You can’t predict the turnout for our Quiz at all. It’s baffling that after turnouts of 47, then 37 we had just 18 quizzers involved for Quiz 139… was it something we said?
We were missing top teams like She & Him, The Peoples Front of Judea and the Quizlamic State Of (whatever they were highlighting this week) but we soldiered on.
Quiz Master John was having a night off as it was his daughters Birthday and our lovely barmaid Gemma was having the shift off as well (getting ready for a big beauty session this week apparently?). So yours truly stepped into the Quiz Masters Chair and Boss Freda covered for Gemma (we did wonder if maybe this change of personnel was the reason for the low turnout!).
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “To recognise those preceding spice, biscuits and beer”. For those that read the Preview they sussed the clue had to be Ginger and the “To recognise” meant people.
We gave our teams a few minutes to examine the gingers before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more testing:
Q3 In Cockney rhyming slang, what is a ‘china’?
Q6 What colour crown does a european green woodpecker have?
Following the General Knowledge Round we gave the Teams a few minutes to look over their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, both The Hasty Puddings and the topically named Say Hola To Ebola scored 11 from 12. Batman and Robin got themselves a 10 and Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast came in with a seven.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more tough. The Hasty Puddings and Say Hola To Ebola managed sevens a piece, Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast returned a six but Batman and Robin (last weeks winners) only managed a three.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Hasty Puddings and Say Hola To Ebola both on 18 and Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast tying with Batman and Robin on 13.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from chirping Geordie slappers to ’Trip Hop’ (yes, we’ve never heard of Trip Hop either):
Q13 Promise This was a number one single for who in 2010?
Q19 Burn My Shadow, When Things Explode and Keys to the Kingdom are tracks from a 2007 album by which trip hop musical outfit? And yes, you’ve guessed it for an extra point name the album?
In at joint number one this week we had Say Hola To Ebola and Batman and Robin on sevens a piece and in second spot The Hasty Puddings and Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast with sixes.
This gave us a leader board going into the snack break looking like this. In top spot Say Hola To Ebola on 25, close seconds were The Hasty Puddings on 24. In third Batman and Robin were on 20 and fourth spot we had Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast on 19.
Then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries before we continued with the make or break round of Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 Which (Welsh) international did Newcastle United buy in 2001 for £6.5 million?
Q30 In the 70s who was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect 10 at the Olympic games? And for a bonus point... what was the year?
Star performers in Sport this week we had Say Hola To Ebola with a magnificent score of 12 from a possible 13. Runners up Ebola Cornflakes For Breakfast scored a nine and in third spot The Hasty Puddings with a seven.
The Sport scores made it almost a formality going into the final Film & TV Round. Say Hola To Ebola were well out in front with 37, six points ahead of The Hasty Puddings on 31 with the other two teams in the high twenties. It was going to take a meltdown of astronomic proportions for the leaders to throw this away, especially with questions along the lines of these:
Q34 From which 2012 blockbuster movie was this the tagline. They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end?
Q37 What was the title of the 60s TV adventure series starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore?
It was no surprise… Say Hola To Ebola, obviously with a point to prove after last weeks second placing, went for the jugular in the final round scoring another excellent 12 from a possible 14 to win Film & TV and therefore the Quiz with a massive 49 points.
The winners got a deserved round of applause from the assembled teams and Chris gave team member Richard the choice of three envelopes to choose from. Richard went middle and to everyone's delight drew the beers, so that means we have a £49 rollover going into Quiz 140.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo pink (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite Design), on which to write the answer to a single question. 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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 139 we had £15 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about Stanley Kubrik’s brilliant 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket.
One of the actors who starred in the film, Vincent D'Onofrio, was asked to gain a lot of weight to play the part of Leonard Lawrence, a flabby and mentally unstable Marine recruit. The actor bulked up so much over seven months that he broke the movie weight gain record held by Robert De Niro for the 1980 film Raging Bull.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many pounds of weight did Vincent put on to break that record?
After confirming that everyone was in, everyone over 80 was discounted, which didn’t leave many. Then we got rid of everyone under 60 and this left just four, Sarah S had 74lb, Chuck Norris guessed 73lb, Chris M was close with 72lb but our winner was Jay, still on a hot streak from last week with a spot on 70lbs!
Jay was over the moon with his £15 Cash Prize which he gratefully accepted and decided he was off to spend it down at Mr Lynch’s. Well done Jay that’s two weeks in a row you’ve won the Wild Card!
With that Quiz 139 was brought to a close. It had been a quiet but thoroughly enjoyable night, thanks to everyone who turned out and we hope you return next week to battle it out for a potential £70+ Cash prize.
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