along the lines of these:
Q36. In Game of Thrones to what great House do the siblings Robb, Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Arya belong?
Q39. Who won the 2016 Oscar for best Actor in a Leading Role following his portrayal of a frontiersman called Hugh Glass?
Spontaneous Wrecks dropped just one point in the final round to score an excellent 11 which took them to a total of 50. Boris Johnson Eats Pencil Shavings and Badly Wrapped Kebab did well to come second in the round with tens each to give them totals of 49 and 42 respectively but what of our leaders Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails? They needed a nine to win the nights Quiz… they bettered that to make it a trio in joint second for the round with ten points making their total for the night an unbeatable 52 points scored.
The winners were given a round of applause as the three fanned out envelopes were thrust in the general direction of Team Member Richard C. He went middle, and as the rest of the Teams were willing Beers or Food Vouchers, Richard unfolded the enclosed scrap of paper and announced… Food Vouchers!
Unlucky Richard C (and Team Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails) that means the £55 Cash Prize rolls over to Quiz 264 next week – but I'm sure they will enjoy the fantastic food we have here at The Colly. The £15 voucher will get them three authentic Thai Curries (from the Green, Veggie, Penang or Massaman range we have) with Jasmine Rice for just £4.95 each or a selection of delicious South American style food from Burgers to Empanada's. Not a bad 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 barmaid Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 263 we had £27 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Picture Round we had Charlize Theron as one of the Easter Eggheads. She was in the news over Easter because she plays Cipher, the villain, in the latest instalment of the Fast & Furious series of films.
The movie was in the news as it broke the record for the highest grossing film worldwide on it's debut weekend, beating the $529m taken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the total revenue taken over it’s debut Easter weekend by the film Fast & Furious 8… in Pounds Sterling?
After checking that everyone was in firstly all guesses under £400m were junked, then any that were over £450m and that left just three Post-It's. Alex B had a guess of £449 million, John B tried his luck with £415.1 million and Cosmo the Dog had a go by proxy with £411 million. It was tense, Alex B was close but not close enough. John B and Cosmo the Dog were both very close but it was John B who was the closest. John received a well deserved round of applause as he made his way to the bar to collect his £27 winnings.
With that Quiz 263 was done and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another thoroughly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We do hope to see you all again next week and maybe a few more Teams (if we can fit them in) for Quiz 264 where we could be playing for a Cash Prize of near £90 with another excellent turnout.
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Q03. The ancient city of Paphos is on which Mediterranean island? Cyprus
Q08. What is a more common name for the condition myopia? Short-sightedness or nearsightedness
Q14. In 1995 boxer Frank Bruno reached number 28 in the charts with a cover of what song? Eye of the Tiger
Q20. Which electronic trip hop trio from Bristol had their biggest hit in 2001 with the single Hide U which got to number six in the UK charts? Kosheen
Q23. In 2005 which football team was the first to name a squad which included no British players in it’s 16 man squad for a Premier League game? Arsenal
Q28. In 1977 which F1 racing team was the first to install turbo-charged engines into their race cars? Renault
Q36. In Game of Thrones to what great House do the siblings Robb, Sansa, Bran, Rickon and Arya belong? House Stark of Winterfell
Q39. Who won the 2016 Oscar for best Actor in a Leading Role following his portrayal of a frontiersman called Hugh Glass? Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role in The Revenant
The Wild Card Answer: £424.7m