The Beast from the East? Birds Eye Views and a curse is finally lifted. Quiz 305 was rammed again and it was a terrific nights Quizzing with some excellent scores!
The weather office were spreading panic with stories of 10-20cm of snow and issuing 'be aware' warnings by the hour which the press picked up on and dubbed the impending armageddon 'The Beast from the East'… FFS will this country get a grip, it's winter, it's a bit of snow, it's going to be a bit chilly. We can deal with it!
We hoped this manufactured imminent natural disaster wasn't going to deter our Quizzers from getting down The Colly to play for a potential £460 plus Cash Prize. Luckily our Teams didn't shy away from the blizzards forecasted, they donned their jackets and scarves and by 9pm it was looking very cosy in the bar with every table taken.
Top Colly Barman Chris did the rounds with the Picture Round and the Answer Sheets and came back with £54 to add to the £420 Cash in the pot. This meant this week we were playing for the second highest Cash Prize ever in The Colly Quiz, a humongous £474… WOW!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Globetrotter gets birds eye view". Globetrotter alluded to places around the world and birds eye view, from very high so what else could it be but ariel views of famous cities. Twelve names of cities and 12 numbered ariel views, where our teams just had to match the numbered pictures to the pictures.
The Picture Round was a bit special this week as well, with it being for such a big Cash Prize it was a four page brochure! Check it out…
Sorry we can't show an image of the Picture Round, unfortunately the internet is now swamped with aggressive copyright police trying to sue sites ludicrous amounts of money for IP (errr… it's a Pub Quiz guys… it's just a pub Quiz).
The teams were given a few minutes to check out the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then commenced this near record breaking Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. Sydney is the capital of which Australian state?
Q09. What can you not stop doing if you have the medical condition of bruxism?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to review their answers before the Picture Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Picture Round with half of them getting every single one (to easy?).
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging with Only Playing To Cover Our Strike Deductions and Finally Have Our Own Table topping the round with nines whilst Spontaneous Wrecks Send Their Thoughts To The Staff & Victims Of Little Waitrose On Osborne Road tied on eights with Towneley Cottage Crew to come in second.
The combined scores gave us Only Playing To Cover Our Strike Deductions as the leaders at this early stage on 21 with the rest of the teams just a couple of points behind.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It to Vertigo…
Q14. 1998s Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, 1999s Wild Wild West and 2005s Switch were all top ten hits for which actor?
Q18. Which band had a number one in 2004 with Vertigo?
Spontaneous Wrecks were straight in at number one this week with a near perfect performance of 11 points and second in this weeks charts were four teams with tens.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks had edged into the lead on 30 with Bathtime In Bollywood Featuring The Hasty Puddings on their tails with 29 followed by Towneley Cottage Crew on 28. At the halfway point it was close with just five points separating nine teams.
Next up was the round that can stall a good start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. Which is the only country to have played in every World Cup since it started in 1930?
Q27. Which Olympic sport has a finish line that no competitor can ever actually cross?
Winners by a short head this week were Finally Have Our Own Table with 10 scored. Bathtime In Bollywood Featuring The Hasty Puddings were a whisker off the lead with 9 and Spontaneous Wrecks along with four other teams galloped in at third on eights.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Bathtime In Bollywood Featuring The Hasty Puddings and Spontaneous Wrecks were tied in the lead with 38, Finally Have Our Own Table and Towneley Cottage Crew were both just two points shy on 36 and the duo of Only Playing To Cover Our Strike Deductions (doing very well) on 35 were in third spot.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Out of Africa, Into Amazonia, The Road to Rio and The Deep South are all episodes of a 2012 travelogue by which famous comedian?
Q37. Which famous singer provides the voice of Artie in the 2007 film Shrek the Third?
It was looking close before the round but when the pressures on you have to take your hats off to them, Spontaneous Wrecks deliver. Their answer sheet may have been littered with crossings out (indicating some changing of minds and heated debate) but they nailed it with a full fat, 100%, 13 out of 13 to win the round and therefore the Quiz with 51 points. Two points clear of Bathtime In Bollywood Featuring The Hasty Puddings who scored 11 to register 49.
Special mention to Finally Have Our Own Table who for a 'young' team scored an exceptional 45 points to come in third. Well done guys, to come in third just six points off our quiz heavyweights Spontaneous Wrecks, winners of five of the last six quizzes is quite an achievement!
So it was down to the drawing of envelopes. Spontaneous Wrecks had drawn food vouchers five times in a row, what would their prize be tonight? Top North East barmaid Gemma, fanned out the three envelopes in front of our winning team. None were particularly keen to pick but Jon took the plunge, he went left and then… handed the envelope to Sam!
The bar echoed with shouts of "Food Vouchers" and "Beers for a change" as Sam opened the envelope, fished the small piece of folded paper from inside and closed his eyes whilst he unfolded it. The bar fell silent… Sam opened his eyes, stared for a second at the slip of paper, then announced "Cash Prize bitches!".
That was it, cash gone after sixteen weeks of trying! Well done to Spontaneous Wrecks, they did deserve it after being so close so many times and the other quiz teams gave them a rapturous round of applause as the team members sat back in almost disbelief.
After divvying up their spoils Spontaneous Wrecks generously donated £24 back into the pot for next week.
With that Quiz 305 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home (in the blizzard like conditions?) another highly enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again next week for Quiz 306 where we will be doing a one off Charity Quiz for Prostate Cancer… more details to follow.
Q02. Sydney is the capital of which Australian state? New South Wales
Q09. What can you not stop doing if you have the medical condition of bruxism? Grinding your teeth
Q14. 1998s Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It, 1999s Wild Wild West and 2005s Switch were all top ten hits for which actor? Will Smith
Q18. Which band had a number one in 2004 with Vertigo? U2
Q22. Which is the only country to have played in every World Cup since it started in 1930? Brazil
Q27. Which Olympic sport has a finish line that no competitor can ever actually cross? Swimming
Q32. Out of Africa, Into Amazonia, The Road to Rio and The Deep South are all episodes of a 2012 travelogue by which famous comedian? Michael Palin
Q37. Which famous singer provides the voice of Artie in the 2007 film Shrek the Third? Justin Timberlake
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