This weeks Picture Round on Bridges had most of our teams cantilevered!
We had been having some good attendances at the Quiz over the last few weeks and we were hoping for more of the same for Quiz 176. The Cash Prize could be decent, we were looking for over £110 with a 30 plus turnout so we crossed our fingers and waited.
As the time drew nearer to nine the bar was fairly quiet and Gemma waited till around five minutes after the hour to start handing out the Quiz sheets. It wasn’t as quiet as it looked with 25 Quizzers the Cash Prize rose to £102, then a couple of minutes later some late arrivals took it to £104. Excellent, nearly the £110 we were hoping for, game on.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Nationally they come in several varieties including truss, beam and tied arch”. Well if you’re getting used to my cryptic clues by now you should have got Nationally to (our) country, Great Britain and Truss, Beam and Tied Arch are all kinds (varieties) of bridge structures. So our Picture Round this week had to be… UK Bridges
Quiz Master John was off again this week (he should be back for Quiz 177) so it was yours truly hosting for the third Quiz in a row. After letting the teams have five minutes or so to mull over the Bridges we started the Quiz as usual with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of ‘easy’ questions first, then as we were about to move onto question three, just as last week, another team turned up! No bother, we halted for a couple of minutes gave the team their Quiz sheets and let everyone know that the Cash Prize was now up to £106. We repeated the first couple of questions for the benefit of our late arrivals then progressed on with the round which gradually became harder and harder:
Q2 Which famous naturalist sailed around the world on the HMS Beagle? And for a bonus point how many years did the voyage take?
Q4 Which now defunct brewery produced brands such as Norseman Lager and Lorimers Scotch?
After the General Knowledge Round the Teams were given a few minutes to contemplate their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
The Picture Round on Bridges had most of the teams cantilevered! The topically named Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats! managed a credible nine to top the round. FC Copenbadly coped okay with a seven to come second and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Quizee Rascal drew in third with five a piece.
The Team scores were much of a muchness in the General Knowledge Round. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes won with a seven and then the other six teams got a six or five.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes leading the pack on 15. Second were FC Copenbadly with 13 and third Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on 12.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from queer comedians to quinquagenarians:
Q15 Snot Rap was a Top Ten hit for which zany former DJ in March 1983?
Q16 In 1999 who became the oldest woman to have a UK Number One Single?
Number one spot in Music this week was shared between four teams Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats!, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Quizee Rascal and Rob’s Angels who all returned 10. JC & The Sunshine Band managed an eight to come in second and then our other two teams FC Copenbadly and The Shaw Wank Erection got sevens each to come in third.
This gave the leader board a familiar look going into the snack break. Leaders from the outset Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats! were still in the lead with 25. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were in second three points behind on 22 and Quizee Rascal in third with 21.
Up next was 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:
Q24 Ranked at 23rd in the world, which tennis player broke her own 2005 record as the lowest ranked female to win the 2007 Women’s Title at Wimbledon?
Q25 What does 1976 Decathlon Gold Medal winner Bruce Jenner prefer to be known as these days?
Numero uno in Sport this week we had Rob’s Angels who spanked the opposition by getting a well impressive 11. Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats! and JC & The Sunshine Band drew in second with eights whilst Quizee Rascal and FC Copenbadly secured third with sevens each.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats! were prime time with 33 and Rob’s Angels were waiting in the wings on 31 but the rest of the teams needed a double meltdown if they were going to get back into it. You never know though with questions along the lines of these:
Q37 Which Welsh comedian hosted the spoof BBC chat programme The Keith Barret Show?
Q40 In his early career which now famous actor originally played the alien monster in the 1987 film Predator but quit after two days because of ridiculous red suit he was made to wear (not realising it was a cloak for the special effects to be added in post production)?
There were no surprises, Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats! took the round with a massive 11. Rob’s Angels made a fist of it with a final score of 10 but there was a deserved round of applause for our Quiz 176 winners Just F*** Off Then You Thieving Greek Twats!, Rob’s Angels came in a creditable second on 41.
Our bubbly barmaid Gemma was on hand to offer the winners the choice of three envelopes, contained in which were slips of paper saying Food Vouchers, Beers or Cash Prize. Winning Team member Richard went middle of the three, opened the envelope and withdrew the slip of paper, he hesitated then announced… Food Vouchers. Unlucky Richard but fantastic news for the Quiz as that means a substantial £106 rollover going into next week! A good turnout on the night could see a Cash Prize of nearly £140 for Quiz 177.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish off the night.
To enter the Wild Card is just £1 per person and for that you got a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo pink or yellow (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question that is read 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 for Quiz 176 we had £31 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the TV Series M*A*S*H.
In 1983 the final episode of M*A*S*H, entitled Goodbye, Farewell and Amen, became the most watched TV Broadcast in American history with 105.97 million viewers. (This huge audience even surpassed the Dallas episode that resolved the “Who Shot JR?” cliffhanger earlier in the 80s.)
The M*A*S*H record stood for nearly thirty years until the 2010 Superbowl just pipped it with audience of 106.5 million viewers (nearly 35% of the total population).
The Wild Card Question tonight is what percentage of the American population watched that final episode of M*A*S*H?
After double checking that everyone was in, there were sighs as every answer over 60% was immediately discounted then there were groans as everyone under 40% was confined to the bin. This left quite a few Post-It’s on the table, so everyone over 50% was out. That left four answers, Simon – Quizee Rascal was close with 41%, Haydon was also close with 47%, Carol was really close with a guess of 43.4% but with 44% this weeks Wild Card winner was Malcolm. The pub gave our Wild Card winner a round of applause as he collected his £31 from Barmaid Gemma.
With that Quiz 176 was complete, it had been a thoroughly entertaining night and we hope to see you all again next week where we could be playing for a Cash Prize of nearly £140.
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