We all learned a new term in Quiz 152, 'Squirrel grip' and if you watch the clip you'll feel the pain.
With a rollover of just £13 and following a dull, cold day with bouts of freezing sleet we could have forgiven our regular Quizzers for thinking ‘sod this’ and staying in.
As nine drew near it was looking like this was the case with only the real diehards braving the dreek evening. In total we had just 21 Quizzers over six teams which took the total Cash Prize on offer to £34.
Never mind, we always think of the glass as half full here at The Colly and even though we were missing our regular teams like The Idiots and The Peoples Front of Judea we pressed on… there were 21 Quizzers eager to answer some dodgy questions. Game on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “clocks that banged out stories” and those who get my crap cryptic clues may have sussed ‘clocks’ hinted at the cockney rhyming slang for faces, ‘banged out’ was writing and ‘stories’ were books… so it was obviously(?) faces of famous authors!
Quiz Master John, back in the chair after last weeks break, gave our teams a few minutes to peruse the various wordsmiths portraits before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge just after ten past nine. As usual, a couple of easy questions first to get everyone some points on the board, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more testing:
Q1 Red Stripe beer was originally brewed in which country?
Q8 The world’s second highest mountain, Godwen Austen, is more commonly called what? And for a bonus point what two countries does the mountain straddle?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to resolve their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did surprisingly well in the Pics Round (we thought it was hard!) with That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham and Je Suis Cheeky Charlie getting the full 12 points (you could tell what one of the team thought of the Picture Round ‘Clue’). There were three teams The Hasty Puddings, Quizzly Bears and Joint Effort managing nines to come in joint second with Davark propping up the rest with six.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more gruelling. That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham came up trumps with a nine to win the round. In second were Je Suis Cheeky Charlie on eight and then in third the trio of Quizzly Bears, Davark and Joint Effort with sixes.
Theses combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham just in the lead with 21, Je Suis Cheeky Charlie in second on 20 and Quizzly Bears tied up with Joint Effort in third on 15.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from cheery-tunes to classical-crossover:
Q13 Who was Walking on Sunshine in the 80s? And for a bonus point what was the year?
Q20 Which former freelance singing teacher, London Eye tour guide and model from Neath became a popular classical-crossover singer in the mid 2000s, winning Album of the Year at the 2005 Classical BRIT Awards?
Number one in the hit parade this week in Music we had Je Suis Cheeky Charlie with nine points. In second spot Quizzly Bears had eight and third That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham on seven.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break, Je Suis Cheeky Charlie had leapfrogged the leaders and had a total of 29 points, That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham had dropped to second with 28 and in third with 23 were Quizzly Bears.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries before it was back to the Quiz and the round that can be a teams downfall, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 Which track athlete broke both the 200 and 400 meter Olympic Records (in gold running shoes) at the 1996 Olympics?
Q30 In 2013 Aussie Rugby League forward Sam Burgess was suspended after performing an illegal tackle called a squirrel grip… which part of his opponents body was Sam seen to be furiously yanking?
Taking a squirrel grip of things in the Sports we had That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham with an excellent 12 points for the round. Runners up with ten were Quizzly Bears on ten whilst former leaders Je Suis Cheeky Charlie limped in third with The Hasty Puddings on sevens a piece.
The Sport scores restored That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham to top the leader board with a blinding 40 points going into the final Film & TV Round. Still in with a shout were Je Suis Cheeky Charlie on 36 but seemingly out of the running were Quizzly Bears on 33 (unless both first and second suffered joint squirrel grips… ouch!). Mind you with questions along the lines of these you never know:
Q31 In which early 80s TV series would you hear the greeting Nanu, Nanu?
Q40 Lady Haden-Guest is better known as which Hollywood Actress? And for a bonus point her husband Baron Haden-Guest wrote and starred in which 1984 rock mockumentary about a fictional British heavy metal band?
Most knowledgeable Film & TV Team this week was Je Suis Cheeky Charlie on eight. In second with sevens Davark did well but so did That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham which meant they won yet another Quiz night with a total score of 47 even though Quiz Master John docked them a point for being cheeky to take them down to 46!
The small but appreciative crowd of Quizzers gave the winners a warm round of applause as Phil ‘The Power’ Mac chose the left of the three prize envelopes presented to him by barman Chris. Even though team member Richard told Phil to say food prize whatever he opened Phil defied team protocol and announced Cash Prize, there were groans from our assembled teams… no rollover next week. After a short conflab team That Was A Ridiculous Clue Graham decided to donate their entire £34 winnings back into the pot for next week! What a generous bunch, so for Quiz 153 we could be looking at a potential Cash Prize of around £70 with a decent turnout.
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 green (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), 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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 153 we had £18 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Music round we asked In 1965 who was on top of the charts for five weeks with a song entitled Tears? It was the Tax mans favourite crooner and comedian Ken Dodd.
In 2002 Ken Dodd’s single Tears was listed as the UK’s 19th best-selling single of all time.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many million singles did the single Tears sell up to 2002? Answers to 2 decimal places, for example the 2nd best selling single at the time was Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid with sales of 3.51 million.
After determining that all the entries were in John quickly dispatched anyone over 2 million (someone had guessed 5.8 million!?) and anyone under 1.2 million, which left just two. Val R on 1.67 and Scoop on 1.43. John left them hanging for a moment but eventually announced it was Scoop who had the closest so he won the £18 cash. Well done Scoop*.
With that Quiz 152 was concluded and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
*Both Scoop and Michael, regular Quizzers, had declined to do the Quiz as they were ‘off early’ but ended up staying the entire night sitting at the bar and doing a fair impression of Statler and Waldorf from The Muppets. They actually did quite well in the rounds too and with Scoop getting the Wildcard it could have been a lucrative evening for them… if they had actually entered the Quiz!
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