Quiz Master John was having a night off but we had an eager replacement sitting at the Quiz Masters Table, our good friend Chris from the Idiots team had volunteered to take up the reigns.
The turnout was a bit sparse but the run up to Easter is like that and there were still seven teams and 28 people ready to play for the £78 cash on offer.
The clue to the Picture Round on our Preview page this week was "Marvel at DC", so what else could it be than super heroes and villains from the Marvel and DC Comic Books. A couple of the characters had been in films and a few were easy guesses we thought so we were expecting good marks.
Quiz Master Chris allowed the teams a few minutes to scrutinise the superheroes before wading into the first round General Knowledge. The stand in MC had our Quiz Teams won over after his first couple of questions due to his calm and crisp delivery… he'd obviously done this before.
Q1 What is the name of the large inland sea which lies between Israel and Jordan?
Q9 Who wrote the stage play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?
Most teams were up to speed on their Marvel and DC Superheroes and Villains with four returning full marks in the Picture Round and the remainder scoring ten.
Our teams found the General Knowledge a little more imposing. The clued up team this week was the unsympathetically named Wayne's Dead Dad with a seven. Second with fives welcome back The Hasty Puddings along with the most insensitively titled Bob Doesn't Like Mondays Even More (oh dear) and She & Him.
Going into the Music Round we had four teams topping the leader board on 17, Wayne's Dead Dad, The Hasty Puddings, Bob Doesn't Like Mondays Even More and She & Him with Peaches Goes Off (ouch) second on 15.
The Music Round had a variety of questions ranging from top clarinetists to top children's musicals with some regular stuff as well:
Q13 Yours Truly, Angry Mob was a number 1 UK album hit for who in 2007?
Q19 Which solo artist had a 1999 Top 10 single with Man! I Feel Like A Woman?
Quiz Master Chris dropped his only rick of the night on Question 17, see if you can spot it? Which famous clarinetist had a hit with Strangler on the Shore in 1961? After much chuckling by the audience he regained his composure and re-read the question, top professionalism from the 'rookie' Quiz Master.
Top in the tunes we had Wayne's Dead Dad on a nine, second on seven's Peaches Goes Off and She & Him and third Mickey's Done A Rooney with a six.
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) we had Wayne's Dead Dad on 26, two points ahead of She & Him on 24 and four ahead of joint third placed The Hasty Puddings and Peaches Goes Off with 22.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Spicy Tubes, some boldly flavoured Cheesy Squares and the omnipresent American Bubble Chips it was back with our teams beloved round Sport.
Q25 Which darts player’s walk on tune is ‘The Power’ by 90’s Electro Pop Group Snap?
Q30 In 1971 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Arsenal, the Gunners substitute Eddie Kelly equalised in the first half of extra time. Arsenal went on to win the cup 2-1 when Charle George scored in the second half of extra time... but what was the significance of the Eddie Kelly goal?
Wayne's Dead Dad led the field in Sport this week with an excellent seven with second placed The Hasty Puddings and Bob Doesn't Like Mondays Even More getting over the line with fives a piece.
That meant there was really only one team in it going into the final round and with their top Film & TV expert Sarah back in the team after missing last week (where they fell badly at the last) Wayne's Dead Dad six point lead looked unassailable. Second placed The Hasty Puddings and She & Him had some catching up to do if they were to present a challenge.
Q31 Ian Lavender played the character Private Frank Pike, in which 60s and 70s TV series?
Q36 Kyle MacLachan played a lead role in a 1984 film which starred amongst others a very young Sting... what was the name of the movie?
Winners of the Film & TV Round, Wayne's Dead Dad with an eight, so that was Quiz 114 wrapped up. Second in the round with sevens, The Hasty Puddings and She & Him to give them joint second on the night and third in Quiz 114 Peaches Goes Off also scored a seven in the round.
The teams gave winners Wayne's Dead Dad an appreciative round of applause as Gemma presented returning team member and Birthday girl Sarah with the choice of three envelopes, her hands hovered for a moment and then she went centre, slowly opened the slip of paper and announced Beers. There was another round of applause as everyone, including the winning team looked forward to a rollover of £78 going into Quiz 115. So that's going to over a ton to play for next time if we have a good turnout.
We were now at the final stage of Quiz 114, The Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week again dayglo yellow, on which to write the answer to a single question that Chris 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.
Barman Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries as our Birthday girl Sarah was choosing the teams prize envelope and he returned to the bar with £17 in the pot for the answer closest to this question:
The very first question in tonights Quiz was What is the name of the large inland sea which lies between Israel and Jordan? It was an easy one and (almost?) everyone got The Dead Sea.
Also known as the Salt Sea, this hypersaline lake is truly one of Earth’s unique places. The surface and shores of the Dead Sea are 1,388 ft below sea level, making it Earth’s lowest elevation on land and it’s also the deepest hypersaline lake in the world (at almost the same depth again).
The Wild Card Question tonight is how deep is The Dead Sea in feet?
Quiz Master Chris read the question out twice in quick succession then again for those that needed the clue again (there is usually something). Chris gave everyone a couple of minutes to work out their answer and once everyone had their Post-It on the Quiz Masters Table he started to filter the winner from the losers. Everyone over 2,000 feet and under 1,000 feet were off straight away which left five Post-It's on the table. Rob, record Wild Card Winner, was close with 1,414 feet, James McMenzie was closer with 1,171 feet then Rob's better half Amy went even closer with 1,364. This left Richard N and Charlotte J who had guesses just eight feet apart but it was Charlotte who was eight feet closer. We had a round of applause for Charlotte as she walked up to the Quiz Table to receive her £17 with a big grin, not a bad return for a quid.
That was it, Quiz 114 complete. A big thank you to Quiz Master Chris for his magnificent performance standing in for John and thanks to everyone for turning out.
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The Wild Card Answer: The Dead Sea is 1,269ft
(according to jerusalem.com)