Well didn't it seem like a long two weeks without the quiz? After a couple postponements due to the footy we were pleased to be back for our festive extravaganza and just tad worried what the turnout would be like after such a long break.
We needn't have been concerned though as we have some committed quizzers and it was a great turnout despite the horrible rain. There were ten teams on the night with a total of 37 contestants, taking the potential winnings to a not so insignificant £85.
We got under way pretty early with the picture round and answer sheets going out ten whole minutes before the Quiz started. There was a reason for this prompt start, as it was a festive themed Quiz we had added a Christmas Sound Round, so we had five rounds to get through in our usual hour and a half slot and we needed to be on the ball as we also had some lush festive snacks at half time too (but more of those later).
Straight into the pictures then and as it was a Christmas theme we went with classic and probably not so classic Christmas movies, some of which were out before many of us were born!
Quiz Master John, who had been full of flu but struggled here to be involved (he's so keen and the beers helped), got us underway with the usual but festive themed General Knowledge.
We had some great scores for the picture round, what a knowledgeable bunch we had in tonight. Five of the ten teams returned 100% scores, which is probably a first. So congratulations to The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl, The Bullets, Deutsche Melons, She & Him and Playing With Santa's Sack who were all Christmas movie boffins for the night. Close but no festive cigar we had Santa's Bulging Sack on 11, Idiots Wish You A Merry Xmas on 10, Jingle Bells with 9, Bah Humbug with 8 and bringing up the yuletide rear we had the not so seasonally named team, Shindlers Fist on 7.
Excellent scores from most in the pics and going into the seasonally themed General Knowledge with the first two questions being fairly easy our Christmas quizzers could all have been lulled into a false sense of security. Well that didn't last! As we progressed the questions got a tad more difficult but were they all that hard? Here's a couple of the more 'challenging' ones:
8. In which ocean does the Australian territory of Christmas Island lie?
10. What festive character was created in 1939 by Robert May, an employee at the american department store Montgomery Ward, for a Christmas promotion?
The scores for the General Knowledge Round weren't quite a spectacular as the Picture Round with the top team returning just seven from ten. After reading almost every Christmas themed quiz on the internet the bar was possibly raised a little high! Well done to the top team She & Him, who did the best in the round. Joint second in the round we had Santa's Bulging Sack, Jingle Bells and Bah Humbug with six a piece and third The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl, Deutsche Melons and Shindlers Fist with five's.
Going into the Merry Music round we had a leader board that looked like this: top of the festive pile we had Santa's Bulging Sack and She & Him both with 24, second The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl on 23, third on 22 The Bullets and joint fourth on 21 Deutsche Melons and Playing With Santa's Sack. So there wasn't much in it at all.
The Merry Music round had tunes from several decades, some of which us older folk would term 'Christmas Classics'. The younger quiz contestants would possibly not describe them as affectionately. Quiz Master John did try and give some clues for those that were struggling but when such major giveaways like Harry Secombe (for Q12 Who were “Walking Backwards for Christmas”, in 1956?) were met by blank looks there's not much hope. Here's a sample of the calibre of the Merry Music Questions:
13. Which rock singer starred in the film “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”?
16. What didn’t The Darkness want to end in their 2003 hit ‘Christmas Time’?
20. Which Welsh singer made her acting debut in the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas Special?
It was a fairly even round, The Bullets and Santa's Bulging Sack edged it with seven from 10, The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl and Bah Humbug returned sixes and there were four teams on five, Idiots Wish You A Merry Xmas, She & Him, Shindlers Fist and Playing With Santa's Sack. This meant that going into the fabulous festive snacks we had She & Him and Santa's Bulging Sack in the joint lead on 24, followed closely by The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl on 23, The Bullets with 22 and Deutsche Melons and Playing With Santa's Sack on 21. In fact the entire 10 teams ranged in points from 24 to just 17 so with around 30 questions to go it was still all to play for, now for those delicious half time festive snacks!
We had home made mini mince pies all individually decorated, Empanadas (pastry shell turnovers, basically little pasties) that were absolutely sensational and Quiz Master John even found some pop corn! Not only did we have plates of festive snacks but there was also gallons of free mulled cider… what a Christmas banquet.
The Empanadas disappeared immediately, barman Chris was struggling to get the plates to the tables without somebody trying for another and the mulled wine warmed everybody's cockles. Big thanks to Justin and Freda for the snacks and mulled cider they were absolutely delicious, don't know where John got the pop corn from though.
Snacks decimated, mulled cider gone it was time to move into a new area for the Quiz… Audio Questions! We put together ten sound snippets with a christmas theme and then asked one or two questions on each. Here's a couple of 'samples' (we might do some mashes next!):
S2. Name these two numpties?
S8. A (recent) classic Christmas tune but played backwards! Name the Song?
