World Cup Flags… but negative, another close finish and a Wild Card on the worst hackers. Quiz 320 was another highly entertaining competition but did the winners draw the big dosh?
After a decent sunny day the temperature dropped and the clouds descended but we hoped that wouldn't deter our Quiz Teams… there was a possible £270 plus to play for!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking okay, possibly five or six teams but by the time Chris had been round getting the pound entry fees in there was a surprising 24 quizzers and seven teams! This took the Cash Prize to a well nice £277… not a bad reward for an entertaining night out in the pub.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "It was the same the last time it was on... well almost". The last time what? Well the most current thing going on in the World, apart from Trump v Kim Jong-un to determine who is the biggest nutter, is the World Cup! And what kind of Picture Round did we have during the last World Cup? A Picture Round featuring competing nations flags but in negative. So surprisingly the Picture Round for Quiz 320 was…
The teams were given a few minutes to interpret the Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then commenced with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. Which North East born journalist received a CBE for Services to media last week?
Q07. In 1640 which English King summoned the Long Parliament?
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 pretty well in the Pics Round with three; Low Flying Ducks, Los Trios Desparado’s and John Crane scoring full points.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more perplexing for some but the topically named Spontaneous Wrecks had 30 in the audience last week, ginger twat had 150,000… proof that talent is inversely proportionate to success! were slightly more Generally Knowledgable with 11 than Rascal Ferrets with a 10.
The combined scores gave us Low Flying Ducks and Los Trios Desparado’s as joint leaders at this early stage on 21 points with John Crane a close second on 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from the Greatest Showman to Old Man River…
Q12. Last week Snow Patrol narrowly missed number one spot in the album charts because of The Greatest Showman Soundtrack. What was the title of the album that narrowly missed top spot this week?
Q20. From which famous American musical does the song Old Man River come?
Straight in at number one this week with a near perfect 11 Spontaneous Wrecks were two ahead of the competition Rascal Ferrets on nine.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were now two in the lead with 30 followed by Rascal Ferrets, Low Flying Ducks and Los Trios Desparado’s all on 28.
Next up was the round that can put a spanner in the works, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. At the 1976 Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first athlete to achieve what?
Q25. Which player won the Golden Boot at the 2002 World Cup?
Convincing winners in Sport this week with an 11 scored were Rascal Ferrets. Second place went to John Crane with an excellent 10 but the standout score was Spontaneous Wrecks returning an eight without their Sports expert Sam… the three team members admitted later that four of the eight points scored were complete guesses!
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Rascal Ferrets were edging it on 39. Spontaneous Wrecks, courtesy of their (some might say) 'fortuitous' Sports Round score were a point behind on 38 and Los Trios Desparado’s, with 13 points to play for in the final round, had an outside chance on 36.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. What 2010 multi Oscar winning film was about The Queens father?
Q39. In the highly successful ITV Drama Downton Abbey which actor plays the Butler, Charles Carson?
It was close, in fact it was very close. The Quiz went to the wire and hinged on what in Colly Quiz folklore is known as a 'Russell Grant' moment. Rascal Ferrets had the answer to one of the Film & TV Questions right but in the process of writing the answer managed to transpose a comedian's name with their comedy persona, therefore Barry Humphries became Edna Everidge and this cost them a crucial point. The beneficiaries of this were Spontaneous Wrecks who with 11 points in the final round totaled out at 49, Los Trios Desparado’s also got 11 but only managed 47 whilst Rascal Ferrets would have had a Dart Off with 10 but due to their meltdown scored a nine giving them 48.
So after the closest finish in a while our assembled teams gave the winners Spontaneous Wrecks a warm round of applause as top Colly barman Chris approached the winners table with a choice of three envelopes. Team member Jon had volunteered to draw and went middle of the three, slowly opened the envelope and withdrew the slip of paper from inside, unfolded it and announced… Food Vouchers! Unbelievable.
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 320 we had a not bad £21 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked, according to FIFA records which national team, has received the most yellow and red cards in the history of the tournament? The answer was Argentina.
It's a canny record when you examine it… even though Argentina have played 29 matches less in total than the second placed German team, the cynical Argies have still managed to pick up three more cards than the Germans over all the tournaments!
Good old honest England are nowhere near Argentina in the cheating and hacking charts, even though we have played a few games less we are way down in eleventh place for total cards.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many more total cards have Argentina picked up in their World Cup Games to date than England?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Colly regular Jay, returning to the Quiz following his exams, who scored for a nice little £21 bonus for his guess of 67, just one off the actual answer of 66.
With that Quiz 320 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 321 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for a massive £300 plus.
World Cup Flags: Switzerland 3, Iceland 10, Mexico 1, South Korea 8, Senegal 11, Tunisia 12, Morocco 2, Egypt 9, Japan 4, Sweden 6, Costa Rica 7, Argentina 5.
Q03. Which North East born journalist received a CBE for Services to media last week? Kate Adie
Q07. In 1640 which English King summoned the Long Parliament? Charles 1
Q12. Last week Snow Patrol narrowly missed number one spot in the album charts because of The Greatest Showman Soundtrack. What was the title of the album that narrowly missed top spot this week? Ye by Kanye West
Q20. From which famous American musical does the song Old Man River come? Showboat
Q23. At the 1976 Olympics, Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci became the first athlete to achieve what? She was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10.0
Q25. Which player won the Golden Boot at the 2002 World Cup? Ronaldo
Q32. What 2010 multi Oscar winning film was about The Queens father? The King’s Speech
Q39. In the highly successful ITV Drama Downton Abbey which actor plays the Butler, Charles Carson? Jim Carter
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