Showaddyslipknotphonics, Beerbongs & Bentleys and a ridiculous Wild Card on motoring through the Andes that went horribly wrong. Yes it was a bit of a scorcher at Quiz 315 and there was a bit of a sweat on towards the end but everyone had a laugh (mainly at the Quizmasters expense).
After a glorious Bank Holiday weekend with wall to wall sunshine we hoped our quizzers hadn't frazzled their brains in the heatwave and would still manage to turnout (sunburn and all). There was a decent £150 in the rollover and a good crowd would take that over £180 so it was well worth coming down to finish off the Bank Holiday.
As we were nearing 9pm it wasn't looking great. Most teams were catching the last of the rays in the Colly Beer Garden but it wasn't by any means a sellout. Everyone moved inside as kick off approached and after top Colly barman Chris had done the rounds we had a better than it originally seemed 22 quizzers in six teams. This took the Cash Prize up to a Bank Holiday bonus of £172.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Saw Doctors, Skunk Anansie, Singing Nun slipped short setting selection". Well Saw Doctors are a band as is Skunk Anansie and the Singing Nun had got into the UK Top Ten in 1963 with Dominique… so the link? All groups are acts beginning with the letter S.
Our teams were given a few minutes to study the Singers / Groups beginning with S Picture Round whilst everyone got their tipples in and settled down. We then began with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. In which American state would you find Phoenix?
Q06. Madame Jeanette, Scotch Bonnet and Birds Eye are all types of what?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to review their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Picture Round with three... Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Three Fanny Drums and Spontaneous Wrecks Won’t Say What Donald Trump Did To Us But He Paid Us $130,000 To Keep Quiet About It getting the full 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved slightly more tricky with Three Fanny Drums being the most Generally Knowledgable on 11 and the sensitively named Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time! rolling in second on 10.
The combined scores gave us Three Fanny Drums as the leaders on 23 at this early stage with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks a close second on 21s a piece.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Beerbongs & Bentleys to My Old Man’s a Dustman…
Q15. Which American rapper scored his first ever UK number one album last week with Beerbongs & Bentleys?
Q17. Who had Number One hits in the 50s and 60s with Cumberland Gap and My Old Man’s a Dustman?
Both Spontaneous Wrecks and Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time! were straight in at number one this week with a poptastic 12 each. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and NASA Lies… The Earth Is Flat! both did well to score 11s for second spot.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were just in the lead with 33 closely followed by Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time!, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Three Fanny Drums all on 32.
Next up was the round that can ruin a good score, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. In golf what name is given to a score of one over par?
Q27. Which Arsenal legend was bought from Crystal Palace in 1991 for what was then a record £2.5 million?
Ha Ha Merlot were Playing a blinder in Sport this week with a 12 scored (but we did give them double points for the round… they needed them!). Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time! scored an excellent nine whilst Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Three Fanny Drums managed eights.
The Sport scores gave us an well interesting top four going into the final Film & TV Round. Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time! were leading the pack on 41, closely followed by Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Three Fanny Drums both on 40 whilst Spontaneous Wrecks could not be discounted on 38 going into probably their best round.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Which weekly BBC show that showcased developments in science and technology was axed in January 2003 after nearly 40 years on the TV?
Q37. Who directed the 2002 film 28 Days Later?
Marking up it looked a possible four team dart off! Spontaneous Wrecks scored 12, Three Fanny Drums 10 and Fergie Time? More Like Out Of Time! returned 9, giving them all 50 points in total. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes also scored top marks in the round with 12 which meant this week it didn't go to a Dart Off as Rascal Ferrets On Vibes finished 2 points ahead of the pack on 52.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Rascal Ferrets On Vibes an appreciative round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma approached the winners with a choice of three envelopes. Team member Rob had volunteered to draw and went for the middle envelope, slowly opened it and withdrew the slip of paper from inside, unfolded it and announced… Beer Prize!
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 315 we had a fairly insubstantial £16 in for the Wild Card Prize… well for a quid it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the South American Andes.
Located along the entire western coast of South America, the Andes is the longest mountain range in the world. It stretches from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Chile all the way to Medellin in the north of Columbia.
The Wild Card Question tonight is if you could drive the entire length of the Andes mountain range from start to finish how many days and hours would it take you at a constant 70mph?
The sunshine must have got to my head over the Bank Holiday Weekend as when I started filtering the answers out under 20 laughing at how far the guesses were out I had two quizzers quickly approach both saying I needed to check my answer as a car traveling at 70mph could drive 1,680 miles in a day, so how long were the Andes if I was discounting all the answers under 20 days!
I suddenly realised my error. I had divided the total length of the Andes in miles by 70 to get the amount of hours to complete the journey but then neglected to divide this figure by 24 to get the number of days. So the figure I had on my answer sheet (62) was hours not days. That feeling when you just want to get your coat and leave! I quickly back peddled, apologised to the crowd profusely and started refiltering the answers with the correct number of days and hours at hand and yes, the guesses were much closer.
Well, after over 200 Quizzes without any major errors… I'm allowed one complete balls up aren't I?
Red faced I eventually announced The Wild Card Winner this week was Zammy with an answer of 2 days 10 hours which just pipped Cosmo the Dog with 2 days 20 hours (actual answer, 4,350 miles at 70mph = 2 days 14 hours).
(No picture of Wild Card Winner Zammy unfortunately, he scarpered for a taxi before we could catch him.)
With that Quiz 315 was (thankfully) complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close… and I retired to the bar for a stiff drink!
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 316 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for over £200 and just in case I'll get a colleague to check my Wild Card Answer!
Singers / Groups beginning with S Picture Round: 1. Showaddywaddy, 2. Shakira, 3. Shania Twain, 4. Sam Smith, 5. Slipknot, 6. Stereophonics, 7. Snow Patrol, 8. Sia, 9. Stormzy, 10. Sheena Easton, 11. Sister Sledge, 12. Siouxsie & the Banshees
Q01. In which American state would you find Phoenix? Arizona
Q06. Madame Jeanette, Scotch Bonnet and Birds Eye are all types of what? Chilli Peppers
Q15. Which American rapper scored his first ever UK number one album last week with Beerbongs & Bentleys? Post Malone
Q17. Who had Number One hits in the 50s and 60s with Cumberland Gap and My Old Man’s a Dustman? Lonnie Donegan
Q23. In golf what name is given to a score of one over par? Bogey
Q27. Which Arsenal legend was bought from Crystal Palace in 1991 for what was then a record £2.5 million? Ian Wright
Q32. Which weekly BBC show that showcased developments in science and technology was axed in January 2003 after nearly 40 years on the TV? Tomorrow’s World
Q37. Who directed the 2002 film 28 Days Later? Danny Boyle
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