It was a quiet Monday night in The Colly, the football was on but there were only a couple of real diehards watching and from what we could see there was only one team playing football anyway and it wasn't Newcastle!
We were missing some of our regular teams like Idiots and the Jesmond Jesters who maybe thought we weren't on because of the Arsenal game (or maybe they were subjecting themselves to watching that punishment somewhere else).
We kicked off just after nine with only six teams in the Quiz, so it was a bit of an intimate night. There were still twenty players though which took the prize money on up to a reasonable £37 as our generous winners of Quiz 116 had left £17 in the pot.
Our Picture Round for Quiz 117 was famous Duos, with the clue on this weeks Preview "Twelve famous pairs".
Whilst our teams perused the pairs, Quiz Master John, back in the chair following my cameo last week, got the night going with ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual we started easy then gradually ramped it up. Here's a couple of the easier ones:
Q5 What name is given to the art of decorative handwriting?
Q8 What was the name of the ape that Jumpman – later known as Mario – had to rescue the maiden from in an early arcade video game
Most teams did really well in the Picture Round, Phil's Dodgy Tash led the way with a perfect 12 (and it was indeed a dodgy tash), then we had Drum & Bass and We've Sacked Googz with 11, She & Him with The Occasionals on 10 and bringing up the rear an Awkward Foursome scoring eight.
General Knowledge returned some reasonable results with Drum & Bass tied with She & Him on nines and Phil's Dodgy Tash tied with Awkward Foursome on eights. We've Sacked Googz maybe shouldn't have as the propped the round scores up with a five.
Going into the Music Round gave us a leader board looking like this; Phil's Dodgy Tash and Drum & Bass were just in front on 20 a piece, She & Him on 19 were hot on their heels and the rest were lounging on 16s.
The Music Round had questions ranging from 80s musicals to Levis adverts…
Q11 Which musical tells the story of a group of students attending the New York City High School for the Performing Arts?
Q20 Which Scottish rock band, fronted by Ray Wilson, went to number one in 1994 with a single called Inside that was famously used in a Levis 501 commercial?
Chart toppers this week were Phil's Dodgy Tash scoring eight, then tied in second were three teams; Drum & Bass, We've Sacked Googz and The Ocassionals.
So leading the field going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) we had Phil's Dodgy Tash on 28, in second spot Drum & Bass on 27 and in third She & Him with 25.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Mini Cheddars, American Bubble Chips and those love 'em or hate 'em Cheeselets (they are an acquired taste!) it was back with our teams favourite round Sport.
Q23 Which sport featured in the 1993 movie Cool Runnings, starring John Candy?
Q27 Which (US) tennis player won his first Wimbledon title by defeating Bjorn Borg in the 1981 Men’s Singles Final?
Top scorers in Sport this week we had Phil's Dodgy Tash with an excellent nine, coming in a couple of lengths behind were We've Sacked Googz on a six with the rest on fives and fours.
This meant that going into or last round Film & TV we had Phil's Dodgy Tash way ahead on 37 courtesy of their top Sports knowledge, five behind in second, Drum & Bass on 32 and third She & Him on 30. It was going to take a massive fail for our leaders to relinquish a lead of that scale! Could this calibre of question trip them up?
Q33 Feed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag), Step in Time and Chim Chim Cher-ee were songs from which classic 60s film? And for a bonus point what year was the movie released?
Q39 Which 2000 film saw Arnold Schwarzenegger coming face to face with his clone?
Just to win the Quiz in style, top Film & TV buffs this week were Phil's Dodgy Tash with a near perfect nine, in second we had She & Him and Awkward Foursome on sixes meaning Phil's Dodgy Tash won Quiz 117 by an unbelievable ten point margin.
The winners got an appreciative round of applause as Gemma presented the three envelopes to the team, they went left, slowly unfurled the slip of paper enclosed within and announced… Beers! Unlucky guys but excellent news for Quiz 118 as we start with a £37 rollover.
Next up the last part of Quiz 117, The Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little slip of Colly Raffle Ticket paper to write the answer to a single question (we used to have little dayglo Post-It's but hey times are hard and nobody has donated new Post-It's!). The answer we are looking for 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 a £21 Cash Prize for the answer closest to this question:
In the Film & TV Round we asked which actor directed and starred in the 1972 film Antony and Cleopatra? The answer was the gravel voiced Charlton Heston.
Heston is credited in 130 films over his near 70 year career and amassed a fortune in earnings. He was paid handsomely even for some of his early roles, for instance in 1958s The Buccaneer he was paid an agreed fee of $250,000 and for starring in 1952s The Greatest Show on Earth he was paid a one off $50,000.
In one of his first starring roles playing Antony in the 1950 film Julius Caesar, Heston was paid weekly due to the movies budget restraints. The Wild Card Question tonight is... what was his weekly wage in dollars?
Quiz Master John, repeated the question as usual and gave everyone a few minutes to finalise their guesses. Once everyone was in he started the process of filtering the answers, although this week it was fairly straightforward, everyone over $1,000 was out which left just two slips of paper. Sarah was unlucky, she put $147 but the winner, who was just on his way out of the door thinking he was no where near was Stick with the closest answer of $25. We dragged him back in, furnished his palm with £21 in sterling and he left a much happier man. The Wild Card is always worth a punt at just £1.
Quiz 117 came to a finish 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.
Next week we have another Bank Holiday Monday Quiz. Hopefully we may have some of our regular teams back to fight it out for a potential £60+ prize.
Quiz 118 may also be a first as Richard from the top team of the moment is on holiday but he is talking about doing a live FaceTime feed from his bar of choice in Port D'Andratx, Majorca with a team of friends. Obviously no Googling, we do trust him as he's in the car business! It will be interesting if we can manage it though.
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