It was a mild Monday night in January, we were hoping for a big turnout as rumour had it regular Quizzer and Birthday girl Lorna was bringing her entire family along for Quiz 103… so we were over the moon when they turned up and made it twelve teams and a total of 51 entrants for the nights Quiz. Tremendous, nearly a record turnout!
This fantastic attendance boosted the Cash Prize to a whopping £141, not bad winnings for a £1 entry fee (if you could win it of course).
This weeks Picture Round was extreme close ups of chocolate bar wrappers, we thought this might be quite difficult as not everyone is into chocolate are they?
Whilst our teams contemplated the sweetie snacks Quiz Master John got us underway with the General Knowledge a little after nine.
All of our teams did incredibly well in the Pics. Was that a reflection on our insatiable appetite for chocolate bars in the UK or had everyone read the Preview? All the teams got full marks bar The Cocks and Heroes To Zeroes who got 11.
General Knowledge proved a bit more of a challenge, Heroes To Zeroes were the chocolatiers of the round with a Ferrero Rochet nine whilst the rest struggled in the choccy bargain bucket with sevens and below.
Q2 Where did the ukulele originate?
Q5 Which island in the Pacific Ocean is also known as Rapa Nui and Isla de Pascua?
Michael and Brendan, missing half their team but still giving it a go as the Academy Boardroom, came out with a belter in the General Knowledge. They went a bit lateral with the Who wrote Ode to a Grecian Urn? question and we think they deserved a point for their hilarious answer... Morecambe and Wise!
So the leader board going into the Music Round showed Heroes To Zeroes on 20, The Hasty Puddings on 19 and several of our teams on 18.
The Music Round was well spread with questions ranging from the fifties to the present and whilst most of our teams did reasonably well, The League of Gentleman (team name) inspired Madame Palm And Her Five Lovely Daughters creamed the round with a ten.
Q13 Which New York band’s 2001 debut album was entitled Is This It?
Q20 Which Supremes hit from the 70s did Bananarama take into the charts in the late 80s?
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes), Heroes To Zeroes and Madame Palm And Her Five Lovely Daughters led with 28s a piece. The Hasty Puddings were up there with 26 and (the best team name of the night for us) What's The Collective Noun For A Load Of Upton's? were hovering in third with 25.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Thai Crackers, Bacon Rashers, Onion Rings and 'branded' Skips! We were into what is the defining round... Sport.
Q23 Which British athlete won two Olympic Golds and three Commonwealth Golds for the decathlon between 1978 and 1986?
Q26 Which player will be forever connected with the 1953 FA Cup Final?
Gold Medals in Sport this week went to the displaced Idiots Of The Round Table with an excellent 8 but the leaders dropped points getting just sixes so going into the final round it was fairly close, we had Heroes To Zeroes and Madame Palm And Her Five Lovely Daughters leading on 34, House Bitches were back in it on 33, the brilliantly named What's The Collective Noun For A Load Of Upton's? on 32 with The Hasty Puddings on 31. It was pretty close, any one of these teams could potentially win it.
Q33 Which 2003 comedy series starred Hugh Laurie as Paul Slippery, a doctor facing a mid-life crisis?
Q38 What was the name of the Greek island which was the setting for the 2008 film Mamma Mia? (And for a bonus point name of the hotel?)
The Film & TV was quite tough, or so we thought! Still Can't Get Served In The Colly, What's The Collective Noun For A Load Of Upton's? and Chocoholics got nines but significantly Madame Palm And Her Five Lovely Daughters got an eight. What's The Collective Noun For A Load Of Upton's? and Heroes To Zeroes, managed a seven and Heroes To Zeroes just got a got six. So if you're keeping up with the maths that meant we had What's The Collective Noun For A Load Of Upton's? and Heroes To Zeroes on 41 but the winners on the night, who deserved a round of applause (and they got it) Madame Palm And Her Five Lovely Daughters on 42.
Team member Guy M pointed out that on five of his last six (sporadic) appearances with the team they had won… that's some record to be honest, Guy's obviously their lucky charm! How lucky was team member Robin H going to be though, tasked with drawing the envelopes he went for the right of the three on offer from barman Chris. After slowly unfolding the enclosed slip of paper he reluctantly read out Food Vouchers. There were a few cheers, mainly from Richard's Team as that meant the rollover going into Quiz 104 is a serious £141 which could take the prize up to £180+ if we have another excellent turnout next week.
Unlucky Robin H but we're sure he'll be back with his team next week for another go and they just need to make sure that Guy's involved!
Next up the last part of Quiz Night 103, the Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange again, on which to write the answer to a single question that John reads out. The answer is a number or a date and closest to it wins all the money that's been collected in. It's usually a very obscure question so it's more of an inspired guess than something you would actually know, and, as with all of the questions in The Colly Quiz, there is absolutely no Googling.
Gemma had been busy getting The Wild Card entries in while the winners drew the envelopes and after the money was counted up John announced there was £40 up for grabs for the closest answer to this question:
In the Sports Round we asked the question in 1930 what sport saw England contest its first Test Match of a series against Australia at Wimbledon? The answer was Speedway and the start of the competition was delayed for 45 minutes to enable the capacity crowd to negotiate the traffic jams and long turnstile queues around the stadium.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the attendance for the very first Speedway Test Match against Australia?
Quiz Master John gave everyone a couple of minutes to write down their answers before asking for all the orange Post-It's to be placed on his desk. He made sure all the answers were in before announcing "if you're over 40,000 you're out", there were sighs. He then binned everyone under 30,000 to more groans and there were only four left in it, the lovely Lisa had 38,127, Michael H was closer with 32,000, The Duke of Alnmouth (yes the real one!) was even closer with 32,600 but our winner at his very first quiz was Glen Jamieson with a guess of 36,581. Glen got a usual warm round of applause from everyone as he stepped up to the bar a very happy man to collect his £40 in prize money. Well done Glen, we hope you come back next week!
That was Quiz 103 all wrapped up, John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. It had been an excellent night as usual, plenty of laughs and we hope Lorna enjoyed her Birthday, we did arrange some special questions in the Quiz.
Thanks to everyone who turned out for Quiz 103 we really appreciate your support.
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