Seven teams turned out on a balmy Monday night in July for Quiz 32, boosting the potential prize money to a humungous £125! Chris quickly handed out the Name the Countries Bank Notes picture round and answer sheets and Quiz Master John got us under way just after nine with the usual 10 questions on General Knowledge.
There were some frowns at the Bank Notes Picture Quiz but there was more to it than just recognising the currency, each of the twelve notes pictured had been carefully selected as they carried clues to the countries somewhere on the note. A couple of the teams cottoned on to this and did quite well.
The majority of General Knowledge questions were 'reasonably' easy this week but we did throw in a couple of challenging ones just to spice it up a bit and when John collated all the answer sheets at the end of round one there was already quite a spread of scores. An excellent 10 from 12 for the pic round and a fine 8 from 10 in General Knowledge put No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet, a one of our regular teams, into top spot with a total of 18 points. Second with a very good 8 in pics and 7 in the General Knowledge was Old Novocastrians. Andy Who? returned a total of 14 to slip into third and both Idiots Private Photos on the Net and Quiz de Burgh tied for fourth with 13. Easy and difficult examples, what do you think?
1. What is the capital of India?
7. Mimas is a moon of which planet?
Up next, the Music round. Again we felt this wasn't a difficult round but we did throw one or two obscure ones in. It was rather disconcerting however when Peter from No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet turned around and commented, "This is easy… when's it going to get hard?". Well judging from the scores returned for Music we may have pitched the questions a little less difficult than we should have! Winners of the round Idiots Private Photos on the Net got a fantastic 10 from 10 to boost there total score to 23, which put them in second place overall. Two teams returned very good nines for the round, No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet, which meant they retained pole with a total score of 27 and Quiz de Burgh which propelled them into joint third on 22 with Old Novocastrians who's average 7 dropped them a place. We'll ramp the Music questions up a notch for next week as obviously these are too easy…
12. What was the title of 1978 hit which was a tribute to painter L.S.Lowry?
19. Which artist recorded albums Rebel Yell and Whiplash Smile?
Half time and everyone got stuck into the delicious free snacks (the peanuts and bacon rashers always go down well) before heading for the bar to top up with drinks or outside to maintain nicotine levels before the infamous penultimate round.
Once everyone was more or less back in their seats Quiz Master John kicked off the next round Sport. A lot of the teams made light work of this weeks questions and for the second quiz running there was a 10 out of 10 in this round. This time for Quiz de Burgh who even though they were missing a couple of key team members were still doing very well and this excellent score leapfrogged them into second position. Second in Sports were two teams with a very good 9, No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet and Andy Who? followed on 8s by Idiots Private Photos on the Net and Old Novocastrians. Here's a couple of the Sports questions to have a go at:
22. What do the following football players have in common: Paul Scholes, Paul Ince, David Beckham, Trevor Cherry, Alan Mullery, Alan Ball, Ray Wilkins, Wayne Rooney, David Batty, Robert Green and Alan Smith?
27. Where were the 1970 football World Cup finals held?
So going into Film & TV if you added the Sports round scores to the total team scores we have No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet in the lead on 36, followed by Quiz de Burgh on 32, Idiots Private Photos on the Net on 31 and Old Novocastrians and Andy Who? joint fourth on 30. It would take a fail of astronomical proportions for No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet to let the lead slip now. Sure enough, they held their collective nerve and dropped only one point in the final round to win the quiz with an excellent 45 points from a possible total of 53. There were some excellent scores returned for TV & Films, Old Novocastrians getting a superb 10 out of 10 and four teams along with our Quiz winners getting nines, the other three being Idiots Private Photos on the Net, Andy Who? and Quiz de Burgh. Here's some (obviously too easy) examples:
33. Which famous comedian made a cameo appearance as the Mayor of Royston Vasey in the TV Comedy The League of Gentleman?
40. “He’s not the messiah – he’s a very naughty boy”. Name the film and for a bonus point, the year.
After a hearty round of applause around The Colly for our winners No Foreign Bank Notes in My Wallet, Micki stood behind the bar with three envelopes looking around the pub for a team member that was going to draw the prize. When it suddenly dawned on her that it was the team sat at the bar she exclaimed in genuine surprise "What, you lot won it?". After a few laughs it was down to serious business with Stick to draw, would he pick an envelope containing the massive £125, the drinks or would it be the food vouchers…
Food Vouchers! Hard lines Stick (you'll enjoy the curries though guys, we guarantee it). The good news however is that this means next weeks Quiz 33 could be worth well over £150 to the winners. That's not a bad return for a night out answering a few questions with a couple of pals is it?
45: No Foreign Bank Notes
41: Quiz de Burgh
40: Idiots Private Photos on the Net / Old Novocastrians
39: Andy Who?
30: A Different Three Witches
28: She & Him
The Wild Card was up next, anyone in the bar could enter this winner takes all question for a pound, the closest answer gets it and absolutely no Googling. Once everyone had their little yellow Post-Its, Quiz Master John announced there was £26 in the pot and gave the following question.
In the Film and TV round we all knew the name of the police station in The Bill was Sun Hill. First broadcast in October 1984 The Bill was a regular show on ITV until it’s final episode in August 2010. The Colly Wild Card question tonight is how many episodes of The Bill were there during its 26 years on air?
Hushed silence ensued. You could see everyone quickly performing mental arithmetic, 26 years but how many shows were there a week? The answers started to pour in, John filtering them into 'close' and 'miles out' as they arrived. Once everyone had handed there answer in you could see John had a sweat on, understandable in the circumstances, it had been a close call. His other half Becky, had been closest to the actual answer with 2,613 until Amy handed in a slightly closer 2,394 right at the death! Potential crisis "Quiz Masters partner winning £26 Wild Card shocker" averted and a big well done to Amy from She & Him.
If you are getting a bit of deja vu reading this it's not surprising as this is the third time Amy has won the Wild Card, and her other half, Rob, has won it twice! So this proves it's worth turning out for the Quiz as even though She & Him may have never actually won, that's got to be over a £100 in Wild Card winnings between them!
Excellent night, thanks to everyone for turning out and we hope to see you all for Quiz 33 with a potential £150+ for the winners.