As my dear old granny used to say to me "There's nowt worse than a smug mackem!" so following Newcastle's disappointing Derby defeat on Sunday we wondered if our Quizzers could put up with Quiz Master John's gloating all night (he's from the other side!).
Our teams turned out in serious force, a lucky victory by our noisy neighbours down the road and the miserable weather on the night hadn't dampened their enthusiasm for The Colly Quiz – there were a total of 13 teams and a record breaking 52 Quizzers ready to play Quiz 93.
When we totted the winnings up and added it to the generous £6 left in by last weeks winners we had a very reasonable £58 to play for.
The Picture Round this week was Balls, close ups of sports balls that is… with a little clue in the background. It wasn't too challenging this week, we didn't want to tax the fragile minds of any disappointed Newcastle fans.
So after five minutes to look at the pics and a few well disguised references to his teams glorious victory the previous day, John (who was grinning like a cheshire cat all night) got us underway. This weeks questions weren't that hard:
Q2 What is the capital city of Canada?
Q8 What was the name of the spacecraft which conveyed Yuri Gagarin into space in 1961?
After the General Knowledge John gave our teams a break of a few minutes to think through their answers, then called in both the Pics and Answer Sheets for his first round of marking.
Everyone did very well in the Pic Round, we had three teams getting 100% scores, Handsome Pete – We Dance For Nickels, Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat and The Hasty Puddings. There were then six teams in second place on 11, New Kids On The Block, To Long, To Dark, Not Enough Beer Stops, I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem, OMG Squinty Steve, I Can't Believe Ross From Friends Is Dead*, and Heroes & Zeroes.
* There was a sharp intake of breath when this teams name was read out the first time. Ross from Friends is not dead (we don't think) the team name may be a reference to a similarity in looks between Ross and the unfortunate Lou Reed (who is dead!).
Most teams didn't fair so well in General Knowledge. Heroes & Zeroes did great to win the round with a nine and second on eight were Universally Challenged but the rest of the teams scored sevens, sixes and below.
Great answer from one of our teams to Q4 Which disease carried by bark beetles was first described in The Netherlands in the early 20th Century? Tubarkulosis! As John subsequently said it took more brain power to come up with that than it did to get the right answer.
It was fairly close going into the Music Round with Heroes & Zeroes setting an early pace on 20. On 18's we had I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem, OMG Squinty Steve, Universally Challenged and Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat and bringing up the rear in third, Handsome Pete – We Dance For Nickels with The Hasty Puddings on 17.
Our Music this week again had questions ranging from the way back when through to the present, here's a selection from the 80's and 60's:
Q14 What was the title of the 1986 hit for Berlin which was featured in the film Top Gun?
Q15 Who had the last Number One of the 1960s
Top of the charts this week were She & Him with an excellent 10. In second spot on nines we had To Long, To Dark, Not Enough Beer Stops, Heroes & Zeroes, Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat and Elemental 3 with seven teams in third on eight.
It was a very close Quiz going into our half time break, we had Heroes & Zeroes edging it on a score of 29, Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat not far behind on 27 and then four teams on 26, I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem, She & Him, OMG Squinty Steve and Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat.
John again reminded everyone that behind the bar Chris and Gemma were anxiously waiting to serve beverages during the half time interval before he and almost the entire pub disappeared outside for a smoke!
The free savouries this week mostly went down well. We had Bacon Rashers, Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips plus Llama shaped Spicy Chilli biscuit snacks!
Our teams were quickly back in following their nicotine hit as it was a bit windy outside with the remnants of the 'Super Storm' that hit the soft southerners the previous night. We then had ten questions from a range of sports including football and… more football (it's not all football questions – these just had the best links):
Q21 Which manager guided Blackburn Rovers to their first and only Premier League title to date, in 1995?
Q29 In 2005 who became the first player to be sent off twice whilst playing for England?
Derby winners with sevens in Sport this week were I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem, I Can't Believe Ross From Friends Is Dead, Heroes & Zeroes and The Hasty Puddings. Derby runners up with sixes were New Kids On The Block and Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat.
