The teams at the Lion & Crown Public House in Watter's Creek appreciate the hard questions. They may not like them half the time, but they appreciate them. Getting a flavor for the taste of the crowd, when the diversity of knowledge spreads evenly, the challenge is immensely more palatable. And so it was last night at the old L&C with everything from history to math, all cleverly interspersed among the question sets.
Perhaps the funniest moments were during the Visual Round Two, which this week challenged the players to identify famous people named Guy. And a varied lot it was, with Guy Fieri and Guy Fawkes in the same line up. (Well done, Quiz Writers!) The absurd and the desperate bubbled to the surface when the players couldn't put their finger on the correct name and started coming up with the likes of THAT GUY, BRITISH GUY, JAZZ GUY, SAME GUY, GUY SMITH, and GUY GUY... Style points were given for fun (but do not count towards winning, alas.)
Twelve teams showed up and, as usual, three walked away with the top prizes. But what was interesting was that two teams were celebrating birthdays, which forced Quizmaster Lou to sing Happy Birthday... Twice! It was when Kito the bartender shouted out after my second, painful rendition that it was his birthday as well that I had to put my foot down. (There's only so much torture you can put your audience through!) Special mention to the Rockerfellers (a cute couple whose moniker is derived from the famous Center where their marriage proposal was made,) who came in late at Round Four, but wanted to play anyway because they enjoy the fun of the quiz!
Shredder Squad (one of the birthday groups) showed up in force, their presence dominating the pub hall as well as their knowledge, Double-or-Nothing'd twice successfully into first position for most of the night, until they were unceremoniously unseated by Royal Flush in Round Six and maintaining their lead by a single point! (That's real drama, man!) So, the Squad got second and the scrumptious Pickles on a Plate took third.
Quizmaster Lou's parting shot this week comes from Winston Churchill, who quipped, "I am ready to meet my maker. Whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." Have a great weekend everyone!