With a £74 Rollover we were hoping for a decent turnout on a very chilly December evening to take the potential Cash Prize to £110 plus. The pub was busy, it looked promising, then a few people left before nine? Bit worrying… but when Gemma had rounded up the entries we still had a great turnout of 32 quizzers in eight teams which took the Cash Prize on offer to a very reasonable £106.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "The latest release has characters from original trilogy". A couple of teams sussed it as The Lord of the Rings but a few thought it may be Star Wars.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to consider the Lord of the Rings characters before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more arduous:
Q3 Which toy derives its name from the Danish phrase for ‘play well’?
Q5 The German port of Hamburg lies near the mouth of which major European river?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a couple of minutes to sift through their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
At this point two of our teams decided to merge… there’s nothing wrong with this tactic as long as a team doesn’t go over the six players limit. The Academy, a team of let’s say more experienced guys who knew little about Lord of the Rings noticed a young man on his own who did. The merger drew sarcastic cat calls from our regular team of Richard, Sarah, Phil and Hodgie, this week known as Hello Jim, Goodbye John. The resulting banter between the teams was quite a chuckle, revolving around transfer windows and loan players.
Most teams did very well in the Pics Round, Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) and Hello Jim, Goodbye John got off to a flyer with the maximum 12 points. The Academy, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Tim’ll Fix It came close seconds with 11s and Morag’s Morons and The Big Fact Hunt trotted in at third with tens a piece.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more demanding however. The Peoples Front Of Judea did well with the top score in the round of nine. Three teams, The Academy, Heroes To Zeroes and Hello Jim, Goodbye John managed eight from the possible eleven on offer with everyone else getting sevens and sixes.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this very early stage of The Peoples Front Of Judea and Hello Jim, Goodbye John leading the way on 20. The Academy were a close second on 19 and Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) and Tim’ll Fix It on 18.
Next up, the Music Round and in through the door walked another couple of additions for The Academy… young people, drafted in for the more recent pop questions we assume. Hello Jim, Goodbye John where off on one again asking Quiz Master John if they could have ‘Rolling substitutions’ as well as they had a few mates they could draft in. It was all good natured banter though, The Academy justified their swelling numbers as they had paid for the lads at the outset and ‘they just turned up late!’.
John got on with things and this week we had Music questions ranging from nineties nonsense to some double Ds dodgy ditties:
Q13 Claire Richards was a singer for which 90s pop group?
19 I Only Wanna Be With You was a solo hit for Dusty Springfield in the 60s. Who had a No 4 chart hit with it in the early 70s? And for a bonus point who charted at no 16 with it in the late 80s?
Number one spot in Music this week went to The Academy with an excellent nine, no doubt their rolling substitutions made a difference. In at two we had both The Peoples Front Of Judea and Tim’ll Fix It on eight, with third spot shared between Morag’s Morons, Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) and Heroes To Zeroes all managing seven. Hello Jim, Goodbye John may need to think about calling on subs next week, they only managed a six!
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break. The Academy, with their new line up were now neck and neck with the non changing line up of The Peoples Front Of Judea on 28. In second place on 26 we had two teams Hello Jim, Goodbye John and Tim’ll Fix It and third Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) on 25.
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 defines the winning team, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
23 Which player scored the first ever goal in the Premier League? And for a bonus point what team did he play for at the time?
28 Who at 32 years old became the oldest 100 metre Gold Medal Winner at Barcelona in 1992?
First past the post this week in Sport we had a trio of The Academy, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Hello Jim, Goodbye John. In second position were Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) with an eight and in third spot Tim’ll Fix It on seven.
The Sport scores gave us an almost identical leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. The Academy and The Peoples Front Of Judea were leading on 37s a piece. Hello Jim, Goodbye John were still in it on 35 and we had two teams, Another Day, Another Quiz (Idiots) and Tim’ll Fix It with an outside chance on 33. Who could make the most from questions along the lines of these:
Q32 In film, TV and print who is Dick Grayson’s alter ego?
35 Which famous actor started out in the 80s series Dallas with a bit part as Randy?
The rolling substitutions paid off, The Academy edged the last round with a nine to win the quiz on 46 points. Hello Jim, Goodbye John gave it a good go by coming in second on Film & TV with an eight to take them to 43 points but unfortunately The Peoples Front Of Judea slipped up with a seven to give them a final score of 44.
Everyone in the pub, including the Hello Jim, Goodbye John team, gave this weeks winners a big round of applause as Jay gave The Academy the usual choice of three envelopes. The Academy’s newest member was given the honour of choosing, he went left, slowly unfolded the enclosed slip of paper and announced beer. Well that got an even bigger round of applause as it means there is £105 going into next weeks Christmas Special Quiz. With a good turnout on the night we could be looking at a near £140 plus Cash Prize.
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 pink again (Post-It's this week 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. Barmaid Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 147 we had £29 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked which player scored the first ever goal in the Premier League? If you weren’t in the Quiz the answer was Brian Deane who played for Sheffield United.
During that first season of the Premier League there were 9.75m people who attended the games.
The Wild Card Question tonight is: over that entire first 92-93 season, what was the Premier Leagues average attendance at each match… as a percentage? Answers to one decimal place please.
After verifying that everyone was in John immediately discounted everyone under 50% (there was one entry that read 0.04% but we think they might have misunderstood the question!). John didn’t faff about he went straight to the four closest answers and read them out in reverse order. In fourth place we had last weeks Wild Card winner Brian Christ from The Peoples Front Of Judea team with a guess of 64%. In third we had barman Jay, with one of his three entries that read 66.6%. in a very close second we had Tim with 67% but this weeks winner, less than 1% out was Mike H from the winning team The Academy.
There was a round of applause from the bar as a very happy Mike received his £29 in readies from Jay behind the bar.
Not a bad result all round then for The Academy They won which is the main thing (it’s not the money is it… it’s the prestige!), they all had a free bottle of beer from the case won, Mike H won £29 on the Wild Card and their newest team member wandered out the door with a half full box of Buds!
With that Quiz 147 was brought to a close, John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We hope to see you all next week for what will hopefully be part 1 of the Christmas Special with a multimedia round of sorts and hopefully a £140 plus Cash Prize.
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