After being benched for Quiz 154, Phil 'The Power' Mac returned for last weeks runners up... could he make the difference?
As Monday had been a lovely bright spring-like day we were hoping that everyones winter blues had lifted and there would be a good turn out to compete for the potential £120+ Cash Prize.
As nine o’clock approached it was looking hopeful, the bar was busy and people were still arriving. After handing out the Quiz Sheets and collecting in the £1 per person entry fee Barman Chris returned with the great news that there were 36 people in the nights Quiz, taking the prize money to a eye watering £129.
There wasn’t a clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week and this is why… it was really bad Fan Art of Movie Stars. We added a film title clue to give our Quizzers a little bit of help in identifying the ‘artworks’ and after looking at them for a while we think you’ll agree there is a very slight resemblance to who they are meant to be (well, some of them anyway).
Quiz Master John gave our ten teams a while to determine who these doodles were supposed to be before beginning the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little tougher:
Q4 The RMS Titanic was built in which UK city’s shipyard? And for a bonus point name the company that built the liner?
Q9 In which constellation is the group of stars known as The Plough (or The Big Dipper)?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a further few minutes to re-examine their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Picture Round. Top spot went to the brilliantly named I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken with a 100% recognition ratio of 12 from 12. Second place went to four teams on ten, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Team Name On Both Sheets Please, UHT and The Laaaads. Third place went to Four Candles with a nine.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging. Up top were Team Name On Both Sheets Please and Four Candles with a fairly good nine from the twelve on offer. In second with eight were Great Ratios and then every other team got sevens.
The combined scores gave us an early leader board looking like this, in front on 19s a piece we had I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken and Team Name On Both Sheets Please. In second position Four Candles with 18 and then in third The Laaaads, The Peoples Front Of Judea and UHT. The defence of their title wasn’t going well, last weeks winners The Reigning Idiots were back in joint fifth with 15.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a Sharp Dressed Man to A Boy Named Sue:
Q13 Classic singles Sharp Dressed Man and Gimme All Your Lovin’ came from which 1980s ZZ Top album? And for a bonus point what was the year the album was released?
Q16 Who went to number 1 with A Boy Named Sue in 1969?
Top of the hit parade in Music for Quiz 155 was Team Name On Both Sheets Please with a nine. In second spot on eight UHT and then a trio of Teams on seven, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Quiztina Aguilera and I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken.
This gave the leader board a familiar complexion going into the break for snacks. Consolidating their lead from the First Round Team Name On Both Sheets Please now stood on 28. In reasonably close second spot we had I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken on 26 and in third three points off the pace on 25, UHT. The rest of our Teams were between 24 and 19 points.
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 burst a teams bubble… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 At the London 2012 Olympics, which country won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Mens 200m? And for a bonus point name the runner who claimed Gold in the race?
Q28 When appearing as a guest presenter on Top of the Pops in 1996 which middleweight boxer struggled with counting down the Top Ten especially... when he got to number six, Cecilia by Suggs?
Crossing the line first in Sport this week and obviously meaning business this week, Team Name On Both Sheets Please with an eight. Second we had virtually everyone else with six of our teams, Four Candles, The Reigning Idiots, Quiztina Aguilera, UHT, Big Fact Hunt and The Laaaads all tied on five. In third The Peoples Front Of Judea and Great Ratios both managed a six.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty ominous looking leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Team Name On Both Sheets Please on 36 were four points ahead of second placed UHT on 32 with Four Candles and I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken third on 31. It was going to take a massive meltdown by the leaders and a monumentous effort from the chasing teams to turn this around, even with questions like these:
Q35 Who played Inspector Fowler in the 90s BBC sitcom The Thin Blue Line? And for a bonus point what actor is the connection between the comedy series and Game of Thrones?
Q40 Which American boy band were filmed making cameo appearances in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones but the two scenes never made it to the final cut due to outrage by the Star Wars community?
There was no upset. Team Name On Both Sheets Please romped home with an excellent ten to win the final round (and the Quiz) ahead of second placed UHT who along with Four Candles, The Reigning Idiots, Great Ratios and I’m Only Here ‘Cos My TV’s Broken managed sevens a piece in Film & TV.
Well done to the winners Team Name On Both Sheets Please who obviously benefited from the return of Phil ‘The Power’ Mac (after being benched last week) to win the Quiz by a massive seven points ahead of second placed UHT. They got a round of applause as team member Sarah stood up to choose the right envelope of the three presented to her from Barman Chris. After a pause, Sarah announced The Cash! So that was it the £129 prize was theirs. They are a generous bunch though and immediately returned £29 back into the pot to kick us off next week. Cheers guys.
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 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 155 we had a very reasonable £32 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a Question about the Channel 4 Series Time Team.
Tony Robinson and his team started digging holes way back in 1994 and are still looking for long lost treasures twenty years later with the latest episode of the series being shown November 2014.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many episodes of Time Team have there been from 1994 to date?
After verifying that all the entries were in John immediately discounted all below 200 and above 300 to groans from our disappointed entrants, (one entry was 800?). There were a couple in the zone but one person was absolutely spot on. A loud cheer went up from the far end of the bar as John announced our regular Quizzer Robin H had once more won the Wild Card. There was a nice round of applause for Robin as he received his £32 from our lovely Gemma behind the bar.
With that John wrapped Quiz 155 up thanking everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We do hope to see you all next week where we kick off the Quiz with £29 so another decent turnout and we could be playing for £60 or so.
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