It had been miserable weather all day… cold, dark and incessant rain so we wondered if this might put our teams off turning out, maybe preferring to stay in the comfort of their warm homes instead (and honestly who could blame them!). It was a quite filthy October night, dreek as the scots say.
We already had a few missing, some regulars were sunning it in Spain whilst others had plans they could not change, not even for the Quiz, so we were over the moon when 35 turned out for Quiz 91. This took the prize money up to £46 for the night – game on!
The picture round this week was name the hairstyles. There were some fab cuts on show including Keegan's famous 70s mop of tightly curled hair and a pic of young DJ Pat Sharp sporting an 80s classic cut.
Quiz Master John, who admitted to having had a couple of the styles himself back in the day (including a number 6!?) gave our teams five minutes to get settled in and warm up.
We then kicked off with the standard ten questions on General Knowledge. We thought this weeks questions weren't too challenging:
Q2 Which famous sea captain who commanded HMS Bounty died in 1817?
Q6 In which play by Shakespeare do Elbow and Mistress Overdone appear?
After the General Knowledge John gave our teams a couple of minutes to check their answers over then called in both the pics and answer sheets for his first round of marking.
After the teams collected their marked up answer sheets John read out the scores. All the teams did well in the Hairstyles round, with three, The Bird Watchers, No Male Pattern Baldings Here and Universally Challenged getting 11 from 12 and the rest getting 10.
The General Knowledge proved more of a challenge for our teams than we anticipated. Top scorers Heroes & Zeroes managed a seven, second on sixes, Fed Up Of Being Idiots and No Male Pattern Baldings Here followed by On The End Of A Fist and the topically named One Point Mackems on five.
Robin from team One Point Mackems was at the bar, he was quite miffed as for the final Question of the round "I’m tittupping... what am I doing?" John had marked his team's answer wrong. The actual answer was "I’m walking in a lively manner, prancing" but Robin had suggested "Mincing, at pace" – we think that deserved at least a half point!
So going into the Music Round we had No Male Pattern Baldings Here and Heroes & Zeroes as early leaders on 17. Second on 16, doing well with a depleted squad, Fed Up Of Being Idiots and third on 15 On The End Of A Fist, One Point Mackems and Universally Challenged.
Our Music this week had questions ranging from the 60s through to the present:
Q13 In 1988 which pop siblings went to number one with a re-issue of I Owe You Nothing?
Q19 Who had a hit with the Banks of the Ohio in 1971 and Hopelessly Devoted to You in 1978?
Top of the Pops this week we had Heroes & Zeroes who managed an excellent ten from the eleven possible. Then we had three teams with nine, One Point Mackems, No Male Pattern Baldings Here and Universally Challenged.
John read out the leader board prior to our half time break. Top of the tree we had Heroes & Zeroes on 27, still hanging in there in second were No Male Pattern Baldings Here and joint third One Point Mackems and Universally Challenged on 24.
John let everyone know that behind the bar Freda and Gemma were eagerly waiting to serve drinks during the interval before he and what seemed the entire pub went outside for a smoke!
The free savouries this week were a mixed bunch, we had sweet chilli flavoured llama's (yes, llama shaped snacks!), cheesy flavoured biscuit shapes and bubble crisps.
Our teams started to file back in following their nicotine hit and John got us underway with the Sports Round which was reasonably difficult this week. We had ten questions from a range of sports including boxing and rowing:
Q21 What was tennis player John McEnroe’s nickname?
Q29 At which games did Sir Steve Redgrave win the first of his five Olympic gold medals?
First past the post in Sport were Fed Up Of Being Idiots with a seven. Joint second on sixes were One Point Mackems, No Male Pattern Baldings Here and Universally Challenged. Where were our current leaders though? This wasn't a good round for Heroes & Zeroes, they only managed a four which made a big difference to our leader board.
