It was a eagerly contested Quiz for a huge Cash Prize and what a nail biting conclusion...
After a clear bright and dare we say a nearly warm spring day we were hoping seeing some sunshine had cheered everyone up and the lure of a £270+ Cash Prize might draw a few more happy souls in for our Quiz.
As the evening progressed toward kick off there were a few new faces milling about and by 9pm the place didn’t look that full but when Chris had collected the entries in there were a decent 42 Quizzers in 10 teams ready to battle it out for a massive £278 Cash Prize.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “Some stunning vistas based on Marlon’s first Oscar winning film”. Not to testing we thought, stunning vistas were views and Marlon’s first Oscar (Brando) was for On The Waterfront so waterfront views was our theme this week. Also as it was a special occasion, the second biggest cash prize ever, we printed the Picture Round out to mega A3 size so our quizzers could see all the detail in the images.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to unfold the huge A3 sheets and study the cityscapes before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round moved on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q6 What were the first names of the inventors and pioneers of aviation the Wright brothers?
Q7 Zwischenzug is a tactic you might employ in what (board) game?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to peruse their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, some did well without even reading the list of cities we were looking for! Yes top left of the A3 sheet was the caption “Here’s the cities, just match the pics; Sydney, Cape Town, Helsinki, San Fransisco, Rio de Janeiro, Hong Kong, Singapore, Auckland, Dubai, Chicago, Stockholm, Toronto.” Unfortunately around five of our teams didn’t bother reading this and one team did and still managed to put London as one of the answers? The pressure of possibly winning the huge prize was obviously too much.
The teams Rascal Ferrets, Sticky Ben and Agatha Quiztee obviously did read the instructions as they were top sightseers in the Picture Round with tens a piece. The Hasty Puddings got a nine to come in second and Bill’s Babes got an eight.
The General Knowledge Round was challenging as usual but most teams got either sevens or sixes.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Sticky Ben and Agatha Quiztee just in front on 17. The Hasty Puddings in second with 16 and Rascal Ferrets on 15 with the rest close behind.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from swinging sixties bands to squeaky clean eighties singers:
Q16 ELO collaborated with which female singer to get a 1980 number 1 with Xanadu?
Q18 Which rock band started out as The Detours in the early 60s? And for a bonus point what year did they change their name to the one we are more familiar with?
Topping the hit parade this week in Music were the confidently named Just Hand Over The Cash ‘Cos Sarah’s Back with a blistering ten. A close second It’s John’s Birthday, So Please Let Him Win and in third spot Rascal Ferrets and the intriguingly named Shanghai Handshake.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break with Just Hand Over The Cash ‘Cos Sarah’s Back leaping into the lead on 24. Just a point behind we had a trio of teams with It’s John’s Birthday, So Please Let Him Win, Rascal Ferrets and The Hasty Puddings on 23 and on 22s Sticky Ben and Agatha Quiztee. It was tight, just three points separating six teams at the halfway stage.
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 sometimes throttle a good run, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21 In golf terms, what is the opposite of a slice?
Q24 Roberto Duran, Panama's finest boxer, branched out into acting during the late seventies. In which movie did he pop up as a sparring partner for the lead character?
Winners by a triple KO in Sport this week we had The Hasty Puddings, Agatha Quiztee and Bill’s Babes tied on maximum 12s all round. A close second with creditable elevens were Sticky Ben and the creatively named He Slips, He Stamps, He’s Off To Join The Yanks, Stevie Gee, Stevie Gee with the rest of our teams getting nines and eights.
The Sport scores gave us the tightest leaders board we’ve ever seen going into the final Film & TV Round. The Hasty Puddings were back in the lead on 35 just a point ahead of Agatha Quiztee on 34. Then we had Sticky Ben and Just Hand Over The Cash ‘Cos Sarah’s Back on 33 with It’s John’s Birthday, So Please Let Him Win on 32. Just four points separating five teams… but who would be victorious following questions along the lines of these:
Q32 Name the actor who played Detective Dave Starsky in the 1970s American cop series Starsky & Hutch? And for a bonus point which actor played Starsky in the 2004 film?
Q37 Which 40s Hollywood pin-up famously said: “Any girl can look glamorous: all you have to do is stand still and look stupid”?
It was tense as John gave out the answers, there was one of the lead teams had a query and gained a point which increased the pressure even more.
The winners of the round were the Rascal Ferrets who won the Quiz a couple of weeks back, they got an eight to take their total nights score to 39. Second in the round were It’s John’s Birthday, So Please Let Him Win and Bill’s Babes both on sevens and hiking their total points for the night to 39 and 38 respectively. Third in Film & TV, Sticky Ben with a six to bring their nights total also to 39 and joint fourth in the round with fives Agatha Quiztee which gave them a total of 39 as well – was this going to be the biggest Dart Off in the Quizzes history? No. Also on a five for the Film & TV Round and taking their total to a Quiz winning 40 was The Hasty Puddings!
The pub gave up a tremendous round of applause for our nights winners The Hasty Puddings, two guys who are in regularly for the Monday Quiz and are always up there with the leaders and this may be the second time they have won it but what of the prize? Was it going to be the massive Cash Prize between the two of them? Barman Chris offered up the three decisive envelopes and our designated team member went right, there was a hush as he opened the slip of paper concealed inside… he slowly announced Food Vouchers! The place went wild, this means there will be a £278 Rollover going into Quiz 162 next week, what a thought. The Cash Prize could be £310+, it may even surpass our previous Cash Prize record of £317 from way back in March 2013.
Whilst the thought of a mega payout next week is well exciting spare a thought for our winners The Hasty Puddings, so close they could smell the money but unfortunately lady luck didn’t smile on them on the night. Never mind guys you did tremendously well to beat the strong competition and there is always next week, if you can make it.
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 as usual 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 161 we had a huge £38 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the oldest Marathon Runner Fauja Singh who retired in 2013 following his final competitive race in Hong Kong at the grand old age of 101 years old.
In 2002 Fauja, or the Turbaned Tornado as his biography christened him, did our very own Great North Run at the sprightly age of 91.
Our Wild Card Question tonight is in how many minutes did Fauja complete the Great North Run in that year?
After confirming that everyone was in John sifted through the answers and he had everything from 30 minutes to over five hours! He eventually whittled the entries down to Anna with 142, Jay with 2:33 (153) and Bill S with 156. After announcing them in reverse order John made Bill S’s night by letting him know that he was the closest to the actual answer and as such was £38 pound richer on the night. An extremely happy Bill bounced up to the bar and received his £38 from Gemma.
With that time was called at the bar, Quiz 161 was concluded and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off to a round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We hope to see you all return next week where we could be playing for a possible record £310 plus.
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Wild Card Answer: 159 minutes (2 hrs and 39 mins)