A bumper turnout meant that one of the teams joined our Quiz simply because there was no other option, the place was that packed they couldn't get out!
Well it had been a pretty boring Monday in May, the weather had been fairly windy all day and there was only £56 in the Rollover so we were expecting another fairly sparse turnout for Quiz 168… we couldn’t have been more wrong!
The Colly Quiz is an enigma. Big Cash Prizes don’t necessarily mean a decent turnout for the Quiz, crap weather doesn’t mean we are going to have just a few teams, start of the month or end of the month it doesn’t really make a difference and we’ve had bank holidays where three teams have turned in and Bank Holidays where 16 teams have decided to play… calling this Quiz is a mystery. Quiz 168 being the case in point, we had 54 Quizzers and 15 teams!
The Colly was absolutely rammed, there wasn’t a spare seat in the place and as Gemma had been handing out the Quiz Sheets one group admitted they had decided to stay and do the quiz because they simply couldn’t get out of the back room! What a turnout.
For the previous two weeks we had printed out 14 or 15 Picture Quizzes and six or seven teams had turned out but tonight we had printed just 13 and 15 teams arrived? Big thank you to Justin, top chef for Lupita's Empanadas, who saved the day by scanning and printing the Picture Quiz to make up the two we were missing!
Eventually everyone had their sheets and after counting up the entry money Gemma announced there was a massive £110 up for grabs on the night!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was “Don't think they have taken the Hippocratic oath” so obviously Fictional Doctors?
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to determine the Doctors before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy questions to get everyone in the groove, then as the round wore on they got a little more difficult:
Q2 In which part of Europe are the only wild primates found (aside from humans of course)?
Q6 What name is given to the mascot that is found on the bonnet of a Rolls Royce?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to examine their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Fictional Doctors Pics Round but Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz had a perfect diagnosis of 12. We then had four teams The Hasty Puddings, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Deficit On My Face and We’ve Got Your Table with a reasonable hypothesis of 11 and a further three teams nearly got a decent prognosis on tens.
The General Knowledge Round proved little less of a challenge however, six teams on nines tied for first place, five teams then tied on eight for second and three were joint third with seven… are we making this too easy?
The combined scores for the first two rounds gave us a leader board at this early stage of the trio of Deficit On My Face, We’ve Got Your Table and Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz leading on 20s a piece. Hot Chocolate Gone Cold and The Hasty Puddings were a close second on 19s each and then we had Wansoc Winners, Collingwood Coulda Shoulda and Cockney Mafia on 18. It was very close.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from top selling titanium to fools gold:
Q13 Which Australian singer featured in David Guetta’s 2012 number one Titanium?
Q19 In 1992 and again in 1996 Fools Gold peaked at number 25 in the UK Charts for which Manchester band?
We had three chart toppers in Music this week, Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz, The Hasty Puddings and Norfolk ’n’ Chance all managed an absolutely perfect 12. A three piece of We’ve Got Your Table, Hot Chocolate Gone Cold and The Peoples Front Of Judea were a close second on 11 and Collingwood Coulda Shoulda and Deficit On My Face managed nines a piece.
This gave the leader board a slightly different prescription going into the snack break. Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz had sneaked into the front on 32. Joint second on 31 we had The Hasty Puddings and We’ve Got Your Table with Norfolk ’n’ Chance just a point behind on 30. It was nip and tuck!
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries. Then it was on with the Quiz and the round that can power up or stuff a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22 In what individual Olympic event can a competitor use a rope, hoop, ball, clubs or ribbon?
Q26 After appearing in the 1970 World Cup which England striker went on to run a successful West Midlands window cleaning business?
First past the winning post in Sport this week we had Hot Chocolate Gone Cold and Cockney Mafia in a photo finish on nines each. Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz were a close second on eight and then three teams, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Hello Sailors and Livertoon tied on sevens.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz were just in the lead on 40. Hot Chocolate Gone Cold had jumped into second spot on 39 with The Hasty Puddings slipping into third on 37. There were then two teams, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Cockney Mafia on 36. So five points separated five teams and it was all down to who would fare the best from questions such as these:
Q36 In 1995 which chat show host’s first question to Debbi McGee, the wife of TV magician Paul Daniels was “So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?”
Q39 Jules Winnfield, Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace are all central characters in which classic 1994 movie?
Top Film & TV buffs were We’ve Got Your Table with a magnificent 100% 12 from 12 (well done guys). Then with ten were Hot Chocolate Gone Cold tied with Farage’s Worst Nightmare… so where were the leaders? In third place in the round with nine points The Peoples Front Of Judea and crucially Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz. Quiz Master John was over the moon, it was a Dart Off!
As time was getting on John decided there would just be one round each of three darts for our joint winners. Jay and Richard stepped up as the representatives for Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz and Hot Chocolate Gone Cold and we tossed a coin for who would step up to the oche first and the honour went to Jay. He set himself up, John was having a field day commentating on events so Jay turned and asked for hush, he was concentrating! His first dart was good, an 18. His second was an even better 20 and his third another 20 took him to an excellent 58 scored. His team mates were celebrating already. Next up Richard. With 58 to beat his first dart was poor, 6 scored. His second dart was worse, a 5, so he needed a blinder on his third dart, a bull or a treble 16 or above would win it. Richard missed the board, Jay won the Dart Off!
Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz were the nights winners and the crowd gave a round of applause as Jay was given the choice of the three winning envelopes by Gemma, he didn’t hesitate, went centre and quickly withdrew the slip of paper, after a pause he announced Cash Prize! So the Rascal Ferrets On Vibezz got more applause as Jay and his team mates celebrated another success. Fantastic win guys, well done.
After all that excitement we shouted last orders as it was getting late and pressed on. 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 168 we had a massive £40 in for the prize. The question was:
In this weeks General Knowledge Round we asked which country was second to Brazil in producing the most coffee. The Answer was Vietnam.
Coffee production is measured by the number of 60kg bags produced and between 2010 and 2014 Brazil was by far the biggest producer with an average crop of 47.38 million bags per year.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many million bags of coffee did Vietnam averagely produce over the same period?
After double checking that everyone was in John filtered through the orange Post-It’s to find the nearest to our answer. One of our entrants managed to put 62.2 million bags (read the question above again to see why this was so wrong!) but most were fairly close but there was one that was much closer than the rest. John shouted out for the winner Mike Hunt-Hurtz(?) to come and claim their £40 prize. It was our regular quizzer Hodgie, obviously trying to scupper John with his dodgy pseudonym, who stepped up to gratefully receive a couple of £20 notes.
With that Quiz 168 was brought to a close by John thanking everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We hope to see you all for next weeks Quiz 169 where we start with £10 put back in the pot by our generous winners so we could be playing for £60+ if we have another fantastic turnout.
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