Well what a great weekend at The Colly… forget Saturday, that was a disaster but we had the Antiques Roadtrip filming here on Sunday afternoon followed by our Live…@The_Colly event Sunday night and an absolutely rammed Quiz on Monday. Yes, after a couple of quite sparse Quiz Nights for weeks 66 and 67 this one was a humdinger with 46 people and 11 teams involved to take the total cash prize on offer for the night to a massive £236.
We were late with the questions, the pub was packed with eager quizzers but half the answer sheets had been left at the Quiz Compilers gaff so after a swift run home and a short delay we were up and running with our Picture Quiz, this week focusing on TV Doctors.
Quiz Master John was in buoyant fettle, reveling in a 0-6 defeat for Newcastle at the weekend whilst most of the pub were begrudgingly willing John's team, our noisy neighbours down the road, to victory at Villa Park which would ease Newcastle's relegation worries. Football is a strange game isn't it, at this point it was Villa 2 Sunlan 1.
We started the Quiz a little later than usual around 9:10pm with the General Knowledge whilst everyone was pondering over the Docs. Blam, Villa 3 Sunlan 1 (55'). The General Knowledge started easy then gradually turned into more challenging questions, here's a couple of samples:
6. Who is generally regarded as the inventor of the petrol driven car?
9. Which well-known children’s story was written by (Swiss) author Johann David Wyss?
Everyone handed their Pic Quiz and General Knowledge in and most teams did really well on what we thought was a quite difficult TV Doctors Pic round. What do we know? Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over got full marks with a 12, Michaela's Hairy Knees and I Like Boobies got 11, whilst United Nations and She and Him got 10's. Boom, Villa 4 Sunlan 1 (59').
The General Knowledge had a few teams struggling but Team Scraps won it with a brilliant 9 from 10. Five teams came second in the round with sevens, Michaela's Hairy Knees, Second Opinion, John Get That Off My Back, To Many Newbies Stealing Our Seats and I Like Boobies. All of this culminated in a leader board looking like this going into the Music Round. Top of the Pops we had Michaela's Hairy Knees, Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over and I Like Boobies on 18, second United Nations and She and Him on 16 and third John Get That Off My Back and Team Scraps on 15. Oh no, Villa 5 Sunlan 1 (72').
There were a couple of good scores in a hard Music round, Michaela's Hairy Knees did exceptionally well with a nine from ten, Idiots changed their name from Idiots 0 Liverpool 6 to Idiots 1 Aston Villa 6 (we don't know why?) got 8… Kapow, Villa 6 Sunlan 1 (88'). Then there were four teams returned sevens, The Nation Of Quizlam Strikes Back, She and Him, Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over and John Get That Off My Back. The Questions were difficult but there was £236 up for grabs!
16. Which Elvis Presley single was the first ever to break in to the UK charts at number one?
20. Which (sexy) 80’s trio featured the Fairbrass brothers?
So going into the savoury break we had Michaela's Hairy Knees in the lead with 27, Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over on 25 and I Like Boobies on 24. It was close.
The half time break gave everyone a chance to get the beers in, have a cig or enjoy the delicious free savouries on offer which this week consisted of Spicy Popcorn, delicious peanuts and another corn snack which I barely glimpsed but was probably divine!
Time to sort the men from the boys… the Sports Round.
Either we are setting soft Sports Question or our quizzers are getting better at Sport as there were some very good results this week, an exceptional full on 10 from 10 for To Many Newbies Stealing Our Seats set the tone. Joint second in the round with nines we had United Nations and Idiots 1 Aston Villa 6 then neck and neck in third The Nation Of Quizlam Strikes Back with Second Opinion on eights. Everyone got at least half the Sport Questions right this week, even with obscure nonsense like this:
21. What sport is the subject of the 1989 film Field of Dreams?
28. In 1966 the Jules Rimet Trophy was found in a South London back garden... by whom?
It was close, going into the final round Film and TV we had Michaela's Hairy Knees leading the pack with 34, Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over on 33, United Nations and Idiots 1 Aston Villa 6 on 31 with To Many Newbies Stealing Our Seats on 30. Just four points separated five teams and we've seen some collapses in Film and TV recently especially with cheeky questions like these:
31. Who were Captain Scarlet’s enemies?
40. Who plays the character Dr. Isobel ‘Izzie’ Stevens in the TV series Grey's Anatomy?
The leaders didn't do great with seven from ten for Michaela's Hairy Knees, meaning second in the chasing pack had to get at least a point more but Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over scored a seven as well so they stayed a point behind. United Nations or Idiots 1 Aston Villa 6 needed a ten to get a dart off but they only managed an 8 and 7 respectively so that handed Quiz 68 to Michaela's Hairy Knees. There was a generous round of applause for our regular team who had been in the lead since the first round before Kenny 'The Half' stepped up to choose their winning envelope from the three in Micki the Barmaids hand.
