Wow, what a turnout! 44 People in Quiz 43, boosting the potential prize money to £151. There were a number of new faces along with the usual stalwarts but that only added to the excitement, would any of the teams win the big cash prize on what would normally be a dreary Monday night in October (if you didn't come to The Colly Quiz that is). Thanks to everyone who joined us!
Big disappointment for our American contingent, their Film Studies Graduate had 'homework' so couldn't attend, what was the picture round? Film Villains, oh bugger (English expletive guys, sort of meaning 'rats' with attitude?). Yes 12 baddies in top films where we wanted not just the name but the film, a half point for each correct answer.
We started the questions late, there was a bit of a curry rush on, Idiots where cashing in their food chips from the last win so Micki was innundated in the kitchen (we told you the curries were good though!).
Around 9:15pm Quiz 43 eventually got underway with the obligitory General Knowledge round, 10 questions based on stuff that at least one of the members of a team should know, or that's the idea. Biology, geography, history, you get the drift, anyway we thought it was fairly easy tonight but our quiz teams must have had a hard weekend because the top score of 9 came from the sarcastically named Cheers Mate We Never Watch Films. There were four on eights, Ed Heads, Blue Honey, Little Bang Theory and The Team With No Name.
Here's some of the easy General Knowledge questions:
4. Which world title was first held by Kiki Haakahson of Sweden in 1951 and is currently held by Yu Wenxia of China?
8. Who designed the first ocean-going propeller-driven iron ship, the ‘Great Britain’ launched in 1843?
The Picture Round returned mixed results, there were a couple of teams that did fantastic with near perfect scores, Deutsche Melons with 11.5, The Team With No Name returning 11 and Little Bang Theory with Blue Honey posting 10.5. Then there was Cheers Mate We Never Watch Films and our American friends Team Ramrod (without their Film Studies Student) getting fives… Oh bugger!
Leading at this stage we had The Team With No Name just edging it with 19 ahead of Blue Honey and Little Bang Theory on 18.5. Deutsche Melons were within spitting distance on 17.5 but the rest of the field were already a couple of points behind, could they make the gap up in Music?
A big cheer went up from our younger teams when the Music Round was announced and then Quiz Master John squashed that with a joke of a first question "Doris Day had a hit with"…
Music was a little delayed due to Quiz Master John being offered Jelly Babies and a mini Curly Wurly by bar belle Micki, which he couldn't resist, thereby welding his teeth together for the remainder of the round and making asking questions nigh on impossible. We eventually made it to the end of the round and there was again mixed results, Little Bang Theory returned a perfect 10 (well done), Blue Honey an 8 (not bad) and Ed Heads and Deutsche Melons sevens. There were a lot of 'easy' questions in this round surely:
12. Who had hits in the 80s with ‘Wings Of A Dove’ and ‘Uncle Sam’?
14. Which rapper teamed up with Alicia Keys for Empire State of Mind in 2009?
Into the break and we now had Little Bang Theory leading the pack on 28.5, Blue Honey in second on 26.5 and former pace setters The Team With No Name on 25. It was all to play for as we surveyed the delicious snacks that were offered.
This week the savoury selection consisted of Peanuts, Onion Rings and Mini Cheddar type snacks (copies, but hey MC's are expensive). They went down well, Quiz Master John was particularly fond of the Onion Rings which combined well with the previous jelly babies and mini curly wurly to render him more or less useless for asking questions until he'd had a good few sips of Bud!
Into the Sports Round. Five teams got nines in Sport which is unusual, The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Alex Mathews, Ed Heads, Blue Honey, Deutsche Melons and The Team With No Name – impressive, either the questions were too easy or you all had specialists in the team! The trailing pack got 5's and 6's meaning that going into the final round we had a leader board like this: just edging it on 35.5 Blue Honey, second on 34.5 Little Bang Theory, third on 34 The Team With No Name and fourth on 33.5 Deutsche Melons. Just two points seperating four teams, exciting stuff. Here's a couple of the Sports teasers:
