We had a decent turnout of nine teams on a cold December Monday. The 30 Quizzers £1 entry fee taking the Cash Prize on offer up to a very useful £136. Not a bad little Christmas bonus for our winners, should they choose the right envelope!
With a few of the Teams not being able to make it next week we thought a Christmas Picture Round and a Festive Themed Quiz would be appropriate.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "A final pay day for fading stars" and where do stars go for a final payday? Well ideally I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! but there’s limited places so it’s usually the Panto circuit for most of the celebs!
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to pick through the Panto Pics before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions this week called Xmas Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more gryuleing:
Q2 What very British Christmas tradition began in 1932? And for a bonus point who started it?
Q3 Which mechanical drawing toy first appeared under Christmas Trees in 1960?
After the Xmas Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to revisit their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did fairly well in the Pics Round, the festively named Merry Christmas along with Santa & His Helpers topped the Pic Round marks with tens a piece. Then there were four teams with nines Silent Shite (Idiots), The Academy, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Operation Yule Tree with the rest getting sevens and sixes.
The Xmas Knowledge Round proved a bit of a harder but to crack however. Top of the tree we had the three wise teams of The Academy, The Peoples Front Of Judea and The Big Fact Hunt with the other teams managing mainly sixes.
The combined scores gave us a festive leader board at this early stage with Merry Christmas narrowly ahead on 16 with five teams on 15 and only a couple of points divided the rest.
Next up, the Xmas Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from cappella to crappop:
Q15 Which cappella vocal group topped the Christmas charts in 1983?
Q16 What was the title of Girls Aloud’s UK Christmas number one single in 2002?
Topping the Christmas charts in Music we had Operation Yule Tree tied with Santa & His Helpers on ten. Second in the festive charts were Silent Shite (Idiots) and The Academy both with nines and the rest came in with sevens to five.
This gave the festive leader board a different look going into the snack break. Operation Yule Tree and Santa & His Helpers were now neck and neck on 25s with three teams Silent Shite (Idiots), The Academy and The Peoples Front Of Judea just trailing on 24. Merry Christmas were on 23 and the rest on 21 and 19s.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free milk chocolate bunnies provided. Then it was back to the Quiz and this week we dropped the Sport and replaced it with an even more difficult International Xmas Round. How would our teams cope with Christmas Questions of this calibre?
Q24 In the late 17th Century what Christmas sweet was devised to keep children quiet during the Christmas Eve church service in Cologne Cathedral?
Q28 What was the name of the devastating cyclone that flattened Darwin, Australia on Christmas Day 1974?
The majority of our teams did surprisingly well despite the criticisms and calls to reinstate Sport! The most cosmopolitan Chrimbo team on the night were Operation Yule Tree with nine points. In second spot, Silent Shite (Idiots) and Chocolate Treats managed a decent eight each followed by both Merry Christmas and The Peoples Front Of Judea tied on seven.
Topping the International Xmas Round by Operation Yule Tree had put them two points ahead of the field on 34. In second place were Silent Shite (Idiots) on 32. Third and still in the running were The Peoples Front Of Judea and Santa & His Helpers with Merry Christmas and The Academy outsiders on 30. It was all down to who could get the best from Xmas Film & TV questions along the lines of these:
Q33 Who was awarded a coveted Golden Cleric award for leading his companions out of a department stores lingerie department on a Christmas Eve special in 1996?
Q36 Who narrated the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas? And for a bonus point who directed the film?
Both the Merry Christmas and The Academy gave it a go in the final round showing their Xmas Film & TV knowledge to score tens a piece and take them to a total of 40 points. There were two in second place with nines each, Chocolate Treats and yes you’ve guessed it taking their total score to an unassailable 43 points… Operation Yule Tree.
Excellent score by Operation Yule Tree winning their first ever Quiz. How would they fare from the three envelopes barman Jay was holding for the winners to choose their prize from. Their appointed team member went for the centre one and drew Food Vouchers! Hard lines guys, never mind the food at The Colly is excellent and you can always come back and compete again next week at Quiz 149 where a good turnout could see the Cash topping the £160 mark.
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 green again (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. Barman Chris had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 148 we had a nice £35 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked what was the title of the theme tune to a 1982 animated movie that was sang by Choirboy Peter Auty? The answer was Walking in the Air from The Snowman.
The song became very popular at Christmas especially when a young welsh warbler called Aled Jones had a top ten hit with it in 1985. The tune shot Aled to stardom whereas the original singer Peter Auty got no royalties and wasn’t even mentioned on the credits for the original film
The Wild Card Question tonight is what paltry fee was young Choirboy Peter Auty paid for singing Walking in the Air on the original film?
After double checking that everyone was in John immediately binned everyone below £200 which didn’t leave many. Then over £400 went which left four, John went in reverse order, Jay had £201, Robin £205, Sam N was nearly the closest with £235.43 (very precise) but our winner on the night was the appropriately named Santa Claus who was found out to be our regular Quizzer Richard who was well happy as Jay handed him the £35 spoils. Not a bad night out for Richard, didn’t win the Quiz this week (for a change) but walked away with £35 none the less… well done.
With that Quiz 148 was all wrapped up and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. Make sure to put a note in your diary though, we will be having a Quiz next week, the 22nd, where the Cash Prize could be over £160 and there won’t be quite as many Xmas questions!
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