You never know with the Quiz whether you are going to get a bar jammed full of teams or half a dozen, there doesn't seem to be a pattern at all. In Quiz 93 we had a rollover of just £6 yet 52 people turned out for it whereas a few weeks ago we had a rollover of £111 and 31 quizzers entered? We were intrigued to see how many players and teams we would get on a freezing cold Monday night in November with nowt* in the kitty.
54 Players and Thirteen Teams was the answer… a second consecutive record turnout for The Colly Quiz took the Cash Prize on offer to a whopping £62.
*The winners last week had actually left £8 in the kitty (apologies guys we thought there was nothing in there) so we were playing for a total of £62.
The Picture Round this week was match up the Celebrity Couples. Quite a difficult one if you aren't an avid Hello magazine reader we would think. There were a couple that were quite easy so once they were in it was 'just' a case of elimination?
Quiz master John gave our teams a few minutes to peruse the beautiful people in the pics round before getting us underway a little after nine. We thought most of this weeks General Knowledge were reasonably easy:
Q2 Of which (Caribbean) country is Montego Bay one of the main tourist centres?
Q7 For which gemstones is the Australian mining town of Coober Pedy famous?
After the General Knowledge John gave our teams a few more minutes to think through their answers, then called in both the Pics and Answer Sheets for his first bout of marking.
There were some tremendous results in the Picture Round, seven teams got full marks, unbelievable!
Most teams did fairly well in the General Knowledge as well with Holloway's Hareem and Heroes & Zeroes topping the tree with nines and She & Him and Paul Gambaccini Was My Akela a close second with eight.
A bit of lateral thinking? General Knowledge question five was what does a hippologist study? One of our bright teams came up with their answer through this thought process: It's obviously not hippos but... a hippos latin name means "river horse" so the answer must be a hippologist studies rivers! Class.
It was already fairly close going into the Music Round, leading the pack we had Too Long, Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops on 20. Tying in second on 19, The Three Musketeers + Jay, Apple Juice, Hasty Puddings, I'm John And I'm A Knobhead and Norfolk N Four Skins with everyone else within a couple of points of the leaders.
As usual our Music round this week had a wide range of questions from pomp and circumstance marches to The Osmonds with a little bit of death metal thrown in, we do like a good mix:
Q13 What was the name of the Osmonds sister who had a Number Two hit with the song Paper Roses in 1973?
Q16 Exhale the Vile is a 1999 release by which death metal rock outfit?
Top of the pops this week were six teams tied on nine, Holloway's Hareem, She & Him, Heroes & Zeroes, I'm John And I'm A Knobhead, Norfolk N Four Skins and The Food Was Nice. Two teams tied for second spot on eight, The Three Musketeers + Jay and Universally Challenged.
It was nip and tuck going into our half time break, leading we had I'm John And I'm A Knobhead and Norfolk N Four Skins tied on 28. In second with 27, The Three Musketeers + Jay and joint third on 26, Holloway's Hareem, Hasty Puddings, Heroes & Zeroes and Too Long, Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops (Ed: FFS these team names are getting longer!)
John reminded our teams that behind the bar Chris and Gemma were eagerly waiting to serve loads of drinks during the half time break before he and everyone who was game to brave the freezing cold disappeared outside for a blast!
The free savouries this week mostly went down well. We had Bacon Rashers, Chilli Flavoured Peanuts, Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips plus those old favourites Llama shaped Spicy Chilli biscuit snacks!
It was lovely and cosy in the bar with our two new stoves belting out the heat so the teams were very quickly back in following their nicotine hit in the chilly November air.
Next up we then had ten questions from a wide variety of sports:
Q21 Which famous annual (cycle) race was first staged in 1903?
Q29 Which England Rugby Union player is famous for his swan dives when scoring a try?
Sport seems to sort the winners from the losers in the quiz, do well and your up there, mediocre and your teams not in it. This week top of the league with eight were Ulrika Jonsson Caught Masturbating With An Eriksson (Idiots) and second on sevens we had Heroes & Zeroes, I'm John And I'm A Knobhead, Universally Challenged and Norfolk N Four Skins with The Food Was Nice on six.
