We were hoping for a good turnout for Quiz 71 with a ton plus for a prize but it was better than we imagined… the place was packed! Forty Quizzers in nine teams, taking the Cash Prize on offer up to an excellent £123, a big thanks to all of you who turned out.
We kicked off on time at nine for a change with a Picture Round inspired by the anniversary of the Dambusters Mission last week, World War II Aeroplanes, obscure yes (unless you were into Airfix kits as a child) but there were loads of clues in the choices – bomber, heavy bomber, fighter, you didn't have to be an aviation expert to do well. Whilst everyone was pondering the aircraft John announced that our regular Quizzers She & Him, were tying the knot in June which drew a sincere round of applause from everyone in the bar, great news, we'll do a special Marriage themed Quiz the week before their big day. As of July they will have to change their team name to Mr & Mrs!
Following that special bit of Colly news we took off with the General Knowledge Round, ten reasonably hard questions on anything and everything, like this:
7. Last week was the 70th anniversary of what daring World War II mission?
10. What car, designed to rival the Mini, first rolled off the production line at Linwood, Scotland in May 1963 but ceased production in 1976 due to strikes and poor sales?
There were two teams who did well on the Picture Round but the rest did really, really badly! Allana Where The *@€! Are You? – one guy waiting for the rest of his team hit the maximum ceiling with 12, second a few thousand feet below we had My Dad Bombed Dresden on 10 and in third, just taking off, were I Need Chicken Burger on six. There were some real fails in this picture round!
All the teams did a lot better in the General Knowledge Round. Top Guns were from My Dad Bombed Dresden, Bunch Of Fockers and She & Him with nines. Second we had Ich Bin Ein Idiot and the controversially (but amusingly) named Smell My Cheese You Mother! on eights. This left us gliding into the music round with My Dad Bombed Dresden and Allana Where The *@€! Are You? leading the display on 19's with Bunch Of Fockers and She & Him way back in the group on 14's a piece.
Next round Music. Couple of easy ones to get the teams going and then serious music knowledge required for questions like these:
18. Which band (of actors) had a minor hit in 1991 with the song Mustang Sally after it featured in a top movie of the same year?
20. Which song by Bloc Party contains the lyric ‘This could be an opportunity, if you promise to let it... if you promise to let it grow’?
Most teams did very well in Music this week. Breaking the sound barrier were Collingwood Cronies, I Need Chicken Burger and She & Him with nines. Wing men were Bunch Of Fockers and The Bullets with eights and we had three in tight formation on sevens, My Dad Bombed Dresden, Allana Where The *@€! Are You? and Ich Bin Ein Idiot.
Going into the snack break we had My Dad Bombed Dresden and Allana Where The *@€! Are You? maneuvering tightly together on 26, She & Him on 23 and swooping in at joint third I Need Chicken Burger and Bunch Of Fockers on 22. Just four points separating our top five crews. Close.
Half time break, five minutes for fags, pop, beer and snacks, so what about the savouries? First up were delicious Prawn Crackers, very nice, second we had Quiz Master John's snack of choice at the moment, a sort of spicy hula hoop, which were tasty and finally a mini bone shaped savoury biscuit with a slight hint of cheese? They all went rapidly so everyone seemed to enjoy them!
Back to the Quiz and the round that usually upsets a lot of the Quiz crews radar systems (or is that the ale kicking in?), Sport. Nails this week, here's some examples:
22. For which Premier League Club did Shay Given play for in the 2007/08 season?
29. What position did former England rugby union star Harry Ellis play?
Top Guns were sevens from both Bunch Of Fockers and Ich Bin Ein Idiot, trailing in their wake on fives we had Collingwood Cronies and Smell My Cheese You Mother! then the rest of the squadrons on fours and under. This made it a very tight maneuver coming into the last round with My Dad Bombed Dresden and Allana Where The *@€! Are You? both with 30, a nose in front of Bunch Of Fockers who had clear airspace from I Need Chicken Burger on 26. It looked like the final dogfight of this battle was between the top three.
Film & TV gave our crews a bit of turbulence this week with questions like these:
33. By what name do we better know a near flightless Californian Earth-Cuckoo in Looney Tunes?
36. What 1992 film featured Brad Pitt as a Montana fly-fisherman named Paul McLean?
Top two in the round were I Need Chicken Burger and Bunch Of Fockers with sixes from ten taking their total scores to 32 and 35 respectively. Second in the round we had three teams on five, She & Him, taking their total to 30, My Dad Bombed Dresden, taking their total to 35 and Allana Where The *@€! Are You? taking their total to 35. Quiz Master John was ecstatic… it was a three team Dart Off!
The Teams carefully chose their top pilots, and up stepped Jay for the Allana Where The *@€! Are You? crew, Richard from My Dad Bombed Dresden and Googz from the Bunch Of Fockers in the corner.
Jay was up to the ockey first, the altitude got to him though he just managed one from his opening three darts! Googz was up next, he made a much better take off with a 35 then Richard swooped in with a first round winning 37.
Back up was Jay, he applied the afterburner this time and got a score of 60 to take him to 61. Googz was the Iceman with his second darts, another consistent 35 gave him the lead on 70, then up stepped our very own Colly Maverick… Richard, who it's fair to say was not in an ideal state to fly by this point in the evening but he just went and threw a 39 to take the Dart Off with a total of 76!
Excellent stuff, now it was the final challenge, which of the three envelopes would Richard choose? Quiz Night stats show that more times than not the Cash Prize has been found in the centre envelope. Richard went for the middle envelope of the three on offer and what did he get… Cash Prize! What a perfect landing.
There was a warm round of applause for regulars My Dad Bombed Dresden the £123 Cash Prize was theirs to do with what they wanted.
Whilst all the Dart Off excitement had been playing out, Micki had got the yellow Post It's out for the Wild Card. Regular Quizzers know the drill, £1 for one obscure and often ridiculous question of which there is a numerical answer and the closest to that answer wins all of the money put into the pot for the Wild Card. This week that was a near record £37. Here's the question:
In the General Knowledge round the answer to “What car, designed to rival the Mini, first rolled off the production line at Linwood, Scotland in May 1963” was the classic Hillman Imp.
When it went on sale, the Imp captured the popular imagination thanks to its unique modern design. It had a top-speed of an eye watering 78 miles per hour and was capable of reaching 0 to 50 in under 15 seconds, which was quite nippy... for the time.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the Hillman Imp’s original sale price in 1963?
Heads down, brand new car? 1963? You could have bought half of Jesmond for £1,000 in those days so how much was a Hillman Imp? After much thinking and comparing notes the yellow Post-It's started to line up on Quiz Master John's Results Podium. When they were all finally in he started his elimination process – everyone over £600 was taken off, everyone under £500 was taken off – there were a couple of cheers as entrants realised their Post-It's were still in there.
John whittled the Post-It's down one by one until there was just one big yellow Post-It left on the table and it was none other than Phil 'The Power' from team My Dad Bombed Dresden. Well done Phil, that's quite a haul on the night, thirds on the Cash Prize for the Quiz and £37 on the Wild Card... well worth a total of £2 stake money.
Quiz 71 drew to a close with the news that our winners, My Dad Bombed Dresden, had donated £33 back into the Quiz Kitty, what a generous bunch, so next week with a good turnout we could be playing for over £60. Great night folks, thanks to you all for coming.
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