Quiz Master John was back in the hot seat tonight after having a night off for Quiz 114 where our good friend Chris (from The Idiots team) did an excellent job as stand in. Last week the turnout was a little sparse, we were hoping that the added draw of over a ton in prize money may tempt a couple more teams.
The turnout was better than last week, we had eight teams and a total of 33 quizzers to take the Cash Prize on offer to a very tempting £111.
The clue to the Picture Round on our Preview page this week was simply "Despot", so a quick look on Google should have given our clued up Quizzers a nudge in the right direction. Despot – a king or other ruler with absolute, unlimited power; autocrat. 2. any tyrant or oppressor.
Quiz Master John gave the teams a few minutes to examine the evil tyrants before goose stepping into the first round on General Knowledge with belting questions along the lines of these:
Q4 Which breed of dog has Cardigan and Pembroke varieties?
Q9 Which are the highest type of clouds, stratocumulus or cirrus? And for a bonus point above how many thousand feet do these occur according to the met office?
Most teams were well clued up on the dictators, with four getting top marks; the topically named X Marks Despot (well nobody of any interest died this week according to team member Richard), the brilliantly named Wes Brown's Deadly Left Shin (Idiots), the self explanatory Nick's Last Quiz (we'll miss you mate, good luck) and regulars Jesmond Jesters. The rest scored tens with Anocha (first quiz?) getting four.
Most teams found the General Knowledge to their liking with three getting tens, X Marks Despot, Jesmond Jesters and What… No Hitler? with the rest getting eights and sixes and Anocha propping the teams up with a four.
Going into the Music Round we had X Marks Despot and Jesmond Jesters in the joint lead on 22's a piece with Wes Brown's Deadly Left Shin (Idiots), Nick's Last Quiz and What… No Hitler? in hot pursuit on 20.
The Music Round had questions ranging from some 70's religiously themed nonsense to some 2000's rap, rock and punk fusion:
Q13 Whose first UK number one hit was Rivers of Babylon?
Q17 The songs Paper Cut, In the End and Crawling feature on which band’s 2000 album Hybrid Theory?
Top Pop Pickers this week where What… No Hitler? with a poptastic nine. Seconds went to X Marks Despot and Nick's Last Quiz on eights. This gave us a leader board going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) of X Marks Despot on 30, What… No Hitler? on 29, Nick's Last Quiz and Jesmond Jesters on 28 and Wes Brown's Deadly Left Shin (Idiots) on 27. Close!
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Spicy Tubes, the same boldly flavoured Cheesy Squares as last week and the quintessential American Bubble Chips it was back with our teams favourite round Sport.
Q26 When Saturday Comes is a 1996 film (starring Sean Bean) about a player trying to get into which football clubs team?
Q30 At which club did rugby winger Rory Underwood end his playing career?
Wes Brown's Deadly Left Shin (Idiots) bossed the round with a fabulous eight. Four teams, X Marks Despot, Nick's Last Quiz, She & Him (?) and What… No Hitler? came in runners up on seven and the rest couldn't make the first team with fives and under.
This meant there were four teams with a chance of winning the Quiz this week, X Marks Despot had their noses in front with 37, What… No Hitler? were right on their tail with 36 and Wes Brown's Deadly Left Shin (Idiots) and Nick's Last Quiz tied in third on 35. It was all down to ten questions on Film & TV:
Q34 Which ex-Eastender played the gorgeously charming Natalie in the lovey-dovey 2003 film Love Actually?
Q37 What was the name of the sky high city where TV’s The Jetsons lived?
Winners of the Film & TV Round were a trio of teams on eights, Nick's Last Quiz, She & Him and What… No Hitler? So it was all down to what X Marks Despot scored, a seven would mean a Dart Off, a six would mean What… No Hitler? win the Quiz by just one point. X Marks Despot scored a seven which made John very happy as we all know he loves a good Dart Off.
The winner of the Quiz was now to be decided by two sets of Darts, highest score wins. Up to the oche stepped Phil 'The Power' Mac for X Marks Despot and waiting patiently in the wings, Googz from team What… No Hitler?
Phil's first three darts totalled 33, not great considering the high standards he sets himself so up steps Googz. The pressure must have got to the normally cool and collected Googz, he missed the board twice and scored just eleven! Phil "The Power" Mac rubbed his hands with glee, a good score would surely put this out of Googz reach. Phil then threw a 28! So it was still on for Googz, 51 to get, the tension was unbearable but following his three darts he just managed to match Phil's first throw of 33 to take him to 44 and hand the win to Phil's team X Marks Despot. Hard lines Googz you need to practice those arrows.
The teams gave the winners a round of applause as Gemma presented Richard from X Marks Despot with three envelopes from which to draw their prize, he went middle, would it be cash, beers or food? Confidently he opened the enclosed slip of paper and despondently announced Food Vouchers! There was big excitement in the pub as that meant for Easter Monday's Quiz there would be a handsome rollover of £111 which could rise to £150+ with a good turnout. That's possibly the biggest Cash Prize we have had to date this year.
Following that excitement we were now at the final stage of Quiz 115, The Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you normally get a little coloured Post-It but this week there were no more dayglo yellow Post-It's so it was branded Collingwood Arms raffle tickets on which to write the answer to a single question that John reads out (Donations of multi coloured Post-It's will be gladly accepted). 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.
Barman Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries as the Dart Off was being played and he returned to the bar with £26 in the pot for the answer closest to this ludicrous question:
In the final question of the Music Round we asked which Eurovision Song Contest Winner put out an album called Heal in 2012? The answer was that ‘famous’ Swedish singer Loreen.
Renowned for their fair and impartial voting, Eurovisions judges from 42 different countries awarded Loreen a massive 372 points to win the 2012 contest way ahead of second placed Russia. A hefty proportion of Loreen’s score was from countries awarding the maximum mark of 12 points. One of the only countries who got anywhere near the winners number of maximum 12s were surprisingly the hosts Azerbaijan with four.
Tonight’s Wild Card Question is what percentage of Loreen’s final score came from other countries awarding maximum points?
Following a reaction of "Oh for £@*€$ sake" from our London Marathon hero Matt (he did 3:23, very impressive) Quiz Master John read the question out again and then once more as our Quizzers got their heads around what we were asking. The Collingwood Arms branded Raffle Tickets slowly started to fill up John's desk and after a couple of minutes he started to check everyone was in. First off he discounted anyone over 50%, then everyone under 40% went which left just two tickets. Brendan from our winners X Marks Despot with 47.9% and Jason from team Anacho who came a resounding last in the Quiz with a guess of 43%. A night out at the Colly Quiz can be financially rewarding even if you come last as John announced Jason was closest to our Wild Card answer so won the £26 cash. Jason got a nice round of applause as he strolled up to collect his cash prize and immediately got the beers in for his team mates. Well done Jason.
That was it, Quiz 115 was done and dusted. John signed off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless and we will start it all again on Easter Monday at 9pm with an impressive £111 in the pot. Thanks to everyone for turning out and we hope to see you next week.
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Wild Card Answer: Loreen’s Swedish entry received 18 maximum 12 point marks from a possible 41 judges so the answer is 43.9%