As we've said before rollovers this year have been thin on the ground so it was nice to go into Quiz 112 with £62 in the kitty already, a good turnout on the night could take that figure to a cash prize of over £90.
We eagerly waited to see how many teams would arrive and by nine we had six, making it a reasonable £84 Cash Prize.
Our Picture Round clue in the Quiz Preview this week was "Who's the villain Doctor? No secret agent can save my precious digit!" which we thought was quite cryptic but the clever ones had it sussed.
Whilst our teams scratched their heads over the Bond Villains (there was an extra point for naming the Villains as well so it was worth it) Quiz Master John, in top form as ever now his team were assured of Premier League football for another season, kicked off the Quiz with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge.
The Pics round was obviously well researched by the teams that had sussed the Preview clue as we had three from six with over 20 from a possible 24. Well done to Crusty Wagamuffin who scored an incredible 23, in second Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and She & Him got an excellent 20.
The General Knowledge had some fairly obscure questions in it which threw a few. Here's a easy one and one of the more trying(?):
Q2 Who wrote the book The Cat in the Hat?
Q10 Who was the last British king to appear in battle? And for a bonus what century was it?
Top marks went to our once regular team Heroes & Zeroes (who we haven't seen for a few weeks) with a name change to Wanderers Return scoring 10, second we had Jay's Shower Room on nine and third Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale with a seven.
Going into the Music Round it was fairly close with most of our six teams within four points of each other. At this early stage it was Crusty Wagamuffin in pole position on 28.
John then gave out an important announcement, our regular Quiz couple She & Him had a baby on the way. John had known for a few weeks but had been sworn to secrecy (which must have been double difficult for him!) The bar were unanimous in giving Rob & Amy a warm round of applause following this fantastic news and we look forward to She, Him & Junior entering the Quiz in the future!
After that great news it was onto the Music Round. This week we had questions ranging from last years hits to 80's music with a bit of classical thrown in for good measure...
Q13 What was the full name of the lead singer from T’Pau who had a 1987 number one hit with China in your Hand?
Q20 Selling a total of 1.47 million copies, it was the longest running number one of the year, what was the biggest selling single in 2013?
Top of the Pops this week we had Wanderers Return with a spectacular 10. Joint second were Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and She & Him with sevens – the rest trailed with sixes and fives.
Going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) it was very close, Wanderers Return were just in front on 35, Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and Crusty Wagamuffin were tied in second on 34 and third She & Him on 33.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Mini Cheddars, Onion Rings and (depending where in the bar you were) peanuts or BBQ flavoured aeroplane style savouries, it was back to the round that can make or (usually) break a team… Sport.
Q26 Which pop star’s yacht capsized during the 1985 Fastnet race? And for a bonus point what was the yacht called?
Q30 What was unique about the playing positions of the two captains in the 1934 World Cup final between Italy and Czechoslovakia?
Sport sorted the Premier League from the Championship with Wanderers Return topping the table with a very useful nine whereas their closest challengers Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and She & Him just managed sixes and fives.
So going into the final round Film & TV, it was Wanderers Return well in charge on 44. Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale were hoping for a serious slip up by the leaders as on 40 they could still be in with a chance and Crusty Wagamuffin and She & Him were rank outsiders on 39's a piece. There were a couple of bonus points on the questions though so you never can tell:
Q33 Anyone Can Fall In Love was an eighties chart hit set to the theme tune of which TV show? And for a bonus point, who sang it (real name not character name)? And for another bonus point name the year!
Q34 Which family of comic actors starred in the films Monkey Business, Horse Feathers and Duck Soup?
Film and TV experts this week were Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale and crucially Wanderers Return both with a ten, She & Him did very well with a nine and third in the round Crusty Wagamuffin on an eight.
Wanderers Return won the quiz by a convincing four points in the end and they did get a deserved round of applause. There were understandable shouts of Food and Beers by Quiz regulars eager for the rollover to carry on for another week as Gemma fanned out the envelopes to choose from. The designated team member went left, slowly pulled out the enclosed slip of paper and read out… Cash! There were groans as well as claps for the winners, as that meant no Rollover next week! Our winners divided up their prize money and very generously put £16 back in the pot for Quiz 120. Cheers Wanderers Return, much appreciated.
Next up the finale of Quiz 119, The Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you once more got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange (Post-It's sponsored by Infinite Design), 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 the winners were choosing the envelope and he returned to the bar with £26 in the pot for the answer closest to another Sport related question:
In the Sports Round we asked who became the world’s top-ranked men’s singles tennis player in February 2004 and held that title for over four consecutive years until August 2008. The answer was the Swiss player Roger Federer.
Federer holds the record for spending the longest consecutive time at the top of the ATP rankings. The Wild Card question tonight is how many days did Roger Federer consecutively spend as the number one ranked player?
Quiz Master John, repeated the question as usual as the clue was in there and people were eager to get a bit of time for their long-handed maths calculations… there were some very funny numbers being whispered and jotted down for a period of four years and four months mind, not naming names obviously Mrs Whiplash!
Eventually after Jay had added his fifth ticket in John had time to peruse the entries. Obviously the one over 6,000 was binned and anyone under 1,500 need to study a calendar (even allowing for leap years) but there were three people very, very close… all previous winners! Phil 'The Power' Mac was third just ten over, Mum to be Amy from She & Him was just six under but how about this? Dad to be Rob, winning his eighth Wild Card, was just one over the actual answer! He got an enthusiastic round of applause as he picked up his winnings… you can buy a canny few nappies with £26 Rob!
Quiz 119 came to a close as John signed off with his usual Good Night and God Bless. Another Monday night of fun and games, plenty of chuckles and some excellent news too. We hope to see you all for Quiz 120 where there will be a small £16 rollover to start courtesy of Wanderers Return.
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