Unbelievable, 41 people turned out in the freezing cold 'springtime' hail and snow for Quiz 63, taking the potential prize money to £317… and yes, that is more money than Cyprus can muster at this current time.
The heating had to be turned down in the pub it was so crammed and for once the opening of the front door and the welcoming blast of icy air that followed was a welcome relief from the tense, warm atmosphere inside the bar – you could feel our 13 teams were up for this!
The Picture Round went out and met with approval from most, the films of Robert De Niro, which consisted of twelve frames of head shots of his character from his most famous films – the challenge was to name the title of the movie. Whilst the teams were pondering those images Quiz Master John got us underway with the General Knowledge round at just after nine.
There were some good scores in the picture round, a couple of the pics were very difficult to place but hey, look at the prize money on offer! Starring roles in the Picture Round went to the confidently named Handover The Money Michaela and the topically named Cyprus Ill with 10 a piece, there were two nines from Man Down and She & Him with the rest of the teams managing reasonable sevens and sixes.
In the General Knowledge Handover The Money Michaela did exceptionally well with a perfect 10 to win the round and Man Down returned a not quite perfect nine to come second. Four of our teams managed creditable eights and four turned in sevens. With easy opening questions like this how did all of our teams not get higher marks?
3. Who advertised Cinzano with Leonard Rossiter in the early 80's?
7. A Bigger Splash was painted by which Bradford born artist?
Following the Pics and General Knowledge we had a leader board as follows; leading with 20 our justifiably confident team named Handover The Money Michaela, second on 18 Man Down and joint third we had Team If You Want To Go Faster and Cyprus Ill with several teams on 16 and 15 in close pursuit. Already quite an interesting mix of scores going into Music.
This week Music was really nails, it's usually Sport that sorts the contenders from the wanabees but we think Music was the round that did that job for Quiz 63. Top score was seven from Don't Force It Let It Happen (well done). Second we had our current leaders Handover The Money Michaela, Team If You Want To Go Faster and She & Him with sixes and the rest trailed behind in the round with fives, fours, threes and a one! No disgrace in the one, it was a very difficult set of ten questions, here's a couple:
17. What is Kylie Minogue’s middle name?
20. In 2011 he won Songwriter of the Year in the Ivor Novellos Awards for songs such as ‘She Said’ but what is the name of the rapper singer and songwriter who’s AKA is Plan B?
The hard Music round didn't shake the leader board up that much, it was hard for everyone, so going into the break for snacks we had in the lead Handover The Money Michaela on 25, second on 23 Team If You Want To Go Faster and in third on 22 She & Him. Still in with a shout we had Idiots (Minus One) on 21 and Don't Force It Let It Happen, A Rose Between Two Thorns and Cyprus Ill on 20. It was so tense, thank goodness for the break and the savouries.
The break meant five minutes to clear heads, have a cig or get another beer in ready for the final two rounds. The savouries meant bacon rasher corn snacks, onion rings and peanuts… what more could you wish for? This set our teams up nicely for Sport, usually the round that sorts the men from the boys but that had already been done in the music Round!
Most teams did fairly well in Sport this week. The round winners were the increasingly aptly named Handover The Money Michaela with another perfect ten followed by the vastly improving A Rose Between Two Thorns and Team If You Want To Go Faster on nines. Here's a couple of sample Sports questions:
28. Which SPL Club’s ground is the furthest north?
30. Who after winning Gold at the 1984 Olympics in LA, whistled the national anthem during the medal ceremony then said to an american interviewer: “I haven’t been this happy since my granny caught her tit in a mangle.”?
This gave us just two teams in real contention going into the final round Film & TV (barring a complete and utter meltdown), Handover The Money Michaela in a commanding lead on 35 and their nearest challengers Team If You Want To Go Faster on 32. We couldn't see Handover The Money Michaela dropping three points in the final round in their current form but they did, returning just 7, so it was all down to Team If You Want To Go Faster, a perfect 10 would trigger a dart off for the chance to win £317, what could they do? The questions were reasonable easy, weren't they?
