After last weeks bumper turnout we had our fingers crossed for more of the same to take the small rollover of £18, left by our generous Cash Winners in Quiz 133, back near £50 or more.
You can never gauge the Quiz, this week we had just half of last weeks turnout so we only managed to get the Cash Prize to £38, still it’s the winning that counts though!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview was "Fancy touring around Europe? What a Capital idea!" and our Quizzers were fishing over the weekend, was it landmarks or the location of capital cities? The key was touring rather than looking, you would need a map and require locations and then obviously Capital with a cap C, a noun or name. So we were after the location of capital cities in Europe.
John gave our teams a few minutes to contemplate the capital cities 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 something a little more challenging to get those synapses firing:
Q1 What is the most southerly point of South America generally called?
Q9 What are the sparkling wines made in the regions of Alsace, Bordeaux and Loire called?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to refine and rethink their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, This Rivers Run Dry got all 12 right! In second place we had three teams, Newgham United, She & Him and Cape Idiots with a very good 11 and then tens for Billy No Answers and Joan Quizzers.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging however with top marks of eight going to both Newgham United and This Rivers Run Dry. She & Him did well getting second place with a seven, then we had the trio of Joan Quizzers, Cape Idiots and Rainbow Ponies with sixes.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of This Rivers Run Dry pressing ahead with a top score of 20, Newgham United in second spot on 19 and She & Him on a creditable 18. Not much in it.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from seventies spacemen to Bears and Hares:
Q15 The 70s film The Man Who Fell to Earth starred which singer? And for an extra point what year was the film released?
Q19 A cover version of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know was a hit for who in 2013?
Joan Quizzers took number one spot in Music with an excellent ten, then we had four teams in second place with nine, Billy No Answers, She & Him, Cape Idiots and Rainbow Ponies. This Rivers Run Dry managed eight and Newgham United, after a great start to the quiz propped up the Music scores with a seven.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break. This Rivers Run Dry were still nosing in front on 28 but we now had She & Him on 27 in second and three teams in third on 26, Newgham United, Joan Quizzers and Cape Idiots. So there was very little in it.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries, this week consisting of cheesy balls, salted almonds and a particularly pungent cheesy popcorn that one of our teams described as ‘foot’ flavoured (they are definitely an acquired taste!). Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 Up to 2005 what was the highest score that could be awarded by a figure-skating judge?
Q28 Which player transferred to Arsenal (from Crystal Palace) in 1991 for £2.5 million which was a club record fee at the time?
Championees in Sport this week we had Joan Quizzers with a table topping ten. Second on nine, Cape Idiots and then in third with eight This Rivers Run Dry.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round as any one of three of our teams were in with a shout. Joint leaders we had Joan Quizzers and This Rivers Run Dry on 36 then on 35 we had Cape Idiots. Both Newgham United and She & Him had an outside chance on 33 if our three leaders had a mare with questions along the lines of these:
Q34 “Escape or die frying” was the tagline to which animated film released in 2000?
Q37 Which actor played Stan Butler in the 60s sitcom and film On the Buses? And for a bonus point what was the character name of the inspector from the show?
It was a very close finish but this week we had a clear winner, no need for a Dart Off. In fourth with an excellent score of 43, She & Him, in third Cape Idiots were close with 44. Second with 45, This Rivers Run Dry were just pipped to the post by Joan Quizzers returning an impressive 45.
We had a big round of applause in the bar for our winners, especially as it was one of the victorious team’s final Quiz ever. A good friend of everyone in The Colly and regular Quizzer Matt is upping sticks and heading off to New Zealand, so he was given the choice of envelopes to choose what his final Quiz Prize would be. Would you believe it, Matt only went and pulled the Cash Prize!
Again there was a round of applause for our winners and Matt before John announced up next 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 quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 134 we had £14 in for the prize. The short and sweet question was:
In the General Knowledge Round the first Question we asked What is the most southerly point of South America generally called? The answer was Cape Horn.
The Wild Card is dead simple tonight… what is the distance, as the crow flies, between The Collingwood Arms in Jesmond and Cape Horn, in Kilometres.
After double checking that everyone was in John quickly binned the Post-It’s that weren’t even in the ball park reading out the guesses as he went (and there were some mighty big distances being quoted by some). Finally there were two left, both very close, we had Jess B on 12,038km and Phil Mac on 12,231… unbelievably it was Phil Mac again! He got a big hand as once more he was at the bar getting his cash winnings.
It must be the fifth or sixth time Phil’s won a Wild Card and it’s definitely luck as well because Phil is always the first one to put his Post-It on the table. Some people ponder and try and reason their answer but as soon as John reads the last line (and sometimes as he’s reading it) Phil thinks of a number and bosh it’s on the table! Well done again Phil, enjoy your winnings.
With that Quiz 134 was sorted and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
Matt generously put £14 back in the pot for next weeks Quiz so with a good turnout it could be £40 plus but unfortunately our pal Matt won’t be there… good luck mate from us all at The Colly, we hope you have a cracking time in New Zealand and please keep in touch (we’ll feature updates on the blog).
Click on the images for related content.