It was a balmy night in June and the pub was almost empty… most of the Quiz Teams were outside enjoying the late sunshine! Everyone slowly made their way inside as Quiz Master John, in boisterous fettle kicked off the nights proceedings just after nine with the Picture quiz.
For Pics this week we had American States, quite difficult, but the clue on the Preview was "Isn't the states in a state?" so if the teams had read the Preview they should have been well primed!
We gave everyone five minutes to tussle with the Picture Round then kicked off as usual with ten questions on General Knowledge. Pretty easy this week we thought, here's some examples:
Q4 Which car manufacturer produced a Manta?
Q8 The first ever artificial satellite was launched in 1957 by the Soviet Union. What was its name?
Couple of teams did fantastic in the Picture Round, The Wizard & Sid and In A Bit Of A State getting 100% scores. Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop and I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A Mackem managed tens and the rest bizarrely all got seven, bit of a coincidence.
General Knowledge panned out a little different, top team was Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop with a perfect ten (well done), second in the round we had The Wizard & Sid, In A Bit Of A State and I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A Mackem.
This gave us an early leader board looking like this: we had The Wizard & Sid neck and neck with In A Bit Of A State on 21. Second, Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop on 20 and third I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A Mackem who Quiz Master John with an allegiance to the dark side insisted on mis-pronouncing as I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A 'Toon Supporter', oh dear.
Onto the Music Round. Really easy this week (we thought) but it foxed a few with gems like this:
Q13 Which artist had a UK number one hit in 2000 with the song Real Slim Shady?
Q16 Which stage and screen musical features the song Me Ol’ Bamboo?
The Wizard & Sid weren't foxed though, they won the round with a maximum ten, second we had our newlyweds Him & Her Indoors with a nine and then five teams again on seven.
Going into snacks The Wizard & Sid were way ahead of the pack on 31 with In A Bit Of A State now trailing by three on 28, Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop were on 27 and I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A Mackem on 26. Half way point and The Wizard & Sid were looking favourites.
Savouries were served up – curry coated peanuts, interesting as always, spicy hula hoops (nice) and another delicious snack we didn't get a chance to see (deep in conversation) but they must have been good as all the dishes came back empty!
After snacks, smokes and beer refills it was the nightmare round that is Sport. Ten questions that sort the thoroughbreds from the donkeys, here's a sample:
Q24 Which American city hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics?
Q29 In which year did Argentina win the World Cup for the first time?
This weeks stallions were In A Bit Of A State with a magnificent ten. Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop did well with a nine and then we had The Wizard & Sid, Two's Company, Three's An Idiot and I'd Rather Be A Murray Than A Mackem with eights.
Going into the final round Film & TV we had (barring a complete meltdown) three teams in it. In the lead and still favourites, The Wizard & Sid on 39, in second place, just one point behind following their excellent Sports round we had In A Bit Of A State on 38 and outsiders Lads & Dads Featuring Scoop trailing in third on 36.
Film & TV had a couple of difficult questions and it was the like of these that made the difference:
Q35 Which Coronation Street character is leaving the show after 15 years when their contract expires at the end of 2013?
Q40 What is the name of the android character played by Michael Fassbender in the 2012 film Prometheus?
In A Bit Of A State made a valiant effort with an eight for the round but leaders The Wizard & Sid weren't in the mood to give up their lead with a round winning nine. Great result for the team of three, they dropped just four points in the entire quiz to win with 48, two points clear of In A Bit Of A State.
The Colly gave up a round of applause as team member Graham J went to choose the envelope from the three on offer from Barman Chris. There was some debate between Graham and his fellow team member about which one to choose… they went right, they went left, they went right again and then Graham, logically(?) said "we haven't argued about middle, let's go for that?". They did and they got the beers! (the cash was in the right).
That means £94 in the pot going into Quiz 79. Hard lines to our winners The Wizard & Sid but that makes next week all the more interesting, starting off with a £94 Rollover!
During the prize draw, new Barmaid Gemma had been round the bar getting our yellow Post-It's sold for the Wild Card. This is a final one off question for the night open to everyone in the bar for a quid. It's usually a number or a date answer which is so obscure it's usually a guess and as with all of Quiz Night there is absolutely no Googling allowed. The closest answer to what we have wins all the money collected for the Wild Card which these week added up to a very useful £30. This weeks question was:
We asked the name of the first ever satellite in the General Knowledge round tonight. The answer was Sputnik 1, a Russian Satellite the size of a beachball that was launched in 1957.
Sputniks batteries died just three weeks into the mission and then after three months it started to slowly fall out of the sky but by this time it had completed nearly 1400 orbits of the earth.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many minutes did it take Sputnik to orbit around the earth once?
Bit of a cheeky one this… the clue was in the question and that meant poor John had to repeat the question several times so our Quizzers could get their heads around it. Some people latched onto the deliberate red herring which was the useless fact about the batteries dying after three weeks but most sussed that the real clue was three months and 1,400 orbits. Time for some serious calculations.
After several minutes of number crunching all of the yellow Post-It's were neatly arranged on Quiz Master John's Podium. Some people had clearly put their decimal points in the wrong place during their calculations (or just took a random guess) as we had some answers in the tens of thousands… John quickly relegated them to the 'no chance' pile. There were a few under our correct answer so they to were relegated to the 'not this weeks winners' pile. This filtering process went on until eventually John had just four Post-It's left, three of which he dispensed with quite quickly as he was keen to get to the winner. It was none other than our beautiful bride from the previous week Amy, who got a rapturous round of applause from the whole bar as she accepted her £30 winnings with a grin as wide as on the wedding photos!
Amy has now won the Wild Card an unbelievable five times and is just one win behind her new hubby Rob who holds the record Wild Card wins with six to date. Eleven wins for the pair from 78 Quizzes is a pretty impressive return.
John signed off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless and that was Quiz 78 consigned to history and this blog. Thanks to all who turned out it was a cracking night.
It was also a bit of a sad night in a way. Micki, our second in command at The Colly for over three years and a regular behind the bar on Quiz Night was absent. She was on the other side of the world starting a once in a lifetime adventure to the far east and then Australia to seek her fame and fortune. I'm sure all of our regular Quiz Teams will join us in wishing her all the best…
Good Luck Micki!
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