Despite the lack of a big Cash Prize we still had an excellent turnout for Quiz 108. There were nine eager teams ready to do battle for the win.
Once everyone had settled in and we had time to count the entry money we had 34 quizzers on the night which meant a £34 prize if the successful team drew the cash envelope.
This weeks Picture Round was famous people called James. The cryptic clue on the Quiz Preview was "Oh Sit Down… they share their name with the first Stuart King".
Whilst our teams contemplated the famous James, Quiz Master John kicked us off with the General Knowledge on the stroke of nine.
Most of our teams did really well in the Pics but Egon But Not Forgotten, The Von Trapp Family Mourners and Heroes And Zeroes got the full compliment of 12 points.
The General Knowledge wasn't as super tough as Quiz 107 with most teams getting five and over but Heroes And Zeroes and She & Him nailed the round with nines.
Q3 Born 1862 in Leicester, by what other name was Joseph Merrick known?
Q7 Which volcano between Java and Sumatra erupted catastrophically in 1883?
The Music Round had questions ranging from the roaring twenties to 2012 here's a couple of examples:
Q12 Babel released in 2012 is the second studio album by which UK band?
Q18 Who had a No 1 hit in America in 1967 with the title song to the movie To Sir With Love (starring Sidney Poitier) then married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb in 1969?
Chart toppers in the Music this week were The Von Trapp Family Mourners and Heroes And Zeroes with excellent nines, way ahead of the field.
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) we had Heroes And Zeroes in the lead with the top score of 30 and The Von Trapp Family Mourners nipping at their heels on 29.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Bubble Chips, Twiglets (real ones!) and cheesy snacks that were a bit like Mini Cheddars we were into the round everyone loves to hate… Sport.
Q24 Who won Britain’s only gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics... Beth Tweddle, Amy Williams or Jessica Ennis-Hill?
Q27 In 1992 after just one season at Liverpool, Welsh striker Dean Saunders was sold to which club?
With it being a sport round Quiz Master John couldn't resist throwing a few references to Sunderland's League Cup Final appearance the following Sunday and in a rush of blood he promised to buy all the teams a drink at Quiz 109 should the Black Cats beat the mighty Manchester City. The flip side being if City triumph the teams all have to buy John a beer. Richard's team The Von Trapp Family Mourners were up for it but we didn't hear many others commit to the bet. One wag commented that there would be nobody at Quiz 109 should the unthinkable happen!
First past the post in Sport this week were We Are Scientists and The Hasty Puddings with eights. Our two leaders didn't do so well though returning just a six and a five, so this meant they were both tied on 35 going into Film & TV. The nearest challengers were The Hasty Puddings on 31 so it looked like a straight battle between The Von Trapp Family Mourners and Heroes And Zeroes.
Q35 Reggae Reggae Sauce was popularised after Levi Root’s appearance on which television programme in 2007?
Q39 What was the character name of the loyal, gravel-voiced housekeeper to Jonathan and Jennifer Hart in the 80s TV series Hart to Hart, and for a bonus point what was the name of the dog?
Winners of the round were Egon But Not Forgotten with an excellent ten points but what of our two leaders? The Von Trapp Family Mourners managed an eight… but so did Heroes And Zeroes! They both tied on 43 points which meant a Dart Off!
Quiz Master John loves a Dart Off. Phil 'The Power' Mac stepped up to the ockey for The Von Trapp Family Mourners team and Mick stepped up for Heroes And Zeroes. Mick threw the first three darts and scored a devastating 68! Phil 'The Power' didn't do as well on his first attempt with a 24. On his second throw Mick managed a decent 43 which left Phil 'The Power' just to much to do with a throw of 88 required to win, he managed a 44, so all the applause went to Mick for an excellent demonstration of darts under pressure. It's been a while since Phil 'The Power' was beaten.
After all of that excitement we still had the winning draw from our three prize envelopes… was it going to be beers, cash or food vouchers? The designated team member from Heroes And Zeroes only went and drew the cash prize of £34!
The Heroes And Zeroes team got a well deserved round of applause and we moved on to the last part of Quiz Night 108, the Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo yellow, 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.
Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries during the final round of marking and we had a total of £24 in the pot for the answer closest to this obscure question:
In the General Knowledge round this week we asked in which Italian city is Leonardo da Vinci’s famous fresco painting The Last Supper. The city was Milan and the fresco is on the refectory wall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
Da Vinci was asked to paint the fresco by his employer at the time Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan and it took three years to complete the massive artwork.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what is the area, in square metres, of the The Last Supper fresco?
Quiz Master John gave everyone a couple of minutes to write down their answers before making sure all of the 24 yellow Post-It's were placed on his desk before announcing there were two very close answers. We had Mick on 38 but the winner this week was AMH with 42, less than two square metres from the actual answer. Well done AMH, that's an easy £24 for a £1 stake.
AMH was a member of the winning team Heroes And Zeroes who generously put £10 back into the pot for Quiz 109 as they were leaving. Cheers guys, that means we could have over £40 to play for next week.
And just like that Quiz 108 was complete, John signed off with his signature Good Night and God Bless. It had been another entertaining night with plenty of chortles along the way. Thanks to everyone who turned out we really appreciate your support.
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