It was a cold dark September evening for Quiz 87 but we had a good crowd in. The Colly was unusually chilly too but this was down to the doors being open all day as we had both of our fires ripped out in readiness for some posh new ones. What a mess it had been, there was rubble and dust everywhere but we managed to clear up as best we could so it didn't look too much like a building site in time for Quiz 87. Apart from the two gaping holes where our fires used to be and the dust on some of the ledges you would hardly notice it was 'work in progress'.
Great turnout for Quiz 87, 36 people making up nine teams took the prize on the night to a useful £111. Once everyone had settled in and we'd handed around the Quiz Sheets we kicked off around nine o'clock.
This weeks Picture Round was name the characters from Disney movies and name the film. If Disney Movies aren't in your memory banks from being a kid they should be branded into your brain if you've had kids – Mary Poppins was a particular favourite of my two and I can still remember all of the songs especially Old Bamboo... aaaargh!. Anyway the pics seemed to go down well with our teams.
After five minutes studying the Disney Pics next up was Round One on General Knowledge, ten questions of general and not so general trivia. As usual we started off easy then gradually tightened the screw with pearlers like these:
Q3 What computer operating system can be Red Hat, Ubunto or Fedora?
Q5 What specific kind of beastie does a coleopterist study?
We collected both the Picture Round and the Answer Sheets in after the General Knowledge and after Quiz Master John had marked up the scores it looked like this. Top Disney experts were the delightfully monikered The Spunk Bubbles with an excellent 11 from 12, second She & Him and Heroes & Zeroes on 10 and then we had five of our teams on eight.
Top Trivia experts in General Knowledge were Heroes & Zeroes on nine from 10 with Taxi For Di Canio second on eight and then four teams tied on seven.
So going into the next round it was quite tight at the top with Heroes & Zeroes in the lead on 19, The Spunk Bubbles sloppy seconds on 18 with She & Him third on 17.
Round Two was our usual Music Round. Various questions encompassing all of the eras of music from pop to opera. This week there were easy questions and not so easy questions (unless your around 50):
Q11 In the video for the Robbie Williams 1997 hit Angels, does he ride a horse or motorbike?
Q19 Who released the 1973 song 48 Crash?
Top in Pop this week was The Spunk Bubbles returning eight from 10. Second with seven were four teams, She & Him, Heroes & Zeroes, Taxi For Di Canio and Mickey Mouse Idiots. Fatman & Robin and The Hasty Puddings came in joint third in the round with sixes.
Going into our halftime break and it was quite tight at the top of the leader board, The Spunk Bubbles and Heroes & Zeroes tied on 26, She & Him second on 24 and Taxi For Di Canio third with 23.
The snacks this week were very well received. We had onion rings accompanied by Cheesy Shapes and a delicious new addition to the snack menu Phileas Fogg Cheese and New York Style Deli Relish Flavour American Bubble Chips… fantastic free fayre.
Following our short interlude for nicotine, beers and enjoying the delicious savouries we were back into the competition. The Sport round, more often than not the round that decides who is in contention for top spot.
Here's a couple of sample sporty questions:
Q23 How many players make up an Australian rules football team?
Q28 A statue of which Everton legend stands outside the Park End of Goodison?
Some teams excel in the Sports round but not this week, top score being a six from Taxi For Di Canio. Two teams came second in the round with five a piece Fatman & Robin and Dumber & Dumber then in third five teams on just four.
The Sports Round had really shook things up on the leader board as there were now four teams within a couple of points of each other. Joint leaders on 30 were still The Spunk Bubbles with Heroes & Zeroes, one point behind in second we had Taxi For Di Canio and on 28 in third She & Him. Exciting stuff going into our final round Film & TV, who would come out on top with devious questions like these:
Q36 What is the name of the industrialist who in the 2008 film becomes Iron Man?
Q39 What was the name of actor John Challis’ character in the classic comedy series Only Fools and Horses?
