Ludicrously long team names, ridiculous questions and a slight confusion between The Cranberries and The Krankies… Quiz 179 was, as usual, highly entertaining!
At Quiz 177 we had 50 people for a potential £156 prize yet for Quiz 178 we had 25 people for a possible £200 prize, so we were quite nervous about how many might turn out for Quiz 179… especially considering it had been an appalling day of constant rain and the rollover for the Cash prize was just £31.
We crossed our fingers and hoped for a good attendance.
It wasn’t looking too bad and with ten minutes to go it seemed like a reasonable turnout. The lovely Gemma did the rounds with the Quiz Sheets and returned with £29 to add to the £31 in the pot. So that gave us a turnout of 29 Quizzers playing for a Cash Prize of £60. Not bad, game on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "They can be funny but not sitting down" so for funny read Comedian and if you’re not sitting down you are standing up… therefore it had to be Stand Up Comedians.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to scrutinise the Stand Up Comedians before beginning the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual we started off with a couple of ’easy’ questions, then as the round went on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q5. What birds collective noun is a squabble?
Q10. Which influential abstract expressionist painter was dubbed as Jack The Dripper by Time Magazine in 1956?
One of the questions didn’t quite get the desired reaction from one of our dedicated Quizzers Sarah. John asked What is Muckle Flugga’s claim to fame? and after a slight pause we clearly heard what Sara thought as she whispered to her fellow team members, “Muckle Flugga… for f*@ks sake”.
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
A few teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, they had obviously read the Preview and swotted up on Stand Up Comedians! There were a couple of interesting answers, one team had Jasper Carrott as Willy Wonka and for Alexi Sale there was an answer of Stalin (and what a great stand up comedian he was?).
Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes aced the Picture Round with 12. Hello John, Got A New Motor and the record breaking longest ever Quiz name Help I’ve Been Kidnapped And Forced To Do The Quiz. Please Call The Police, Don’t Read This Out Loud Or They’ll Hurt Me (Also Go See Spontaneous Wrecks!) both managed an 11. Whilst Stemma and The Hasty Puddings scored sevens a piece.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more arduous however. The Hasty Puddings managed top score with eight and Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes came a close second on seven. Hello John, Got A New Motor and (the abbreviated) Go See Spontaneous Wrecks trundled in third on sixes.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes leading the pack on 19. Hello John, Got A New Motor and Go See Spontaneous Wrecks were two behind on 17 and The Hasty Puddings were in there on 15.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Little Mix to The Wonder Stuff:
Q14. Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards got engaged to which former member of One Direction in 2013?
Q17. Which comedian did The Wonder Stuff get Dizzy with in 1991?
Number one spot in Music this week we had (the abbreviated) Go See Spontaneous Wrecks who smashed the round with a 13. Second spot went to Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes on 11 and Hello John, Got A New Motor managed a third with 10.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break. Go See Spontaneous Wrecks and Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes were now joint leaders with 30. Second were Hello John, Got A New Motor on 27 and in third way back on 23 The Hasty Puddings.
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 put a spanner in the works… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q25. For which team did both Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill win the Formula One World Championship?
Q30. Which (French) player has the dubious record of being shown the most yellow and red cards whilst representing his country at the World Cup finals?
Crossing the line first in Sport this week we had Hello John, Got A New Motor with a fine eight scored. Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes were a close second on seven and The Hasty Puddings got a six to come in third.
The Sport scores gave us a very tasty leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes were two points to the good with 37 ahead of Hello John, Got A New Motor on 35. Then in third we had Go See Spontaneous Wrecks on 34. So Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes were the favourites but it all depended on how they coped with questions along the lines of these:
Q32. This Wheels on Fire was the theme tune to which 1990s BBC Comedy?
Q38. In the 80s TV Cop Series Cagney and Lacey which of the female detectives was played by Sharon Gless?
Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes weren’t up to it. Go See Spontaneous Wrecks won the round with a blistering 11 scored. Hello John, Got A New Motor and Stemma came in second with tens and The Hasty Puddings scored a nine to manage third. Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes only scored seven on the final round which meant they were leap frogged for top spot by both Go See Spontaneous Wrecks and Hello John, Got A New Motor. Dart Off!
John from Go See Spontaneous Wrecks stepped up along with Richard from Hello John, Got A New Motor. Two sets of darts, best score gets to draw the prize.
John was up to the oche first. John’s great at recalling facts in the Quiz but we don’t think his strong point is darts, out of three thrown he missed with two and got a 12 with the third. Up next south paw Richard, who didn’t do much better (obviously succumbed to the pressure) and scored 17. John improved with his second set of darts to score a total of 29, leaving Richard to score 12 or over. He threw a 15 on his first dart so the Dart Off went to Hello John, Got A New Motor.
Dart champion Richard drew the envelope and got the Food Vouchers. A cheer went up as this means next week we will start with a rollover of £60 and could be playing for nearly £100 with a good turnout.
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 (Post-It's 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 179 we had £22 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the X Rated film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut.
The film was X Rated due to it’s graphic content and also because film was said to have the most profanity ever used in an animated film. In fact during the film there was a total number of 399 swear words, 199 offensive gestures and 221 acts of violence.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many times was the ‘F’ word used during the entire South Park movie?
After double checking that everyone was in and we had 22 little pink Post-It’s on the table John discounted everyone under 100. Then everyone over 200 went too as well as the Post-It with 1,210 on! This left four, there was no tom foolery this week, John just went straight for the winner and announced “Hayden, you’ve just won yourself 22 quid!”. Hayden was over the moon as he picked up his windfall from Gemma behind the bar. It’s always worth a quid the Wild Card.
With that Quiz 179 was complete and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
Following the Quiz we found out that Rascal Ferrets In Vibes, Vibes, Vibes dropped a couple of final round questions that they should have got. Apparently they had a complete meltdown and somehow managed to put down The Cranberries instead of…
and that might have just cost them the Quiz! Unlucky guys.
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Wild Card Answer: There were 146 uses of the F word during the 81 minute movie (that’s one F word every 33 seconds!)