Not many Star Wars team names but a Picture Round on close ups of bankers marks and a Wild Card on REMs staying power meant for an entertaining night at Quiz 167.
After a quiet but pleasant May Day Bank Holiday we were hoping that our usual crowd fancied a bit of a laugh and a pop at the £60 plus potential Prize Money for Quiz 167. After all the last Bank Holiday Monday attracted the biggest Quiz crowd ever with 62 people joining in our Easter Monday Bank Holiday Special.
As we approached the 8pm mark it was looking distinctly quiet in the bar but by 9pm we had seven teams and the Cash Prize had climbed to £57, not quite the £60 plus we were hoping for but still worth playing for.
The clue for our Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was a bit cryptic “This is one of five that they’re close d”. The space between the e and the d of closed should have indicated it was a ‘close up’ round and the one of five was Bank Holidays. So the Picture Round this week was close ups of bank logos!
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to cheque the bank logos before beginning the Quiz with our usual ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q6 A mess is which reptiles collective noun?
Q9 Which famous adventure novel about the French Foreign Legion was penned by P C Wren in the 1920s? And for a bonus point who played the lead role in the 1939 adaptation of the book?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to account for their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did reasonably well in the Pics Round with The Hasty Puddings and Stand By My Coffin leading the way with tens a piece. Lethal Quizzle came a close second with nine and then we had three teams on eight.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as challenging. ‘R’ Solo Mio were top boffins this week on an eight, then we had four teams on sevens and one on six.
The combined scores gave us a very tight leader board at this initial stage of Stand By My Coffin just in the lead on 17. In close second were ‘R’ Solo Mio and The Hasty Puddings on 16 then everyone else just one or two points behind.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from recent chart toppers to a veteran top trio:
Q11 I Gotta Feeling spent two weeks at the top of the charts for who in 2009? And for a bonus point... the bands very next single went to number one as well, can you name the song?
Q19 Exit Stage Left, Signals and Grace Under Pressure have all been top ten albums for which (Canadian) rock trio?
Straight in at number one this week in Music were ‘R’ Solo Mio with a round winning ten. Second on nine Peoples Front Of Judea and third with seven The Hasty Puddings.
This gave the leader board a slightly different appearance going into the snack break. ‘R’ Solo Mio were now in the lead with 26 courtesy of their excellent Music Round Score. There were then three teams tied in second place three points behind on 23, Peoples Front Of Judea, The Hasty Puddings and Stand By My Coffin with Universally Challenged and Lethal Quizzle in third 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 play havoc with your results… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25 Which Liverpool shirt number has been worn by Harry Kewell, Steve McManaman and Robbie Keane?
Q30 In the 1998 Olympics American Tara Lipinsky became the youngest ever Gold medal winner in which event? And for a bonus point how old was she when she won that Gold?
Gold medalists in Sport this week we had the trio of Darth Vader’s Inhaler, The Hasty Puddings and Stand By My Coffin all managing eights. We then had another trio of Universally Challenged, Lethal Quizzle and ‘R’ Solo Mio on sevens and Peoples Front Of Judea bringing up the rear on six. A very close round.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. ‘R’ Solo Mio were trailblazing on 33 then we had The Hasty Puddings and Stand By My Coffin a couple of points behind on 31 and even though the rest of our teams were just a couple of points adrift of second it looked like it was between these three. Who could get the most points from questions like these:
Q33 Tina O’Brien plays which character in Coronation Street?
Q34 What was the subject of the documentary film One Night In Turin? And for a bonus point which famous London born actor narrated the documentary?
John totted up the scores for the final round and we had four teams on nines, Peoples Front Of Judea, Stand By My Coffin, The Hasty Puddings and… yes you’ve guessed it, ‘R’ Solo Mio which meant they won the nights Quiz by two points. They got an appreciative round of applause from our small but perfectly formed crowd but the applause doubled when team member Nick chose the envelope with the Food Vouchers! Hard lines guys but that means we start next week with £57 in the pot so a decent turnout and we could be looking at a £80 plus Cash Prize.
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 orange 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 167 we had a well nice £31 in for the prize. The question was:
In this weeks Music Round we had a question about REM who finally called it a day in 2011 after 30 years in the business.
REM first got into the UK Top 100 in 1985 with a song called Wendell Gee. Following their first mainstream hit Losing My Religion in 1991 they were almost an ever present in the charts until 2008.
The Wild Card Question tonight is (according to data from the The Official UK Charts Company) how many total weeks have REM spent in the UK Top 100 Singles Chart since that first song got to number 91 in 1985?
After verifying that everyone’s Post-It was in John said we had answers everywhere from 39(?) right up to 2,000+ (again ?) but there were just two people in the sweet spot. Jay with 202 and Jack who was three points closer with 205. So it was a very happy Jack that waltzed up to the bar to collect his £31 in readies from Gemma behind the bar.
With that John brought Quiz 167 to a close, thanking everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. It had been another highly entertaining couple of hours and we will do the same thing again next week where we will hopefully be playing for a £80 or more Cash Prize.
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The Wild Card Answer: 218 Weeks
Source: The Official Charts