Miserable weather but it wasn't the snow on the ground, it was the horrible wet sleety stuff falling from the sky that was the problem – freezing cold and just awful to drive in or walk in (and let's face it most would probably prefer to stay in!). Fair play to our hardy quizzers though, they braved the snow and driving sleet to be a part of Quiz 54, well done guys.
We had six teams to start at around 9pm but late arrivals gave us a seventh team (The Rejects). They turned in about 9:15pm but we are an accommodating lot at The Colly Quiz, so The Rejects weren't rejected!
This weeks picture round was another Geography Test (as Quiz 31), some of the countries were a bit obscure but most teams did quite well. However there was a major 'issue' (the fashionable term for balls up these days) but more of that later! The teams perused over the world map whilst everyone got settled in for the first round of questions.
We kicked off as usual with the General Knowledge round which we thought was fairly easy this week and most teams seemed to agree by getting reasonable scores. There were three teams that scored nine from ten, She and Him*, She and Him 2** and "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral"***, Mister & Missus and I'm A DEK returned reasonable eights with The Remnants Of A Fixed Draw on seven (Ed ? Bit lost on the team name? Man U v Spurs? Enlighten us in comments below please if you can) and The Rejects on six (obviously the late appearence had an effect on their scoring?).
* Very confusing this, there was an extra point available for the best name tonight and our regular Quizzers who usually go for The Idiots + 'something funny or topical' decided to call themselves 'She and Him' which threw everything into turmoil as our regular 'She and Him' were now renamed She and Him 2.
** To further confuse things the original She and Him, now called She and Him 2, decided to add 'I'm anaspeptic, phrasmotic, even compunctious to have caused you such pericombobulation' to their name in order to go for the additional point for best name. This was subsequently judged by Freda (the Boss) to be the best name (hence their 10 in the table below) but there's no way this team name can be copy and pasted every time!
** For those that don't get it, Michael Winner (bless him).
Onto the picture round scores. The teams had done reasonably well in the 'Geography Round' but the flaw in Quiz Master John's answer sheet was that the Malaysia and Laos numbers and flags had been transposed (oops) so although the teams were answering correctly on their sheet (number 10 was Malaysia and 11 was Laos) poor John was marking them as wrong because the answer sheet had 10 as Laos and Malaysia as 11, there was mayhem! Queue a stewards enquiry… we looked at the answer sheet and concluded that it had been the incompetence of the obviously (at the time) inebriated quiz compiler who had managed to mix the two on the answer sheet.
Once we had rectified the Picture Round scores we saw that The Remnants Of A Fixed Draw had scored a magnificent 100% with 12, She and Him and The Rejects had returned a ten each and She and Him 2 and Mister & Missus scored nines. No harm done then, everyone got their answers corrected but hey once in a while we all make mistakes, especially when compiling Picture Round questions after copious amounts of Fosters!
After all that was sorted out we had a leader board that looked like this: in the lead we had three teams on 19, The Remnants Of A Fixed Draw, She and Him and She and Him 2 followed by Mister & Missus on 17 and "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral", I'm A DEK and The Rejects on 16. Nothing in it at this stage, mind the General Knowledge had been that hard, here's a couple of examples:
5. January 4, 2010 was the official opening of the tallest building in the world but in which country is it?
6. What does the IT acronym “DOS” stand for?
Onto the Music round. We always say that you need a mix of people in this round as we have music questions from the 50's to the present day plus classical and a bit off the wall so ideally you need a variety of ages in your team to do well. This weeks round winners were She and Him and She and Him 2 (ironically both teams are under 30) who both got seven from 10 with the rest of the field returning sixes and fives. Here are a couple of our musically themed samples:
13. Who was the singer on Massive Attack’s massive 1998 hit Teardrop?
16. What was the name of the only ventriloquist’s dummy to have a top ten hit in the UK charts?
Going into the snacks break gave us She and Him on 26, She and Him 2 on 25, The Remnants Of A Fixed Draw on 24 and "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral" on 23. It was a nip and tuck Quiz but what were the half time free snacks like?
