Oodles of noodles, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and a Wild Card on the staying power of Psy. Quiz 281 was a canny night of entertainment despite the sparse turnout.
Last week we had 35 Quizzers in nine Teams for a meagre Cash Prize of just £13 so this week with £48 in the rollover what was it to be? Another decent turnout and it would be in the region of £80 but this is The Colly, it doesn't usually work like that!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking poor, just four possible Teams and around 19 Quizzers but hey 19 people had turned out so it was £67 to play for… Quiz on!
The clue for the Picture Round theme on the Quiz Preview this week was "Whisk past a selection of pipes, helixes, tubes and shells to boot". The big clue was 'past a' and our Quiz Teams that read the Preview might have got this from the shapes, the reference to a boot and the use of the verb whisk, what do you whisk and form shapes from… Pasta! So the Picture Round for Quiz 281 was Kinds of Pasta.
The teams were given a few minutes to pore over the Pasta Picture Round whilst our select few got their drinks in and settled down. We then commenced Quiz 281 with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge.
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to review their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Three Teams were pasta perfect in the Pics Round scoring full marks but one got their Creste Di Gallo mixed up with their Pipe Rigate (easy mistake!) to score 10.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more tricky but Predictable Kittens (the alter ego of Spontaneous Wrecks), The Cremation Game (oh dear) and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes all had tens whilst The Hasty Puddings managed a nine.
The combined scores gave us Predictable Kittens and The Cremation Game as joint leaders with 22 at this early stage whilst The Hasty Puddings and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had 21 and 20 respectably.
Next up, the Music Round. Predictable Kittens got 11 from 12 to win the round whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were a close second on 10.
So going into the snack break Predictable Kittens with 33 scored had built up a slim lead of two points ahead of The Cremation Game on 31 whilst both Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Hasty Puddings had 30s a piece.
Next up was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad… Sport.
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes took pole position in Sport this week with a ten scored, a point more than Predictable Kittens on nine with the other two teams returning sixes.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top two going into the final Film & TV Round. Predictable Kittens on 42 were still in the lead but Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were on their tail with 40. The Cremation Game and The Hasty Puddings looked out of sight on 37 and 36.
So it was down to the Film & TV Round and with three bonus questions and 13 points available there was still plenty to play for. One crucial bonus question made the difference… What was the name of Farrah Fawcett's character in the 1970s TV show Charlie's Angels? Rascal Ferrets On Vibes opted for Gill Munroe whilst Predictable Kittens went for Kelly Monroe. The answer was Jill Munroe so it was harsh on Predictable Kittens but Rascal Ferrets On Vibes won the round with 12 whilst Predictable Kittens finished in third with a nine. This meant Rascal Ferrets On Vibes leap frogged Predictable Kittens to win the Quiz by just one point on 52.
What a finish by Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, our small but perfectly formed crowd gave the winners a deserved round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma gave Rob from the winning Team a choice of three envelopes. Rob went middle and after what seemed an age retrieved the slip of paper and shouted Cash Prize! Well it wasn't Rob that shouted, it was Team mate Jay and what Rob had actually pulled was Beers. So after a couple of seconds the confusion was clarified, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had won the beers which means next week we have a rollover of £67. Hard lines Rascal Ferrets On Vibes but you'll be there or thereabouts at Quiz 282 I'm sure.
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.
Top Colly Barman Chris, sporting a cracking new dreadlocks hairstyle, quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 281 we had a fairly decent (considering the turnout) £25 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we asked which South Korean had a number one UK hit with a single called Gangnam Style and for a bonus what was his follow up single called?
The answer was Psy and the follow up single was titled Gentlemen.
It’s fair to say that the single Gentlemen didn’t do quite as well as Gangnam Style which although it only spent one week as number one was in the top 100 of the Charts for a total of 55 weeks and became the most watched YouTube video of all time.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how long did Psy’s follow up single Gentlemen spend in the top 100 of the UK Charts... in days?
The Wild Card Winner this week was would you believe it, Rob (member of the winning team Rascal Ferrets On Vibes that drew the prize envelope), who guessed 140 which was the closest to our answer of 126. Hard lines to James who guessed 141 and Hazel who went for 108.
With that Quiz 281 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 282 where with a decent turnout we should be playing for somewhere in the region of £90 or more.
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