With £89 in the Rollover this week we were really hoping for decent 30 plus turnout. It had been a cold November day but at least it wasn’t raining like the previous week. We also had our fingers crossed that the latest I’m a Celebrity wouldn’t keep our teams away so we were all a bit nervous as it approached nine.
Quiz Master John had a works do so it was yours truly back in the chair. The last time I had the pleasure only 18 Quizzers turned up whilst the previous and following weeks there were 30 plus, so I was hoping it wasn’t me jinxing the turnout!
We again didn’t put a clue out for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week. With it being Simpsons Characters we thought it would be an unfair advantage for those who read the Preview, especially with a possible £120 or more Prize Money. How wrong we were about it being an advantage…
We needn't have worried (and I was relieved), we had a great turnout, 31 people took the Cash Prize on offer to a fantastic £120.
We gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise The Simpsons (not that they needed to) before beginning the Quiz just after nine with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions to get going, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q5 Lynchburg, Tennessee is the home of which famous distillery?
Q7 The Rosetta Spacecraft has been in the news a lot recently. What did the European Space Agency name Rosetta after?
After the General Knowledge Round we gave the teams a further couple of minutes to look over their General Knowledge answers before calling in both the Pics and Answer Sheet for marking.
All the teams, obviously ardent Simpsons fans got 100% scores on the Picture Round, which was a Colly Quiz first! So we won’t be having a Simpsons Picture Round 2, far too easy.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging however He & She & Him were on the ball this week with a ten, Let’s Get Quizzical did well with a nine and then we had three teams, The Hasty Puddings, Band Aid B-Side and Two Guys One Mug in joint third on sevens a piece.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of He & She & Him on 22, Let’s Get Quizzical on 21 and The Hasty Puddings, Band Aid B-Side and Two Guys One Mug on 19s. Early day’s though.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from current songbirds to former canaries:
Q17 Who recently became Mrs Fernandez-Versini? And for a bonus point what musical record did she recently set?
Q14 No Doubt About It, Sexy Thing and So You Win Again were all hits for which 70s band? And for a bonus point which former Coventry, Norwich City and Manchester United striker has an uncanny resemblance to the band’s lead singer?
Topping the hit parade this week The Duke Of Wellington Is Back! with 11 from a possible 14. In at number two for the round He & She & Him on 10 and at third Let’s Get Quizzical.
This gave the leader board a fairly similar appearance going into the snack break, He & She & Him were still a point in front on 31, Let’s Get Quizzical were hanging on in second with 30 and The Hasty Puddings this time joined by The Duke Of Wellington Is Back! were still in the leading pack on 29.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries. As everyone returned to their seats I thought it appropriate to make an announcement about our missing regular team She & Him, explaining that they couldn’t make it in tonight because earlier in the day, She, that is Amy, had given birth to a bouncing baby boy. Both Mother and Child are doing very well and Him, who we all know as Rob, is the proud father of Alexander Robert. We did wonder if he would make it but obviously there were other slightly more important things to be doing!
Everyone in The Colly Quiz gave up a warm round of applause for the new parents and I know everyone wishes She & Him & The Littlun all the very best.
After that emotional announcement it was back to business and the round that can mean the difference between being winners or losers… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28 Who scored the first ever hat-trick in the Premier League? And for a bonus which team was he playing for at the time?
Q30 Which snooker player holds the record for the fastest ever 147 break? And for a bonus how many minutes did it take him? (just minutes not seconds)
League leaders in Sport this week with an impressive ten we had He & She & Him, who following the earlier announcement we now all realised had named themselves in honour of the new parents. A good score of nine from The Idiot Games gave them runners up in Sport and tied in third place we had The Hasty Puddings and Let’s Get Quizzical on sevens.
The Sport scores gave us a fairly daunting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. He & She & Him had increased their grip on the lead, courtesy of that ten in Sport. Now on 41 they were a hefty four points ahead of Let’s Get Quizzical on 37 and five in front of both The Hasty Puddings and The Idiot Games on 36. Our regular team, this week known as He & She & Him, traditionally do well on the final round so it would be a meltdown of epic proportions for them to give up four points on Film & TV:
34 According to The Lion King song how do you say ‘no worries’ in Swahili?
35 Tony Green was Jim Bowen’s assistant on which 80s Sunday evening TV show?
Band Aid B-Side did very well in Film & TV to win the round with a nine. The Duke Of Wellington Is Back! managed an eight to come second in the round but so too did He & She & Him, so with no team able to catch them they were duly named the winners of Quiz 145. They got a hearty round of applause from our other teams and all that remained was to see what the prize would be.
Barmaid Gemma gave Phil the choice of three envelopes, he went middle and as he was opening the slip of paper contained, the crowd along with his two team mates Sarah and Richard were willing it to be Food or Beer… Cash Prize he announced. Phil ‘The Power’ Mac had done it again. The teams were disappointed, it would have been great to go another couple of weeks with a Rollover so that we were playing for big money just before Christmas, but it wasn’t to be.
He & She & Him immediately divvied the money up and very generously put £30 back in the pot, so a good turnout for Quiz 146 could take our Cash Prize over the £60 mark.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), 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. Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 145 we had £24 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked which distillery was in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Most teams got the answer right, Jack Daniel’s.
A tradition in Lynchburg, Tennesse is that every winter Jack Daniel’s builds a Christmas Barrel Tree. As the name suggests the tree is constructed of well over 100 Jack Daniel’s barrels and stands 26 feet high.
The barrels are empty of course, the tree wouldn’t be there long if they weren’t… the Wild Card Question tonight is how many bottles of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey came out of those 100 plus barrels that make up the Christmas Barrel Tree?
After determining that everyone was in, those under 20,000 bottles were slung out first to most peoples disappointment. This left just four Post-It’s. Aileen had guessed 21,000, our star guest of the night Eric Cantona had mused 24,000, another star guest Jack Daniel’s (and you would think he would know) went for 32,600 but with 32,691 our £24 winner on the night was Karis Lui. There was warm applause from the crowd as Karis received her wad of notes from Gemma, not a bad result for a quid!
With that Quiz 145 was complete, thanks to everyone who turned out, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night and hat’s off to regular Quiz Master John, it is quite an exhausting two hours!
We hope you all join us next week for more of the same.
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