With this being the second week without a rollover we did wonder if our regular teams would turn out, especially with the added expense of buying commiseration drinks for Quiz Master John following his teams Capital One Cup defeat! Our Quiz Teams are an eager bunch though, we were pleased to see eight teams ready and willing to get stuck into Quiz 109.
Once everyone had got their seating arrangements in order and we'd counted the entry money we found we had 33 quizzers on the night which meant a £43 prize up for grabs including the £10 left in the pot by last weeks generous winners Heroes And Zeroes.
This weeks Picture Round was famous old school sailing ships, following J's late Saturday night suggestion of 'boats' although this was maybe not what he was expecting (thanks anyway J). The cryptic clue on the Quiz Preview was "Well known fluyts, clippers and carracks".
Whilst our teams breezed through (or not) the sailing ships, Quiz Master John, in fine fettle following copious free beers, got us underway around nine.
Most of our teams did pretty rubbish in the ships round to be honest, we did put some visual clues in there but the best scores were eights from Beep, Beep, Beep and She & Him.
The General Knowledge proved difficult too (sorry about this but the weekend was spent doing the entire year's VAT for 2013, someone had to get the backlash). Top score came from Yaya Touré's Right Foot with seven then three on six, We Are Scientists, She & Him and the well named What A load Of Ship (Idiots letting us know what they thought of the picture round!).Here's some of the easier questions:
Q3 Which Australian tree is also called a gum tree?
Q7 Which island of the Netherlands Antilles gives its name to a liqueur flavoured with the sweetened peel of bitter oranges?
The Music Round had questions ranging from composers to the Quo here's a couple of them:
Q19 Who didn’t want To Go To Chelsea in 1977?
Q18 Which female singer released her debut album Read My Lips in 2001?
Top of the tunes this week we had Yaya Touré's Right Foot and She & Him on sevens with What A load Of Ship and The Light Brigade on sixes.
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) we had Yaya Touré's Right Foot and She & Him in the lead with 21 apiece and the nearest challengers What A load Of Ship on just 17. Was it going to be a two horse race?
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Chilli Tiger Nuts, Jalapeño and Sour Cream Crisps and Cheeselets we were into who's usually the toughest round of the Quiz… Sport. Although some may argue that General Knowledge was pretty rock this week!
Q24 What is former welsh international rugby player Gareth Edwards’ middle name?
Q27 Who captained Leeds in the 1996 League Cup final against Aston Villa?
Joint Capital Cup Winners in Sport this week were Yaya Touré's Right Foot and What A load Of Ship with sixes and unfortunate beaten finalists In Last Place and Beep, Beep, Beep on fives.
So going into the final Film and TV Round we had two teams in it, Yaya Touré's Right Foot on 27 and She & Him on 25. A complete meltdown from both of these teams left What A load Of Ship in with a slim chance on 25
Q31 Which Disney movie included the song The Bear Necessities?
Q36 On which comedy show would you have heard the catchphrase Ooh you are awful, but I like you?
Film and TV buffs this week were Beep, Beep, Beep with an excellent nine. Joint second on eights we had The Light Brigade and crucially Yaya Touré's Right Foot which secured an impressive win for Quiz 109, four points in front of second placed She & Him.
The winners got a nice round of applause from their fellow competitors as Gemma presented the team the choice of three envelopes. It was down to Richard from Yaya Touré's Right Foot to draw the winner. He went middle and as he unfolded the slip of paper announced he'd won the Capital One Cup! Seriously though it was the food, so that's great news for Quiz 110 as it means we start with a rollover of £43.
Next up the finale of Quiz 109, 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 £26 in the pot for the answer closest to this question:
In the Music Round we asked which band first hit the UK Album Charts at number five with their fifth album Piledriver in 1972. The answer was veteran rockers Status Quo who have been entertaining us with their particular brand of three chord rock for over forty years.
‘Quo’ have recorded 64 British Hit Singles, had more hit Albums than any group except The Rolling Stones and spent a combined total of over seven and a half years in the UK charts.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many times have Status Quo appeared on Top of the Pops?
Quiz Master John gave everyone a few minutes to write down their guesses before calling the Post-It's in. After making sure all of the 26 entries were placed on his desk he announced that one person had put 2 as their answer so they were out, next out was everyone under 100, they were binned. This left just two in it, one way over with 125 but David Silva just two out on 104 – well done David Silva (AKA Richard from the winning team Yaya Touré's Right Foot) who was applauded as he gratefully accepted his £26, not bad for a £1 stake.
And just like that Quiz 109 was done and dusted, John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. It had been another thoroughly enjoyable night full of banter and laughs, thanks to everyone who turned out we really do appreciate your support for the Quiz.
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