What a difference a year makes! Easter Monday 2012 we had just three teams which split into four to make it interesting… this year we had seven teams with 31 quizzers taking the prize on offer to £108. Fantastic, thanks to everyone who turned out.
We got under way well after nine due to the questions arriving late (sorry!?) and the Picture Round had a mixed reception, not quite as negative as the infamous Mr Men but bordering on the WTF. Well we thought it was interesting, Local Heroes Statues, most were nearly recognisable but the real question was the location. The clue was local, they were either born there or revered there.
General Knowledge was tough but we did have a couple of niners with the optimistically(?) monikered Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela?, interestingly named If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? and the classically termed The A Team. To Russia With Love scored an eight and the rest came in with fives and sixes. How general is General Knowledge though?
3. What is the second largest planet in our solar system?
10. Christies are about to auction the largest egg ever laid by any animal. It is the egg of an extinct bird from Madagascar, by what name is this bird known?
The Picture Round was extreme, some teams did exceptionally well and some exceptionally badly, we had a nine from 12 from University Challenged and a three from the defeatists We Want A Refund! then everything in between. It was tough!
It was quite close going into Music, in the lead To Russia With Love on 16.5, regulars Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela? on 16, University Challenged and The A Team on 15 and If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? on 14.5. Early days but a few in contention.
It seems Music is becoming the new Sport, as the questions are getting more obscure so this round is starting to become the maker or breaker!
Our highest scorer in Music was seven from Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela? with sixes from To Russia With Love, 1st, 4th, 2nd, Collingwood and If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? with fives and fours for the rest. Were these Music questions tough?
14. In the 80’s Kim Carnes sang about the eyes of which famous actress?
20. In 1982 which controversial punk band from San Fransico released the album Plastic Surgery Disasters?
Then it was half time snacks, Easter Snacks this week, which brought a new addition to the range, a sweet… cake in fact. Not a personal favourite, like Quiz Master John, the Bacon Fries and Peanuts were the highlight but each to their own. The teams monstered the snacks, got the rounds in, had a relaxing smoke and got themselves geared up for what used to be the killer round Sport.
Some were starting to say Sport was getting easier, well not this week! There was an easy couple at the start to ease the teams in with the rest fairly challenging and the odd difficult one thrown in for good measure.
All the teams found sport quite hard with the points spread between fives and sevens but with the overall scores being quite tight this was were the Quiz could be won, getting the odd question the other teams challenging for the lead didn't get.
Tops in Sport were To Russia With Love and 1st, 4th, 2nd, Collingwood with seven a piece. Joint second were University Challenged, Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela? plus The A Team and third with fives were We Want A Refund neck and neck with If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? Here's a couple of the difficult ones:
26. Which British ice dancers who won gold medals at the 1984 Winter Olympics were famous for their Bolero routine?
28. Celtic have appeared in two European Cup finals, winning in 1967 against Inter Milan? but losing in 1970 to whom?
Sport made things quite interesting going into the final round TV & Films. That additional point gained in the round had drawn To Russia With Love level with the leaders Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela? on 29 then we had University Challenged three points behind on 26, If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? on 25.5 and both 1st, 4th, 2nd, Collingwood and The A Team on 25. It was very close and there were some very good scores in the final round too, not surprisingly with questions like this you may think:
32. Which film star had an occasional role as Guinan, the female bartender, in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation?
37. Which 2000 Oscar-winning film starred Yun-Fat Chow and Ziyi Zhang?
Top team in Films and TV was If Quizzes Are Quizzical… What Are Tests? with a 100%, a perfect 10, joint second with nines we had one of the Quiz leaders Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela? so it had to be the other To Russia With Love to equal that nine to force a dart off, but no, they only managed a six, We Want A Refund! got the other nine in the round so winners of this weeks Quiz for the second week in a row were our regulars Can We Have Our £70 Back Michaela?
The Colly Quiz Teams all gave our winners a whole hearted round of applause recognising their achievement in winning for the second week in a row, maybe it was fate that they won again after very generously leaving the £77 in last week that started us off with such a good prize tonight. Would that fate extend to once more choosing the cash from the three envelopes in Chris the barmans tight grasp? It was again Richard tasked with picking the winning envelope, it was he who pulled the biggest cash prize ever in Quiz 63, so what was their prize to be tonight, the £108 cash, the food vouchers or the case of drinks? It was…
The drinks! Unlucky Richard but there's always next week and to tide the team over they got a case of Budwieser for their excellent performance. Great news for the rest of the teams though, Quiz 65 should be worth in the region of £140. Champion!
Micki had been round the bar with her little block of yellow Post-Its while the draw had been going on to get a good Wild Card Prize kitty going. She did very well with 27 Quizzers and non-Quizzers (it's open to all) putting a Quid in.
The Wild Card is one obscure question with a numeric answer, the Post-Its are for the name and guess (nobody could possibly know the answer) and the winner is the one who gets the closest to the number we are looking for and they get all the money in the kitty, which this week was £27. Quiz Master John read the following Question out:
In the Music Round we asked who inspired the musical Annie Get Your Gun? It was as we all now know, Annie Oakley the famous sharpshooter from Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show who at 90 feet using a .22 rifle could shoot a dime thrown in the air. According to her biography during one day a total of 5,000 glass balls were tossed in mid air for her to shoot. The Wild Card Question tonight is how many of those 5,000 glass balls did she miss?
The look on peoples faces… then the quips, "What in one day – was she using a gattling gun?" and "Were her arms not tired?" then simply "5,000??".
When the Post-Its were all in and John had arranged them all in his usual neat grid he just started to tear the Post-Its off one by one, quickly calling the names out with the number and then chucking the Post-Its in the near vicinty of his Quiz Central Dashboard. Some people had wild guesses like she missed none (wow?), some just put a random number and others had obviously thought about it a bit? After less than a minute we were down to just three Post-Its, SarahS with 402, Salter with 474 and Lisa B with 558. John referred to his Wild Card Question sheet then announced, Salter, it wasn't you with 474… SarahS it wasn't you with 402 it was in fact Lisa B who was just 30 out with 558. So lucky Lisa B won the £27, not bad for a £1 stake, plus she was a member of the winning team so not bad at all for an entertaining Monday night out!
With that Quiz Master John signed off with his signature good night and god bless and Quiz 64 was concluded. It was an entertaining Quiz, thanks to everyone who turned out, there was a few new faces on the night which is great, we hope you all come back for Quiz 65. We also missed a couple of our regular teams… She & Him were out at a gig and we assume The Idiots Team were missing due to the Easter Hols, we hope to see you all next week guys, there's a £140+ to play for!
Final thought, there was a question in the General Knowledge that we thought would be amusing, when Quiz Master John asked "What does the legal term ‘caveat emptor’ mean?" our resident car dealer (or should we say automotive purchase executive or motor vehicle investment consultant) immediately leaned over the answer sheet, pen in hand and said to his team mates, "I've got that one chaps, it's how we sell cars!".