What a show of commitment by The Colly Quiz regulars, there may have been just just £20 in the pot (thanks to the generosity of last weeks cash winners leaving a 'starter') but we still got nine teams and a total of 36 quizzers in for Quiz 44! This excellent turnout boosted the total cash prize on offer to a very reasonable £56.
The pic quiz this week was easy 'Spot The Dog' otherwise known as famous pooches from TV soaps, cartoons and films.
Chris got the quiz sheets out 'spot' on around 9pm and we kicked off the quiz with General Knowledge. Quiz Master John is just getting into his stride by question number four when hold on, we have a team of four turn up asking to join in! Well we are flexible at The Colly so we get the quiz sheets sorted, Quiz Master John asks questions 1 - 4 again, for the benefit of everyone else as well, and then would you believe it another team of three walk through the door asking "Are we too late for the quiz?". Fantastic, tonights cash prize has just shot up to £63 in the space of five minutes, so we went through questions 1 - 6 again for our late additions and eventually got through the round without any more additions!
General Knowledge was a sterner examination of the quiz teams intellect with questions of this calibre:
7. Which US aviator, film director and business magnate became a recluse from the late 1940’s until his death in 1976?
9. In 1911 the archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered what lost city?
There were some great scores in the pic round, top dogs were Where's Phil When You Need Him? and It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe who got every single pooch right. Second was the excellently named John Is A Mackem Skydiver with 11 from 12 and in third we had four teams on 10, What Is A Polygon? A Dead Parrot, She and Him, Foreign Tina Turner and Free Fallers.
The General Knowledge proved a little more of a challenge for the majority of our teams but one team, It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe, scored an incredible 10. Languishing in second place we had eight for Foreign Tina Turner and even further behind sevens for John Is A Mackem Skydiver, The Girls, Where's Phil When You Need Him? and Free Fallers.
This meant that going into Round Two Music we had It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe who scored an unpresidented top marks in both the pics and General Knowledge in the lead on what would seem an unassailable 22 points. Second we had Where's Phil When You Need Him? on 19 who were obviously missing Phil and third we had John Is A Mackem Skydiver and Foreign Tina Turner on 18.
Music was hard if you were under 30. Some questions were about 'Classic' bands from the 80's and if you don't have that depth of knowledge in the team it might be a bit difficult. Some teams did well, John Is A Mackem Skydiver got nine from ten, Where's Phil When You Need Him?, What Is A Polygon? A Dead Parrot and It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe all got eights but some teams could do with some 'oldies' in to challenge. Here's the examples of the breadth of questions you might get in music:
14. What town were 80‘s Scottish punk band The Skids from: Dunfermline, Dumbarton or Dundee?
17. In 1995 which dance did Los Del Rio introduce to the world?
By half time snacks It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe still had a three point lead with 30 but now both Where's Phil When You Need Him? and John Is A Mackem Skydiver were hot on their heels just three points behind on 27.
The free savouries were well recieved this week, rashers, peanuts and onion rings were the order of the day and most of the tubs came back empty so they must have been good! After a ten minute respite for a smoke and topping up drinks we sprinted on into the Sports round.
Most teams found sport a bit on the hard side this week with just fours and fives being scored by nearly half of the eleven teams. Crucially It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe dropped a couple of points against one of their main challengers by getting seven whilst John Is A Mackem Skydiver returned a stunning 10 out of 10. The other challenger Where's Phil When You Need Him? needed Phil badly as they stuttered on a six for the round whilst Idiots In The Dark, Foreign Tina Turner and What Is A Polygon? A Dead Parrot finished the round with creditable eights. Was Sport a bit hard this week? Here's a couple of samples:
23. Which country won the 1990 Football World Cup?
26. What was the nickname of basketball star Earvin Johnson Jnr.?
It was all down to TV and Films, we had two teams It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe and John Is A Mackem Skydiver tied for first place on 37 apiece. Nearest challengers were Where's Phil When You Need Him? on 33 and What Is A Polygon? A Dead Parrot on 32, so barring epic fails by both the joint leaders it looked like a straight fight between them for the win. We thought the TV and Films wasn't that hard this week with questions like:
38. What was the name of the character played by Leslie Neilson in the ‘Naked Gun’ films?
40. When 1980s TV show Miami Vice was remade as a movie, what two actors played the lead roles of Crockett and Tubbs?
All the teams got over five but the scores we were all interested in were from the leaders and much to Quiz Master John's dismay it wasn't a draw (as he loves a good Dart Off). There was just one point in it though, It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe answered eight of the ten questions correctly but just edging it with nine from ten were this weeks winners John Is A Mackem Skydiver. So a round of applause was raised for our regulars Matt, Lisa, Kenny and 'Googs' and the lovely Lisa was nominated to choose the winning envelope of the three on offer from Chris the barman. She confidently pulled a DL from his grasp, opened the seal and announced with a big smile "The… foooood". Hard lines Lisa but that's a great result for the rest of the teams as if they come back for Quiz 45 there's already a £63 rollover and if the turnouts anything like tonight we will have over £100 to play for.
46: John Is A Mackem Skydiver
45: It Should Be Edgar Allen Poe
39: Where's Phil When You Need Him?
38: Foreign Tina Turner / Free Fallers / What Is A Polygon? A Dead Parrot
37: Idiots In The Dark
34: The Girls
33: She and Him
29: 4B And James
28: First One Here
After the excitement of the prize draw we had hardly caught our breath before Chris was flying around with the yellow Post Its for our Wild Card Question.
Pretty straightforward this one, it's open to everyone in the bar, not just the Quizzers and it's an obscure question with a numerical answer. Entry is £1 per person, the nearest answer wins the entire pot of money and there's only one rule… No Googling! The wild card is always linked, sometimes rather tenuously we'll admit, to a question that had been asked in the actual quiz and this weeks effort was:
In the General Knowledge round we asked the question “Which planet of the solar system has moons called Titan, Mimas and Rhea?” The answer was Saturn, which by coincidence is also the planet which has the highest number of moons in our solar system.
The wild Card question tonight is how many moons have been confirmed to orbit around Saturn?
With a total of £31 to play for it was well worth the quid entry and the yellow Post Its started to get handed in to Quiz Master John, who helpfully gives a nod or a shake of the head to indicate how close the answer is. After a couple of minutes all the Post Its had been collated and there were two answers that were less than ten out but the closest was our friend Matt from the quiz winners tonight John Is A Mackem Skydiver. A hearty round of applause was given for Matt who admitted later it was a complete and utter guess! Well, it doesn't matter, Matt's £31 (and a curry) better off on the night which ain't bad for an evening out having a couple of beers and a laugh with your mates in the Quiz.
That was it, Quiz 44 done and dusted with a Goodnight and God Bless from John. Thanks to all who turned out it was a chuckle and remember there's already £63 in the pot for Quiz 45 so that could be well worth a night out.