Made up Celebrities, Chunga’s Revenge and a Wild Card on a Chunneling period. Quiz 334 might not have been the busiest Quiz night ever but it was as entertaining as usual!
A chilly October Monday turned into a freezing cold evening. We were hoping this drop in temperatures wouldn't put our Quizzers off and we might get a better turnout than the last couple of weeks. As we were nearing 9pm it was looking good with most tables full and then just after we started another group joined the fray to make nine teams, take our number of quizzers to 31 and the Cash Prize to £60. Quiztastic!
There wasn't a clue for the Picture Round this week instead running up to the Quiz we were posting up images of Celebrities that we had made up in Photoshop to look like they were Vampires or Witches. So the Picture Round was obviously Celebrity Vampires and Witches but who were the Celebrities we had chosen to use?
The teams were given a few minutes to ponder the Picture Round whilst everyone got their beverages in and settled down. We then got going with the Quiz and our standard first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. Which American video games developer are behind the online gaming platform World of Warcraft?
Q06. What does a cryometer measure?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to re-consider their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round with Clownstick Von Fuckface, The Whirlybirds and Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom tying on nines each. The remaining teams picked up eights to sixes. Not bad it was a difficult Picture Round!
The General Knowledge Round proved better for some and a bit more challenging for others… The Whirlybirds were most Generally Knowledgeable with an 11 from 12 whilst the creatively named She Loves A Dickins Cider came in second on 10.
The combined scores gave us The Whirlybirds as the leaders at this early stage with 20 points and She Loves A Dickins Cider and Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom close seconds on 18s each.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Leaving New York to a Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch…
Q13. In 2004 Leaving New York became the last top ten UK single for which group who finally called it a day in 2011 after a career spanning 30 years?
Q19. Hot Rats, Chunga’s Revenge and Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch are all albums by which (wacky) American Musician?
Straight in at number one this week with a 10 scored was Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom. Clownstick Von Fuckface and Rascal Ferrets were just off top spot with nines apiece whilst The Whirlybirds faltered to come in third on a seven.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom had jumped into the lead with 28 closely followed by The Whirlybirds on 27 and Clownstick Von Fuckface on 25.
Next up was the round that can stall a good start… Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q24. In which sport can you serve a floater only to be scuppered by a pancake?
Q28. From which club did Everton buy Australian international Tim Cahill from in the summer of 2004?
The golden boot in Sport this week went to Rascal Ferrets who hauled themselves back into contention with a nine scored. The Whirlybirds, Clownstick Von Fuckface and She Loves A Dickins Cider were all a couple of points behind on sevens whilst Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom dropped points scoring just six to come in third.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting top five going into the final Film & TV Round. The Whirlybirds and Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom couldn't be separated on 34s, just ahead of Rascal Ferrets on 33, Clownstick Von Fuckface with 32 and She Loves A Dickins Cider not far off with 30.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. In which classic TV comedy was the catchphrase of the main character “I don’t believe it”?
Q37. Inspired by a scene from the James Bond film Spectre what festival has been held in Mexico City since 2016 on the last weekend of October?
It was a mighty close final round. Rascal Ferrets and Fergal’s Floozies were in joint third with 10's each. The Whirlybirds were in second with an excellent 11 from the 13 available but Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom pipped them at the post with a 12 to win the nights Quiz by just one solitary point!
Our assembled teams gave the winners Spontaneous Wrecks & The Temple Of Doom a warm round of applause as Team member Jon approached the Quizmasters table to choose from three envelopes. He didn't mess about and went middle, slowly opened the envelope and withdrew the slip of paper from inside he smiled wryly and 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.
Seconded Colly staff member Rob quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 324 and we had £22 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked at which significant meeting in 1990 did Briton Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette shake hands? The Answer was the Channel Tunnel breakthrough ceremony when the British tunnel met the French tunnel midway under the English Channel.
The construction of the Channel Tunnel started on December 15, 1987 when we started digging the middle, service tunnel with the French starting from their side not much later. The entire project took seven years with The Queen and President Mitterrand officially opening the Chunnel on May 6, 1994.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many days digging did it take until that historic meeting between Englishman Graham Fagg and Frenchman Phillippe Cozette carried out the ceremonial break through midway under the English Channel?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Georgina who bagged her first ever win with a guess of 1,095, just 13 off the actual answer of 1,082.
Our booby prize winner this week with the second worst Wild Card answer was Grey who was well off with a guess of 2,501. He wasn't too despondent though, he scored for a shot of Toffee Baileys!
With that Quiz 334 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another stimulating evening of Quizzing was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again (and maybe a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 335 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £40 or more.
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Celebrity Witches and Vampires Picture Round: 1. Lady Gaga, 2. Tom Hardy, 3. Vickie Pattinson, 4. Freddie Mercury, 5. Jennifer Anniston, 6. Wayne Rooney, 7. Eminem, 8. Serena Williams, 9. Andy Murray, 10. Joanna Lumley, 11. Kanye West, 12. Cher
Q03. Which American video games developer are behind the online gaming platform World of Warcraft? Blizzard
Q06. What does a cryometer measure? It’s a thermometer to measure extremely low temperatures
Q13. In 2004 Leaving New York became the last top ten UK single for which group who finally called it a day in 2011 after a career spanning 30 years? REM
Q19. Hot Rats, Chunga’s Revenge and Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch are all albums by which (wacky) American Musician? Frank Zappa
Q24. In which sport can you serve a floater only to be scuppered by a pancake? Volleyball; serve, floater and pancake are all terms from the game
Q28. From which club did Everton buy Australian international Tim Cahill from in the summer of 2004? Millwall
Q32. In which classic TV comedy was the catchphrase of the main character “I don’t believe it”? One Foot in the Grave
Q37. Inspired by a scene from the James Bond film Spectre what festival has been held in Mexico City since 2016 on the last weekend of October? A parade marking the start of The Day of the Dead celebrations
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