There were seven eager teams turned out for Quiz 118, a bit low on numbers compared to some weeks but that makes it all the more exciting as the odds are better to win the Cash Prize on offer. The total Cash for Quiz 118 was a not to be sniffed at £62.
As it had been the 4th of May over the Bank Holiday Weekend we went with a Star Wars themed Picture Quiz, the clue on our Preview Page was "How well do you remember a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...."
We kicked off just after nine and Quiz Master John, allowed the teams a few minutes to scrutinise the Star Wars characters (not that most needed to) before getting straight into the first round on General Knowledge. We had a couple of hard questions and then some!
Q7 What are you doing if you are in a state of erubescence?
Q8 Which group of bovine mammals can be referred to as a herd but also as an implausibility?
All teams were Star Wars experts with only one team not returning 100% scores and their team name says it all Iron Maiden Taught Me All I Know About History.
Our teams found the General Knowledge a little more of a challenge. Top score this week came from Sakho Shite and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers (you really should have seen Phil's tash to appreciate the team name) both returning just sixes. There were fives for She & Him, Quiz Quiztofferson and Iron Maiden Taught Me All I Know About History with the rest getting fours.
So going into the Music Round we had two teams topping the leader board on 18, Sakho Shite and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers. She & Him and Quiz Quiztofferson were close seconds on 17 and the rest were there or thereabouts on 16 and under.
The Music Round had a variety of questions ranging from the seventies to the present with some musicals and classical thrown in to mix it up, here's the easy stuff.
Q11 Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke were aliases of which perennial pop icon?
Q17 In April of this year which (Welsh) alternative rock outfit announced their twelfth studio album Futurology would be released on July 7th 2014?
Top for tunes we had three teams on an eight Sakho Shite, Quiz Quiztofferson and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers. In second were a trio as well with She & Him, Erubescent Idiots and Iron Maiden Taught Me All I Know About History all getting sixes.
So going into the break for snacks, beers (and smokes) we had Sakho Shite and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers on 26, Quiz Quiztofferson on 25 and She & Him on 23.
After the break and the delicious free snacks of Bacon Rashers, Peanuts and some daringly flavoured Cheesers it was back with our teams beloved round Sport.
Q22 Who signed David Ginola when he left Newcastle in 1997?
Q29 Which tennis player started the tradition of climbing up into their players’ box after winning Wimbledon?
Our two front runners Sakho Shite and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers couldn't be separated, both gaining high marks of eight to win the round. Second went to She & Him (who are becoming veritable experts in Sport these days) with a useful seven with Quiz Quiztofferson getting six.
That meant there were the usual suspects Sakho Shite and Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers neck and neck on 34 going into the final round Film & TV. Quiz Quiztofferson on 31 and She & Him with 30 were waiting in the wings should both our leaders lose the plot and with questions as hard as these who knows!
Q36 What were the first names of the married amateur detectives in the 80s american crime drama series Hart to Hart?
Q38 How many times has Boris Johnson appeared on Have I Got News For You... 3, 5, 7 or 9?
We stopped at this point to watch the circus going on at Selhurst Park, the game had been live on our big screens with the sound turned off during the Quiz. Liverpool had conspired to throw away a three goal lead to Palace and the game had ended 3-3, effectively ending 'The Reds' Premier League Title dreams and the scenes were very sad. Suarez in tears, shirt over his head to hide the bubbling, Steveeeee Geeeeee trying to console him and Manager Brendan Rogers looking suitably pissed off. The whole bar could feel their pain and the teams forgot the Quiz for a moment to pass comment... "Look out he might bite you" was heard from one anxious spectator and "At least they have nothing to play for next week" from another, there was genuine disappointment and concern. Hard lines Liverpool but let's get back to the important matter of the night.
The Film & TV questions were indeed rock hard with the winners of the round just returning sixes even though there were two bonus point to be had. Those round winners were Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers, in second tied on fives Iron Maiden Taught Me All I Know About History and Shipwreck For Girls with the rest on fours. So although they didn't throw a lead of Liverpool proportions the appropriately named Sakho Shite handed Quiz 118 to Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers.
There was an an appreciative round of applause for Herr McAndrew & The Storm Troopers as Gemma presented Sarah with the choice of three envelopes, she confidently went centre and slowly opened the slip of paper... Beers! There was a louder round of applause and some cheers as everyone, including the winning team looked forward to a rollover of £62 going into Quiz 119. So that could be nearly a ton to play for next time if we have a good turnout.
Next up the last part of Quiz 118, 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 times are hard and nobody has yet 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.
Barman Chris had been busy getting The Wild Card entries and he returned to the bar with £21 in the pot for the answer closest to this question:
For the Final question in the Sports Round we asked who saved the first FA Cup Penalty at Wembley... and those with good memories would have named Dave Beasant who saved John Aldridge’s spot kick way back in 1988.
The FA Cup Final has not always been played at Wembley of course but even so during the 138 finals, a total which includes 14 replays, there have been surprisingly few penalties. There were two occasions at Cardiff in 2005 and 2006 however where the Cup Final went to a penalty shoot out.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what’s the total number of penalties that have been taken in FA Cup Finals including the two penalty shoot outs in 2005 and 2006?
Quiz Master John read the question out twice then Jay asked him to clarify whether he was after the number of penalties that have been taken in FA Cup Finals. He was just making sure!
John allowed a couple of minutes for everyone to get their guesses in and once he was sure he didn't bother with the filtering out of the questions as four people, Sarah S, Chris M, Kris P and Quiz Quiztofferson had an answer within one penalty kick but one person had it spot on. As John read the number of penalties out there was a huge roar from outside as Jay, on his way out for a bit of fresh air (following all the excitement), realised it was him and burst back through the door with a huge grin on his face to pick up his 21 notes. Well done Jay.
That was it, John signed off with a Goodnight and God Bless and Quiz 118 was complete. Thanks to everyone for turning out and we do hope to see you all and hopefully some more teams to contest for a potential £90 Cash Prize at Quiz 119.
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The Wild Card Answer: There have been 15 taken during the match, 10 at the 2005 penalty shoot out and 8 at the 2006 shoot out so the number we were looking for was 33.