Where did everyone go, who's the Smiths and a Wild Card on jumping out of balloons 27 miles high… Quiz 312 was more than quiet but those that turned out had a good laugh all the same.
It had been a decent spring day, no rain and Newcastle had secured their Premiership Season the day before so we were hoping for a decent turnout as everyone local would be in good spirits.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking grim, there were a couple of our stalwart teams but not many others! After cajoling a couple of new faces into joining the Quiz we ended up with just 14 quizzers on the night in five teams. We think this may be a new Colly record for the lowest number of quizzers where we actually went ahead!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Can be silver or black but will you recognise them?". Well both words can have Smith added so the Picture Round for Quiz 312 was name the famous people with the surname of Smith.
The teams were given a few minutes to survey the Smiths Picture Round whilst the small crowd tipples in and settled down. We then got underway with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. Which European city is home of the bronze statue, Manneken Pis, often called the Peeing Boy?
Q09. What does a necrographer write?
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 okay etc in the Pics Round but it was the hilariously named Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips that aced it with 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more challenging with the controversially named The Syrian Gas Board winning the round with 11 scored.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips as the leaders at this early stage with 22 and The Syrian Gas Board a not so close second on 19.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from rapping football players to ventriloquist’s dummys…
Q14. Which football player tried his hand at rapping on the 1990 UK number one World in Motion by EnglandNewOrder?
Q20. What was the name of the only ventriloquist’s dummy to have a top ten hit in the UK charts which peaked at number 4 in 1982?
The Syrian Gas Board were one hit wonders this week with an excellent 12 scored whilst Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips were a bit out of tune in second with a nine.
So going into the snack break we now had a tie for first with The Syrian Gas Board and Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips both on 31 points.
Next up was the round that can put a spanner in the works, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q25. It looks like Sunderland will become only the third team to achieve relegations from the Premier League to the Championship then straight down to the third tier, Division One in successive seasons. Can you name one of the other two teams to suffer this humiliation?
Q30. Which famous English actor competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games?
Winners by a head in Sport this week with a seven scored were The Syrian Gas Board. A point off the pace on six we had Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips.
So the Sport scores gave us an interesting top top two going into the final Film & TV Round. The Syrian Gas Board had a slim lead with 38 whilst Spontaneous Wrecks’ Special Summer Spit Roast Tips were going into their strongest round a point behind on 37.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q34. In the Big Bang Theory after what spice did Raj name his dog?
Q39. What make of motorcycle did Marlon Brando ride in the classic 1953 movie The Wild One?
Our top two teams both scored tens on the final round. So that meant for a second week running our current brainboxes, Spontaneous Wrecks came second by just a single point! It was The Syrian Gas Board that won the Quiz on the night.
Top Colly barman Chris shuffled the envelopes at team member Richard's request and gave him the choice of the three. Richard confidently went for the middle one, unfolded the enclosed piece of paper and announced… Food Vouchers!
Unlucky guys, you haven't won it for a while and then you go and draw the Food Vouchers. Never mind that means we have £80 going into next weeks Quiz which with a decent turnout could rise to £110 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.
Top Colly barman Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 312 we had just £8 in for the Wild Card Prize… another record, the lowest Cash Prize ever for the Wild Card, it was hardly worth writing the Question for! It was such a pitiful amount of cash that Chris put an additional £2 in to take it to £10. Never mind, as we British say, stiff upper lip and carry on regardless. The question was:
At the start of tonight's Quiz we had a question about hot air balloons.
Ever since 1783 when the wonderfully named Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier of France, made the first ascent to 79ft in a hot-air balloon men have been trying to fly balloons higher and higher.
Fast forward to 2012 and Felix Baumgartner ascended to a record 127,851 feet under a helium balloon. He then opened the door of his capsule and dived out… to set what was also a record breaking skydive jump. But his record was beaten just two years later by Google Vice President, Alan Eustace who also skydived back to earth!
The Wild Card question tonight is how high in feet did Alan's balloon reach in 2014 to set a new balloon altitude and skydiving record?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Robin H with a fabulous guess of 134,248 feet which was not far off the actual answer of 135,890.
With that Quiz 312 was complete, after thanking our record breaking 14 for turning out and wishing them all a safe journey home (personally) a quiet but very entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 313 where with a half decent turnout* we could be playing for £110 or more.
*We have Newcastle away at Everton live on Sky next Monday so we will probably run a poll to see if there is enough people to warrant a Quiz… make sure to look out for that!
Smiths Picture Round: Patti Smith – Singer 5, Ann Nicole Smith – ? 12, Mark E Smith – Singer (The Fall) 1, Steve Smith – Cricket Cheat 6, Shawnee Smith – Actress 7, Will Smith – Actor 3, Matt Smith – Actor 11, Robert Smith – Singer (The Cure) 8, Delia Smith – TV Chef 10, Sheridan Smith – Actress 4, Sam Smith – Singer 9, Jaclyn Smith – Actress 2.
Q03. Which European city is home of the bronze statue, Manneken Pis, often called the Peeing Boy? Brussels
Q09. What does a necrographer write? Obituaries
Q14. Which football player tried his hand at rapping on the 1990 UK number one World in Motion by EnglandNewOrder? John Barnes
Q20. What was the name of the only ventriloquist’s dummy to have a top ten hit in the UK charts which peaked at number 4 in 1982? Orville. The single was called Orville’s Song (I Wish I Could Fly) by Orville the duck with Keith Harris
Q25. It looks like Sunderland will become only the third team to achieve relegation's from the Premier League to the Championship then straight down to the third tier, Division One in successive seasons. Can you name one of the other two teams suffer this embarrassment? Wolves (2012-14) and Swindon (1993-95)
Q30. Which famous English actor competed in the 1990 Commonwealth Games? Jason Statham
Q34. In the Big Bang Theory after what spice did Raj name his dog? Cinnamon
Q39. What make of motorcycle did Marlon Brando ride in the classic 1953 movie The Wild One? Triumph
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