First Quiz of 2018, no more examples and a wild card on the leaves in an Orwell allegorical novelette!
We're back! For the first Quiz of 2018 we had a big Cash Prize of a possible £190 plus, all we needed was a few Teams to turn up.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking positive, the pub was fairly busy and by the time Chris had been round getting the entry money inn there were a decent 30 Quizzers in seven Teams taking the prize on offer to a well tasty £194… Quiz On!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Annus priorem". Fairly straightforward? Well if you looked the phrase up it means previous year in Latin. So the Picture Round for Quiz 298 was pictures of various events throughout the year and all the Teams had to do was match the month to the event.
Sorry we can't show an image of the Picture Quiz as the copyright bullies have been scouring our site and are threatening all sorts of ludicrous fines. More on that in the future I guess. Oh, by the way the 2018 image above is from a legit Dreamstime.com Account!
The teams were given a few minutes to review the years events in the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then began the Quiz with the usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. What is a more general term for the bone Doctors call the scapula?
Q07. In Greek mythology what giant watchman with a hundred eyes is now more commonly associated with the name of a national catalogue retailer?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to check their answers before the Picture Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams were dreadful in the Picture Round with the highest return coming from Clownface Von Fuckstick scoring a six, Tonnely Cottage Crew and Please Tell Rascal Ferrets And Richard’s Team That Spontaneous Wrecks Have A Bigger Button And Ours Works! managed fives and the rest scored just threes and below. I agree mind, 2017 was a shit year and it all just merged into 12 months of shitness so it was difficult to tell the months apart!
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more fruitful for our Teams than the Pictures. The Hasty Puddings and About Bloody Time Too! scored maximum 12's each and Tonnely Cottage Crew came in second on 10.
The combined scores gave us The Hasty Puddings, About Bloody Time Too! and Tonnely Cottage Crew as leaders at this early stage.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a Tottenham born singer to a band from the Capital…
Q16. Which Tottenham born singer won 6 awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year at the 2012 Grammys?
Q19. Connection, Waking Up and Stutter are tracks from a self titled debut album which got to number one in the 1995 UK charts for which alternative rock band from London?
Quizlamic State were top of the pops this week with an excellent 10 from the 12 on offer with The Hasty Puddings, About Bloody Time Too! and Spontaneous Wrecks in close seconds on nines a piece.
So going into the snack break we now had The Hasty Puddings and About Bloody Time Too! as joint leaders with 24 each with Spontaneous Wrecks a close second on 23 and the rest only a couple of points off top. It was turning into a very competitive Quiz!
Next up was the round that usually puts a spanner in the works, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. What sport uses accessories such as spiders, swans and butts?
Q29. From 1957 till it’s demise in 1999 what was the name of the international yachting competition that used to finish with the Fastnet race?
Tonnely Cottage Crew were Sport Champions by a whisker on nine, second went to About Bloody Time Too! and joint leaders coming into sport, The Hasty Puddings were third on seven.
The Sport scores gave us what had the distinct whiff of a Dart Off going into the final Film & TV Round. About Bloody Time Too! were a point in front on 32, The Hasty Puddings were there or thereabouts on 31 and Tonnely Cottage Crew were hanging in there on 30.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final Film & TV round…
Q33. In the Simpsons TV series what is the name of the cat?
Q40. Which Newcastle born actor went from Byker Grove to Pacific Rim?
The last Round didn't disappoint for excitement, Spontaneous Wrecks blitzed it with a cracking 100% 13 scored but without their Sports expert Sam they were out of the running on a total of 39 for the night. Quizlamic State came second in Film & TV with 11 to total a decent 37.
It was now all down to how the leaders coming into the round fared, The Hasty Puddings did the best of the three scoring 10 to give them a final score of 41. Tonnely Cottage Crew scored an eight to put them out of the running on a total of 38 but About Bloody Time Too! upset the apple cart by coming in with a 9 to get a final score of 41 and yes, as predicted… it was a Dart Off!
So it was down to three darts as to who would get the chance to draw from the three envelopes. Team member Ant stepped up for The Hasty Puddings and for About Bloody Time Too! it was Hodgy. After tossing a coin it was Ant up to the oche first.
Ant's first dart was a 1 (ouch). Next up rather better, 18, then a 3 to finish with a not too bad total of 22.
Hodgy was up next, 22 to beat, first dart under pressure he went bottom of of the board to be safe… treble 17, then a 3 then a treble 19. Wow, 111 from three darts!
Canny arrows from Hodgy gave him the chance to draw from the three envelopes Gemma had fanned out over the bar. He went middle, he opened the envelope, withdrew the folded slip of paper and announced… Beer Prize! Unlucky Hodgy, unlucky Team About Bloody Time Too! but the £194 rolls over for next week where we could be playing for a bloody big Cash Prize of £220+.
Our assembled Quizzers gave the winners and the joint winners Hasty Puddings a deserved round of applause. It was now the Wild Card and it had to be a quick Wild Card as well as it was after time and Gemma was keen to shut shop!
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.
Chris had quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in while we were marking up the final round and for Quiz 298 we had a nice round £20 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked Who wrote the classic novel Animal Farm? The answer was of course the famous writer George Orwell.
First published in 1945 the story uses animals on a farm as a political allegory for the fall of the Russian Empire and the rise of Stalinism.
The book itself is more of a novelette than a true novel, featuring just ten reasonably short chapters and the first edition was printed whilst wartime rationing was still in force which influenced the production quality.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many pages are there in the first ever edition of Animal Farm?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Louise T from Spontaneous Wrecks who was just two pages from the actual answer of 92.
With that Quiz 298 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home our first Quiz of 2018, another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 299 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £220 or more.
We live you this week with a poem written by Hodgy. He had missed the Quiz so much over the last three weeks he put pen to paper and came up with this gem.
New year, new quizzing season...
Here is some prose to get you jeered up for the quiz
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of a dart off
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your quiz team long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Quiz on!’
If you can talk with spontaneous Rex and keep your virtue,
Or walk with The rascal ferrets on vibes, nor lose the common touch with hasty puddings,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all teams score with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving quiz
With fifty plus answers
worth of distance run,
Yours is the Quiz and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Colly Quizzer, my son!
Taken from Rudyard Kipling 1910
Q02. What is a more general term for the bone Doctors call the scapula? Shoulder blade
Q07. In Greek mythology what giant watchman with a hundred eyes is now more commonly associated with the name of a national catalogue retailer? Argos
Q16. Which Tottenham born singer won 6 awards including Album of the Year and Record of the Year at the 2012 Grammys? Adele
Q19. Connection, Waking Up and Stutter are tracks from a self titled debut album which got to number one in the 1995 UK charts for which alternative rock band from London? Elastica
Q22. What sport uses accessories such as spiders, swans and butts? Snooker
Q29. From 1957 till it’s demise in 1999 what was the name of the international yachting competition that used to finish with the Fastnet race? The Admiral’s Cup
Q33. In the Simpsons TV series what is the name of the cat? Snowball (or Snowball 2)
Q40. Which Newcastle born actor went from Byker Grove to Pacific Rim? Charlie Hunnam
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