22. What Scottish club did Alex Ferguson manage before going to Manchester United?
27. Which player is the all time highest goalscorer for Argentina in international football?
Final round, Film and TV. What a narrow band of results this was, all ten teams got between 7 and 9, including our American friends! British TV, it's popular all over the world. Top 9's went to She and Him (wow – ed.), Team Ramrod (US of A, again wow – ed.) and Little Bang Theory. Eight's for Blue Honey and Deutsche Melons meant only one thing, Quiz Master John's favourite finale, a Dart Off! We had both Blue Honey and Little Bang Theory on 43.5 and Quiz Master John couldn't get his table out of the way quick enough. Some sample TV and Film questions:
36. When Spain bought the rights to screen the classic comedy Fawlty Towers, what nationality did they give the clueless Spanish waiter Manuel when they dubbed the dialogue?
40. Which 1990s BBC 2 TV comedy was about a former ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ TV chat show host who was slowly “Bouncing Back” on Radio Norwich?
Representatives from both teams stepped up. The dart off is two rounds of three darts each. They tossed a coin for who was up to the oche first and it was Blue Honey who chucked a ridiculously high score (sorry, caught up in the moment and taking pics, didn't take notes of scores). Little Bang Theory's Alistair threw a weak set of darts in reply, no where near (must have been the nerves) and then Blue Honey closing set was so impressive it left an almost impossible task of a hundred or so for Little Bang Theory to win.
There was no fairytale ending this time and Blue Honey deservedly won the Dart Off, leaving the final hurdle of picking the right envelope from the three on offer. Great comment from one of the members of the new quiz team Ed Heads, "What? You have to win the quiz, then you have to win a dart off, then pick one of three envelopes… it's like some sort of TV quiz show!". It's not this complicated every week guys!
The envelopes were offered up and the team member from Blue Honey took her time but decided on the centre option, after what seemed like ages opening it up she eventually pulled the contents out and cooly anounced "The Cash Prize". Well done, it was worth the wait. A big round of applause for the eventual winners Blue Honey and they very sportingly left £20 in the pot for next weeks quiz. Cheers fellas.
43.5: Blue Honey (won the Dart Off)
43.5: Little Bang Theory
42: The Team With No Name
41.5: Deutsche Melons
39: She and Him (Great score, there's only the two of them!)
38.5: Ed Heads
36.5: The Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Alex Mathews
34: The Idiot Is Abroad (We think you need him back for the Quiz!)
33: Cheers Mate We Never Watch Films
31: Team Ramrod
All of this excitement left us very little time to get the Wild Card Question in so Chris high tailed it round the bar with Post It's while Quiz Master John, still grinning from the excitement of the Dart Off announced there was a massive £30 prize for the nearest answer to the following question:
In the sports round we asked which player is the all time highest goalscorer for Argentina in international football? The answer is of course Gabriel Batistuta who played for the national team for 11 years from 1991 to 2002 and appeared in three world cups.
The Wild Card question tonight is how many goals did Gabriel Batistuta score for Argentina during his international career?
No Googling, nearest answer wins John reminded everyone over the PA as they scribbled there guesses down. Batistuta, what a player, eleven years of international goals though, whats the magic number? The crowd got their answers in quickly and John's face lit up again… four people within one goal of the answer – it's a Quiz Off! He called all four winners up to Quiz central and gave them all another post it, Team Ed Head were wondering what lengths you have to go to win anything in this Quiz. John asked all four contestants to write down the total international appearences Batistuta had made for Argentina which was (thoughtfully?) provided as part of the back up to the answer (as it was quite impressive, goals to games that is). The four handed their guesses in and eventually we had a clear winner, so it was well done to Rob B who got a big round of applause as he picked up his £30 cash from Chris at the bar. Not bad for a bit of a laugh on a Monday night, even if it was a bit more convoluted than usual.
That was it, a Goodnight and God Bless from John brought a very entertaining and quite frantic Quiz 43 to a close. Thanks to all who turned out, we appreciate your support for The Colly Quiz and hope to see you all for Quiz 44 which starts with a rollover in the pot of £20 courtesy of our winners tonight, Blue Honey.