It had been a miserable, wet and grey October Monday and we were a little concerned that this reminder that winter was on it’s way may curb our regular teams enthusiasm to get involved. We needn’t have worried, a fantastic turnout of 37 eager Quizzers took the Cash Prize on offer up to an eye popping £150 for Quiz 138.
Our nine Teams arrived late but enthusiastic and by nine o’clock there was hardly a seat free as Gemma handed out the Picture Round and the Answer Sheets.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Can you recognise the link between trade, girls and rack" and the clever clogs amongst our teams had seen right through the cryptic clue to get spices. Some others divulged after the Quiz that they had thought it was tits… girls, rack, yes but trade?
Quiz Master John, in fine fettle, gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise the spice pics before kicking off the Quiz with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge around ten past nine. We led with a couple of ‘easy’ questions then as the round progressed they got a little tougher:
Q3 France and which other country border the principality of Andorra?
Q5 Sevruga, Kaluga and Malossol are types of what?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams some time to analyse their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Pics Round. This weeks Spice specialists were Quiz On My Face with a handsome 11. Second we had She & Him on a 10 and in third Who Parked That Tractor There?, Dr Fox’s Gum Clinic, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Danny & Carol all with nines.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more demanding however, Dr Fox’s Gum Clinic emerged the most generally knowledgeable with 8, whilst Who Parked That Tractor There?, Quizlamic State Of Iraq and The Levant and Quiz On My Face were nearly as clever on sevens.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Quiz On My Face leading the pack on 18, Dr Fox’s Gum Clinic on the case with 17 and Who Parked That Tractor There? trundling behind in third on 16.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from current songbirds to 80s post-punks:
Q12 Where was singer Rihanna born?
Q16 PIL were big in the 80s but what does the acronym PIL stand for? And for a bonus point name the original bass player in the band?
Topping the hit parade this week in Music we had Quiz On My Face with a poptastic 11, just edging The Peoples Front Of Judea on a 10. In third we had a quintet of teams on nine - Without The Idiot, Who Parked That Tractor There?, Dr Fox’s Gum Clinic, She & Him and Danny & Carol - which gave us an altogether different looking leader board going into the snack break.
On top and seemingly running away with it were Quiz On My Face on 29, way ahead of second placed Dr Fox’s Gum Clinic on 26 and Who Parked That Tractor There? tied with The Peoples Front Of Judea on 25.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries, this week consisting of Bombay Mix (a new addition to the snacks) standard Walkers crisps (in a variety of flavours) and an unusual cajun spiced popcorn. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make the difference… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 Which Great Dane has the rare record of scoring a penalty hat-trick for Liverpool in November 1986? And for a bonus point which (sky blue) team was the game against?
Q29 Why did an over bowled by Malcolm Nash in 1968 enter cricket history?
Championees in Sport this week we had the Quizlamic State Of Iraq and The Levant on a belting ten. Runners up with a creditable nine, Who Parked That Tractor There? and The Peoples Front Of Judea whilst Without The Idiot managed bronze on eights. Where were our leaders? On fives!
So the Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. The former leaders fail in Sport had allowed the trailing pack to catch up and we had Who Parked That Tractor There?, Quiz On My Face and The Peoples Front Of Judea all tied on 34 as well as the Quizlamic State Of Iraq and The Levant along with Without The Idiot on 32 and 31 respectively. This gave us five teams all with a chance of winning this weeks quiz, and with questions along like these who could possibly call it:
Q33 On every street in every city, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody was the tagline to which 1976 Robert De Niro Classic?
Q38 What’s your name and where do you come from?” is synonymous with which ITV Saturday Night Show which ran from 1985 to 2003? And for a bonus point what was the name of the guy who used to read out the details of the contestants?
With a possible £150 up for grabs the tension was mounting as John totted up the scores. Three teams topped the round with nines, Without The Idiot, Who Parked That Tractor There? and crucially, Quiz On My Face… which meant to John’s delight it was a Dart Off!
The two Teams sent out their representatives, for Who Parked That Tractor There? it was Phil ’The Power’ Mac and for Quiz On My Face it was Jay who was by his own admission a little well served. They tossed for who was up to the oche first and it was Jay who got the nod.
Jay’s first darts were a bit wayward, two darts scored and one miss gave him 17. Phil fared slightly better scoring a 34 with his reply. The pressure was all on Jay and it showed, he missed with two darts and then would you believe it, managed a treble top to give him 77… insane darts! Now it was Phil under pressure, what could he do? The place erupted as Phil threw his final dart, his score of 33 gave him a total of 67 meaning Jay and his team Quiz On My Face had won the Quiz. They went potty (we don’t think there’s been that much racket since Ken the rant was in!).
Jay was on a roll, so his team designated him to choose from the three envelopes Gemma had in her hand. Jay went left, slowly opened the folded slip of paper inside and then went even more potty… it was the £150 Cash Prize! Incredible, well done Jay and his team Quiz On My Face.
After all the commotion had died down we moved on to the Wild Card Question to finish off a cracking night.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange again (Post-It's again sponsored by Infinite Design), 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 quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 138 we had a decent £24 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports round we asked why did an over bowled by Malcolm Nash in 1968 enter cricketing history? The answer was, it was the first over to be hit for six consecutive sixes in first-class cricket.
The record breaking batsman was cricketing legend Garry Sobers and the ball he bashed into the record books on that sunny day in St Helen’s was sold in an auction at Christies in 2006.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what price was the record breaking cricket ball sold for?
After establishing that everyone was in John quickly filtered through the answers. Everyone under £20K was out and then everyone over £30K was binned, which left just three, Amy, Pete W and David H. There was more tension as John paused, then said… “David H, you’re third. Amy, unlucky, you are second” meaning our winner this week was another member of The Peoples Front Of Judea team, Pete W. A very happy Pete strode up to the bar to receive his £24 in readies from Gemma as John announced the generous Quiz On My Face team had put £30 back in the pot for Quiz 139. Great stuff guys, this means a decent turnout next week and we could be playing for £60 plus.
With that John wrapped Quiz 138 by thanking everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
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