What a difference seven days makes… last week celebrating Quiz Master john's 30th Birthday, ten teams, 36 Quizzers. This week John's still celebrating his 30th Birthday (the balloons are still here and he's lost a week) but our Quiz Teams must have been celebrating with him and couldn't stand the pace as we had just seven teams and 29 Quizzers! We did have a few regulars away in Alicante though (lucky them).
Feeling a bit rough and clutching even more cards and presents Quiz Master John got us underway with Quiz 57 and a picture round of Airline Logos*.
*If you have any suggestions for future Pic Quizzes please add them in the comments box below or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, we'll do our best to make it so.
Round One as usual General Knowledge, some easy ones in here to get everyone started did the trick as most teams did well with Shona For Pope, Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober (oooh) and Pope Idiot The First all getting nines with some interesting choices of topical names. With 8's we had Ed Case, our friends who won a substantial prize of £106 a couple of weeks ago, scoring sevens we had She And Him and running up the rear we had Bez's Happy Mondays and Porkies on six. Are you surprised at the high scoring though with questions as easy as this…
1. What was the name of the volcano which destroyed Pompeii in AD79?
9. In which children's novel would you come across Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt and Mike Teavee?
The Picture Round had everyone papalexed, it wasn't easy! Top Pontiffs were Ed Case who did well with a seven, whilst Shona For Pope, Bez's Happy Mondays and Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober (after a Vatican enquiry) recorded sixes. Hanging onto their cassocks we had Pope Idiot The First and She And Him on fives with Porkies in purgatory on four.
Not much in it going into Round Two Music, Ed Case, Shona For Pope and Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober were in the ascendancy on 15, Pope Idiot The First were on 14 and the rest weren't that far behind on 12's and 10's.
Much of a muchness on the Music Round, no team rose to real ascension, Ed Case, Porkies and Pope Idiot The First topped it with sevens, Shona For Pope, Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober and She And Him managed sixes and Bez's Happy Mondays followed up the rear with a five. Here's a sample of the questions:
11. The name of which rock and roll band of the late 1970s and early 1980s alegedly stood for ‘Knights in the Service of Satan’?
20. Which new wave classic (by The Undertones) was DJ John Peel’s favourite ever song?
Going into snacks it was close, we had four teams in contention, Ed Case were in the lead on 22 but we had Shona For Pope, Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober and Pope Idiot The First on 21. The other five teams were already three and four points behind, they needed a miracle!
The wonderful half time snacks were served up as everyone had a break from the proceedings. This weeks savouries were a fine selection of lovely cheesey balls, that old favourite peanuts and an unusual choice of Nik Nax… they all went down equally well though. After a five minute sabbatical for tabs, beers and snacks it was back to the inquisition that is the Sport round.
This was a round of ten Sports questions that covered everything from Polo to Golf on the moon and the top scores were from Pope Idiot The First with a saintly eight, Ed Case managed a seven. The miracles seemed to be happening as both Shona For Pope and Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober dropped points with sixes and fives respectively. How, the Holy One might ask with questions as easy(?) as this:
27. How many golf balls are there on the moon? (None, two or seven)
29. What collective nickname was given to 2008 Olympic Sailing Gold Medalists, Sarah Ayton, Sarah Webb, and Pippa Wilson?
Into the final round TV & Films and we had joint leaders Ed Case and Pope Idiot The First on 29, Shona For Pope on 27 and still in the running, just, Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober on 26. It was all down to the last 10 questions that turned into 11 points as Quiz Master John ordained that he wanted two answers for the final question. Here's a sample of the usual offerings:
32. Which comedian starred in the 1993 film Mrs Doubtfire?
37. David Spikey played which (saintly) character in Channel 4’s 2001-2002 series Phoenix Nights?
Amazingly both Ed Case and Pope Idiot The First got full marks in this round so even though our challengers Congratulations Whitney One Year Sober got an excellent 10 and Shona For Pope got a reasonable seven it didn't matter, we had a tie for first place with forty points… and that could only mean one thing a Holy Dart Off.
Quiz Master John was ecstatic and had the darts in the hands of our representatives from each team before we could even fire up the camera! The first round went well for Ed Case who got 40 odd whilst Chris from Pope Idiot The First managed around 30 (sorry to be vague but the speed of John's dart off was frightening). The second throw proved crucial however as Ed Case managed a total of 60 whilst with his second trio of darts but there was divine intervention on Pope Idiot The First's Chris, one of the darts bounced out to leave him with a poor five on his final throw and a runners up total of 36* but there was a silver lining to the this particular cloud.
*I'm sure Chris will correct me if the scores are wrong!
There was the usual Colly Quiz hearty round of applause for our winners Ed Case and one of the team members bounced up to choose from the three prize winning envelopes Barman Chris had in his hand. He went for the outside left envelope and danced with glee shouting "Prize, we've won a prize!" until one of his team pointed out he was meant to open the envelope to see what the prize was! Well it's an emotional event winning the Colly Quiz (especially when you've had a couple of our lagers) but he was just as happy when he pulled the slip of paper from the envelope and discovered the prize was a case of beers, well done Ed Case. That's great news for the Quiz too as it means we have another rollover going into Quiz 58 which could mean a prize of over £80 up for grabs.
Whilst that mass of excitement had been happening Micki had been around the bar distributing Wild Card Post-It's which is our final one off question for the night open to everyone in the bar for a quid. It's usually a number or a date answer which is so obscure it's a guess and as with all of our Quiz Night there is absolutely no Googling allowed. Although most Wild Card Questions are so off the map it would be a struggle to Google them anyway, case in point:
In the Film & TV round we asked a question about the epic poem Beowulf which survives today as a single manuscript in the British Museum. This manuscript is believed to have been written in the early 11th Century and based on a traditional poem that had been handed down over generations.
Nothing is known about the whereabouts of the Beowulf manuscript for the first few hundred years until it’s first recorded owner inscribed his name on the first page with a date... the Wild Card Question tonight is what was that date?
See what we mean… anyway there was scratching of heads and mumblings of "You are effing joking" (heard you Sarah!) but that's the point it's a sheer guess to win the nights prize which was a not so huge £14 (but from a stake of £1 it's not bad).
The answers came rolling in, with the few contestants tonight Quiz Master John's grid of Post-It's wasn't shaping up well on his table so he discounted several answers immediately. As usual though there was a slight clue in the question, – written early 11th Century and whereabouts not known for a few hundred years should have steered the answers to 13th - 15th Century?
The winning answer was very close, at least in the right Century, and it was our losing Holy Dart Off winner Chris from the Pope Idiot The First team, how ironic is that? So there was a round of applause for Chris as he stepped up to claim his £14 prize, not the biggest Wild Card Prize ever but £13 profit none the less.
With that it was a "Goodnight and God Bless from" our Birthday boy John, who was still feeling the consequences of his entire previous week celebrating turning 30. Thanks to all of you who turned out, it was a giggle and we hope to see you again for Quiz 58.
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