What a turnout for Quiz 34, obviously the £161 rollover was an attraction for the 40 odd quizzers who joined us, their £1 entry fees bumping the total potential prize to an unprecedented £201. We also like to think that you all turned out for a thoroughly entertaining night of obscure questions, delicious beer and great banter with the possible big money prize just being an added bonus!
An impressive twelve teams were in the hunt tonight, battling it out for the massive prize on offer. There was a definite buzz in the pub as the Quiz Answer sheets and the Picture Quiz were handed by Chris and on the stroke of nine, after all the anticipation we were under way.
The Past Olympic Gold Pic Quiz was well received with four teams getting near full marks. There was a half point for the name and a half a point for the event and the top scorers were Quiz Quiztofferson with an fantastic 11.5 from 12. We don't have the final sheet unfortunately to see where they dropped the half point, but it was still a brilliant score as there were a couple of really hard ones in there. Joint second were Pummelled on the Rings, The Woodpecker Rises and Ben Johnson was Innocent OK on an very nearly equally impressive 11. Third were A Samurai Cannot Stand the Shame of Defeat. I was Honoured to Cut off His Head on 10.5 (thank christ for cut and paste!). One of the best answers for the Picture Quiz was Magnum PI for the 70's swimming superstar Mark Spitz, it was a rather uncanny likeness!
The General Knowledge round had some really random questions from science to history and everything in between but it was really close, with Quiz Quiztofferson and Pummelled on the Rings getting an excellent 9 from ten and The Woodpecker Rises, Ben Johnson was Innocent OK and 2+ returning 8s. Examples of the randomness:
5. From which country does the Skoda car originate?
7. Which king led England into the Hundred Years War with France?
The opening rounds results gave us a leader board looking like this… Top of the heap was Quiz Quiztofferson on 20.5, just ahead of Pummelled on the Rings on 20 with The Woodpecker Rises and Ben Johnson was Innocent OK tied on 19. All to play for.
The Music round had questions from the 70's through to the 90's along with a bit of terminology, instruments and musicals thrown in to mix it up a bit. Despite the disparate nature of the round's questions most teams did really well! The round winners were Quiz Quiztofferson and Ben Johnson was Innocent OK on 9 from 10 which was impressive, they were closely followed by last weeks winners Dr Shaggy and the Green and 2+ with 8's and Pummelled on the Rings in third on 7. What about the music questions, hard or what?
11. Which female country singer teamed up with the KLF for their 90s hit ‘Justified and Ancient’?
12. Which 1961 Ben E King song became a number 1 hit in the UK 26 years later advertising jeans?
Going into half time it was close, we had leaders Quiz Quiztofferson on 29.5, Ben Johnson was Innocent OK on 28 and Pummelled on the Rings on 27. It was time to bring on the extensive selection of snacks - peanuts, pringles, (Freda pushing the boat out again?) bacon fries, cheesey balls and cheese savories allowed the contenders to kick back, relax and get set for the final two rounds. Along with important stuff like getting some more beers in and having a smoke of course.
After five minutes break it was on with the quiz and Sport, the round that everyone loves. There were some poor scores in sport this week, 2s, 3s and 4s were scored by five of the 12 teams so a crash course in sporting trivia may be a good idea guys. There were a couple of teams however that raised their game with Quiz Quiztofferson getting a very good 8 and Pummelled on the Rings and Ben Johnson was Innocent OK returning 7s. Here's an example of a couple of the sport questions:
25. In which sport would you find a Bomb, a Blitz and a Shotgun?
30. Who was the only footballer in the 20th century to captain three FA Cup-winning teams?
The Sport scores made it very interesting going into the final round, we had Quiz Quiztofferson leading with 37.5, Ben Johnson was Innocent OK on 35 and Pummelled on the Rings on 34. So with a potential £201 prize, we had three teams in contention and just 3.5 points separating them. Nailbiting stuff.
TV and Films. Now 3.5 points seems a lot at this stage but with TV and Films it's very easy to lose that advantage and so this round proved, the leaders Quiz Quiztofferson returned a poor score of 6! The winners of the round were Pummelled on the Rings and A Samurai Cannot Stand the Shame of Defeat. I was Honoured to Cut off His Head with 9s to take them to 43 and 38 respectively. Second was Ben Johnson was Innocent OK taking their total to 43 and third Dr Shaggy and the Green and 2+ on 7. Here's a couple of the TV and Film questions:
34. Who played Joey Boswell in late 80s TV sitcom Bread and later went on to direct the 1998 film ‘Sliding Doors’ starring Gwyneth Paltrow?
39. Which character was played by Una Stubbs in Worzel Gummidge?
The TV and Films results gave final scores to the top three as follows: in joint second place with 43 points we had Pummelled on the Rings and Ben Johnson was Innocent OK which meant that Quiz Quiztofferson won this weeks quiz by a margin of just half a point with 43.5. Team Quiz Quiztofferson received a big round of applause and were given the choice of three envelopes to choose what their prize was going to be. The youngest member of the team, Charlie was given the dubious honour of drawing the envelope… he hesitated as if waiting for inspiration then decisively went for the middle of the three fanned out envelopes and handed it to his fellow team members to find out what the prize was. There was a silence around the bar as the envelope was opened and the slip of paper slowly unfolded, was it the £201? No, it was a case of beers! Unlucky Quiz Quiztofferson but that's a big bonus for everyone else as it means next week it could be nearly £250 up for grabs in Quiz 35, holey moley!
43.5: Quiz Quiztofferson
43: Pummelled on the Rings / Ben Johnson was Innocent OK
38: A Samurai Cannot Stand the Shame of Defeat. I was Honoured to Cut off His Head
33.5: Dr Shaggy and the Green
33: The Woodpecker Rises
32: Idiots Would Settle for a Podium / 2+
27.5: Team E
26: She and Him
25: Ewan Duff with Added Ewan Duff / First Timers
Chris had begun handing out the signature yellow post it's for the Wild Card as the bar followed the unfolding events for the quiz winners envelope draw, despite that result there was still a chance for someone to win cash on the night. There was huge interest in the Wild Card, resulting in a total of £40, a record, for a one off question where nearest to the required answer wins the whole lot. Quiz Master John reiterated the no Googling policy, strict rules but we don't want cheats in The Colly Quiz do we? Then read out this weeks question:
We had a Gold Medal Picture Quiz tonight to tie in with the Olympics which you may have noticed started on Friday night. The first year the Modern Olympics were held in Great Britain was 1908 in London.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many medals did Team GB win in the 1908 London Games?
A collective hush enveloped the bar, no need for reading out the question again this week, how many medals? You could see the turmoil in the faces, 1908, not many teams, not that many events… slowly the answers began to be handed in to John who gave nothing away apart from the occasional 'no chance!'. Eventually after a final call to get the answers in he informed the bar that the winner with 162.5, just 17.5 out, was our friend Kenny, who got a round of applause and £40 in readies for his Monday night out at the Quiz. Although where the .5 came from we don't know but thats Scots logic apparently! Well done Kenny, great guess.
So that was it, time to draw the quiz to a close with a goodnight from John. Thanks to all twelve teams who turned up, it was a good night. It's a big week next week, with a potential £250 ish for the winners if they choose the right envelope and the law of averages would say it's time for the cash to be drawn, we look forward to seeing you then.