What a night… 46 quizzers turned out for Quiz 58 taking the prize money on offer to over the hundred quid mark. £101 to be exact which was brilliant, all of our absent quiz teams on holiday in the likes of the Algarve and Bermuda just look at what you could have won!
Great atmosphere and the bar was packed. We got under way just after nine with the Picture Round, which this week was cartoon strip characters. We did put a clue on the website, pretty late to be honest but if you want a slight advantage in The Colly Quiz, check in before you come down!
We thought the General Knowledge Round was a little 'easier' tonight, but they always seem easy when you know the answers!
Most teams did well though so after both the Picture Round and the General Knowledge Round the teams put their sheets in for Quiz Master John to mark up and the results were as follows: Full marks in the pics were the brilliantly named Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! (bearing in mind the weeks events in South Afrca) and the not so topically named Seven Up. In second place on 10 we had Justin's Angels, Charlie, The Pork Scratchings, Gary Glitter And His Sausage Packers and the winner of the nights best team name, Roses Are Red, Violets Are Glorious, No One Sneaks Up On Oscar Pistorias (great name guys, still chuckling!).
The General Knowledge proved to be a bit more challenging however for our teams. Top of the pile we had Him, Him and Her (a ringer involved?), Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! and The Pork Scratchings all on 9 with 8's for Roses Are Red, Violets Are Glorious, No One Sneaks Up On Oscar Pistorias, Charlie, Findus Crispy Horse and Seven Up. They all did pretty well but could they have done better with questions as easy as:
5. According to Noel Coward, ‘The Japanese don’t care to, The Chinese wouldn’t dare to’ do what?
9. Which ship spent 437 years on the seabed off Portsmouth?
After Pics and General Knowledge the early leader board looked like this: On 21, Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day!, 20 Seven Up tied with Him, Him and Her and on 19 The Pork Scratchings. Music was next up.
The big winners in Music were Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! with nine from ten they cemented their lead with challengers Him, Him and Her getting and 8 and Seven Up returning just a 7. A lot of teams – Roses Are Red, Violets Are Glorious, No One Sneaks Up On Oscar Pistorias, An Oscar For The Idiots In The Silence Of The Limbs and Findus Crispy Horse scored 8's as well to get back into the running but Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! were already a couple of points ahead as they knew stuff like this?
13. In the 70‘s who was the group (with a car sounding name) who had a disco hit with “Car Wash” the soundtrack to a film that shot Richard Pryor to stardom?
18. Captain Sensible performed with which punk band?
Quiz Master John gave us the scores prior to heading into half time snacks… in the lead on 30 we had Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! two ahead of Him, Him and Her on 28 who themselves were just in front of The Pork Scratchings and Seven Up tying for third on 27.
Exciting stuff, it looked like four teams were in contention. Even more exciting though was the half time savouries, they went down so well last week that boss Freda again went for the cheesy balls, the wheat crunchies and of course the obligatory salted peanuts – delicious. Drinks were refreshed, smokes were smoked and before we knew it the Sports Round was upon us.
There was a real spread of results in the Sports Round this week from a not so clever 2 from our friends Gary Glitter And His Sausage Packers through to an excellent 9 for our leaders Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! The varying results could have been to do with questions like this:
24. In women’s professional tennis who was dubbed as “The Ice Maiden”?
27. Which Italian football player was nicknamed ‘The Divine Ponytail’ because of his hairstyle?
The real interest though was in the challengers scores, could anybody catch the front runners? Him, Him and Her and Seven Up fell by the wayside with a hard fought five for Sport leaving them a massive six and seven points respectively behind the leaders. The Pork Scratchings didn't have their best Sports round ever with a four which also left them seven behind top spot. Even teams who scored well in the round like An Oscar For The Idiots In The Silence Of The Limbs, who got a commendable eight, were only on 31. So going into TV & Films it looked a lost cause as Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! were six points ahead of everyone – it looked cut and dried, they only needed five to win.
Our Quizzers weren't giving up though, it was all still to play for, Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! could have a stinker of a round, couldn't they? Quiz Master John got us underway with TV & Film questions of this calibre:
36. Who co-wrote Fawlty Towers with John Cleese?
37. Who wrote the script, as well as acting in, the 1996 cult vampire shocker, From Dusk Till Dawn?
There were a couple of 'challenging' questions in this round and the results reflected that, top scores were just sevens from Him, Him and Her, Seven Up, Roses Are Red, Violets Are Glorious, No One Sneaks Up On Oscar Pistorias and yes you've probably already guessed it Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! You can't begrudge them the win, they led from the start and put in some fine rounds so they got a round of Colly Quiz appreciative applause as team member Robin stepped up to choose the prize from the three envelopes on offer from Barman Chris. Bold as brass he went for the middle and pulled the folded slip of paper out to reveal he had won…
the beers! Well done Robin, better than the food vouchers but not quite the £101 cash. That's great news for Quiz 59 though, we start with a ton rollover meaning a potential cash prize of £130+, it could be a happy Monday for one of our teams.
Micki had been busy getting the Wild Card Post-Its out whilst Robin was choosing the Quiz prize and we had accumulated a not bad £26 pot from everyone in the bar who wanted to have a go at the one off Wild Card question which rounds Quiz Night off. Simple idea, £1 per person, one obscure question, one numerical answer, closest guess wins the lot… and no Googling! This weeks offering was:
In the General Knowledge we asked which ship lay off Portsmouth for over 400 years. It was the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s Flagship during his first French War. The warship was sunk whilst defending Portsmouth in 1545 and lay there until she was discovered in 1971.
Excavation work to raise the Mary Rose started in 1979 and took three years to complete, it was calculated that in total the huge team of divers spent the equivalent of 12 years on the seabed.
The Wild Card Question tonight is over that three year period how many individual dives did it take to excavate the Mary Rose?
There was a bit of a clue in the question, in that there was a hell of a lot of dives to make up a combined total of twelve years underwater, we still had answers in the hundreds though! Quiz Master John arranged his rows of yellow Post-Its neatly on the table as everyones answer was handed in. After they were all accounted for he started taking off the non-winning answers Post-It by Post-It until we were left with three. Shona was close with 22,222, Robin was closer still with 26,000 but the winner tonight was Kenny, who's won the Wild Card a couple of times already so he was well pleased to add a further £26 to that total. A round of applause was given for Kenny who was also a member of the Quiz Winning team Shouldn't Have Bought Him Socks For Valentines Day! so he got both the drinks prize and £26 for a fun night out with a few beers… not bad for a Monday!
That was it Quiz 58 drew to a close with the customary Goodnight and God Bless from John and we are already looking forward to Quiz 59 and a potential big Cash Prize. Thanks to everyone who turned out.
Wild Card Answer: According to maryrose.org the excavation work between 1979 and 1982 took 28,000 dives