After last weeks bumper turnout of 39 people for Quiz 120 we were hoping for more of the same. By nine we had £86 in the pot so it was 28 Quizzers but by the time we kicked off that had jumped to a very nice Cash Prize of £88 with a couple of late arrivals. So 30 people in eight teams wasn't bad on a Bank Holiday Monday.
Quiz Master John had taken a night off so Chris from the Idiots Team stepped up to take the Quiz Master's Chair following his fine debut a few weeks ago.
Gemma had already handed out the Picture Round which most people had twigged following an easy clue in the Quiz Preview "They aren't quite as good as some of these!". It was pictures of really Bad Waxworks which had all been on display at The House of Wax in Great Yarmouth. The attraction had a cult status with many people turning up just to see how bad these waxworks actually were, here's a link to some bigger pictures, they really are shocking. Sadly The House of Wax has closed it's doors for ever but you'll be pleased to know that some of the 'best' pieces were sold to bidders around the world.
Quiz Master Chris gave our teams a few minutes to wonder over the waxworks before he got Quiz 121 up and running with our first round of ten questions on General Knowledge along the lines of these"
Q2 Where was the first convict settlement established in Australia?
Q7 According to The Guinness Book of Records in 2002 which is the earths’s most fearless animal?
After getting all of the answers in for both the Pics and the General Knowledge the teams scored like this.
In the Picture Round six of the eight teams got full marks, She & Him missed a couple with 12 and Drum n Bass had a bit of a mare with just eight.
Brain boxes in General Knowledge this week were The Hasty Puddings with an excellent nine. Second we had Justin's Special Sauce and Quiz Akabusi tied on eight and third Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe, Heroes To Zeroes and Drum n Bass with sevens.
So going into the Music Round it was reasonably close at the top of the leaders board with The Hasty Puddings just edging it on 23, Justin's Special Sauce with Quiz Akabusi in second spot on 22s a piece and in joint third Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe and Heroes To Zeroes on 21.
This week we had music questions ranging from Handel to this months releases plus some obligatory 60s and 80s...
Q12 Where were David Bowie and Mick Jagger Dancing 1985?
Q18 Which singer had a 1966 UK No 1 hit with These Boots are Made for Walking? And for a bonus who also had a number 4 hit with the song in 2005?
Top of the Pops this week with a return of 11 points from a possible 12 we had three teams, Justin's Special Sauce, Quiz Akabusi and Burger Bandits… just poptastic! Second with tens each were Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe and Heroes To Zeroes and in third place The Hasty Puddings with a creditable 9.
That set of results shook the leaders board up a bit going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes). We now had Justin's Special Sauce and Quiz Akabusi as joint leaders on 33, second, The Hasty Puddings on 32 and joint third for Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe and Heroes To Zeroes on 31. It was shaping up quite nicely with five of the eight teams separated by just two points.
After our standard five minute break and the delicious free savouries this week consisting of real Cathedral Cheesy Snacks, Bacon Fries and spicy peanuts, it was back to the round that usually KOs a couple of contenders… Sport.
Q25 In Rugby what position did Gareth Edwards play?
Q30 Which footballers (current superstar's) first transfer fee was two sets of team strips and 20 new footballs when he was sold by CF Andorhina to Clube Desportivo Nacional in 1995?
Most of the five leaders did reasonable well in Sport, Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe took the round with an excellent ten. Second went to Heroes To Zeroes with nine and joint third with eights we had Justin's Special Sauce and Quiz Akabusi.
The Sport results gave us three teams tied on 41 points going into Film & TV; Justin's Special Sauce, Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe and Quiz Akabusi. Just a point behind on 40 were Heroes To Zeroes and outside bets were The Hasty Puddings on 39. It was tight as a gnats chuff and all down to who would get the best from questions like these?
Q35 In Two and a Half Men who is Charlie’s famous, noisy, next door neighbour?
Q38 I don't want to talk to you no more, you empty-headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Name the 1975 comedy classic movie?
Justin's Special Sauce and Quiz Akabusi owned the Film & TV with nines a piece, second went to Heroes To Zeroes and The Hasty Puddings tied on eight and Happy Birthday Tonto, Love From Kemo Sabe came in third with a seven.
Those who've been keeping up with the leader board will have realised that the two teams who tied the round were also two of the three teams that were in joint first which can mean only one thing… Dart Off as they both had 50 points. Quiz Master John will be gutted, this is his favourite part of the Quiz!
Two contestants representing Justin's Special Sauce and Quiz Akabusi made their way to the dartboard to a round of applause. They had two sets of darts to throw, highest score gets the chance to draw the winning envelope. Googz from Justin's Special Sauce stepped up to the okey and threw his first set of three darts scoring a not bad 39. Our man from Quiz Akabusi was next up, the pressure must have been getting to him as he scored a disappointing seven. Googz looked confident as he threw a very good 50 on his last set of darts giving our team member from Quiz Akabusi a mountain to climb, he needed 82 to draw! He threw a good set of arrows on his second go getting 45 to give him a total of 52 but Googz emerged champion to another round of applause form the audience. Gemma presented Googz with the usual set of three envelopes, he hesitated for a moment went left and smiled wryly as he unfolded the scrap of paper inside… Cash Prize! Well done Googz, that's £88 to share with the fellow members of the Justin's Special Sauce team. Hard lines to the challenger from Quiz Akabusi, there's always next week.
The excitement hadn't finished however, next up it was 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 once more 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.
Just as Chris was about to start reading the question Gemma informed us all the the generous Justin's Special Sauce team had put a whopping £24 back in the pot for Quiz 122. Excellent news, thanks guys that's much appreciated.
Gemma had been busy getting The Wild Card entries in as we were busy with the dart off and there was a canny £25 in the jar for the answer closest to this Music related question:
In the Music Round we had the question With which song did Cliff Richard come second in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest? The answer was the song Congratulations.
Cliff came second in the contest being controversially beaten to top spot by Spains Massiel and her catchy ditty La, la, la.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many votes did Cliff get to give him 2nd position in the 1968 Eurovision Song Contest?
Quiz Master Chris, repeated the important bits of the question as usual but this week again it was more an inspired guess that was required!
Chris checked that all of the Post-It's were in and immediately discounted one enthusiastic entrant… he had written an answer of 106 then scribbled it out and put 76,232? We think he may have been estimating the combined telephone votes of the countries!
Next to go was all the guesses over 150, next everyone over 100 which drew some gasps. This left us with four Post-It's, Phil Mac was close but not close enough with 87, then we had (bizarrely) three different Rob's – Rob from She & Him was very close with 37, Robin was even closer with 35 but the winner, just one point from the answer was our regular Quizzer who had also been part of the winning team tonight, Robin H. So it was a double celebration for him with another £25 winnings going into his back pocket!
And that was it Quiz 121 was done and dusted. Chris got a round of applause for standing in once more for John and we hope to see him back with the Idiots Team next week to play for what could be a £60 Cash Prize. Thanks to everyone for turning out, it was a very enjoyable night.
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