We were hoping for a half decent turnout to boost the Cash Prize but after a thoroughly miserable, cold November Monday, where it hadn’t stopped raining the entire day, by 8pm we were crossing our fingers.
By nine a decent crowd had turned out, in fact the bar was busy but unfortunately not everyone wanted to play the Quiz! When barmaid Gemma had done the the round there were 30 Quizzers, taking the Cash Prize to £89, and eight teams, some who we hadn’t seen in quite a while (welcome back The Academy).
We broke with recent tradition and decided not to post a clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week, so all our Teams started from the same point. Mind you in recent Quizzes even those who have got the clue haven’t necessarily gone on to do well, quite the opposite in some cases!
The Picture Round this week was to pair some famous people to their not so famous last words.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to contemplate the Final Quotes before starting the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. As is the norm, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more challenging:
Q3 A John Dory is what kind of animal?
Q5 Which American comic strip detective did Chester Gould create in the 1930s?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a bit of time to peruse their answers before calling in the Answer Sheet along with the Picture Round for marking.
The Teams didn’t fare so well with the Picture Round this week. Top marks of eight from a possible twelve went to Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard along with Idiot Darts Off To South America. We then had four teams in second with six, Bobby Dazzlers, The Academy Returns, Wot No Googs and Sweet 16 and She & Him on fives in third.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as tough, top marks, again eights, went to the The Academy Returns and Wot No Googs. In second we had three Teams on seven, Bobby Dazzlers, Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard and Sweet 16 with everyone else coming third on sixes.
The combined scores of the Pics and the General Knowledge gave us an early leader board with Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard nosing in front on 15 with three teams, The Academy Returns, Idiot Darts Off To South America and Wot No Googs hot on their tail with 14s a piece. Third on 13 we had Bobby Dazzlers and Sweet 16.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from disco to drum machines:
Q18 Fayette Pinkney, Valerie Holiday and Sheila Ferguson were the early 70s line up of which disco trio (allegedly Prince Charles favourite Group)? And, for a bonus point name their only UK number one from 1974?
Q20 Singer Andrew Eldritch and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only continuous members for which gothic rock band from Leeds who made it big in the 80s? And for a bonus point, one of their top songs was used in which 2013 film starring Simon Pegg? (Simon Pegg based his character in the film on Andrew Eldritch!)
We had star hecklers in this week. The world famous Jesmond Jim from TVs Bouncers (who wasn’t in the Quiz but along with his pals answered the most questions… not necessarily correctly) was well pleased when John read out that Elton John was the answer to “which pop star has the middle name Hercules”. Jim had said Elton John, then had expanded upon that by telling all in the company that Elton had actually been a very good boxer in his day (vicious right hook by all accounts). It had obviously been a complete guess and Jim was over the moon that he got it right but couldn’t believe that Elton had such a ridiculous middle name. He didn’t retract the bit about the boxing though? Reg, a boxer… what do you reckon?
Straight in at number one this week in Music were Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard with an excellent nine. She & Him did well with a seven to come in second and then The Academy Returns and Idiot Darts Off To South America managed six a piece to come in third place.
Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard were sneaking ahead going into the snack break, with total points of 24. Way back in second we had The Academy Returns and Idiot Darts Off To South America on 20 each and in third Bobby Dazzlers and Wot No Googs on 19.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that tends to sort the winners from the losers… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 Who was the first goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal? And for a bonus point which team did he play for?
Q30 What is the perfect score in a single game of Ten Pin Bowling?
Champs in Sport this week we had Bobby Dazzlers who nailed it with an excellent 10. Then there were three runners up on seven, Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard, Idiot Darts Off To South America and Paulovs Dogs. Bronze went to The Academy Returns and Wot No Googs with six a piece.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard were just two in front on 31, Bobby Dazzlers had clawed back to 29 and then we had The Academy Returns and Idiot Darts Off To South America jointly on 27s. Any slip ups by Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard could be costly but would they with questions along the lines of these?
Q35 Jim Davis created which cartoon strip character in the late 70s who went on to became a TV star in the 80s then the central character of a live action film in 2004?
Q36 With a recurring theme along the lines of Groundhog Day plus big guns and aliens, which movie was released this summer starring Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson amongst others?
Bobby Dazzlers gave it a right good go in the final round and scored a magnificent 12 but Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard were up for it as well matching the top score. So with no one else able to catch them, Three Beards, Two No Beards And One Lady Beard took the nights Quiz with 43 to a round of applause from the assembled teams.
Now the moment of truth, what would they get for a Prize? Gemma presented the usual three envelopes and the crowd hushed as Team Member Will went to the right. He slowly unfolded the enclosed slip of paper and quite happily* announced Beers! Excellent stuff Will that means there’s a bumper £89 rollover next week that could increase to £120+ with a good turnout.
*Will was well happy with the Beers as not only does that mean a rollover but he gets the entire case of Budweiser!
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 salmon (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), 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 done the rounds getting the £1 entries in as John had been marking up the final round and we had a total of £22 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked which Quiz Show Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Lily Savage have all hosted? The answer was of course Blankety Blank.
Blankety Blank ran for 23 years from 1979 and there were a total of 279 shows of which Lily Savage hosted just 59.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what percentage of Blankety Blank shows did Les Dawson host?
After double checking that everyone’s Post-It was stuck to the Quiz Table, John started sifting through the answers. There were a couple of groans as everyone over 50% was out immediately, then there were more groans as John dumped all the answers under 40% to leave three salmon coloured Post-It’s on the table. We had Will and Julia on 43% but they were unlucky as 1% closer to the actual answer was Jay… a winner again! Jay was well chuffed, he was planning on going out for a couple of beers after the Quiz and the £22 winnings would finish his night off in style.
With that Quiz 144 was sorted and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off to a round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We hope to see you all again next week where we could be playing for a Cash Prize of over £120.
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