We were hoping for a good turnout on Bank Holiday Monday to boost Quiz 132s Cash Prize and we got a decent 24 quizzers in eight teams to hit the magical £100.
We may have had less teams this week but the atmosphere was excellent, well lubricated by a couple of our regular Quizzers enjoying the Bank Holiday Monday and in high spirits!
Quiz Master John was feeling a lot better, a bracing weekend in York had shifted his man flu along with copious Budweiser’s following his 4pm arrival for Quiz Night… well he was off 'real work' on Tuesday so why not take advantage?
The clue for the Picture Round on this weeks Quiz Preview was "Two capital Bands from each of the last six decades" but it had flummoxed the teams who read it. The key was capital Bands, as in capital B for the Bands.
John gave our teams a few minutes to brood over the band names starting with B before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, we started easyish:
Q2 What is the second most populated city in the USA after New York?
Q5 On planet earth how often does Halley’s Comet appear in the night sky?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to hone their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
One team got full marks in the Pics Round. Well done She & Him (+ Jay) with a perfect 12. Three teams tied in second with nine, Two Pigs, Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! along with Peoples Front Of Judea and a couple of Teams, Darling Dickies Dead and American Idiots got eights.
Most Teams did okay in another ‘challenging’ General Knowledge. Four teams tied on a top score of seven, Hatfield’s Mob, Darling Dickies Definitely Dead!, Peoples Front Of Judea and American Idiots whilst second spot went to three teams tied on six, Cups Only, Darling Dickies Dead and Two Pigs.
This gave us a congested early leader board of She & Him (+ Jay) just edging it on 17 followed by Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! and Peoples Front Of Judea in second on 16 with Two Pigs and American Idiots tying for third on 15.
Next up we had the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from rag to DNA testing along with easier stuff like this:
Q12 Saturday Night was a hit for which Danish singer during the summer of 1994?
Q19 Girls and Boys by Blur is from which 90s album?
Hatfield’s Mob were chart toppers in the Music Round with an excellent 10. Straight in at number two, Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! and Peoples Front Of Judea on nines and at number three we had a trio of Darling Dickies Dead, Two Pigs and She & Him (+ Jay).
This made the leader board very interesting going into the break for snacks. Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! and Peoples Front Of Judea led the pack on 25, Hatfield’s Mob and She & Him (+ Jay) were well in contention on 24. Then we had Two Pigs on 22 along with both Darling Dickies Dead and American Idiots on 21. With over twenty points to play for this was one of the most open quizzes we have seen for a while.
Following the standard five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries, this week made up of onion rings, salt and vinegar twirls along with cheesy flavoured shapes, it was back to the Quiz and the round that sorts the men from the boys… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 What major sporting event was held in Calgary, Canada in 1988?
Q26 Under which manager did Leeds United win their last league title in 1992?
This week everyone struggled with the Sport apart from Hatfield’s Mob who swept the board with a magnificent 11 from a possible 12. This was an outstanding score when seen in context. Second were American Idiots on 7 and joint third were Darling Dickies Dead, Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! and Peoples Front Of Judea on six.
An excellent Sport Round from Hatfield’s Mob had put them in pole position going into Film & TV on 35 points. Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! and Peoples Front Of Judea were still in there with 31s a piece but making up those four points in the final round was a difficult task, especially with questions as easy as these?
Q34 In the 1998 film Elizabeth who played the virgin Queen?
Q37 Which BBC comedy series featured teenage delinquent Vicky Pollard?
Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! won the round with a perfect 14 points, they couldn’t have done anymore. Peoples Front Of Judea had an outstanding score of 13 to come second, then we had She & Him (+ Jay), American Idiots and crucially Hatfield’s Mob who all managed 12. So despite that excellent 100% score by Darling Dickies Definitely Dead! in the last round our winners this week were Hatfield’s Mob by two points on 47.
Hatfield’s Mob, a combination of regular Quizzer Robin H, recent Quizzers Jen and Greg and first time Quizzer David H, got a hearty and deserved round of applause as Gemma gave Team Member Jen three envelopes to choose from. Jen went for the left envelope of the three presented, slowly opened the slip of paper enclosed and to everyone's joy announced Beers! Tough luck Jen but Team Member (and Jen’s beloved) Greg was well chuffed with the crate of Budweiser. It’s also great news for Quiz 133 as it means with a decent turnout we could be looking at a £130+ Cash prize!
Next up it was the Wild Card Question. To enter is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo pink again (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 decent £29 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we asked “Classic tune The Entertainer is the theme music for which classic 70s film?” It was of course The Sting.
The Entertainer was composed in the early 20th Century by Scott Joplin, the first classically trained black composer to become a household name in America.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the full date, in day, month and year format that Scott Joplin copyrighted his piece The Entertainer?
After the usual requests to repeat the question John hurried our entrants to get their Post-It on his table.
After checking that everyone was in John immediately removed all guesses above the 1920s, then he binned all the entries over the 1910s. John then announced that the two entries left had the right year spot on, Jay and Team Two Pigs, there were sharp intakes of breath (especially from Jay). The date was late December and Jay had February but the winners of the Wild Card this week were Two Pigs with May. Tough luck Jay (second again) but congratulations to the Two Pigs Team who were well happy with £29 for their £1 stake.
With that Quiz 132 was complete and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off to a deserved round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
Thanks to everyone who came to Quiz 132, let’s hope we get another decent crowd for Quiz 133 where we could be playing for a Cash Prize of £130 or more.
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