We were hoping for a bumper turnout for our potential £130+ Cash Prize but we hadn't expected a night like this!
A decent 27 Quizzers had turned in for Quiz 133 and our seven teams had just settled down, the Picture Round was out and we were up to question eight in the General Knowledge when eleven students rolled in asking whether it was to late to join our Quiz? No problem we said get a seat and we’ll quickly go through the first few questions again to get you up to speed. What a great bunch of folks they turned out to be, noisy and enthusiastic they added a real buzz to the night and took the Cash Prize on offer to a tremendous £138.
The clue for the Picture Round on this weeks Preview was “Actually there's two of this style hanging in the back room of The Colly”. The ‘two of this style’ were portraits of modern celebs as old master paintings of which we have Keith Richards and Dave Grohl hanging in the back room and the key was the Act in Actually. So the clever ones should have got the Picture Round was Actors (and Actresses) in the style of Old Master Paintings.
We’ve had this kind of Picture Round before, way back in Quizzes 16 and 25 but this was a bunch of new faces.
John gave our teams five minutes think about the thespian pictures before kicking the Quiz off with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, we started easy and gradually got more difficult:
Q5 What name is given to the art of shaping hedges and trees into shapes?
Q8 Walter Frederick Morrison invented the Whirlo-Way in 1946, he perfected it and marketed his invention as the Pluto platter in 1955. How is his famous toy more commonly known today?
We halted the General Knowledge half way through and repeated the first few questions to get our new arrivals up to speed around quarter past nine and then continued.
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a couple more minutes to refine their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
The majority of teams did pretty well on the Pics, three, Who’s That Wanker Behind The Bar, Cliffs New Calendar and The Nation Of Quizlam iced the round with top marks of twelves! We then had four teams in second spot, Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch), Les imbéciles, My Avecando Don’t and Forty Licks all with eleven points.
The General Knowledge scores weren’t as good but there were a few dodgy questions in there, what do you expect… there’s £137 at stake! Experts in the round were Forty Licks with a nine. In second we had four teams on sevens, Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch), Les Imbecilles, Jennifer Lawrence's Nips and Cliffs New Calendar.
This gave us a very congested initial leader board. Leading the pack were Forty Licks and Cliffs New Calendar on 19s a piece. Running a close second with 18s we had Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch), Les imbéciles and The Nation Of Quizlam whilst in third we had Who’s That Wanker Behind The Bar, My Avecando Don’t and Jennifer Lawrence's Nips on 17s.
Next up we had the Music Round and this week we had questions from the Catskills to Canada as well more traditional questions like these:
Q11 Who had a number one with Roar in 2013?
Q15 Madman, lunatic and singer Keith Charles Flint fronts which band?
Straight in at number one in Music were Forty Licks with an outstanding 100% score of 14 (there were bonuses). Second placed Jehovas Witnesses (Marbella Branch) did nearly as well with a 13 and then third we had Cliffs New Calendar with an 11. Excellent scoring by our top teams.
This clarified the leader board somewhat going into the break for snacks. Edging in front following their superb Music Round were Forty Licks on 33, close behind we had Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) on 31 and Cliffs New Calendar on 30. The rest of our teams weren’t far behind.
This left the Quiz nicely balanced as we went into our standard five minute break for topping up drinks, enjoying a smoke and sampling the delicious free savouries. Then it was back to the round that generally clears the wheat from the chaff, Sport! Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24 If a player makes a Big ears in bowling how many pins are left standing?
Q25 From which club did Graeme Le Saux join Blackburn Rovers in March 1993? And for a bonus point where was Graeme born?
Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) bossed the round with a nine. Jennifer Lawrence's Nips did well coming in second with an eight but our leaders Forty Licks dropped a couple of valuable points coming in third on seven with Pardew’s Got More Mates Than Me!, Les imbéciles and The Nation Of Quizlam.
This left the Quiz delicately poised as we entered the final Film & TV round. Joint leaders were Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) and Forty Licks on ironically 40 and tied in second, Les imbéciles and Cliffs New Calendar on 34. So it was a straight fight between the top two, who would fare better with questions like these?
Q31 Which former Eastender played Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served?
Q34 Who directed the 2000 film Snatch?
Guess who tied the round with top scores of 10s a piece? John was over the moon, Dart Off!
The top two teams matched each others score in Film & TV so we went into the tie breaker, two sets of darts. Tom from Forty Licks and Phil ‘The Power’ Mac from Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) stepped up to the toe line and Tom elected to go first. He threw a good set of darts which Phil couldn’t match and went into the second set in the lead. Again Tom threw good arrows leaving the pressure on Phil, who looked to be down and out until his last dart which eclipsed Tom’s score to give Phil the win.
What an exciting climax to the Quiz, so exciting that nobody wrote down the guys scores (sorry about that - if anyone can remember the scores post them in the comments box below and we will update the blog!).
Phil had just sat back in his seat savouring the win when new barman Jay (yes the same one who loves to put several Wild Cards in at once is now behind the bar) thrust the three envelopes in front of him to pick the teams prize. The assembled crowd were willing Beers or Food Vouchers as Phil slowly unfurled the slip of paper he’d chosen from the middle envelope… Cash Prize he announced.
There were groans from the crowd who would have liked the cash to roll over but Team Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) then got a hearty and deserved round of applause, they had earned it as Gemma handed them the £138 spoils.
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 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. Gemma had done the rounds getting the £1 entries in during the Dart Off and this week we had a huge £39 in for the prize (it could have been well over £40 if Jay had been the other side of the bar!). The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about Frisbee inventor Walter Frederick Morrison.
Walter got the idea for the flying disk toy whilst he and his wife were throwing a cake tin on the beach in the late 1930s but perfecting his invention was put on hold as he joined World War II as a fighter pilot.
Unfortunately Walter’s P-47 Thunderbolt was shot down and he ended up in a Prisoner of War Camp.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many days did Walter spend as a POW before being released to fulfil his destiny as the inventor of the Frisbee?
After the usual requests to repeat the ‘salient points’ (Richard!) of the question John gave our entrants thirty seconds to get their Post-It on his table.
After double checking that everyone was in there were groans as John started by binning anyone over 100 days. This left about nine or so Post-Its which John whittled down one by one until there were just two on his table. David H, he said, had 48 which was the exact answer… and so did Christy so it’s another Dart Off! John was past himself, he loves a good Dart Off and tonight he had two.
Our two winners made there way up to the oche and David H elected to go first, his first two darts were the wall and the floor. With his final dart he got one… what a nightmare start for David, the pressure had obviously got to him. Christy stepped up and with a rather unconventional south paw stance threw her first dart. The partisan crowd (mainly Christy’s pals) cheered her every shot to a total of 17.
David clearly raging at his first set of darts stepped forward to take his second set and this time managed to take the lead by four. The crowd where getting excited as Christy took to the oche, David couldn’t look on and walked away accepting defeat as Christy threw her first dart. It wasn’t enough… the crowd willed her on and with the second dart she beat David’s score to win the Dart Off and the £39, the crowd went ballistic! Cheering and shouting the like of which hadn’t been heard in The Colly since Newcastle won a game of football (and that’s a while ago!).
In amongst all the commotion John signed off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless and our very exciting Quiz 133 came to a close.
Thanks to everyone who turned out for Quiz 133 particularly our late comers who really boosted the atmosphere (and the prize money). We hope you all enjoyed our Quiz and come back next week for more of the same!
Our generous winners the Jehovahs Witnesses (Marbella Branch) having divided their cash up generously put £18 back in the kitty so we could be looking at a £50+ cash prize for Quiz 134.
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