Are Mondays the new Sunday's? They seem more like the end of the weekend these days than the start of a new week. Everyone at Quiz 77 was talking about Rob and Amy's fabulous wedding the previous day and the superb Live…@The_Colly event on Sunday night which doubled up as Micki's leaving party. So it was more like a chill down from the party weekend rather than a traditional Monday.
So with everyone in good spirits we got down to the serious business of Quiz Night 77. There was a £20 rollover from last week so the initial Cash Prize on offer for the night started at £59 with the 39 Quizzers who entered. However by the time the first round had started this rose to £61 then again to £64 as latecomers bolstered the teams. Not a bad Cash Prize?
We had a topical Picture Quiz served up this week with Wimbledon stars past and present, then we got straight into the questions just after nine.
The General Knowledge questions started off easy then as usual gradually got more difficult. Our quiz teams this week weren't suffering the hangover that some of us had as they all did reasonably well with questions of this standard:
Q4 What is the fastest bird in the world?
Q7 What was the name of the fort that Jim Bowie died defending from Mexican forces in 1836?
In pics there were three teams did very well smashing aces on all 12, We've Got Shona's Handbag, Tie Michaela Down Sport and Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop. Goran Idiotšević got an 11 and Chicken Burger returned a 10.
General Knowledge proved more of a challenge. Top teams Where's The Vodka Melon? and Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop took the round with nines and One Armed Bandit + Canadian Friend, Goran Idiotšević and Mr & Mrs Naples and Co were runners up with eights.
Mr & Mrs Naples and Co are our regular Quizzers She & Him who had just got married the previous day. The Colly crowd gave them a round of applause as Quiz Master John let everyone know about their great news. Rob (Him), current Wild Card Winnings Record Holder, had vowed to get married before he was thirty and true to his word he did marry Amy (She) on the 30th June. Quiz Night 77 was his special night too as he was 30 on the 1st July… talk about leaving it to the last minute! Micki brought out a cake and everyone sang Happy Birthday before Rob blew out the candles and made a wish (probably to win the quiz or at least another Wild Card). Great stuff.
Going into the Music Round we had one team way out in front, Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop were on 21 two points ahead of Goran Idiotšević, We've Got Shona's Handbag and Tie Michaela Down Sport.
Music was obviously way too easy this week as we had four 100% scores from We've Got Shona's Handbag, Chicken Burger, Tie Michaela Down Sport and Mr & Mrs Naples and Co then nines from the rest of the teams! We'll address the difficulty factor next week as we thought these were reasonably taxing?
Q14 Richie Sambora plays guitar for which rock group?
Q19 Carol Decker was the lead singer of which group that had a 1987 number one hit with China in your Hand?
Going into snacks Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop two point lead had been cut to one, they were now on 30 but We've Got Shona's Handbag and Tie Michaela Down Sport were now on 29 and Goran Idiotšević were on 28. It was very tight.
Time for the half time break, a chance to top up beers, smoke some cigs and have a bit banter. Savouries this week were delectable Bacon Fries, satisfying Cheesey Puffs and some rather interestingly flavoured spicy peanuts. The lucky ones among us had some of Rob's Birthday Cake as well.
Now for the round that would sort the top seeds from the also rans… Sport. We thought this weeks sport wasn't that difficult but then again it's always easy when you know the answers! Our teams found it more of a challenge with questions served up like these:
Q21 In which city did Roger Bannister become the first person to break the 4 minute mile barrier?
Q28 Where was the 2002 FIFA World Cup final played - Niigata, Yokohama or Osaka?
Top dogs in the round were We've Got Shona's Handbag and Tie Michaela Down Sport with just 7's from the ten. Second we had Goran Idiotšević with Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop. This really mixed the leader board up, We've Got Shona's Handbag and Tie Michaela Down Sport were now at deuce on 36 with former leaders Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop on 35 and Goran Idiotšević in third on 33.
There was only three points separating four teams, it was all to play for going into Film & TV. Who could do the best in the final round with questions like these:
Q39 From which 1978 animated film did the song Bright Eyes come?
Q34. Who played Dr. McCoy in the original Star Trek TV series?
Two teams tied for first place in the round, yes you've guessed it, still on deuce we had We've Got Shona's Handbag and Tie Michaela Down Sport who both scored seven's. Quiz Master John got quite animated, Dart Off! Hard lines to Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop who scored a six in the final round their two point lead from the start had been steadily chipped away over the course of the quiz.
So to the Dart Off, two rounds of darts, highest score wins the quiz. Up stepped Sid for team Tie Michaela Down Sport. Sid did well, his first throw gave him a total of 37. Richard (south paw) from team We've Got Shona's Handbag sauntered up to the ochey and quickly threw a 42… advantage Richard. What could Sid do on his second throw? He had a mare, 14 total, all Richard needed was more than nine, first dart 19, game, set and match to We've Got Shona's Handbag!
Well done Richard, his team now had the chance to draw the winning envelope from the three on offer from barman Chris. Team member Richard C was tasked with the choice, he went for the right of the three (which has yielded results recently) and hesitantly opened the brown envelope (looked suspiciously like an HMRC envelope, mental note: scarey, get some white envelopes). Richard C opened the slip of paper and reluctantly announced… the Food Vouchers! Hard lines Richard C but the food is cracking so I'm sure the team will enjoy it. Great news for the quiz though that means there's a whopping £64 rollover going into Quiz 78.
Chris had been round collecting the entries to the Wild Card as the Dart Off had been played out and there was £37 up for grabs for the answer closest to the following question:
In General Knowledge the answer to the world’s largest man made structure was the Great Wall of China. The first formal measurement of the wall revealed it was much longer than the previous estimate of 5,500 miles.
In an archaeological survey that took five years to complete, China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage announced in June 2012 that the wall measures how long in miles?
There was silence, you could see the calculations ticking away in everyone's grey matter. Phil M was on some sort of mission as his answer was in before Quiz Master John had read the clue out for the second time! Gradually John's table got filled with neat little rows of yellow Post-Its and after asking if everyone was in he started to filter the answers. "Everyone under 9,000 are out", there were a few gasps from the crowd as John read out the names of the unlucky Quizzers that were being binned. "Everyone over 10,000 your out", there were even more gasps and mutterings of "It can't be…". John went on, "Everyone under 11,000 miles your out" more gasps. Eventually there were three Post-It's left on the table, Charlie Smith with 14,378, Simon with 14,978 and Bazza C with 11,333. John announced that Simon was over, Bazza C was under but the closest to the answer required was young Charlie Smith.
Charlie came up to the bar for his prize money with a big grin on his face. Son of Brendan, a one of our regular players, Charlie had been brought in to provide more Music and TV & Films knowledge. His team did well finishing just two points off the winners but Charlie would have been the happiest team member walking out of the Quiz with £37 in his sky rocket! Well done Charlie.
That was it, Quiz 77 was done and dusted, and with a Good Night and God Bless the ball boys were sent home and Quiz Master John was left dreaming about Chris Evert and Carol Decker. Thanks to everyone for turning out, it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We hope to see you all back for Quiz 78 where we start with a huge £64 Rollover, where another good turnout could see the Cash Prize break the £100 mark.
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