It was a rainy Saturday in the gloomy month of January, but all was not lost.
Quizmaster extraordinaire Denesh was back hosting the Annual Gecko Pub Quiz, bringing joy to the faces of millions. Well, not quite millions. But with an excellent turn out this year’s pub quiz proved to be our most popular yet, with 15 teams competing to win the coveted prize hamper. The combination of brain-tickling questions, pints and tasty pub grub brightened up even the most dismal of days.
Our tried and tested format of 6 categories, 12 dingbats and 4 bonus rounds did not fail to disappoint; but in case you couldn’t make it here’s a sample of the questions you missed…
Science & Technology
The first UK storm of 2017 was Storm Aileen, the last was Storm Caroline? Can you think of suitable name for the first of 2018?
TV & Film
Order the following 2017 UK TV shows by peak viewing figures (1/2 mark per answer):
Blue Planet, Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor
History & Culture
Name the authors of these classic novels? (1/2 mark if correct, 2 if all 3 correct)
Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby, Little Women
British photographer Oliver Curtis has been taking photos with his back to famous landmarks. Can you name where this is taken?
Can you name these three sportsmen, who all play sports that use balls?
Which country won the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest?
Serial attendees may remember that last year we had an unprecedented event with two teams being tied on their final score, and an inaugural tie-break round was introduced. Unbelievably, this year, a record THREE teams tied on 68.5 points leading to another nail-biting tie-break round with “Team Toad”, “Sticky Pickled Sausages” and “Communist Sheep Lady” competing for glory!
Tie-break Question: Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You” was the most streamed song on Spotify in 2017. Name the next most streamed song.
Its fair to say the crowd were on tenterhooks. Amazingly (but perhaps not unsurprisingly, given the Beliebers present), all 3 teams got this correct, answering “Despacito” and calling for yet another tie-break question!
This time, in response to the next highest streamed song on Spotify, “Sticky pickled sausages” lost out to the other two teams, who correctly named “Sorry” by Justin Bieber over Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking out Loud”.
Only two teams left now, with “Team Toad” and “Communist Sheep Lady” vying to answer the third tie-break question correctly and put everybody out of their misery. Team Toad managed to guess the height of The Shard to within 5metres of its actual height of 306m, whilst Communist Sheep Lady, after putting up a valiant fight, weren’t quite as accurate here with a guess of 845m!
Congratulations to Team Toad who finally emerged victorious, sharing the glory as well as a hamper of goodies between them.
As always, thanks to the Railway Tavern for providing us with a venue and to everybody who joined us on the night. You all helped us raise an incredible £900 for charity – stay tuned to hear about the projects we support. Thanks again; we can’t wait to see you at the Gecko Sixes this summer!
Science & Tech
Names always reset each year, and the gender changes i.e. 2016 started with Angus, 2017 started with Aileen. Therefore any male name beginning with A (like Andrew or Albert!) would score you a point!
TV & Film
- Blue Planet
- Strictly Come Dancing
- The X Factor
History & Culture
Moby Dick – Herman Melville , The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald, Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
The Wailing Wall,Jerusalem
John Stones, Jordan Speith, Joe Root