Following a Brandling Village power cut the pub was full of locals looking to get something to eat and a seat in the warmth. We just about coped but it got a bit of a squeeze when all our quizzers started turning up towards nine!
Eventually it all settled down and there were nine teams up for Quiz 99 with a Cash Prize of a not so insubstantial £127 on offer.
The Picture Round this week was inspired by regular Quizzer the lovely Lisa, who sent us a suggestion on twitter… what about footballers WAGS? After many hours of serious, intensive and mentally draining research into WAGS (the ugly players took no time!) it looked like this may be a decent idea so we went with it.
Quiz master John, gave our Teams plenty of time to study the pictures before he got started on this weeks General Knowledge.
The round started pretty easy but soon descended into difficult, here's a couple of examples:
Q8 Which animals collective noun is a murmuration?
Q10 What name is given to the effect that causes winds to blow anticlockwise around low pressure and clockwise around high pressure in the northern hemisphere and visa versa in the southern hemisphere?
After General Knowledge Round John let our teams have a couple of minutes to study the WAGS once more and think through their General Knowledge answers before calling in the sheets for the first round of tottying up.
The Picture Round was difficult but most teams did reasonably well despite the WAGS being mostly blonde, beautiful and similar looking. It's amazing that these ordinary, to be fair sometimes pretty ugly footballers manage to attract such good looking girls… it must be their fitness levels? Anyway most Teams we talked to afterwards did admit that a good few of their answers were guesses..
Top in the totty spotters was Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced?, RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots), Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod and She & Him. Second in the round we had Then There Were Three on eight.
The majority of teams also did fairly well in the General Knowledge with the consistent Heroes & Zeroes getting an excellent nine along with Little Miss Belgium. Eights were scored by Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? and Too Long Too Dark And Not Enough Beer Stops.
Going into round two Music it was pretty close, topically and typically insensitively named Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? led the pack on 17 closely followed by five teams on 16, Heroes & Zeroes, RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots), She & Him, Little Miss Belgium and Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod.
Next up Music, ten questions this week we covered four decades of pop, here's a couple from the last two:
Q12 In the 1990s, who was the oldest female singer to have a number one single?
Q16 Radioactive and It’s Time were hits for which band in 2012?
Top Pop Pickers this week were She & Him with an excellent eight. Second we had the imaginatively named Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod followed by two teams on six and five on five!
Our leader board going into the half time break looked like this: in pole position we had She & Him on 24, second spot on 23 Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod and then joint third on 22 Heroes & Zeroes and Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? The rest of the teams were in the chasing pack.
Half time arrived which meant smokes for those that still do, drinks topped up for those that should and John reminded everyone… the bar was still open, and lovely free snacks for everyone.
The savouries this week were Wotsits, Phileas Fogg Bubble Chips and Cheesy Snacks, not quite the dizzy heights of beefy Hula Hoops and Llamas but delicious all the same.
Next up we had our ten questions on Sport, there were some easy ones to start but then it all went pear shaped:
Q21 Which Italian footballer was nicknamed The Divine Ponytail?
Q27 Who began the final round of the 2001 Open Championship (British Open) with 15 clubs in his bag thus suffering a two-stroke penalty?
Top sports pundits in this round with creditable sevens were RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots) and Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod. Second on sixes Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? and Then There Were Three followed by three teams bringing up the rear on fives, Heroes & Zeroes, What Opens At 1 and Closes At 5? Nelson Mandella's Advent Calendar (oh dear!) and Little Miss Belgium.
So going into the final round it didn't look that close, Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod were in the lead on 30, two points ahead of joint second we had Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? and RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots) on 28 then in third on 27 Heroes & Zeroes and She & Him. It looked like a safe bet… Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod had to drop at least three questions in the final round, so it was their Quiz to lose.
Here's a sample of the kind of questions they were up against in the final round:
Q33 Na Noo Na Noo, Shazbot and KO are all catch phrases associated with which late 70s / early 80s american sci-fi sit com?
Q38 What is the name of the 2007 (religious) comedy film starring Morgan Freeman and Steve Carell?
Film & TV was reasonably challenging this week but both RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots) and She & Him scored an excellent 10 to jointly win the round, taking them to totals of 38 and 37 respectively. Without Nissan Main Dealer Where Will All The South African's Get Their Micra's Serviced? came a close second in the round with nine to give them a total of 37 but the Quiz hinged on the score of Peter Crouch The Lucky Tripod, eight would win it for them and… they scored seven, so tonights winners were our regular team, this week called RIP Mandella – You Were Great In The Shawshank Redemption (Idiots). Fantastic, well done to the Idiots what a result, their second* win in 99 Quizzes which is not quite as rare an event as Man United getting beat by Newcastle at Old Trafford but it's close – could this be a turning point for both teams?
*Sorry guys it was your fifth or even sixth win, forgot about that winning streak you had a while back. Left the original text in though as deleting it would mean rewriting the blog title but more importantly losing the tenuous link to the mighty mags win at Old Trafford!
Eventually barman Chris found the Idiots stuck in the corner at the top of the bar (due to the power cut and resulting lack of seats) and offered the designated member their choice of envelopes. He drew from the left (we think, unsighted, it was crowded!) and unfurled the slip of paper inside the envelope… BEERS! There was a loud applause from the bar, unlucky Idiots but that means a rollover next week of £158 which depending on attendance could mean a £200+ Prize for the 100th Quiz, the last of 2013. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook or call back to the web site over the week to find out what that could potentially mean!
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 orange, 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 £31 in cash for the closest answer to the following question:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the TV Quiz Show Mastermind.
The original series of Mastermind hosted by Magnus Magnusson ran for 25 years from 1972 to 1997 and during that time he asked over 57,000 questions.
The Wild Card Question this week is over the 25 years of the original run of Mastermind how many contestants were there?
This got everyone thinking, how many contestants per show, how many shows per year, multiply by 25… you could almost hear the cogs whirring.
After a few minutes or so all this weeks orange Post-It's were gridded up on John's desk and after a final call to make sure everyone had handed their answers in he started looking for a winner. First off everyone under 1,000 were straight out, then everyone over 2,000 were consigned to the close but not close enough heap. Finally after removing anyone over 1,500 we were left with just five so in reverse order they were binned, hard lines to Mary Poppins, Phil M and Cathy N which meant it was between Mrs Whiplash and MMH. After a slight pause John announced that it was MMH who was £31 better off, beating Mrs Whiplash by just 6.
After a round of applause for the lucky winner MMH came to the bar to collect his wad of cash. He was yet another member of the Heroes & Zeroes team to win the Wild Card, which apparently is their fourth winning week on the trot. Not bad going for a quid stake.
It had been a good night but that was Quiz 99 over, John reminded everyone that it's the 100th Quiz next week and we would be doing 'something special' before signing off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. Thanks to everyone for turning out and supporting The Colly Quiz.
Next week is our 100th Quiz, which coincides with Christmas and it's also the final Quiz of 2013 so we are pulling together something different... what yet we are not entirely sure but hopefully it will be 'something special'. We'll tweet towards the end of the week to let you all know what's in store.
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