Miserable Mondays, monster mobiles and around the world on a tube train. Quiz 196 was a canny night out!
We were hoping the lure of a possible £100 Cash Prize along with our glowing real fuel fires might get a few of our regular teams out on another cold wet Monday night in November, as even though the rain had stopped by the evening it was still pretty grim.
It was looking like a cosy turnout by 8:50pm but a few more teams had arrived by the time we started handing out the Answer Sheets and Picture Round. Once barmaid Gemma had got the entry fees in we found had a total of 30 Quizzers in eight teams which took the Cash Prize on offer for the night to £87... not a bad prize for a fun night out on the drink!
Our usual Quizmaster John was having some plumbing issues (not to mention his team were on MNF) so it was yours truly the Quiz Compiler that was in the big chair again.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Between 1994 and 2005 there was a communications revolution”. Communications referred to the mobile phone technology that went from bricks in 1994 to feature phones in 2005 before the game changer, the iPhone in 2006.
Our teams were given a few minutes to mosey over the Mobiles Picture Round before we kicked off the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, we had a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more difficult:
Q01 With which two drinks would you make a Black Velvet?
Q02 What series of books is Roger Hargreaves famous for writing?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz the Teams were given a few minutes to consider their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams struggled in the Picture Round but the dates were really a lucky dip anyway. Top of the mobile Picture Round were The Hasty Puddings on 14 points from the 24 on offer. Stay At Home Crew and Paul Collingwood managed 12s a piece and UNose came in third on 11.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little less challenging for most teams. Beauties & The Beast won the round with a nine, then we had four teams on sevens, The Hasty Puddings, Paul Collingwood, Feebes’ Frozen Funsters and Jamie Vardy’s Having A Party. Stay At Home Crew and UNose managed four’s each to come in third.
The combined scores of the first two round gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Hasty Puddings surging in front again for the fourth week running with 21. Beauties & The Beast along with Paul Collingwood were in second place on 19 then Stay At Home Crew on 16.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging From This Moment On to Mowtown:
Q13 From This Moment On, That Don’t Impress Me Much and Man! I Feel Like A Woman were all late 90s top ten UK hits for which (Canadian) singer?
Q14 In which American city was the soul music record company Motown founded?
Number one spot in Music this week went to Beauties & The Beast with a tremendous 12 scored from the 13 on offer. Feebes’ Frozen Funsters didn’t do badly either with an 11 and Jamie Vardy’s Having A Party came in third spot with 10.
This gave the leader board a slightly different appearance going into the snack break Beauties & The Beast had leapfrogged the leaders to take top spot with 31. The Hasty Puddings dropped to second place on 30 then Feebes’ Frozen Funsters and Stay At Home Crew were five points behind on 25s each.
We had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries, then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can ruin a good start on the night… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 Team GB have only ever won Gold in the Modern Pentathlon once, at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, who was the winner?
Q26 Former Blackburn winger and Premier League winner Stuart Ripley went on to work in what profession following his retirement from football?
Sport was rock this week, but first place went to Paul Collingwood who got six (the round was ridiculously hard!). Beauties & The Beast and Feebes’ Frozen Funsters came in second on four and then The Hasty Puddings and Arouna Koné got third with just three!
The Sport scores gave us a pretty conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Beauties & The Beast on 35 were two points ahead of last weeks winners The Hasty Puddings on 33. Paul Collingwood were in third with 30 and Feebes’ Frozen Funsters were six points behind the leaders on 29. It was nearly all over bar the shouting but with questions along the lines of these who could say:
Q31 Ricky Jervais played which character in BBC2s comedy series The Office?
Q40 One of Keira Knightley’s first film appearances was in 1999s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace where she played Queen Amidala’s attendant, bodyguard and decoy. What was her characters name?
Stay At Home Crew finished strongly with an 11 in Film & TV but so did our current leaders Beauties & The Beast who jointly won the round and therefore the Quiz with an excellent total score of 46. Feebes’ Frozen Funsters and UNose did well in the final round with tens each and Jamie Vardy’s Having A Party and Arouna Koné rolled in third for Film & TV with eight.
Our teams gave up a round of applause for the winners Beauties & The Beast who won the nights Quiz six points ahead of last weeks winners The Hasty Puddings who despite a poor last round of seven still managed second on 40.
Winning team member Aileen was designated to draw the envelope from the three presented by Barmaid Gemma, she went middle and after dropping the enclosed slip of paper on the floor she managed to retrieve it and announced (to everyones delight) FOOD!
There was another round of applause from the assembled teams as unlucky as it was for Beauties & The Beast [not drawing the cash] it means next week we could be playing for £120 or more!
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 orange (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. Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 196 we had a canny £29 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question on on the London Underground.
London Underground is reckoned to be the third largest metro system in the world in terms of miles, after the Beijing Subway and the Shanghai Metro and according to Transport For London the tube trains travel the combined equivalent of 90 trips to the moon and back each year.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many times around the world does that travel equate to?
I gave a clue… it’s a four figure number and a time limit of 30 seconds to get the Post-Its on the Quiz Table.
After double checking that all the entries were in all those guesses over 6,000 were discounted. There was a few groans but not as many as when those over 3,000 went. The winning window was then further narrowed to between one and two thousand which got exciting as there just seven left in it.
The final few were read out randomly I’m a Celebrity style… “Hasty Puddings with 1214, close but it’s not you, Mike, 1987, closer still but it’s not you either, Richard N with two entries of 1014 and 1093, unlucky, it’s not you and Robin with 1072 it’s not you either.” This left us with two “Will with 1870, it might be you and Claudio Ranieri it could be you”.
Eager to find out who Claudio and Will were I asked for them to show themselves. Claudio was regular Quizzer and Leicester City supporter Jack, who was obviously grinning ear to ear following his teams demolition of Newcastle on Saturday and Will was part of the Feebes’ Frozen Funsters in the back room.
So it was now down to the closest to my answer of 1,735… so it was hard lines to Will but well done to Jack who was the exuberantly happy winner of £29. Not bad for a quid stake!
With that Quiz 196 was wrapped up by thanking everyone for turning out in such miserable weather. We hope to see you all next week for Quiz 197 which could have a Cash Prize of £120 or more!
The QuizMaker Website
After doing the Quiz for four years, writing over 8,000 questions and compiling 190 plus Picture Rounds I thought it would be a good idea to make all of these resources available online.
The QuizMaker website has been designed primarily for those who write Pub and Club Quizzes and need a constant stream of unique questions and Picture Rounds.
If you regularly host a Quiz, plan to hold your own Quiz for colleagues or friends or just like answering questions, take a look. It’s less than the price of a pint* for 40 unbranded, unique, well researched Questions and you can also buy the Picture Rounds and Wild Cards.
The website is here and if you follow The QuizMaker on Twitter (@The_QuizMaker) I will be regularly releasing updates, teaser questions and discount codes (plus I would really appreciate the followers... we are now up to 14).
* For 50% off your first purchase enter 50-PERCENT-X7R5 at the checkout.
Do us a favour people. If you like this review of the Quiz please click the like at the top of the page... it's nice to know that all of our hard work doing the Quiz and writing the blog is appreciated! Cheers.
Click on the images to enlarge or link to related content.
The Wild Card Answer: 1,735 times around the world
Source: The Telegraph