Going into our final round Film & TV there were five teams in with a shout of winning the Quiz. In the lead and looking good, even with their depleted team of just two No Male Pattern Baldings Here on 32. Second on 31, former leaders Heroes & Zeroes and then three teams on 30, One Point Mackems, Fed Up Of Being Idiots and Universally Challenged. It was all down to who would do the best on the ten Film & TV questions.
Q33 Who played the part of Breathless Mahoney in the 1990 film Dick Tracey?
Q38 What is the name of Nigella Lawson’s 2013 cookery book that followed her 2012 TV series of the same name?
John marked up the answer sheets and the winners of a difficult Film & TV round were One Point Mackems on a reasonable eight. Joint second on sixes were The Hasty Puddings with No Male Pattern Baldings Here and joint third with fives, On The End Of A Fist, Fed Up Of Being Idiots and Heroes & Zeroes. So how did that affect the leader board? John read out the final scores in reverse order… third on 35 Fed Up Of Being Idiots, in second with 36 Heroes & Zeroes and joint first we had One Point Mackems and No Male Pattern Baldings Here which meant, to John's delight – DART OFF!
Our two teams chose their representatives, for One Point Mackems we had Kenny and for No Male Pattern Baldings Here we had Phil 'The Power' Mac. So it was two throws of three darts each and up to the ockey first was Kenny who managed a reasonable 46. Phil responded with a massive score of 75 from his first throw. What could Kenny do with his second throw, a 39, which left Phil with just 11 to get off his final three darts. It was tense, a lesser man could have crumbled with the weight of responsibility but not Phil 'The Power' Mac, he scored 28 which gave him a total of 103 to win the Dart Off and the Quiz.
The pub gave the winning team a hearty round of applause as Phil chose the left of the three envelopes Gemma was holding over the bar. Would it be the £46 cash, the food vouchers or the beers? Phil slowly unfolded the slip of paper he had taken from the envelope, turned to team mate Sarah S and announced… Beers!
Hard lines Phil, after that excellent dart off you didn't get the cash but never mind it goes into the pot for the next Quiz where it could be over £80 if we have as good a turnout as Quiz 91. Sarah S was well happy with the beers though!
After all that excitement we were ready for the Wild Card. Gemma had been busy getting the Wild Card entries in following the prize draw and she had collected a total of £25 to play for. The Wild Card is open to anyone in the bar, it's £1 per person and for that the entrant gets a little yellow Post-It on which to write the answer to a single question that John reads out. The answer is a number or a date and the winner is the one who gets closest to it. It's usually an obscure question so it's more of an inspired guess than something you would actually know and, as with all of the questions in The Colly Quiz, there is absolutely no Googling.
Quiz Master John read out the following question:
In the General Knowledge Round tonight we asked who the sea captain was who commanded HMS Bounty during the infamous mutiny. It was of course Captain William Bligh who was appointed commander of the ship in 1787.
The Bounty was originally a merchant ship called Bethia built in 1774. The Admiralty bought the ship in 1787 for the specific purpose of transporting breadfruit seedlings from Tahiti to the West Indies.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how much did the Admiralty pay for the Bethia?
The bar fell silent, everyone scratching their heads. How much for a ship in 1787… we had a question a few weeks ago about the cost of a Hillman Imp in the 60s and that was £550.
The Post-It's started to build up on John's desk. After a couple of minutes, John checked if all the entries were in and then started to take off the wrong answers.
Everything over £2,000 went off first, John reading the names and guesses as he went, there was one of £15,000. Then everyone under £1,000 was discarded leaving five Post-It's, one by one he binned them until there was just the one Post-It left and that was Margie H with a guess that was just £29 out! Margie got a round of applause as Gemma handed her the £25, not bad for a quid stake.
Jay was close, he made his guess based on the first Pirates of the Caribbean film where during one scene they bargained for a ship and paid £2,000, excellent research, but unfortunately Jay went up from that figure and put £2,100.
So that was it, another Quiz came to an end just before last orders. John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless and our quizzers gradually trooped out of the bar. Great night, loads of laughs, thanks to everyone for turning out and we hope to see you all for Quiz 92.
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