One of our teams blatantly advertised their upcoming gig this week via their team name (good idea guys! we've added some links, Bud for John and a Fosters for me) but what about this £320 plus Cash Prize we've been harping on about all week...
Well what happened to Spring? After a couple of nice days and glimpses of the sun we were back to gloom and rain! Hopefully this change in the weather wouldn’t deter our Quizzers from joining us for what could be a record busting £320+, biggest Cash Prize ever at The Colly Quiz!
As the clock ticked down towards the 9pm kick off we had our usual suspects arriving, some teams bolstered by new faces obviously drafting in additional help for a crack at the mega bucks on offer. As we prepared to get underway Barman Chris informed us that after collecting all the entry money in there was a massive £323 in the kitty, 45 quizzers in 11 teams had joined the record breaking night. Fantastic, let’s go!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself" a tenuous reference to getting old so we don’t think it would have taken our Quiz geniuses long to suss that it was famous celebs of one sort or another ageing rather badly but who?
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to weigh up the wrinklies before beginning the record busting 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 harder:
Q1 According to legend which Irish castle has a stone that when kissed gives you the power of persuasive speech?
Q5 The Normandy Brandy Calvados is usually distilled from which fruit?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to check through their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
The Picture Round scores were all over the place, lowest was four (we won’t name them!) but joint top in wrinkly knowledge was The Peoples Front Of Judea and the deplorably named Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! Second on 11 were our local band Spontaneous Wrecks, Live This Week, Bridge Hotel (who we think might have a gig this week at the Bridge Hotel?) and The Laaaaaads. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes managed a ten to come in third.
The General Knowledge Round must have been a little easier than usual this week as most teams managed a reasonable return. The creatively named Quizlam Extremists and a bolstered Rascal Ferrets On Vibes shared the top random knowledge brainbox scores of eight. In second we had Spontaneous Wrecks, Live This Week, Bridge Hotel plus The Peoples Front Of Judea and Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! on sevens and then several teams on sixes.
Did we mention there’s a Spontaneous Wrecks gig at the Bridge Hotel this week?
The combined scores from the Pic Round and General Knowledge gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Peoples Front Of Judea and Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! making the early running on 19s a piece. Spontaneous Wrecks, Live This Week, Bridge Hotel and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were a close second on 18 and in third we had The Laaaaaads. Early doors but with £323 up for grabs every point counts!
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from a song called Satellite to a group named M/A/R/R/S:
Q13 In 2010, Lena Meyer-Landrut won the Eurovision Song Contest with a dreadful tune entitled Satellite. Which country was she representing?
Q20 What was the title of the one hit wonder by M/A/R/R/S in 1987?
Number one spot in Music this record breaking week went to The Peoples Front Of Judea and Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! In at number two were Spontaneous Wrecks, Live This Week, Bridge Hotel (did we mention the gig this week?) and in joint third Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Laaaaaads.
This gave the leader board a familiar look going into the snack break. Fighting it out for top place The Peoples Front Of Judea and Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! on 31 points. In second, four points behind the leaders Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with 27 and a couple of points behind them on 25 The Laaaaaads. It was starting to look like a two horse race but we’ve seen plenty of turnarounds recently in the Quiz.
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 could dent any teams pitch at the top slot, Sport. Here’s a couple of prime examples:
Q26 In the 1950 which country embarrassed England, who were competing in their first World Cup Finals, by infamously beating them 1-0? And for a bonus point what country hosted the World Cup Finals that year?
Q29 There will be three new sports at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Two of them, Rugby and Golf, have been in the Olympics before but what sport will be making it’s debut? (Clue: It replaces Windsurfing)
Champs in Sport this week we had Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! with a very impressive 11. Second and seemingly losing their grip on first place The Peoples Front Of Judea on nine and in third a trio of teams, Save A Tree, Eat A Beaver, Two’s Up! and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Barring a meltdown by leaders Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot! it looked like they had the record breaking Quiz in their sights but with questions along the lines of these they could still stumble:
Q31 In 2013 which Countdown presenter split from her hubby after falling for her dance partner whilst appearing in Strictly Come Dancing?
Q40 Ong Bak, Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector) and Warrior King are all films starring which Thai martial arts expert who will appear as a villain in the soon to be released Fast & Furious 7?
It was tense as John marked up… could The Peoples Front Of Judea pull the points back, could it be a Dart Off for £323?
The final answer sheets were returned to the teams and everyone hushed as he read the results for the Round out in reverse order. He got to third placed The Laaaaaads and Two’s Up! with seven points a piece and the leaders hadn’t been mentioned. In second for TV & Film was Spontaneous Wrecks, Live This Week, Bridge Hotel (did we mention…) which left in joint top spot on nines each The Peoples Front Of Judea and therefore our record breaking Quiz 162 winners Knock Knock… Who’s There? The Pilot!
The winning team got a deserved round of applause from everyone in the bar and Barman Chris bounded over to their table with the three envelopes and fanned them out for elected team member Sarah to choose. She hovered over the envelope to her right, tentatively grasped it and then changed her mind and went middle, the silence in the bar was deafening. Sarah slowly opened the envelope, retrieved the slip of paper from the inside and paused before gently unfolding it to reveal… BEERS!
There was a collective gasp before more applause as everyone realised that meant £323 was rolling over to Quiz 163, what a prospect. Unlucky for Sarah but no doubt she and her team will be there or thereabouts for another Record Busting Easter Monday Special next week!
After all that excitement up next was the usual Wild Card Question to calmly(?) 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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 162 we had a near record breaking £45 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the Oxo which as we all know now is the Cockney Rhyming slang for the Tube.
The Guinness Book of Records has the fastest time for visiting all 270 stations on the London Underground network – known as the Tube Challenge – as being currently held by Geoff Marshall and Anthony Smith who achieved their record setting time in August 2013.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many hours, minutes and seconds did it take Geoff Marshall and Anthony Smith to complete their record setting Tube Challenge?
John gave everyone thirty seconds, it was near pandemonium getting the 45 little Post-Its onto John’s marking desk but after confirming that everyone was in we started filtering through to find the winner. There was no time for grading the answers this week, it was near time but there were five quite close.
Quizmaster John asked where Alex was, she stood up excitedly but soon sat down again as John informed her she didn’t win! Next John asked the whereabouts of Stevie? again he got quite excited before John once more said “unlucky it’s not you”. “What about Will W, where is he?” John announced. Will was having none of it, he stayed seated and reluctantly raised his arm… then got a little more animated as John declared “you’ve just won £45 mate!”. What an excellent finish to the night, Will W strolled up to the bar and picked up his £45. Not a bad outcome for £1.
Time at the bar was called and with that our Record Breaking Quiz 162 was wound up and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off to a deserved round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
So we have a massive £323 going into Quiz 163 next week which will be Colly Quiz Easter Monday Bank Holiday Special. More news of that soon.
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