We should have had Norris and Ross in to witness all of the records that were broken in Quiz 163!
After a beautiful Easter Monday with temperatures getting near the 20s we were hoping for a half decent turnout to finish off the Bank Holiday Weekend and play for the £360+ Cash we had on offer… and what an unbelievable response we got!
At 8:45pm the place was rammed, we couldn’t get the Quizmasters table set up because there were that many people crushed into The Colly. Fantastic, what a night this promised to be.
Regular Quizmaster John was ill with the flu, so it was down to me this week. In hindsight this may have been to the benefit of everyone who turned out as John supports the team down the road that had just inflicted a fifth consecutive derby defeat on our overpaid, spineless bunch of clowns up at St James’ Park and no doubt he would have (deservedly) had quite a bit to say on the matter!
There was no clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week as it was number three in our series of Random Associations for which we couldn’t really give our website reading teams a steer on! It’s people and objects usually but this time we had a dog as well.
After giving the 14 teams involved (a new Colly Quiz Record) a few minutes to review the Random Associations the Quiz kicked off with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions (or so we thought) first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q3 In the seventies we had the cultural phenomenon of CB Radio... what does the CB stand for?
Q6 Which former Hereford United goalkeeper, who predicted the world would end in 1997, attracted a sell-out crowd to Wembley Arena in 2014 to hear him rant about the nature of reality for 10 hours?
Barman Chris had counted the entries up and we had an unbelievable 64 people in the Quiz (another Colly Quiz record) taking the total Prize Money on offer to a massive £387 (yet another Colly Quiz record)… wow, what a record breaking night this was turning into.
After the General Knowledge Round we gave the Teams a few minutes to peruse their answers before breaking from the norm and throwing a Team Wild Card Question in. As there was so much money in the pot tonight and it was a Bank Holiday Special, we had decided that we would do a a Wild Card question at the end of each of the first three rounds where the closest team answer to our question would get themselves a crisp ten pound note.
As the Prize Money had got to such a ridiculous level we had also decided to make sure it was won in the Bank Holiday Monday Special Colly Quiz.
The winner was guaranteed £200, second place would get £100 and our third placed team would get whatever was left in the pot after the Team Wild Cards were won (£30) which meant a decent £57 on the night.
Our General Knowledge Wild Card Question was: In what year was the French writer, historian, and philosopher François-Marie Arouet born?
After giving the teams a further 30 seconds to guess the year we called in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking. A big thank you here to Ross for helping to mark the Picture Rounds, without his help it could have been last orders by the time we had got onto the Second set of questions!
A little off topic but if you fancy learning the drums Ross is your man, contact him here or search for Newcastle Drum School.
Most teams did okay in the Pics Round but a couple didn’t. We had scores ranging from 2.5 up to our winners of the round on a 100% 12, Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus. Second were The Academy and the topically named You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails with a well decent 11 and third with 10.5 Rascal Ferrets.
The General Knowledge Round scores were just as random. Three’s Up! aced it with a ten. Then we had three teams, Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus, You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and The Peoples Front Of Judea on eight followed by The Academy and Cheated Not Beated on eights a piece.
These combined scores gave us an early stage leader board looking like this. In the lead Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus on 21. Joint second Three’s Up! and You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails on 20 and in third The Academy on 19.
The winner of the £10 Team Wild Card for General Knowledge was The Peoples Front Of Judea.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from divine Bahamian divas to dubious Manchester duos:
Q12 Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) was a top ten hit for who in 2008?
Q20 The haunting tune Gorecki, featuring samples from the composer of the same name, got to number 30 in the charts in 1997 for which (wooly) duo from Manchester?
After giving the teams a couple of minutes to refine their answers we did the Team Wild Card: How long in minutes and seconds is the song in the last question Gorecki? Then after 30 seconds called the Answer Sheets in.
Climbing to number one spot in Music this week we had You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails on a handsome 11 from 12. Second were three teams on an almost as impressive 10, Three’s Up!, Rascal Ferrets and The Academy and in third another four teams on nine.
The winner of the £10 Team Wild Card for Music were Three’s Up!
