What a night, pretty surreal actually. Those Geordie Shore TV people had asked if they could be involved in The Colly Quiz, showing the young stars of the show doing normal stuff before a raucous night out on the town no doubt? They rang the previous day just after The Colly had been shut down because of a thunderstorm bringing floods of near biblical proportions (Sunday 6th August, we'll post the pics soon honestly, unbelievable).
What could we say but yes no problem, we'd love to have you at the quiz? The Colly team spent hours upon hours clearing the cellar, getting the place shipshape (see the Lord Collingwood link there) and getting back up and running and then what happens… same time Monday 7th August, another severe thunderstorm, more torrential rain, not quite as bad as the previous day but enough to flood the cellar again. What the… consequently we had hardly any beers on draught (the flood water had screwed the coolers) but we decided to go ahead with the quiz anyway, don't make a drama out of a crisis and all that, there was £200 plus to pay for right? Plus we had TV cameras coming in so we couldn't disappoint everyone!
The TV producers gave us a bit of a headache though, the Geordie Shore people had to be away to their next destination by ten, this was a blow, more like a speed quiz, a pic round and four sets of ten questions in an hour? Oh the pressures of filming! So the plan was to get the quiz up and running nine sharp and everyone to pull together to get the rounds done and marked as efficiently and quickly as possible. Quiz Master John struggled to get into his usual position at the desk due to a couple of burly Geordie Shore heavies (they were big lads) plus a number of producers and film camera men but he squeezed into his corner and we managed to got under way on the stroke of nine. There was a brilliant turnout this week, 42 people and thirteen teams ready to for the big £243 prize on offer.
Picture round this week was flags of Gold Medal Winners to date at the Olympics, there were some difficult ones in there but this was for big money guys. As everyone was struggling with the pics John got straight into the General Knowledge round.
Now bearing in mind the money on offer we had to make the General Knowledge a little more challenging than usual, here's a couple of them:
3. Paphos is an ancient city on which Mediterranean island?
4. Who wrote the book Winnie The Pooh?
There were however a couple of teams that relished the challenges presented in the first rounds. Team Parsnip did brilliantly in pics returning an 11 from 12, Four and a Half Men closely followed on 10 and a point behind them we had Flags Are Us on 9. In General Knowledge Flags Are Us excelled with 9 from 10, with Shudda Gone to The C*?‡@$* getting an 8 and then several teams getting 7s. This gave us a leader board of Team Parsnip and Flags Are Us on 18, Four and a Half Men in a close second with 17 and We Are The Real Idiots in third with 16.
Round two Music, already sixteen minutes on the clock out of the hour before our Geordie Shore chums had to leave. They had two teams, Russia on 7 and Yeah' Baby on 9 so they were involved and enjoying it. The cameras were directed onto Quiz Master John for the start of the second round but he took it all in his stride! Some of the music questions were probably a bit before the Geordie Shore teams time but they did pretty well with 5s and 6s from a difficult ten. Striding ahead however were Team Parsnip, Four and a Half Men and Team Bants all getting 9 with The Girls, Willarchy and Flags Are Us doing well in the round with 8s. Here's a couple of Music questions:
13. In 2002 Madonna wrote and performed the theme to which Bond film?
18. Who sang about Cloudbusting in 1989?
Going into half time snacks we had Team Parsnip top of the pile with 27 just edging it ahead of Flags Are Us and Four and a Half Men on 26. The nearest challengers to the top three were We Are The Real Idiots on 22 and The Oz and Three Poms with She, Him and Them both on 20. It was already looking like a three horse race.
No Pringles this week (floods cost money!), just Cheesy Balls, Peanuts, Bacon Flavour Rashers and some Mini Cheddar like things but they all went down well. A quick smoke, some more beers and bottles and we were into everyones favourite round.
