Inn brand, disgraced Australian celebrities and a Wild Card Titicacacalculation on the height of an island hill! Quiz 321 had a canny turnout again and was another cracking night of entertainment.
Another decent turnout for Quiz 331 would boost the Cash Prize from £56 to over £80. We were hoping our promotion of Double House Spirit with a mixer for just £2.50 or a bottle of wine for £8 might get our teams down a little bit earlier and possibly attract a few more new faces. After all being half pissed on cheap booze during the Quiz is always a good way to start a week!
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking very cherry, there wasn't a spare table in the bar. After Gemma had done the rounds we had 38 Quizzers in 11 teams which took the Cash Prize on offer to £94… champion, Quiz most definitely on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Attention to detail when traveling". So the Picture Round for Quiz 331 was obviously… Hotel Chain Brands.
The teams were given a few minutes to inspect the Picture Round whilst everyone got their refreshments in and settled down. We then started the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. Which narcotic was allegedly removed from Coca Cola’s formula in 1905?
Q07. In computing what does the acronym GUI stand for?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to review their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Pics Round with six of the 11 scoring full fat 12's (we need to make the Picture Rounds harder!).
The General Knowledge Round proved tad more tricky with Quizlamic State being the most Generally Knowledgeable with 10 from 12 and the rest getting nines and under.
The combined scores gave us Quizlamic State as the leaders at this early stage with 22 and Howard’s Big Brown Thumb, Can I Have My £1 Back Please! and the creatively named Quiz Akabusi Quizzed On My Face Whilst Quizztina Aguilera Shouted “You’re A Quizzard Harry, Get Quizzy With Spontaneous Wrecks!” all a very close second on 21 points.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Kanye West to Paul Hardcastle…
Q13. What did Kanye West change his name to last week?
Q17. In the summer of 1985 Paul Hardcastle spent five weeks at number 1 with what (anti-war themed) song?
Spontaneous Wrecks were the one hit wonders this week with an excellent 11 scored. Howard’s Big Brown Thumb and Rascal Ferrets came in at number two with eights a piece and the duo Can I Have My £1 Back Please! did very well to get a seven.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks great Music score had catapulted them into the lead on 32 ahead of Howard’s Big Brown Thumb on 29 and Can I Have My £1 Back Please! on 28.
Next up was the round that can stall a good start, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Prior to 2012, South Africa and Australia used to compete in the Tri-Nations Rugby Tournament with which other country?
Q28. Which club did Jose Mourinho leave to become manager of Chelsea in 2004?
Can I Have My £1 Back Please! played a blinder in Sport this week to win the round with 11 scored. Rascal Ferrets were a close second with 10 whilst the chasing pack returned nines and below.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top three going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were still in the lead on 40 but their lead had been reduced to one point ahead of Can I Have My £1 Back Please! on 39. Howard’s Big Brown Thumb were still in the running on 38 whilst Rascal Ferrets were the outside bet on 36.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. Which now disgraced Australian celebrity presented Animal Hospital from 1994 to 2004?
Q36. What is the character name of Inspector Clouseau’s valet in the Pink Panther films?
Rascal Ferrets scored an 11 in Film & TV but this is always a strong round for Spontaneous Wrecks and this week was no exception they too got 11 so won the nights Quiz with an impressive 51 points. The other three contenders all came in second on 47.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Spontaneous Wrecks a generous round of applause as team member Hazel approached the Quiz Masters table to choose from three envelopes. Hazel went middle slowly opened the envelope to withdrew the slip of paper from inside. Spontaneous Wrecks are renowned for drawing the Food Vouchers, so what did Hazel draw… the Food Vouchers!
Our assembled teams gave Hazel a round of applause but were obviously over the moon that the Cash rolls over to Quiz 332 and making it a ton plus prize money for the first time in several weeks.
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.
Top Colly barmaid Gemma had quickly did the rounds whilst the final marking up was being done getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 331 we had a not to be sniffed at £25 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about Lake Titicaca.
Stretching through the Andes Mountains of both Bolivia and Peru, it is the world’s highest navigable body of water and the largest lake (by volume) in all of South America sitting 3,800 meters above sea level.
There are over forty islands sprinkled throughout Lake Titicaca and the highest point on the lake is a hill on Isla del Sol to the south on the Bolivian side.
The Wild card Question tonight is what is the height above sea level in feet of the peak of that hill?
The Wild Card Winner this week was, would you believe it, ex top Colly barmaid Micky who left The Colly in 2012 to explore Australia and New Zealand. She missed the pub so much she came back just to do the Quiz a few years ago and returned from her adventure just for good(?) recently. Her guess of 13,136 was the closest of the lot to win her £25. What's the odds on the present top Colly barmaid Gemma winning the Wild Card last week and the former top Colly barmaid Micky winning it this week!
We had another booby prize for this weeks Wild Card. The person with the guess that was second furthest from the actual answer got a free shot of Sambuca. That honour this week went to Charlie with a guess of 112,600 feet. Just pipping his Deano Grigio team mate with a very slightly more ludicrous answer of 112,750.
Here’s Charlie enjoying his free Sambuca… mmmm, nice!
With that Quiz 331 had come to an end 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 maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 332 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £130 or more.
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Hotel Brands Picture Round: 1. Premier Inn, 2. Jurys Inn, 3. Sofitel, 4. DoubleTree, 5. Marriot, 6. Hotel de Vin, 7. Travelodge, 8. Holiday Inn, 9. Sheraton, 10. Ibis, 11. Novotel, 12. Hilton
Q01. Which narcotic was allegedly removed from Coca Cola’s formula in 1905? Cocaine
Q07. In computing what does the acronym GUI stand for? Graphical User Interface
Q13. What did Kanye West change his name to last week? He changed his name to Ye
Q17. In the summer of 1985 Paul Hardcastle spent five weeks at number 1 with what (anti-war themed) song? 19 (n n n n n n nineteen)
Q23. Prior to 2012, South Africa and Australia used to compete in the Tri-Nations Rugby Tournament with which other country? New Zealand
Q28. Which club did Jose Mourinho leave to become manager of Chelsea in 2004? Porto
Q33. Which now disgraced Australian celebrity presented Animal Hospital from 1994 to 2004? Rolf Harris
Q36. What is the character name of Inspector Clouseau’s valet in the Pink Panther films? Kato
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