What a state, skeletons in the closet and an odd shaped ball question for the Wild Card… Quiz 332 was a quite affair but good crack all the same.
Another cracking turnout like the last few weeks would take Quiz 332s Cash Prize to over £130. We were hoping that decent wad and our new promotion of house spirit doubles with a mixer for just £2.50 or a bottle of wine for £8 might get our teams down a little bit earlier and attract a few more.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking a tad sparse, we knew regulars Spontaneous Wrecks were not attending due to other commitments but we had hoped for more teams than we had. Then just as the clock struck 9pm another team walked in the door that had traveled all the way from Kuala Lumpur to attend our quiz!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Vacationer from out of town lost, state unknown?". So the Picture Round for Quiz 332 was obviously(?) Pinpoint the State.
The teams were given a few minutes to study the state of the Picture Round whilst everyone got their glugs in and settled down. We then launched into the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. Which yellow flowering plant with a latin name meaning lion’s tooth is a nuisance to most gardeners?
Q07. Troodon, Suchomimus and Utahraptor are all kinds of what?
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 reasonably well in the Picture Round with Abraham Drinkoln well knowing their states with 11 from 12. Four teams came in second on nines.
The General Knowledge Round proved slightly more perplexing for most apart from Where’s Howard Gone who just dropped a point with 11. The rest got eights and below.
The combined scores gave us Where’s Howard Gone as the leaders at this early stage on 20 and Mr Deano Grigio and our KL team Hunger Graham’s second on 17s.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from holograms to items of confectionary…
Q12. On Friday a 2019 worldwide hologram tour was announced for which former singer?
Q20. Whilst performing a show in Oslo in 2004 what item of confectionery injured David Bowie when it was thrown at him from the crowd?
Dave’s Team were top of the pops this week with a canny 10 from 12. Where’s Howard Gone managed an eight for second and Hunger Graham’s scored a seven for third.
So going into the snack break Where’s Howard Gone were in the lead with 28 followed by Dave’s Team on 25 and Hunger Graham’s on 24.
Next up was the round that can make or break a good score. Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. Interviewing for the position of manager of the England national team in the 1990s, the then FA chief executive Graham Kelly reportedly asked which candidate, “Any skeletons in the closet... apart from that record with Chris Waddle”?
Q28. Who became the first British individual gold medallist for 58 years at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; was it Beth Tweddle, Amy Williams or Jessica Ennis-Hill?
Romping home as convincing winners in Sport this week with a nine scored were Where’s Howard Gone. Mr Deano Grigio made a fist of it to come in second with seven and Dave’s Team managed third with six.
The Sport scores gave us what looked like a given going into the final Film & TV Round. Where’s Howard Gone were looking invincible on 37, six ahead of Dave’s Team on 31.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q33. Which company’s current TV adverts featured a British bulldog dog saying “Oh yes” before ending with the strapline “Depend on the dog”?
Q36. “I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” Name the 1975 comedy classic film?
There was no surprises in the Film & TV scores, leaders Where’s Howard Gone won the final round with ten ahead of Dave’s Team with a close nine and Hunger Graham’s with a decent 8.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Where’s Howard Gone a wholehearted round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma approached the winners table with a choice of three envelopes. Anto had volunteered to draw and went for middle, slowly opened the envelope, withdrew the slip of paper from inside, unfolded it and announced… Beer Prize.
Unlucky Anto but that's a result for everyone else at it means we have a potential £140 plus Cash Prize to play for next 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.
Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 332 we had just £13 in for the Wild Card Prize… still for a quid stake that's not bad. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked if you could name the longest serving England Rugby Union Coach who was in charge of the national team between 1997 and 2004?
The answer was Sir Clive Woodward, a former centre who played for Leicester Tigers and England during his career. Sir Clive took over as England Coach in November 1997 and became one of the most successful England Coaches ever with a win percentage of 71% when he called it a day in September 2004.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many games did the England team win whilst Sir Clive was in charge?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Howard's Disappearing Brown Thumb with a guess of 57, just two off the actual answer of 59.
Our second worst answer got the booby prize of an unknown shot. Ann Drex did their best with 937 but Chris M beat Ann to it with a guess of 181.
With that Quiz 332 was over and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another exciting evening was brought to a close.
A special mention to Graham and Sunny our two visitors from KL, they did extremely well to come in third on the night and promised they would be back next time they are in the UK. Lovely to meet you… should have taken a photo!
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 333 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £140 or more.
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American States Picture Round:
Q03. Which yellow flowering plant with a latin name meaning lion’s tooth is a nuisance to most gardeners? Dandelion
Q07. Troodon, Suchomimus and Utahraptor are all kinds of what? Dinosaurs
Q12. On Friday a 2019 worldwide hologram tour was announced for which former singer? Amy Winehouse
Q20. Whilst performing a show in Oslo in 2004 what item of confectionery injured David Bowie when it was thrown at him from the crowd? A Lollipop hit him in the eye stick end first... ouch!
Q22. Interviewing for the position of manager of the England national team in the 1990s, the then FA chief executive Graham Kelly reportedly asked which candidate, “Any skeletons in the closet... apart from that record with Chris Waddle”? Glen Hoddle
Q28. Who became the first British individual gold medallist for 58 years at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver; was it Beth Tweddle, Amy Williams or Jessica Ennis-Hill? Amy Williams in the skeleton
Q33. Which company’s current TV adverts featured a British bulldog dog saying “Oh yes” before ending with the strapline “Depend on the dog”? Churchill Insurance
Q36. “I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” Name the 1975 comedy classic film? Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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