Yes... Richard was back with non-General Knowledge, 'stale fish' and a soapy stats Wild Card. Quiz 309 might have been sparsely attended but a great laugh all the same.
There was a potential £90 plus to win, it had been a glorious spring day and it was a short week… surely we would have a reasonable bar full for our Quiz.
We waited in anticipation as 9pm approached but it was looking a bit sparse, Easter Holidays looming, students going home we guessed. However once top Colly Barmaid Gemma had been around collecting the entry money in there was 16 Quizzers in five teams which took the Cash Prize to a reasonable £78. Not bad a bad reward for those that had turned out, so Quiz On!
Guest presenter Richard was back for a second appearance and he had again set the Questions and Picture Round.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Forward, back, left or right they illuminate and indicate". Not too cryptic we thought with the key word being illuminate (light) and indicate (left, right and back). That should have given the theme of rear lights. So the Picture Round for Quiz 309 was can you recognise the car manufacturer from just the rear lights (and body shape). We weren't too specific just wanting the actual manufacturer not the model or anything.
The teams were given a few minutes to inspect the rear end Picture Round whilst everyone got their tipples in and settled down. We then embarked upon the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. Black, whooper and bewick are all types of which bird?
Q09. Around which French town, home of Moet et Chandon, is the Champagne industry centred?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to reflect upon their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well, in the Pics Round with Cath Laidlers Toad In The Hole, Bring Back Graham Or The Mackem! and Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut all getting the full 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved a lot more challenging for all the teams. The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham and Bruce Springsteen Is A Cant made the best of it with a seven and six respectively but the rest of the teams found Richard's General Knowledge a little less generally knowledgable!
The combined scores gave us The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham and Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut as the joint leaders at this early stage with 18 scored.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Britain’s Got Talent to Enema of the State…
Q12. Which Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, somewhat surprisingly, had the best selling album worldwide in 2009?
Q15. Enema of the State was a top twenty UK album in 2000 for which (American) band?
Drop Your Pants For Spontaneous Sex were top of the pops this week with a ten closely followed in second place by The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham on nine.
So going into the snack break The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham were just in the lead with 27 closely followed by Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut on 26.
Next up was the round that can wreck a decent start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q21. In the 1995/96, who scored 114 goals in 29 games for Everton’s under 10s & 11s?
Q25. In which Winter Olympic sport are the terms ‘stale fish’ and ‘mulekick’ used?
Romping home as winners in Sport this week with a seven scored we had Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut with Bring Back Graham Or The Mackem! a nose off with six.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top two going into the final Film & TV Round. Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut were slight favourites with 33 whilst The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham were on their tail with 32.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. What is the title of the latest Steven Spielberg movie coming out this week?
Q39. What do ageing rockers Status Quo, comedian Peter Kay and actor Sir Ian McKellen all have in common?
The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham won the round with a ten scored. Drop Your Pants For Spontaneous Sex came in a close second on nine but where were the former leaders Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut… they came in third on seven in the round thereby giving The Spontaneous Wrecks Campaign For The Re-Instatement Of Graham the round and the Quiz by dropping three points.
Our sparse crowd gave our winners a deserved round of applause, although Bruce Springsteen Is A Cnut had ran them close the Film & TV Round proved decisive.
Top Colly Barmaid Gemma gave team member Peter the choice of the three envelopes containing Cash, Beers and Food Vouchers. He decisively went left, retrieved the folded slip of paper enclosed and would you believe it, read out gleefully Cash Prize!
It seems that even with Richard's 'challenging' Questions and the loss of team members Hazel and Sam, Spontaneous Wrecks just can't be toppled. Do you have a team that can beat them?
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.
I quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 309 we had just £15 in for the Wild Card Prize. Well for a Quid that was still a decent return. The question was:
In the Film & TV round we asked a question about Coronation Street.
Corrie was first broadcast in December 1960 and is now the world’s longest running TV Soap Opera at 57 years 108 days with 9,414 episodes screened to date.
Surprisingly it was only this year that Corrie actually achieved this record after finally surpassing the American soap Guiding Light which ran on TV in the States for 57 years and 81 days from 1952 to 2009. However Guiding Light is still the longest running Soap Opera as it started out as a radio show in 1937.
Your wild card question tonight is, during its 72 year run on both radio and TV, how many episodes of Guiding Light were broadcast in total?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Zufar who wasn't that far off the actual answer of 18,262 with his guess of 18,512.
With that Quiz 309 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 310 on Easter Monday where with a decent turnout we could be playing for around £40.
Tail Lights Picture Round: 1. Audi R8 2011, 2. Vauxhall Astra 1987, 3. Porsche 911 Carrera 2005, 4. BMW 3 Series 1995, 5. VW Beetle 2003, 6. Mercedes CLK 320 1996, 7. Renaut Megane 2005, 8. Jaguar MK2 1962, 9. Ferrari Dino 1972, 10. Ford Cortina 1964, 11. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 2011, 12. Volvo 1984
Q02. Black, whooper and bewick are all types of which bird? Swan
Q09. Around which French town, home of Moet et Chandon, is the Champagne industry centred? Epernay
Q12. Which Britain’s Got Talent runner-up, somewhat surprisingly, had the best selling album worldwide in 2009? Susan Boyle
Q15. Enema of the State was a top twenty UK album in 2000 for which (American) band? Blink 182
Q21. In the 1995/96, who scored 114 goals in 29 games for Everton’s under 10s & 11s? Wayne Rooney
Q25. In which Winter Olympic sport are the terms ‘stale fish’ and ‘mulekick’ used? Snowboarding
Q32. What is the title of the latest Steven Spielberg movie coming out this week? Ready Player One
Q39. What do ageing rockers Status Quo, comedian Peter Kay and actor Sir Ian McKellen all have in common? They have all appeared in Coronation Street
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