A crop of the hard stuff, dodgy anagrams and a Wild Card on Cherilyn's LPs. Another decent turnout for Quiz 330 made for a very entertaining and competitive evening.
After a reasonable sunny October day deteriorated into a miserable wet evening we hoped this wouldn't dampen our teams enthusiasm to play for a cash prize of possibly £60… and take advantage of our new 7-9pm pre-Quiz drinks promotion.
By 8:30pm it was looking positive, there wasn't a table free in the back room and the front bar was filling up nicely. By the time top Colly Barmaid Gemma had whizzed round with the Answer Sheets and the Picture Round just after nine it transpired we had a decent turnout of 31 Quizzers in 8 teams – including Jon from Spontaneous Wrecks who had literally just got off the plane from a two week holiday in the States, dumped his cases and came straight round to The Colly for the Quiz. Now that's dedication!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Brand recognition from details of hard stuff". Well hard stuff is spirits, brand recognition is recognising the company and detail usually means extreme close ups of things. So it was no surprise to those who guessed the clue correctly that this weeks Picture Round was Name the Spirit Brand from Close Ups of their Labels.
The teams were given a few minutes to check out the Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then began the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q02. What is the more common name for Sodium Chloride?
Q09. Most photo’s taken on digital cameras and mobile phones are saved as JPEG files... what does the acronym JPEG stand for?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round with Charles As-Nee-Voice, RH and Jeremy Hunt Is A Smack Rat being the most knowledgable on alcohol labels scoring a full on 100% 12…
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more challenging but the brilliantly named Down below The Streets And Houses Geoffrey’s Body Lies! (Spontaneous Wrecks Are Sorry) came up trumps to win the round with 10 from the 12 available.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks and RH as leaders at this early stage with 21s each and Collingwood 1973 with Charles As-Nee-Voice as close seconds on 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Explorers to Presbyterians…
Q11. Which American manufacturer makes the Explorer, Firebird and SG brands of guitars?
Q17. Which American singer’s name is an anagram of Presbyterians?
Collingwood 1973 and Charles As-Nee-Voice were chart toppers this week with a near perfect 11 scored. Spontaneous Wrecks were a close second on 10.
So going into the snack break the trio of Collingwood 1973, Charles As-Nee-Voice and Spontaneous Wrecks were in the joint lead with RH closest to them on 28.
Next up was the round that can wreck a decent star, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Which current Premier League team has the longest name?
Q26. In American football, what did the Houston Oilers rename themselves in 1997 when they moved nearly 800 miles North East?
Charles As-Nee-Voice were in pole position in Sport this week with a 9 scored. Steamo’s Teamo did well to come in second with 8 and Collingwood 1973 got the bronze with 7.
The Sport scores gave us what looked an interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Charles As-Nee-Voice were looking favourites on 40, Collingwood 1973 were still in with a chance on 38 and Spontaneous Wrecks were an outside bet with 37.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Who claims to be Buzz Lightyear’s father in Toy Story 2?
Q39. In the Big Bang Theory how many languages, including Klingon, does the character Howard claim to speak?
There was no upset this week, Charles As-Nee-Voice scored 10 from the 13 available to win the round with 10 and therefore the Quiz with 50 points. Spontaneous Wrecks scored a reasonable eight to come second in the round and second overall with 45 but contenders Collingwood 1973 crashed and burned in Film & TV with four scored, however they still came a respectable third on the night with 42 points scored.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Charles As-Nee-Voice an enthusiastic round of applause as we gave the winning table a choice of the three envelopes. Team member Sarah volunteered to draw and went for the middle. She quickly opened the envelope and announced… 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 had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 330 we had a pathetic £16 in for the Wild Card Prize… after a bit of cajoling we managed to get to a total of £19. Then as a final resort to get the prize money to a crisp £20 note, top Colly barmaid Gemma put £1 of her hard earned cash in. The question was:
In the Music round we asked: Following her appearance in the film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again who released her 26th Studio album last week as a tribute to ABBA?
The answer was that perennial favourite Cher. After coming to prominence in the 1960’s as the duo Sonny and Cher she has been successful in many areas of entertainment, as well as adopting a variety of styles and appearances during her six-decade-long career.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, according to the Official UK Charts, how many combined weeks over those six decades has Cher had an album in the top 75?
The Wild Card Winner this week was… would you believe it, our wonderful barmaid Gemma! With a guess of 352 she was just 20 off the actual answer of 332.
We had another booby prize for the Wild Card this week. The person with the guess furthest from the actual answer got a free shot of Rum. That honour this week went to Dom Estoss (AKA regular Colly visitor, Jon) with a guess of 3,941…. that's over 75 years!
With that Quiz 330 was concluded and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly absorbing evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams?) next week for Quiz 331 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £90 or more.
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Spirit Labels Picture Round: 1. Glenfiddich Whisky, 2. Pernod, 3. Absolut Vodka, 4. Bushmills Whiskey, 5. Gordon’s Gin, 6. Jack Daniels Whiskey, 7. Smirnoff Vodka, 8. Courvoisier Cognac, 9. Jägermeister, 10. Captain Morgan Rum, 11. Jim Beam Bourbon, 12. Hepple Gin
Q02. What is the more common name for Sodium Chloride? Table Salt
Q09. Most photo’s taken on digital cameras and mobile phones are saved as JPEG files... what does the acronym JPEG stand for? Joint Photographic Experts Group because that is the name of the committee that developed the file format
Q11. Which American manufacturer makes the Explorer, Firebird and SG brands of guitars? They are all made by Gibson
Q17. Which American singer’s name is an anagram of Presbyterians? Britney Spears
Q23. Which current Premier League team has the longest name? Wolverhampton Wanderers
Q26. In American football, what did the Houston Oilers rename themselves in 1997 when they moved nearly 800 miles North East? Tennessee Titans
Q32. Who claims to be Buzz Lightyear’s father in Toy Story 2? Emperor Zurg
Q39. In the Big Bang Theory how many languages, including Klingon, does the character Howard claim to speak? 6
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