It was a cold November night but the pub was nice and cosy with the new stoves belting out the heat as we waited to see what sort of crowd would turn out this week. Our teams started to drift in slowly, getting the best seats and by nine we had 38 people in ten teams ready to battle it out for the £56 prize.
The Picture Round this week was “Uskebeaghe” water of life... 12 Whisky's to identify from the close up and cropped shots of their labels.
Quiz master John, gave our Teams five minutes to connoisseur the whisky's, the Teams at the bar with a distinct advantage (before Chris and Gemma turned the spirit bottles round!) before we got started with General Knowledge around ten past nine.
We thought the General Knowledge for Quiz 97 was fairly 'challenging' and so did most of our teams.
Q3 In Mary Shelley’s novel, what is the first name of Dr Frankenstein?
Q7 The Chinese Shang Yuan Festival is also known as what?
Following General Knowledge John let our teams peruse the pics and revisit their General Knowledge answers for a few minutes before calling in the sheets for the first round of marking.
There were some excellent results in the Picture Round, we don't know whether that's because the pics were easy or the quiz teams knew their whisky. One team, Heroes & Zeroes, got them all right and five teams got 11 from 12,
Most teams struggled with our 'challenging' General Knowledge round though, top marks of seven (again) came from Heroes & Zeroes (General Knowledge specialists this team, see the last three quizzes). Second we had two teams on five, Where's Brendan? an excellent score from one guy missing his entire team and Too Long Too Drunk Not Enough Beer Stops with several teams in third on four.
This meant, as in Quiz 96, Heroes & Zeroes once again burst into top spot on 19. Trailing in their wake we had five teams already four points behind, England Get The Trots, Sunderland AFC (More Reds Than A Pack Of Cards), Where's Brendan?, Maoists Fled Sunderland For Better Life – As Slaves (Idiots) and Too Long Too Drunk Not Enough Beer Stops. Heroes & Zeroes were already looking like winners?
Next up Music, ten questions this time covering Mozart to the Foo Fighters, here's a flavour:
Q18 Which French singer made her international breakthrough with the song Joe le Taxi in 1988?
Q20 Celebrity Skin was the 1998 third studio album by which controversial American band?
Top of the charts this week were Trapped In The Supermarket with an excellent 10. Second on nine Too Long Too Drunk Not Enough Beer Stops and third with eights we had England Get The Trots.
This meant going into the half time break Heroes & Zeroes were still in the lead on 26 but now just two ahead of their nearest rivals Too Long Too Drunk Not Enough Beer Stops on 24.
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 (and Cheese & Onion, a departure from the norm), Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips (nice) - but the big news this week was, Spicy Llamas were dropped, to the disappointment of some for 'random' crisps… we'll look into that.
Next up we had our usual ten wicked questions on Sport
Q29 Who, at Athens in 2004, became the first British runner since 1920 to win two gold medals at the same Olympics?
Q30 Alan Shearer was the first player to score 200 goals in the Premiership, he then went on to score a total of 260 and still currently holds the title of top Premiership Goal Scorer. Who is second on 189 goals?
Top goalscorers in this round were The Hasty Puddings and England Get The Trots who both netted 11 (there were bonus points). Runners up on 10s were Sunderland AFC (More Reds Than A Pack Of Cards) and Heroes & Zeroes.
So going into the last round we had Heroes & Zeroes in a two point lead ahead of England Get The Trots and four ahead of third placed Sunderland AFC (More Reds Than A Pack Of Cards). Did Heroes & Zeroes have enough in their locker to win on the night?
Q32 Who was the alter ego of 70’s TV superhero Diana Prince?
Q37 Which 2000 comedy used the tagline First comes love. Then comes the interrogation?
Film & TV was a toughie this week and She & Him did well to win it with a seven which was probably due to Rob's superior knowledge of Coronation Street. On sixes we had England Get The Trots (taking them to 40 points) and Maoists Fled Sunderland For Better Life – As Slaves (Idiots). This meant Heroes and Zeroes needed five to win and on five we had Sunderland AFC (More Reds Than A Pack Of Cards), Trapped In The Supermarket, Too Long Too Drunk Not Enough Beer Stops and… yes Heroes & Zeroes! Great work, they just managed to hang on and win the nights Quiz by one point. The Colly gave the winners a round of applause as Gemma offered up the three envelopes to the winner. Heroes & Zeroes were right in the corner of the other room so we didn't see what envelope they went for but the slip of paper inside read BEERS, so that means a £54 Rollover for next week which is great news.
Next up was The Wild Card, which is open to anyone in the bar. To enter is just £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. 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. The answer is a number or a date and closest to it wins all the money that's been collected in for The Wild Card.
Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries in while John had been marking up the final round and after counting up the money John announced there was a £32 prize for the closest answer to the following question:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the french post-impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec.
At a 2005 Christie’s auction, a world record price was paid for an early Toulouse-Lautrec artwork called La Blanchisseuse a painting of a young laundry girl standing over a sink.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many million US dollars was the painting La Blanchisseuse sold for at the auction?
Well at least it wasn't a maths question this week! The yellow Post-It's soon started to fill up John's desk in neat little rows. After a couple of minutes he called the final entries in the started the process of finding the winner.
Firstly all entries over 30 million dollars were discounted, names being revealed as they went. Then John binned the answers that were below 20 million dollars and there were just five entries left, Sarah, Mary Poppins and Alex 24 were close but not close enough leaving Jay and AMH whose answers differed by just $1,023… unfortunately for Jay he went the wrong side of 23 million dollars and it was AMH who won on the night. So there was a round of applause for the winner as they picked up their £32.
Really unlucky for Jay too as AMH's yellow Post-It showed their first answer as being $23,545,000 which had been scribbled out and replaced with 23, what a sickener for Jay.
John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless and we were one Quiz closer to the big 100. It had been another excellent night with a great atmosphere and plenty of giggles. Thanks to all for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 98 where we kick off with £54 in the pot.
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