It might be the real thing but it’s translation into different languages had most of our Teams fizzin'.
After a great result for Newcastle on Sunday we were hoping everyone would have a spring in their step and want to join in Quiz 191 this week. The weather wasn’t bad (for October) and we had a rollover of £29 so a good turnout could also give us over £60 to play for.
We’d had a couple of promises from both new and regular Quizzers saying they were ‘possibly’ going to turn up so at 8:30pm we waited with our fingers crossed. As the clock ticked it’s way to nine it was looking like a poor turnout, there were only at best four Teams, then out of nowhere a bus load of people arrived… the bar went from being sparse (to say the least) to absolutely rammed without a seat to spare in the space of ten minutes!
Barmaid Gemma did the rounds with the Picture Round and the Answer sheets and when she came back to the bar we had £73 in for the Cash Prize, 44 Quizzers and 12 Teams!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was a belter (well at least I thought it was) regular Quizzer Jack thought differently, his Tweet summed it up:
Well if Jack had scooped Я хотел бы научить мир петь, right clicked and chosen Search Google for… he would have got the translation “I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing” by the New Seekers which was famously used for advertising Coca-Cola. A little bit of lateral thinking and he might have sussed that it was Coca-Cola in different languages! Well bottles of Coke with the brand in different languages anyway.
It was a bit of a toughie!
Resident Quiz Master John was away on business again so it was yours truly masquerading as a Quiz Master again this week and after giving our twelve teams a few minutes to savour the Cokes of the World we kicked off 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 trying:
05. The Hurricane, the Tornado and the Lightning are all types of what?
Q09. Which (Irish) whiskey brand claims to be the oldest in the world having opened it’s first distillery in 1608?
After the General Knowledge Round the Teams were given another few minutes to consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Picture Round (considering how hard it was!) but one Team returned an outstanding result… The Three Big Quizzers scored a ten from the twelve available. And to put that achievement into context, second place went to the trio of Team With No Name, Quiche and The ‘Stay At Home’ Crew. The rest managed just fours and below.
The General Knowledge Round proved not quite as as challenging this week, top brainboxes were The Quizard Of Oz and our regular super long named Team Spontaneous Wrecks Improv Comedy At The Bridge Hotel, 4th November – More Fun Than A Foreign Coke with nine’s a piece. Second place went to I’ve Lost My Pen and Watery Fowls on eights and three Teams managed seven’s Quiche, Jeremy Beadle’s Piano Solo and Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him?
The combined scores gave us a leader board of The Three Big Quizzers taking an early lead with 15, in second spot The Quizard Of Oz with 13 and third Quiche on 12.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from from life on other planets to heaven is a place on earth:
Q11. Which planet did David Bowie sing about Life On in 1969?
Q12 Heaven Is A Place On Earth was a 1987 hit for which female singer?
Top of the hit parade this week in Music no less than three teams with eight points, The Three Big Quizzers, Team With No Name and Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him? Spontaneous Wrecks Improv Comedy At The Bridge Hotel, 4th November – More Fun Than A Foreign Coke came in second and I’ve Lost My Pen, The ‘Stay At Home’ Crew and Quiz Ego were joint third with sixes each.
This gave the leader board a familiar perspective going into the snack break. The Three Big Quizzers were well in the lead with 23, Team With No Name were the best of the rest on 19 and then we had three teams on 17, Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him?, I’ve Lost My Pen and The Quizard Of Oz.
We then had our standard 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 make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21 In 1971 Alan Shepherd became the first person to hit a golf ball well over 200 yards with a six iron using just one hand but he wasn’t on a golf course... where was he?
Q28. Which British runner won the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations World female Athlete of the Year in 2002?
First past the post in Sport this week we had the Team With No Name scoring a cracking eleven points from the twelve available. Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him? were a close second with ten points and in third Watery Fowls and Quiz Ego with nines.
The Sport scores gave us quite an interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Former leaders The Three Big Quizzers had dropped into second with 29 courtesy of a poor Sport Round and the Team With No Name were now in the pole position on 30. Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him? were third with 27 and outsiders with 24 were Watery Fowls, Quiche, I’ve Lost My Pen and The Quizard Of Oz. It looked like it was going to be one of the top two but with questions along the lines of these who could predict the outcome:
Q35. Which Scot played Victor Meldrew in the 1990s sitcom One Foot In The Grave?
Q38. What Bond movie did 80s singing sensation Sheena Easton sing the theme for?
The Three Big Quizzers rallied for the final round scoring an excellent ten from twelve and with Where’s That Mackem When You Want Him? coming in second on nine and leaders Team With No Name scoring eight along with Spontaneous Wrecks Improv Comedy At The Bridge Hotel, 4th November – More Fun Than A Foreign Coke it meant that The Three Big Quizzers won the nights Quiz by the slimmest of margins.
The Three Big Quizzers seemed astonished that they had won but sometimes you just have one of those nights where every inkling that you have comes off and each guess at a date or whatever scores a point. However they did it congratulations were in order for our winning team of three and the assembled crowd gave them a deserved round of applause as one of the guys came up to the bar to choose from the three envelopes that Barmaid Gemma had in her grasp. He went middle and slowly unfurled the enclosed piece of paper… Food Vouchers!
Unlucky The Three Big Quizzers (you’ll not be disappointed with the food though it’s lush) but the good news is that means the rollover next week is £73 so with a good crowd in we could be playing for a potential Cash prize of over £100 at Quiz 192.
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. 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 191 we had a decent £34 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sport Round we had a question about England’s ill-fated penalty shoot out with Germany at Italia 90.
During the game we’d had Gazza’s tears and an England goal disallowed for a fractional offside. England had been the better side in normal time and West Germany in extra time. We then went to the penalty shootout and we all know what happened next...
Now... the whistle for the 90 minutes was blown at 3:16 pm that afternoon, the match then went into extra time and then to the penalty shoot out. So the Wild Card Question tonight is, what was the exact time of day that Chris Waddle ballooned the ball over the bar to miss his ‘pelanty’ and end England’s dream of reaching the World Cup Final final?
After confirming that everyone's entry was in I just started to take off the answers that were nowhere near, reading the unlucky name as I went but then it became apparent there were four people with exactly the same answer that was awful close, which could mean a quadruple dart off! Peter Thorp, Chris B, Leicester Jack and Phoebe Calcutt all had 4:01, then I spotted Alistair Welford's guess, absolutely spot on at 4:03 and that was it, he was the closest. Alistair threw his arms up in joy as his name was announced as the winner and he was well happy with the £34 that he picked up from Barmaid Gemma.
With that Quiz 191 was complete, as always it was a blast and after thanking everyone for turning out I retired to the bar for a couple of soothing beers… I don’t know where John gets all the energy from to do this every Monday night!
We hope to see you all again next week, especially the new faces, where we could be playing for a cash prize of over £100.
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