The driving sleet and hail on the night of Quiz 56 meant we were expecting a slightly lower turnout compared to Quiz 55's Record Breaking attendance of 55. Most people would be happy to stay inside avoiding the foul weather but our Quiz regulars are a special breed! There were 36 turned out on the night making ten teams all eager to put a little inclement weather aside and get on with the serious business at hand, The Colly Quiz.

We had doggies as a picture round, you may love them or hate them but could you name the breed? Several teams were obviously avid watchers of Crufts!

What's the doggie breed?

We kicked off a little later than usual as the poor quiz compiler had to battle his way through the dodgy weather to deliver the necessary Picture Round and Answer sheets on foot, from an office in central Newcastle (and by those hailstones stung!). Anyway, less whinging and on with the blow by blow account of Quiz 56.

We thought the General Knowledge Round was pretty easy compared to recent ones but the quiz teams didn't agree with the top score being 9 from Equality Street closely followed by 49 But Not For Long, Mo Mo Mo He's Magic and She And Him on 8. What's your thoughts on these?

1. Which fashion label is behind the abbreviation “FCUK”?
6. Who sailed in the Golden Hind?

Identify the pooches returned some much better scores with Mo Mo Mo He's Magic and Ba Ba Broken Nose both getting full points but Equality Street and Three Men And A Lady missed out on one pup with 11.

This gave us a leader board that looked like this going into music: Heading the pack we had Equality Street and Mo Mo Mo He's Magic on 20 followed by Ba Ba Broken Nose on 19, Three Men And A Lady on 18 and (welcome back) She And Him on 17. Hardly a whisker between five teams, just three points.

Round 2, Music. There was a vast time span covered in music, from Mozart to Westlife with a bit of punk rock thrown in just to mix things up. Joint top dogs in the round were Equality Street and Mo Mo Mo He's Magic, closely followed by Three Men And A Lady and Ba Ba Broken Nose on 8. The rest of the teams were barking up the wrong tree with scores between fours and sevens. Here's a little taster of the music questions:

11. Rock The Casbah’, ‘London Calling’ and ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ are all songs recorded by which band?
20. Department S had a one hit wonder in 1980 entiltled ‘Is somebody there’ what was that somebody’s name?

We were into half time and that meant free savouries. This week we had some delightful bacon flavour tubes in the style of Wheetio's, some weird shaped snacks [like last week] that remind you of short haul plane journeys and some cheesy Quavers. Quiz Master John sampled them all and said they were very good! That good in fact that he monstered most of She And Him's portions while they were out having a fag (we'll forgive him though, it was his Birthday Tuesday 5th Feb, apparently he's only 30?).

After, snacks, smokes and more drink, though not necessarily in that order it was on to the Sports Round. There were some real mongrel questions in there this week just to sort the thoroughbreds from the Heinz 57s but we obviously had Crufts champions in as everyone did well. Three teams managed to get best of show with Equality Street, Mo Mo Mo He's Magic and Ba Ba Broken Nose getting full marks. Three Men And A Lady and Idiots Wishing John A Happy 30th scored 9's with the stragglers getting 8's and 7's. A couple of sports samplers:

24. What tennis star’s nickname was superbrat?
29. Which Super Bike Champion has the nickname “The Blackburn Bullet”?

Into the final round Film and TV and we had Equality Street and Mo Mo He's Magic on 38 and Ba Ba Broken Nose on 36 so it was between the three (the nearest challenger was back on 34), who would be the mutt's nuts in the final round?

