Following the rubbish Derby weekend we wondered who might be up for a night out at the Monday Quiz? We needn't have worried though, there were 27 people in seven teams who were hoping that Sunday's result could be tempered by a cash prize that stood at £159 on the night.
We kicked off the Quiz just after nine with a Monster picture round and the first set of ten General Knowledge Questions. Quiz Master John was in top form, he'd had a great weekend… and at every opportunity he reminded us all of the fact. Never mind it's all good banter, there was nobody punching horses!
The Picture Quiz was a challenge for some, Monsters and Aliens in the movies, we had a variety of results from fives through to eleven but General Knowledge was a little more even, not surprising with easy stuff like:
4. What did Dr John Pemberton invent in 1886?
10. Which artist painted The Old Guitarist during his Blue Period?
Top of the pics was Bernard Manning And His Blue Period with a very good 11 from 12, the imaginatively named Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won cantered in at second with a ten and Michaela Is A Pisshead managed a nine. In the General Knowledge we had a top score of nine from Bernard Manning And His Blue Period with three teams, Michaela Is A Pisshead, The Horsepunchers and She & Him registering eights.
Going into the Music round we had Bernard Manning And His Blue Period well in the lead on 20, Michaela Is A Pisshead and Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won on 17 with She & Him on 16.
There was only three points seperated all of the teams in Music with She & Him Top of the Pops on eight from ten. Smell My Cheese, Bernard Manning And His Blue Period and The Horsepunchers came in joint second on seven and Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won were a nose behind on six. The Music questions were 'diverse':
13. On which 1977 album by Blondie would you find the track Love At The Pier?
14. Who was the first member of the EastEnders cast to have a chart hit after plugging the song on the show?
So going into the break for savouries we had Bernard Manning And His Blue Period in a commanding lead with 27 from She and Him on 24, Michaela Is A Pisshead and Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won on 23 and The Horsepunchers on 22. Impressive lead from Bernard Manning And His Blue Period already.
This weeks snacks were out and gone before we had even had a chance to check what they were. Apparently there were Frazzles and Cheese Savouries but what the third option was is a mystery, probably peanuts but there was the spicy corn snacks from last week spotted. After the teams had devoured the savouries on offer, the drinks had been recharged and the cigs had been smoked we moved onto the Sport round.
This week Sport was the killer round, a couple of the leading teams did really well whilst a couple floundered. Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won tied the round on nine from ten with The Horsepunchers whilst the next best score came from Michaela Is A Pisshead, Smell My Cheese and Bernard Manning And His Blue Period with sixes. The Sport questions were a bit obscure, we try to include some state side stuff for our American contingent:
21. By what nickname was American Football Player William Perry better known as?
27. Recently, British number one tennis player Heather Watson said she felt “burnt out” and would take a break from the sport, only to reverse the decision a day later. What was the illness she was diagnosed with that was making her feel burnt out?
It was set up nicely for the final round of TV & Films. We had four teams and just five points in it, Bernard Manning And His Blue Period were edging it on 33, Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won were in second with 32 and The Horsepunchers were on 31. Michaela Is A Pisshead seemed to be out of the frame on 29 but it all depended on who could get the best result from questions like this:
34. In which 1998 movie did Bruce Willis play an oil-driller called Harry Stamper who attempts to save the world from being destroyed by an asteroid?
39. In the Big Bang Theory what’s Leonard’s middle name?
Joint winners of the final round were Michaela Is A Pisshead and The Horsepunchers with eights, second Smell My Cheese and Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won on sevens and third was Bernard Manning And His Blue Period with sixes. Unbelievable, this meant that three teams were tied on final scores of 39 which meant, to the delight of Quiz Master John, a three team Dart Off for the chance of drawing the £159 prize!
Representatives from the three winning teams were put forward for the Dart Off. Phil 'The Power' from The Horsepunchers, Ali 'The Beard' from Idiot's Fought A Horse And The Horse Won and Anthony 'The unknown' from Bernard Manning And His Blue Period all stepped up for their chance at the ockey. The rules were simple two sets of three darts each, top score gets the chance to draw the prize envelope.
