Wow, eleven teams this week, boosting the potential prize on offer for the lucky winners of Quiz 31 to £101… not a bad return for a night out with a couple of fellow quiz goers - that's if you win it of course!
There was some quizzical faces when the picture round went out, it's usually twelve separate images to ponder – actors, logos, beer ads, that type of thing. This week it was a bit different, a map of the world with the names of 12 highlighted countries required. There were mixed reactions initially but gauging from the majority of teams getting good scores, most seemed to enjoy it. As we have mentioned, if you have a good idea for a picture quiz, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try and make it happen.
Just after nine and we got stuck into round one, General Knowledge. We thought this round was a bit easy (honestly), there were a couple of 'mildly challenging' questions but overall it was a round to build up the points. There were a few teams who sailed it but some, surprisingly, struggled.
The 'Bloody Geography Test?' as it was termed by one quiz regular returned some 100% scores, with Andy Who?, 500 F*!@?*! Quid* and Yorkshire Puddings showing that an O Level (or GSCE?) in Geography is not a waste of time after all. Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray scored a 10 and Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy scored 9 to follow in the leaders wake, much like their tennis namesake!
*The Team Name is a reference to data roaming charges for one unfortunate Facebook addict team member, accumulated during seven days on holiday in Tunisia… ouch!
If we mix in the General Knowledge results where Andy Who? and 500 F*!@?*! Quid scored an excellent 9 from 10 and four teams returned 8 this gives us the following leader board: Andy Who? and 500 F*!@?*! Quid joint leaders on 21, Yorkshire Puddings in second with 19 and Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray on 18. Bloody Geography Test Dunces were The Three Musketeers with a 3 (ironic?) and Jesmond Badger Watch with 5 (c'mon chaps, must do better). Here's a couple of easy General Knowledge:
5. Whose art studio was known as The Factory?
10. In the poem by Edward Lear, for how long did the owl and the pussycat sail?
If we thought General Knowledge was easy then Round Two, Music was on that scale hard. There were lot's of 4s to 6s to reflect that difficulty but Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy breezed the round with a brilliant 9 from 10. Second in the round with respectable 7s were 500 F*!@?*! Quid and Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray. Former joint leaders Andy Who? struggled with a 5 so with the advantage going into half time it was 500 F*!@?*! Quid in the lead on 28 closely pursued by Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy and Andy Who? on 26. A couple of our challenging Musical conundrums were:
17. Who had hits in the 90‘s with Dignity and Real Gone Kid?
20. In Sydney, Australia, which well known band was formed in 1973 by Glasgow born brothers Angus and Malcolm Young?
Then it was the usual half time break for snacks, smokes and beers. The Colly Bar Team brought round the delicious free nuts, frazzles and crisps and the teams pondered on where they went wrong (or right) during the first half of the quiz.
Next up was the dreaded Sports round. Most teams struggled as usual due to the sheer diversity of the questions asked but 500 F*!@?*! Quid returned the first perfect ten in sports since The Colly Quiz started, simply unbelievable. In second with an excellent 9 were Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy with the rest of the teams managing sixes and below at best. The consequence of this extreme range of scores was that 500 F*!@?*! Quid consolidated their lead to 38 now 3 points ahead of their nearest challengers Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy on 35 with Andy Who? and Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray on 31. So barring a massive emotional collapse of Andy Murray post match interview proportions it was 500 F*!@?*! Quid on match point going into TV and Films. Some well hard (well we thought they were) Sports question examples…
22. How is the song “Offside” by Barry Stroller better known?
25. Who was the first man to win both the 200 and 400 metre gold medals at the same Olympic Games?
TV and Films up next and all 500 F*!@?*! Quid had to do was score over 4 and two less than whatever Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy managed and the chance to draw £101 was theirs. As if to ram home their superiority in tonight's quiz, 500 F*!@?*! Quid went and returned a 9 from 10 in this, the final round to win the quiz with a massive total score of 47 from 52 possible points, impressive indeed and a round of applause was well warranted. Special mention for The Three Witches (our regulars The Girls) who scored a brilliant 10 from 10 in this round showing their incredible combined knowledge of TV and Films. Along with the winners, their nearest challengers Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy scored an excellent 9 and Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray came third in the round with an 8. A couple of TV and Film tasters:
34. Sid Snot and Cupid Stunt were creations of which comic genius?
40. What was the name the ship sailed by Captain Pugwash?
It was 500 F*!@?*! Quid's team member Shona again to draw from the three envelopes being offered by Micki behind the bar, would it be the food vouchers, the drinks or the big wad of cash? Last week Shona drew the food and this week she went one better and…
drew a case of Budweiser!
Hard lines Shona, if your team wins next week it might be third time lucky?
47: 500 F*!@?*! Quid
44: Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy
39: Only Idiots Cry Like Andy Murray
36: Andy Who?
34: The Three Witches
31: She & Him / Yorkshire Puddings
29: The Chokers a Jock / John Hancock's Woodpeckers in Bronze
27: Jesmond Badger Watch
25: The Three Musketeers
Chuckles of the night, according to one team Hypnos was the Greek God of Calmness and Relaxation (the answer was sleep of course) and in answer to what ship did Captain Pugwash sail we received Shitstains from one team!
An after quiz conversation with a couple of the team members from 500 F*!@?*! Quid was quite interesting. Their team is run with military precision, each team member being given a different subject to revise each week and it does look like this intense training is paying off as they have now won the quiz several times and are always close to the top. As one team member said "You wouldn't enter a race without going for a couple of runs, would you?". So there you have it challegers, this is what you are up against and with a possible £130+ to play for in Quiz 32 is it possible that the prize on offer warrants a little revision?
Bit of insight: Although 500 F*!@?*! Quid set off at a blistering pace, with full marks in the 'Geography Test' and dropping just 1 point in the General Knowledge round, over the next three rounds Cry Into Your Porridge Rat Boy scored consistent 9s giving them 27 points to 500 F*!@?*! Quids 26 (7, 10, 9). So there wasn't really that much in it, 500 F*!@?*! Quids superior knowledge of Geography was the difference.
Even after all the tension and excitement of Quiz 31 there was more, the Wild Card Question. You know the score by now, one question, nearest to the answer wins it and absolutely no Googling. Quiz 31's teaser for ironically £31 was:
In the Music round we had a question asking if Madonna had ever worked in Dunkin Donuts. She had, but doesn’t need to now of course as according to The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Madonna is the greatest selling female artist ever.
The Wild Card Question tonight is according to the IFPI how many million records did she sell worldwide between 1984 and 2006?
There was a wild array of answers ranging from a low but precise 2.784327m from Charlotte all the way up to a very high 470m from Sarah. Second and very close with a 297m guess was Ron but closer still was Richard with 260m, who Quiz Master John announced as 'young' Richard causing everyone to look around the pub for the winner. Eventually we all realised he meant 'young' Richard at the bar! So well done young man, £31 cash back 'aint bad for a Monday night having a few drinks and a laugh at The Colly Quiz.
That was it, 10:45pm and another Quiz over, it was fun and as always thanks to all who turned out we hope to see you next week for what could be a humungous £130+ potential prize.