Bond Girls, buggers grips and New Horizons conundrums for a small but enthusiastic turnout at Quiz 178.
After a fairly dull and uneventful day the weather started to brighten up towards 8pm. We were hoping that, along with the chance of a possible £200+ Cash Prize, might tempt a few extra teams out for our Monday night Quiz.
As the clock slowly ticked it’s way towards our 9pm kick off the bar was filling up nicely and it was looking promising but by the time we were ready to start the bar was only half full! Last week 50 Quizzers, 12 teams, this week 25 Quizzers seven teams… we still can’t work this bar out?
The Cash Prize was now at £181, not a bad haul if you only had two or three team members. We waited for any late arrivals to bolster the numbers (and the prize money) then got started a little after nine.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Halle Berry, Maud Adams and Honor Blackman”, not quite as cryptic as usual and it didn’t take our teams much time over the weekend to suss out that these were all Bond Girls.
Quiz Master John was back in the chair again this week and as usual he was on top form. He gave the seven teams a few minutes to browse over the Bond Girls before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As per usual, a couple of easy questions to start with, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more demanding:
Q9. Gazelle, eland and impala are all kinds of what?
Q10. What is the name of the NASA spacecraft which sent back those stunning images of Pluto as it flew past the dwarf planet last week?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams some time to resolve their answers before calling in both the Picture Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Picture Round, they had obviously been revising Bond Girls all weekend… and let’s face it, there are worse ways of wiling away your spare hours! Four teams got top marks, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! and Shaken Not Stirred. Penis Fly Trap and Halogen tied for second on tens and The Scampettes managed a seven.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little less challenging than usual this week, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! walked it with eleven scored. In second Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Shaken Not Stirred got tens and Penis Fly Trap and Halogen came in third on nines each.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! leading on 23. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Shaken Not Stirred were a close second on 22 each and The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming were third with 20.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from American singers chirping about famous Outlaws to British singers sporting buggers grips:
Q14. In 1990 Cher got to number 11 in the UK Charts singing about which famous (American) outlaw?
Q16. My Coo Ca Choo was a first chart hit in 1973 for which British singer sporting some serious sideburns?
Chart toppers in Music this week we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Shaken Not Stirred getting decent eleven scores. Penis Fly Trap got a very good 10 and in third Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! and The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming both managed nines.
This gave the leader board a rather congested appearance going into the snack break. In the lead we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Shaken Not Stirred on 33 each. In second Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! on 32 and in third Penis Fly Trap and The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming on 29. It was close and there was £181 up for grabs!
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:
Q25. The famous Silver Claret Jug was awarded to the winner of golf’s Open Championship for the first time in 1873... prior to that what did the champion receive as his prize?
Q28. After just 25 seconds which Everton player scored the fastest goal in FA Cup history at the 2009 Wembley final?
Gold medalists in Sport this week we had The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming with just six (hard Sports Round this week?). In second Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video!, The Scampettes and Shaken Not Stirred with fives and the rest managed four.
The Sport scores gave us a very interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Shaken Not Stirred had the advantage with 38. On their tails Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! with 37 and in with an outside chance The Royal Salute – I Did Nazi That Coming on a decent 35. With questions along the lines of these who knows what the outcome would be:
Q34. According to figures released last week, which historic biopic attracted the most complaints to the British Board of Film Classification in 2014?
Q35. In the late 1990s crime drama series Silent Witness, what is lead character Sam Ryan’s profession?
Shaken Not Stirred nailed Film & TV with a nine, Penis Fly Trap did well to draw the round but the challengers Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel 5th August – Less Embarrassing Than Queens Home Video! fell by the wayside with an eight and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes threw it away by getting a seven.
The teams gave Shaken Not Stirred a deserved round of applause for winning the Quiz by two points. It was now down to team member Sarah to draw from the three envelopes offered up by Barmaid Gemma, was it to be Food Vouchers, Beers or Cash? Sarah went right, slowly unfurled the slip of paper contained within and announced Cash Prize! Fantastic, well done Sarah. There were only three members in the winning team but they are a generous bunch and immediately donated £31 back into the pot for next week. Thanks guys, much appreciated.
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 green (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 178 we had a reasonable £28 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a question about the New Horizons Spacecraft which shot past Pluto at 31,000mph last week.
Before the probe sent back those stunning close ups of the dwarf planet and it’s moons it had to collate loads of scientific data and then send a message home to say that it hadn’t collided with anything and the flypast had been successful.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how long in minutes and seconds did it take for that radio signal to travel the 4.7 billion miles from the New Horizons probe to earth where it was picked up by a giant radio dish in Madrid?
After confirming that all the entries were on his table in John began to sift through the questions… it was fairly easy as there were some bizarre answers ranging from four minutes through to 8 million seconds!
There were only three answers anywhere near our figure. Regular Quizzer (and barman) Jay had 5 hours and 33 minutes – yes we asked for just minutes but there was only one person in 28 entries who actually answered in minutes and seconds (it must have been getting late!). Then we had Pasty Dave who had two entries, 5 hours and 33 seconds and 5 hours and 23 seconds(?) the latter of which was the closest to our answer. So it was congratulations to Dave, it might not have been the bumper record breaking £61 from last week but £28 for a £2 stake isn't a bad return.
With that Quiz Master John wrapped up Quiz 178 thanking everyone for coming and signed off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We hope you all enjoyed it and look forward to seeing everyone back for next weeks Quiz 179 where we could be playing for £60 plus.
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