Phil 'The Power' was up first, his technique was top class but his score was just 22. Ali 'The Beard' from Idiots was next up and he threw an almost identical 21. Then it was Anthony 'The unknown' from Bernard Manning And His Blue Period, who just went an scored a massive 60.
It was all on the second throw, could Phil and Ali throw something special? Phil managed a 30 to give him a total of 52 and Ali managed 39 to draw with Anthony on 60, meaning all Anthony had to do with one of his final darts was hit one of the numbers on the board – and he managed that with his first throw. So a Colly Quiz round of applause went up for Anthony with his Bernard Manning And His Blue Period team and it was down to his Quiz companion to choose the prize envelope from the three that Chris had fanned out in his hand.
Anthony's team member went for the right, she opened the envelope and announced… food vouchers! Quiz Master John opened the other envelopes to verify where the money was and unbelievably it was again in the centre envelope.
Hard luck team Bernard Manning And His Blue Period but it does mean there is £159 already in the pot for Quiz 67, so a good turnout in Quiz 68 could see nearly £200 to play for.
After all that excitement the final question of the night was the Wild Card and Chris had been busy around the bar getting everyone to put in their £1. The Wild Card is open to anyone in the bar and just £1 gets the chance to answer one obscure Question, with one numeric answer and the closest to that answer wins the entire pot collected. This week the pot stood at £25.
The question was a bit long winded but there was a reason, in the question there is a clue to the possible answer:
In the General Knowledge round we asked what DRAM stood for, it was Dynamic Random Access Memory. DRAM or RAM is what enables your computer to run all of it’s programmes smoothly and it’s sold these days in Gigabytes, with a 1GB chip costing between £10 and £15, but it wasn’t always this cheap...
Back in the early nineties these memory chips were a lot less powerful and ultra expensive, with a 4mb chip costing over a couple of hundred pounds. To put this in perspective you would have needed 256 of these 4mb chips to get the equivalent of 1GB of todays RAM.
The Wild Card Question tonight is back in 1992, if it had been possible, what would the cost have worked out at (in £) for 1GB of memory?
There were groans, there were requests for the question to be read again and again then everyone eventually started to put their yellow Post-Its in, had they twigged or was it just a sheer guess?
Clue: Over £200, you need 256 to make 1GB of RAM so thats at least £52,000. Less than £300 would make a maximum of £76,800, so it was somewhere between the two. We had guesses that were in the region of half a million and precise answers of less than £2,000 so obviously some of our quizzers didn't do the maths or had too many beers and went with luck instead.
Quiz Master John gridded all the yellow Post-Its out on his Quiz Control Command Centre Central Podium and then proceeded to take off all of the answers that were way off and not quite way off until he was left with two that were close, ironically it was Michaela Is A Pisshead team members Matt and Googz who had answers within £1,000 of each other. Good plan guys but there's only one winner and this week it was Matt who walked away £25 richer on the night. Not a bad return, £1 for an entertaining Quiz, £1 for the Wild Card, have a few beers and walk away with £25 cash, sounds like a good night out to make up for the crap Sunday the majority of us had!
Not Quiz Master John though he had a very happy derby day, three was definitely his magic number as he gleefully wished everyone Good Night and God Bless. Let's look forward to Quiz 67 which has a near £200 jackpot and hopefully derby's and horse punching will be a distant memory.
Thanks to all our teams who turned out on the night we appreciate your support.
Chuckle of the night had to be the lightning response by Sarah S to the Sport question "In which Olympic sport is the wearing of a beard banned?" – "It's Womens Shotput isn't it?" she piped up immediately.
After the Quiz finished Phil "The Power" asked for the darts and threw over 100 three times off the belt, just goes to show the pressure these pro's are under in a Dart Off!
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