Heroes & Zeroes consolidated their lead in Sport, although they drew with a few teams for top spot their nearest challengers dropped a point which meant that going into the final round they were three points ahead of both I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem and Idiots Went Across The Channel In A Boat. It would take some score combined with some meltdown for a team to leap frog a three point lead in the Film & TV round, even with questions of this calibre:
Q32 In which 80s BBC comedy series did the Yellow Coats feature?
Q39 The 2007 Best Animated Feature Film of the Year Oscar was awarded to which film?
Handsome Pete – We Dance For Nickels won Film & TV with an excellent nine from the ten available. Second in the round were four teams on eight, including I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem taking them to a total of 41 for the Quiz. Heroes & Zeroes just scored a six, but that was just enough as it gave them a total score of 42, pipping I'd Rather Be Lou Reed Than A Mackem by just one point!
What was their prize to be? We had teams shouting "Beers" and "Vouchers" in the hope of the Cash Prize rolling over to the next week when Chris stepped up with the usual three envelopes. The designated team member went to the left and after opening the envelope and unfurling the enclosed slip of paper Chris announced… Cash Prize! (Ed: Bugger that means we start from scratch again for Quiz 94) but the winning team, Heroes & Zeroes, did get an appreciative round of applause for their excellent effort.
Gemma had been busy getting the Wild Card entries in following the prize draw and she had collected a total of £31 to play for. The Wild Card is open to anyone in the bar, it's £1 per person and for that you get 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, especially compiled for him on this unusual occasion:
Yesterday we had the Wear Tyne Derby, which Sunderland luckily won 2-1. This means that following their infamous 3-0 win in April at St James Park, it's the first time Sunderland have won back to back Derbies since the swinging sixties.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how long in weeks is it since Sunderland won two consecutive games in a North East Derby?
Their were groans at yet more mathematics, as Quiz Sheets were turned over for long hand calculations.
Post-It's quickly started to accumulate on (the still grinning) John's marking desk. After a few minutes, he asked if all the entries were in and following one or two late comers additions he started to whittle the answers down.
There wasn't much whittling of answers required, once everyone under 500 weeks (?) and everyone over 3,000 were taken off there was still a mass of Post-It's on the table. It looked like most entrants had sussed the clue and worked out that the number of weeks had to be in between the range of 2,756 and 2,236 (53 and 43 years ago). The sensible ones had plumbed for something in the middle, as it didn't get to be the 'Swinging' 60s until mid way through the decade. This meant we had a multitude of answers within around 100 either side of the correct answer and John informed us that there was one Post-It with the exact answer! This was either very lucky or an inspired guess as it took around twenty minutes to calculate the actual answer when compiling it. Without any further ado John announced it was Mary Poppins who had indeed been inspired and Mary immediately jumped from her seat arms raised in glee. Well done Mary, we haven't had an exact winning answer since Amy correctly guessed the date of the first Christmas Card way back in 2011. Gemma handed a very happy Mary the £31 prize money and she got a well deserved round of applause from all in The Colly.
So that was it, another Quiz complete. John hadn't been too harsh on us Newcastle supporters, his best comment of the night was when giving the answer Happy Feet where he mused "Ahhhh lots of little black and white penguins dancing about… a bit like yesterday's game really!". He was still grinning uncontrollably as he signed off with his standard Good Night and God Bless.
Great night, lots of laughs as usual and well done to Quiz winners Heroes & Zeroes along with Wild Card winner Mary Poppins. A big thanks to all of the record crowd for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 94.
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The Wild Card Answer: Newcastle last won two derbies in a row in 2006. Sunderland’s previous back to back win was on Saturday 4th March 1967, which is 2,434 Weeks ago.
1967 Sat 04 Mar
Sunderland 3 - 0 Newcastle Utd.
1966 Sat 29 Oct Newcastle Utd. 0 - 3 Sunderland First Division