One of our teams was adamant that Torchwood couldn't be an anagram of Doctor Who!
After our second 50 plus turnout of 2015 last week we were hoping for another bumper attendance at Quiz 159… anything over 40 people would take the Cash Prize to around the £200 mark.
As the clock ticked on towards 9pm there were plenty in the bar but the question was were they here for the Quiz or just having a Monday night bevy?
By the time barman Chris had collected the Team’s £1 entries in there was a decent turnout of 39 Quizzers, making the Cash Prize on offer for Quiz 159 a massive £195.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Raised down under, recognised all over" and those who are familiar with our attempts at striking a balance between cryptic and downright unfathomable clues may have sussed celeb antipodeans.
Quiz Master John gave our teams plenty of time to settle in and analyse the Australians before kicking off our Quiz with the first ten questions on General Knowledge. As is the norm, a couple of easy questions to get everyone some points on the board, then as the round wore on they gradually got a bit tougher:
Q2 In which US state is the Grand Canyon?
Q3 On the badge for German car manufacturer BMW, the letters BMW are an abbreviation for what?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John let our Teams have a few minutes to scrutinise their scribbles before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did okay in the Pics Round, the best scores were 10 from 12 for Lynn’s Eight Grand A Year!, The Hasty Puddings, Crufts At The Colly and Rascal Ferrets. The imaginatively named Adam Johnson’s Under 16’s and hopefully named No Sarah Necessary came second in the round with nines whilst It’s Only Cannibalism If You Swallow managed third with an eight.
The General Knowledge Round, as usual, proved a little more demanding. The Unkindness Of Ravens did exceedingly well scoring an eight to top the round and then we had five teams in second with sevens and four teams in third with sixes.
These combined scores gave us a congested leader board at this early stage of Rascal Ferrets and The Hasty Puddings leading with 17s a piece. Then we had Adam Johnson’s Under 16’s, Lynn’s Eight Grand A Year! and Crufts At The Colly in second with 16 whilst No Sarah Necessary and It’s Only Cannibalism If You Swallow were in third with 15s. Very close.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Ska to Silky Smooth Pins:
Q12 Hey you, don't watch that watch this! This is the heavy heavy monster sound... was the opening line to which 1979 ska classic? And for a bonus point, who was the lead singer of the band?
Q19 In 2007 which singer was bestowed with Gillette’s Venus Breeze Legs Of A Goddess Award and subsequently took out $1 million insurance policy to protect her fantastic pins?
Topping the charts this week in Music with nines were Lynn’s Eight Grand A Year!, We Don’t Mind Serving Coffee (our Bar Team Gemma and Chris… well they need something to do when everyone's concentrating on the Quiz and not buying drinks!) and Rascal Ferrets. Second spot on eights went to The Hasty Puddings and Crufts At The Colly then three teams, Adam Johnson’s Under 16’s, No Sarah Necessary and The Unkindness Of Ravens managed a six to come in third.
This gave the leader board a slightly different angle going into the snack break, the Rascal Ferrets were now a nose in front on 26. In second spot we had both Lynn’s Eight Grand A Year! and The Hasty Puddings on 25 and in third Crufts At The Colly on 24. The rest of our teams were between 19 points and 22 so there wasn’t that much in it.
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 present a major hurdle for our current leaders Jay, Sam and pals (AKA Rascal Ferrets)… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24 Who won the first ever women's Olympic boxing gold medal? And for a bonus what was the year?
Q30 Who currently holds the record for scoring the most points in one Six Nations Rugby match?
Champs in Sport this week with a terrific 100% 13 points was Adam Johnson’s Under 16’s. Runners up for the round were Mongooses and Crufts At The Colly tied on 12 and coming in at third No Sarah Necessary and would you believe it Rascal Ferrets! This was a major turn up for the books, Rascal Ferrets just dropping a couple of points on Sport and this gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round.
