A dog of a Picture Round, a David Essex singalong and revelations about a young man’s porn star knowledge… it was an interesting and highly entertaining Quiz this week!
It had been an eventful Bank Holiday Weekend, Newcastle had secured their Premiership survival on the Sunday and the pub had been full of fans celebrating, whilst the Monday had been a fine but quiet day, so we were a little apprehensive about what kind of turnout we might get for Quiz 170.
Quiz Master John was in London watching Middlesbrough (as his good lady is a big fan) so it was yours truly hosting the Quiz and the last Bank Holiday I stood in for John it was really stressful – there were a record 62 people and 17 teams turned out! So although we didn’t want a no show, a nice 30 - 40 people would be spot on.
We already knew a couple of our teams were away for the weekend and the over exuberant Newcastle fans who usually join us for the Quiz could be nursing hangovers, so we waited to see who would turn up.
It wasn’t looking positive at 8:45pm, the bar was sparse to say the least but by nine we had a few late comers and there were a total of 21 Quizzers making up eight teams, taking the Cash Prize on offer to a decent £75. So it was Game On.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Pedigree patria”. “Pedigree”, well dogs are pedigree and “patria” is one's native country or homeland… so it was Dogs and Flags, dog breeds and their country of origin.
After giving the teams a few minutes to peruse the pooches we kicked off our Quiz with the 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 harder:
Q5 Which famous battle is thought to have taken place on Senlac Hill?
Q10 In which US state might you find the Flathead Lake Monster?
After the General Knowledge Round the teams were given a few minutes to deliberate the Dogs and Flags and complete their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams didn’t do great in the Picture Round, watching Crufts was obviously not high on their TV agenda! Top in canine knowledge were The Academy, Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey and Who Needs Max & Rex with creditable tens. Second were Toe Cutters on eight and in third with seven Quizzy Rascals (our excellent bar team Chris and Gemma).
The General Knowledge Round proved just as challenging. Top bods this week were Toe Cutters with a seven, followed by Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey and Who Needs Max & Rex on sixes and The Academy with Ray Liotta’s Sex Growl on fives a piece.
These combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey and Who Needs Max & Rex racing into an early lead with 16s each, Toe Cutters and The Academy on their tails with 15 and Quizzy Rascals in third with 12.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from recent albums to ancient punks:
Q12 Alright Still and It’s Not Me It’s You are the first two albums by which singer?
Q20 Which punk band first broke into the charts with Love Song in 1979, then had a minor hit with Grimly Fiendish in 1985 before finally getting into the top ten with Eloise in 1986?
Number one spot in Music this week went to Ray Liotta’s Sex Growl with a very good nine. Second spot went to the Quizzy Rascals with seven then we had five teams tied on five, Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey, Who Needs Max & Rex, Toe Cutters and The Academy.
The high spot of the night for me was following a question about number ones by David Essex I offered an extra point for the team that could give me the best rendition of Hold Me Close… well the whole bar burst into the first two verses, fantastic!
Getting back to the Quiz, the Music scores gave us a pretty tight leader board going into the snack break. Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey and Who Needs Max & Rex were in the joint lead with 21 points just ahead of Toe Cutters and The Academy on 20 and Quizzy Rascals on 19.
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 cripple a good score, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21 Who were the first European team to win football’s World Cup where the tournament was played outside of Europe? And for a bonus point where was this tournament held?
Q27 What was the title of the music that Torvill and Dean famously skated to when they won a Gold Medal in the 1984 Winter Olympics?
Pole position in Sport this week we had three teams on seven, Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey, The Academy and a couple of regular quizzers who had returned three disastrous rounds… The Team With No Name. Second place in Sport went to Who Needs Max & Rex and Toe Cutters with fives and in third Ray Liotta’s Sex Growl with five.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty congested leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey were a point in the lead on 28, The Academy and Who Needs Max & Rex were tied in second on 27 with Toe Cutters in third on 26. With questions as diverse as these it was anybody’s:
Q31 Which Hollywood icon was born Norma Jeane Mortenson?
Q40 From 1995 to 1999 what was the name of the first 24 hour British Cable TV station who’s top shows included such classics as Rusty The Bouncing Weather Midget, The News Bunny and Topless Darts?
There are key moments in our Quiz where one team member comes up with a piece of knowledge that’s buried deep in the memory and tonight it was Tom from The Academy that had that nugget of information to get his team over the line. Tom was the only one [in the whole pub] who knew that the porn star who shacked up with Charlie Sheen in 2011, the answer for Q36, was Bree Olsen. Who said that it was unhealthy to have an interest in porn?
Well done to Tom, that answer gave his team a nine in the Film & TV that not only won the round but won the quiz as rivals Toe Cutters could only manage a seven and former leaders Starts Out Ginger, Ends Up Grey returned a six.
So the small but appreciative crowd of quizzers gave Tom and his team a deserved round of applause as Gemma offered up the three prize winning envelopes to The Academy. It was only right that Tom should choose, he went middle and unfurled the enclosed piece of paper… £15 in Food Vouchers! Unlucky Tom, but the curries and burgers are tremendous in The Colly. This is great news for Quiz 171 though as it means we have a £75 rollover and a half decent turnout could give us over £100 to play for next week.
After all that excitement, 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… http://www.infinitedesign.com/), on which to write the answer to a single question that we read 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. Barman Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 170 we had £20 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked which Porn Star did Charlie Sheen shack up with in 2011. The answer was the petite blonde bombshell Bree Olsen.
Bree began performing in hardcore films in late 2006 because she said she had an insatiable appetite for sex. During the next four years she did a lot of scenes to quench this yearning before allegedly shooting her last porn flick in 2010 so she could pursue more mainstream acting opportunities.
The Wild Card Question tonight is according to the International Adult Films Database how many porn flicks did Bree Olsen make?
After establishing that everyone was in the nearest answers were isolated and read out in reverse order. Beverley had 307 and she jumped up with a scream thinking she had won but she was third (sorry Beverley). Louise T was even closer with a 312 but it was Alex G who won the £20 as he was just one out from the actual answer with 321. Well done Alex, your knowledge of Bree Olsen flicks gave you a £20 bonus on the night (Hmmm just one out… he must have watched a repeat!).
With that Quiz 170 was complete. A big thank you to everyone for turning out and we hope to see you all again next week for Quiz 171 where Quiz Master John should be back and we could be playing for a Cash Prize of over £100.
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