In our Swinging Sixties Picture Round one of our teams, obviously a little younger than the rest, decided that this was the follically challenged Man U player! Good call.
We’ve had some great turnouts this year, a couple of thirty plus nights and that record breaking 51 a couple of weeks back for Quiz 156. So we wondered what a chilly Monday in March might bring.
A breaking news story about a ten million pound winger from down the road allegedly frolicking with under age schoolies gave plenty of options for interesting Team names. And Quiz Master John being a supporter of said team also promised there could be a bit of added spice.
As nine approached it was looking like a canny crowd and then the bar just kept filling up! We ended up with 50 Quizzers and 14 Teams and Quiz Master John even had to give up his marking table as there was one team with no where to sit. It was lucky that there were no more teams as we had only printed out 14 Picture Rounds.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “They were swinging” so the cool cats amongst our teams would have obviously deduced it was the sixties but who or what were we looking for from the 60s was the question?
It was sixties people, those that defined the era in one way or another.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise our sixties faces before beginning 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 intimidating:
Q1 What two ingredients are required to make a screwdriver cocktail?
Q6 Zugspitze is the highest mountain in which (European) country?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to peruse through their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round but the creatively named It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It had the supreme Sixties knowledge scoring a 100% 12 points. Joint Effort did well with an 11 and in third place with ten points a piece The Peoples Front Of Judea and Solo Mio. One team on the Picture Round decided that pic number one was Wayne Rooney? Now we know Wayne is not the most handsome chap and he’s also got some hair issues… but being born in the 60s would put him at around 45 years old at least!
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more arduous. Top marks in the Round went to the self promoting Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel) who we think have a gig this week. Second with eights were Quiztine Aguilera, The Mongoose and It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It and in third spot were five teams with seven points a piece.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It already a couple of points ahead of the pack on 20. In second Joint Effort with 17 and in third The Peoples Front Of Judea and Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel).
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from 60s soul to 90s sabotage:
Q15 Amazing Grace was a 1972 best selling album for which American Soul Singer?
Q17 Sabotage was a guitar based hip hop top twenty hit for which New York trio in the mid nineties?
Top of the hit parade in Music this week was Adam Johnson Scores When He Wants picking up a nine (yes it was tempting to follow that with ‘year old’). In second spot we had The Hasty Puddings, It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It and Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel) all with an eight. Whilst in third were four teams on seven, Fucking Jim’s At Band Practice, Quiztine Aguilera, Actually It’s Called Mongeese and The Peoples Front Of Judea.
It was rather disappointing that we only had one AJ themed team name tonight, we thought there would be several variations having seen the explosion of crass comments on Twitter.
The Music Round results gave the leader board a familiar look going into the snack break, still in pole position and with an increased lead of three points It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It on 28. In second position Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel) getting plenty of exposure with 25 points and in joint third Adam Johnson Scores When He Wants, Joint Effort, The Hasty Puddings and The Peoples Front Of Judea all on 24.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries. John welcomed the break as marking up 14 team scores every round is about as tough as it gets for a Quiz Master. Then it was back to the round that, as we found last week, can make or break a teams score, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q26 Who became the oldest goalscorer in World Cup history by scoring against Russia in the 1994 World Cup? And for a bonus point in what country was the World Cup held in that year?
Q29 In which sport would you bump, set and spike?
Scoring like AJ at the school gates in Sport this week we had It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It coming in first on a nine. Runners up with eights were Adam Johnson Scores When He Wants, The Leftys, The Mongoose, Actually It’s Called Mongeese and The Peoples Front Of Judea and in third spot four teams with sevens, Fucking Jim’s At Band Practice, Armitage Shanks, Quiztine Aguilera and Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel).
The Sport scores gave us a fairly cut and dried leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It were well out in front on 37. In second place we had three teams, Adam Johnson Scores When He Wants, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel) all with a slim chance of overturning the leaders should they have a mare and with questions along the lines of these who knows:
Q33 Released in 1962, what was the title of the first James Bond film? And for a bonus point who played the first James Bond?
Q34 Who played Pop Larkin in the 90s series The Darling Buds of May?
Well it wasn’t to be, It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It romped home with a near maximum 12 in the final round to win the Quiz with an excellent 49 points. Second in the Film & TV Round we had Adam Johnson Scores When He Wants and The Peoples Front Of Judea both on 11 which also tied them on a final score of 43 in the evenings Quiz. Third place in the round with ten points went to Spontaneous Wrecks (Live This Wednesday At The Bridge Hotel) which also coincidentally gave them third spot in the Quiz with a final score of 42.
It had been an excellent Quiz and our teams gave up a round of applause for our winners It’s Death Jim… But Not As We Know It as team member Sarah contemplated which envelope to choose from the three on offer. She went middle, slowly unfolded the slip of paper enclosed and to everyone's delight shouted out Beers! Unlucky for our winners (apart from Will who always scores for the case of Budweiser) but fantastic for the Quiz as with a £157 rollover to start we could be playing for £200 plus Cash Prize next week!
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 yellow (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question that Quiz Master 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 158 we had a record £48 Cash Prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we had a Question about the early 1990s comedy drama The Darling Buds of May.
Starring David Jason, Pam Ferris and shooting Catherine Zeta-Jones to stardom, the series was based on a post war novel by H E Bates and became a national, award-winning smash hit.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what year was the novel by H E Bates published?
After confirming that everyone was in John started sifting through the 47 slips of paper to find the closest to our answer and there were so many he drafted me in to help! Eventually John announced we had five people within four years of our answer and there was one within a year… Andy Sweerts*. Our winner Andy jumped out of his seat with a roar (and who wouldn’t after winning £48) and bounded over to the bar to eagerly claim his readies.
With that a very busy Quiz 158 was complete and a weary John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless as Gemma rang the bell for last orders. What a night, we hope you all enjoyed it and return next week for Quiz 159 to battle it out for a possible £200 plus Cash Prize.
* Andy we couldn’t decipher your surname on the Post-It so took a stab at Sweerts (although it could be Sweeny or Sweems). Just drop us an email or comment in the box below if you want it corrected. Mind after winning a Cash Prize of £48 you may wish to stay anonymous… at least until you’ve spent it!
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