Wow! What a fabulous turnout, a record breaking 45 people in ten diferent teams put their quids in to take the prize money on offer to a massive £89 for Quiz 39. Almost all the seats in The Colly were taken as we got underway just after nine on a balmy September evening.
The Picture Round this week was TV Crime Dramas. It would have been nice to call it TV Cops but unfortunately all of the shows didn't involve 'cops', some were PIs, so knowing how fussy some of the quizzers can be we went with the rather dull name of 'Crime Dramas'. Never mind the title, most teams thought this Pic Round was a doddle but some of the younger quizzers were a bit stumped with the 70s and 80s shows.
Then it was into the first question round, our perennial favourite, General Knowledge. A couple of easy questions led the teams into a false sense of security before a couple the real quiz winning brain teasers were introduced. Here's an easy and a hard question, see how you do…
1. Rampart Street, Bourbon Street and Royal Street are famous thoroughfares in the French quarter of which US city?
10. What drink was promoted by Britain’s first neon advertising sign in Piccadilly Circus in 1909?
A good spread of results after the Picture Round and General Knowledge had The Little Bang Theory and newcomers Jam leading with 21, both teams scored a maximum 12 in pics and excellent 9's from 10 in General Knowledge. A close second was Dixon of Dock Green and third Oscar Pissedoffrius with 20 and 19 respectively, both got full marks in the pics and an 8 and 7 in the General Knowledge. The rest of the teams had between 7 (Second Timers) and 15 (She & Him).
Next up Music. Quite a tight one this round, lowest score was a 4 for The Whinging Hags through to an 8 for Dixon of Dock Green, Oscar Pissedoffrius and The Little Bang Theory. Going into the half time break we had The Little Bang Theory just edging ahead with a total score of 29, Jam and Dixon of Dock Green breathing down their necks with 28 a piece and Oscar Pissedoffrius hanging in there with 27. The Music Questions had some classics such as…
11. Who went on a Ballroom Blitz in 1973?
18. In 1982 who had a UK number one hit single with The Lion Sleeps Tonight?
A question about what S Club Juniors changed their name to was immediately followed by James responding in a gruff but still audible "Oh Fuck…" which was timed and pitched so perfectly it sounded like his answer, which had half the teams around him bent double with the giggles.
Richard's addition to proceedings following the question about the name of the band that sang The Lion Sleeps Tonight in the eighties was: "You know they found the singer of that band drowned, he fell off his boat and couldn't 'wim away". Oh dear, time for the half time feast!
Bacon rasher style snacks, peanuts and mini cheddar cheesy things were put on the teams tables at half time, a veritable feast – and all free (if your in the quiz). The five or so minutes break also allowed for topping up of drinks and getting some much needed nicotine into the system for those who required a hit, then it was into everyones favourite round Sport!
A bit of a carbon copy of Music round was Sport, all the teams scoring between 4 and 8. In fact this round had six of the ten teams, Second Timers, Jam, Small Table and The Seven Idiots, Dixon of Dock Green, The Little Bang Theory and Oscar Pissedoffrius all getting the top score. Here's the examples, obviously too easy if everyone's gettin 8's!
25. In which country was the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in 2007?
29. In Olympic athletics, what is the shortest race in which runners can move out of the lanes they start in?
It was as you were on the leader board going into the final round TV & Films, The Little Bang Theory were still in the lead with 37, Jam and Dixon of Dock Green had 36 and Oscar Pissedoffrius were two points off the lead with 35. All to play for in this round then as barring epic fails it was between these four with the nearest challenger (and former champions) Small Table and The Seven Idiots (ironically) seven points off the pace on 30.
One 100% score in TV & Films nailed it. Oscar Pissedoffrius and Small Table and The Seven Idiots returned a very good 8, Jam, Quiz On My Face and Dixon of Dock Green scored a creditable 7 but worthy winners with a perfect 10 from 10, were The Little Bang Theory. How they got all ten with rock hard questions like this is beyond us!
35. In the TV series ‘Buck Rogers In The 25th Century’ what is the name of Buck’s gormless little robot friend?
37. In the cartoon Wacky Races what was the team name for the gangsters driving the Bulletproof Bomb?
This perfect 10 took The Little Bang Theory to an excellent winning score of 47 from 53 and after a deserved round of applause a team representative approached the bar to choose from one of the usual three envelopes. One contained a piece of paper saying Cash, the other two had Food Vouchers or Drinks… what did he choose? After a little hesitancey his hand hovering over the right then middle envelope he went for left and opened it slowly – oh no, Food Vouchers!
Great for the other teams as that means £89 into the pot for next week. Never mind to our winners of Quiz 39 The Little Bang Theory get yourself three of our Thai Curries with the vouchers, they will give you the necessary vigour to come back and win the £120+ cash in Quiz 40!
Well done to Quiz On My Face, who not only returned some great scores (and enthusiastically cheered every time they got a question right) they also told us following the Quiz they added likes and shared links through Facebook to The Colly web site, cheers guys.
Best team names of the night: Got to go to Clammy Nipple Hands, which got a chuckle every time the name was read out by Quiz Master John. Most topical name goes to Oscar Pissedoffrius and 'The Colly Special Award' name (because they added likes to the website and shared links on Facebook) has to be Quiz On My Face!
47: The Little Bang Theory
43: Jam / Dixon of Dock Green / Oscar Pissedoffrius
38: Small Table and The Seven Idiots
33: She & Him
27: Quiz On My Face / Clammy Nipple Hands
24: Second Timers
23: The Whinging Hags
Whilst The Little Bang Theory had been choosing their prize, barman Chris had been getting busy handing out post its for the Wild Card Question. The Wild Card is just £1 entry for anyone in the bar to enter even the non-quizzers. It consists of one (usually obscure) Question with a numerical answer and the the person who gets, or gets closest to that number wins the total entrance money in the pot.
Last week we got a bit of stick from some quarters about the very off the wall (some even said silly) road to the sun question (link) but hey somebody walked away with a pocket full of money from getting closest to the answer!
This weeks question was a bit more tangible, to win the £33 on offer for the Wild Card we wanted the closest answer to the following:
In the picture round we showed a picture of the actor Jack Lord who starred as Detective Lieutenant Steve McGarrett in the US TV Cop Series Hawaii Five-O. The original show ran from September 20 1968 to April 4 1980 and the Wild Card Question tonight is how many episodes of Hawaii Five-O were there in total?
"Book 'em Danno!" There had been muted renditions of the Hawaii 5-O theme tune earlier (here it is) but everyone was now concentrating on the maths – 12 years, how many series a year, how many episodes in a series? The post-it's then started flying in to John for marking. Finally after everyones guess was in John announced there were four people within 10 of the required answer (we were hoping for a dart off as that's dead exciting!). Lisa was second closest, just seven from the required amount but there was a winner, just three out was Fifi, a member of the Quiz On My Face team. A big round of applause went up for Fifi who was over the moon with her winnings of £33, what a bonus after enjoying a night out at The Colly Quiz.
So well done to The Little Bang Theory and well done to Fifi, another Quiz Night was over and it was left to our Quiz Master John to wish everyone a Good Night and God Bless.
We need to check the records but we think that was the best attended quiz ever… Thanks to all who turned out for Quiz 39, we really appreciate your support.