We had eight teams on a balmy Monday summer evening for Quiz 74 which took the total prize money on offer to £137, not a bad reward for a £1 entry fee (if you can win it of course).
We kicked off with a new kind of Picture Round, a bizarre composition of images which (if you could fathom them out) turned out to be the names of top 80's Groups. Then whilst all of our Quiz Teams were contemplating the Pics we kicked off with our usual 10 Questions On General Knowledge just after nine. We thought these were pretty easy tonight?
3. A velocipede was an early form of what form of transport?
8. What 1996 digital pet was an egg-shaped computer toy that could be fed, cleaned and played with?
A couple of teams did really well in the Picture Round, Robin And His Merry Men and She & Him obviously check out The Colly website on a regular basis as they got a near perfect 15 from 16. Nelson Mandela's Undertaker (oooooh… really?) got a 14 and Idiot's Born In The 80's got a 12 (you missed a great era Idiots, even Gary could have made it as a singer!).
The General Knowledge Round went pretty well too with teams all getting between sevens and nines. All of these scores combined gave us an early leader board looking like this: In the lead we had Robin And His Merry Men on 24, just one point behind in second were Nelson Mandela's Undertaker (oooh again) and She & Him on 23 and in third we had Idiot's Born In The 80's. Time for some music questions! Round two, here's some samples:
17. Despite his name, drummer Frank Beard is the only member of which american rock band not to have a beard?
19. During which year did Rihanna have her debut hit single Pon de Replay which peaked at number two in the UK Charts?
Most teams struggled but top scores were sevens from Robin And His Merry Men and SAVE UK Justice with sixes from Your Sisters Got Scissors, Nelson Mandela's Undertaker (oooh… it doesn't get better) and Idiot's Born In The 80's. Which meant going into the all important snacks at half time we had Robin And His Merry Men in the lead with 31, in second on 29 Nelson Mandela's Undertaker (we were all still grimacing!) and third She & Him on 28.
There had been a nice smell wafting from The colly kitchen and at half time snacks we found out why… hot savoury popcorn! Micki and Chris had really pushed the boat out tonight. To accompany we had bacon fries and cheesy biscuits, it was a veritable feast of savoury's. Quiz Master John was in his element with the popcorn.
After everyone had topped up the beers, had a fag and polished off the delicious free savouries we moved on to everyones favourite round Sport. We thought there were some relatively easy questions in sport this week:
21. Which country was the first to win the Football World Cup three times?
30. At which distance did Sally Gunnell win her gold medal for hurdling at the 1992 Olympics?
There were a couple of teams thought the sport was fairly easy too with Robin And His Merry Men and the much more positively renamed Nelson Mandela's Miraculous Recovery getting nines. SAVE UK Justice did well to get an eight with the best of the rest being Your Sisters Got Scissors and Nation Of Quizlam Featuring Sporadic Appearences on sixes.
All of those scores added into the leaderboard gave us Robin And His Merry Men in the lead on 40, two ahead of Nelson Mandela's Miraculous Recovery with 38. Third were She & Him on 33, just in front of fourth, Idiot's Born In The 80's with 32. So going into our final round Film & TV it looked like a two horse race between Nelson Mandela's Miraculous Recovery and Robin And His Merry Men. Who would do the best when faced with with questions of this calibre?
33. In Star Trek – The Next Generation, who did Patrick Stewart play?
38. A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge and seafood is the tagline from which 1988 classic comedy
There was a resounding winner, with nine in the final round and the best of the rest getting a seven it was Robin And His Merry Men that took Quiz 74 with a final haul of 49 points from a possible 58. Our regular team got an appreciative round of applause as team member and inspiration for the team name Robin stepped up to the bar to choose from the three envelopes fanned out in the hand of barman Chris. Richard was shouting "middle" from the back of the bar so Robin went for left and slowly opened up and looked around bemused "I've won nothing" he laughed showing everyone the 'empty' envelope. Barman Chris fished around inside the envelope, retrieved a folded piece of paper that had lodged itself in one of the corners and handed it to Robin… he'd won the Beers!
Hard luck Robin And His Merry Men but we're sure you'll enjoy the case of beers as a consolation. Great news for the rest though as that means Quiz 75 has a rollover going into it of £137. A good turnout on the night could take the cash prize on offer to a cool £170+.
During the draw, Micki had been busy distributing the little yellow post-its for the final act of Quiz Night the Wild Card. Open to all in the bar £1 gets a post-it to write on an answer to an obscure question with a numerical answer. The Post-It's are then handed in to Quiz Master John and the winner of the pot of Wild Card entry money is the closest to the actual answer. This week there was £28 in the pot and the question was as follows:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked in which ocean are the Midway Islands? The answer was the North Pacific where the small atoll lies midway between America and Asia, hence the name.
If you travelled east from the Midway Islands, the first major city you would come to would probably be San Francisco on the North California coastline.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many miles would you have to travel from the Midway Islands to reach San Francisco?
Where do you get these questions from was one reaction! Everyone else started thinking, trying to guess (or remember) the expanse of the Pacific from America to Asia, Rob from She & Him even resorted to drawing a map on the back of his picture round!
The Post-It's were handed in one by one and John made up his customary grid. Once everyone was in John started the process of taking off all the wrong answers, naming the numbers and entrants as he went. Eventually leaving us with four yellow Post-It's on the table… Rob, Stephen, Ronan and Charlotte – all of their answers within a couple of hundred miles either side of the magic figure. John referred back to his answer sheet to double check then announced that it was Rob who had won again. That's the sixth time Rob has won the Wild Card in 70 odd entries so the drawing of the world map obviously helped!
A great night came to an end with Quiz Master John's customary Goodnight and God Bless and that was it Quiz 74 drew to a close. There was still time to have a couple more beers and discuss some of the more dodgy questions (and team names) of the night though.
Thanks to all who turned out for Quiz 74, we hope to see you all back for Quiz 75 where there is a pretty tidy sum accumulating for the winners, if they can only draw the Cash Prize!
Click the links for more content. This Week theres a link below the Picture Quiz to the 100 Top 80s Songs according to NME. If you like 80s music you'll be there for hours (I was!)
Wild Card Answer: The distance between the Midway Islands and San Francisco is 3,204 Miles.