Quiz nights are a law unto themselves, it can be a miserable night outside with hardly any prize money and we will get over forty people turn out, yet on other Quiz nights we can have a potentially big Cash Prize on a pleasant evening and just seven teams appear… there just doesn't seem to be a correlation between prize money, weather and quiz numbers. Not that it really matters as long as we get some teams turning out we're quite happy, we just never know how many quiz sheets to print or snacks to buy in!
So we waited with anticipation to see what Quiz 97 would be like with a £56 rollover on a crisp but pleasant December evening.
The Picture Round this week was Coupes to Sports Cars, 12 minimal profile silhouettes of cars which had to be matched up with the make and model. The clue on the website preview had been "An interest in sleek lines would give you a definite advantage".
What was a reasonable turnout expanded to a decent turnout after the Picture Round went out and a further two teams arrived to take the Cash Prize to £88 with 32 people and ten Quiz Teams involved.
Quiz master John, gave our Teams five minutes to study the cars curves before he got started with General Knowledge a little after nine.
The General Knowledge started relatively easy but then descended into tough quite rapidly, here's a couple of the easier questions:
Q3 Supposedly started by Mrs O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lantern in 1871, which US city did the resulting fire almost completely destroy?
Q7 Who wrote the 1970 bestseller The Female Eunuch?
Following General Knowledge John let our teams have a few minutes to study the pics and revisit their General Knowledge answers before calling in the sheets for the first round of marking.
Shona's Team* of two requested more time on the cars as they were one of the late arrivals. They got it through persistence but it didn't do them too much good!
*Provisionally called What's The Difference Between Marmalade And Jam? (you don't really want to know the answer) was shortened to Shonan as we didn't have all night (or enough space on the blog) to read out the name every round.
Every team bar one scored 100% in the Picture Round, the teams either knew their car profiles or sussed the clue on The Colly Preview.
The General Knowledge however was a different proposition. Top scorers this week we had Heroes & Zeroes (again) on just six! Second were fives for Colly Crusaders and Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops then three teams on just four.
This meant, just like the previous three Quizzes, Heroes & Zeroes jumped straight into top spot on 18, not so far ahead this week of second placed Colly Crusaders and Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops on 17 – plus a further three teams on 16.
Next up Music, ten questions this week spanning Weird Al Yankovic to the latest Arctic Monkeys track with a bit of Punk Rock thrown in for a laugh:
Q11 Weird Al Yankovic’s 1985 hit Like a Surgeon is based on which original song?
Q19 Which Punk band was fronted by Charlie Harper and had top 40 hits with Stranglehold, Tomorrows Girls, She’s Not There and Warhead in late 70’s?
Top tunes this week came from Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter and Ian Watkins Heavy Petting Zoo (ooooh cringe!) with reasonable eights then five teams on seven, Politically Correct Idiots (no controversial name this week guys?), She & Him, Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops, Bangles and Heroes & Zeroes.
This gave us a leader board going into the half time break looking like this: still in the lead by one point Heroes & Zeroes on 25, joint second on 24 Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops with Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter then three teams on 23, Ian Watkins Heavy Petting Zoo, Politically Correct Idiots and Bangles. It was tight this week.
Half time arrived which meant smokes for those that do, drinks topped up for those that need to and lovely free snacks for everyone.
The savouries this week were yet again the mighty KP Beefy Hula Hoops, Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour Bubble Chips but once again no Llamas, superseded this week by the aeroplane type cheesy snacks, nice but don't divide taste opinions like the Llamas.
Next up we had our ten questions on Sport. We didn't think this weeks were too challenging? Here's a couple of examples:
Q22 What is the name Great Britain’s first Female Olympic Boxing Champion who won a gold at the 2012 Olympics?
Q30 Who was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final?
Top athletes in this round we had Lewis Collins Meets Bill Folkes who managed an excellent nine. Runners up were Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter, Politically Correct Idiots and Heroes & Zeroes, then a trio of teams in third, Colly Crusaders, Bangles and Shonan (which was well done considering Shona was by now virtually solo!).
