Third Sector recognition, welcome to Twatt! and a Wild Card on British generosity. Quiz 299 was a bit risque in parts but a great laugh all the same.
It was getting chilly again, snow was forecast over the next 24 hours or so but we hoped it wouldn't put our Quiz Teams off from getting down to the pub. There was a potential £220 plus to be won!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking canny, our regular Teams had already claimed their seats and more people were arriving. By the time we were ready to go there was a decent 32 in taking the Cash Prize to a very cherry, £228. No hesitation this week, the Quiz was most definitely on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Let's focus on the third sector". A few sussed the third sector, Charities, over the weekend but did they get the hint from 'Let's focus' which is look closely or examine? In Colly Quiz terms that usually means close ups… so obviously the Picture Round for Quiz 299 was identify the extreme close ups of Charity Logos.
The Teams were given a few minutes to examine the charity logos closely in the Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then started the Quiz with the standard first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. What colour is the outer ring of a rainbow?
Q04. What is the only town in Britain that has a name ending with an exclamation mark?
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.
Most Teams did well in the Pics Round with 10 of the 12 scoring full on 12s… we will have to make the Picture Round a little more challenging next week!
The General Knowledge Round proved just a bit more challenging. Our best efforts came from Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks and the topically named You Have 38 Minutes To Clear The Colly. This Is Not A Drill. Spontanuclear Wrecks with tens a piece. The Two Amigos did well to come in second with a nine.
There were a few interesting answers for the town name ending with an exclamation mark, the funniest being TWATT! Don't know if the team were serious or if they were just upset at not knowing, got a canny chuckle from the Quizzers though. I was once in Portugal and visited a little village called Qui…
And there's some really vulgar town names around Europe too! See a rather rude map here...
The combined scores gave us Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks and Spontanuclear Wrecks as the early leaders with 22 with the Two Amigos a close second on 21.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Detroit to Athens…
Q12. School’s Out was a seventies number one hit for which rocker from Detroit?
Q18. Which famous band from Athens, Georgia named themselves after the abbreviation for a stage of sleeping where we humans experience our most vivid dreams?
The Hasty Puddings and The Cranberry Corpses (too early!) topped the charts this week both scoring ten with several Teams close seconds on nines.
So going into the snack break Spontanuclear Wrecks were in the lead with 31 closely followed by The Hasty Puddings a point behind on 30.
Next up was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad... Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. In Rugby Sevens how many players in total are involved in a scrum?
Q29. In 1996 who became the first player from outside the UK to captain an FA Cup winning team at Wembley?
First past the post was neck and neck in Sport this week with Spontanuclear Wrecks and The Cranberry Corpses scoring 11s. The Hasty Puddings along with Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks dropped points even though they came in second tied on nines.
The Sport scores gave us fairly conclusive top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontanuclear Wrecks were obvious favourites going into their favourite round three points to the good on 42. The Hasty Puddings were not far off on 39 and The Cranberry Corpses had pulled themselves into third spot with 38. Realistically though it was how many points might Spontanuclear Wrecks drop and could either of the chasing two take advantage?
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Which animated science fiction series was brought to our screens by Matt Groening, the cartoonist who brought us The Simpsons?
Q37. Which 2006 horror film used a picture of three teeth hanging on wires in it’s publicity material?
Was it ever in any doubt? Spontanuclear Wrecks aced the final Film & TV Round with a perfect 13 points and despite The Hasty Puddings and Cranberry Corpses best efforts of nines and eights there was no catching the leaders.
The assembled crowd gave a deserved round of applause for our winners as top Colly barman Chris offered Spontanuclear Wrecks designated Team member Sam the choice of three envelopes. This Team is renowned for pulling the envelope with the Food Vouchers, they surely might draw something different this week? Even the beers? Sam went middle, retrieved the slip of paper out of the envelope and guess what… he drew the Food Vouchers!
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.
Gemma had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in whilst the final round was being marked up and for Quiz 299 we had £26 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In this weeks Picture Round we asked you to match the names of some of the UKs top charities with extreme close ups of their logos.
Most Teams did okay and this was probably because we are visually surrounded by Charity brands... and it is with good reason, we Brits are extremely generous! The fundraised income for the top 100 UK charities in 2015/16 was a massive £9.1 billion pounds.
During that year Macmillan Cancer Research raised £215 million, the third highest total. The British Heart Foundation came in second place with £265 million but the runaway leaders were Cancer Research UK.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many million pounds did Cancer Research make through fundraising during the 2015/16 financial year?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Cosmo the Dog with a guess of £432 million, just one million off the actual answer of £433 million!
With that Quiz 299 was complete and after thanking our quizzers for turning out and wishing everyone a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was done and dusted.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 300 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £250 or more.
Q01. What colour is the outer ring of a rainbow? Red (Richard of York gained battle in vain)
Q04. What is the only town in Britain that has a name ending with an exclamation mark? Westward Ho!
Q12. School’s Out was a seventies number one hit for which rocker from Detroit? Alice Cooper
Q18. Which famous band from Athens, Georgia named themselves after the abbreviation for a stage of sleeping where we humans experience our most vivid dreams? REM
Q22. In Rugby Sevens how many players in total are involved in a scrum? 6, 3 from each side
Q29. In 1996 who became the first player from outside the UK to captain an FA Cup winning team at Wembley? Eric Cantona
Q32. Which animated science fiction series was brought to our screens by Matt Groening, the cartoonist who brought us The Simpsons? Futurama
Q37. Which 2006 horror film used a picture of three teeth hanging on wires in it’s publicity material? Saw 3
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