Well after a glorious Weekend and a brilliant Live…@The_Colly on Sunday night what better way to round it off than a Colly Quiz on the Bank Holiday Monday. We thought we may get five or six teams, Bank Holidays are notoriously quiet but what a surprise, there were 39 Quizzers and nine teams turned out for our Bank Holiday Special taking the Cash Prize to £72. Fantastic!
The cryptic clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview post this week was 'a chattering herd could murder a bevy', well if the italic terms were tapped into Google the links would come up with collective nouns and all the examples were animals so…
A couple were easy to match up and a couple you could probably guess but the others were quite difficult and in this picture quiz format if you get one wrong there will be another wrong as well so the quizzers had to think carefully if they were guessing.
Quiz Master John gave the teams five minutes or so to ponder the Collective Nouns Picture Quiz and then he started us off on our first round, General Knowledge. We thought this round was a little 'easier' this week, but they always seem easy when you know the answers!
After the ten General Knowledge question our teams handed in their first set of answers and their Picture Round. A couple of teams did very well on the pics, I Need Chicken Tonight got every single one right to win the round with a maximum 12, second place we had She & Him and The Four Muskaqueers with tens and in third Idiot Defence League on nine.
The General Knowledge proved to be a bit more challenging for our teams than we thought. Joint top dogs were A Quarrel Of Quizzes and The Four Muskaqueers with eights then we had five teams in second on seven, She & Him, Ally Woo Sucks, The Four Muskaqueers, Idiot Defence League and Quiz Master John's favourite team name of the night Shaven Haven but could they have been a little smoother with questions like this:
4. Which German motor manufacturer was set up in 1937 to produce a people’s car?
9. What name was given to the settlers who established the first permanent colony in New England in 1620?
After Pics and General Knowledge the early leader board had three teams in the lead on 17, I Need Chicken Tonight, She & Him and The Four Muskaqueers. In second, just one behind on 16, Idiot Defence League then Shaven Haven on 15.
Round two, ten questions on Music. Again we thought there were some easy points to be picked up here, there were only a couple of 'hard as nails' questions (which some quiz teams actually knew!) but the top scores were just sevens from She & Him, A Quarrel Of Quizzes and The English Disco Lovers. I Need Chicken Tonight, Ally Woo Sucks and Shaven Haven returned sixes and Clueless (On The Name Front) and The Four Muskaqueers posted fives. Here's some musically challenged examples?
13. Who was the lead singer of T Rex?
15. Walk Like An Egyptian is a track on which female group’s 1990 Greatest Hits album?
20. The 2005 single Only This Moment was released by which Norwegian electronic music duo?
This made for a very interesting leader board going into the snacks break. In the lead on 24 we had She & Him, second on 23 were I Need Chicken Tonight, third on 22 The Four Muskaqueers and fourth we had Shaven Haven on 21.
Exciting stuff, it looked like four teams were in contention with just three points separating them. Even more exciting though was the half time savouries. This week we had the return of the divine Prawn Crackers, the delectable Spicy Rings which are a perrenial favourite of Quiz Master John (who was heard saying "We all love a spicy ring!") and finally a unique tasting Popcorn, delicious!
Drinks were refreshed, smokes were smoked and all of a sudden the pub filled with people in ball gowns and bow ties! The bar was absolutely rammed, you couldn't move. The Central High School Music Department (across the road) were having a do and all of the participants decided to descend on The Colly for some refreshment following the event. They eventually got their drinks and after some loud announcements from Quiz Master John decided to retreat out into the patio area and let us get on with the Sports Round.
Was Sports going to filter the winners from the also rans? It usually does but this week there was only three points separating all of the teams for the round, were questions like this too easy?
22. Jesse Owens famously won four Gold Medals in the 1936 Olympics – three were for sprinting (100m, 200m and Relay) but what was the fourth for?
28. in 1993 Eamonn Martin was the last Briton to win which annual event?
Tops in the round we had Clueless (On The Name Front) with an excellent eight from ten. Second were the The English Disco Lovers and Idiot Defence League on sevens and third we had A Quarrel Of Quizzes and The Four Muskaqueers on six.
