What a difference a week makes… more Doubles and a pretty close finish. The turnout for Quiz 313 was a world away from last weeks scarce numbers.
We'd had fab weather over the last few days, more or less wall to wall sunshine plus Newcastle were live on Sky Sports MNF. We were hoping this, along with the potential £100 plus Cash might draw a few teams out. We even ran a poll on the Quiz Preview to try and gauge if our teams would actually turnout and it finished with a resounding 28 people saying they would be there.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking nothing like our poll predicted but by the time the Everton v Newcastle game second half kicked off along with our Quiz on 9pm there was a crowd of 39 in nine teams taking the Cash to a well decent £119.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Three's a crowd". So the Picture Round for Quiz 313 was obviously famous duos.
The teams were given a few minutes to deliberate the duos Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then kicked off the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q04. Constellation or Galaxy are collective nouns for which marine dwelling creature?
Q09. Which famous English author wrote the books The Rats, The Fog and Fluke?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to re-assess their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Pics Round with six of the nine returning full marks.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more tricky for most but our overly verbose team this week who nailed it with a full on 12 was We Couldn’t Decide Between ‘Dale Checks Out’ Or ‘Au Revoir Arsene' So We Kept It Simple – *Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards! (*censored of course). The longest team name wasn't Spontaneous Wrecks for a change, they came in second with 11 calling themselves When You’re In Hospital And You Hear That Beep… It’s Goodbye To The Bloke From Supermarket Sweep!
The combined scores gave us Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards! as the leaders at this early stage with 24 and Spontaneous Wrecks a close second on 11.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Vienna to Crouch End…
Q12. In 1981 which band had a UK hit single with the song Vienna?
Q20. Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash were the four members of which English indie band formed in Crouch End, London during 2005?
Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards!, Spontaneous Wrecks and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were joint top of the pops this week with 10s a piece, whilst the rest of our teams managed eights and below.
So going into the snack break Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards! were in the lead with 34 closely followed by Spontaneous Wrecks on 33.
Next up was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q24. At the London 2012 Olympics, which country won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Mens 200m?
Q29. Who holds the record for scoring the most points in a single Six Nations Rugby match?
Winners by a slim length in Sport this week were Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with a near perfect 13 scored (there were four bonus questions this week? Don't recall why!). Ha Ha Merlot and Four Fanny Drums came second and third with 12 and 11 respectively. Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards! and Spontaneous Wrecks both faltered at the penultimate hurdle with a ten and nine respectively.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were favourites on 45, two clear of Spontaneous Wrecks and Good Riddance Sad Mackem Bastards! who were tying on 43.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. Who wrote the script and also had a part in, the brilliant 1996 cult vampire shocker, From Dusk Till Dawn?
Q38. On who’s TV Show did The Simpsons first appear as thirty second snippets in the late 1980s before it was developed into a half hour prime time show in 1989?
The final round was close, damn close. Spontaneous Wrecks edged it with a 12. Four Fanny Drums were a close second on 11 but so too were Rascal Ferrets On Vibes which meant they just pipped Spontaneous Wrecks by one point to win the nights quiz with 56 points.
Our Teams gave Rascal Ferrets On Vibes a rapturous round of applause. It's a while since they triumphed. Top Colly Barmaid Gemma offered Team member Robin the choice of three envelopes. Robin went middle and after retrieving the slip of paper from within turned to team member Mike to ask what the slip of paper said (Robin didn't have his glasses on!). Unfortunately for our winners it read Food Vouchers.
With that Quiz 313 was complete, it was late so we had to skip the usual Wild Card to finish the night. After thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another very entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again next week for Quiz 314 where with another decent turnout we could be playing for £150 or more.
Duos Picture Round: 1. The Krankies, 2. Hale & Pace, 3. French & Saunders, 4. Starsky & Hutch, 5. The Cheeky Girls 6. Morecambe & Wise 7. Penn & Teller 8. Reeves & Mortimer 9. Jedward, 10. Chas & Dave, 11. Simon & Garfunkel 12. The Chuckle Brothers
Q04. Constellation or Galaxy are collective nouns for which marine dwelling creature? Starfish
Q09. Which famous English author wrote the books The Rats, The Fog and Fluke? James Herbert OBE
Q12. In 1981 which Scottish band had a UK hit single with the song Vienna? Ultravox
Q20. Jack Steadman, Jamie MacColl, Suren de Saram and Ed Nash were the four members of which English indie band formed in Crouch End, London during 2005? The Bombay Bicycle Club
Q24. At the London 2012 Olympics, which country won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Mens 200m? Jamaica
Q29. Who holds the record for scoring the most points in a single Six Nations Rugby match? Jonny Wilkinson who scored 35 points in the England v Italy game in 2001
Q33. Who wrote the script and also had a part in, the brilliant 1996 cult vampire shocker, From Dusk Till Dawn? Quentin Tarantino
Q38. On who’s TV Show did The Simpsons first appear as thirty second snippets in the late 1980s before it was developed into a half hour prime time show in 1989? Tracey Ullman
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