Some non Arty Farty types, who's T Rex? and a Wild Card on Launcelot's leisurely St Ledger. Quiz 316 had a limited turnout but it was still a canny giggle.
It had been another glorious Monday with wall to wall sunshine and with £172 in the pot we were hoping the good weather feelgood factor would bring out a few extra Teams for Quiz 316.
As we were nearing 9pm it wasn't looking like that was the case. We had a more cosy crowd of about 20 rather than the bumper crowd we were hoping for. After top Colly Quiz Co-Ordinator Chris had done the rounds he returned with £21, meaning 21 quizzers in six teams took our Cash Prize on the night to the princely sum of £193.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Creativity takes courage". This is a famous quote by the artist Henri Matisse so what else could the the Picture Round for Quiz 316 be but Famous Pictures by Famous Artists.
The teams were given a few minutes to analyse the arty farty Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then started the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q05. Which comic genius has the epitaph “I told them I was ill” inscribed on his gravestone?
Q09. For which large rodent is prickle the collective noun?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Picture Round with both Lois Slain and Thanos Got Half Of Spontaneous Wrecks Quiz Team scoring an artistic 12 points.
The General Knowledge Round proved slightly more perplexing for most but Lois Slain were on a mission with a maximum 12 scored.
The combined scores gave us Lois Slain as the unsurprising leaders at this early stage with a full on 24 scored but Spontaneous Wrecks were a close second on 23.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from T Rex to Arctic Monkeys…
Q12. Who was the lead singer of the influential 1970s rockers T Rex?
Q15. Which Lou Reed song did the Arctic Monkeys cover at many of their shows during 2015 as a tribute to the former Velvet Underground singer following his death that year?
Lois Slain and Ha Ha Merlot (despite not having a clue who T Rex were) were joint chart toppers this week with a pretty good 10 from 12 but Spontaneous Wrecks were a close second spot on nine.
So going into the snack break Lois Slain were in the lead with 34 whilst a depleted Spontaneous Wrecks team were on their tails with 32.
Next up was the round that can scuttle a good start Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Who took over the sponsorship of the English Football League in 2013?
Q27. What nickname was given to third and final boxing match between Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier held in the Philippines during October 1975?
Lois Slain romped home winners in Sport this week with an 11 scored but both The Only Way Is Up and Lost Balls gave a good account of themselves with 10s.
The Sport scores gave us what looked a foregone conclusion going into the final Film & TV Round. Lois Slain were looking well favourites on 45 points with Spontaneous Wrecks five points off the pace on 40 but Film & TV is Spontaneous Wrecks strongest round… could they overturn a five point lead?
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q34. What’s the name of the buxom redhead who co-presented the BBCs late 1990s garden makeover television series Ground Force?
Q37. What was character Norman Bates’ hobby in the movie Psycho?
Spontaneous Wrecks did their level best, in fact they couldn't have done more scoring a 100% 13 points in Film & TV. Second spot was three points behind but crucially it was Lois Slain with ten which meant their final score was 55, two ahead of Spontaneous Wrecks on 53.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Lois Slain an enthusiastic round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma approached the winners table with a choice of three envelopes. Richard was straight in to draw and went for the middle, slowly opened the envelope and withdrew the slip of paper from inside, unfolded it and announced to all the other teams delight… Food Vouchers.
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.
Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 316 we had £18 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the oldest of Britain's five Classic horse races, the St Ledger.
Established in 1776 the St Ledger is run every September at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs. The official fastest winning time to date is by the Masked Marvel who in 2011 won the race in just a tad over 3 minutes dead.
The slowest St Ledger winner was a horse named Launcelot in 1840 who triumphed in what was described by the press as a very 'strange' race. His stable mate Maroon was finishing much stronger but appeared to be deliberately held back by his rider to allow Launcelot to win.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was Launcelot's slowest St Ledger winning time in minutes and seconds?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Phil 'The Power' Mac guessing 4:11, just 31 seconds off the answer of 3:40. What remained of our crowd gave Phil a decent round of applause as he happily accepted the £18 Cash Prize, well done Phil.
With that Quiz 316 was 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.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 317 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £220 or more.
Famous Art Picture Round: Roy Lichtenstein 9, Claude Monet 11, Wassily Kandinsky 1, Piet Mondrian 8, Henri Matisse 4, Vincent van Gogh 10, Jackson Pollock 7, Salvador Dali 3, Pablo Picasso 5, Edvard Munch 12, Rene Magritte 6, Andy Warhol 2.
Q05. Which comic genius has the epitaph “I told them I was ill” inscribed on his gravestone? Spike Milligan
Q09. For which large rodent is prickle the collective noun? Porcupine
Q12. Who was the lead singer of the influential 1970s rockers T Rex? Marc Bolan
Q15. Which Lou Reed song did the Arctic Monkeys cover at many of their shows during 2015 as a tribute to the former Velvet Underground singer following his death that year? Walk On The Wild Side
Q23. Who took over the sponsorship of the English Football League in 2013? Sky Bet
Q27. What nickname was given to third and final boxing match between Mohammad Ali and Joe Frazier held in the Philippines during October 1975? The Thrilla in Manila
Q34. What’s the name of the buxom redhead who co-presented the BBCs late 1990s garden makeover television series Ground Force? Charlie Dimmock
Q37. What was character Norman Bates’ hobby in the movie Psycho? ‘Stuffing birds’ (Taxidermy)
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