An origin mix-up, the return of The Idiots and a Born percentage guessed by a Muppet. Quiz 269 might have been a bit quieter than we have seen recently but it was still a grand way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday.
After a pretty dull, wet and uneventful Bank Holiday Monday we were keeping our fingers crossed for another decent turnout this week. The previous three Quizzes had seen from over 30 to nearly 50 quizzers and with the Cash not being drawn we were now up to a potential £150 plus!
It wasn't looking good, compared to last week the bar was half full. We knew regulars Spontaneous Wrecks were going to be missing but we were hoping that the lure of the big Cash Prize might get a few Teams to cover. Then our old friends The Idiots turned in, it must have been over six months since these once automatic regulars had been at the Quiz so not only was it great to see them again it meant that with 27 Quizzers in seven Teams and £154 in the pot this Bank Holiday Quiz was definitely a goer!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Again? There was no doubting where The Boss was born but what about…". We had used this clue about six months ago hence the again so our regulars may have sussed it straight away. The Boss was a reference to Bruce Springsteen and one of his most famous hits was 'Born in the USA' and he was… so this weeks clue was we were looking for Countries of Origin. Not really one you can revise for so it was going to be a pretty even opening Round.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the refreshments 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 little more difficult:
Q05. What sort of creature is a loon?
Q09. Which famous English fashion designer opened a boutique called Bazaar on the Kings Road, London in 1957?
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.
After the sheets were returned to the Teams and the answers to the Picture Round were being read out it became apparent I had dropped a pretty major bollock. The Edge was down as being of Irish origin but one of our clever teams shouted out, "He's not he's from Essex… he's English", dismissing that as complete nonsense I replied "He's not man, he's the lead guitarist with U2, from Dublin, all U2 are Irish!". Then another Team piped up "He's English!", then another "Barking, Essex"… Oh shit, it dawned on me he was the only one I hadn't cross checked in the Picture Round, as obviously he's Irish, isn't he? Er, no, he's not! Oh bugger, well quick fix, all the teams that had him down as English got their mark plus one more (as all the other Teams had Irish) so the additional mark made sure the Teams that had the 'right' answer had the additional point. Bit embarrassing but these things happen and our Teams just laughed at the mistake after all he's in U2, the most famous Irish band ever!
After that rick we moved swiftly on. Most teams did reasonably well in the Pics Round, For One Night Only – The Idiots, I Quizzed A Girl And I Liked It and Finally, Bond Will Always Be Stiff all topped the Round with tens a piece. Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes were a close second with nine and Beauty & The Ginger Beast and The Spy Who Snuffed It were joint third with eights.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging, For One Night Only – The Idiots, The Spy Who Snuffed It and Muppets scored well with nines. Finally, Bond Will Always Be Stiff grabbed second with seven whilst Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes along with Beauty & The Ginger Beast got third spot with five.
The combined scores gave us top three at this early stage of For One Night Only – The Idiots two points ahead on 19. The Spy Who Snuffed It and Finally, Bond Will Always Be Stiff were in second place with 17 whilst Muppets had 16 to take third.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Angels with Dirty Faces to a Punk Poet:
Q14. Which girl band released the 2002 album Angels with Dirty Faces?
Q19. Splat / Twat was a 1979 single by which Lancashire born Punk Poet?
Straight in at number one in Music this week Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes with a magnificent 11 from 12. For One Night Only – The Idiots were a couple off top spot on nine and The Spy Who Snuffed It managed seven.
This gave a top three going into the snack break of For One Night Only – The Idiots with a decent lead on 28, Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes second on 25 and The Spy Who Snuffed It third with 24.
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 wreck a decent start Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. What adjective is used to describe the Annual race meeting held at Goodwood Racecourse?
Q28. Which boxers ear did Mike Tyson bite a chunk off during a fight in 1997?
First past the post in Sport this week we had The Spy Who Snuffed It with a pretty decent round of ten. For One Night Only – The Idiots were round runners-up with nine whilst Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes and Finally, Bond Will Always Be Stiff picked up joint third with sevens.
The Sport scores gave us what looked a fairly conclusive(?) top three going into the final Film & TV Round. For One Night Only – The Idiots had a commanding three point lead with 37, The Spy Who Snuffed It were second best with 34 and Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes five off the leaders with 32. It was more or less in the bag for the leaders with questions along the lines of these… wasn't it?