So heading into the final round we had Heroes & Zeroes just edging it on 33, Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter snapping at their heels on 32, Politically Correct Idiots next on 31 then three teams, Lewis Collins Meets Bill Folkes, Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops and Bangles with 30. Unless there was a major meltdown from them all it looked like the winner would come from the top three. Here's a sample of the kind of questions they needed to answer:
Q31 28 Weeks Later is the sequel to which British made film?
Q36 What creature appeared in the opening and closing credits of classic BBC1 sitcom One Foot In The Grave?
We thought Film & TV was a bit 'ard this week but the delightfully named Ian Watkins Heavy Petting Zoo made a mockery of that by scoring a round winning ten. Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter did nearly as well with a second placed nine which meant the mathematicians amongst us realised our leaders Heroes & Zeroes needed at least an eight to force a dart off. In third with eights we had Lewis Collins Meets Bill Folkes and Bangles but Heroes & Zeroes scored a seven so that meant Unlike The Murphy's We're Not Bitter just nicked the Quiz in the final round by one point.
As John announced the final scores there was a round of applause for the winners. Victorious team member Guy, a smile from ear to ear stressed the point that over three appearances for the team he's been the difference between them winning and not winning. As he's drawn cash on the last two occasions Guy was given the responsibility to draw the envelope. He went left but accidentally pulled two of the envelopes which both fell to the floor, after retrieving them (we didn't know which was left or middle by this time) he opened his chosen envelope and pulled out the slip inside. There was a pause after he'd opened the slip and by the wry smile on his face it looked like he'd drawn the cash again. He showed the slip to Gemma and then announced… BEERS! Fantastic, third time unlucky for Guy but that's great news for the quiz as it means next week there's a healthy £88 rollover. Leading into Christmas we would like a big cash prize for Quiz 99 or especially Quiz 100.
Up next, 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 coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo green, on which to write the answer to a single question that John reads out. 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. It's usually a very 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.
Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries in while we were marking up the final round and after the money was counted up John announced there was £36 in cash for the closest answer to the following question:
In the Film & TV Round we had a Question about Oliver Reed.
Reed was a renowned hell raiser, famous for his drinking. He died of a heart attack in 1999 while on location filming Gladiator in Malta. The heart attack followed a drinking session with some Maltese friends and five sailors from HMS Cumberland. Apparently during the binge Reed drank eight bottles of German beer, followed by several doubles of Famous Grouse whiskey, a few doubles of Hennessy cognac and then three bottles of Captain Morgan Jamaica rum.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was Oliver Reeds bar tab for his final drinking session... in Maltese Lira?
Straight away the sharp minds in the audience wanted to know the exchange rate at the time! There was lots of calculations going on and some seriously big numbers being banded about, obviously assuming the Maltese Lira was similar to the old Italian Lira where it was like 3.5 million for a cup of coffee!
After five minutes or so all this weeks dayglo green Post-It's were neatly lined up on John's desk, after making sure everyone was in he started his filtration process with all those over 1,000 Maltese Lira being consigned to the bin which… left two entries! Yes everyone had been guessing huge amounts of Lira for Ollie's last stand so we only had Barry H from team Heroes & Zeroes and Guy from the Quiz Champions on the night remaining and after a pause John announced Barry H as the winner who was just 130 odd Maltese Lira over the correct answer.
This was hard lines for Guy, who was close to a second win of the night. It was a very happy Barry H, just pipped at the final hurdle in the Quiz, who sauntered up to the bar to a round of applause, and collected his £36 from Chris. What a return for a pound stake.
Before John signed off he announced that it was our American friend Alanah's last quiz, she was leaving us to return to the good old US of A. Alanah who stepped in as Quiz Master for John in Quiz 82 will be a big miss and she was given a great round of applause by all in the bar. Then with John's usual Good Night and God Bless we were done.
It had been another entertaining night, unique in some ways. Thanks to everyone for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 99 where we kick off with an £88 rollover.
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