A cracking turnout, some unfathomable questions and a massive Wild Card Cash Prize. It was a record breaking night at the Quiz.
We were hoping for a reasonable turnout for Quiz 172, there was a £110 rollover and it was a fine clear night in June so if 30 or 40 Quizzers arrived it could make this week a very tasty Cash Prize.
As the clock ticked towards 9pm it was looking reasonably promising, the bar was half full, then in the half hour before we kicked off there were loads of people arrived. There were so many teams Quiz Master John lost his table (again) and we were worried there may not be enough Picture Rounds printed to go around!
After getting the Pic Round and Answer Sheets out we counted up the £1 entry fees and we had an excellent £48 to add into the rollover to make the nights Cash Prize worth £158.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Who was Marlene McFly?”, well Marlene McFly was a character out of Back To The Future II and ’she’ was played by Michael J Fox… so our theme this week was cross-gender acting*, actors and actresses who have played the opposite sex in a movie.
*This theme was suggested by our Quiz Night Barman Chris and we welcome any other ideas for a theme for the Picture Quiz (as after 172 of them our ideas are getting a bit thin on the ground!). If you do have any ideas put them in the comments box at the end of the article or drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to contemplate who these cross-gender actors could be before beginning the Quiz with 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 trying:
Q3 From South American country did the Ballroom Tango originate?
Q10 What revolutionary product launched in early 1998 could you originally buy only in Bondi Blue but by 1999 it was also available in Blueberry, Strawberry, Lime, Tangerine and Grape colours?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to contemplate their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
There were some wildly different scores in the Picture Round but top cross-gender spotters were Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week with an unbelievable 23 from 24. The topically named Faulton Towers came in second on 20 and then another topically named team Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only came in third on 19.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more testing for most but Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only managed a nine to win the round then six teams scored seven and the remaining five scored six.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week leading on 30. Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only were in a reasonably close second on 28 with Faulton Towers tucked in third on 27.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Proud Mary to The Pogues:
Q14 Which group had a 1969 hit with Proud Mary?
Q20 The Pogues took their name from the Irish slang phrase póg mo thóin (pogue mahone). What is the meaning of the phrase?
Number one in Music this week were the trio of Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week, Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only and We Survived The Smiler with well deserved tens a piece. In second Too Tipsy to Win and the brilliantly named Exeter Gently with eight and then three teams tying for third.
This gave the leader board a familiar look going into the snack break, Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week were still two points in the lead on 40 with Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only in second on 38 but Faulton Towers had faltered, still in third but now five points adrift of second place on 33.
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 What was unusual about the Elf-Tyrrel P34 F1 car that made it’s debut appearance at the 1976 Spanish Grand Prix?
Q29 Diane Leather of the Birchfield Harriers was the first woman to do what in 1954?
Crossing the line first in Sport for Quiz 172 was We Survived The Smiler with an excellent ten. Second placed were Exeter Gently with nine and then a triple tie for third with Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only, Faulton Towers and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes all scoring seven.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only had jumped into the lead on 45. Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week fell at the penultimate hurdle scoring just four which dropped them into second place on 44 and an outside third were We Survived The Smiler with a total points haul of 42. So once more it was close call at the last round, who would fare better from questions along the lines of these:
Q32 In Star Trek the Next Generation what is Captain Picard’s tea of choice?
Q35 In 1982 which actress spent 17 days in a southern Italian prison for tax evasion?
Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only cleared up in the Film & TV with a cracking eleven scored. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had their best round of the night and came in second with ten and then we had two teams joint third on nines, Faulton Towers and We Survived The Smiler.
Hard lines to Spontaneous Wrecks Have No Gigs To Play This Week the Sport round finished them and they couldn’t keep up with our winners of the night Free Shots At Tup Tup Palace – Saturday Only in the final round. Our winning team got a round of applause as Gemma gave designated team member Sarah the choice of the three envelopes. Everyone was wishing for Beers or Food Vouchers but Sarah had other ideas, going for the right envelope and quickly opening it to reveal the £158 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 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. Barman Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and the pint pot was looking rather full as he began counting up the prize money. After a couple of minutes he announced for Quiz 172 we had a record busting £57 in for the Wild Card prize. The question to win this serious money was:
In the General Knowledge round we asked a Question about the original Apple iMac.
Launched in 1998 the iMac is now widely referred to as “the Macintosh that saved Apple” because it revolutionised the consumer PC market with it’s stylish and elegant all in one design.
The Wild Card Question tonight is… if you had bought one of these funky computers way back in 1998 what would the cost have been in pounds excluding the 17.5% VAT?
After double checking that everyone was in John started sifting through the 58 answers until he eventually he found three that were relatively close. As it was such a mammoth Cash Prize Quiz Master John went in reverse order with no tomfoolery this week. In third with £559.50 we had Man In Jonquil Trousers*, in second Alistair with £574.51 but Alistair had hedged his bets, he had bought two Wild Card entries and on the second he had written £612.98 which made him the closest to our answer and the winner of the humungous £57 Cash Prize.
*there was a Question about the colour Jonquil in the first round and Phil ‘The Power’ Macs trousers were definitely a bright yellow!
Alistair received a round of applause as he walked up to the bar with a big grin to collect his record £57 and will have the honour of being mentioned on every Quiz Preview from now on until the record is broken once more.
Following the Wild Card win that was a very busy Quiz 172 sorted and a weary John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
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