Find the State Capitals, who were the "phallic bugbears fitted out in foppish puffery" and a canny display of arrows made for another entertaining Quiz Night at The Colly.
The Fair had started… so obviously it had been lashing down most of the day and it was freezing cold to boot even though we had just had the summer solstice. This combined with no rollover and Quiz Master John off sunning himself in some foreign clime didn’t bode well for a good turnout for our Quiz.
For those reading that don’t live in or around Newcastle The Fair (or The Hoppings as some call it) is the biggest travelling fair in Europe which turns up on Newcastle’s Town Moor at the end of June each year. It traditionally pisses it down for the near two weeks it’s here and so far this year had been no exception.
Yours truly was back in Quiz Master John’s seat filling in and as the clock ticked down towards the nine o’clock kick off it wasn’t too bad a turnout at all. As Gemma got the pound entry fees in it transpired to be a great turnout of 43 Quizzers and ten teams. Excellent.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week, “50 Capitals”, had been pretty easy compared to some recently but even if the teams had sussed that it was something to do with American State Capitals they probably weren’t prepared for the presentation.
After giving the teams a few minutes to mull over the map of the states we started 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 harder:
Q2 Which is the largest of the Canary Islands?
Q4 What is the more common name for the European freshwater fish with the Latin name tinca tinca?
After the General Knowledge Round we paused for a few minutes to let the Teams check through their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, in fact three teams, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops (Phil did have some champion bowling shoes on) and the brilliantly named Exeter Gently all got top marks. Second went to Alexander The Great with a ten and third Lord Chew And The Dukes and Carrot Top Gear with eights each.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more difficult though. Eights was the top score for The Peoples Front Of Judea, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel - We’ll Quiz You Like A Horny Pony Would, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Airlifts and Alexander The Great. Second in the round went to Carrot Top Gear with seven and third we had the duo of Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops and Michael’s Pulled.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Peoples Front Of Judea in the lead on 20, Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops and Alexander The Great in second place with 18 and Exeter Gently in third with 17.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from 2015s X-Factor to a 1979 Clash Album:
Q13 Which British female singer with three UK Charts number one singles to date has just been announced as one of the new judges on 2015s X-Factor?
Q20 On which 1979 Clash album would you find the track Lost In The Supermarket?
Topping the hit parade this week in Music were Alexander The Great with an excellent 11 points from 12. We then had three teams in second with ten Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Airlifts and Michael’s Pulled plus another three teams in third with nine.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break, Alexander The Great had joined The Peoples Front Of Judea in top spot with 29s a piece. Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops were a close second on 28 and Sun, Sex and Suspicious Airlifts along with Exeter Gently came in joint third with 25s each.
We then dispensed with our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries as most teams had done this during my slow (but accurate) marking. So we moved on to the bogey round for some teams… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28 Still considered the fastest woman of all time, which American won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics, including setting World Records for the 100 and 200 meters?
Q30 Described by the Guardian as “phallic bugbears fitted out in foppish puffery” and branded “by far the worst mascots of any Olympics” can you recall the names of the two official mascots of London 2012?
Most teams did very well in Sport this week but champs were Alexander The Great with another cracking 11 from 12. Second, tied on ten, Exeter Gently with Lord Chew And The Dukes and then a trio of The Peoples Front Of Judea, Sun, Sex and Suspicious Airlifts and Carrot Top Gear with nine.
We had some interesting answers for the official Mascots, only one team got them right, there were a few close but my personal favourite, Mufty and Oofty, would have got a bonus point if it hadn't been such a close run thing!
The Sport scores gave us an exciting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Alexander The Great were in a two point lead on 40 but The Peoples Front Of Judea weren’t far behind on 38 and Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops were on 35… who would excel with questions along the lines of these:
Q35 Which Steve Coogan characters catch phrase was Bag o shite?
Q38 Who directed (and starred in) the 2008 movie Gran Torino?
Top Film & TV boffins were Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel - We’ll Quiz You Like A Horny Pony Would with 11 but last weeks winners were way behind on the leader board this week. Second in the round were Lucky Lane 7’s Got Phil’s Flip Flops tied with Carrot Top Gear returning tens each. In third on nine we had Sun, Sex and Suspicious Airlifts and significantly The Peoples Front Of Judea giving them a total of 47 but where were Alexander The Great… they dropped two points in the round to get seven so it was a tie for Quiz 174 which meant a Dart Off!
Quiz Master John loves a good Dart Off, I must admit I find it a bit stressful! Our representatives from both teams stepped up for the two rounds of darts to decide the winner. We had Adam from The Peoples Front Of Judea and Clive from Alexander The Great.
Everyone gathered around the dart board and after tossing a coin Clive was up to the oche first. Apparently Clive had played some darts in his time but not recently so he thought he may be a bit rusty. He threw a 9, 12 and 15 to get a not too bad 36 on his first set.
Adam stepped up and his first set of arrows resulted in a 9, 8 and 12 to give him 29, so it was close.
Clive’s final three darts were a 13, an 18 and then he threw the killer dart, a treble top! 127 scored and it looked like game, set and match as Adam had to throw 98 with three darts just to go to a sudden death… and it didn’t start well. Adam’s first dart was a 1, the pressure must have got to him as his second dart was also a 1 so even though he threw a 20 as his third Clive was already celebrating.
Unlucky Adam and well done to Clive but we weren’t finished yet, there were still three envelopes to choose from to find out what the prize for winning the Quiz was.
Clive went right of the three, slowly unfolded the enclosed slip of paper and announced Food Vouchers! The Quiz crowd cheered, this means we have a rollover going into next weeks Quiz of £43 so we could be playing for over £80 with a decent turnout.
Hard lines Clive but we are sure you will enjoy the £15 food voucher, there are some fantastic Latin Burgers, sensational Thai Curries and a number of other delicious home made speciality dishes such as Empanadas to sample here at The Colly.
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. 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. Barmaid Gemma quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 174 we had £33 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the extremely successful TV series The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead series premiered on AMC way back in September 2010 and to date there have been over 60 episodes to the end of Season 5 which finished in March of this year.
The Wild Card Question tonight is... if you haven’t watched this series and decided you were going to power watch The Walking Dead back to back how many minutes would this take you?
After allowing a minute or so for thinking and double checking that everyone was in there were groans as all the answers under 3,500 were sifted out, leaving seven entries. Then all the answers under 4,000 were dumped, which left just one Pink Post-It… regular Quizzer Rob had just won himself £33.
With that Quiz 174 was done, it had been another cracking night. I thoroughly enjoyed it and hopefully everyone who turned out for the Quiz did too. We hope to see you all again for Quiz 175 next week were we start with £43 in the pot.
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The Wild Card Answer: 4,110 total minutes
To date there have been been 67 episodes, mostly 1 hour long but a few ran to 90 minutes so the total is 68.5 hours which equals 4,110 total minutes.