These scores left us with a unique situation after 72 Quizzes at The Colly. Going into the final round TV & Films, we had just three points separating all nine teams! In the lead we had I Need Chicken Tonight, She & Him and The Four Muskaqueers on 28, in second spot on 27, A Quarrel Of Quizzes, The English Disco Lovers and Idiot Defence League, on 26, Clueless (On The Name Front) and Shaven Haven and 'last' on 25 (only three points behind the leaders) Ally Woo Sucks. It was all down to the last round TV & Films which included questions of this calibre:
32. Ant & Dec were formerly known by what name? PJ and Duncan
37. Who played Our Man Flint in a series of spy films?
There were a couple of 'challenging' questions in this round and the results reflected that, top score was six from Clueless (On The Name Front), second with five we had She & Him and Ally Woo Sucks and third in the round was The Four Muskaqueers with 4. This meant that after 72 Quizzes, where they have only ever missed three at most, for the first time our regular team of two, She & Him won The Colly Quiz with 33 points!
We have never heard a round of applause like it at The Colly Quiz, these guys are getting married in a few weeks and the whole bar was on their feet clapping, cheering and shouting "Give them the cash!", absolutely outstanding. Rules are rules though and they still had to choose from the three envelopes held out by Chris, Amy went for it, middle envelope, statistically the one that has the cash, and what did she win… the beers! A big sigh, everyone so wanted She & Him to get the cash but hey, the first one is always the hardest to win. Next week we have a £72 rollover, go for that, it could be well over ton!
Micki had been busy getting the Wild Card Post-Its out whilst Amy was choosing the Quiz prize and she had accumulated what we think is the second highest pot ever of £42. Almost everyone in the bar wanted to have a go at the final act of Quiz Night, a one off Wild Card question. Simple idea, £1 per person, one obscure question, one numerical answer, closest guess wins the lot… and absolutely no Googling! This weeks offering was:
In sport we asked which Italian football club bought David Platt for £5.5 million in 1991?
Over his 18 year pro career David Platt played firstly for Man United then Crewe Alexander, Aston Villa, Bari, Juventus, Sampdoria and Arsenal before hanging up his boots after a couple of seasons at Nottingham Forest in 2001.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the combined total of transfer fees paid for Platty over his career?
Quiz Master John arranged his rows of yellow Post-Its neatly on the Podium of Selection as everyone's answer was handed in. After all 42 entries were accounted for he started taking off the non-winning answers Post-It by Post-It from his neatly arranged grid reading the names and number of millions guessed as he went, until we were left with five. Slowly checking the answers on the Post-It's after referring to his sheet there was just one Post-It left on the table, John bellowed over the mic "Marwood you've just won yourself £42 with the answer of £28.4m". Everyone must have still been buzzing from She & Him's win as Marwood got a grand reception as he bounded up to the Bar to get his 42 readies… not bad for a Monday night out having a laugh and a few beers! He's probably already spent his winnings though as his lady was at the bar getting the drinks in and she was heard to say "That's me out for a nice meal tomorrow".
That was it, Quiz 72 drew to a close with the signature Goodnight and God Bless from John and we all left with the realisation that it was back to work in the morning! It was a great night though, superb atmosphere with the highlight being She & Him winning the Quiz for the very first time after coming to virtually every one since the beginning. Thanks to everyone who turned out.
Interesting fact: There was only one team got the answer to the Sport Question Which flower is the middle name of former Arsenal goalkeeper turned TV presenter Bob Wilson? The answer was Primrose and Phil 'The Power' was seen punching the air with joy after telling his team the answer. It transpired later that the reason he knew this was that in 1974 he had a bit of a session in the front of a Fiat 127 with the goalkeepers niece and she must have quite enjoyed it as he was later invited to her 21st Birthday. There he was introduced to Bob Wilson and learned that Primrose was the maiden name of the then Arsenal players mother, Scottish tradition apparently. I bet he didn't know then that this nugget of info would come back to him thirty years later in The Colly Quiz!
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