The BBC had yellow warnings out about ice and apparently there was snow on the way but here in Newcastle things were actually quite pleasant? There was a chill in the air (it is November?) but inside The Colly it was warm as toast, the new stoves were blazing and we had plush new carpets to boot. All we needed was a load of Quiz Teams to turn out for Quiz 96!
By nine we were quite busy with faces old and new, in total 32 quizzers and eight teams taking the Cash Prize on offer to a reasonable £75.
The Picture Round this week was There's Something About Mary… twelve Mary's from past and present to identify.
Quiz master John, getting happier by the week as his team seem to be climbing the table out of relegation, gave our Quiz Teams five minutes to contemplate the Mary's before before kicking off with General Knowledge around ten past nine. We thought the General Knowledge for Quiz 96 was quite easy… what do we know?
Q2 Which legendary chief of the Onondaga tribe of native Americans was the subject of a famous poem by Longfellow?
Q6 In the Crimean War much of the fighting took place on the Crimean Peninsula, which is on the northern coast of which sea?
Following General Knowledge John let our teams chew over the pics and answers for a while before calling in the Sheets for his first bout of marking.
There were some good results in the Picture Round, one team, the sympathetically named Philippine Tourist Board got full marks and Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming and Heroes & Zeroes got 11 from 12.
Most teams struggled with our 'easy' General Knowledge round though, top marks of nine (as last week) came from Heroes & Zeroes (General Knowledge specialists this team). Second we had Philippine Tourist Board on seven and three teams, Hairy Mary & Little Sausage, Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming and She & Him on six.
This meant Heroes & Zeroes streaked into the lead on 20, followed by Philippine Tourist Board on 19 and Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming on 17. The rest of the teams followed in their wake with 15 and under… you guys really need to check The Colly Quiz Preview to get a clue for the Picture Round!
Next up the Music Round, ten questions ranging from Bach to Lady Gaga, here's a sample:
Q15 What was the title of Robbie Williams' 1997 debut solo album?
Q19 30 Years before Lady Gaga wore her infamous raw beef outfit for the MTV Awards the album cover for All Wrapped Up pictured art student Cath Johnson wearing a dress made out of bacon wrapped in clingfilm. Who was the band?
Headlining music this week were Philippine Tourist Board with an excellent 9, Awkward Threesome were the acclaimed support with 7 and then there were three reasonable debuts from Hairy Mary & Little Sausage, Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming, She & Him and The Hasty Puddings with sixes.
So going into the half time break it looked like Philippine Tourist Board were taking control of the situation on 28, four ahead of Heroes & Zeroes on 24 with Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming on 23.
Half time in the quiz, that meant smokes for those that do, drinks topped up for those that should and snacks for everyone.
The savouries this week were more KP Beefy Hula Hoops (let's reiterate… the daddy of savouries!) and She & Him, back from their holiday with Lemmy in Malta, didn't miss out. We also had Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips (nice) and Llama shaped herby flavoured biscuits (which were actually delicious).
Next up we had our usual ten questions on Sport, could this put a spoke in our runaway leaders wheels?
Q25 Who was the first player to score 200 goals in the Premiership?
Q27 In 1968 what distance was Beryl Burton the first woman to cycle in less than four hours?
The answer was an emphatic no… Philippine Tourist Board won the round with an excellent eight from ten. Second we had Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming and The Hasty Puddings on seven with the leaders nearest challengers, Heroes & Zeroes just getting a six along with Hairy Mary & Little Sausage, She & Him and Pointless Idiots.
The result of all of this was that due to their Oscar Winning performance on the night we had a team six points ahead going into the final round, Film & TV and it was surely going to take an absolute box office flop for Philippine Tourist Board to lose this quiz.
Q32 On which comedy show would you hear the phrase I’m the only gay in the village?
Q39 What was the full name of Russell Crowe’s character in the 2000 epic Gladiator?
Winners of the round were Heroes & Zeroes with an excellent nine, they were six points behind the runaway leaders coming into the round so they needed Philippine Tourist Board to score just three to force a Dart Off! Second in Film & TV we had four teams on eight, Hairy Mary & Little Sausage, Russell Grant Didn't see That Coming, Pointless Idiots and yes, you've guessed it… Philippine Tourist Board.
Our Quiz teams gave Philippine Tourist Board a well deserved round of applause for their fine performance, it's been a while since we had such convincing winners. Chris offered one of the team the choice of three envelopes, one would win food, one would win beers and one would win cash. The designated team member went for the left of the three envelopes, slowly unfurled the slip of paper it contained and smiled as he announced… Cash Prize!
Cash again, we don't seem to get past two weeks these days without the winners drawing the money. The winning team got another round of applause as Chris returned to their table with a wad of notes. Well done team Philippine Tourist Board
Chris then got busy getting the Wild Card entries in. 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. After counting up the entry money Chris announced there was £27 to play for!
Quiz Master John read out the following question which was as usual inspired by a question in the main Quiz:
In the General Knowledge round we had a question about the Crimean War.
The oldest survivor of the Crimean War was a ships tortoise named Timothy who died in 2004. The tortoise had served as ships mascot on the HMS Queen during the first bombardment of Sevastopol and unknown to the sailors of the time Timothy was actually a she.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, how old was Timothy thought to be when she died?
Their was a collective sigh as Crimean War was read out, quizzers probably expecting something about how many were killed in the Charge of the Light Brigade or something but we think the tortoise question went down well. Slips of paper slowly started to build up on John's desk and after a few minutes, he asked if all the entries were in. Lorna our resident history expert was still contemplating the number of years and with the additional pressure from John she probably snatched at her answer before putting her slip of yellow paper on his desk. John then started to filter the answers down for a winner.
Firstly everyone over 300 years were taken off. Then those over 250 were binned, followed by those over 200. Under 150 were next to go (including Lorna) and this left several slips of paper on the desk. John announced there were two of the entries left that were less than a couple of years out, Rob and Googz. Rob, joint record Wild Card winner was just two years out but the winner tonight, only one year from the correct age was Googz who got a warm round of applause from all in the bar. So the £27 cash prize went to a smiling Googz, not bad for just a quid stake.
That was it, another Quiz complete. John announced that our generous winners, Philippine Tourist Board, had put £16 back in the pot for Quiz 97 before he signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. It had been another cracking night with plenty of laughs. Thanks to all for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 97 where we kick off with £16 in the pot.
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