The weather was foul on the night of Quiz 62 but there were still quite a few hardened Quizzers prepared to battle the sleet, rain and wind for a chance at winning a potentially record breaking prize. By 9pm we had nine teams and 31 entrants taking the total money in the pot to a massive £271, the biggest total yet for a Colly Quiz. Who would be the lucky winners of this huge chunk of hard cash?
We kicked off just after nine with our usual Picture Round, this week something a little more grown up than last weeks Mr Men… Extreme close ups of Car Badges. Unfortunately our friends at the bar weren't in tonight to appreciate our more mature offering.
Whilst our nine teams were pondering over the motor marques we got going with our first ten questions on General Knowledge.
Most did pretty well in the Picture Round with two teams, She & Him the inventively named Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off getting top marks of 12 from 12. There were five teams scored 11, Social Services, Frankie Goes To Vatican, Idiots v McManaman, Show Me The Money and Please Don't Sing John. One team who must have been suffering from St Patrick's Day or some other excuse for a celebration as there name tag gave credibility to their poor score of six, I Double L.
The General Knowledge round returned some consistently good results too, very close. We Are Scientists edged it with the top score of nine, we had three eights from Frankie Goes To Vatican, Idiots v McManaman and Please Don't Sing John plus seven's and sixes from the rest. Are we surprised at these good scores with trivial nonesense that everyone should know(?) such as:
5. Between the orbits of which two planets does the asteriod belt lie?
7. “What’s the worst that can happen?” is an advertising slogan used by which popular drink?
This gave us an early leader board with two points separating eight of the nine teams. Very close, everyone was on either 19 or 18 except I Double L on 13 – it must have been a hell of a day out!
Music up next. This round returned a wide range of scores, I Double L obviously perked up for this round as they returned an amazing top score of nine from ten. Second in the round we had She & Him on eight with Idiots v McManaman and Show Me The Money on creditable sevens. It was a hard round though:
11. Which ex Take That band member had a hit record with ‘Rock DJ’?
19. ‘A Smile and a Ribbon’ was the theme music for which strange national ad campaign in 2006?
Music had put the cat amongst the pigeons as Quiz Master John put it. We now had a couple of teams pulling away but not by much, She & Him with Idiots v McManaman were in pole on 26, Show Me The Money and Please Don't Sing John were up there in second on 25 with three teams, We Are Scientists, Frankie Goes To Vatican and Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off on 24. There was now only four points separating all nine teams.
Half time and the free snacks were served. This week we had a personal favourite making an appearance… Wotsits, outstanding! Plus Prawn Crackers and the usual, but never boring, peanuts. Everyone took full advantage of the five minute interlude to have a smoke, order a drink and get themselved psyched up for the killer round, Sport.
With this huge amount of prize money up for grabs it was imprtant to get a good score in Sport as traditionally this is where The Colly Quiz is won or lost. We had a very good score of eight from Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off to win the round, second with sevens were Frankie Goes To Vatican and Idiots v McManaman and in third we had Please Don't Sing John on six. Was Sport was a little easier this week? Here's a couple of the questions:
25. What did Abebe Bikila wear when he won the 1964 Olympic Marathon in Tokyo that he didn’t wear when he won the 1960 event in Rome?
28. Who scored England’s only try when they beat Australia 20-17 in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final in Sydney?
The Sport result shook the quiz leader board up as we now had Idiots v McManaman in the lead on 33, followed closely by Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off on 32 and She & Him, Frankie Goes To Vatican and Please Don't Sing John on 31. Five teams and just two points in it for a potential prize of £271… it was tense going into Film & TV.
This weeks TV & Film questions were hard, very hard, here's a couple of examples:
31. What colour is Custard the cat in the kids cartoon Roobarb and Custard?
38. Which American hero has been played on film by Errol Flynn, Robert Shaw and Ronald Reagan?
The top score for Film & TV was just six from Frankie Goes To Vatican, we had two in second, I Double L and Please Don't Sing John on five and We Are Scientists with Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off on four. This meant that winners of Quiz 62 with 37 points were Frankie Goes To Vatican just shading it by one point from Idiots v McManaman, Please Don't Sing John and Stop The Bus & Let My Little Brother Jack Off all on 36. It's been a while since we had a quiz as close as this.
There was a round of appluase for the winners as Frankie Goes To Vatican representative Googs stepped up to choose the all important envelope from the three that Chris had in his hand… what would it be? Record cash, a slab of drinks or food vouchers. Googs carefully chose the envelope on the right of the three presented, slowly opened it and without any emotion announced Food Vouchers! Unlucky Googs, it was his team that won the previous biggest prize of £243 in The Colly Quiz last year but on this occasion the £271 prize money goes back into the pot for Quiz 63 where we could be looking at over £300! Unbelievable, what a prize for winning a Monday night quiz, get your thinking caps on and start revising, it could be worth it.
After all that excitement we were ready for the Wild Card. Micki had been busy getting the Wild Card entries in whilst Googs had been choosing his envelope and she had collected a total of £25 to play for. The Wild Card is a single question open to anyone in the bar. It's a number or a date and the winner is the one who gets the required answer (very unusual) or gets closest to it. It's usually an 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.
Quiz Master John read out the following question:
In the Sports Round tonight we asked which was the oldest, the New York or the London Marathon. It was the New York Marathon which was first held in 1970 where a total of only 55 runners completed the course out of 127 competitors. The first London Marathon was held in 1981 and there were 7,747 competitors.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many runners finished the first London Marathon?
There was some scratching of heads and discussions followed by a repeat of the question before all of those little yellow Post-It's started to make their way back to Quiz Master John's mission control table where as usual he started lining them all up in neat rows. Five rows of five, perfect (is this getting slightly compulsive obsessive or is that obsessive compulsive!). Then John started the shake down, out went the answers in the 7,000's, out went the answers below 3,000 then 4,000 then 5,000 until eventually we were left with two yellow Post-It's on the table, PhilMac and SarahS, who by coincidence were sitting next to each other and had been on the same Quiz team! John read out the two answers, PhilMac had 6,139 and SarahS had 6,274, he then read out the answer we were after and SarahS jumped for joy, the £25 was hers. Well done Sarah, great guess, and for a £1 stake £25 is not a bad nights return for a good night out.
So with a Goodnight and God Bless from John that was Quiz 62 complete. Next week it's all to play for again, all the teams start from scratch and there will be over £300 up for grabs. The law of averages says that after five weeks of beers being won and one week of Food Vouchers the cash is due to be pulled out of the envelope and who knows, you could be in that winning team.
Thanks to everyone who turned out for Quiz 62 and we hope to see you all for the big one, Quiz 63.