Even though it was a miserable, cold, inclement night there was still 24 stalwarts turned out for Quiz 50… well done guys, what would we do without you? Inclement is probably an understatement as it had seriously tipped it down all day but at least the cellar wasn't flooded so we could go ahead with the quiz and serve draught beers. There were seven teams involved so a little after nine we got down to business with the Picture Round and the first question round General Knowledge.
The picture round this week had a 'royal' theme and once you'd guessed the link the rest should have been moderately plain sailing. Some quizzers didn't see the thread though and started guessing Prince and Queen as some of the answers!
One team nailed the pics, Not An Effing Clue getting an excellent 11 from 12, the nearest challengers Idiots (As Seen On TV) getting a reasonable eight and the rest languishing on eights and sevens. General Knowledge also proved testing for most apart from Not An Effing Clue who convincingly took the round with an excellent nine from ten with the rest of the teams getting sevens at best. Was this going to be a walkover for Not An Effing Clue? This weeks General Knowledge were reasonably guessable though weren't they...
5. Which company makes the perfume ‘Coco’?
7. In which state in America is Salem where in 1692 hundreds of people were accused of witchcraft?
Into round two Music, unsurprisingly we had Not An Effing Clue in the lead on 20 with the nearest challengers Idiots (As Seen On TV) four behind on 16, Gannin' Doon With The Toon and Kings Of The Idiots on 15 and She and Him and Taxis For Pardew and O'Neill bringing up the rear on 14's a piece. Some great names this week reflecting on the relative failures of Newcastle and Sunlan along with The Colly's appearence on Geordie Shore where we were all 'over 70' apparently!
Music dumbfounded most as there were a range of questions from the sixties through to the present day. We always thought a good variety of ages in the quiz was crucial, especially in Music, Gannin' Doon With The Toon had that blend but Idiots (As Seen On TV) don't look a day over 30 and yet both teams managed an eight from ten. With questions like these you have to say the they both did tremendously well:
12. What was the 2012 debut single from Carly Rae Jepsen?
14. What was the name of the band formed by David Bowie in 1988?
17. What DJ's 2002 free concert attracted an estimated 250,000 fans to Brighton beach?
One teams answer in music was a cracker, the question was "Complete this Rolling Stones album title: Goat’s Head - - - - - ?" The answer was Soup but Rob and Amy (aka She and Him one of our Quiz regulars) were quite witty with a guess of 'Revisited', they should have got a bonus point for that but Quiz Master John is very strict. In fact thinking about it Rob should have got another bonus point for his Movember mexican tash, it was a cracker!
Into half time snacks and unfortunately being deep in conversation during the break I can't comment on what delicious savouries were served up but I'm sure they were up to the usual standard. Maybe one of our quizzers can enlighten us as to what the selection was? Anyway, as usual half time was a chance to charge the glasses and get some nicotine into the system.
Next up was Sport and the leader board hadn't changed that much with Not An Effing Clue only dropping just one point in Music against their challengers, they certainly looked to be on a mission! They were in the lead with 27 and the nearest teams were Idiots (As Seen On TV) on 24 and Gannin' Doon With The Toon on 23.
Not An Effing Clue showed their winning credentials in Sport with a crushing nine from 10 in the round, taking their lead going into TV & Quiz to a massive six points. The next best Sport score was seven's from Gannin' Doon With The Toon and She & Him (am I reading this score sheet right, She & Him? Flippin heck it must be late, double check). Sport this week was a disparate, some would say desperate, concoction of questions:
26. Football. Which Scottish club did George Best play for in the early Eighties?
27. What is former boxer Marvin Hagler’s first name?
Final round, Film & TV. Not An Effing Clue had to score just a four in the round and either Gannin' Doon With The Toon or Idiots (As Seen On TV) had to get full marks to force a dart off… Gannin' Doon With The Toon did the best they could and duly scored a magnificent 10 out of 10, the only one of the night but Not An Effing Clue did nearly as well coming second (in the round) with an eight to win the Quiz convincingly with an excellent 44 from a possible 52. Here's some of the killer TV & Film Questions:
33. In which city is the american sitcom Married With Children set?
37. According to the opening credits of the original Star Trek television series, how long was the Starship Enterprise’s mission?
There was a bit of a hesitant pause before the applause tonight, possibly nobody knew which team was Not An Effing Clue but eventually they got the congratulations they deserved for a great score. It was all down to the designated team member Sarah to choose from the three envelopes on offer from Barman Chris. She hovered a bit but following Quizmaster John's delicately put "Anytime tonight will do" she made her choice and opened the envelope to reveal…
Unlucky Sarah. But well lucky for Not An Effing Clue team member John who was last seen quickly leaving the bar carrying the winnings, a case of 12 bottles of Bud!
That also means there is a not so insignificant amount of £48 going into our Quiz on the 17th December. Yes, that's right it's two consecutive Monday nights without The Colly Quiz as unfortunately we have two Newcastle Monday night games in a row – however after the game against Southampton why anybody is interested is another debate, the Quiz would be a more rewarding night out!
We will be back the week before the Christmas madness with a special festive quiz that may have, if we can get it together, a multimedia section with music and maybe film excerpts too!
44. Not An Effing Clue
40. Gannin' Doon With The Toon
33. She and Him
32. Kings Of The Idiots
30. Taxis For Pardew and O'Neill 30 / Idiots (As Seen On TV)
Whilst Sarah had been winning the beers Chris had been through the bar getting entries for the Wild Card. One pound, one question, closest to the answer wins all the money in the kitty (and absolutely no Googling!). This weeks question was…
In the Film & TV Round we asked “which city was the american sitcom Married With Children set?”. The comedy, set in Chicago, featured a dysfunctional family called the Bundy’s and was broadcast for ten years from 1987. It starred a young (and very pretty) actress as the teenage daughter Kelly Bundy, who went on to star in films such as Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead and Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Squeequel.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what date was this actress born? Answers as day, month and year please.
There was only 20 in tonight, but that meant the odds were just 20 to one and for a £1 stake you could easily win £20… a no brainer really. The quizzers saw the clues in the question, teenager, series started in 1987, she had to look like a teenager? Therefore what, 15 years before, maybe 16… so what date?
There were some close answers, Richard from team Not An Effing Clue got within five months but the winner just four months out was, get this, for the second week in a row our friend Gary from the Idiots team! Last week he won £23 and this week £20, what's that expression about buses! Well done Gary, enjoy your winnings.
So that's it, Quizmaster John signed off on his dodgy microphone with a distorted go--ni--t a-- go- b--ss and our half century of quizzes drew to a close. Thanks to you all for turning out on another miserable, wet Monday evening, we will hopefully see you in a couple of weeks time for the once in a lifetime Christmas Quiz Multimedia Extravaganza!