After a glorious day of sunshine, following a weekend of fantastic weather we did wonder if we would have a decent turnout. We were pleasantly surprised that seven teams hadn't blown their budgets in the heatwave and managed to join us for Quiz 79.

There were 27 Quizzers in total which took the prize money on offer to a very reasonable £121. We were a little late in getting the pics round out but it was worth waiting for… dinosaurs, the collective groans were deafening. The Wizard from last weeks winners The Wizard & Sid remarked they would piss this if they had their niece and nephew (but they didn't and they got three!).

Grrrrrrrrr... Dinosaurs! 

Whilst everyone was struggling with the fearfully-great lizards Picture Round we kicked off with the first round of ten questions on General Knowledge. There were some easy questions like this to make up for the pretty severe Picture Round:

Q5 Which motorcycle manufacturer is known for its Gold Wing model?
Q8 What did US computer technician Raymond Tomlinson invent at the beginning of the 1970s? 

Most teams were crap at dinosaurs, the highest scores were seven from She & Him, The Millstone Mutineers and the sensitively named Alan Whicker's Undertaker. We had sixes from Walking With Idiots and Let Me Win Coz I Need Spending Money For South America with a five for Jurassic Pork.

The teams did much better in General Knowledge with Jurassic Pork, Walking With Idiots and The Millstone Mutineers being at the top of the food chain with nine a piece and Alan Whicker's Undertaker coming second with an eight.

The early leaderboard had newcomers The Millstone Mutineers in the lead on 16 with regulars Walking With Idiots and Alan Whicker's Undertaker trailing in second with 15.

There were some good scores in Music this week Walking With Idiots, She & Him, Let Me Win Coz I Need Spending Money For South America and The Millstone Mutineers all got nine from ten. Not surprising with easy questions like this?

Q14 Just Enough Education To Perform was a 2001 album from which UK band?
Q20 Most would recognise the song Hoppipolla, it was used in the 2006 adverts for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series and also for the BBCs coverage of the World Cup in the same year... but what was the name of the (icelandic) band who sang Hoppipolla? 

Going into half time snacks we had The Millstone Mutineers leading on 25, Walking With Idiots in second on 24 and three teams tied in third with 22, Jurassic Pork, She & Him and Alan Whicker's Undertaker.

Mixed reaction to savouries this week, some thought the spicy peanuts were delicious whilst they didn't float others boats. Quiz Master John was loving the spicy Hula Hoops but they were making him drink even more to cool down in the tropical heat (any excuse) and the Bacon Rashers went down a storm as usual. After everyone had ordered more beers, had a smoke and made light work of the snacks it was time to continue with the famed Sports round. This round generally sorts the genuine contenders from the also rans with rock hard questions like these:

Q28 At what other sport cricketer W G Grace captain England?
Q30 Who was the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final?

Three of the leading teams did well in the Sports round, Walking With Idiots, The Millstone Mutineers and Alan Whicker's Undertaker each getting eights. Vindaloosore Arses managed a seven to come in second but former third placed Jurassic Pork and She & Him dropped points with a six and a five respectively.

So going into the final round TV & Films it looked like a straight fight between Walking With Idiots on 32 and The Millstone Mutineers on 33. A complete meltdown for both teams could see Alan Whicker's Undertaker on 30 sneak in on the blind side but gaining four points on your rivals is a tall order with questions of this calibre:

Q33 Which actor/singer played Jed Sheppard in Crocodile Shoes?
Q35 Which supermodel became Joey’s roommate in the comedy series Friends? 

New boys The Millstone Mutineers proved they are a force to be reckoned with by storming a difficult TV & Films with nine from ten to win the round and the Quiz with a total score of 42. The Colly regular Quiz Teams gave an appreciative round of applause for our new team as one of their crew came up to choose the winning envelope from Chris the Barman. He hovered for a moment then went left, opened up the slip of paper from within the envelope and announced "Beers". Unlucky The Millstone Mutineers, not the cash this week but your welcome to come back next week to try again as the £121 rollover will take the cash prize on offer to possibly £150 plus.

Hard lines for Walking With Idiots who were close to winning their second Quiz, getting an 8 on Film & TV to come a close second on the night with 40.

