With it being St Patrick's Day we hired a cheeky Leprechaun as a Quiz Master and put the Bushmills on at £1.50 a shot and just £2.50 a double. Hopefully the Leprechaun wouldn't drink all the stock before our Quizzers got into it!
We also had a second and third prize for the Wild Card and some special raffle tickets that were given out for every entrant along with the Answer Sheets and Picture Quiz… but more on that later.
There was a small £15 Rollover in the pot after last weeks winners generosity so we were hoping for around a £50 Cash Prize for Quiz 111. The pub was fairly busy running up to nine and by the time Chris had collected all the entry money in we were pleased with the £46 in the kitty.
Our Picture Round for Quiz 111 was Spitting Image Caricatures, the easy clue on the Preview was "Created by Fluck and Law".
Whilst our teams mulled over the Spitting Image Caricatures our Leprechaun Quiz Master got the Quiz kicked off with the usual ten questions on the General Knowledge.
Most did okay in the Pics Round, Jesmond Jesters and new team on the block Everybody Beats The Oracle did the best with a full 12, It's All Over Now came in second with an 11 and the rest trundled in with nines and below.
The General Knowledge wasn't as rock hard as recent Quizzes and that was reflected in the scores. Top marks of nine went to No Fat Ladies, whilst Jesmond Jesters and Everybody Beats The Oracle managed eights a piece to come second and then we had three teams on seven and three teams on six. Here's some of the harder? questions:
Q6 What sort of creature is a devil’s coach-horse?
Q7 Who was the fourth wife of Henry VIII?
Going into the Music Round we had Jesmond Jesters and Everybody Beats The Oracle tied in the lead on 20 with No Fat Ladies on 18.
The Music Round had questions ranging from celebrity marriages to indie pop...
Q15 Canadian jazz diva Diana Krall had an attraction to (the clues in the question) and ultimately married which (new wave) English musician in 2003?
Q17 Which indie rock band released the single Do I Wanna Know in 2013?
Top pop pickers on 10s this week were It's All Over Now and our new team (doing well) Everybody Beats The Oracle with Jesmond Jesters coming in second with a nine.
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) it was reasonably close, in the lead on 30 Everybody Beats The Oracle, second on 29 Jesmond Jesters and third on 26 It's All Over Now (obviously hoping it wasn't!).
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Chilli Nuts, Bacon Rashers and American Bubble Chips our resident Leprechaun announced that everyone with a Collingwood Raffle Ticket (given out to every entrant at the start of the Quiz) could go to the bar and collect a FREE bottle of Magners Cider! How about that then, generous boss Freda had laid on a free drink for all of our entrants to Quiz 111, there were some bemused faces arriving at the bar showing their tickets but they all went away very happy.
After that well received interlude it was back to the serious question at hand… how would our new team Everybody Beats The Oracle deal with the notoriously difficult round of the Quiz, Sport?
Q23 Which actress did the tennis player John McEnroe marry in 1986?
Q25 In his footballing days, what was David O’Learys’ preferred position?
Everybody Beats The Oracle coasted through the Sports Round with a top score of nine! They were looking serious contenders to win the Quiz now with nearest rivals Jesmond Jesters dropping a point on them by getting an eight to come joint second in the round along with It's All Over Now and Idiots.
Going into the Film and TV Round and we had Everybody Beats The Oracle out in the lead on 39, Jesmond Jesters on 37 could possibly catch them and with an outside chance if the two leaders had a mare It's All Over Now on 35.
Q32 Hakuna Matata is a song from which Disney film?
Q35 Which TV journalist famously interviewed Princess Diana on Panorama in 1995?
Jesmond Jesters, No Fat Ladies and Crash And Burn won the round with a nine so to it would be a dart off with Jesmond Jesters if Everybody Beats The Oracle had a seven. Second places tied with eights, our regulars O'Shea & Him (were back with a slight name change for the day), Idiots and yes you've guessed it, the new team Everybody Beats The Oracle!
All the teams gave winners Everybody Beats The Oracle a round of applause as their representative went to draw from the three envelopes in Gemma's hand. He went middle, slowly opened the envelope, pulled the slip of paper out and announced, to get the biggest cheer of the night, "Beers". Unlucky team Everybody Beats The Oracle but they still got a nice crate of Corona to take home. It's good news for Quiz 112 though as that means we start the night off with a decent £46 in the rollover, a good turnout could take that to £70 plus!
Next up the final act of Quiz 111, 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 following the prize winning draw and he returned to the bar with £26 in the pot for the answer closest to this rather sane question (compared to recent Wild Cards anyway):
In the Sports Round we asked what was David O’Learys preferred playing position. He was a centre back who most famously played for Arsenal for 20 years of his career from 1975 before moving onto Leeds where he eventually became Manager in 1998.
Whilst playing for Arsenal O'Leary broke a couple of club records, one for the most appearances in all competitions for the Gunners and the other was for the most League appearances.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many league appearances did David O’Leary make for Arsenal?
The Leprechaun Quiz Master had ditched the beard and hat by this time due to elements of the beard getting in his eye and surprise surprise it was John! He gave everyone a few minutes perusal time before harassing the ensued crowd to get their answers on his desk. After making sure all entries were in he announced that everyone over 600 was out then everyone under 500 was out, which left three people very, very close to the actual answer. These three would all get a prize as generous Manageress Freda had donated two presentation packs, one Magners and one Guinness, consisting of a nice glass and a bottle of the beverage for second and third places. The winner would obviously trouser the £26. So in third position John announced Robin with 536, in second just four off the actual answer Charlotte and the winner by virtue of just being one closer to the number Peter M.
All the winners got a nice round of applause as they went to the table to collect their prizes, second and third got the choice of the presentation packs, Charlotte went for the Magners which left Robin very happy with the Guinness and Peter M pocketed the £26. Great result for Peter M, he had only walked into the bar as the Wild Card Question was about to be read out, he was then cajoled into buying a ticket by Chris, reluctantly handed over the quid, took an absolute guess at the answer and a couple of minutes later found himself £25 up on the transaction! That's what the Wild Card Question is all about though, excellent stuff.
That was it, Quiz 111 came to a close as John signed off with a Good Night and God Bless. It had been another excellent Monday evenings entertainment. Thanks to all who turned out we really appreciate your support for the Quiz and hope you enjoyed your free bottle of Magners… we hope to see you return for Quiz 112.
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