Brewers… [that's not] fayre? The Marsh of Decay (in Sunderland) and a Wild Card on Maurice's multitude of movies. Quiz 301 was another good night out and a fairly close result to boot.
It was a potential £280 Cash Prize so we were hoping for a bumper turnout but by 8:30pm it was looking decidedly dodgy, there were only half a dozen in the bar! Then thankfully as we approached the kick off at 9pm a few more teams turned in. After Top Colly Barman Chris had done the rounds we found there was a respectable 31 Quizzers in 10 teams. Not a bad turnout which took the Cash Prize to a fabulous £285.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "These traditional brands hale from all over the UK". A couple of teams sort of sussed it from the misspell of hail – hail as in location 'they hail from' and hale as in h-ale or brewers [brands]. So the Picture Round for Quiz 301 was Traditional Brewers and where they originated from. We weren't too cruel though, we gave a list of locations to match the brands too and we weren't too intense with the pixelation if the brand mentioned the location. A squint of the eyes or decent eyesight in a dimmed pub should score the teams a couple of extra points.
The teams were given a few minutes to brew over the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then commenced the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. Which precious metal has the chemical symbol Au?
Q10. To where would you have to travel in order to stand by the Marsh of Decay?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to re-examine their answers before we called the Pics Round and Answer Sheet in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Picture Round with Ha Ha Merlot! and The Academy & One Ferret knowing their brewers locations with 100% scores of 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more challenging with Will IKEA Call Their New Flat Pack Coffins “Kamprad” topping the pile on 11 whilst the rest got nines and below. Even with the Quiz being for so much money I did give an additional point* for one teams answer to Question Number 10 that made me chuckle… Sunderland!
*Like Sunderland they needed the points.
The combined scores gave us The Academy & One Ferret as the leaders at this early stage on 21 with Ha Ha Merlot! on 20 and both Will IKEA Call Their New Flat Pack Coffins “Kamprad” and Dead Parrots Society a close third on 19s a piece.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from God’s Plan to Favourite Worst Nightmare…
Q12. Which Canadian rapper had his third number one UK single with God’s Plan last week?
Q17. Favourite Worst Nightmare was a number one hit album for which band in 2007?
If It’s Me And Your Granny On Bongo’s – It’s Spontaneous Wrecks! were straight in at number one this week with a big 12. The Hasty Puddings and Big Strong Mams were up there with 11s each whilst the chasing pack were tens and below.
So going into the snack break we had three teams jointly in the lead. The Academy & One Ferret had now been joined by If It’s Me And Your Granny On Bongo’s – It’s Spontaneous Wrecks! and the Dead Parrots Society all on 29. The Hasty Puddings were keeping up the pace on 27 for second.
Next up was the round that can ruin a good score, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. In which Winter Olympic sport do the competitors throw stones at houses?
Q28. In 1986, following a two month ban for smoking weed, which player announced his return to the England Cricket Team by taking a wicket with his very first ball?
The Academy & One Ferret were Championees by a point in Sport this week with a ten scored. Three teams; Spontaneous Wrecks, Ha Ha Merlot and Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks tied in second with nines
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top two going into the final Film & TV Round. The Academy & One Ferret were now a point in the lead on 39 with Spontaneous Wrecks a point behind in what is usually their best round. Could The Academy & One Ferret bring it home against our winners for the past two weeks?
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. On which children’s TV show would you find Mrs Goggins?
Q39. What was the title of the 2013 big budget SciFi film starring Jodie Foster and Matt Damon?
Will IKEA Call Their New Flat Pack Coffins “Kamprad” were Film & TV masters on the night with a 12 from 13 but they were matched by guess who? Spontaneous Wrecks and with The Academy & One Ferret dropping crucial points by scoring eight this meant for the third consecutive week it was Spontaneous Wrecks who took the Oscar.
Our teams The Academy & One Ferret, Dead Parrots Society and The Hasty Puddings had been there or thereabouts but it was Spontaneous Wrecks who were Champions on the night with another excellent score of 50. Now it was down to Spontaneous Wrecks team member Sam (who does a cracking Sunday night Quiz down the road at Jam Jar) to draw their prize from the three envelopes fanned out in our bubbly barmaid Gemma's fair hand. Sam went to his right and grimaced as he unfolded the slip of paper then following a muffled tirade of expletives announced… Food Vouchers!
Unbelievable, the odds on one team drawing the same prize consistently must be outrageous.
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, £3 if they want a few 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 and for Quiz 301 we had a canny £27 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In Film and TV we asked who was Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, it was of course that famous cockney actor Michael Caine.
Michael’s been in the movies since 1950 when according to his own web site he appeared as a teaboy in a film called ‘Morning Departure’. His latest release ‘Going In Style’ came out in 2017.
The Wild Card Question this week is how many movies in total has Michael Caine appeared in according to the filmography on his own website?
It was close but our Wild Card Winner this week was Ingvar Kamprad AKA Cosmo the Dog's compadre Richard… and between the pair they are rattling up a canny amount of Wild Card Wins!
With that Quiz 301 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another pretty enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 302 where with a reasonable turnout of 30 or so we will be looking at a Cash Prize of £310 or more.
Q01. Which precious metal has the chemical symbol Au? Gold
Q10. To where would you have to travel in order to stand by the Marsh of Decay? The Moon, it’s near where Apollo 15 landed
Q12. Which Canadian rapper had his third number one UK single with God’s Plan last week? Drake
Q17. Favourite Worst Nightmare was a number one hit album for which band in 2007? Arctic Monkeys
Q22. In which Winter Olympic sport do the competitors throw stones at houses? Curling
Q28. In 1986, following a two month ban for smoking weed, which player announced his return to the England Cricket Team by taking a wicket with his very first ball? Ian Botham
Q32. On which children’s TV show would you find Mrs Goggins? Postman Pat
Q39. What was the title of the 2013 big budget SciFi film starring Jodie Foster and Matt Damon? Elysium
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