After a reasonably bright day it lashed it down an hour before the quiz and as last week we wondered how committed our Quizzers would be but as usual they surpassed our expectations! Eight teams braved the weather on a pretty dire Monday night to play the legendary Colly Quiz. We were missing two of our regular brainboxes due to holidays and ill health so a total of 28 Quizzers was a great turnout and boosted the potential Cash Prize to £107.
The pics round was Top Film Stars Badly Photocopied, well actually a Photoshop filter but it did the job. As everybody puzzled over the stark images Quiz Master John kicked off with the usual ten General Knowledge questions. Last week the teams faired reasonably well in General Knowledge so with such a big potential prize on offer we ramped the level of the questions up a notch.
All the teams did pretty well in the Pics Round but stars of the show were Absolutely No Mates with a magnificent 12 from 12. Four teams Stick Or Twist, Idiots Alone, She and Him and Googz Is A Loozer returned 10 with the rest getting 7's and 8's. The General Knowledge round proved a stiffer test of our teams metal though with top score a 7 from 10 for the fantastically named The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Chris Paxton. We were a little surprised that there were no Jimmy Saville references in the teams names tonight but being a national icon he may be untouchable, let's wait until next week!
Two teams Idiots Alone and Team Ramrod (our American friends) managed pretty good 6's in this round with the rest returning 4's and 5's. The General Knowledge questions were quite hard weren't they?
4. On which European island are the Greek ruins of Agrigento to be found?
7. Which planet of the solar system has moons called Ganymede, Callisto and Europa?
After the Pics and General Knowledge we had Absolutely No Mates in the lead on 17, with Idiots Alone on 16 and Stick Or Twist, She and Him and The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Chris Paxton on 15. Into Round Two Music.
Music Question 17 made reference to the strap line which the Inspiral Carpets used to use in the 90's, "Cool as F***". Quiz Master John being the gentleman he is wasn't keen on saying the offending word to the audience but being the ultimate professional and as the question really demanded it he apologised profusely and read it out. At the end of the round, where he asks what questions Quizzers needed repeating, yes you've guessed it, everyone wanted Question 17 read again!
Top scores were 7's in Music were Absolutely No Mates and Idiots Alone with the rest of the teams struggling on 5's and 4's… were the Music questions a trifle hard this week?
11. Who had a chart hit in 1980 with Geno?
20. Which ‘fat dancer’ took his cover of Freedom (originally sung by George Michael) to number 2 in 1996?
You know the drill by now, after music and the results it's those unbelievably delicious snacks, this week cheesy balls, peanuts, mini cheddar type things and a savoury that looked suspiciously like those weird shaped snacks you get on aeroplanes.
At half time we still had Absolutely No Mates in the lead by one point with 24, Idiots Alone close behind on 23 with the nearest challengers Stick Or Twist three behind on 20. It looked like a three horse race already.
After a short break for the savouries, cigs and drinks we got into everyones favourite round Sport. Stick Or Twist did well this week with a commendable 8 from a possible 10, close behind we had Idiots Alone on 7 and Team Ramrod, Googz Is A Loozer and Laz on 6. Our leaders from round one Absolutely No Mates dropped a couple of points in this round returning just 5 so the it was going to be all down to the last round. Here's a couple of Sport questions:
24. How many players, not including substitutes, make up an ice hockey team?
27. What is the name of the US Soccer club which signed David Beckham in 2007?
Going into the final round there was just three points seperating three teams, leading were Idiots Alone with 30, second Absolutely No Mates with 29 and third with 28 Stick Or Twist. Fair play to all the other teams who were in the mid 20's but barring epic fails from all three of the leading teams it was between them.
Film and TV would decide it. There were three 8 from 10's in this round from, Stick Or Twist, Absolutely No Mates and She and Him but there were also two 9's, The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Chris Paxton were one of the teams but crucially, Idiots Alone were the other giving them an unassailable 39 points to win the quiz. So a big round of applause went up for our regulars, Idiots Alone, on their second Quiz win. With questions like these how could they fail!
34. According to words in the theme song of Only Fools and Horses, what is it that only fools and horses actually do?
36. How many full series were there of the TV comedy Blackadder starring Rowan Atkinson?
Joking apart what an excellent win for Idiots Alone, all they needed to do now was draw the envelope containing the £107 winnings. Up stepped the chosen team member to pick the winning envelope from the three presented by barman Chris, one could be beers, one could be food and one could be the big cash prize, she picked the middle of the three and eventually managed to open the envelope to reveal…
Another food voucher win!
Great result for next week, could be over £140 in the pot, but a major disappointment for the Idiots (although you will enjoy the free curries!).
39: Idiots Alone
37: Absolutely No Mates
36: Stick Or Twist
33: The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Chris Paxton
32: Googz Is A Loozer
31: She and Him
27: Team Ramrod
Chris quickly handed out the post its for the Wild Card, one question, nearest wins it and as usual no googling. It was a slightly lower entry of just 15 this week but it still meant somebody would be £15 better off tonight! The question was…
In the Film and TV Round we asked the name of the actress who played Bet Lynch in Coronation Street. The answer was Julie Goodyear, who played the brash and busty Bet during several stints in the soap from 1966 through to her last appearence in 2003. Her longest continuous period in the then twice weekly soap was from 1970 through to 1995.
The Wild Card question tonight is in total how many episodes of Coronation Street did Bet Lynch actually appear in?
There was a silence, a clue to the answer was in the question, 25 years, twice weekly, but she wouldn't be in every show… some people worked it out and the answers slowly came in. Quiz master John shook his head politely as each of the post its were handed to him.
There were some pretty wild answers but the best we had was the lovely Lisa, who despite being 300+ out won the £15. Admittedly not the greatest Wild Card prize ever but still £15 better than nowt. Not a bad return for a fun night out!
Quiz 42 was done and following the usual good night and god bless from Quiz Master John the bar literally emptied, there were only seven of us left! Thanks to all who turned out for the Quiz tonight, it was another good one. Remember though next week it could be up to £140+ if somebody can stop pulling the Food Vouchers!