Printer malfunction issues, red lights all the way and whose wearing the eye patches? Quiz 303 ended up more like Speed Quizzing as we ran out of time towards the end but it was a very exciting night all the same.
A frustrating run up to the Quiz following a printer malfunction whilst printing the Picture Rounds and Quiz sheets meant not leaving the office till ten to nine. Then during the journey between City Road and The Colly every single light was red, every damn one… have Newcastle City Council bought a job lot of traffic lights? As every week a new set springs up. Some appear where a perfectly good roundabout used to be, some at a quiet junctions that were never an issue… but the best ones are those that randomly appear in the middle of a road where there was no kind of traffic restriction before! (Byker Bank is a belting example of the worst traffic management ever).
Anyway after spending more time on the journey from the office to the Quiz stood stationery on empty roads staring at red Traffic Lights than actually moving… one very frustrated (and hungry) Quiz Master piled into the Colly ten minutes late.
As we were nearing 9pm (apparently) the turnout was looking well good! By the time I turned in and Chris quickly got the Quiz Sheets distributed we found there were 47 Quizzers in 12 Teams ready to play for what was now a massive £360 Cash Prize! Tremendous.
We didn't post a clue for the Picture Round for the second week running on the Quiz Preview as with a prize of this size we felt it could give an unfair advantage to one or two teams so we levelled the playing field.
So everyone was unprepared for a Picture Round of Film & TV Characters who wore eye patches. The teams got half a point for matching the pic number to the name and another half point for putting the second name in.
The teams were given a few minutes to examine the Eye Patches Picture Round whilst yours truly got a drink and calmed down. We then kicked off 15 minutes late with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. What was the former name of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City?
Q10. Petrology is a term for the study of the origin, structure, and composition of what?
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. A big thanks to Colly Barman Chris for his help in marking up as with 12 teams that is a mammoth task.
The scores for the Picture Round were patchy but Ha Ha Merlot absolutely nailed it with a cracking score of 11. Rascal Ferrets weren't far off the pace with 10.5 for second then the rest of the teams were 9.5 and below.
The General Knowledge Round gave better overall scores with Four Fanny Drums and Russell Slade’s P45 winning with tens and Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) joint second with The Hasty Puddings on nines.
The combined scores gave us Four Fanny Drums and Ha Ha Merlot as the leaders at this early stage with 19 points a piece but Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) and Rascal Ferrets were hot on their heels with 18.5.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Valentines Day number ones to a St Valentines Day Massacre…
Q12. Who had two singles at the top of the UK charts on Valentines Day last year?
Q15. In 1981 which (all female) metal group teamed up with metal band Motörhead to have a number five hit in the UK Singles Charts with an EP titled St Valentines Day Massacre?
Rascal Ferrets were top tunes this week bossing the round with an unbeatable 12 points scored. Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) were second on nine, with Clownface Von Fuckstick and Newcastle University Quizzy Society at number three with eights.
So going into the snack break Rascal Ferrets were in the lead with a total of 30.5 courtesy of a cracking Music Round. Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) were second on 27.5 and Four Fanny Drums and Ha Ha Merlot were joint third on 25s.
Next up was the round that can make or break a good score Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q24. The Rockets are American professional basketball team based in which US city?
Q30. The 1982 Southampton football team included Mick Channon, Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Mark Wright, Peter Shilton and Dave Watson. What do all these players have in common?
Four Fanny Drums were convincing winners in Sport this week with a total of 9 scored. Rascal Ferrets scored a decent 8 whilst three teams; Ha Ha Merlot, Clownface Von Fuckstick and We Thought This Was Speed Dating! were neck and neck in third on sevens.
The Sport scores gave us what looked a foregone conclusion going into the final Film & TV Round… Rascal Ferrets were looking dead cert Oscar Winners with 38.5. Four Fanny Drums could be a surprise package on 34 whilst winners for the last four weeks straight Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) were looking outsiders on 33.5.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q31. The song Offside by Barry Stroller is the theme tune to which regular TV show?
Q34. Which British actor was a master at playing villains with starring roles in Diehard, Quigley Down Under and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves?
The combination of the late start and the shear number of teams had us running well over time. So the usual full reverse order announcement from bottom to top was out the window… in third place on the night we had Four Fanny Drums with 43 points. In second with 43.5 Nerdfest (Listen To Our Podcast) but deserved winners with 47.5 points were Rascal Ferrets.
Our assembled teams, well those that were left as it was so late, gave the boys from Rascal Ferrets a round of applause as team member Jay confidently stepped forward to choose the envelope from the three top Colly barman Chris had fanned out in front of him. We waited with baited breath as Jay withdrew the slip of paper, unfolded it slowly and then read out… Food Vouchers!
Unbelievable. For four of the last five quizzes the winners have drawn Food Vouchers! Red lights for our winners as well then.
As it was well after time it was also a no go for the Wild Car Question which we usually finish the Quiz off with. Let's hope we can avoid the printer malfunctions and red lights next week and have a huge money Quiz at less of a breakneck speed.
With that Quiz 303 was complete and after thanking everyone that was left for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home 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 304 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £400 or more.
Q03. What was the former name of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City? Saigon
Q10. Petrology is a term for the study of the origin, structure, and composition of what? Rocks
Q12. Who had two singles at the top of the UK charts on Valentines Day last year? Ed Sheeran
Q15. In 1981 which (all female) metal group teamed up with metal band Motörhead to have a number five hit in the UK Singles Charts with an EP titled St Valentines Day Massacre? Girls School
Q24. The Rockets are American professional basketball team based in which US city? Houston
Q30. The 1982 Southampton football team included Mick Channon, Alan Ball, Kevin Keegan, Mark Wright, Peter Shilton and Dave Watson. What do all these players have in common? They were all past or future England Captains
Q31. The song Offside by Barry Stroller is the theme tune to which regular TV show? It’s the theme tune to Match of the Day
Q34. Which British actor was a master at playing villains with starring roles in Diehard, Quigley Down Under and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves? Alan Rickman
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