These Music scores put You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails in the lead with 31, followed by Three’s Up! and Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus on 30 with The Academy on 29. The four leading teams were now a couple of points ahead of the chasing pack.
We dispensed with the usual five minute half time break as most teams had got their beers and smoked their fags whilst we were on a mission marking the 14 answer sheets (that’s checking 144 answers!) so we moved straight onto round that can make or break a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28 In 1989 who became the first goalkeeper to be sold for 1 million pounds?
Q30 Who won Ireland's only gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics?
After giving the teams a couple of minutes we asked the Team Wild Card Question for sport: What is the current record for test runs? After clarifying that this meant the total number of test runs over a career we called in the Answer Sheets.
Top team in Sport this week we had Three’s Up! with an impressive 11 from 12. Two points ahead of their nearest rivals You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails on nine. Then in joint third for the round, Rascal Ferrets and Quizlamic Extremists.
There were joint winners in the Team Wild Card Question, both Jim’s Team and The Big Fact Hunt had put 16,000 which was just 79 from the actual answer. So they sportingly agreed to a quick head or tails and Jim’s Team scored for the tenner.
The Sport scores gave us two teams at the top of the leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Three’s Up! were a nose in front on 41 and You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails were a close second on 40. Then we had three teams waiting to snatch that third place, The Academy, Rascal Ferrets and Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus on 36, 35.5 and 35 respectively. With questions of this caliber who would triumph:
Q35 What late 90s early 2000s ITV series followed the romantic trials and tribulations of Adam and Rachel, Pete and Jenny, and David and Karen?
Q36 Which American actress is considered to be the first to earn the nickname The Sweater Girl following her appearance in the 1937 film They Won’t Forget?
There was no Team Wild Card for the final round (we were planning on doing the main Wild Card after the Quiz but time was against us), so as quick as possible the teams were asked to put their answer sheets in for final marking.
After double checking the scoring (it was getting late) the teams picked up their sheets and eagerly awaited the final result.
Top scores in the round went to You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus who both got tens. Second in the Film & TV Round were three teams, Rascal Ferrets, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Three’s Up! whilst in third with an eight Cheated Not Beated.
So if you haven’t sussed it by those scores the final positions in this record busting Bank Holiday Monday Special Colly Quiz were: In fourth and just missing out on Cash by half a point, Rascal Ferrets (unlucky guys) on 44.5 points. In third and winning £57 with 45 points were Happy Birthday Zombie Jesus, which left two teams, You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and Three’s Up! tied on 50 points… DART OFF!
Unbelievable, time had been called and we had two teams in a Dart Off for the first and second placed prizes of £200 and £100. We had to be quick so we decided it was just one throw of Darts each, three arrows, highest winner gets the £200 loser takes the £100. The pressure was on.
Our two contestants were Hodge from You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails and Stevie from Three’s Up! They tossed a coin for who went first and it was Hodge who stepped up to the oche. He threw an 8, then another 8 and finally, would you believe it, an 8 to give a total of 24. Not a massive score but consistent and with this much cash riding on three darts it was high pressure.
Stevie new what he had to do. He nearly nailed it first dart with a throw that missed double top by a millimetre but it was nil points scored. His second was a 13… the tension had got to us all, how many does he need? Hodge sportingly stepped in and advised “12 to win mate”. Stevie took a deep breath, threw his final dart and scored 14! We had a winner.
What a marathon night. Apologies it ended with a bit of a commotion but the combination of the Dart Off, everyone leaving for taxis and stuff had us a little pushed for time. Eventually all our teams got their money, we took the photos to prove it and everyone said they had a thoroughly enjoyable night.
Our winning teams Three’s Up! and You’d Better Cross His Legs I’ve Only Brought Three Nails generously donated £30 and £10 respectively back into the pot for next week. Thanks guys much appreciated.
And that was it our record breaking Quiz 163 was brought to a close. Thanks to everyone for turning out and we hope to see you next week (when hopefully John will be back in the chair) and we will start with a cash prize of £40… so another record breaking 64 people would take us over the £100 mark!
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