There were thankfully no technical hitches and the resulting scores were very good with four of our teams The Bullets, Idiots Wish You A Merry Xmas, She & Him and Bah Humbug getting them all right. There were nines from Santa's Bulging Sack and Deutsche Melons and eights from The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl, Jingle Bells and Playing With Santa's Sack. She & Him were now in the lead with 34 closely followed by Santa's Bulging Sack on 33, The Bullets on 32 and The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl with 31. The rest of the teams were still in there, the lowest score being our team with the seasonally challenged name of Shindlers Fist just ten points off top spot with 20 still to play for.
Our next round was called Christmas Fayre, a replacement for the Sports Round as there was no way we could do a festive themed Sports Round after the marathon that was the research for the Halloween themed Sports Round… Seasonal food and drink was a far more sensible option! It was obvious a couple of our teams enjoyed their festive food and drink a little more than others with Santa's Bulging Sack and Shindlers Fist getting 100% scores. A couple of points behind we had Bah Humbug on an eight and Jingle Bells on a seven, the rest of the teams getting sixes and fives but bringing up the yule log rear on four were our friends Idiots Wish You A Merry Xmas (who need to brush up on their Christmas food and drinks over the festivities!). Here's a couple of tasters:
21. In the UK what is traditionally mixed into the Christmas Pudding to bring good luck?
27. The French call it “Buche de Noel” but by what name do we know this Christmas dessert?
Final round was the usual Film and TV but with Seasonal twist. Going into the conclusive ten questions we had Santa's Bulging Sack on 43, after their super 10 on Christmas Fayre, pulling away from She & Him on 40 and it looked like it was between these two as the nearest challengers were Bah Humbug on 38 and The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl tying in fourth with The Bullets on 37.
It looked like there could be a last gasp winning push from She & Him as they got a full ten from ten along with The Bullets to win the round but the leaders Santa's Bulging Sack just managed to pip them at the post by getting an eight and therefore winning the Bumper Christmas Quiz by the slimmest of margins, just one single point. So unlucky for our runners up She & Him, they couldn't have done any better with their 100% score in the last round but you have to say well done to Santa's Bulging Sack who held their nerve. Some of the festive TV and Film Questions:
31. What brand of water do Del Boy and Rodney attempt to sell in their 1992 Only Fools and Horses Christmas special?
40. Who played Bad Santa in the 2003 film Bad Santa?
There was a round of applause for the winners as their appointed team member came forward to claim the prize, but there was one final hurdle, which of the three envelopes on offer would be chosen? Santa's Bulging Sack's team rep was decisive, she pulled the desired envelope from barman Chris' hand with such a tug that the slip naming the prize fell out and landed on the floor. Picking it up with trepidation she opened the folded piece of paper….
Hard lines Santa's Bulging Sack but that does mean that there will be good sized cash prize of £85 rolling over for Quiz 52 in 2013.
51: Santa's Bulging Sack
50: She & Him
47: The Bullets
46: Bah Humbug
45: The Nation of Quizlam Featuring A Real Girl
42: Deutsche Melons / Playing With Santa's Sack
40: Jingle Bells
39: Shindlers Fist
38: Idiots Wish You A Merry Xmas
As it was getting late, we moved on quickly into the Christmas Wild Card Question. Barman Chris had persuaded 28 of our assembled group of pub goers that a single pound for one question, with closest to the answer winning the whole stake, were good odds. So there was £28 waiting for an answer that was nearest to this question…
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about Christmas Cards. The first commercial Christmas cards were commissioned by a civil servant called Sir Henry Cole in London in 1843 and featured a Victorian family drinking wine around a table.
One of these original cards, actually sent by Sir Henry to his grandmother in 1843 was sold at auction a few years ago at a record price for a postcard of any kind.
The festive Wild Card Question is how much was the card sold at auction for?
There were some pretty extreme guesses (25 million was one hopeful punt!) but there were three people who put exactly the same figure, £27,000 and that figure was the closest to the one we were looking for. Quiz Master John announced with glee 'Dart off!'. Our three contestants for the ultimate prize were Colly regular's Richard and Robin along with Toots from Quiz winners Santa's Bulging Sack and they were all called up to the ockey for the Dart Off which would be three darts, highest score gets the £28.
Richard was up first, he looked confident, his three darts hit the dartboard which is always a good sign and it looked like a decent score, but the 20 Quiz Master John thought he'd thrown was actually a one! Still Richard got a reasonable score of 41. Next up was Robin who announced the last time he'd thrown a dart was twenty plus years ago (that's when tabs were £1.80 a packet and a pint was a quid to put it into perspective for you twenty somethings out there), it showed when he threw a 21. So Richard was looking favourite, it was now all down to Toots. It didn't start well for Toots, a low scoring dart (the number of which was lost in the noise) followed by a complete miss with the dart landing on the floor left him with a mountain to climb and he couldn't scale it, coming last with a total of 12. Richard deservedly took the spoils and for his £1 stake walked off with £28 which probably paid for his evening wines with plenty change to spare. Just goes to prove it's always worth throwing a quid on the Wild Card!
That was it, the Christmas Quiz was over and what an entertaining evening it was, with a seasonal sign off Quiz Master John wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thanks to everyone who turned out, have a good one and we hope to see you all for our first Quiz of 2013 on the 7th January.