Sport shook the leader board up a bit, potential joint Oscar Winners going into film and TV were I'm John And I'm A Knobhead and Norfolk N Four Skins both on 35. Potential challengers should the leaders slip up were Heroes & Zeroes with Ulrika Jonsson Caught Masturbating With An Eriksson (Idiots) both on 33.
It was all hingeing on who would get the best out of Film & TV with ten crafty questions of this calibre:
Q31 What was the name of the Spanish waiter in Fawlty Towers?
Q35 What are the names of Kim Kardashian's two full sisters?
Initial winners of the round were Ulrika Jonsson Caught Masturbating With An Eriksson (Idiots) with an excellent 10 from 10 which took them to a total of 43. Second we had The Three Musketeers + Jay, Paul Gambaccini Was My Akela, Apple Juice, Hasty Puddings, I'm John And I'm A Knobhead and Norfolk N Four Skins all with nines.
It looked like a DART OFF between I'm John And I'm A Knobhead and Norfolk N Four Skins who both scored nines taking them to 44 points a piece, then Googs from I'm John And I'm A Knobhead stepped up with an objection, one of their answers had been marked wrong when it was actually right.. fair do's. John amended the sheet and asked if there were any other errors on the marking, come forward (we all make mistakes). No one piped up so John declared I'm John And I'm A Knobhead winners of Quiz 94 as with 10 they moved to 45 points. The team got a round of applause and the three envelopes were offered up to team member Robin, he went middle and after opening the envelope announced Beers, unlucky Robin, hard lines.
Then high drama at Quiz 94, we were just about to go into the Wild Card when a team member of Norfolk N Four Skins approaches John and queries a wrong mark they were given. John, pro as always looked at the query then announced the team had got the question correct so had 45 points as well so the drawing of the beers was void and it was a DART OFF.
Wow, in nearly 100 quizzes this hasn't occurred before. In John's defence he had asked several times before the winner was announced for teams to pipe up if there were any queries on marks given (it was tight and mistakes happen) so he could have voided the query as it was after the winners had drawn the prize but being the ultra fair guy he is accepted the error and we went to a Dart Off.
Team I'm John And I'm A Knobhead, being the just fellows they are didn't complain about the situation and happily accepted the Dart Off challenge with Googs stepping up to do the honours.
Team Norfolk N Four Skins were up to the ockey first and threw a good score of 53. Googs replied with a tidy 39 so it was close. Norfolk N Four Skins then threw a 43 to leave Googs with 58 to win, he threw a couple of good darts to get close then went for the treble 20 and missed, scoring just one with his final dart gave him a total of 67. Hard luck Googs, nice try but well done to our winners Norfolk N Four Skins.
The three envelopes were brought out for a second time in the Quiz and the designated member of team Norfolk N Four Skins went for the one to their right, withdrew the slip of paper and would you believe it won the £62 cash! There was another round of applause for our 'second' winners of the night team Norfolk N Four Skins.
Chris had been busy getting the Wild Card entries in whilst the Dart Off was going on and he collected a massive £45 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 which was as usual inspired by a question in the main Quiz:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the Australian cricketer Don Bradman, widely acknowledged as one of the worlds greatest ever batsmen.
Don had phenomenal batting statistics, scoring 28,067 runs in his career he had a batting average of over 95 per innings and a top score of 452 not out plus he accounted for 26% of Australia's runs in the Tests he played in.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many runs did Don Bradman score against England in his Test career?
Well at least this week it wasn't a maths exercise.
Post-It's quickly started to accumulate on 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 filter the Post-It's down.
Firstly everyone over 7,000 were binned to groans from the crowd, then everyone under 4,000 were taken off. Finally all the answers over 6,000 and under 5,000 were ejected to leave just three Post-It's on the desk. John read the names and the answers out in reverse order, James came third, in second Ray H (unlucky) but closest to the number we were looking for was Universally Challenged with an answer that was just 128 runs out. What a win, £45 is the second highest Wild Card win ever and a very happy member of the Universally Challenged team came to collect his cash to a round of applause from everyone in the bar.
So that was it, another Quiz complete, it was quite late due to the number of quizzers and the drama of the stewards enquiry. As John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless, Gemma rang the bell for time at the bar.
It had been a great night, a giggle as usual with a bit of drama thrown in, well done to eventual Quiz winners Norfolk N Four Skins and Wild Card winners Universally Challenged. 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 95.
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