Well what an exciting night Quiz 130 turned out to be. Not only did we have a superb turnout of 32 Quizzers making up ten teams but we were also joined by Sky 1 TV cameras!
Quiz Master John, with a razor sharp new haircut, was feeling a bit under the weather but he knew the cameras were with us on the night so he packed his paracetamols and made a special effort. Sky 1 were doing screen tests for a new fly on the wall pub documentary about (funnily enough) Pub Quizzes and we are quietly confident with a top drawer Quiz Master like our John we have a fine chance of making it through to the final cut. After all we are no strangers to TV having hosted Geordie Shore at Quiz 35.
The big turnout for Quiz 130 had taken our rather meagre £9 rollover from last week to a half decent £41 to win on the night and as Barman Chris handed out this weeks Picture Round and Answer Sheets it was lights, camera, action as John welcomed everyone to the nights proceedings.
The clue on this weeks Preview was the rather cryptic “Celluloid Shades” which one of our readers managed to translate into a Picture Round based on lampshades? Interesting… anyway those thinking a little more laterally will have made the connection, celluloid > film and shades > sunglasses. So this week we had 12 close ups of famous sunglasses and our intrepid quizzers had to name the films.
John gave our teams a couple of minutes to contemplate the movie pics before kicking off with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, we started easy and then…
Q4 Which Thracian gladiator led a revolt against Rome in 73BC?
Q6 What common fruit, discovered by the conquistadors, were wrongly believed to cause sickness and death and nicknamed poison apples in Europe up to the end of the 19th Century? And for a bonus point, the invention of what kind of dish led to the fruit becoming a popular ingredient?
After the General Knowledge Round John gave our Teams another couple of minutes before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking. One clever Team had to quickly rewrite their Pic answers as they had misread the instructions (name the films) and decided to name all of the actors and characters instead… not naming names Richard!
In the Picture Round three teams did well with tens a piece for Frankie Goes To Dollywood, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Face Paint On My Window. In second spot were Quiz On My Face Again with a nine whilst The Famous Five, All Three Of Them and Canny Bevied tied for third with eight.
The General Knowledge scores this week ranged from nine to four points. Bragging rights for knowing about loads of different stuff went to She & Him with an excellent score of nine, second we had Frankie Goes To Dollywood with an eight and then on sevens Canny Bevied and Quiz On My Face Again.
That gave us a leader board at an early stage of Frankie Goes To Dollywood in the lead on 18 followed by no less than four teams, She & Him, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Face Paint On My Window and Quiz On My Face Again all tied on 16. In third were Canny Bevied and the rest not far behind.
We were expecting the Sky 1 cameras to be moving around the bar, zooming into the faces of the quizzers young and old(ish) to capture the tensions, the concentration, the grimaces but nope they were pointing straight a John the entire time. Obviously transfixed by his stage presence and banter.
This week we had Music questions ranging from oratorios to the religious persuasions of Prince along with ‘reasonably’ straightforward questions like these…
Q17 What was Phil Collins first solo hit called?
Q19 Eighties, Love Like Blood and Kings and Queens were 80s singles by which British Post-Punk band?
Straight in at number one in the Music Round we had the duo of No Hope featuring Face Paint On My Window on sevens. We had a trio in second spot with Frankie Goes To Dollywood, Quiz On My Face and The Peoples Front Of Judea getting six a piece and in third spot another trio The Famous Five, All Three Of Them, Canny Bevied and Quiz On My Face Again returning fives.
It was all very close going into the half time break for snacks. Frankie Goes To Dollywood retained a one point lead on 24, second were Face Paint On My Window on 23 and in third we had No hope on 22. The rest of the teams were all hovering between 21 and 15 so there was still plenty to play for.
As John announced the half time break Sky 1 packed up their equipment, they obviously had enough footage of our resident Quiz Master in full flow to recommend a slot for The Colly Quiz on this new show!
After the five minute break for delectable free savouries, this week consisting of rashers, onion rings and mini cheese snacks, it was back to the Quiz and a round that's the equivalent of Aintree’s Beechers Brook for our Teams, Sport. Here’s a couple of the easier questions:
Q24 Which future Leeds and Arsenal manager played for Arsenal against Leeds in the 1972 FA Cup final?
Q29 Which 80s boxer was nicknamed The Hitman?
As usual there were minor casualties in the Sports Round, The Peoples Front Of Judea weren’t one of them though, they cleared this particular hurdle with ease returning a massive 13 points. The Famous Five, All Three Of Them and No Hope did well with 11s each and Frankie Goes To Dollywood just made it over in third with a nine. The chasing pack got between eights and fives.
Going into the final round The Peoples Front Of Judea had climbed into the lead with 35 courtesy of that fantastic score in Sport. Frankie Goes To Dollywood had dropped into second on 33 and No Hope still had a bit of hope in third on 32. It was all down to the remaining ten questions on Film & TV, here’s a couple of samples:
Q34 In the classic comedy Rising Damp, Rigsby’s cat shares its name with which european capital city?
Q40 In a classic 80s advert what was the name of the character who used the Yellow Pages to track down his own book on fly-fishing?
Frankie Goes To Dollywood did well with a score of 11, jointly winning the round with two other teams one of which was Canny Bevied… and the other? You guessed it, The Peoples Front Of Judea. So this weeks winners got a hearty round of applause from all involved and Barmaid Gemma took the choice of three envelopes to the two members of the Team. We waited in anticipation as they opened the chosen envelope and there was a cheer as Gemma announced… Food Vouchers! Hard lines guys but congratulations on winning your first Colly Quiz, no mean feat for a team of two to take down our usual winners who this week, called The Famous Five, All Three Of Them, finished in third spot. No doubt they will point to their depleted squad but one of the team, Sarah S, out on a night with friends turned up at half time to join them for the last two rounds! (She did pay her quid entry fee though).
Well done to our winners The Peoples Front Of Judea who hopefully will return next week and be there or thereabouts for what could be an £80+ Cash Prize.
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 once more a nice dayglo pink (Post-It's again 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. Barman Chris had done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and this week we had a massive £29 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked Which city replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital of Brazil in 1960? It was, as you all knew, Brasilia.
Whilst Brasilia wasn’t officially opened until 1960 the Brazilians had been thinking about moving their capital for a very long time as Rio was susceptible to maritime raids.
José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva, one of the mentors of Brazilian Independence, is credited with proposing the move and he even suggested the clever name of ‘Brasilia’.
The Wild Card Question tonight is... what year did José first propose moving the capital of Brazil?
It has to be said Quiz Master John’s pronunciation of José Bonifácio de Andrade e Silva was impeccable!
Phil ‘The Power’ Mac had his Post-It on the table almost as soon as John had said “What year…” whilst most followed suit a minute or two later.
Once John had verified all entries were in he immediately discounted all dates over 1900, which was most to everyones surprise. Next to go were those dates under 1800, which left very few. John wasted no time in announcing the winner as a joint entry by our very vocal team Quiz On My Face Again had got the date spot on. Team Quiz On My Face Again gave themselves a huge cheer and everyone in the bar gave them a round of applause as one of the girls came bounding up to get the £29 cash winnings from the bar. Well done guys, hope you all return next week.
With that Quiz 130 was complete and John, understandably flagging a bit due to his man flu and the pressures of filming, signed off with signature Goodnight and God Bless.
Thanks to everyone who turned out, let’s hope we get another big crowd for Quiz 131 then we could be playing for a Cash Prize of £80 or more.
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The Wild Card Answer: 1823