This week we had famous Robins, antipodean ex-barmaids and a Wild Card about a 70s wildman footy player named Friday.
After a glorious sunny day we were hoping the feel good factor from the good weather would encourage a decent turnout for our £100 plus Cash Prize on offer for Quiz 165.
As the evening sunshine waned the pub was filling up nicely and we also had a very special guest, ex-barmaid Michaela had flown all the way from Australia to come to the nights Quiz as she had heard there was over £100 up for grabs. A lot of our teams were regulars at the Quiz when she left nearly two years ago so it was great to catch up.
After Chris the barman had got the entry money in we had a nice £102 Cash Prize and eight teams ready for the challenge. Game on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was a picture of a cute little robin redbreast… so obviously the Picture Round this week was going to be on people with the first name of Robin!
It was great to see regular Quiz master John back after his bout of illness and after his usual bit of Sunderland based banter he gave our teams a few minutes to resolve the Robins 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 testing:
Q1 According to legend which Danish king of England tried to stop the tide?
Q4 Frankfort is the capital of which US State?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to reconsider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams struggled with the Pics Round, to be honest there aren’t that many famous Robins! Top Robin spotters with nines a piece were Robin Bastards and Spontaneous Wrecks, 6th May, Bridge Hotel (who may have a gig coming up!). Second on eight we had Michaela Down Under and in third The Hasty Puddings and The Laaads on sevens.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as problematic with The Laaads edging it with an eight. Scrambled Eggheads managed a seven to grab second then we had five teams on six.
These combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Robin Bastards, The Laaads and Spontaneous Wrecks, 6th May, Bridge Hotel creeping into the joint lead with 15s each. Michaela Down Under were a close second on 14 and The Hasty Puddings had third on 13.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from SEX to folk:
Q12 Which singer caused controversy in 1992 with a book entitled SEX?
Q20 Which folk music-based Indie Rock band from Brooklyn had a 2014 top twenty hit with Best Day Of My Life?
Straight in at a resounding number one this week in Music we had Michaela Down Under with a near perfect 11. Four points behind in second spot were Spontaneous Wrecks, 6th May, Bridge Hotel on a seven and then three teams tied on third with six.
This gave the leader board a very different appearance going into the snack break. With a score of 25 Michaela Down Under now had a commanding three point lead following their stunning Music Round score. Second were Spontaneous Wrecks, 6th May, Bridge Hotel on 22 and in joint third Robin Bastards and The Laaads on 21.
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 ruin a good score… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 Which boxer recently revealed the reason he has never been knocked down in the ring is because he has six toes on his right foot?
Q27 Who is the only player to score five goals in a World Cup match to date only to be upstaged by Roger Milla in the same game who became the oldest player to ever score in the World Cup?
Pole position in Sport this week jointly went to The Laaads and Robin Bastards with a half decent seven. Then on six points we had three teams in second, Michaela Down Under, Scrambled Eggheads and The Hasty Puddings.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. It was Michaela Down Under’s to lose with a three point lead on 31. In second, waiting to take advantage of any slip ups we had The Laaads and Robin Bastards on 28s a piece and then with an outside chance, Spontaneous Wrecks, 6th May, Bridge Hotel on 26. With questions along the lines of these there was always a possibility:
Q33 In the 1998 movie Meet Joe Black who played the title role?
Q38 Nicholas Crane, Alice Roberts, Mark Horton and Dick Strawbridge can all be found on which BBC2 series first broadcast in 2005?
Michaela Down Under walked it. The ten scored to take first place in the final round meant there was no one could beat them.
So after two years on the other side of the world Michaela had come back to inspire her team to a convincing win and fittingly it was Michaela who was tasked with choosing the envelope from the three that barmaid Gemma offered her. Micky went right and after unfolding the slip of paper contained announced… Cash Prize! What a result, the bar gave up a well deserved round of applause for team Michaela Down Under and who could have scripted that.
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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 165 we had a not bad £24 in for the prize. The question was:
Our Picture Round tonight was people called Robin. One of them was Robin Friday, a highly talented but flawed genius of a centre forward who played for Reading and Cardiff in the 70s.
Friday is still held in high regard by footballers and fans alike with some contemporaries saying he was good enough to play for the England team. However his off field antics of heavy smoking, drinking, womanising and drug-taking ultimately cut his career short and he retired after just four years at the top at the age of 25.
The Wild Card Question tonight is during his short career how many league goals in total did Robin Friday score for both Reading and Cardiff?
After double checking that everyone was in John got straight to the point as there was only one answer anywhere near the right one, and it was very close.
“Big Dog” John announced… “It wasn’t you” and then as Big Dog started to return to his seat John admitted he was only joking it was Big Dog! So well done to Big Dog, he may have had his chain yanked but he had the last laugh as he got his paws on the £24.
With that Quiz 165 was complete and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off to a round of applause with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We start from scratch next week but it’s always a good laugh whether it’s a £30 or a £300 Cash Prize so we hope to see you all for Quiz 166.
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The Wildcard Answer: Robin Friday scored 52 goals in a total of 142 games for both clubs
Source: Wikipedia (unfortunately. Couldn't find confirmation of the stat anywhere else!)