Following a text on Sunday we were in turmoil… Quiz Master John had a serious case of man flu and he couldn’t do the Quiz! Who could step in and take our mercurial MCs place? Up stepped Colly regular Andy, cool as a cucumber, “I’ll do it”.
On the night Andy brought his lovely wife Pip to help with the marking (and put him right on pronunciation!) and after a briefing on the running order and Questions he was raring to go. Not quite as boisterous as John (but who is and Jay was thankful as he got an easy night!) he slipped into the role perfectly
Andy kicked off by introducing himself, apologising for John’s absence due to man flu and announcing that we had seven eager teams in attendance which took the Cash Prize on offer to a not so insignificant £65.
The topical clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “Pixelated Picts”. With the recent Scottish independence vote we thought it appropriate to have a Picture Quiz of famous Scots to remind us of the valuable contribution some of our northern folks have made to United Kingdom plc.
Our debutant Quiz Master Andy gave our teams a few minutes to peruse the pixelated Pics before beginning the nights proceedings with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first (they were easy weren’t they Richard?), then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q1 Which city in Florida is closest to the Walt Disney World complex?
Q3 Think about this one... who is the Hindu god of love, lust or desire?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master Andy gave the Teams a few minutes to consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did fairly well in the Pics Round, top Scots scorers were She & Him with a bonnie eleven from twelve. Then we had four teams in second place with The People’s Front Of Judea, Rice Would Be Nice, Home Alone and Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? on tens.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more onerous however. Tied Top Teams this week were The People’s Front Of Judea and Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? on sevens apiece and in second spot the trio of She & Him, Rice Would Be Nice and Tracie Paid For Us Last Week on fives.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The People’s Front Of Judea and Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? both on 17s, She & Him in second spot on 16 and Rice Would Be Nice in third on 15.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from 80s beards to the belles of the early 2000s:
Q14 Sharp Dressed Man, Gimme All Your Lovin’ and Legs where all 80s hits for which bearded band? And for a bonus what 1983 album where all three songs from?
Q19 No Good Advice was the second single by which all girl group in 2003?
Straight in at number one in Music this week we had Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? on a belting 12. Way back in second spot were Tracie Paid For Us Last Week on a ten and in third the duo of The People’s Front Of Judea and Home Alone both scoring a nine.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break with Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? romping into a five point lead on 29 and The People’s Front Of Judea with Rice Would Be Nice hanging onto their coat tails both with 24s.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries, this week consisting of unique tasting bubble chips, bacon rashers and some outstanding spicy peanuts. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21 Which athletics discipline was revolutionised by Dick Fosbury?
Q27 What cricket term describes a ball that is bowled to bounce at the batsman’s feet?
Champs in Sport this week with eight we had Rice Would Be Nice. In runners-up position both The People’s Front Of Judea and The Union Of Idiots on sevens and in third with sixes Tracie Paid For Us Last Week and the sympathetically named Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? (yes… you guessed it, Richard and Phil’s Team).
The Sport scores gave us a leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round of Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? leading by a handsome three points on 35 followed by Rice Would Be Nice on 32 and The People’s Front Of Judea on 31. Normally we would expect regulars Richard and Phil’s team (AKA Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight?) to hardly drop a point in Film & TV but their specialist Sarah S was off sunning herself in Sharm El Sheikh. This surely gave the chasing pack of two a chance to catch up with the leaders especially with questions like these:
Q31 What was the name of the BBC TV show that ran from 1973 to 1994 presented by Esther Rantzen?
Q34 ‘This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future’ was the tagline for which classic 60s movie (starring Dustin Hoffman)?
Joint winners of the final round were She & Him with The People’s Front Of Judea on eights a piece. Second spot went to Home Alone with seven and coming in third on sixes Rice Would Be Nice and crucially, giving them the points they needed to win the nights Quiz, Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight?
The assembled Teams gave our winners a round of applause, they were challenged by a couple of teams throughout the night but ended up deserved champions. It was now down to drawing the prize from the three envelopes presented to the Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? team by Gemma. Everyone involved, including the nights winners, were hoping the cash would rollover as one of the team slowly opened the slip from inside their chosen envelope and announced Beers!
Excellent, that means we could be playing for nearly a ton in next weeks Quiz 137. Hard lines to the Isn’t Andy Nervous Tonight? team but they still walked away with a case of Buds to drown their sorrows and there’s always next week (with an even bigger prize).
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 Andy 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 136 we had a reasonable £24 in for the prize. The question was:
The first Question in tonight's Quiz was about Walt Disney World in Florida.
In the 107 acre theme park there are some big attractions. One of them, a roller coaster called Big Thunder Mountain Railroad took 10 years of planning and 18 months of construction to complete.
The construction used 650 tons of steel, more than 9,000 gallons of paint and a lot of a specially formulated substance that looked like mud.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many tons of this specially formulated mud did it take to complete the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad?
After double checking that everyone was in Andy and Pip started sifting through the answers and after a bit of long handed calculation announced that there were two fairly close. We had Robin on 7,000 and Matt D on 2,500 but it was Matt that was slightly closer to the answer we were looking for!
There were whoops of joy from Matt’s Team as he cheerfully strolled up to the bar to take his nights winnings of £24. Well done Matt, we hope you come back and have another good night at The Colly spending your £24 winnings on our fine selection beers, lagers and hand picked wines!
With that Quiz 136 was concluded, a big thanks to Andy (and Pip) for standing in for John, they did a tremendous job and there was only that minor slip up on the pronunciation of eland all night! Thanks to everyone for turning out and we hope to see all back next week for Quiz 137 challenging for a near £100 Cash Prize.
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