Botany not a strong point, The Sultan of Swing? and fingers on buzzers… here's your Wild Card. Not the most packed Quiz we've ever had but as usual we enjoyed the night!
There was £111 in the pot, a half decent turnout of 20 would take us to over £130 in prize money so we were hoping that last weeks attendance of 17 was just a blip and we'd have a bigger crowd for Quiz 333.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking poor we had full compliments of most of our usual teams and a couple of new faces but one regular lot had decided go to the Earl of Pitt Street Quiz instead (boo, hiss!). Their team of six would have made all the difference on the night but it wasn't to be. We had 18 eager Quizzers in five teams taking the Cash Prize to £129. Game on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Subtle shaped differences leaves Quizzers shades of autumnal red". The key word were shaped, leaves and autumnal. Link those three and you might get Autumnal Leaves. So Quiz 333s Picture Round was can you match the trees to the autumnal leaf illustrations?
The teams were given a few minutes to analyse the Picture Round whilst everyone got their tipples in and settled down. We then embarked upon the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. Not including Pluto which was deemed a dwarf planet in 2006, how many real planets are there in the solar system?
Q07. What ‘N’ is the first letter of global body-care brand that gets its name from a Latin adjective, meaning ‘snowy’, ‘snow-white’ or ‘of snow’ in English?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to re-examine their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty crap in the Leaves Picture Round, it was a bugger mind (put together following Newcastle's home defeat by Brighton… yes Brighton). If They’d Known It Was Leaves Spontaneous Wrecks Would’ve Left! had obviously got the clue on the Preview and scored an excellent nine to come top of the botany class whilst the rest of the teams struggled with Fabs coming in second on six and the rest getting just three!
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit less challenging with Spontaneous Wrecks, Rascal Ferrets and North & South all scoring eights with the other getting sevens.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks as the leaders at this early stage with 17, Fabs on 13 and the rest on 11s and below.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Simon & Garfunkel to Courtney Cox…
Q12. What are the first names of the famous 1960s American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel?
Q16. Before she became a famous in the TV show Friends, Courtney Cox was an extra on a video for which 1984 Bruce Springsteen song where The Boss pulled her on stage for a bit of dancing?
Top tunes this week with an 11 were Rascal Ferrets, way ahead of Spontaneous Wrecks in second with eight.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks were still in the lead with a reduced total of 25 closely followed by Rascal Ferrets on 23.
Next up was the round that can turn a good score bad. Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Which former athlete scored two goals on his recent debut for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners?
Q27. The famous US baseball player Babe Ruth was known as The Sultan of what?
All the teams went for the Dire Straits inspired Sultan of Swing for Question 27. Understandable and quite an appropriate answer but unfortunately wrong!
Championees in Sport this week were both Rascal Ferrets and Blandrew tied on nine. North & South got the silver medal with an eight whilst leaders Spontaneous Wrecks dropped a couple of points to come in third on seven.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting top two going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were still in the lead on 32 but now just a point ahead of Rascal Ferrets on 31, with Blandrew and North & South the long shots on 26 a piece.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Which of The Big Bang Theory characters did the character Penny played by Kaley Cuoco date in real life?
Q37. In Deadpool 2 what is the character name of the time-traveling cyborg that comes from the future to kill Russell?
The turnover wasn't to be, Rascal Ferrets with an 11 scored were third in the round. North & South scored a 12 for second but you've guessed it, Spontaneous Wrecks weren't to be beaten, a maximum 13 in Film & TV took their score to 45 which won them the nights Quiz comfortably ahead of Rascal Ferrets on 42.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Spontaneous Wrecks an appreciative round of applause as Louise approached the Quiz Masters table to choose from three envelopes. Louise went to her right, slowly opened the chosen envelope and withdrew the slip of paper from inside, she quickly unfolded it and with a beaming smile announced… Cash Prize!
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 333 we had £17 in for the Wild Card Prize… still for a quid stake that's not bad. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked “Who currently presents University Challenge?” The answer is Jeremy Paxman who has hosted the show since 1994.
Prior to Paxman it was Bamber Gascoigne who presented the show for 25 years following the Quiz Shows first appearance on our screens in 1962.
Our Wild Card Question tonight is how many University Challenge episodes in total have there been to the end of the last series which ended in April 2018?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Jay, who had a guess of 1,572 just six points closer than his team mate Luke on 1,566. Unlucky Luke!
The second worst answer went to Rob, who’s guess of 2,913 won him a shot of an unknown spirit and he really seemed to quite enjoy it. Still never found out what it was!
With that Quiz 333 was wrapped up and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another fascinating and fun-filled evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 334 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £60 or more… that’s assuming everyone doesn’t bugger off to some other random Monday Quiz Night!
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Autumn Leaves Picture Round: Oak 8, Hawthorn 9, Horse Chestnut 10, Silver Birch 11, Willow 1, Ash 12, Poplar 3, Hazel 2, Alder 6, Beech 7, Elder 4, Maple 5
Q01. Not including Pluto which was deemed a dwarf planet in 2006, how many real planets are there in the solar system? Eight
Q07. What ‘N’ is the first letter of global body-care brand that gets its name from a Latin adjective, meaning ‘snowy’, ‘snow-white’ or ‘of snow’ in English? Nivea
Q12. What are the first names of the famous 1960s American folk rock duo Simon & Garfunkel? Paul and Art
Q16. Before she became a famous in the TV show Friends, Courtney Cox was an extra on a video for which 1984 Bruce Springsteen song where The Boss pulled her on stage for a bit of dancing? Dancing in the Dark
Q23. Which former athlete scored two goals on his recent debut for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners? Usain Bolt
Q27. The famous US baseball player Babe Ruth was known as The Sultan of what? He was known as the Sultan of Swat
Q32. Which of The Big Bang Theory characters did the character Penny played by Kaley Cuoco date in real life? Leonard (Johnny Galecki)
Q37. In Deadpool 2 what is the character name of the time-traveling cyborg that comes from the future to kill Russell? Cable
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