We were hoping the attraction of a potential £230 plus Cash Prize would get us a full house at the Quiz (and fingers crossed break a few records as well).
As the clock ticked on towards the 9pm kick off it was looking promising. The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "We've got a really sweet picture round this week" which wasn’t too cryptic, obviously sweets but what kind of sweets? Taking inspiration from a tweet by our good friend Shona a couple of weeks back we found a graphic of cross sectioned Chocolate Bars which was quite interesting.
Barman Chris collected all the entrance fees in and it was a very decent turnout… 40 Quizzers and 12 teams, took the Cash Prize on the night to a blistering £236!
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to check through the cross sectioned chocs before kicking the Quiz off with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. It was the usual drill, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more challenging:
Q7 The city of Milwaukee sits on the shores of which great American Lake? And for a bonus point Milwaukee is in what state?
Q10 Which English Sci-Fi Writer wrote The Day of the Triffids, The Kraken Awakes and Chocky?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes contemplate their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
We were expecting some good team names on the night. Quiz Master John’s team of choice had sacked their manager (yet again) following a run of quite shocking performances, so it was everyone off the Gus bus awaiting the next out of work manager to step onto the SAFC gravy train.
Most teams obviously had a sweet tooth and did very well in the Chocs Round with nine of our teams scoring maximum points.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more demanding however, Hop On The Bus Gus and We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up were top eggheads this week scoring tens. Then we had four teams, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Novo Coastrains, Wheels Fell Off The Bus Gus? (Idiots) and The Hasty Puddings tied on nines with the sensitively named You Fact Hunt on eight.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Hop On The Bus Gus and We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up leading by a point on 22. On 21 we had Peoples Front Of Judea, Wheels Fell Off The Bus Gus? (Idiots) and The Hasty Puddings with You Fact Hunt in third on 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from smoking weed slang to surfing cliches:
Q13 Which Californian Punk Bands name is an American reference to spending a day smoking weed?
Q20 In a 2012 NME blog entitled The 10 Worst Songs of the 80s which Beach Boys single full of surfing cliches claimed number one spot?
Topping the charts in Music this week were Hop On The Bus Gus with an excellent 11. Just off top spot at number two, The Peoples Front Of Judea with ten and at number three We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up tied with Rascal Ferrets.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break, Hop On The Bus Gus were creeping ahead on 33. The Peoples Front Of Judea were hanging in there on 31 and We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up had 30. The rest of the teams had between 28 and 21, it was still all to play for.
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 most teams love to hate, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q26 In the 2008 F1 season, why was the race in Singapore a first?
Q30 Which American ex-convict did Muhammad Ali beat by technical knockout in 1975 to retain his World Heavyweight crown?
Joint champions in Sport for Quiz 160 we had Big Fact Hunt and The Hasty Puddings with eight points a piece. Runners up with sevens were Hop On The Bus Gus, We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Wheels Fell Off The Bus Gus? (Idiots). Third place went to I’m Sorry Quiz Jackson and Rascal Ferrets on sixes.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting leader board going into the final Film & TV Round. Hop On The Bus Gus were two points ahead of the competition on 40. The Peoples Front Of Judea were close on 38 and We Know We’re Shit But At Least We’re Staying Up and Wheels Fell Off The Bus Gus? (Idiots) were in joint third on 37. Mind you with with questions along the lines of these it was still anybody’s Quiz:
Q34 The popular 70s BBC Comedy Series It Ain’t Half Hot Mum was set in India and which other country?
Q39 Brian Cranston, who starred as Walter White in Breaking Bad, went on to play a nuclear scientist in which 2014 (sci-fi) movie?
This weeks top Film & TV buffs were You Fact Hunt and The Peoples Front Of Judea with tens each. We then had three teams with nines, I’m Sorry Quiz Jackson, Wheels Fell Off The Bus Gus? (Idiots) and yes, you’ve guessed it… winning the Quiz by one point, our leaders throughout the night Hop On The Bus Gus.
Our assembled crowd gave Hop On The Bus Gus a round of applause as Gemma offered the choice of three envelopes to designated team member Joe. He went for the right, opened the envelope slowly and paused, the trepidation, we wanted to know had they won the cash… Joe announced to wild applause, Food! Unlucky Joe, hard lines but that’s excellent news for next week as it means we have a humungous £236 Cash Prize rolling over to Quiz 161.
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 (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 160 we had £37 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a Question about the long running ITV Drama Series The Bill.
The Bill was first broadcast in 1984 and ran for 27 years until it was axed by ITV in late 2010. In total there were 26 Seasons of The Bill as well as a number of one off specials.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, how many episodes of The Bill, including specials were there broadcast over those 27 years?
Quiz Master John gave everyone thirty seconds to get their answers in. As the seconds ran down our entrants ever more frantically got their Post-Its onto the Quiz Table. After verifying that everyone was in John let everyone in on a little known fact… he had actually been in two early episodes of The Bill (we will endeavor to find the clip), before discounting everyone under 1,000 episodes. This left nine with a chance to win.
Next up John binned everyone under 2,000 which left just two, Alex Webb-Bowen with 2,750 and Taxi For Gus Poyet with 2,304. After some impressively quick mental arithmetic John announced that Alex Webb-Bowen was out by 341 whereas Taxi For Gus Poyet was just 105 short of the answer so our regular Quizzer Hodgie, aka Taxi For Gus Poyet, was the winner! Quick as a flash Hodgie was out of his chair collecting his £37 windfall from the lovely Gemma at the bar. Well done Hodgie, £37 ain’t a bad return from a stake of just £1.
With that a very exciting and entertaining Quiz 160 was all wrapped up by John thanking everyone for turning out before signing off to a round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. Let’s hope to see you all return for Quiz 161 where we could be playing for the second biggest Cash Prize in The Colly Quizzes three and a half year history.
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