The best score was from The Bullets who got an excellent nine from 10 to take them to a final tally of 38 but the real action was who fared better between the three leaders. Ba Ba Broken Nose got a 7 to take them to 43, Equality Street got a seven taking them to a total of 45 but the real winners were Mo Mo Mo He's Magic getting an 8 to come second in the round but more importantly first in the quiz with an excellent score of 46. This means they only dropped six points over the entire quiz. So a deserved round of applause for Mo Mo Mo He's Magic, who did well to answer TV and Film Questions of this calibre:

33. Who wrote and starred in Dinner Ladies on TV?
36. In the 2009 film 'Terminator Salvation' who played 'John Conner'?

The winning team were straining at the leash to get their hands on the envelopes containing the prizes but Micki had been so involved in the quiz she hadn't even sorted them out! There was a bit of a pause while she wrote out the winning slips, stuffed them in the envelopes and then offered them to team Mo Mo Mo He's Magic. The designated team member went for the right of the three, quickly opened it and…

After all the waiting it was the drinks!

Hard lines Mo Mo Mo He's Magic, they still got appreciative applause from everyone in the bar and then managed to wangle wine as their prize instead of a case of beer. That's great news for next week though, a £36 rollover.

The Final Scores

While all that had been taking place Barman Chris had been whizzing around the bar with his yellow Post-It's cajoling everyone into the Wild Card Question and after last weeks record prize of £47 it wasn't a hard sell. One Pound, one question and the closest to the answer gets the total prize money, which tonight was a useful £30. The Wild Card Question for Quiz 56 was:

In the General Knowledge Round we asked the question “Who sailed in the Golden Hind?”. It was of course the famous Sir Francis Drake who was selected by Queen Elizabeth the 1st to be the head of an expedition that was to sail around the world. 

Sir Francis set sail from Plymouth Sound in 1577 and returned to the same port in 1580.

The Wild Card Question tonight is exactly how many days did it take for Sir Francis and The Golden Hind to sail around the world?

The clue was again in the question, three years, maximum around 1,095 days minimum 730 days, yet there was an answer came in for 210 days!

Quiz Master John laid all his yellow Post-it's out the table in his trademark grid again (is he becoming a compulsive obsessive now he's hit the big 30?) and started taking off the wrong answers one by one. He ended up with two left, one of the answers from She And Him's Amy was just 10 days* out but tonights winner, just nine days* out was our friend Gary from the Idiots team. Fantastic, £30 was better than winning the quiz on the night. Gary got a round of applause as he stepped up to claim his prize and Birthday Boy Quiz Master John wrapped up Quiz 56 with his signature "Goodnight and God Bless".

Great night, good fun, thanks to all who turned up in the horrible weather and we hope you can all make it for Quiz 57. 

Click on the pics or text below for links to videos or web pages on the subject of the answer, the one for Department S "Is Vic There?" is a classic, it shows them on a Cheggers Plays Pop clip from the early 80's. One of the answers to this quiz question tonight was the song was called "Is your Mother There?"… try substituting that into the lyrics!

Answers

  1. Which fashion label is behind the abbreviation “FCUK”? French Connection United Kingdom

1. Which fashion label is behind the abbreviation “FCUK”? French Connection United Kingdom

  6. Who sailed in the Golden Hind? Sir Francis Drake

6. Who sailed in the Golden Hind? Sir Francis Drake

  11. Rock The Casbah’, ‘London Calling’ and ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ are all songs recorded by which band? The Clash

11. Rock The Casbah’, ‘London Calling’ and ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ are all songs recorded by which band? The Clash

  20. Department S had a one hit wonder in 1980 entiltled ‘Is somebody there’ what was that somebody’s name? Vic (Is Vic There?)

20. Department S had a one hit wonder in 1980 entiltled ‘Is somebody there’ what was that somebody’s name? Vic (Is Vic There?)

  24. What tennis star’s nickname was superbrat? John McEnroe

24. What tennis star’s nickname was superbrat? John McEnroe

  29. Which Super Bike Champion has the nickname “The Blackburn Bullet”? Carl Fogarty

29. Which Super Bike Champion has the nickname “The Blackburn Bullet”? Carl Fogarty

  36. In the 2009 film 'Terminator Salvation' who played 'John Conner'? Christian Bale

36. In the 2009 film 'Terminator Salvation' who played 'John Conner'? Christian Bale