Another big turnout, 'cute' footballers and a one of our regular teams first win for Quiz 169.
After last weeks near record turnout we wondered what we were in for at Quiz 169. There was only £10 in the pot so the Cash Prize would only be around £40 (or possibly more) but saying that, last week there was only £57 in the pot and 52 people turned out on the night!
We were short on Picture Rounds last week so we printed 15 out for tonight's Quiz and would you believe it 44 people and 12 teams turned out… you really can’t call the numbers for our Quiz, it’s completely random how many people we have. Not that the numbers matter most of the time, as long as there is a reasonable few in we always have a cracking nights entertainment and tonight there was a reasonable £54 Cash Prize to play for as well.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "They weren't always on the front (or back) pages" and if you were on our wavelength you would have got famous celebs and sports stars before they were hitting the headlines. If you weren’t on our wavelength it was page three girls apparently!
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise the youngsters before beginning the 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 a little more demanding:
Q6 What is the nearest major galaxy to earth and the Milky May?
Q8 Which swinging sixties fashion designer is generally regarded as bringing the mini skirt to Britain?
After the General Knowledge Round John gave the Teams a few minutes to peruse their answers before quickly calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round. The young pop stars threw a few but The Laaads and Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge – Get Your Flyer From The Piano (yes as regular readers will know these guys have a gig this week) were spot on with 12s a piece. The Peoples Front Of Judea and The Hasty Puddings were a good second on 11 and three teams, Ginger Dictator Free Zone, The Unicorns and Rascal Ferrets Off Vibes managed a ten.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more testing however, Les Quizerables coped the most admirably with an excellent ten. Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge – Get Your Flyer From The Piano were a close second on nine and then we had a multitude of teams on eight.
The combined scores of the Pics and General Knowledge gave us a leader board at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge leading the pack on 21. A close second was The Laaads on 20 and in third Les Quizerables and The Hasty Puddings on 19s each.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from American rock to Singapore bling:
Q13 First Impressions Of Earth was a UK number one album for which American rock band in 2006?
Q18 According to the Sunday Times Rich list which Singapore-born musician was the wealthiest young entertainer in 2006?
Topping the charts in Music this week we had Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge with an impressive 11. Rascal Ferrets Off Vibes were a close second with ten and then Ginger Dictator Free Zone and Where Are Max & Rex? slipped in at third on nines each.
This gave us a leader board going into the snack break looking like this, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge were racing out in front with 32. In second, four points behind were The Laaads on 28 and in third Ginger Dictator Free Zone on 27. Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge were on a mission tonight!
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 make or break a team, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28 At the LA Olympics in 1984 which American runner, a hot favourite for the Gold medal, did not finish the 3,000 meters final after injuring herself colliding with Britain’s Zola Budd and falling spectacularly to the curb?
Q29 Which manager was sent off during stoppage time of the 2014 Champions League final because he ran on to the pitch chasing after an opposing player who had kicked the ball at him?
Champions in Sport this week we had the trio of Ginger Dictator Free Zone, The Hasty Puddings and The Unicorns on eights. Close seconds were Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge and Quiz In My Pants on sevens and then four teams on sixes.
The Sport scores gave us a fairly conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge were looking favourites, four points in the lead on 39. In second Ginger Dictator Free Zone on 35 were waiting for a slip up and in third we had The Hasty Puddings and The Laaads on 34. It would take a bit of a meltdown for Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge to lose it now but with questions along the lines of these who knows:
Q33 Which classic BBC comedy series from the early 1970s had the American Liberty Bell march as its theme tune?
Q34 Globo Gym and Average Joe’s Gymnasium are integral to the plot of which 2004 true underdog story?
Film & TV boffins this week were Ginger Dictator Free Zone and The Peoples Front Of Judea tied on an excellent round score of eleven. In second we had last weeks winners Rascal Ferrets Off Vibes on a nine but tying with them and therefore securing their first ever win at The Colly Quiz, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge – Get Your Flyer From The Piano.
There was a hearty round of applause from everyone at the Quiz for the winners as Gemma presented the standard three envelopes to choose their prize from. There was a hush as team member Louise went for the middle envelope, she opened it gingerly before announcing to everyones delight… Beers! Another round of applause ensued as this means next week with a £54 rollover we could be playing for a £80 plus Cash Prize.
Hard lines to Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge but we hope the case of beers helped you celebrate your first Colly Quiz win and there is always the prestige of winning!
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 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. Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 169 we had a big £39 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we asked the question; which Singapore-born musician was the wealthiest young entertainer in 2006 according to the Sunday Times Rich list? The answer was violinist Vanessa Mae who at 27 had a personal fortune of £32 million.
The Wild Card Question tonight is, Vanessa was top in the Young Entertainer rich list but what position was she in the category Top 100 Richest Young People?
After verifying that everyone was in John started sifting through the answers. Everyone seemed to go quite high this week with a lot of guesses in the 40s and 50s but it was much lower than that. Maddy got excited when John read her name out but she was in third place with 12. Dave with a smiley face :) on his entry was closer still with an eight but our winner this week was Brian C who was just one spot off with a nine. As John read Brian’s name out there was silence… there was a huge £39 to claim but where was our winner? Then there was a shout from the back of the room, “He’s in the bog” well the place erupted in laughter.
We waited patiently for Brian and eventually he sauntered through the door chatting away with a fellow contestant oblivious to everyone watching him. “Brian, Brian” John shout’s eventually getting his attention “Brian, you’ve just won £39”. His reaction was priceless, cool as a cucumber he say’s “We thought there was something going on, we could hear all the commotion from in the loo”. Fantastic, well done Brian, £39 in readies is well worth a quid stake and it was a fun Monday night out to boot.
With that Quiz 169 was finished and to a round of applause John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. Great Quiz night, we hope you all return for Bank Holiday Monday’s Quiz where we could be playing for a £80 plus Cash Prize.
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