Here we go again... after last weeks postponement due to the football (which was a complete anti-climax with Newcastle getting a right pasting) the Quiz was back. It had been a glorious August Bank Holiday Monday and we wondered if anyone would turn out for the Quiz after probably being out all day, even though there was a £131 rollover.
We needn't have worried, our dedicated quiz teams turned out in force, nine teams in fact, to take the total prize money to a massive £164. Game on.
First up we had the picture round, the cryptic clue on the web site Quiz Preview was "The eyes to the "" have it". It was a reference to casting votes in the House of Commons, Aye's being replaced by the viewing variety… you see where we are going here?
After five minutes or so to get everyone settled in Quiz Master John kicked off the quiz with the General Knowledge Round, ten questions getting steadily harder.
Following the General Knowledge we had a few minutes for everyone to collect their thoughts and then the teams handed in the Picture Round and their first ten answers for scrutinisation by John.
A few teams must have done their homework on politicians as there were four scores of nines from 12 but it was mainly good news for our political 'leaders' that not too many people can recognise their beady conniving cheating eyes. Top scorers were Charlie's Angels, The Academy, Four Fertile John's and The Teths. In second with eight for the round we had She & Him and third Idiots Lacking Inspiration and Bad Light Stops Quiz.
Most teams struggled with General Knowledge this week, top scores of eight coming from Bad Light Stops Quiz and (the well named) Taxi For Pardew with the rest languishing on sixes and fives. Were the questions that hard this week or was it the Bank Holiday sun? Here's a couple to try:
Q3 The Titanic was powered by what kind of engine?
Q9 What car manufacturer makes the 512 TR?
The upshot of the pics and the first round was that it was close, very close. We had four teams on 15, three teams on 14 with Idiots Lacking Inspiration (obviously) on 12 and Near Rape Incident bringing up the rear on 9 (as indeed it nearly was with our strange antipodean friend for those in the know!).
Could the Music Round sort the challengers from the also rans? There were some pretty hard questions in Music this week and the best score of eight from 10 for Bad Light Stops Quiz reflected that. Second we had The Teths on seven and a raft of teams on sixes and fives. Setting questions at 2am on a Saturday morning obviously makes them a little harder:
Q18 Who were Worried About Ray in their debut hit single in 2007?
Q20 Which (Scottish) punk band formed in 1976 and still going... originally featured guitarist William Mysterious, drummer HiFi Harris and singer Fay Fife?
Going into half time snacks we had Bad Light Stops Quiz in the lead on a total of 23, The Teths a close second on 22 and four teams on 20, Charlie's Angels, The Academy, Four Fertile John's and Taxi For Pardew. Three points separating six teams, it was nip and tuck.
The mid quiz break let's our teams top up on nicotine (or fresh air) and also beers as Quiz Master John reminded everyone, the bar was still open!
Barman Chris had been round with this weeks delicious snacks, perennial favourites Onion Rings, a return to the menu for Twiglets and our standard spicy peanuts. Well, for free snacks that's a darn good spread!
Time for the Sports Round, the round that usually gives an indication of who's going to be there or thereabouts at the final whistle. Top in Sport this week we had The Teths on eight (it was a hard round). Second we had four teams on seven, Bad Light Stops Quiz, The Academy, Four Fertile John's and Taxi For Pardew and in third on sixes Charlie's Angels and She & him. Questions like this had leveled the playing field:
Q23 What nationality is tennis player Maria Sharapova?
Q28 What (grueling) event in Barcelona 1992 saw Derartu Tulu of Ethiopia become the first black African woman Gold Medal Winner?
Final round, TV & Films and in the lead going into the deciding set of ten questions we had Bad Light Stops Quiz and The Teths tied on 30 points, exciting stuff. In second and still in with a shout (if the leaders slipped up) were three teams, The Academy, Four Fertile John's and Taxi For Pardew. It all hinged on who got the correct answers to questions such as:
Q37 Which children's art and craft programme was presented by Neil Buchanan?
Q40 The 1997 film Starship Troopers was based on a novel by which renowned Sci Fi author?
Clear winner in TV & Films were Idiots Lacking Inspiration with an excellent 9 from 10 but they weren't in contention for the top spot. Second in the round on eights we had Near Rape Incident, Bad Light Stops Quiz, The Academy, Taxi For Pardew and She & Him. Crucially The Teths just managed a 7 in the round so that meant winners by one point this week were our regular Quiz team Robin, Googz and Matt, this week calling themselves Bad Light Stops Quiz. After a deserved round of applause the three brown envelopes were presented to Bad Light Stops Quiz team member Robin by barman Chris, would he pick the envelope containing the £164 cash or would it be food vouchers or beers. Robin went for the centre envelope, slowly pulled the slip of paper out and unfolded it to reveal… BEERS again. Unlucky Robin, another round of applause went up anyway probably as our teams realised that it could be over £200 to play for in Quiz 85!
Barmaid Gemma had been round the bar with the little yellow Post-It's for the Wild Card Question where for £1 anyone in the bar can enter our final question of the night. The question is obscure, linked to one of the Quiz Questions earlier in the evening and has a numeric or date related answer. The winner is the person who gets the closest to the answer we are looking for and they get all the Wild Card money collected, which tonight amounted to a very reasonable £26. Quiz Master John reminded everyone that as with the Quiz there is absolutely no googling tolerated in The Collie Quiz, it's grey matter only. Quiz 84s Wild Card was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the Titanic which sank on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York in 1912 after hitting an iceberg. The Titanic lay undetected over two miles below the waves until oceanographer Robert Ballard discovered the wreck in 1985.
The wild card question tonight is at what depth lies the wreck of the titanic in metres?
As usual there was a little bit of a clue in the question, 'over two miles', thats over the 3,000 metre mark but how far over? The answers slowly lined up on John's Quiz Master Table and once everyone was in he started the process of finding the closest one to what we were looking for. Everyone under 3,500 metres was named and taken off first, then 3,700, followed by anyone over 4,200 and so on until eventually there were just two Post-It's left on the table. We had Susie just under 100 out on 4,000 and then we had Micheal H, incredibly just three metres short of the actual answer!
Winner Michael was over the moon and got a round of applause as he gleefully stepped up to claim his first ever prize even though he's religiously entered the Wild Card virtually every week since we started the Quiz. Well done Michael, £26 is not bad for a £1 stake and hopefully this is the first of a few wins.
That was it, Quiz 84 had been good fun but all good things come to an end so Quiz Master John signed off with his signature Goodnight and God Bless and we were done for another week. Thanks to everyone for turning out on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday and we hope to see you all back for the potential £200 plus prize riding on Quiz 85.