34. Which (American) TV series included characters called Doris, Bruno and Shorofsky?
40. Name the actor: He played a reporter in Mars Attacks!, was the voice behind Stuart Little but made his name in Back to the Future?
Unfortunately Team If You Want To Go Faster couldn't rise to the occasion and scored a disappointing six, so our leaders from round one and deserved Quiz 63 Winners were Handover The Money Michaela with a total of 42 points, confidently named maybe but they did the business on the night so deserved the whole hearted round of applause they received from all in the bar.
That's only half the battle won though, the other half is choosing the right envelope, which our winners over the last seven weeks have struggled with. Team member Richard opted for the responsibility and ever so confidently chose the middle envelope from the three in barmaid Micki's hand. After a pause he slowly raised both arms and exclaimed "Caaaaash", fantastic, well done Richard. £317 winners on the night, brilliant result.
Micki got the prize money from the G4S van parked outside and presented it to Richard who immediately divvied it up with his four compatriots, SarahS, RichardC and PhilMac and put £77 back into the kitty for Quiz 64… what a great gesture! So that means next weeks Easter Monday Quiz could already be worth over £100, excellent. Plus Quiz Master John has donated a bottle of Isle Of Jura as a second prize so it's well worth turning out on Easter Monday for a bit of fun.
Whilst all of the winning celebrations had been going on Barman Chris had been busy around the bar getting everyone involved in the final act of Quiz Night, the Wild Card Question. £1 gets anyone in the bar (in the quiz or not) a yellow Post-It on which they write the answer to an obscure question asked by Quiz Master John which is usually a date or number, the main proviso to entering as with the entire quiz is no Googling allowed (it's just not fair). The closest to the answer wins all of the money which has been collected for the Wild Card which this week was a massive £37.
Before we got on with the Wild Card, Quiz Master John had an announcement, one of our regular Quiz Teams, The Idiots, were losing one of their team, Hollie… she is off to explore the world and may not be back for some time (if at all), so the whole bar gave Hollie a round of applause to wish her the best of luck on her adventure. What the Idiots are going to do without her goodness knows, we'll see next week.
This weeks Wild Card question was:
In tonight's Music round we asked who were the first group to sell out on four consecutive nights at Wembley Stadium in 1987? The answer was Genesis and the gigs took place during July of that year in a Wembley Stadium that at the time had a capacity of around 82,000 for a Cup Final.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many tickets were sold for the four night stint by Genesis at Wembley in July 1987?
You could see everyone thinking and calculating… what was the capacity of the old Wembley? Multiplied by four nights – but hold on the concert wouldn't have been the entire capacity, just a proportion but they were on the pitch as well!
Eventually all of the answers were in and Quiz Master John had his Post-Its neatly arranged over his Quiz Control Console ready for the Wild Card shake down. First he discounted any answer over 300,000, then any answer under 200,00 which left him with about 12 Post-Its. He then took off any answer that was under 250,000 which left five. Then he took two off that were less than 280,000 which left him with Glen on exactly 280,000, Robin on 280,002 and Xander with 285,000. Glen was deleted, it was higher than 280,000 leaving Robin and Xander but the actual answer was also higher than 280,002 so it was Xander who won the £37, a round of applause followed and Xander was well chuffed as he picked up his money from Micki. You may not win the big prize in The Colly Quiz but sometimes the Wild Card is a better bet and a £37 return for a £1 stake is a very good return!
That was it, a record prize won, a near record Wild Card won and Quiz 63 was complete so John signed off with a Good Night and God Bless. Thanks to everyone who turned out for Quiz 63 it was a cracking night, thanks for your support and we hope to see you all on Easter Monday for Quiz 64 which should be over £100 thanks to the very generous winners of Quiz 63 Handover The Money Michaela.
The Wild Card Answer: There was a total of 288,000 people bought tickets for the four consecutive nights Genesis played Wembley in 1987.