It was really foul weather outside, cold, pissing down and really depressing for a Monday night, we honestly thought the Quiz might have to be called off as nobody would turn up… how wrong could we be, ten teams consisting of 43 people braved the dreadful conditions to turn in for the 41st Colly Quiz. Amazing!
The prize on offer was up to a reasonable £79, thanks to the generous winners of Quiz 40 No Bones In My China who left £36 in the pot and the fabulous turnout on the night. We even had a team of American students in who had read about the quiz on the web site (pleased someone is reading it!). So as usual, thanks to all of you who turned in, it was a belter.
Barman Chris handed out the picture round which Rory from team Norman Einstein finished immediately and handed in to Quiz Master John before Chris had even managed to get all the papers out (Rory was in a hurry). This week we went for Star Trek Characters, a bit risky we thought as not everyone is a fan but most people loved it and thought they were a bit easy! We then kicked off Quiz 41 with the usual set of 10 General Knowledge Questions. Fairly good results this week so we must have pitched them just about right, what do you think?
6. In which city was the famous black hole of 1756?
10. Which regular astronomical sight was first recorded by the chinese in 240BC, made an appearance during the 1066 Norman invasion, most recently showed up in 1986 and will not appear again until 2061?
Early leaders were Skinny Dipping F****** Failures with a perfect 12 on the Trekky pics round and an impressive 9 on the General Knowledge to give them 21, with three teams Norman Einstein, The Plebs and She, Him and Them (regulars with backup this week!) jockying for second position on 17 points a piece. Impressive, Skinny Dipping F****** Failures 4 points ahead after only pics and General Knowledge.
Into round two, Music. Wow there were some extreme scores here, lowest was 4 and highest was 10. The clever people this round were Lone Ranger and Lartus with an excellent maximum score of 10. Second with 9 were The Plebs and third with 8's were The Girls, Skinny Dipping F****** Failures, She, Him and Them and the Naples Mafia. Bringing up the rear in this round were our American friends Team Ramrod with a reasonable 4 considering the following examples are not really their speciality!
14. Which Norwegian pop group had a hit in 1987 with The Living Daylights?
19. For who was the Irish Rover was a hit in 1987?
Going into the half time snacks break we had Skinny Dipping F****** Failures three points ahead on 29, Lone Ranger and Lartus and The Plebs on 26 with She, Him and Them on 25.
The snacks this week were out and gone by the time we got to report, they must have been delicious (or everyone was ravenous) as we never even saw a peanut! Anyway, following a short interlude for nicotine, beers and the elusive snacks we were back into the competition. The Sport round, the leveller! This week we had some teams suggesting that Sport should be dropped and replaced by a more refined arts and literature kind of round with questions on ballet… we would love to hear your thoughts on that?
Some teams excel in the Sports round and this week it was the Naples Mafia who scored a tremendous 10 from 10. The First Class Idiots, Skinny Dipping F****** Failures and (check this out) She, Him and Them got 9's with Lone Ranger and Lartus and The Plebs returning 8's. Everyone was getting reasonable scores in Sport, even The Girls (7) so these kind of questions must be on the button:
21. Which UK city will host the the 2014 Commonwealth Games?
24. In football which is the only Turkish side to win a European Trophy?
Final round and it was Skinny Dipping F****** Failures Quiz to lose. Four points ahead on 38 from four teams on 34, Lone Ranger and Lartus, The Plebs, She, Him and Them and Naples Mafia. Could Skinny Dipping F****** Failures, who had only dropped four points in the quiz so far lose it in the last round? Not quite, they only signed off with a 10 out of 10. Tremendous finishing by Skinny Dipping F****** Failures, credit to Lone Ranger and Lartus, The V1 Idiots, The Plebs, The First Class Idiots and She, Him and Them who all returned 9's but you have to take your hats off to the winners who returned a massive 48 points from a possible 52. Excellent stuff, we obviously made TV and Films to easy with such high scores, here's a sample:
33. Which villain does Heath Ledger play in ‘The Dark Knight’?
35. In the classic Monty Python parrot sketch, what is the breed of the parrot in question?
Whilst there was a deserved round of applause for the winners Skinny Dipping F****** Failures, there was also an appreciation for our American friends, Team Ramrod who even though they came bottom of the pile with a (very) creditable 32 they got a round of applause for their contribution to the quiz, well done guys.
Barman Chris went about handing out the post its for the famous Wild Card whilst Shona from Team Skinny Dipping F****** Failures stepped up to choose one of three envelopes. Would it be food vouchers, beers or the massive £79 cash prize? Shona had the same look in her eye as Newcastle's Pappise Cisse before he took the penalty kick against Norwich the day before. Cisse put the penalty wildly over the bar and Shona nervously chose the left of the three envelopes on offer which contained… the food. Delicious as The Colly food is, it's no substitute for hard cash! Hard lines Shona, as with Cisse we think it may be a while before you get an opportunity again!
48: Skinny Dipping F****** Failures
43: Lone Ranger and Lartus / The Plebs
42: She, Him and Them / Naples Mafia
38: The First Class Idiots
37: The Girls
34: The V1 Idiots
33: Norman Einstein
32: Team Ramrod
Onto the Wild Card. There were 26 people in it which meant £26 to win on one question, closest to the numerical answer wins the prize and Googling is a definite no no. This weeks Wild Card was:
In the Film and TV round we asked a question about the 1939 american classic movie Gone with the Wind starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, in minutes, what is the running time of Gone with the Wind?
There were some quick answers going in, Quiz Master John had just got the question out before Steve had delivered his yellow post it. The quizzers are probably right though, the first answer that comes into the head is usually the closest, dwelling and trying to work stuff out rationally can be counter productive. After all the post its were in John informed the eager contestants that there were several people close but one guy just one minute out, that guy was our regular quizzer Rob, better known as Him from She and Him. A big round of applause for Rob on winning his third wild card, there's only one quizzer won more Wild Cards than that – and that's his quiz partner and other half She better known as Amy, what a result.
So well done to Skinny Dipping F****** Failures and Rob from She and Him, both winners on Quiz Night 41 but Rob's probably the happier with his £24, apparently Skinny Dipping F****** Failures have amassed £45 worth of Food vouchers over their last few wins so they will have to organise themselves a binge night in The Colly.
Laugh of the night had to be one of The Girls (who shall remain nameless) who responded to one of Quiz Master John's verbals with a swift and very unexpected "F*** off"… John was a bit taken aback but burst out laughing when The Girls team member X piped up "Oh, sorry about that but there's only one drink between good behaviour and tourettes!". The timing and delivery were absolute class.
So with a trademark Good night and God bless from John Quiz 41 was done. Great night, thanks to all who turned out.