We were hoping for a near 40 turnout for Quiz 142 to take the Cash Prize to £150, we got 32 (which wasn’t bad), so it took the Cash to a very reasonable £145.
The start was held up a little this week because of a major balls up by the Quiz Compiler where there were 14 printed Picture Quiz Sheets with the answers printed on and one Picture Quiz Sheet with blanks… yes, it should have been the other way round! So whilst Quiz Master John led the singing of Happy Birthday for our wonderful Barmaid Gemma, who turned 21(ish) this week, said Quiz Compiler cut the answers off the mistakenly printed Picture Quiz and we eventually got under way around ten past nine.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was an audio file of Dire Straits singing Local Hero and whilst a couple of teams guessed it was famous Geordies everyone struggled with the “lateral thinking” involved in the choice of images… (well it was put together when fairly inebriated!).
Quiz Master John gave our teams an extra few minutes to determine what on earth the Picture Round was all about before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions to get everyone in the groove, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more grueling:
Q4 Reims and Épernay are at the commercial centre of which wine-producing region of France?
Q10 Which the world’s oldest airline still operating under its original name?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to peruse their answers before calling in the Pic Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
The Picture Round had most teams goosed. Top marks went to Idiots who were obviously on a similar wavelength to the Fosters fuelled Quiz Compiler with an eight. Second we had Batmen & Robin and Joint Effort on a six and third The Simple Minds and Stranger On The Slab on fives.
In the General Knowledge Round our eight teams fared a little better. Top scores of eight went to Atomic Coconut and Stranger On The Slab, seconds we had the trio of Batmen & Robin, The Quizstory Boys and She & Him and in third Idiots and Joint Effort on a six.
The combined scores gave us the Idiots top of the leader board at this early stage with 14 points, Batmen & Robin and Stranger On The Slab were close seconds with 13 and tied in third Atomic Coconut and Joint Effort on 12.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from ‘modern reggae’ to potential Irish Presidents… confused? We were:
Q12 Boombastic was a Number One hit for who in 1995?
Q20 Which 1970 Eurovision song contest winner unsuccessfully ran for President of Ireland in 1997? And for a bonus point what was the title of her winning Eurovision song?
Straight in at number one with a stunning 13 for the Music Round we had Stranger On The Slab. Second spot went to Batmen & Robin on a ten and in third we had The Simple Minds on nine.
This gave the leader board an altogether different appearance going into the snack break. Stranger On The Slab, courtesy of their excellent score in the Music Round were already caning the Quiz on a score of 27. Their nearest rivals were Batmen & Robin on 23 and Idiots on 20… even at this half way stage Stranger On The Slab were looking nailed on winners unless one of the teams could produce something special.
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 usually make or break a teams… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28 Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux are strikers for which national football team?
Q29 Who is to date the only Irishman to win the Tour de France in 1987?
Finishing first in Sport this week we had Stranger On The Slab with a nine. Coming in a close second with eight, Idiots and in third Batmen and Robin.
The Sport scores just extended Stranger On The Slab’s lead to a huge six points with 36 scored going into the final Film & TV Round. Leading the chasing pack with 30 Batmen & Robin were in second and third we had Idiots on 28. We couldn’t see Stranger On The Slab dropping six points and relinquishing their massive lead, especially with questions like these:
Q31 Robert Robinson, Bob Holness and Fiona Bruce have all hosted which panel game?
Q40 From which 1975 film would you hear the character Tim say the line “So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth...”?
There was to be no surprises in the final round and just to make their dominance of the nights proceedings more emphatic Stranger On The Slab scored a big 11 points in the final round to win the Quiz with 47 points. Second place in Film & TV went to Atomic Coconut and She & Him with nines a piece and third in the round on eight both Batmen & Robin and Joint Effort.
There was a round of applause for our winners Stranger On The Slab as Birthday Girl Gemma offered up the three envelopes to one of the team. He went middle, slowly opened the slip of paper, paused and then to everyones disappointment (including the rest of his team) announced Cash Prize! Although we were all hoping for another rollover the winners did get a round of applause for drawing the Cash and they very generously put £25 straight back in the pot for Quiz 143.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter the Wild Card is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice faded yellow (Post-It's as usual 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. Barman Chris had quickly done the rounds and managed to rustle up a useful £29 worth of entries. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the USA Womens Soccer Team strike partners Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux.
Since her debut in 2011 Sydney Leroux has made a total of 61 appearances for the national side and has an impressive 33 goals and 10 assists to her name.
The Wild Card Question tonight is… to date how many minutes of international football has Sydney Leroux played for Team USA?
After treble checking that everyone was in John immediately discounted all entries above 4,000 minutes. He then cleared everyone under 1,000 minutes which left just five entries, James, Rob, an entry without a name and two post it’s from Jay (you can enter the Wild Cards as many times as you want!). Rob, James and the unnamed entry were close but not close enough. Jay came in second with a guess of 3,707 and yes that meant he also came in closest with his other entry of 3,101. So well done to Jay on winning the Wild Card again and he was well happy with the £29 prize as even with a £2 stake it was still great odds.
With that Quiz 142 was concluded and John, a happy man as his team had just beaten Crystal Palace, thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We hope to see you all next week for Quiz 143 where we start with £25 in the pot so it could be a Cash Prize of £50 plus.
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