Q32. Which American Crime Drama Series pilot episode featured a chemistry teacher working at J P Wynne High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico?
Q37. What 2002 film starring Parminder Nagra features a ladies football team called The Hounslow Harriers?
What a final round… it's been a while since we had an upset like this! Finally, Bond Will Always Be Stiff scored a cracking 12 to win the Film & TV Round and get a final score of 41. Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes were second in the round with 11 which meant a final score of 43 whilst I Quizzed A Girl And I Liked It, finished third in the Round with 11 (great Film & TV score guys!). Where were the leaders though? For One Night Only – The Idiots had a meltdown in the final round with five scored giving them a final total of 42. So had Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes come from behind again and sneaked the win on 43? No, The Spy Who Snuffed It scored a nine in the Film & TV which meant they matched Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes total… it was a potential £154 Dart Off!
Whoopee, I love a good Dart Off Me!
Rob stepped up for Rascal Ferrets On Three Vibes and Richard from The Spy Who Snuffed It volunteered for the three dart finale. Richard won the toss up and plumped for second throw so it was Rob who stepped up to the oche first. No pressure, just a possible £154 to win… he threw an 11 to start. Next dart 11. Then for his final arrow, it was nearly 19 but it landed in 3. Richard was next up, it was 25 to beat. He threw 17 to start, he then bolstered that score with a double three. One dart left and he was on 23. Richard threw a final arrow and it landed in the three! So The Spy Who Snuffed It Team clinched the Dart Off by just a single point.
After a round of applause for our two Darts players it was down to the Champion Richard to draw the envelope. Top Colly Barmaid Gemma shuffled and shuffled and shuffled again the three envelopes before presenting them to Richard, the pub hushed in a collective silence willing Beers or Food Vouchers to be drawn. Richard went middle, unfolded the scrap of paper and announced… BEERS!
Hard lines Richard and The Spy Who Snuffed It Team, the dozen Buds might console but look on the bright side, this means you can come back next week and play for a possible £180 plus Cash Prize (and after a come back like that we are sure you will be in the mix once more).
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.
Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 269 we had a reasonable £29 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked during the late 1970s who became the first player to win five consecutive Wimbledon Men’s Singles titles? The answer was former world number one Bjorn Borg.
During his twenty year career Borg won an incredible 64 titles including his five Wimbledon titles and with 11 Grand Slam titles, he ranks sixth in the list of top male tennis players.
Borg played a total of 736 matches in his pro career, the Wild Card Question tonight is how many of those matches did he lose… as a percentage?
After checking that everyone was in firstly all guesses over 22% were junked, then any that were under 12% but that left almost half the Post-Its so it was narrowed down to those that were a couple of percent either side of the correct answer.
Lauren C had 16.2%, Alan P 17.2%, Jaap Stam 18.18%, Team Bez 18.5% and our returning Idiot Chris M on 18.71%. It was getting late so without any further ado Alan P was announced as the closest with his near perfect guess of 17.2%, so to a round of applause Alan stepped up to the bar to collect his £29 Wild Card Prize.
With that Quiz 269 was complete and after apologising for The Edge gaff, thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our Quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We do hope to see you all (and maybe a few more) next week where we could be playing for a pretty substantial £180 plus (and I'll make sure to triple check the Picture Round).
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Q05. What sort of creature is a loon? Bird
Q09. Which famous English fashion designer opened a boutique called Bazaar on the Kings Road, London in 1957? Mary Quant
Q14. Which girl band released the 2002 album Angels with Dirty Faces? Sugababes
Q19. Splat / Twat was a 1979 single by which Lancashire born Punk Poet? John Cooper Clarke
Q24. What adjective is used to describe the Annual race meeting held at Goodwood Racecourse? Glorious Goodwood
Q28. Which boxers ear did Mike Tyson bite a chunk off during a fight in 1997? Evander Holyfield
Q32. Which American Crime Drama Series pilot episode featured a chemistry teacher working at J P Wynne High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico? Breaking Bad
Q37. What 2002 film starring Parminder Nagra features a ladies football team called The Hounslow Harriers? Bend it Like Beckham
The Wild Card Answer: 17.25% (127 of 736 matches)
Source: ATP World Tour Stats