Quite a reserved turnout for Quiz 65, the potential £140 prize money not drawing the usual number of teams in but with the Easter Holidays and all we weren't disappointed. There were still seven teams and 24 eager quizzers ready to try and win the £132 on offer and less teams = better odds of winning!
We got going on the stroke of nine and were straight in with the picture round which this week was a little unusual. The clue on the website Quiz preview was Classic Albums with a twist, well the 'twist' was they were recreated using Lego! You've maybe seen Lego Star Wars and Lego Batman? Well this was classic Rock Albums in a Lego stylie.
Whilst our Quiz Teams were pondering the Lego creations (some people have way to much time on their hands) we got stuck into our first round General Knowledge. We thought this weeks was a little easier than usual with questions along the lines of:
1. What was Sir Francis Drake reputedly doing at Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish Armada was spotted off the coast of England?
4. How many gas planets are there in the solar system?
After the General Knowledge round was done our teams handed in their first set of ten answers for the General Knowledge questions along with their picture round for marking up by Quiz Master John and it was fairly even.
In the pics we had a Legotastic score from Idiots Say Rust In Hell with an excellent nine from 12 then three of our teams Mackem Fascists Rule, Team and The Lady's Not For Burning returning eights. In the General Knowledge we had Team getting prime position with nine and Mackem Fascists Rule getting runners up with eight. It seemed that alleged fascist football managers and recently deceased right wing politicians were the names of choice on the night… you make one Nazi salute or take the milk off one schoolkid these days and it seems you're branded for life! Anyway political views aside we had a quiz to win.
Into Music. Music seems to be the new Sports round, it's becoming so specialist that the quiz is now defined by the points gained or lost in this round. This week scores ranged from round winners She & Him with a nine from ten down to a two from ten for To Be Frank. The questions were a little challenging if you weren't in the groove:
17. What is the name of the lead guitarist of Van Halen?
18. Robert De Niro’s Waiting was a hit for which 80’s girl band?
At half time snacks we had a close competition. In the lead, just, were Team on 23, breathing down their necks were Mackem Fascists Rule and She & Him on 22 and in third we had The Lady's Not For Burning.
Then even more controversial than the team names were the snacks, we had nice oddly quaveresque shaped things, some spikey but delightfully spicey savouries and then some twiglet looking shapes that Quiz Master John took a further round to decide he didn't like (even though he'd demolished half of them by then).
After topping up on beers and nicotine it was onto the Sports round. This round used to be the Beechers Brook of the quiz but these days it's a bit of a breeze and that was reflected in the scores following easy stuff like:
21. Which sport is central to the 1981 film Escape to Victory?
28. Which US City hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics?
Sports had She & Him (Ed: am I in the wrong quiz here?) and Idiots Say Rust In Hell tie for top place in the round with an impressive nine from ten, then we had two on eights, Mackem Fascists Rule and Team plus two on sevens To Be Frank and The Lady's Not For Burning. This left the leader board extremely tight going into the last round with Team and She & Him joint top on 31, Mackem Fascists Rule on 30 and Idiots Say Rust In Hell with The Lady's Not For Burning on 28. Just three points separating five teams… it could be a close finish.
We didn't think it was the hardest TV & Films ever but the teams must have been suffering from nerves as the highest score was eight from ten for two of our potential winners, The Lady's Not For Burning was one, taking their score to 36 but the other team was Team, joint leaders going into the last round, so by virtue of She & Him falling at the final hurdle with a five (they will win soon, they are due) we had new winners for Quiz 65 with a score of 39… Team!
The rest of the challengers obviously faltered due to questions of this calibre:
33. Children’s TV favourite Pingu was created in which country?
39. Who played the character Keith Lard, the over zealous Fire Safety Officer who had an unhealthy relationship with dogs, in Channel 4’s Phoenix Nights?
The team representative from Team came up to Quiz Master John's central Operations Table to a round of applause, we do like to have new winners of the Quiz, it keeps it interesting but where were the prize envelopes? We'd seen Chris just moments before with the the three envelopes but he'd disappeared. After a couple of minutes we found him, busy selling Wild Card Post-It's, well that's acceptable.
Team's team member went for the left of the three prize winning envelopes and slowly withdrew the slip of paper inside, the first Quiz win for the guys from Team and what did they get – £15 of Colly Food Vouchers. Quiz Master John took the slips of paper from the other envelopes to verify that cash was in there and sure enough, in what was the central one of the three, there it was. Is there a pattern to the position of the envelopes and the cash prize? Quiz Master John reckons the cash is mostly in the middle one – well let's keep an eye on that.
The upshot was, unlucky for our new winners Team as they didn't get the £132 cash but it's all there to play for in Quiz 66 where we could have a total of £160+ depending on the turnout, better luck next time guys (but you had all better watch out for She & Him).
Whilst Team's team member had been trying in vain to win the money, Chris had, as we know, been out getting the Post-Its sold for our Quiz 65 finale, the Wild Card. One question, one obscure number or date for the answer and nearest to it wins everything in the Wild Card kitty. Tonight's kitty was a reasonable £20 and The Wild Card Question for Quiz 65 was:
In the general knowledge round we asked a question about the first text message sent to a mobile phone which was Merry Christmas in 1992.
The first commercial cell phone, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X, went on sale in 1982 and and even though it cost a whopping $3,995 it only made voice calls... no texts! Measuring 13 inches by 3.5 inches by 1.75 inches it was that heavy it was nicknamed ‘The brick’.
Matt had already guessed what the question was going to be and almost read the final line out with Quiz Master John...
The wild card question tonight is how many grams did the worlds first commercial mobile phone weigh?
Groans all round, then requests for the size of the phone again, you could see our Quizzers gesturing the size to each other trying to imagine the weight then taking out their mobile phones and guaging how heavy they were!
Once all the yellow Post-It answers were in and neatly lined up in rows on Quiz Master John's Central Control Podium he started to quickly whip them off one by one reading the names and numbers as he went and there were some heavy phones in there!
Eventually he was left with two, just 3 grams apart we had Chris M with 797g and Richard N with 800g. Richard N was 6 grams too heavy so that meant our Wild Card winner tonight was Colly Quiz regular Chris M who got a nice round of applause as he picked up the crisp twenty pound note from Micki at the bar. Not bad for a £1 stake, plus he didn't have to share the spoils with the rest of the Idiots!
That was it, another Quiz complete and a final Goodnight and God Bless from Quiz Master John. Thanks to everyone for turning out it was, as always an entertaining night. We hope to see everyone back for more questions and the chance to possibly win £160+ in Quiz 66.
Anybody got any ideas for unusual themes for Picture Rounds? If you have please add them in the comments section below, it's getting steadily more difficult to come up with something original!