Regular readers will know that for the few weeks for some reason the cash prize keeps appearing in the middle envelope, they are randomly shuffled before the draw in front of the winner but the middle one keeps giving the cash. So what did Kenny go for… the one on the left, but the pressure of a £236 Cash Prize was too much, he reeled back a couple of steps before then going for the envelope on the right. Micki kindly opened it for Kenny who had a lot riding on his shoulders and announced 'Food Vouchers'. Unbelievable, that's five weeks that the cash hasn't been drawn and can you guess which envelope was the Cash Prize in? You've got it, the middle one, if Kenny had gone for the left he would have got the beers!
That's unlucky for Kenny 'The Half' but he can come back next week with his team and battle it out again to try and win what will be a monster Cash Prize of £280+ if the same number of Quizzers turn out. We are getting close to record prizes again!
This week there was also an added bonus, Quiz Master John, the generous soul he is, donated a bottle of Isle of Jura Whisky for second place, so ironically Shut It John Or The Tables Gannin' Over won that after just pipping United Nations to runners up spot by one point.
Whilst all the Prize Draw excitement had been going on Chris had been getting the Wild card entries in. Just £1, one daft question with a numerical answer and the winner closest to the number gets all the cash collected. This week it was a massive £36 Cash Prize. Obviously as with the Quiz, there is no Googling allowed, it's a fair Quiz The Colly Quiz (TBH Google would struggle with most of the Wild Cards as it takes the Question writer at least half an hour to find the right answer they are so obscure).
This week the Question came from an article in the News section of the Malaga Tungsten Mining Company in California, US of A. Honestly, it's a riot setting these Wild Cards!
In the General Knowledge round the answer to what chemical has the symbol W was Tungsten. This metal has unique properties that make it valuable and it’s price has soared in recent years as we are running out of the raw material. Production has slumped by over 20% from it’s peak to 72,000 metric tons in 2012.
The Wild Card question tonight is how many metric tons were produced at the peak of Tungsten production in 2006?
There were sighs from some as Quiz Master John read the question out, "Tungsten Mining?". We have to be obscure though or we would have dart offs every week, but there was a reason for the figures… they were clues!
The entrants started to drop their little yellow Post-Its on Johns Central Processing Control Table and when everyone was in and he had his grid of Post-Its neatly sorted he started filtering the wrong answers out. He quickly read the names and numbers as they were discounted (some had obviously missed the clues with an answer of 250,000 tons) and eventually from the original 36 yellow Post-Its John was left with three. John A who had three bites at the answer, scribbling out 178,000 and 103,000 before eventually deciding on 90,268, Dave =) who was very decisive and went for 90,214 and Cay Green who originally was going for 89,000 but crossed that out and went for 90,850… it's a good job she did as that was just 50 out from the answer we were after! Well done Cay, she got a nice round of applause as she stepped up to claim her £36 from Chris at the bar. Cay may not have won the Quiz tonight but she went home a healthy £36 better off after chancing a Quid.
That was it, Quiz 68 was spent. The winners got the Food Vouchers, second place got the whisky which was shared amongst a few (it was lovely!), Cay won the £36 Wild Card and Sunlan got beat 6-1 by Villa. Normally that would constitute a very enjoyable evening but due to Newcastle's current plight the Sunlan result was a bit disappointing! Quiz Master John took the defeat in his stride though, he's a positive and effervescent guy, one little setback doesn't phase him. So with his trademark Goodnight and God Bless we were done and we all got stuck into the bottle of Jura.
Thanks to everyone who turned out for Quiz 68, it really was a great night and we hope to see you all back for Quiz 69 with a huge Cash Prize to play for.
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