A few of weeks ago our Friends The Idiots managed to throw away a four point lead and we thought that couldn't be bettered. We were wrong!
It was a cold, miserable, sleety night in February and even with the attraction of a £100 plus Cash Prize we wondered how many of our Quiz Teams would be up for it.
By nine we had 26 Quizzers in seven teams, not bad considering, but no Idiots this week which was a shame. The turnout took the Cash Prize on offer for the night to a substantial £106.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “Herald the last pub traveling South on the High Street” which if you were super clever would have got you Herald = Heraldry and The County is the last pub on Gosforth High Street going South. So obviously(?) English County’s Coats of Arms!
A lot of our teams looked bemused so Quiz Master John gave them a few minutes to consider the Coats of Arms, which even he thought was tough (the Pic Round was conceived following a 5-0 football lesson from Man City on the previous Saturday!) before embarking on 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 difficult:
Q3. In Einstein’s theory of relativity, E=MC2, what does the letter C represent? And for a bonus point what letter did Einstein originally propose for C?
Q8. Launched in 1981 the Epson HX-20 (with a a built-in 120 × 32-pixel LCD screen) is generally regarded by most experts as the first what?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams some more time to contemplate their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams struggled in the Pics Round but one team had sussed the Preview Clue and done their homework with Taxi For Carver getting an unbelievable 12 from 12 in one of the hardest Picture Rounds for ages. To put this in perspective second placed Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now got a seven and Jay's Carers managed a six to come in third.
The General Knowledge Round was a little more even however with four of our teams, Birthday Girls, Taxi For Carver, Jay's Carers and Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now getting a seven. In second spot we had The Tony Blair Witch Project with six and joint third A Nap Hand and Jay's Carers with four.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Taxi For Carver bursting out in front with a massive 19, way behind in second were Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now on 14 and in third with 12 The Peoples Front Of Judea. It was looking all over after the first round with Taxi For Carver already five points in the lead courtesy of their cracking Picture Round score.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from daft Geordies to Dutch DJs:
Q11 Which football player had a minor hit with Geordie Boys in 1990?
Q17. In 2006 Fedde Le Grand went to number one with Put Your Hands Up For... which American City?
Topping the charts this week we had Taxi For Carver cementing their lead with a big ten. Second were The Peoples Front Of Judea with eight and in third spot with sevens a piece Birthday Girls and Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now.
This gave the leader board an even more ominous look about it with Taxi For Carver increasing their lead to a massive eight points with a score of 29. Way back in second were Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now on 21 and in third The Peoples Front Of Judea with 20.
It was definitely looking like a lost cause as we took five minutes out for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries. Then it was back to the Quiz and the round that can make a difference… you either love it or you hate it, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q26. What unique event stopped the 1993 boxing match between Riddick Bowe and Evander Holyfield at Caeser’s Palace in Las Vegas? And for a bonus in which round of the fight did this unique event happen?
Q30. In Sir Alex Ferguson’s last game as manager of Manchester United who were the opposing team? And for an additional point what was the final score in the Game?
Two teams couldn’t be separated at the finish line this week in Sport with The Peoples Front Of Judea and Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now both scoring nines. The Tony Blair Witch Project came a close second with eight whilst A Nap Hand and Jay's Carers tied in third with five. But where were our leaders? There must have been an element of complacency in this weeks Sport by our leading team Taxi For Carver, they only managed a poor three! This threw the cat right amongst the pigeons.
Going into the final Film & TV Round Taxi For Carver were now just two points ahead on 32 following their disastrous Sport Round. Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now were breathing down the leaders neck on 30 and hanging on in there with 29 we had The Peoples Front Of Judea. What a finale, which of our top three would make the best out of questions like these:
Q32. Alec Hardy is one of the principal characters in which ITV Series?
Q35. When Samuel L Jackson had a role in Star Wars he requested that his character had what colour light saber? And for a bonus point what was the full name of the Jedi Knight he played?
The atmosphere was tense as Quiz Master John gave the answers out and then announced the final positions of the teams in reverse order. In third place courtesy of a seven in the final round we had The Peoples Front Of Judea on a total of 36. In second spot our former leaders Taxi For Carver with 40 and with a full 12 points in the final round giving them 42 Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now. What a comeback!
The bar gave a massive round of applause for our winners Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now who at one stage were eight points behind the then leaders Taxi For Carver. Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now managed to claw back the points deficit courtesy of a poor Sport round from Taxi For Carver and a stunning score in Film & TV. What an unbelievable turnaround.
Barman Chris presented the three envelopes to the winning team to choose their prize. The elected team member chose middle and slowly unfolded the enclosed piece of paper, The Food Vouchers!
Hard lines for Heaven Knows I’m Quizzerable Now, after that Herculean effort they unfortunately didn’t get the Cash but that’s great news for everyone who comes next week as it means we start with a £106 Rollover.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish what had been an extraordinary 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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 157 we had £22 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we had a question asking which planet in our Solar System had the most moons. The answer was Jupiter with a huge 63 moons.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many moons in total are their in our Solar System as of 2008?
John gave our Quizzers thirty seconds to scribble down their guesses and stick the Post-It’s to his table. After checking that he had the full compliment of Post-It’s John then chucked everybody out who had over 200. There were a few groans. Then everyone who was under 100 were consigned to the non-winners pile. We were left with three answers, Philip Marlowe who was close with 161, Tim who was closer still with 170 and then spot on with 176 was Rob who cheered with glee as John announced his name.
A very happy Rob picked up his £22 winnings from Gemma at the bar. He immediately bought his pal a drink as originally Rob had just 76 on his Post-It but his friend had pointed out that it was a bit low so Rob added the 1. Good job he put that in front of the 76 and not after!
With that Quiz 157 was brought to a close and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We hope to see you all next week where we could be playing for a £130 plus Cash Prize.
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The Wild Card Answer: As of October 2008, there are 176 known natural moons orbiting planets in our Solar System.
168 moons orbit the "full-size" planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune), while 8 moons orbit the smaller "dwarf planets" (Ceres, Pluto, Haumea, Makemake, and Eris).