While the Millstone Mutineers had been choosing their envelope Gemma had been around the bar selling the £1 little yellow post its for our final event of Quiz Night, the Wild Card. £1, one question with a numeric based answer, no phones and the closest answer wins everything in the Wild Card kitty. There was a reasonable £27 in the pot which isn't bad odds for a £1 stake… The question tonight was:

Our picture round this week featured dinosaurs, which according to recent research may have produced enough greenhouse gas by breaking wind to alter the Earth’s climate.

Much like modern ruminant animals, such as cows, goats, and giraffes who together produce 90 million tonnes of methane gas emissions annually, the huge farting dinosaurs significantly contributed to the Mesozoic eras global warming.

How many million tonnes of methane gas per year did the scientists calculate the dinosaurs produced?

John struggled to get the question out for chuckling at the subject matter but it was a serious question which scientists had been contemplating for years. After repeating the important bits a couple of times our Quizzers got their thinking caps on.

There are a lot of animals on the planet today producing methane gas but the dinosaurs where much bigger and there would have been at least as many if not more than the numbers of flatulent ruminants we currently have. So was it two times, three times or even more?

Richard's take on calculating dinosaur farts! 

The answers gradually gridded themselves out on John's table and when everyone was in he started taking off the answers over a billion (wow that would have been serious global warming). Then he lowered the bar to 700 million, reading the entrants names as he went. He left one particular Post-It till he was close to the winner, Richard N who entered the post it featured. After the laughter had subsided we came to the winning entry, just 50 odd million out we had a member of The Millstone Mutineers, Ken who won himself a useful £27 for just a £1 stake.

So not a bad night out for Ken, wins the Quiz with his team and gets a share of the beers plus he wins the Wild Card and pockets £27, quite a successful evening!

A Goodnight and God Bless from John and that was Quiz 79 done. An entertaining night especially when Matt commented on the gymnastic question in Sport with "I thought it was called the reverse cowgirl", nice one Matt.

Thanks to everyone for coming to the Quiz on a balmy summer evening, we hope to see you all back next week where you can battle it out again for a Cash Prize of possibly over £150.

The Answers:

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Quiz Master John's pronunciation was impeccable as always! 

 Q5 Which motorcycle manufacturer is known for its Gold Wing model? Honda

Q5 Which motorcycle manufacturer is known for its Gold Wing model? Honda

 Q14 Just Enough Education To Perform was a 2001 album from which UK band? The Stereophonics

Q14 Just Enough Education To Perform was a 2001 album from which UK band? The Stereophonics

 Q8 What did US computer technician Raymond Tomlinson invent at the beginning of the 1970s? E-mail

Q8 What did US computer technician Raymond Tomlinson invent at the beginning of the 1970s? E-mail

 Q20 Most would recognise the song Hoppipolla, it was used in the 2006 adverts for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series and also for the BBCs coverage of the World Cup in the same year... but what was the name of the (icelandic) band who sang Hoppipolla? Sigur Ros

Q20 Most would recognise the song Hoppipolla, it was used in the 2006 adverts for David Attenborough’s Planet Earth series and also for the BBCs coverage of the World Cup in the same year... but what was the name of the (icelandic) band who sang Hoppipolla? Sigur Ros

 Q28 At what other sport cricketer W G Grace captain England? Lawn Bowls

Q28 At what other sport cricketer W G Grace captain England? Lawn Bowls

 Q33 Which actor/singer played Jed Sheppard in Crocodile Shoes? Jimmy Nail

Q33 Which actor/singer played Jed Sheppard in Crocodile Shoes? Jimmy Nail

 Q30 Who was the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final? Dave Beasant

Q30 Who was the first goalkeeper to save a penalty in an FA Cup final? Dave Beasant

 Q35 Which supermodel became Joey’s roommate in the comedy series Friends? Elle MacPherson

Q35 Which supermodel became Joey’s roommate in the comedy series Friends? Elle MacPherson

The Wild Card Answer: Global methane emissions from the dinosaurs is estimated to have been around 472 million tonnes per year. The figure is comparable to total natural and man-made methane emissions today. Source: Current Biology Journal, 2012

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