This week we had: Frazzles, Cheesy Balls and Quiz Master John's favourite – hot popcorn! What else could you desire for a £1 entry fee? John missed the snacks as he'd popped out for a cig and on his return he was on a mission to find some popcorn but it had all gone! Amy (She from the original She and Him) kindly donated their half eaten bowl and John was in heaven (thanks Amy). Following feasting on the warm popcorn Quiz Master John kicked off round three Sport.
It's usually the leveller the Sports round. Some easy peasy questions this week but a couple of real stinkers to sort the men from the boys. The top teams for this round were She and Him and "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral" who both managed creditable eights. Runners up in the round we had She and Him 2, I'm A DEK and The Rejects on six with Mister & Missus and The Remnants Of A Fixed Draw bringing up the rear on fives. Some off the wall Sports Questions this week:
22. “Muay Thai” or “The Art of the Eight Limbs” is what kind of sport?
24. How many mph do you have to average to run a four-minute mile?
Final round, Film and TV, and it looked like we had three contenders for the win, She and Him leading the charge on 34 with She and Him 2 and "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral" just hanging in there on 31. Could the teams in second make up the necessary three points with questions as hard as this:
33. Who play’s Tony Stark aka ‘Iron Man’ in the 2008 movie of the same name?
40. Kathy Burke is best known for portraying which character in ‘Harry Enfield & Friends’?
Unfortunately not, despite getting just five in the round and being beaten by both "Calm Down Dear It's Just My Funeral" with seven and She and Him 2 with six, She and Him just managed to scrape the final round by one point to secure their fourth victory in the quiz and get this, their second win on the bounce! Well done She and Him (AKA The Idiots...) who got a hearty round of applause in appreciation of their success as the teams birthday girl Hollie stepped up to do the honours and choose their prize. In Quiz 53 they picked the Food Vouchers so what would it be this week: would it be the £50 Cash Prize, would it be the Case of Beers or would Hollie pull the Food Vouchers for the second week on the trot?
Hollie confidently pulled the envelope on the left of the three Freda had fanned out in her hand and looked at the slip of paper inside… "It's The Drinks" she exclaimed! Hard lines Hollie you didn't pick the cash but you did get a crate of Deuchars for your team's successful (and fun we hope) Monday night out at The Colly Quiz.
Onto The Wild Card Question. Whilst Hollie had been drawing the prize, Micki had been whizzing around the bar handing out the post-it's to those who were prepared to gamble just one pound on possibly winning £20+. Open to anyone in the bar The Wild Card is one obscure question with a numerical answer and the closest person to that answer wins the entire entry money collected.
This weeks Wild Card was inspired by the Burj Khalifa question, originally it was going to be a combination with the four minute mile question in the sports round along the lines of – in minutes and seconds how quickly could Roger Bannister have run up and down the skyscraper? But we went for something a little less convoluted in the end:
In the General Knowledge round we asked in which country was the worlds highest building. The answer was the United Arab Emirates where in Dubai the Burj Khalifa stands at over 2,716 feet tall (that’s 828 metres). It’s a massive structure with 900 residences, 37 floors of offices, a 160 room hotel and also the highest restaurant in the world.
The Wild Card Question tonight is on what floor is the Burj Khalifa’s restaurant?
Some players started scratching their heads or looking bemused, others started calculating the approximate height of each floor and therefore the number of floors in the skyscraper and then guessing based on that? Eventually everyone by whatever means had wrote there answer down and given Quizmaster John their yellow post-it. John carefully placed all the post-it's very precisely in a grid from low to high then informed us all that the Burj Khalifa has 160 floors, following which he took all of the post-it's above 160 off the grid (including a one that had 320 as the answer!).
John then announced that there were two people very, very close, one was our regular, Rob (Him from the original She and Him) with 132 but even closer, just one floor out was Charlotte from tonights She and Him (AKA The Idiots team).
A round of applause went up for Charlotte as she sauntered to the bar to collect her £20 cash prize. Not bad a bad night out for Charlotte, in the Quiz winning team for the second week running with a case of Deuchars as the prize and twenty quid won on the Wild Card to boot… well done!
Great night, good laugh but that was Quiz 54 done and John closed precedings with his signature "Good night and God Bless".
Thanks to all who braved the foul weather to join in The Colly Quiz, we hope your back for Quiz 55 where we kick off with the substantial sum of £50 in the pot so we could be playing for upwards of £80 with a good turnout!