Another milestone, Before they were famous? and a Wild Card on the very first Quiz Night. Our 300th Quiz wasn't as busy as hoped but it was a decent night out all the same.
Our 300th Quiz… wow! We were hoping for a half decent turnout, the snow had receded, the Cash Prize could be £250, why wouldn't our Teams not want to be involved.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking okay, there looked to be around nine Teams and after Gemma had done the rounds indeed there were and 27 Quizzers to boot took the Cash to a mighty impressive £255.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Remember them right back at the beginning?". Well, there were two things going on with this clue, remember the first ever Quiz way back in 2011 and the subject matter of that first Picture Round was pictures of famous people before they were famous. The quality of the first Picture Quiz was crap and the subjects were really old stars so we recreated it with more relevant people in 2018.
Sorry, can't show an example of the Picture Round this week.
The teams were given a few minutes to analyse the Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then kicked off the Quiz with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. Jammy Red Roo and Big Bold Red are wines from which Australian brand?
Q07. What is the male equivalent to the yonic symbol?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Picture Round with Clownface Von Fuckstick and Spontaneous Wrecks Now Know 300 Facts About The Sugababes, Curling and Eric Cantona! (I got it guys but there weren't many long term Quiz Teams there) nailing the full 12. In second spot we had Irish Upon A Star along with Two Amigos on joint 10s.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more of a test. Spontaneous Wrecks and Why No Picture Of You Graham? were jointly generally knowledgeable with a half decent nines each. The rest had sevens and sixes.
The combined scores from the Picture Round and General Knowledge gave us Spontaneous Wrecks as the leaders at this early stage, ominously already three points ahead of the competition on 21. with Clownface Von Fuckstick on 18 and three Teams on 17.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Engagement to employment…
Q11. Which singer announced he’d got engaged on Saturday?
Q14. Which Yorkshire band’s 2005 debut album was titled Employment?
Spontaneous Wrecks were top tunes this week with a near perfect 12 whilst Why No Picture Of You Graham? were a close second with 11.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were well in the lead with 33, followed by Why No Picture Of You Graham? on 28 and Clownface Von Fuckstick on 27.
Next up was the round that can wreck a decent start… Sport. Here's a couple of samples:
Q23. With which sport is commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme famously associated?”
Q26. Which team sport is played on a pitch the size of five football fields?
Winners by a head this week were, yes you guessed it Spontaneous Wrecks with 10 scored (they were in the mood tonight, no doubt). Three teams couldn't be separated by a photo finish in second, with Why No Picture Of You Graham?, Ha Ha Merlot! and Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks all scoring nine.
The Sport scores gave what looked a conclusive leader board going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were almost nailed on Oscar Winners with 43 points already whilst Why No Picture Of You Graham? on 37 were probably the only Team who could realistically catch them if they did crash and burn.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. In the 2017 movie IT what is the name of the killer clown?
Q38. Jeremy Beadle, Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Sarah Kennedy hosted which 1980s Saturday night ITV show?
No surprise then that Spontaneous Wrecks bossed the Film & TV Round to win with an 11 and therefore nailed the Quiz with an excellent score of 54. Why No Picture Of You Graham? made a decent fist of it scoring nine in the round but still ended up eight points behind the winners with 46.
Our Teams gave the winners Spontaneous Wrecks a well deserved round of applause, they are proving to be consistently better than the competition in 2018 with two wins on the bounce but they are also renowned for drawing the Food Vouchers. So what was designated Team member Jon going to pick from the three envelopes top Colly Barman Chris had fanned out in front of him. Jon hesitated for a moment then drew the left hand envelope from the selection, retrieved the all important slip of paper and unfolded it… Beer Prize!
Well it's a change from the Food Vouchers.
Unlucky, Spontaneous Wrecks, however we are sure you will be there or thereabouts again next week for Quiz 301 where we could be looking at somewhere in the region of £280 plus.
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.
Our lovely Gemma had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 300 we had a rather paltry £16 in for the Wild Card Prize… then again for a nicker stake it still wasn't a bad return. The question was:
It’s the 300th Colly Quiz tonight and the Picture Round earlier, if I didn't mention it before, was based on the Picture Round from the first ever Quiz which was called Super Stars Before They Were Famous.
That very first Picture Round had snaps of the likes of James Stewart, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra as kids, which I thought was a bit unfair as a few in here might not recognise these superstars of yesteryear at the height of their success... never mind when they were young! So I brought tonight’s Picture Round a bit more up to date.
Anyway, back to the point. The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the date of that first ever Quiz way back in 2011?
There were some very close answers out of the 16 who entered but the Wild Card Winner this week was, would you believe it, Jon from Spontaneous Wrecks who with 15/11/2011 was just one day out.
With that Quiz 300 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another very interesting evening was brought to an end.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams?) next week for Quiz 301 where with another half decent turnout we could be playing for £280 or more.
Q03. Jammy Red Roo and Big Bold Red are wines from which Australian brand? [yellow tail]
Q07. What is the male equivalent to the yonic symbol? The phallic symbol
Q11. Which singer announced he’d got engaged on Saturday? Ed Sheeran
Q14. Which Yorkshire band’s 2005 debut album was titled Employment? The Kaiser Chiefs
Q23. With which sport is commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme famously associated? Football... he was the commentator for the 1966 World Cup Final “Some people are on the pitch. They think it’s all over, it is now!”
Q26. Which team sport is played on a pitch the size of five football fields? Polo
Q33. In the 2017 movie IT what is the name of the killer clown? Pennywise
Q38. Jeremy Beadle, Matthew Kelly, Henry Kelly and Sarah Kennedy hosted which 1980s Saturday night ITV show? Game for a Laugh
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