What a thoroughly relaxed and enjoyable evening compared to last weeks Geordie Shore speed quiz shenanigans. We had seven teams turn out for The Colly Quiz on this warm August night and it was a close contest. Last weeks £243 winners Team Parsnip had generously left £35 in the pot for this week and with 26 entrants there was a healthy £61 up for grabs for tonights winners.
The pics quiz should have been a doddle, GB gold medal winners at the Olympics over the last two weeks, our national heroes and the worlds best in their respective sports, all our quizzers had to do was remember their names.
The General Knowledge round kicked off at a leisurely 9:06pm, with no pressure from TV producers Quiz Master John took his time with our opening 10 questions.
Three teams did well in the Pics, Mo Mo Mo It's Magic, Idiots Deserve Cameras Too! and Modern Woodpecker Pentathlon all getting pretty good 10's from 12. The General Knowledge however was obviously not general knowledge as the best was an 8 from 10 for Mo Mo Mo It's Magic with the next four teams returning just sixes! We thought the General Knowledge this week was pretty easy… how wrong we were! A quiz is always easy when your compiling the questions (and know the answers) here's some examples:
1. Who sailed in a voyage of discovery on the Santa Maria?
5. Cape Agulhas is the southernmost point of which continent?
Going into round two Music we had Mo Mo Mo It's Magic in pole with 25, followed by Idiots Deserve Cameras Too! and Modern Woodpecker Pentathlon (oh for some short quiz team names) on 23, What are we Going to Watch Now the Olympics is Over (see what we mean), She & Him and Great British Hopefuls were all on 22 – close!
Everyone seemed to do reasonably well in Music with four teams What are we Going to Watch Now the Olympics is Over, She & Him, Great British Hopefuls and Modern Woodpecker Pentathlon, getting 8 from 10. Leaders Mo Mo Mo It's Magic got a 7 along with Idiots Deserve Cameras Too! and Upton Free Week (Shona may have words!). Going into snacks it was very close with only three points separating six teams but Mo Mo Mo It's Magic were still in top spot with 25.
13. The village of Anatevka appears in which musical?
18. Who was Addicted To Love in 1986?
There was some salt and vinegar style corn snacks in this weeks free half time finger buffet along with the usual peanuts and stuff but a distinct lack of Pringles. The flood from last week has obviously influenced the snack choices, so if you want better quality snacks, the answer is simple – drink more beers so we can eke a little more profit and buy better quality snacks!
After top ups and smokes for those that do we moved into the Sports round. Ten devilishly hard questions on various sports such as…
26. Harry Carpenter was best known for commentating on which sport?
30. Dennis Bergkamp's arrival at Arsenal in 1996 was the catalyst for their now traditional brand of exciting and elegant style of football…but how many goals did he score in total for the club, was it 80, 100 or 120?
Decisive winners in this round were Mo Mo Mo It's Magic, with a magnificent 10 from 10. An excellent 9 from 10 was scored by Upton Free Week and the other challengers returned very good eights but that 10 put Mo Mo Mo It's Magic in an very strong position going into Film and TV. They were now four points in the lead on 35 with their nearest challengers Idiots Deserve Cameras Too! on 31 and Great British Hopefuls and Modern Woodpecker Pentathlon on 30. It looked a tall order for the chasing pack now here's a couple of Film and TV questions:
35. "Dead Belgians Don't Count" was the original title for which 1990's comedy?
40. Fleegle, a floppy eared beagle with a firemans helmet, Bingo, an orange gorilla with shades, Drooper a Texan lion and a keyboard playing elephant called Snorky. Who were they?
As you can see Film and TV was quite hard this week, the top scores were 8's from What are we Going to Watch Now the Olympics is Over and Great British Hopefuls and a 7 from She & Him. The best conversation of the entire evening had to be about the ventriloquist Ray Alan the answer to question 33. Apparently Ray and his inebriated puppet character Lord Charles, used to have a regular spot on the radio, howls of laughter, a ventriloquist on the radio? Now some of the younger members of The Colly Quiz may need to picture this, a world where TVs were not commonplace when a ventriloquist could be on the radio and people would actually remark how well he could throw his voice without moving his lips – oh the innocence of it all!
Anyway the crucial score in this round was from Mo Mo Mo It's Magic, even though they just scored a poor (by their standards) five in the last round it was enough to keep them two points ahead of Great British Hopefuls. So a deserved round of applause was given for the winners Mo Mo Mo It's Magic winning the quiz for a second successive week (they were last weeks £243 winners Team Parsnip). Team member Googs was tasked with choosing the envelope and this week he went for the left envelope of the three on offer from Micki, there was £61 in the pot, or a case of beers or some food vouchers. The prize Googs picked was…
the food vouchers. Great curries for the winners and great news for all the other quizzers as that means £61 going into next weeks quiz!
This weeks results:
40: Mo Mo Mo It's Magic
38: Great British Hopefuls
37: Idiots Deserve Cameras Too!
36: Modern Woodpecker Pentathlon
35: She & Him
33: Upton Free Week
Chris had already started handing out the post it's for the Wild Card. The usual one question, nearest to the number wins and no Googling. This weeks question was:
We had a General Knowledge Question tonight about Bette Midler introducing Madonna to the Live Aid audience in Philadelphia as “A woman who pulled herself up by her bra straps”. Initially envisaged as generating £1 million for famine relief, how much did Live Aid actually raise in US Dollars according to Bob Geldof?
How many years ago was Live Aid? how much was a lot of money in 1985? What was the exchange rate!? These were all factors that had to be taken into account. One astute regular pointed out should it not be how much actually got to Africa – which is another topic! There was £28 up for grabs in the Wild Card and Colly stalwart Robin got the closest to the answer required with his guess of $275m. Well done Robin, that's two weeks running he's been on the winning team and this week he walked away with the Wild Card winnings as well.
So that was it, Quiz 36 was over. Thanks to all who turned out, we missed regular quizzers The Girls tonight but we hope to see them, along with all our regular teams for Quiz 37.