After last weeks disappointment one Team returned determined to go that one step further!
Here we were in February already, Christmas just a distant memory and the worst month of the year kicked off with a bitterly cold Monday. Not to worry, we had 40 hand picked Questions and a wicked picture round for our Quizzers, it was just a question of how many would turn up!
We were pleasantly surprised. The pub didn’t look that busy but when we counted up the entries we had 33 quizzers and nine teams taking the prize money on the night to a well tasty £93.
We also had an appearance from our longest serving Colly Quiz team She & Him who since the birth of their lovely little boy Alexander Robert in November have been understandably missing. They brought the little fella along to say hello to all the regular Teams and introduce him to the unique Quiz atmosphere at The Colly – but left as soon as Quizmaster John got on the mic!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "I'll wager you can't guess who these ads are for!”. Wager was a link to betting and that combined with ads would have given you Betting Adverts.
Quiz Master John was in lenient mood (his team had won at the weekend for the first time in quite a while) so he gave our teams several minutes to mull over the Picture Round before kicking 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 became a little bit tougher:
Q5 Chicago is on the shores of which North American Great Lake?
Q10 Who wrote the children’s book The Wind in the Willows?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to contemplate their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
The Picture Round had most teams baffled. Top Betting Ad aficionados were The Hasty Puddings with a commendable ten. Second with nines were four teams, The Big Fact Hunt Returns, Where Is Chris The Idiot, Vintage Sourced Original Prestige and Peoples Front Of Judea (HRW) whilst sloping in third were the sensitively named Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers with seven.
The General Knowledge Round proved equally as challenging with the top score of seven reached by Two’s Company and The Peoples Front Of Judea. We then had the trio of Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers, The Hasty Puddings and Quizbolah all scoring sixes and another trio, Where Is Chris The Idiot, Vintage Sourced Original Prestige and Peoples Front Of Judea (HRW) scoring fives.
These combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Hasty Puddings bursting ahead on 16, then three teams, Where Is Chris The Idiot, Vintage Sourced Original Prestige and Peoples Front Of Judea (HRW) finding themselves in joint second place on 14 points. The rest of our teams were there or thereabouts on 13’s and 12’s. It was all pretty close.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from southern Spains traditional music and dance to South American themed song tiles:
Q13 Andalusian gypsies developed what type of typical Spanish music with a unique dance?
Q14 Orinoco Flow was a number 1 hit for which singer in 1988?
Chart toppers for Music in Quiz 154 were Where Is Chris The Idiot with a decent 10 from 13. Second we had The Hasty Puddings with a nine and then Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers and The Peoples Front Of Judea with an eight.
This gave the leader board an unfamiliar look going into the snack break. In the lead on 25 points we had The Hasty Puddings and in second on 24 Where Is Chris The Idiot. Our usual top team, this week calling themselves Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers, were back in joint third with The Peoples Front Of Judea on 21. Highly irregular!
We then 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 make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q26 Which betting company was promoted by Paddy from Phoenix Nights?
Q28 Which British Olympic Gold medal winner has a stand named after them at Bramall Lane?
Crossing the line first this week in Sport we had Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers with an excellent 13. In close second, Two’s Company on 12 and in joint third Where Is Chris The Idiot and Vintage Sourced Original Prestige on 11.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Where Is Chris The Idiot were once again top of the pile on 35, in second spot both Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers and The Hasty Puddings on 34 and in third on 31s a piece were Two’s Company and Vintage Sourced Original Prestige. Would the Idiots hang onto the lead this week? Last Monday they crashed and burned in Film & TV and the second placed Team leapfrogged them to win. One thing in the Idiot’s favour for Quiz 154, there were no Coronation Street, Star Trek, Dr Who or Star Wars Questions! Here’s a selection:
Q32 In December 2013 which former top snooker player was a contestant in ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here? And for a bonus was he 3rd, 4th or 5th to get kicked off the show?
Q33 In what 2004 Pixar movie was the villain called Syndrome?
It was tense, John was giving nothing away as he read out the final placings for the nights Quiz in reverse order. When he got to third you could feel the tension, The Hasty Puddings had 39 which left Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers and Where Is Chris The Idiot to go. Both teams were joint winners on the final round with nine points so by courtesy of their one point advantage it was Where Is Chris The Idiot who won the nights Quiz!
The bar gave up a cracking round of applause for our regular Quizzers The Idiots, they had come so close last week and hadn’t won the Quiz for ages so it was brilliant to see them hold off Geraldine McEwan’s Undertakers in the final round. Well done guys.
It was down to Team Member Chris to choose from the three envelopes being presented to him by Barman Chris. After a little deliberation he went to his right, slowly opened the envelope, turned disappointedly to his Team Mates and announced “Food Vouchers”. Unlucky Chris and The Idiots but this could be the start of a winning streak and next week could be £120 plus courtesy of the £93 Rollover.
After all that excitement, 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 pink again (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. Barman Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 154 we had reasonable £27 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the Welsh whiner Craig Bellamy.
Bellamy had a senior football career spanning 18 years at nine different clubs (two of which he played for twice!). According to Soccerbase.com he played a total of 552 games (including subs appearances) and scored 184 goals.
Whilst Bellamy on his day was a good player he never could keep his gob shut and although he got sent off just five times over his career he was a serial offender with yellow cards.
The Wild Card question tonight is how many yellows did Bellamy pick up during his 18 year career?
After making sure that everyone was in John started sorting through the answers. First everyone who put under 100 were binned. Then everyone over 400, then 300 which left half a dozen, then John announced there was one clear winner, only one yellow card out was Stevie with a guess of 103. Excellent guess Stevie, well done and she seemed well chuffed as she walked up to the to pick up the £27 from Barman Chris.
With that an exciting Quiz 124 was complete and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. The Idiots left in fine fettle to congratulations from the other Teams and Wild Card winner Stevie left with an additional £27 in her pocket. Cracking night.
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