Even though it had been another miserable damp Monday we had a full turnout for Quiz 92. Whether our teams are in it for the money or just an entertaining night out to start the week off we don't know, we're just glad that 36 of you turned out to enter our Quiz.
The Picture Round this week was name the famous Frank's. Frank's from every era and every kind of fame.
Quiz Master John, gave our teams a bit of time to get settled in and peruse the Frank's before we kicked off a little after nine with the standard ten questions on General Knowledge. We thought this weeks questions weren't too hard:
Q8 On which area of the moon did Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins make their landing on 20 July 1969?
Q10 Baryonyx, Irritator and Eotyrannus are all carnivorous kinds of what?
After the General Knowledge John gave our teams a break of a few minutes to mull over their answers, then called in both the Pics and Answer Sheets for his first round of marking.
After the teams collected their results John read out the scores. There were varying scores in the Name The Frank's round, we had two teams, Little Johnny One Point (oh dear – Sunderland reference again) and the very creatively named Frankie Goes To Collingwood getting the full 12 marks. Second on 11 Heroes & Zeroes and third on ten, two teams with incredibly dodgy names, Where's The Puff? (guessing it's a reference to a missing team member) and possibly the most bad taste name we've ever had in 92 Quizzes, Does Gus Poyet Have ****** from our regulars Idiots (ouch! Even bad taste team name specialist Richard cringed… and then he recommended the Idiots get another point for creativity) to protect the blog from possible retribution we've renamed them to Does Gus Poyet Have The Idiots.
Most teams did fairly well in General Knowledge. She & Him led the pack with a nine, joint second on eights, The Hasty Puddings, Frankly Not! and Frankie Goes To Collingwood and bringing up the rear, Heroes & Zeroes and Does Gus Poyet Have The Idiots.
Great answer for Q8 (On which area of the moon did Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins make their landing on 20 July 1969?) one team put The Dark Side, not sure if John gave them an extra point though!
Moving swiftly on to the Music Round after John had given Matt a hard time, we had Frankie Goes To Collingwood on 20. At 18 were Little Johnny One Point and Heroes & Zeroes with She & Him, Frankly Not! and Does Gus Poyet Have The Idiots joint third on 17.
Our Music this week again had questions ranging from the way back when through to the present:
Q14 Who recorded the 1973 album Tubular Bells?
Q18 Newport, concrete jumble, nothing in order… not far from the border is the chorus from a cover version of which Jay Z / Alicia Keys 2009 hit?
Joint Chart toppers this week were She & Him and Where's The Puff? on nine. Bubbling under in second we had Heroes & Zeroes and Frankly Not! on eight and then five teams on seven, Little Johnny One Point, The Hasty Puddings, Theatre Of The Dales, Frankie Goes To Collingwood and Does Gus Poyet Have The Idiots.
Going into our half time break we had Frankie Goes To Collingwood on 27, She & Him and Heroes & Zeroes on 26 with Little Johnny One Point and Frankly Not! on 25. It was Close.
John took the opportunity to remind everyone that behind the bar Chris and Gemma were eagerly waiting to serve beverages during the half time interval before he and what seemed the entire pub (again) went outside for a smoke!
The free savouries this week went down well. We had two flavours of the Phileas Fogg offerings; Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips and Aromatic Spices & Sweet Chilli Indonesian Crackers plus a bowl of spicy chilli peanuts! All that included for a quid entry fee to the Quiz... outstanding value from The Colly's boss Freda.
Our teams slowly started to re-appear following their nicotine hit, although John had to remind members of one team several times that the Quiz was actually back on and their team members needed their expertise! We then had ten questions from a range of sports including rowing and football:
Q22 What collective nickname was given to sailing medalists Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, and Pippa Wilson?
Q27 After playing Cameroon in the 1990 world cup quarter final who said: “We didn't underestimate them. They were just a lot better than we thought.”?
Top of the league in Sport were Frankie Goes To Collingwood with an excellent nine, two points ahead of runners up Frankly Not! on seven and an Intertoto play off place went to She & Him and Heroes & Zeroes in third spot.
Sport was a crucial round, it put Frankie Goes To Collingwood in a commanding lead with 36, four ahead of She & Him, Heroes & Zeroes and Frankly Not! on 32 and six ahead of Little Johnny One Point on 30.
So going into our final round Film & TV there was really only one team in it, unless they completely blew it the Quiz was theirs to win. All they had to do was get five of ten questions like this right:
Q35 During the 2012 season of Strictly Come Dancing, professional dancer Aliona Vilani broke her ankle who was her celebrity partner?
Q39 Which actor famously jumped on the couch during an Oprah Winfrey show to show how excited he was about his forthcoming wedding?
Joint winners of the Film & TV Round where Little Johnny One Point and yes, you've probably guessed it, Frankie Goes To Collingwood who won the round and sealed the Quiz. Everyone in the bar gave the winners a round of applause and deservedly so, this team are becoming invincible, winning four quizzes on the trot now, Quiz 92 by a convincing margin of five points!
What was their prize to be? Chris stepped up with the usual three envelopes containing Beers, Food Vouchers and the £81 Cash Prize. A new team member was on hand to choose the envelope, Richard's good lady went middle of the three, slowly unfurled the slip of paper within and Richard announced magnanimously… Cash Prize! Well done guys, that's some winnings you are accumulating from The Colly Quiz, which links us nicely into the Wild Card Question!
Chris had been busy getting the Wild Card entries in following the prize draw and he had collected a total of £29 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 tonights Music Round we had a question about Mike Oldfields Tubular Bells, the 1973 album that was instrumental in making Richard Branson’s Virgin record label a runaway success.
The Album made Mike Oldfield a multi millionaire but at a price. The income tax rate in the 70’s was astronomical and Mike’s first million made in 1974 would have left him with how much after he had paid the taxman?
Their were groans, more mathematics! (It's easy to say when you set the questions but the 70's were notorious for extreme taxation of 80% plus.)
The Post-It's started to accumulate on John's marking desk. After a few minutes, John asked if all the entries were in and following the late comers additions he then started to whittle the answers down.
First to go were all the answers over £200,000, John reading the names and guesses as he went. Then everyone under £100,000 was discarded leaving six Post-It's. Then he binned everything under £150,000 which left just two Post-It's Rob, who's won the Wild Card a joint record six times already and Ray H who's never won it before! John gave Rob the unfortunate news, it wasn't him this week but it was Ray H's lucky night. Ray got a round of applause as Gemma handed him the £29, that's not a bad return for a quid stake is it?
So that was it, another Quiz complete. John signed off with his signature Good Night and God Bless and we all perused the questions and what the scores could have been if he/she hadn't overuled! Excellent night, plenty of chuckles but most importantly thanks to everyone for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all for Quiz 93.
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The Wild Card Answer: According to the UK Bands of Taxable Income Archives he would have been left with just £175,375. The tax rate after your first £20,000 was 83%!