Unbelievable, what a difference a week makes, six teams for Quiz 54 – 13 teams for Quiz 55! We just managed to host it though as there was only 13 Picture Quiz printouts and answer sheets… phew close or what. It was an unbelievable turnout, we had 56 people enter which took the potential Cash Prize, including the £50 rollover from last week, up to a whopping £106. Game on!
We kicked off a little late due to the sheer volume of Quizzers but by 9:10pm we had everything sorted. The Picture Round this week was healthy fruits we should all be eating (apparently) to get our five a day.
There were some pretty exotic fruits in there but most teams obviously have extensive exotic fruit knowledge based on the results so as they were perusing the pics Quiz Master John turned his microphone up and we got going with the usual ten General Knowledge Questions.
We got a pretty even spread of scores back for the Pics and Round One. We had three connoisseurs of fruit with Boy Zone, Unknowns and Gatlotagttagtta all scoring 11 from 12, reasonably fruity attempts by The Bullets, Les Idiot a Pied**, Bruised Ball Boys, The Three Peas, Les Cinq Nouvelles Grenouilles***, Philosoraptor and Don't Know Shit Sherlock with 8's but Neil Warnocks Illegitimate, University Of Life and Pork Scratchings took the pith with sevens.
For those that don't want to bother with Google Translate:
**The Idiot Foot
***The Five New Frogs
Obviously reference to the Toon's new gallic signings hence the title of the Report – Quiz 55: Le Pub Était Plein À Ras Bord
*The Pub Was Full To The Brim*
(apologies if the translation is flawed Sarah)
There were some good scores in General Knowledge, Les Idiot a Pied 'en tête du groupe' with 9, Bruised Ball Boys, Neil Warnocks Illegitimate and Don't Know Shit Sherlock came in 'la deuxième place' with 8 and we had loads of thirds with 7, The Three Peas, Les Cinq Nouvelles Grenouilles, Philosoraptor, Boy Zone and Pork Scratchings. After questions as easy as these is it any wonder the teams scored high?
4. Which computer operating system is named after Finnish programmer Linus Torvalds?
6. Who led the mutiny on HMS Bounty?
Into round two Music and we had in the lead Boy Zone on 18, Les Idiot a Pied and Gatlotagttagtta on 17, Bruised Ball Boys and Don't Know Shit Sherlock on 16 with the rest close behind.
There were a few dodgy questions in Music this week where we thought you would need a real mix of ages but amazingly some of the youngest quizzers did the best? We had a maximum 10 from Don't Know Shit Sherlock (who obviously did), nines from Les Idiot a Pied, Neil Warnocks Illegitimate and Les Cinq Nouvelles Grenouilles with an 8 from Pork Scratchings… 'mon Dieu' it was close. These questions were well hard:
16. Who composed “The Nutcracker” ballet?
18. What was the name of Chuck Berry’s 1972 hit which gave him his only UK number one?
'Mi-temps' Time for a break, some snacks and a top up of drinks. What a selection of savouries we had for half time, delicious hot popcorn, bacon rasher crisps and those strange snacks you get on aircraft shaped like teddy bears... 'Fabuleux!' now on with the quiz.
Sport, you love it or you hate it. A couple of teams did really well, 'exceptionnel' infact for Neil Warnocks Illegitimate with a perfect 10 (great result). Then we had Bruised Ball Boys and Pork Scratchings with a 'très bon' nine and The Three Peas with Les Cinq Nouvelles Grenouilles getting eights. We thought sport was a little easier this week with questions of this calibre:
28. Which sporting star has a line of designer clothing called Aneres?
30. Only once has a non-European team won a World Cup held in Europe – in which decade did this happen?
Into the final round Film and TV and we had Neil Warnocks Illegitimate in the lead with 34, close second we had Les Idiot a Pied, Les Cinq Nouvelles Grenouilles and Don't Know Shit Sherlock on 32 and on 31, Bruised Ball Boys and Pork Scratchings. Just three points in it, who would hold their nerve and get the points required by correctly answering questions as cunning as these:
36. In a 2009 film we saw Chris Pine take the helm of which iconic space ship?
37. Which American TV comedy starring John Lithgow, aired in the UK on Virgin and the SyFy channels, revolved around the Solomon family, four extraterrestrials who were on an expedition to Earth to observe the behavior of human beings?
Don't Know Shit Sherlock jointly topped the round, getting 9 from the ten available, the other contendors did well too Les Idiot a Pied and Bruised Ball Boys scored 8's but Neil Warnocks Illegitimate were the other team to top the round, taking the quiz with 43 points… Magnifique!
After a deserved round of applause one of the four guys from Neil Warnocks Illegitimate stepped up for the 'trois ordalie enveloppe', would it be the huge £106 Cash Prize, would it be a case of beers or would it be £15 of Colly food vouchers? Freda 'Le Patron' held out the three envelopes over the bar, the choice was made and our winner wheeled away from the bar shouting "Cash.. we've won the cash!". Another round of applause ensued, it's hard enough to win the Quiz but then to get the cash as well? What a result for Neil Warnocks Illegitimate.
Yes, regular Quizzers will notice no She and Him, they couldn't make it tonight but seeing as we only just had enough Picture Round and Quiz Sheets that's actually quite fortunate. Hope to see you back next week guys, we'll print plenty of copies just in case!
During the excitement of the envelope draw Micki had been round the bar getting entries for the final act of Quiz Night, the Wild Card Question. One Pound in the glass, one yellow Post-it and one Question, the closest to the answer required gets whatever is collected in the glass and tonight that was a record breaking £47. Tonights Wild Card Question was:
In the TV and Films we asked Which TV host used the catchphrase “I’ve Started, So I’ll Finish”, it was of course Magnuss Magnusson.
Icelandic presenter Magnusson is famous for hosting the BBC Mastermind Quiz for a quarter of a century until the late 1990’s.
The Wild Card question tonight is what was the day, month and year that Magnuss Magnusson presented the first Mastermind?
The answers started coming in thick and fast and as last week Quiz Master John started sticking them all in neat little rows on the table. Once everyones answer was in, he teased the crowded bar by taking off the incorrect answers, first by decades, then years. The clue was in the question again, quarter of a century… late nineties… (somebody put 1982!). Finally we were down to the last couple of post its. John, peeled the penultimate Post-it off the table and slowly read out "May 1972, it wasn't you". He then took the final Post-it and announced "Jonathan B it was you!". Jonathan got the month and the year spot on and was just 9 days out on the actual day, so how close was that? Well done Jonathan, that's a rather handy £47 for you as a bonus for coming to The Colly Quiz!
And that was it, a record breaking Quiz 55 with the highest number of entrants and the biggest Wild Card prize since we started. Thanks to all who made it and we do hope to see you back next time.
Favourite moment of the night? We won't tell you whic team it was but in response to the question "According to official records how many people died in the Great Fire of London of 1666? Was it 666, 66 or 6? We had a 7 as an answer (they may have been taking the pith!).
(Remember all of the questions below link to either some further information on the tinterweb or a video if there is one just click the image or the text. The video link last week to the Muay Thai question was absolutely brilliant.)