It was a quiet Monday night in The Colly and we were a bit concerned that the Quiz teams were all having a night off. Admittedly there wasn't a great deal of winnings on offer but this doesn't usually deter our regular quizzers, we've had some of our busiest nights when there was hardly any prize money at all.
As we neared nine, a few more teams turned out and by the time we kicked off around ten past there were eight teams and 26 people involved. This took the prize money on the night up to a reasonable fifty quid as our generous winners of Quiz 112 left £24 in the pot.
Our Picture Round for Quiz 113 was derided as not being a Picture Round. It was the phrase "Fancy A Pint?" translated into several different languages and our Quiz teams had to match the language with the script… Quite creative we thought.
Whilst our teams examined the foreign scripts Quiz Master John got the night going with ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual there were some easy and some fairly vague questions. Here's a couple of the easier ones:
Q1 Who famously sang Happy Birthday to President Kennedy in 1962?
Q5 What does a mononymous person have only one of?
The non-pic round had most teams non-plussed with the top team, That's Not A Picture Round! getting an eight. The Minger In Dynasty came in second with seven and then we had three teams on sixes Leaving On A Jet Plane, She & Him and Lorna V Glass (Glass Won!).
Our teams fared a little better with the General Knowledge. Tops in trivia we had The Minger In Dynasty with nine, second, That's Not A Picture Round! and Kim Jong-un's Barber Quartet on eight then three teams on seven's, Balless Rupert, Idiots and She & Him.
Going into the Music Round gave us a leader board looking like this; The Minger In Dynasty and That's Not A Picture Round! were top of the tree with 16, She & Him were on 13, then we had Lorna V Glass (Glass Won!) and Kim Jong-un's Barber Quartet with 12's a piece.
The Music Round had questions ranging from Opera to Elvis with a bit of modern stuff as well of course. Heres some 80's and 90s...
Q14 Which supergroups first album, released in 1980, showed a B&W image of a young boy on the cover and contained the classic tracks Twighlight and the Electric Co?
Q15 Which solo artiste had a 1999 Top Ten single with Waiting for Tonight?
Chart toppers this week were Balless Rupert with a seven and tied in second with six we had four teams, The Minger In Dynasty, That's Not A Picture Round!, She & Him and Kim Jong-un's Barber Quartet.
So leading the field going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) The Minger In Dynasty and That's Not A Picture Round! were tied on 22, second we had She & Him on 19 with Balless Rupert on 18.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Spicy Hedgehogs, Mini Cheddars and American Bubble Chips it was back with our teams favourite round Sport.
Q24 What nationality is former pro tennis player Michael Stich, famous for beating Boris Becker in the 1991 Wimbledon final?
Q30 Which opposing player has scored the most goals at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the Premier League (as of Feb 2014)?
Quiz Master John announced during the Sports Round that regular Quizzer Matt was looking for sponsorship for his London Marathon Run in April and any donations could be left behind the bar. If any readers of this blog would like to sponsor Matt please follow this link, he's running the grueling 26 miles for a great cause.
Top scorers in Sport this week we had The Minger In Dynasty and She & Him with eights (yes, She & Him, they've obviously been practicing Sport). Hitting the bar we had That's Not A Picture Round! and Leaving On A Jet Plane.
There were two teams in it going into our final round Film & TV, it was the usual suspects from this weeks Quiz The Minger In Dynasty on 30 and That's Not A Picture Round! hot on their heels with 29. She & Him, chasing their second ever win were still in with a chance on 27. How would the leaders deal with questions of this caliber:
Q34 In the 70s sitcom The Good Life what was Geraldine?
Q39 Who Directed the 1981 sci-fi action movie Escape from New York starring Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken?
Film and TV buffs this week were Kim Jong-un's Barber Quartet with an excellent nine, second in the round we had That's Not A Picture Round! with eight which took their final tally to 37 on the night. This meant our leaders coming into the round, The Minger In Dynasty, had to score at least a seven to force a Dart Off. Leaving On A Jet Plane did score a seven, Idiots and She & Him managed six a piece and The Minger In Dynasty scored… a five!
Game, set and match to That's Not A Picture Round! So after an appreciative round of applause for our winners it was down to the lovely Lisa, the teams key player on the night (gaining two additional points from John for her short shorts alone), to draw from the three envelopes fanned out in Gemma's hand. Lisa went middle, slowly unfurled the slip of paper enclosed within and announced… Food Vouchers. Unlucky Lisa but excellent news for Quiz 114 as we start with a £50 rollover.
Next up the last part of Quiz 113, 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 as our winners were choosing their prize envelope and he returned to the bar with £26 in the pot for the answer closest to this ridiculously convoluted question:
In the Film & TV Round we asked In the 70s sitcom The Good Life what was Geraldine? The answer was Geraldine was a goat that two of the main characters Tom and Barbara kept in their back garden as they strived to become self sufficient.
The Good Life, was a huge hit for the BBC. The comedy ran for four years from 1975 to 1978 and there were 28 episodes in total. It was a tremendously popular series and the viewing figures for one episode reached nearly 18 million when it was first aired (there was no catch up TV in those days!).
The Wild Card Question tonight is, in millions, what was the total number of viewers for the entire series of the Good Life over the four years it was originally shown?
Quiz Master John, repeated the question as usual and gave everyone a few minutes to finalise their guesses before calling the answers in as there were a few late comers who were still working on their maths. Once he had all the Post-It's on his table and verified that everyone was in he immediately binned all the answers over 400 million. Then it was everyone under 300 million which just as last week, left three Post-Its; nine million out we had Scoop and John A but this weeks closest, no stranger to winning, was Phil 'The Power' Mac who was just over four million out. Phil got a round of applause as he stepped up to receive his £26 from Chris behind the bar. He generously gave £5 back to put towards Matt's Marathon Sponsorship, cheers Phil!
Quiz 113 came to a close as John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. Another entertaining Monday night, thanks to everyone who turned up we appreciate your support.
As our teams slowly left the pub, Quiz regular Gary from the Idiots picked up his Post-It from John's table and showed it to us. He'd only crossed 325 million out and put 285 million… unlucky Gary, there's always next week!
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