World Cup Geography, 'twas a tad sparse and a Wild Card on the Thin White Dukes endurance. Quiz 319 might have been a bit thin on attendance but it was full of quality.
Even after a bit of a dull day and a spot of rain we were hoping the lure of a £250 plus potential Cash Prize might lure a few Teams out on a Monday night for our Quiz.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking a tad sparse to say the least, even Spontaneous Wrecks were missing a couple of team members. It was touch and go as to whether we might go ahead as there looked to be only four teams and just 12 Quizzers but a group of four decided to join in. So with 16 to play and another couple of Spontaneous Wrecks team to arrive later (been to see Nick Cave in London) we decided to give it a go. After all there was now £253 to play for!
One of our teams made a canny suggestion before we kicked off… "as there are only five teams why bother with the Quiz, let's just split the Cash Prize five ways and enjoy the rest of the night!". Not a bad idea but the rest of the teams didn't go for it, although by the end of the night they might agree that this could have been a viable option.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "55°42′57.56″N 37°33′13.53″E x 32". The first set of numbers are the co-ordinates of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium where the World Cup kicks off on 14th June. The second number is the how many teams are attending the tournament. Put those two together, geographical locations and number of teams and you might come up with the whereabouts of teams that are attending the World Cup (or maybe not!). The Picture Round for Quiz 319 was match the shirts of some of the teams who are in the World Cup with their locations on the globe.
The teams were given a few minutes to peruse the Picture Round whilst everyone got their tipples 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…
Q02. What famously crashed in 1929?
Q08. The world’s second highest mountain, Godwen Austen, is more commonly called what?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to take another look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did fairly well in the Pics Round with three of the five scoring 100%.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more challenging for most but Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash? nailed it with 11 from 12.
The combined scores gave us Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash? as the leaders at this early stage with 23. Cosmo Free Zone on 21 where a close second with the graphically named Whisky Dick And Arse Spraying Mayhem third on 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from John Frusciante to Old Fred…
Q18. John Frusciante was the former guitarist with which long running funk rock band?
Q20. The captain of which famous musical vessel was called Old Fred?
Top tunes this week with an excellent 11 scored were the duo Cosmo Free Zone and Spontaneous Wrecks Are Not Here This Week.
So going into the snack break Cosmo Free Zone were building a bit of a lead on 32 with Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash? and Spontaneous Wrecks Are Not Here This Week in second and third on 37 and 36 respectively.
Next up was the round that can stall a good start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. What number shirt is traditionally worn by a hooker in rugby union?
Q27. Who are the hosts playing in the opening game of this years World Cup?
Top dogs in Sport this week were Cosmo Free Zone cementing their lead with a 10 scored. Spontaneous Wrecks Are Not Here This Week, Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash?and Whisky Dick And Arse Spraying Mayhem were joint seconds on eights a piece.
The Sport scores gave us what looked another foregone conclusion going into the final Film & TV Round. Cosmo Free Zone were looking odds on favourites with a five point lead on 42. Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash? were next best with 37 whilst Spontaneous Wrecks Are Not Here This Week and Whisky Dick And Arse Spraying Mayhem had 36 and 35. It would take a monumental meltdown for Cosmo Free Zone to lose this.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. In what children’s TV programme was there a commanding officer of Pippin Fort called Captain Snort?
Q38. The 2014 movie The Imitation Game is largely set in what famous English country house that has now been turned into a museum?
Who’s Up For Splitting The Cash? had a brilliant final round score of 12 to give them a total on the night of 49. Spontaneous Wrecks Are Not Here This Week did well to score 11 in the final round (despite not being here) and register a total of 47 but it was no surprise that Cosmo Free Zone also scored an 11 and won the quiz with an excellent total of 53.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Cosmo Free Zone an appreciative round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma approached the winners table with a choice of three envelopes. Team member Alicia had volunteered to draw and went for the middle envelope, slowly unfolded the slip of paper from inside and announced… would you believe it, 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.
Best Barman Chris had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 319 we had £18 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we asked Who went on a Serious Moonlight Tour in 1983? The answer was the Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie.
The world tour was to promote his latest album Let's Dance and it opened on 18th May in Brussels. Bowie and his entourage then toured 15 countries over eight months before playing the final gig in Hong Kong on the 8th December. The tour was seen by over 2.5 million people.
The Wild Card Question tonight is over the entirety of the Serious Moonlight Tour how many shows did David Bowie perform?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Team Karma, who consisted of Matt, Josie and Iona who with a guess of 91 were closer than anyone else to the 96 we were looking for so copped for the £18 cash (sorry if I got any of your names wrong guys, the winning ticket is a bit undecipherable but that's understandable... you seemed to be having a good night!).
With that Quiz 319 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another enjoyable evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 320 where with a half decent turnout we could be playing for £380 or more!
World Cup Strips Picture Round: 1. From left to right... 10. Columbia, 6. South Korea, 4. Germany, 5, Japan, 8. Senegal, 2, Iceland, 7, Mexico, 1. Russia, 9. Nigeria, 12. Uraguay, 11. Australia, 3. Sweden
Q02. What famously crashed in 1929? Wall Street
Q08. The world’s second highest mountain, Godwen Austen, is more commonly called what? K2
Q18. John Frusciante was the former guitarist with which long running funk rock band? Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Q20. The captain of which famous musical vessel was called Old Fred? The Beatles Yellow Submarine
Q22. What number shirt is traditionally worn by a hooker in rugby union? 2
Q27. Who are the hosts playing in the opening game of this years World Cup? Saudi Arabia
Q33. In what children’s TV programme was there a commanding officer of Pippin Fort called Captain Snort? Camberwick Green
Q38. The 2014 movie The Imitation Game is largely set in what famous English country house that has now been turned into a museum? Bletchley Park
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