This week we had a bumper turnout, the return of The Idiots and a record Wild Card Cash Prize!
It was another cracking attendance for Quiz 177 despite a torrential downpour just half an hour before we were due to start. Fifty odd Quizzers turned out, taking the Cash Prize to a well nice £156.
We also had some old friends returning this week. The Idiots who used to be regular at the Quiz for a couple of years (and won it on a couple of occassions) had switched to five-a-side on a Monday but apparently found they were as bad at that as the Quiz, so decided to return to something less strenuous! Nice to see you guys, welcome back.
After my three week stint John was back in the Quizmaster chair… quite literally as there were so many people he lost his table again and had to mark up on one of the high bar stools.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "A repeat... the first was 82, second 89 and last time was 163”. If you have been coming to the Quiz for a while you would recognise that the numbers refer to the Quizzes we have had and if you looked at the Quiz Number mentioned they were all Random Associations Picture Rounds – a person and something they are famous or renowned for. So it was a case of naming the person and matching the pictures with a point for the name and a point for the association.
As it was so busy, Quiz Master John just gave our teams just a couple of minutes to analyse the associations before beginning the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. As is the standard format, a couple of easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more difficult:
Q3. Granny, Overhand and Bowline are all types of what?
Q7. What is unique in the naming convention for moons that orbit the planet Uranus?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a couple of minutes to consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
There were some wildly differing scores in the Picture Round. Our new team from The Two Farms, Black & White (who’s Monday Quiz was called off apparently) blitzed the Pics with a maximum score of 24. Regular Quizzers You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August came in second with 22 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes did well with a 20.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as challenging (to most teams!). Black & White once more aced the round with a maximum 11 (how hard is the Quiz at The Twin Farms?). Second we had three teams on nine, Mary Poppins Is In The Eurozone, What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed?* with You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August and in third on eights a piece The Peoples Front Of Judea and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes.
*I had been for a rather ‘severe’ haircut over the weekend. As they say though, what’s the difference between a good haircut and a bad one? Two weeks… so I only have a week to go.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Black & White blazing the trail with a maximum 35 points (outstanding!). You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August were doing well with 31 in second and Mary Poppins Is In The Eurozone, What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were in joint third on 28.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from American Actresses to British Beauties:
Q12. American actress Gwyneth Paltrow is married to the singer of which British band?
Q18. In 1985 which famous Canadian actor appeared alongside Kate Bush in the video for the song Cloudbusting?
Winning the Music Round this week we had What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? scoring a chart topping 13 points. In second spot the machine that is Black & White along with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with 12 and in third with 11 Kamp.
This gave the leader board a similar look going into the snack break. Black & White were still way out in front with 47 points. What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? were now in joint second on 41 along with You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August and in third we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on 40. Could Black & White be caught?
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 scuttle a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q27. In the early 1930s who captained England during the infamous Bodyline series in Australia?
Q29. In golf. What name has the green at Royal Troon’s 8th hole been given because of its tiny putting area?
Champions in Sport this week we had Black & White returning to the top with a 10. In second place What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? scored a nine then four teams managed an eight, Celine Dion Dublin, The Peoples Front Of Judea, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Real Ale Madrid.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Black & White were way out in front on 57. In second What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? had 50 and then we had You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on 48. Could Black & White possibly be caught? It was a big ask but you never know with questions along the lines of these?
Q36. The characters Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are from in which 1980s BBC classic sitcom?
Q37. He loved the American Dream. With a Vengeance. was the tagline for which now classic 1983 film (written by Oliver Stone)?
The final round threw up a few surprises… You Know Who Are Really Funny? Spontaneous Wrecks! Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August blitzed it with an 11. Second we had three teams, Kamp, The Peoples Front Of Judea and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on nines each and then two teams on eight, What’s Going On With Graham’s Heed? and Return Of The Idiots. Where were our leaders? It looks like Black & White’s Achilles heel may be Film & TV as they limped in with a not so great six for the final round but it was still enough for them to win the nights Quiz by four points with 63.
Our assembled crowd gave the new boys, Black & White, an appreciative round of applause for their tremendous score as Barman Jay offered up the three envelopes for them to draw the prize. They went right and opened the slip of paper… Food Vouchers! Tremendous, the applause went up a notch as that means next week we could be playing for nearly £200. Hard lines for the winners Black & White but they will enjoy the food and can always come back next week.
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 had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 177 we had a ginormous record busting £61 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about sportswear giant Adidas.
The firm, originally called Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik, was founded by two brothers, Adolf and Rudolf Dassler in the early 1920s. The company was extremely successful but the two brothers fell out big style in the 1940s and Rudolf went off to form rival firm Puma leaving Adolf, who preferred to be called Adi (for obvious reasons) to form a new company which he branded Adidas.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many employees did Adidas have when they started trading in August 1949?
After double checking that everyone was in John sifted through the 61 Post-It’s finding the closest to the answer we were after. There were guesses ranging from 1 through to a bizarre 222,2,22 but just five were close enough. There were a few groans as John first dumped everyone over 60 then even more sighs when all the guesses under 30 were binned.
John then started reading through the five closest. Rob had 55, Jessica 54, Jack 36 and Brian was second closest with 37… but the winner of the biggest Wild Card to date was Mike H who was just two out with 45. Mike, a regular at The Colly, had only come in for a pint about half an hour earlier and as you can imagine he was well chuffed at getting a £61 windfall from a £1 stake!
With that Quiz 177 was complete John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We hope to see you all next week at Quiz 178 where we could be playing for nigh on £200.
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Q3. Granny, Overhand and Bowline are all types of what? Knot
Q7. What is unique in the naming convention for moons that orbit the planet Uranus? They are named after characters from Shakespeare plays
Q12. American actress Gwyneth Paltrow is married to the singer of which British band? Coldplay (Chris Martin)
Q18. In 1985 which famous Canadian actor appeared alongside Kate Bush in the video for the song Cloudbusting? Donald Sutherland
Q27. In the early 1930s who captained England during the infamous Bodyline series in Australia? Douglas Jardine
Q29. In golf. What name has the green at Royal Troon’s 8th hole been given because of its tiny putting area? The Postage Stamp
Q36. The characters Jim Hacker and Sir Humphrey Appleby are from in which 1980s BBC classic sitcom? Yes Minister
Q37. He loved the American Dream. With a Vengeance. was the tagline for which now classic 1983 film (written by Oliver Stone)? Scarface
Wild Card Answer: 47 employees