Unbelievable, 40 quizzes already, that's at least 1,600 questions we've asked (admittedly a very few asked twice Sarah) but that's still some achievement, so thanks to all of our Quizzers who have entered The Colly Quiz Night over the last forty plus weeks.
Tonight looked to be a bit of damp squib for our 40th, ten minutes before kick off there were just a half a dozen teams but amazingly several teams suddenly appeared out of the lashing rain to take the total teams involved to 11 and the prize money up to a whopping £126.
The Picture Round this week was TV Opening Title Sequences, a bit difficult in just the two frames shown admittedly but most of the shows were very well known so most teams scored quite well. Once we get iPads in and have multimedia content it will all be a lot more interactive!
General Knowledge got us started and a few of the teams found round one a bit of a challenge. Was General Knowledge that hard, here's a couple of examples:
4. Who wrote The Ballad of Reading Gaol?
6. Which planet is bigger, the Earth or Venus
Following the Pics and Round One we had just seven points separating 11 teams, in pole was No Bones In My China who scored an excellent 11 from 12 in Pics and 8 from 10 in General Knowledge. Joint second with 18 were Return Of The Dunces (11 and 7) and Idiots With Tomato Juice (11 and 7) and third we had Could Do Better on 17 (9 and 8). So it was pretty close going into round two, Music.
Apparently, some selective feedback was we need to broaden our Music round questions (?) we'll see what can be done but we thought it was a fairly broad selection this week with questions from the 70s through to recent years plus musicals and rock star birth places chucked in for good measure. What was that quote? You can please some of the people all of the time… Anyway it was a challenging Music round for Quiz 40 and top score went to No Bones In My China and the very loud (and boisterous) John At The Bar team who got 7 from 10. Second in the round were She & Him and Googs Who? on sixes. A couple of 'samples' for you (samples… get it? Oh well!):
12. Who was backed by the Blackhearts in the early 1980s?
17. Which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical includes the song I Don’t Know How To Love Him?
Going into half time snacks we had No Bones In My China on an impressive 26, with Return Of The Dunces and Idiots With Tomato Juice on 23 followed by Could Do Better tying with Googs Who? on 22. Quite close, all to play for with two rounds to go but first those snacks.
This week we had onion rings, a delightful savoury not seen for many weeks, plus the usual peanuts and bacon rasher frazzle(esque) things. The half time break also gave the teams a chance to stock up with drinks and nicotine in readiness for the final two rounds.
Quiz master John went a bundle on those onion rings and found it difficult to get the first couple of Sports Questions out due to crunching on the addictive snacks but once he'd eaten his quota the round moved quickly on.
Most teams did quite well in Sport this week but hats off to No Bones In My China, they returned a maximum 10 out of 10 in what was a difficult set of Sports questions. Second in the round with a creditable 8 were Idiots With Tomato Juice and third with a 7 were Googs Who? They were quite difficult questions:
23. What sport uses equipment called the spider, the swan and the triangle?
28. Sid Waddell was well known for waxing lyrical about which activity?
So going into the final TV and Films round we had No Bones In My China with a convincing 5 point lead ahead of Idiots With Tomato Juice on 31 and Return Of The Dunces on 30. Surely with a five point lead No Bones In My China couldn't blow it could they?
Top score in Films and TV was Googs Who? with 8. Second we had Gangram Style, Ken Dodds Dads Dogs Dead, The Nation of Quizlam Featuring Ric Lang, John At The Bar and Could Do Better with 7s and third were Return Of The Dunces and Idiots With Tomato Juice with 6. Incredibly, even though they scored a ridiculously poor 3 from 10, and tied last place in the final round, No Bones In My China managed to stumble over the finish line in first with 39 points, two ahead of their nearest challengers. How they just managed three from ten with questions like this:
31. Who were the first of these children’s TV characters reach number one in the UK singles charts: The Teletubbies, The Tweenies or The Wombles?
40. What was the name of John Travolta’s character in ‘Pulp Fiction’?
A big round of applause for No Bones In My China and the obligitory three envelopes were offered to team member Richard, showing no hesitation went straight for the right of the three presented. Before Quiz Master John had even explained the choices Richard had the envelope open and was celebrating drawing the cash! Fantastic, going into a two week break (due to Newcastle playing Everton next week), we had a cash winner so well done to the No Bones In My China team.
39. No Bones In My China
37. Idiots With Tomato Juice / Googs Who?
36. Return Of The Dunces
35. Could Do Better
33. John At The Bar
32. She & Him / Ken Dodds Dads Dogs Dead
31. The Nation of Quizlam Featuring Ric Lang / Gangram Style
25. The Girls
Whilst that drama had been unfolding barman Chris had been busy getting the yellow post it's out in readiness for the Wild Card Question. The usual one pound, one question, closest answer wins all the money finale to the quiz and remember no Googling allowed!
This weeks question was originally going to be a Sports Round question but it was so obscure we pulled it and thought this would make an excellent Wild Card.
An annual golf tournament called the Elfego Baca takes place in New Mexico, USA in which the course consists of just one hole. Tee off is on top of Socorro’s M mountain 7,243 feet above sea level and the hole is almost three miles away and 2,550 feet below.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what is the course record for the Elfego Baca Golf Tournament? (The lowest number of shots to complete the hole).
After reading the question three times, Quiz Master John was asked by one guy (seriously) "How many clubs did they use?". The rest of the crowd just got on with the maths, three miles, down a mountain, how many yards can you hit a golf ball, how many yards in a mile and what about the bounce factor?
Sometimes however just a random number is best and that was proved when Quiz Master John collated all of the answers, one person had got it bang on, and yes it was a guess! So a massive well done to Amy, who won the Wild Card for Quiz 40 and walked away with £26, not a bad return for a fun night out at The Colly Quiz (and it's a record it's the fourth time she's won the Wild Card cash).
And that was Quiz 40 done, the winners, No Bones In My China showed their uber gentlemanlike qualities by donating £36 of their prize money into the pot for Quiz 41.
Cracking Quiz Night, thanks to all of you who turned in. Quiz 41 will be in two weeks due to the football so we hope to see you all on the 24th of September where we have a rollover of £36 already in there to play for.