Rascal Ferrets were still a nose in front on 37 but there were now three teams, Adam Johnson’s Under 16’s, The Hasty Puddings and Crufts At The Colly, just a point behind on 35 plus Lynn’s Eight Grand A Year! on 34 still in with a shout. This was the closest finale to a Quiz we’ve had in ages, five teams with a chance of winning. Would the pressure get too much with the stakes so high, would points be dropped with questions like these?
Q31 In the cartoon series Wacky Races what is the name of Penelope Pitstop’s car?
Q38 Who played the psychotic hardman Francis Begbie in the 1996 film Trainspotting?
As John read out the final answers the tension became too much for one of our front runners. When giving Torchwood as the answer to which recent BBC Sci-fi series is an anagram of Doctor Who our frazzled friend stood up and shouted “But there is no T in Doctor Who!” before retreating to his seat and burying his head in his hands. Yes, it was a very tense final round with £195 up for grabs!
Our Film & TV experts this week were Crufts At The Colly with an excellent ten but they tied top score in the final round with none other than Rascal Ferrets. This meant our leaders kept there noses in front and won the nights Quiz with an excellent total of 47 points, a point ahead of Crufts At The Colly! Second in Film & TV were our bar team We Don’t Mind Serving Coffee with a very good nine and in third we had three teams on eights.
What a tight finish, Rascal Ferrets just edging it ahead of Crufts At The Colly. Our winners Jay, Sam and Co were given an appreciative round of applause as barmaid Gemma offered the choice of three envelopes to Jay, he went middle, hurriedly opened the slip of paper inside and announced… Beers to an even bigger round of applause from our crowd!
Unlucky Jay and the Rascal Ferrets team but there’s always next week where we could have a Cash Prize of over £240 to play for and with our resident Quiz guru Sarah away sunning herself in Egypt, it’s anybody’s Quiz. As if to underline that fact, Sarah’s compadres ironically called No Sarah Necessary on the night trundled in eight points behind the winners on 39.
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 fetching dayglo pink this week (Post-It's once again 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 had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 159 we had a well decent £34 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we had a Question about Madonna.
The Queen of Pop, often referred to as just ‘Madge’, burst into the charts with the song Holiday in 1984 and since then has had 13 number one singles, 63 top tens and 71 top 40 hits.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many weeks has Madonna had a song in the Top Ten since her first hit way back in 1984?
After double checking everyone was in John announced to a few groans everyone under 200 was out. Then to cheers, from the rowdy lot still in the Wild Card, John announced everyone over 300 was out then asked for the darts… three guys from the same group had only went and put the same answer and that answer was the closest to what we were after so it was a Dart Off!
Well the place erupted, the two or three teams involved all piled forward and surrounded our Eric Bristow Darts Suite to get a view of their pals fighting it out for £34. It was chaos.
Our three Wild Card Winners, Nathan, Buzz and Sam stepped forward. John explained the rules, three darts each and the highest score wins and it was Sam up to the oche first. The crowd hushed, Sam threw his arrows and as each dart landed John gave a live score, 7, 13 and 20 – Sam managed a cracking 40 and the crowd went mad! Next up Buzz, his first dart missed the board completely, second a 5 and then third 14 to score 19. Buzz was out and his pals groaned. Finally it was Nathan, he was feeling the pressure but the crowd were egging him on, first dart was good, a 12, second a not so good 7 and third, disaster, a five, 24 scored and Sam was victorious.
There was plenty of cheering as Sam collected his £34 from Gemma behind the bar and Sam seemed well chuffed, well who wouldn’t be from a £1 stake that turned into £34 winnings! Congratulations Sam.
With that rather raucous ending to the night Quiz 159 was complete, a rather weary John (it had been hard work keeping the excitable crowd in check) thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. It all starts again at 9pm next week and it could be The Colly Quizzes second biggest prize ever if we get a good turnout so get Quiz 160 in your diaries for 9pm 16-03-15.
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