Well what a tremendous turnout for Quiz 137, ten teams and 48 eager Quizzers meant The Colly was packed to the brim and the Cash Prize on offer was boosted to a mouth watering £113.
Quiz Master John, having recovered from his bout of man flu was on top form, especially as Newcastle were 1-0 down on the night to the mighty Stoke! (for those who aren’t aware John is far from black and white).
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Product, Fashion, Graphic, Industrial, UI..." so those who sussed it were looking for designers.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to determine the designers (and their designs) before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first to get everyone settled in, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q2 In the early seventies which company came up with the classic Chopper bicycle?
Q5 The Simplon Pass connects which two countries?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams some time to consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
The Picture Round had most teams stumped, credit to the usually topical regulars, this week called Taxi For Pardew, who won the round with a quality nine points (unlike Pardew who hasn’t won anything for donkeys and only has 3 lousy points to date). Second we had Unfunny People and Quiz On My Face scoring sevens a piece with everyone else on sixes!
The General Knowledge Round was even more trying, joint top scores on eights we had Taxi For Pardew, 20’s Left and She & Him. Six Blockheads managed a seven to come in second and the rest of the teams again came in with sixes.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Taxi For Pardew streaking off into the distance with 17, 20’s Left along with She & Him on 14 and Quiz On My Face with 13. The rest of our teams were pretty close behind on 12s and 11s.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from jazz legends to blink and you missed them girl groups:
Q17 The jazz musician Buddy Rich was associated with which instrument?
Q19 Which R&B (all girl) group had a top six single with Scandalous in April 2003?
Chart toppers in Music this week we had Unfunny People with a very impressive ten. Second She & Him with an eight and then five teams with sevens.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break. Taxi For Pardew were still in the lead with 23 but only just, second we now had Unfunny People and She & Him on 22 and third 20’s Left with 21. The rest of the teams were on 19s and 18s so at the half way stage of the Quiz there were just five points separating ten teams… it was close!
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries on offer. This week the snacks of choice were salt and vinegar chipsticks, spicy nuts (if you were lucky) or bombay mix and some particularly pungent cheese flavoured pop corn - like marmite, some loved it and some didn’t. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory… Sport. Here’s a couple of the questions:
Q26 Which field sport involves two teams of 10 men or two teams of 12 women, carrying a netted stick?
Q29 In in the 1982 European Cup final which rookie goalkeeper came on as a substitute for Aston Villa and went on to make some outstanding saves to help them win the final?
Numero uno in Sport this week we had Taxi For Pardew on a massive twelve. Six Blockheads came second with a commendable eleven and joint third spot went to The Peoples Front Of Judea and Quiz On My Face with nines.
The Sport scores gave us a decisive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Taxi For Pardew were running away with the Quiz on 35 points. In second spot and with a very outside chance of overtaking the leaders we had Six Blockheads on 30 with the chasing pack on 28s and below. It looked like there was only one winner, especially with questions along the lines of these:
Q33 Which 70s TV actor was famous for doing his own stunts including roller skating under a lorry and crashing a motorbike into a barrier and flying through a window? And for a bonus point name the comedy series that both of the stunts mentioned were for?
Q40 Who plays the lead role in the 2007 horror movie 1408? And for a bonus point what was the name of the hotel in the movie?
Winners in TV & Films this week we had The Peoples Front Of Judea with a blistering 13 points from the 14 on offer (with bonuses), some achievement! Second with an impressive 11, Northern Soul and third with a 10, 20’s Left. Where were our leaders though? If they were on a six it was a Dart Off, below six and it was The Peoples Front Of Judea that would win the Quiz. Joint third in the round with nines we had four teams tied, Unfunny People, She & Him, Six Blockheads and… Taxi For Pardew!
The bar gave a deserved round of applause for our winners on the night Taxi For Pardew but what would the prize be? Gemma presented one of the winning team with a choice of three envelopes. There were murmurings of “Beer” and “Food” from the crowd as the left envelope was taken from Gemma’s hand, the slip of paper unfolded and after a pause it was Beer that was announced! Fantastic, that means with another tremendous turnout we could be playing for over £150 next week. Unlucky Taxi For Pardew but we are sure you will be back for Quiz 138.
Next up we had the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night off.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a fetching dayglo orange (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 137 we had a hefty £34 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge round we asked a question about The Simplon Pass which connects Switzerland to Italy over the Pennine and Lepontine Alps.
Although there has been a pass there for centuries the famous yellow public Postbus network in Switzerland didn’t conquer the Alps precarious Simplon Pass until 1919.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what year was it before the Swiss allowed a woman driver to drive one of these public Postbuses over the Simplon Pass?
After verifying that everyone was in John quickly filtered the Post-It’s. Under 1950s were the first to go, then under 1970s were out and finally over 1975s were also gone, which left just two people, Stephen and Mariana, who both had the same answer so to John’s delight that meant a Dart Off!
Stephen and Mariana made their way to the dartboard and Stephen was up to the oche first. Oh dear was the only easy to describe his first three darts, the sum total of seven being the result. Mariana did much better with her first set getting a total of 35. Stephen had another go and although slightly better he only managed a total of 23 so Mariana won without even having to throw her second set of darts! Stephen was gracious in defeat, congratulating Mariana with a nice handshake as Gemma handed her the whopping £34. Not a bad return for an entertaining night out.
With that Quiz 137 was brought to a close and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. Let’s hope we have another tremendous turnout for Quiz 138 where we hope to be playing for a possible £150 or more!
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Wild Card Answer: It was 1971 before the Swiss allowed women drivers on their PostBus network.
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