Could Quiz 95 beat last weeks record attendance of 54? It was going to be tough… we had two Quizzers seconded to a rival quiz (boo) and our ever so regular couple, She & Him, were on holiday with Motorhead's Lemmy in Malta! So we were already four down.
By nine the pub was looking quite busy and when Gemma had handed all the answer sheets out we were happy to find we had a very reasonable 43 Quizzers and nine teams in total. Another good turnout, game on.
The Picture Round this week was console games, match the image to the title of the X-Box/Playstation blockbusters. There were some searing looks from some obvious 'non-gamers' in the quiz but hey we have to cater for everyone (and it's getting harder to come up with Picture Quizzes after doing 95… there's a comments box at the bottom of the blog, suggest some, please!).
Quiz master John, happy as Larry after his teams sterling rearguard action against the mighty Man City the previous day, gave our teams plenty time to contemplate the pics before getting us underway not long after nine. The General Knowledge was a little more challenging this week:
Q3 Which English adventurer and courtier to Elizabeth I was executed in 1618?
Q7 What sort of creature is a cotinga?
Following General Knowledge John let our teams mull over their answers for a while before calling in both the Pics and Answer Sheets for his first round of marking.
There were some excellent results in the Picture Round, six teams got full marks and we thought the 'older' quizzers may struggle!
Most teams didn't fair so well in the General Knowledge though, top mark of eight came from Heroes & Zeroes, followed by three teams with seven, The Hasty Puddings, Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops and Steve Poulter's Broken Knob (poor Steve!).
This gave us a pretty close leader board going into the Music Round. Tops we had The Hasty Puddings on 19, Bishops Of Bastembury tied with Quiz Kamara second on 18 and then four teams in third with 17 – early days though.
As usual our Music round this week had a ridiculous variety of questions from Blitzkrieg Bop to Beep:
Q17 Teenage Lobotomy and Blitzkrieg Bop are tunes from which bands 2006 Greatest hits Album?
Q20 Beep was a UK number 2 single in 2006 by which all american girl group?
Chart Toppers this week were three teams tied on eight, Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops, Steve Poulter's Broken Knob and Bishops Of Bastembury. Then we had sevens from When Two Become One and Quiz Kamara.
So it was close going into the half time break, we had seven of the nine teams within four points of each other. Leading were Bishops Of Bastembury on 26, followed by Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops and Quiz Kamara with 25, When Two Become One at 24, The Hasty Puddings 23 and both Steve Poulter's Broken Knob and Tim Krull Saved More Than Schindler (Idiots) with a total of 22. It was quite tight.
The mid-point of the Quiz was upon us, time to top up the beers, go for a nicotine hit (if required) and enjoy the free snacks that the £1 Quiz entry fee provides!
The snacks went down very well this week. We had real KP Beefy Hula Hoops (the daddy of savouries!) Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips and Llama shaped Spicy Chilli. Plus a rare treat (if you were lucky) Llama shaped BBQ flavour biscuit snacks!
The snack bowls all came back empty, enough said.
Next up we had 'the leveller' the obligatory ten questions from sports:
Q21 What national team did former Newcastle favourite Nobby Solano play for?
Q29 What sport was Irini Merleni the first woman to win a gold medal in when it was introduced to the Olympics in 2004?
Sport was a hard round this week, the gold medal went to Quiz Kamara with a fine seven, joint silver we had Heroes & Zeroes, The Hasty Puddings and If A Quiz Is Quizzical What Is A Test? on sixes the bronzes went to When Two Become One, Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops and Tim Krull Saved More Than Schindler (Idiots).
Quiz Kamara were top of the ratings on 32 going into Film & TV, with a convincing (at this stage) lead of two points ahead of Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops and Bishops Of Bastembury with 30. We had When Two Become One and The Hasty Puddings waiting in the wings with a slim chance on 29 but it looked like it was between the top three.
To win Quiz 95 the nominees would have to negotiate Film & TV Questions of this calibre:
Q35 What is the name of the Looney Tunes amorous skunk?
Q40 In the 2012 film Prometheus what is the name of the only human who survives the expedition, played by Noomi Rapace?
There were four joint top marks of seven in the Film & TV Round, When Two Become One, The Hasty Puddings, Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops and If A Quiz Is Quizzical What Is A Test? The key score here was Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops, with a seven they reached a total of 37, meaning Quiz Kamara had to score a six to win. Heroes & Zeroes and Steve Poulter's Broken Knob came second with a six but so did Quiz Kamara to take their score to 38, a point ahead of their nearest challengers Too Long And Not Enough Beer Stops.
So it was a well done and a round of applause for Quiz Kamara, Gemma brought out the three envelopes and the designated team member went for middle, there was a hush, the cash had been won three weeks in a row now so we wanted a rollover and our man did the right thing and pulled out Food! Unlucky Quiz Kamara but excellent news for Quiz 96, £43 already in the pot.
Gemma got busy getting the Wild Card entries in and collected a reasonable £30 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 Film and TV round we had a question about Ridley Scott’s movie Prometheus.
The last line in the film was Elizabeth's final transmission, it went something like this:
Final report of the vessel Prometheus. My name is Elizabeth Shaw, last survivor. The ship and her entire crew are gone. If you’re receiving this transmission, make no attempt to come to its point of origin. There is only death here now, and I'm leaving it behind.
She then gave the day and the year.
The Wild Card question tonight is what was the date of the transmission?
Post-It's started to build on John's marking desk. After a few minutes, he asked if all the entries were in then started to filter the Post-It's down for a winner.
Firstly everyone over the year 3000 were taken off. Then anyone under 2000, including Robin's 1961. Everybody over 2200 was next to be binned which left just three Post-It's on the desk. John read the names and the answers out in reverse order, Ray H came third, in second just four years out was Steph (how unlucky) but closest to the number we were looking for was AMH with an answer that was just 2 years out. A very happy AMH took their £30 winnings from Gemma to a round of applause from everyone in the bar. Not bad for a quid.
So that was it, another Quiz done and John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. It had been a good night and a chortle as usual. Thanks to all for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 95 where we kick off with a £43 rollover.
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Wild Card Answer: The final line went “It is New Year’s Day, the year of our lord 2094”. 01/01/94