We were now over the half hour so not long to go before our TV guests had to leave. Sport was again quite challenging, well to win £243 you have to excel and in this round Team Parsnip, Willarchy, Should Have Gone to The C*?‡@$, Flags Are Us, Four And A Half Men, We Are The Real Idiots and Yeah' Baby all punched above their weight with a very good 8 from 10 score. Here's some of the sports questions which we thought were quite hard but most of the teams didn't:
22. How many players make up a hurling team?
24. Name the only player who has played in every season of the Premier League to date?
After Sport it was very much as you were on the leader board with Team Parsnip edging it on 35 ahead of Flags are us and Four And A Half Men on 34 with no real challengers to the leaders, the closest team being Willarchy on 27. So this was it, the possibility of winning £243 and there was just two points separating three teams going into Film and TV. Again this was a pretty tough round with a couple of obscure questions, the three main challengers did exceptionally well even with some dodgy guestions like:
32. Which screenwriter created the TV shows Doctor Who, Survivors and Blake’s 7?
37. Which comedy duo starred in the Oscar winning short films ‘Quiet Please!’?
Four and A Half Men got a good 8, Flags Are Us got an excellent 9 but what else can you say when a team gets a perfect 10 under pressure in the final round? Well done to Team Parsnip, a brilliant score of 45 from a possible 52. There was a good round of applause for our regular quizzers, this week known as Team Parsnip, as team member Matt sauntered up to the bar to choose from the three envelopes. This was it, after several weeks the odds are stacked in his favour to draw the cash, Matt didn't hesitate and drew the envelope to the right of the three presented by Micki, he confidently opened it and then cooly announce 'cash'. Wow, the £243 had been won. So well done to Matt and his team. Unlucky for both second and third places, great scores of 43 and 42 for Flags Are Us and Four and a Half Men respectively.
The Geordie Shore teams had chucked the quiz by then, they were all now in the beer garden waiting for taxis to their next destination. We think they enjoyed it and look forward to seeing the snippets on the TV. One team got 14 but didn't put a quiz sheet in for the last round and we think the other team got a creditable 31 but we'll wait for the show before clarifying that. Anyway it was a very interesting night!
45: Team Parsnip
43: Flags Are Us
42: Four and a Half Men
36: We Are The Real Idiots
32: Team Bants / She, Him and Them
31: Yeah' Baby / The Oz and Three Poms / Shudda Gone to The C*?‡@$
28: The Girls
22: Fifi & Stacy
We finished the main quiz at ten past ten, very early. So there was a bit of time for Micki to wander around with the yellow post its for the Wild Card. Quiz Master John was a bit frazzled, speed quizzes are definitely not good for the nerves so he went out for a calming cig after announcing that the Wild Card would be in about five minutes time, no rush with it being just after ten!
After the buzz of the quiz, calm had returned to the bar and it was time to get into the Wild Card, anyone could enter, quizzers or not. One question, numerical answer, £1 entry and closest to the answer gets the full prize money - and absolutely no googling. This week the prize money was a massive £39 and the question was:
We had a picture quiz tonight showing the flags of countries who have already won Gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics. According to the BBC web site there are over 205 countries and 10,000 athletes involved in 300 events at this years Olympics.
The Wild Card Question tonight is in total how many Gold, Silver and Bronze medals have been made by the Royal Mint for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?
Bit of a mouthful to get out but eventually everyone had the jist of it. The background info was actually a clue to the number required, not exactly but it gave an approximation of how many medals. Anyway, everyone was working out their answers, making sure their number was divisible by three(?) and the yellow post its started to get handed in to John. After what seemed like ages everyone had their answers in and John read out the results, one person put a zero as the answer, they thought it was a trick question and the Royal Mint didn't make the medals… interesting lateral thinking, but wrong! The second closest to the answer was 700 out but the winner was Googs amazingly just three from the correct score! So a deserved round of applause for the winner and he came up to the bar with a big grin on his face as he was part of the winning Team Parsnip so his Monday night at The Colly Quiz had been very lucrative with a share of the £243 and the £39 Wild Card!
As an interesting aside, a fellow team member explained that Googs had written his answer originally as 2,703 on his post it but then when told that the figure included the Paralympics he added another 2,000. After handing his answer in he worried that the number he had given wasn't divisible by three… what a details man eh.
That was it, probably one of the most bizarre Quizzes we've been involved in. Thanks to everyone who turned out for the night it was a good one and a special thanks to Quiz Master John who put a hard shift in. Hope to see you all again, including the Geordie Shore Teams next week for Quiz 36.