Eggheads again, sports tractors, the smallest handwriting ever and a Lamborghini Wild Card. Quiz 310 could have been an Easter washout but our hardy Teams made the effort.
What an Easter Bank Holiday Monday… it had pissed it down for the entire day. Last year we had hardly had anyone in up to about ten minutes before we kicked off. We hoped the same might happen again as it looked pretty barren at 8:30pm.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking okay, not quite as busy as last year but with 25 people and seven teams making it in the appalling weather Quiz 310 was definitely a goer.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Eggstra, eggstra, read all about it!". So the Picture Round for was fairly straightforward, the same as last Easter, faces of people in the news warped around eggs!
The teams were given a few minutes to eggsamine the Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then got the Quiz going with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q04. Before launching their first sports car in 1963 what kind of vehicles did Lamborghini produce in their Italian factories?
Q07. What popular British spread did the Danes ban the import of in 2011?
After the General Knowledge the teams were given a bit of time to scrutinise their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round with Cath Laidler’s Coq-au-Vin, Three Fanny Drums and the overly verbose Lost: Sam Moore. Last Seen With 10 Pints Of Lager And A Special Cigarette At The Start Of Easter. Please Return To Spontaneous Wrecks. No Reward. All scoring tens.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit trickier for most but An Easter Miracle! Quizzy McQuizface Rise Again and Crazy Cat Ladies both managed decent tens.
The combined scores gave us An Easter Miracle! Quizzy McQuizface Rise Again and Three Fanny Drums as the leaders at this early stage on 19s each with Spontaneous Wrecks a close second on 18.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from semi-nude to Temptation:
Q15. Who appeared semi-nude with Michael Jackson in the 1995 video of his UK hit single You Are Not Alone?
Q20. Which group from Sheffield made the UK Top 10 twice with their single Temptation, reaching number two in 1983 and then number four in 1992?
Spontaneous Wrecks were top tunes this week with a big ten scored whilst Scott & Bills Quizzical Adventure moved up the charts to get second spot on eight.
So going into the snack break, current Colly brainboxes Spontaneous Wrecks were well in the lead with 28 followed by An Easter Miracle! Quizzy McQuizface Rise Again and Three Fanny Drums on 25. As their overly verbose name suggested however, Sporty Sam was missing from the Spontaneous Wrecks line-up, would that make a difference?
Next up was the round that can ruin a good score, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q21. Which is the only event in the Summer Olympics where teams race backwards?
Q28. What unusual event happened during the game at both the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup Finals?
For Q28 we offered a point for best answer, hoping for something creative and witty… what we got was probably the smallest example of handwriting since Emily Bronte! It was still canny funny mind. You may have to click the pic to read it.
The golden boot in Sport this week went to Scott & Bills Quizzical Adventure with an excellent 12 scored. Four teams tied in second with nines but leaders Spontaneous Wrecks fell at the last with an eight.
So the Sport scores gave us a reasonably interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were still favourites on 36 but we had An Easter Miracle! Quizzy McQuizface Rise Again and Three Fanny Drums on 34 and Scott & Bills Quizzical Adventure on 33. It was all to play for. Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q34. In an episode of the late 1990s Channel 4 comedy Father Ted, characters Ted and Dougal write their own Eurovision song contest entry. What was it titled; My Lovely Hamster, My Lovely Horse or My Lovely Sheep?
Q38. What does the abbreviation QI stand for in the name of the BBC2 game show?
Spontaneous Wrecks nailed it… excuse the (Easter) pun. With 12 from 13 scored in the final round it was the leaders who sealed their win, three teams did their best but they couldn't surpass that final score of 48.
Our quiz teams gave the winners a deserved round of applause as Top Colly Easter Bunny Gemma gave them the choice of three envelopes. Team member Stuart S who hadn't been for a while went right, slowly retrieved the slip of paper enclosed and announced… Food Vouchers! Unlucky guys but you have been on a good run recently.
So next week at Quiz 311 we will be kicking off with a half decent £43 in the pot which means with a half decent turnout we should be playing for around £70.
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.
Colly Easter Bunny Two Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 310 we had a massive £18 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked what Lamborghini built before launching their sports cars in 1963. The answer was surprisingly… tractors.
Ferruccio Lamborghini a rich entrepreneur, decided to turn his hand to sports cars after developing clutch problems with his Ferrari. He went to see Enzo Ferrari personally with his complaint but was rudely told by the Ferrari boss “the problem is not with the car but with driver!” who then went on to advise him to stick to looking after his tractors instead.
Lamborghini was a bit miffed so took Ferrari at his word and built his first sports car, the 350 GT and the rest is history.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how much did that first production model of the Lamborghini 350GT cost to buy in US Dollars. For comparison a Ford 4 door sedan at the time was around $2,500.
The Wild Card Winner this week was Peter J who with $14,325 was unnervingly close to the actual answer of $13,900 although (I'm assuming) sisters Mary B and Georgina B were also pretty damn close with $12,500 and $10,500 respectively.
With that Quiz 310 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out in this dreadful weather 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 311 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £70 or more.
Easter Egghead Picture Round: 1. Eddie Izzard – Comedian / Politician, 2. Steve Smith – Cricketer, 3. Sharon Osbourne – Celebrity, 4. Darron Gibson – Footballer, 5. Taylor Swift – Singer, 6. Jeremy Corbyn – Politician, 7. Meghan Markle – Princess to be, 8. Kim Jong-un – Supreme Leader of NK, 9. Alan Sugar – Celebrity, 10. Cheryl – Celebrity / Singer, 11. Vladimir Putin – Russian Leader, 12. Ant McPartlin – TV Presenter
Q04. Before launching their first sports car in 1963 what kind of vehicles did Lamborghini produce in their Italian factories? Tractors
Q07. What popular British spread did the Danes ban the import of in 2011? Marmite
Q15. Who appeared semi-nude with Michael Jackson in the 1995 video of his UK hit single You Are Not Alone? Lisa Marie Presley
Q20. Which group from Sheffield made the UK Top 10 twice with their single Temptation, reaching number two in 1983 and then number four in 1992? Heaven 17
Q21. Which is the only event in the Summer Olympics where teams race backwards? Rowing
Q28. What unusual event happened during the game at both the 1946 and 1947 FA Cup Finals? The ball burst which was blamed on the poor quality of leather following WW2
Q34. In an episode of the late 1990s Channel 4 comedy Father Ted, characters Ted and Dougal write their own Eurovision song contest entry. What was it titled; My Lovely Hamster, My Lovely Horse or My Lovely Sheep? My Lovely Horse
Q38. What does the abbreviation QI stand for in the name of the BBC2 game show? Quite Interesting
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