It may have been a miserable, drizzly autumnal night outside but it was buzzing in The Colly as we had eight eager teams who had turned out for Quiz 135.
Although we were missing regular teams like Idiots and She & Him we still had 29 eager Quizzers ready to go which boosted the Cash Prize on offer to a reasonable £43.
Quiz Master John, recovering from a hard week of golf and fresh air pulled himself around and was in fine form as he kicked off the Quiz just after nine.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Take a closer look at where you get your provisions”… so it could only be extreme close ups of supermarket logos.
John gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise the supermarket logos before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q1 On the flag of Finland what colour is the cross?
Q6 In chemistry what name is given to the simplest substances that cannot be broken down using chemical methods?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to check their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did extremely well in the Pics Round but to be honest the brand awareness these supermarkets have is astonishing! Even though the pics were extreme close up crops of their logos 75% of our Teams got full marks!
The General Knowledge proved a little more demanding, with the topically named Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse returning an excellent nine to win the round. We then had three teams, The Peoples Front Of Judea, The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria and We Are Scientists all tied on six for second place and Second Last and Tracie on fives a piece.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage with Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse leading the pack on 20. Both One Armed Golfers and The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria were in second on 19 and joint third we had The Peoples Front Of Judea, Tracie and Cliff Richards New Calendar.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Punk Princesses to barbequed Barbies:
Q15 Which (Canadian) artists first hit in 2002 was entitled Complicated?
Q17 The video for the 90s hit Black Hole Sun featured amongst other strange imagery a Barbie being barbecued. Firstly who were the band? And for a bonus point, what year was the song released?
Topping the charts this week we had both Tracie and The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria with excellent tens a piece. Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse were in at second with a nine and a trio of teams made third place with The Peoples Front Of Judea, Cliff Richards New Calendar and We Are Scientists all getting an eight in the round.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break. We had Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse and The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria now joint leaders on 29. In second spot were The Peoples Front Of Judea, Tracie and We Are Scientists all on 26 and third with 25, One Armed Golfers.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks, smokes and sampling the delectable free savouries. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 In 1977 Kevin Keegan left Liverpool to join which club?
Q28 Who has held the Mens Triple Jump world record since 1995?
Pole position in Sport this week went to Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse who won the round with 11 out of 12, excellent result. Second with a nearly as impressive 10 we had One Armed Golfers and third went to The Peoples Front Of Judea on a nine. Most of the rest of the teams all did pretty well too.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leader board going into the final Film & TV Round as that impressive Sport score had catapulted Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse into the lead on 40, three points ahead of The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria who had scored an eight in the round. The Peoples Front Of Judea and One Armed Golfers were still in with a slim chance on 35s a piece if the leaders both blew it but with questions along the lines of these could they fail?
Q32 Which actress said Chanel No 5 was the only thing she wore in bed?
Q39 Which 70s Charlie’s Angel married Lee Majors?
One Armed Golfers had a go, winning the final round with an impressive nine. In second spot we had four teams on seven… The Peoples Front Of Judea, Cliff Richards New Calendar, The Quizlamic State Of Iraq And Syria and yes you’ve guessed it Stick Your Referendum Up Your Arse which meant they won the nights quiz by three clear points.
Excellent result and the two team members Googz and Robin got a deserved round of applause from all as Jay offered Robin the choice of the three sealed envelopes. He went middle and as the crowd were calling out beers and food he slowly opened the envelope, unfolded the slip of paper inside and announced… Food Vouchers! That got nearly as loud an applause as the win as it means the £43 rolls over to Quiz 136 where we could be playing for upwards of seventy quid with a good turn out.
Hard lines to Googz and Robin though but that's the second week in a row they have won the Quiz and they drew the Cash Prize last week.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
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 quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 135 we had a decent £26 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked whose 70s memoirs were entitled The Moons A Balloon?
The answer was the prolific actor David Niven who epitomised English dapper charm in films like The Pink Panther (he was even recommended by Ian Fleming to play Bond in Dr No).
Tonights question is not about his films though... According to the IMDB (International Movie Database) a little known fact is that in the 60s Niven ended up with the deepest swimming pool in Europe due to a miscommunication with french builders.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how deep did they build his pool in feet and inches?
After establishing that all the answers were in John disappointed most by discounting everyone with guesses below 40ft were out! There were gasps of astonishment, over 40ft deep? This just left four Post-Its, one was 100ft (wow) so we were then left with three, Sarah S, Stephen and Roxy. John announced Roxy was third, there were groans, Sarah S was very close but not close enough and came second as Stephen was just three inches out! (answers at the bottom of the blog). Stephen was over the moon as he came up to the bar to a round of applause and collected his £26 from Gemma. Well done Stephen, make sure you come back and spend your winnings in The Colly (well at least come back for Quiz 136).
With that John wound up Quiz 135 by signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. Thanks to everyone who turned out it was, as always, a chortle and we hope to see you next time which could be a possible £70+ Cash Prize.
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