Legendary Guitarists, 'classic' 80s novelty bands and a five man Dart Off. Quiz 164 had it all.
After a tremendous week of sunshine the weather for our Monday night Quiz was chilly and grey. That combined with the big Cash Prize going last week and the added distraction of Newcastle playing Liverpool had us wondering if we would have a decent turnout for Quiz 164.
Regular Quiz Master John was still under the weather so once more it was your’s truly who deputised. After Barman Chris had been round collecting the £1 entries in we had a unexpected but very welcome 35 people in seven teams eager to play for the Cash Prize of £75.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "E, A, D, G, B and E are standard" which didn’t take a genius to work out our theme was something to do with guitars!
After giving the teams a few minutes to guess the guitarists we kicked off the Quiz with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge. There were a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a bit more demanding:
Q3 Which Scottish city has the nickname The Granite City?
Q7 Which native American mammals collective noun is a mask?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz we 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. The sympathetically named Richie Benaud’s Ashes hit the boundary with an 11. The Hasty Puddings did well with a ten, Adam & The Pussycats managed nine and then we had several teams on eights.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more problematic however. Top bods this week were the delightfully named Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix with a knowledgeable seven. Tied on six we had three teams, The Hasty Puddings, Richie Benaud’s Ashes and Wot’s Nosh? with third going to Adam & The Pussycats on four.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Richie Benaud’s Ashes on 17, The Hasty Puddings on 16 and Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix on 15.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from rock to rockabilly:
Q11 In the late 70s which band released the best-selling album Highway To Hell?
Q19 Brian Setzer, Lee Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom were the founding members of which early eighties (rockabilly) group?
Chart toppers in Music this week we had Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix and Wot’s Nosh? tied on commendable tens. In second we also had two teams tied with The Hasty Puddings and Richie Benaud’s Ashes on eights whilst in third Adam & The Pussycats purred in with a six.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break with Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix now joint top with Richie Benaud’s Ashes on 25, closely followed by The Hasty Puddings and Wot’s Nosh? on 24s a piece.
Up next was 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 see a team drop the baton, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 What was the name of racing driver Damon Hill’s F1 Championship winning father?
Q28 Anything else just isn’t tennis was which Wimbledon associated companies advertising strapline?
Crossing the line first in Sport this week we had Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix with a gold medal performance nine. On eights we had four teams, The Hasty Puddings, Richie Benaud’s Ashes, The Bar Closes In Five Minutes! and Team 8 all returning eights.
The Sport scores gave us a four horse race going into the final Film & TV Round. Outsiders were Wot’s Nosh? on 28 then we had three teams within two points of each other, The Hasty Puddings on 32, Richie Benaud’s Ashes with 33 and Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix in the lead at 34… with questions like these who would nail it?
Q34 Who directed the 1986 movie Aliens?
Q37 What’s the name of the puppet used by South Park teacher Mr. Garrison?
The Oscar in Film & TV went to Richie Benaud’s Ashes who smashed the round with a ten which meant to force a Dart Off Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix had to get a nine… they didn’t. A seven was all Jim Fixed My Itchy Cervix could muster along with Wot’s Nosh? to come in joint second in the final round. So our winners on the night were Richie Benaud’s Ashes.
The bar gave up a generous round of applause for our winners as barmaid Gemma offered team member Will the choice of three envelopes, one with a slip of paper inside saying £75 cash and the other two containing slips of paper saying Beers and Food Vouchers. Will went middle, opened the envelope and announced "Food!" which was greeted by a round of applause from the rest of the bar.
Unlucky Will but the Thai Curries and Latin Burgers in The Colly are tremendous, you won’t be disappointed! Great news for Quiz 165 though as that means we have a £75 Rollover, so a good turnout on the night and we are well over a ton again.
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 Collingwood Arms prize draw ticket on which to write the answer to a single question. The answer is usually 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 164 we had a decent £27 in for the prize. The question was:
In the music round we asked which dreadful novelty band from the 80s sang the awful top ten tunes Superman, Agadoo and Do The Conga. It was of course Black Lace.
Black Lace enjoyed a brief flirtation with the top of the charts in 1984 but their subsequent singles with hilarious titles such as El Vino Collapso and I Speaka Da Lingo, luckily for us all, bombed.
The Wild Card Question tonight is after their brief success in 1984 what was the highest chart position Black Lace managed in subsequent years?
After verifying that everyone was in the tickets were filtered to try and suss who had the closest number to the one we were looking for and would you believe it… there were five people had exactly the same number, just three from the correct answer. A five man Dart Off! Quizmaster John would have been past himself.
The pub swarmed around the dart board ready for the off.
Our joint winners, Hodge, George, B Rankin, Rob Munter and Will had one dart and the highest number would get the £27 prize.
Hodge was up first to the oche, he concentrated for a moment then threw an 18, nice one. Up next George, he went for it and was so unlucky, clipping the wrong side of the wire saw him score just one. B Rankin was next up and after a bit of deliberation he threw his dart and scored 17, unlucky! Hodge was looking good with his 18 as Rob Munter stepped up and managed to miss the board leaving just Will to throw. No pressure then as Will lined up his shot and threw… 18!
You couldn’t make this up!
So it was another Dart Off this time between team mates Hodge and Will.
Hodge offered to go first, the pressure was on, £27 for one good dart, he aimed, let fly and disaster – the dart bounced back off the board! All Will had to do was hit any number on the board and the £27 was his. He concentrated and cool as a cucumber threw a 14, fantastic, well done Will. He was well chuffed as he collected his £27 from Gemma behind the bar, not bad for a quid stake.
With that Quiz 164 was complete, it had been a thoroughly entertaining night. Hopefully everyone will return for Quiz 165 where John should be back hosting the night and we could have around £110 cash to play for.
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