It was a hard fought final round but top in telly and flicks knowledge with nines we had Taxi For Di Canio and Mickey Mouse Idiots, second tied on eights were The Spunk Bubbles, Fatman & Robin and Heroes & Zeroes with third place going to The Hasty Puddings on seven.
What did this all mean to the leader board though? Quiz Master John requested the darts because we had a three way tie for first position with The Spunk Bubbles, Heroes & Zeroes and Taxi For Di Canio all on 38 points. John's favourite finale a Dart Off!
The three teams designated a team member to step up to the ockey, we had Jay from The Spunk Bubbles, Mick from Heroes & Zeroes and Richard from Taxi For Di Canio. They had two rounds each of three darts, highest gets to draw the prize. Mick stepped up, he had obviously thrown a few arrows in his time and wasn't phased by the occasion as he threw a total of 60 for his first three darts! Next up Jay, not a bad score of 25 with his first attempt. Finally Richard the south paw, usually a strong performer in Dart Off's he managed 37, normally a decent score.
How would Mick fare with his next three arrows, woosh another belting score of 56 giving a grand total of 116 to beat. Jay had 25 so he needed a massive 91, he threw 21, unlucky Jay, more practice required when up against pros like Mick.
It was all down to Richard, he needed 79 to draw, he started well, a big 19, 60 left. Then disaster a 6, a triple 18 would set up a tie break but he went for the win, aiming treble top, agonisingly missed completely and hit 16.
So the deserved winner was Mick from team Heroes & Zeroes who got a great round of applause from the cheering audience, especially his team mates but the Quiz challenge wasn't finished there. He still had to choose what the prize was to be from the three envelopes being thrust in his direction from Chris the Barman, what would he get after that excellent demonstration of killer darts. He confidently went for the left of the three envelopes, slowly opened it up and… BEERS!
Unlucky team Heroes & Zeroes and Mick especially but the good news is everyone can come back for Quiz 88 and challenge for an even bigger prize as the £111 rolls over.
Gemma went about handing the little yellow Post-Its out for the famous Wild Card Round whilst the Dart Off had been taking place. £1 per entry and all there is to do is answer one obscure question, closest to the numerical answer wins the accumulated cash prize with Googling a definite no no. There were 19 people in it which meant £19 to win. Quiz 87s Wild Card question was:
This weeks Picture Round was name the characters from Disney movies. Walt Disney released his first full length animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937. However critics of the time said nobody would sit through a one and a half hour cartoon.
It took animators over five years to compose the near 120,000 individual frames required for the film as movie projectors go through 24 frames or one and a half foot of film every second.
The Wild Card Question tonight is in total how long in miles and feet is the film for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
There was a clue in the question and a bit of mental arithmetic would get you pretty close to the answer we were looking for so obviously our Quizzers wanted the question repeated again and again and again!
Some quizzers just took a stab in the dark and dropped their entry onto Johns desk but there was a couple of people had sussed the calculation and you could see their minds ticking away. After a few minutes, John hurried on the final contestants to add their little yellow Post-It to the neatly organised grid stuck to his desk. Then he started his shakedown to the nearest to the answer we were looking for.
Two miles and over went first then those under a mile and we were left with five Post-It's, John referred a final time to his answer sheet and announced that Googz was closest to the answer, a mere 38 feet over and yes he did calculate it from the clues in the question. So a round of applause was given for Googz as he stepped up to the bar to claim his £19, not a bad return for a quid.
So with a signature Good night and God bless from John, Quiz 87 was complete. Great night’s entertainment, thanks to everyone who turned out and we hope to see you all for Quiz 88 where we start with a rollover of £111, so with a good crowd we could be looking at maybe £140+?
One person who won't be here for Quiz 88 is Sarah S who will be sunning herself in Egypt for a couple of weeks lucky so and so. Her team members needn't fear though, Sue, Sarah's mum was in for Quiz 87 and she's put herself forward as team sub for the next two quizzes!