A lovely warm summers evening and perhaps the potential £150+ prize persuaded 11 teams to turn out for The Colly Quiz tonight taking the actual winnings on offer to an astronomical £161… Quiztastic! There was a definite air of anticipation in the air along with a distinctive waft of Thai Curries as the Name the DJ Picture Quiz was handed out along with the answer sheets. A rather casually attired Quiz Master John got our show on the road with Round 1 General Knowledge just after 9pm.
Several teams did well on the Name the DJ round with Flying Scotsman returning a magnificent 12 from 12 (well done!). Too Many DJs and Four Bogeys Bad Luck gave a good account of themselves with 10's and the brilliantly named Strangers Have the Best Sweets returned a creditable 9 from 12 along with Dr Shuggy and The Greens and The Wilwotchs's (sorry if the names spelt wrong guys, Quiz Master John's handwriting can be an indecipherable sometimes).
The General Knowledge was a little more challenging than the previous weeks following a few 'this is too easy' comments during Quiz 32 but a couple of teams raised their game with decent scores. Dr Shuggy and The Greens winning the round with a massive 9 from 10 and Four Bogeys Bad Luck running in a close second with 8. Several teams managed 6s and 7s to give us a leader board as follows: in the joint lead we had an unprecedented three teams on 18, Dr Shuggy and The Greens, Flying Scotsman and Four Bogeys Bad Luck. In second place on 17 we had Too Many DJs and in third we had Strangers have the Best Sweets on 16. We have to say that Strangers have the Best Sweets possibly have the best team name since Stop the Bus and Let My Brother Jack Off from ages ago, very good. Here's a couple of the rock hard questions from General Knowledge:
3. The Small-endians and the Big-endians appeared in the adventures of which literary character?
8. In which country is Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake?
Into the Music round and we thought this was quite hard this week but you lot surprised us with excellent scores. An incredible 10 from 10 for Idiots at Full Capacity kick started their challenge for the prize but Dr Shuggy and The Greens and Too Many DJs weren't giving up the lead easily, both returning 9s. There were excellent 8s from Strangers Have the best Sweets, Four Bogeys Bad Luck and The Girls to keep it interesting. With just three points separating six teams for top place this was turning out to be a closely contested Quiz Night! Here's some Music examples:
13. Which siblings had a hit in the 90‘s with When Will I Be Famous?
19. Which famous Newcastle born guitarist's original name was Brian Robson Rankin?
Going into half times free dry roasted peanuts, onion rings and what looked like Pringles (Freda's pushing the boat out!?) we had in the lead Dr Shuggy and The Greens on 27, just ahead of Too Many DJs and Four Bogeys Bad Luck on 26, Flying Scotsman on 25 and Strangers Have the best Sweets with Idiots at Full Capacity on 24. A break was needed to take stock of how close this Quiz was, have some more beers and get some nicotine as required!
Sport! Last week we were told Sport was a bit 'easy' so we made it a bit harder. Fair do's though there were teams that still returned some fantastic scores for what was a difficult round, we had 8's from Too Many DJs and Idiot's at Full Capacity and 7s from Flying Scotsman and Woodpeckers in Heat. Leaders Dr Shuggy and The Greens showed Sport to be a chink in their armour by returning just a 6 along with the other contenders Four Bogeys Bad Luck. Here's some examples:
21. An Irish game, similar to the Scottish sport of shinty, is played with a wooden club or stick and a ball. What is with Irish version called?
26. Which boxer plays himself in the 1999 film Black and White during which he beats up Robert Downey Jr?
So entering the home straight it was nip and tuck, we had Too Many DJs now in the lead with 34, ahead of Dr Shuggy and The Greens on 33 and three teams on 32, Flying Scotsman, Four Bogeys Bad Luck and Idiots at Full Capacity, two points separating five teams for a possible £161 prize. Tense or what!
A big hush ensued for the final 10 questions on Film & TV. You could feel the tension during this round and you could also hear some contenders groaning as some of the questions were read out. Joint winners of the round were the fabulously named Strangers have the Best Sweets and Dr Shuggy and The Greens on 9s with five teams in second on 7s, Flying Scotsman, She and Him, Idiots at Full Capacity, The Wilwotchs's and crucially Too Many DJs... two points dropped. So it was Dr Shuggy and The Greens that leapfrogged Too Many DJs in the very last round to win the Quiz with an excellent 42 points from a total of 52 possible. Here's a couple of the questions from the final round:
36. What was the name of the school, which was also the title of the BBC One teen drama, created by Phil Redmond first aired in 1978?
40. Which TV series butler is famous for his catchphrase ‘Yus, M’lady’?
There was a hearty round of applause for the winners Dr Shuggy and The Greens and the appointed team member walked up to choose from the three envelopes on offer from barman Chris. Would it be food vouchers, would it be beers or would it be £161 cash? He chose his envelope carefully, the middle of the three, slowly opened it, hesitantly unfolded the sheet inside and announced… food vouchers! Unbelievable, that's £161 going into next weeks pot, meaning it could be £200 potential winnings for Quiz 34! Four Bogeys Bad Luck cheekily asked Micki to show the contents of the other envelopes just to prove to everyone the cash prize was actually in one. So she opened the first of the remaining two, it was the Beers, she then opened the final envelope and sure enough cash was written on the slip inside. The Colly Quiz is totally above board!
This week there was just six points separating the top six teams, it was a very close Quiz indeed.
42: Dr Shuggy and The Greens
41: Too Many DJs
39: Idiots at Full Capacity / Flying Scotsman
38: Strangers Have the Best Sweets
37: Four Bogeys Bad Luck
33: The Wilwotchs's
31: She and Him
29: Hugh Anchors
28: The Girls
27: Woodpeckers in Heat
Following the prize draw Chris quickly went round handing out the yellow Post Its for the Wild Card Question which anyone in the bar can enter. There were 34 people eager to be in it so that meant there was a £34 prize up for grabs in the Wild Card Round, which is just one question, no googling and closest answer gets the lot. This weeks question was:
In the General Knowledge round, we asked in which country is Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest lake. Russia was the answer and Lake Baikal is not just the deepest, it also contains the greatest volume, over 20%, of non frozen fresh water on our planet, which is more water volume than the three great lakes of North America combined.
The Wild Card question tonight is what is the volume of water in Lake Baikal in cubic miles?
There was hush, presumably whilst the contestants contemplated the question before asking Quiz Master John to repeat it! Although the question was quite lengthy it did contain a couple of clues, the lake contains 20% of the liquid fresh water on the planet and it contains more water than the three great lakes in America combined… that's some volume of water!
There was plenty of thinking time required this week as our quizzers calculated their answers before handing their Post Its back to Quiz Master John. Indeed he had to ask twice if all of the answers were in before finally announcing the winner. We had a 'narrow' band of answers ranging from 2 cubic miles to 200 Million Cubic Miles! But the winner, just 21 cubic miles out was Alex and Chris from the Quiz team Woodpeckers in Heat. So well done to them, a great guess gets them £34.
That was it Alex picked up the Wild Card winnings from Micki behind the bar and we drew to a close with John signing off just after 10:30pm. Thanks to everyone for turning out, it was a great night, quite a tense Quiz and a deceivingly close finish.