Disappearing Brands, Fartgate! and a wild card on telephone calls? What a turnout we had for Quiz 337… completely unexpected!
We hoped the close finish last week and a potential £90 cash prize might attract some of our new faces back along with maybe a few more teams. As we were nearing 9pm to our delight it was looking packed!
After Gemma had done the rounds with the Quiz Answer Sheets and the Picture Round we counted up the entry money and there were 44 Quizzers in 11 teams… which took the Cash Prize over the ton to £103. Outstanding.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Not so Est. anymore". Est. is a term used by shops in their signage sometimes to indicate years of trading and 'Not so' and 'anymore' point towards defunct or no longer here. So the Picture Round for Quiz 337 was Lost Brands… once well known retailers that have folded recently.
The teams were given a few minutes to check out the Lost Brands Picture Round whilst everyone got their tipples and settled down. We then commenced the Quiz with our standard first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q01. Which country gave the United States the Statue of Liberty as a gift in 1886?
Q06. Which Eastern dynasty is renowned for its blue and milky white coloured vases?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to scrutinise their answers before the Picture Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Picture Round with four scoring the full complement of 12.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more challenging but there were still three Teams; the well overly verbose (but amusingly named) We Can’t Believe That Spontaneous Wrecks, David Furnish And The Paddling Pool Full Of Baby Oil Were Cut From The John Lewis Christmas Ad, The Catnaps and Scrambled Tofu that managed ten points from the 12 available.
The combined scores gave us Spontaneous Wrecks as the leaders at this early stage with 22 and The Catnaps, Scrambled Tofu, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and Cosmo’s Had A Haircut all close joint second with 21.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a Devon rock band to an mononymous American Singer…
Q13. Which rock band from Devon scored for their sixth UK number one album last week?
Q20. Scream, Climax and Good Kisser have all been top ten UK hits for which mononymous American Singer?
Cosmo’s Had A Haircut were Top of the Pops this week with an 11 scored whilst Rascal Ferrets claimed second spot with 10.
So going into the snack break Cosmo’s Had A Haircut were now in the lead with 32 and Spontaneous Wrecks were on their tails with 31.
Up next was the round that can turn a good Quiz bad, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. Which sport was rocked by Fartgate last week?
Q29. For which World Cup was Ricky Martin’s “La Copa de la Vida” the official song?
There were no convincing winners in Sport this week but Cosmo’s Had A Haircut, Rascal Ferrets, Yi Doin’ Great! and Gazza Likes Trains all mustered eights with the rest getting sevens and below.
The Sport scores gave us a fairly competitive top four going into the final Film & TV Round. Cosmo’s Had A Haircut were top nominees with 40 but critics choice Rascal Ferrets and Spontaneous Wrecks were capable of a surprise win on 38 and 37 respectively.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q34. Who hosted the 1980s ITV Quiz show Sale of the Century?
Q35. What make of car is Tom Hardy driving in the 2013 drama Locke?
There were some good performances in the final act with Spontaneous Wrecks taking the applause with an 11 from 13. Then the supporting acts, Rascal Ferrets, Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad and Two Landlords couldn't be separated with tens a piece. However top nominees, Cosmo’s Had A Haircut, also scored a ten which meant they couldn’t be denied victory at the Quiz with a total score of 50 points.
Our assembled teams gave the winners Cosmo’s Had A Haircut a wholehearted round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma approached the winners table with a choice of three envelopes. Team member Richard had volunteered to draw and went for right, slowly opened the envelope, withdrew the slip of paper from inside, and announced… Food Vouchers.
Unlucky Richard and the Cosmo’s Had A Haircut team but that does mean next week we could be playing for a potential £130+ 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.
Top Colly barmaid Gemma had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 337 we had £21 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked the make of car that Tom Hardy drove in the 2013 film Locke. It was a BMW.
The film is a car journey where Tom's character Ivan Locke drives from Birmingham to London. It’s the eve of a major building project which he should be supervising but he's forsaking that to be with a girlfriend who is in labour with his child.
The whole film is shot in the BMW and as you can imagine there are a lot of phone calls, with his boss, several work colleagues, his distraught wife, his sons, his girlfriend and the hospital.
The Wild Card Question tonight is during the one and a half hour film how many phone calls were there in total?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Jon F who miraculously got the exact answer of 36.
We had guesses from 16 through to 321 but our second worse answer, to claim the booby prize of a glass of spirit, was for the second week running… Richard. He's on an unlucky streak!
With that Quiz 337 was over and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
We hope to see you all again next week for Quiz 338 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £130 or more.
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Lost High Street Brands: 1. Phones 4 U, 2. Blockbuster, 3. Comet, 4. Zavvi, 5. Maplin, 6. Dixons, 7. Woolworth, 8. C&A, 9. JJB, 10. Staples, 11. Tie Rack, 12. Toys R Us
Q01. Which country gave the United States the Statue of Liberty as a gift in 1886? France
Q06. Which Eastern dynasty is renowned for its blue and milky white coloured vases? The Ming Dynasty
Q13. Which rock band from Devon scored for their sixth UK number one album last week? Muse
Q20. Scream, Climax and Good Kisser have all been top ten UK hits for which mononymous American Singer? Usher
Q23. Which sport was rocked by Fartgate last week? Darts, PDC Chairman Barry Hearn said “We’ve got to get to the bottom of this”
Q29. For which World Cup was Ricky Martin’s “La Copa de la Vida” the official song? France 1998
Q34. Who hosted the 1980s ITV Quiz show Sale of the Century? Nicholas Parsons
Q35. What make of car is Tom Hardy driving in the 2013 drama Locke? BMW
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