A multitude of Matts, lamenting lost bikes and they missed the moon… Quiz 302 might not have been high on numbers but it was exceptional entertainment!
The Met Office had a 'Yellow Warning – be aware' up for rain and possibly snow from 8pm. Rain is always a factor in the turnout for our Quiz, even when there's a potential £310 plus to play for. However the deluge never came and as we were nearing 9pm it was looking a reasonable turnout. By the kickoff we had 29 people in seven teams which took the Cash Prize to a massive £313.
We didn't post a clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week as with a prize of this size we felt it could give an unfair advantage to one or two teams so we leveled the playing field.
So everyone was unprepared for a Picture Round of Famous Matts… that is pictures of guys called Matt where we wanted their surnames.
The teams were given a few minutes to mull over the Matts Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then began as usual with the first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. What name did the Roman’s give the settlement built on the banks of the Thames where London now stands?
Q07. Which line of latitude lies 23.5 degrees south of the Equator?
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 did pretty well in the Picture Round with The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats* scoring a full on 12 whilst For Sale: One Bike, Bright Orange, 20 Years Old But Only Used Twice. Sweaty Saddle. £5 Or Nearest Offer. Contact Spontaneous Wrecks* along with Academy Plus doing well to come in second with 11s each.
*Both Team names were taking the piss as my 20 year old mountain bike (called a Carrera Hellcat) on which I had cycled over 10,000 miles was stolen last week (they are an unforgiving bunch at the Colly Quiz!) If you do see this bike, please let me know in the comments below (it has been recently spotted in Byker) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back to the Quiz… the General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging than the Picture Round. Ha Ha Merlot were the most knowledgeable on General Knowledge with an excellent 10 scored. Then we had Spontaneous Wrecks and a new team Tubular Balls coming in second on nines.
We had a bit of controversy with the seemingly harmless Question of What does the Latin word alibi literally translate to in English? The answer we were looking for was somewhere else but our teams answered with, elsewhere, not there and even otherwise engaged… no team answered with somewhere else so no team got the point. In hindsight this was a question with a number of potential answers depending upon reference so we'll be steering clear of questions like that in the future! You live and learn.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks and The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats as joint leaders at this early stage with 20 scored. The rest of the teams weren't far off on 19s and below.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from the Queen of country to Two Princes…
Q14. In 1980 which female country singer starred in the movie 9 to 5 alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin?
Q19. Which medically monikered band from New York City had a number 3 UK hit single with the song Two Princes in 1993?
Spontaneous Wrecks, The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats and Tubular Balls were all chart toppers this week with tens a piece.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks and The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats couldn't be separated, leading the Quiz with 30 points each. Tubular Balls were a close second on 28.
Next up was the round that usually scuttles a good start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. In the early days of which sport could you have chosen to use a Baffing Spoon or Jigger?
Q27. In 1991 which Italian football club bought Aston Villa and England midfielder David Platt, for what at the time was a huge fee of £5.5 million?
There were four teams who got the Golden Boot in Sport this week with a decent 10 scored; Spontaneous Wrecks, The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats, Tubular Balls and Academy Plus with the rest on nines and sevens.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks and The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats just couldn't be separated, they were joint leaders on 40 points and on 38 were Tubular Balls.
Who would emerge victorious from the final round, here's a couple of example Questions…
Q34. The 1970s X Rated films The Stud and The Bitch were based upon books by which famous writer?
Q39. On which successful American TV Series did the creator and several of the The Big Bang Theory actors work together in the early 1990s?
Well it wasn't a surprise really, Spontaneous Wrecks and The Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats couldn't be separated over the entire night so they both obviously went and scored full marks in the final round to finish with 53 a piece. It was late so we gave the joint winners a choice… Dart Off or honourable draw and let the £313 roll over to Quiz 303 next week, they both went for the Darts.
It was after time so we had to be quick. Both teams selected their champion and we had Richard from the Hasty Puddings On Carrera Hellcats and Sam from Spontaneous Wrecks. Richard was up first. Three darts each, highest score gets to draw from the three envelopes.
After a bit of an altercation as to where the oche was, south paw Richard kicked off with a seven, not great but two darts left. He was aiming bottom of the board, more big numbers down there but he missed them and scored a three. Ten. Not ideal, one dart left, he threw it, it looked like a double seven but on closer examination it missed. Ten scored.
No pressure for Sam then. Three darts to score eleven, easy? He threw a five to start! Then with his second dart Sam brought the house down with a bull, 50 scored, 55 total, job done.
So Sam had the choice of three envelopes which Gemma had fanned out in front of him, one had a slip of paper with Cash Prize written on it, one with Beers and one with Food Vouchers. Sam went right, he unfolded the slip of paper… Food Vouchers!
Unbelievable. Spontaneous Wrecks must have drawn Food Vouchers more times than all of the other teams who have won the Quiz combined. Unlucky guys, seriously unlucky.
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.
Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 302 we had £27 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the first spacecraft to land on the moon in 1959, Luna 2.
Luna 2 implies that there was a Luna 1, so why wasn't that the first spacecraft to land on the moon? There is a simple reason… it missed! The Russians launched Luna 1 earlier in the year and they got their maths a bit wrong which resulted in the small spacecraft missing the moon by some distance and hurtling out into space.
The Wild Card Question tonight is by how many miles did Luna 1 miss the moon?
After sifting through all the guesses it was quite ironic that the The Wild Card Winner this week was… Sam. Yes, the same Sam from Spontaneous Wrecks who had won the Dart Off and drawn the Food Vouchers. Well done Sam, you deserved it!
With that Quiz 302 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another extremely entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 303 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £340 or more.
Q03. What name did the Roman’s give the settlement built on the banks of the Thames where London now stands? Londinium
Q07. Which line of latitude lies 23.5 degrees south of the Equator? Tropic of Capricorn
Q14. In 1980 which female country singer starred in the movie 9 to 5 alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin? Dolly Parton
Q19. Which medically monikered band from New York City had a number 3 UK hit single with the song Two Princes in 1993? Spin Doctors
Q23. In the early days of which sport could you have chosen to use a Baffing Spoon or Jigger? Golf
Q27. In 1991 which Italian football club bought Aston Villa and England midfielder David Platt, for what at the time was a huge fee of £5.5 million? Bari
Q34. The 1970s X Rated films The Stud and The Bitch were based upon books by which famous writer? Jackie Collins, sister of Joan Collins who starred in both movies
Q39. On which successful American TV Series did the creator and several of the The Big Bang Theory actors work together in the early 1990s? Roseanne
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