Real names, great names, wrong names and a right load of old pony for the Wild Card! Quiz 308 was a cracking night with a great crowd and some hilarious topical team names!
After the sequel to the Beast From The East we had the follow up for Back To Normality. Yes, yours truly was back in the chair, the rollover was just £60 if we were lucky and it was a bit strange after all these mega quizzes recently (and the guest appearance by Richard last week). How many Quizzers would we get in? Richard's questions were a little on the 'difficult' side last week so we hoped that hadn't put any of our teams off!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking good, we had some regulars missing but by the time Chris had done the rounds we still had 32 Quizzers in nine teams, so not a bad turnout at all… Quiz on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Famously wondered what their mothers call them?". Well regulars of guessing the theme clue would have sussed 'Regulars' usually refers to famous / celebs and the fact that mothers would usually address their sons or daughters by the names they were born with rather than their stage names meant it was a famous peoples real names round.
The teams were given a few minutes to peruse the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then began with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. What does a Geiger Counter measure?
Q07. Which Shakespeare play features the villain Iargo?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to examine their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Picture Round with four of nine scoring the full 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more tricky for most but the overly verbose (as usual but very funny) regulars this week known as Spontaneous Wrecks Have Just Heard That The Police Have Issued An Arrest Warrant For Ant. Luckily For Him No One On The Force Can Remember Which One He Is! scored a full on 12 points. We had two teams in second with equally topical names on ten points, I’m A Pissed Geordie Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Drunk Drive Away. We should have had a prize for funniest team name tonight (there were more, see below).
The Shakespeare question caused some hilarity… I had the villains name originally as Largo, after cross checking on the night (before printing the sheets out) I discovered it wasn't Largo, it was Lago. Phew I thought, dodged a bullet there, some bugger would have pulled me up on that. After asking the question several teams were killing themselves laughing and shouting out that I may need to revisit the question. I've never read or studied the play (I did Midsummer Night Dream at school) but was kindly informed by Four PHD’s & A Funeral that the villain was actually called… Iago. Rather uncomfortable moment but we did get there in the end (you never stop learning eh!).
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks as the undisputed leaders at this early stage with a maximum 24 scored. I’m A Pissed Geordie Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! along with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Drunk Drive Away were close seconds on 22.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Dunkin Donuts to Eat To The Beat…
Q11. True or false... former Queen of pop Madonna once worked at Dunkin Donuts in Times Square, New York?
Q18. Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat were the only number one UK albums for which American group in the late 1970s?
Straight in at number one this week with another perfect 12, Spontaneous Wrecks. They had obviously had their Weetabix this morning! The wittily named Darren Gibson’s School Of Driving Excellence were in second spot with 10 whilst several teams scored nines and below.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were looking well favourites having not dropped a single point to score 36. The other teams were struggling to keep up with I’m A Pissed Geordie Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Drunk Drive Away the closest on 31. Would Spontaneous Wrecks manage to go a full quiz without getting a single question wrong? It was looking likely!
Next up was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Which of the following has never been an actual event in the Olympic Games; Solo Synchronized Swimming, Horse Long Jump or the 100 yard hop?
Q28. In golf terminology what is an American double-eagle known as in the UK?
Playing a blinder this week with ten scored a piece Can Anyone Give Dec A Lift? and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes won the round. The closest team to them was An Englishman, A Welshman, An Irishwoman & A Scotswoman with 8. Where were the leaders? After three maximums Spontaneous Wrecks languished at 7th in Sport with just six scored. There was hope, or was there?
The Sport scores still gave us Spontaneous Wrecks with what looked an unassailable lead on 42 going into the final Film & TV Round. In joint second we had Could Anyone Give Dec A Lift?, I’m A Pissed Geordie Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Drunk Drive Away all on 38… but could they overturn a five point lead on what is always a Spontaneous Wrecks strong round?
Here's a couple of Questions from Film & TV…
Q32. In which classic 1994 movie are Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace all central characters?
Q39. In which children’s cartoon did the Captain sail The Black Pig?
In a word, no. Spontaneous Wrecks pissed the final round with a maximum 13 scored. I’m A Pissed Geordie Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes managed 11s whilst Can Anyone Give Dec A Lift? along with Four PHD’s & A Funeral scored 11s but it was too little too late. Bar the Sports Round Spontaneous Wrecks had maxed out with full marks.
The assembled Quizzers gave our winners a well deserved round of applause as the best Colly Barmaid ever Gemma gave team member Jon the choice of three envelopes. He went right, fumbled but managed to catch the envelope. Opened it, withdrew the slip of paper and announced… no not Food Vouchers this time and not the Cash either. Beers!
Hard lines Spontaneous Wrecks but that's good news for the Quiz as it means £62 rolls over to next weeks Quiz 309 where we could, with a decent turnout, be playing for £90 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.
Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 308 we had £24 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked if the Horse Long Jump had ever been an Olympic Event... the answer was rather surprisingly, yes!
The Horse Long Jump was contested way back in the Paris Games of 1900 along with the Horse High Jump but it was a bit of an anti-climax. The winning leap, from Belgium’s Constant van Langendonck atop a horse called Extra Dry... was actually less than the distance of the men’s long jump champion of the time. Held by Peter O’Conner of Ireland!
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the disappointing distance jumped by the winning horse in the Horse Long Jump event at the 1900 Olympics, in centimetres?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Stephen B who with 595 was just 15cm off the answer of 610cm.
With that Quiz 308 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 309 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £90 or more.
AKA Picture Round: Peter Gene Hernandez – Bruno Mars 7, Elizabeth Woolridge Grant – Lana Del Rey 10, Kathryn Elizabeth Hudson – Katy Perry 8, Mark Sinclair – Vin Diesel 2, Onika Tanya Maraj – Nicki Minaj 1, Eric Marlon Bishop – Jamie Foxx 4, Jennifer Linn Anastassakis – Jennifer Aniston 12, Krishna Pandit Bhanji – Ben Kingsley 5, Cherilyn Sarkisian – Cher 6, Reginald Kenneth Dwight – Elton John 9, Norma Jeane Mortenson – Marilyn Monroe 3, Maurice Joseph Micklewhite – Michael Caine 11.
Q01. What does a Geiger Counter measure? Radioactivity
Q07. Which Shakespeare play features the villain Iargo? Othello
Q11. True or false... former Queen of pop Madonna once worked at Dunkin Donuts in Times Square, New York? True
Q18. Parallel Lines and Eat To The Beat were the only number one UK albums for which American group in the late 1970s? Blondie
Q23. Which of the following has never been an actual event in the Olympic Games; Solo Synchronized Swimming, Horse Long Jump or the 100 yard hop? The 100 yard hop. Solo Synchronized Swimming was contested in 1984 and Horse Long Jump in 1900
Q28. In golf terminology what is an American double-eagle known as in the UK? An Albatross
Q32. In which classic 1994 movie are Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace all central characters? Pulp Fiction
Q39. In which children’s cartoon did the Captain sail The Black Pig? Captain Pugwash
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