Really bad tats, radical ideas for alternative Monday nights and a Wild Card on Midway flight times. Quiz 325 was another excellent night of entertaining questions and fervent competition.
It's been hard enough attracting a crowd of over fifteen during the summer with a Cash Prize of over nearly £400 so following last weeks cash win we weren't exactly expecting the place to be packed out. However, this is The Collingwood!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking interesting, there were more teams this week for a possible £80 Cash Prize than last week for £358 and more Quizzers to boot. Sure enough after Chris had been round getting the entry fees in we had the best crowd we've had for three or four weeks with 20 people in six teams. Ironically as the Quiz turnout has been so low recently, probably due to our students being away, we had decided to give our weekly Quiz a summer break. This announcement didn't go down to well with some of our most reliable attendees as you can tell from some of the Team names! Relax, it's only for six weeks or so… follow us on Twitter and Facebook to find out when we are rebooting the Quiz.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Hearing All The Things She Said, it seemed like a good idea... at the time! So (obviously?) the Picture Round for Quiz 325 was Bad Tattoos of Pop Stars.
The teams were given a few minutes to muse over the Bat Tats Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then got our Quiz going with the usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. What was Sir Francis Drake reputedly playing at Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England?
Q06. For which common small bird is quarrel 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 very well in the Pics Round with two scoring full marks even though a couple of the bad tats were well ropey.
The General Knowledge Round proved slightly more taxing but Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ So We Are Off To The Twin Farms Next Week With Spontaneous Wrecks – Anyone Else Coming? and Rascal Ferrets managed tens a piece.
The combined scores gave us Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ as the leaders at this early stage with 22 and Rascal Ferrets a close second with 21.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Pepsi and Shirley to The Man In Black…
Q14. Pepsi and Shirley were the backing singers for which famous 1980s duo?
Q18. Which legendary American singer was nicknamed The Man in Black?
Rascal Ferrets were chart toppers this week with an excellent 12 from 12. The brilliantly named For A Good Time On The Next Six Mondays Call Spontaneous Wrecks On 0898 696969 along with Leaving Early were in at number two with tens.
So going into the snack break Rascal Ferrets were in the lead with 33 closely followed by Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ on 31 with Spontaneous Wrecks lurking in third with 30.
Next up was the round that can make or break a good score, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Which football player threatened to leave his club in 2014 because he felt they had failed to mark his birthday in the appropriate way?
Q30. At which racecourse has the Irish Grand National taken place since 1870?
Rascal Ferrets and Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ were joint Champions in Sport this week with a pretty good 10 scored. Spontaneous Wrecks have been upping their game in Sport recently and came in good value runners up with nine.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Rascal Ferrets were looking Oscar favourites on 43. Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ were waiting in the wings on 41 and Spontaneous Wrecks were not out of the running on 39.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. “Small town. Big crime. Dead cold.” is the tag line to which 1996 classic Coen brothers movie?
Q37. News of the World by The Jam is the theme tune to which topical celebrity panel BBC2 game show?
The final round was nip and tuck… there was just one point separated the top three teams. Rascal Ferrets and Spontaneous Wrecks managed a decent 10 points from the 13 available but Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ bettered them both by a point with 11 scored.
This gave the final scores of Spontaneous Wrecks a good value third on 49, Bollocks To All Of This ‘No Quiz’ a very close second on 52 but meant with a 53 total Rascal Ferrets won Quiz 325 by a point.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Rascal Ferrets a warm round of applause as top Colly barman Chris handed the winners the £78 Cash… no envelopes this week!
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.
After top Colly Barman Chris had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in for Quiz 325 we had £19 in for the Wild Card Prize. A little more cajoling managed to get that up to £21 (including £3 donated by the Quiz Winners Rascal Ferrets) The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked in which ocean are the Midway Islands? The answer was the North Pacific where the small atoll lies midway between America and Asia, hence the name.
If you travelled east from the Midway Islands, the first major city you would come to would probably be San Francisco on the North California coastline.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, if you could get a flight on a Boeing 777 from San Francisco International Airport to the Midway Island Airport how long would that flight take in hours and minutes at an average cruise speed of around 460mph?
After sifting through the 21 answers the Wild Card Winner this week was just 8 minutes off the actual answer of 6:58 so the bar gave Cicero Grancanna (AKA Richard) a well deserved round of applause as he accepted the cash from Chris.
With that Quiz 325 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 hopefully a few more Teams) in September. Check Twitter, Facebook and this site for details of what date we will be kicking off again.
Bad tattoos Picture Round: 1. Eminem, 2. Ozzy Ozzbourne, 3. Michael Jackson, 4. Elvis Presley, 5. Justin Bieber, 6. Miley Cyrus, 7. Axl Rose, 8. Celine Dion, 9. John Lennon, 10. Bob Marley, 11. Britney Spears, 12. Freddie Mercury
Q02. What was Sir Francis Drake reputedly playing at Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England? Bowls
Q06. For which common small bird is quarrel the collective noun? A quarrel of sparrows
Q14. Pepsi and Shirley were the backing singers for which famous 1980s duo? Wham!
Q18. Which legendary American singer was nicknamed The Man in Black? Johnny Cash
Q23. Which football player threatened to leave his club in 2014 because he felt they had failed to mark his birthday in the appropriate way? Manchester City’s Yaya Touré
Q30. At which racecourse has the Irish Grand National taken place since 1870? Fairyhouse Racecourse
Q32. “Small town. Big crime. Dead cold.” is the tag line to which 1996 classic Coen brothers movie? Fargo
Q37. News of the World by The Jam is the theme tune to which topical celebrity panel BBC2 game show? Mock of the Week
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