Some right monkey business, an irascibility of robins and an exciting Dart Off for Quiz 181.
It had been a funny old day of weather, torrential downpours followed by periods of sunshine but by the early evening it was quiet pleasant. We were hoping the reasonably fine weather might get a few out for a couple of beers and possibly boost the numbers for the Quiz, as the potential £40 plus Cash Prize wasn’t the biggest lure but as we said in the Preview, the attraction is the prestige of winning The Colly Quiz!
No Quiz Master John this week, he was away with work apparently (plus his team got a right hiding by Leicester on the opening day of the season, so he might not have been in the best of fettles) so I happily took the chair for the night.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "A classic situation of Word Up comedy”. Word Up is a song by Cameo and the other part of the cryptic phrase was Classic Situation and Comedy, so there we have it cameo appearances in classic sitcoms… easy! By cameo we meant a bit part rather than a well known actor making a brief appearance.
After letting the teams peruse the Picture Round for five minutes or so we kicked off the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of easy ones first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more challenging:
Q5. The Italian painter Canaletto is famous for urban landscapes of his home town Venice and which european capital?
Q7. What is the first animal that appears in The Oxford Dictionary?
After the General Knowledge Round the Teams were given a few minutes to check their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
A couple of teams did pretty well in the Pics Round, The Hasty Puddings and The 4-2 To Us Foxes nailed it with elevens a piece. new boys Los Bombaderos managed a ten and then three teams came in with sevens, The Cuthberts, Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach and Quizzly Bears.
The General Knowledge Round proved just as testing. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes came out on top with ten, Los Bombaderos were a close second on nine and then we had sevens from both The Cuthberts and Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Los Bombaderos in the lead on 19, second with 17 The Hasty Puddings and third The 4-2 To Us Foxes returning 16.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from 90s boy bands to ancient all round entertainers:
Q13. Sure, Never Forget and How Deep Is Your Love were all number ones in the 90s for which (boy) band?
Q19. Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer Katzenellen Bogen-By-The-Sea was a number seven UK hit for which all round British entertainer in 1954?
A rather embarrassing mishap with an Arctic Monkeys question was pointed out by The Cuthberts team as I read out the answers to the round… having asked What band had a number one album entitled I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor? I was informed that the album had actually been called Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor was in fact the AMs single that had topped the charts the previous year!
Oh dear, it’s a while since I dropped a bollock but the teams had seen through this mistake and got the Arctic Monkeys anyway so no harm done (apart from my reputation).
So moving swiftly on topping the charts in Music this week we had Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach scoring ten, Los Bombaderos a close second on nine and The 4-2 To Us Foxes in third place on seven.
This gave the leader board a slightly different appearance going into the snack break. Los Bombaderos increased their lead to 28 ahead of Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach who after a cracking Music round slipped into second on 24. The 4-2 To Us Foxes were in third with 23 and The Hasty Puddings dropped to fourth on 22.
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:
Q23. What is the name of the England player who scored a spectacular own goal in the semi-final of the recent 2015 Women’s World Cup?
Q25. In 1986 who became the oldest golfer to win the Masters? And for a bonus point what was his nickname?
As the old saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once… well this must apply to writing Quizzes as well. After not dropping a rick for ages firstly we have the Arctic Monkeys balls up in the Music Round and then lo and behold in the Sports Round I ask Which football league teams nickname is The Robins? and quick as a flash our new team Los Bombaderos asks “Which league, there are a few teams nicknamed the Robins?”. Devastated I took a quick look on my phone and sure enough there were several teams with the nickname Robins!
Oh bollocks. To compensate for the error I then said any of the football league Teams nicknamed The Robins would get the point.
Phew that must be it for balls up this week I thought and read out the next question The Coronation Cup is competed for in which sport? Los Bombaderos pipe up “There’s more than one Coronation Cup”… It was becoming a stressful night!
After compensating for the errors, crossing the line first in Sport for Quiz 181 we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with a very impressive ten. Joint second were (my nemesis) Los Bombaderos and The Hasty Puddings on eights with the rest of the teams trailing in with fives and fours.
The Sport scores gave us what looked like a pretty conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Los Bombaderos with 36 had a massive five point lead on Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on 31. We then had The Hasty Puddings on 30 and Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach on 29. Film & TV can be a funny scoring round though, who would get the better of questions like these:
Q34. In the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow who played the Sky Captain?
Q35. In Absolutely Fabulous what is the surname of Patsy (the character played by Joanna Lumley)?
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes aced the final round with a cracking score of eleven points from the twelve on offer. They were closely followed by Get That Tail Fin Off My Beach and The 4-2 To Us Foxes on tens and The Hasty Puddings on nine… but where were our leaders Los Bombaderos? Their TV & Films score of six was their worst round score of the night and took their final total to 42. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes excellent 11 took them to a final score of 42 – so once again (on my watch) it was a Dart Off!
The Dart Off is quite straightforward, two sets of three darts a piece and the highest score wins. From team Los Bombaderos we had Mark and from Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Jay stepped up.
After tossing the coin Mark was up to the oche first, his darts weren’t great, a four, a miss and a seven gave eleven scored. Jay was up next, a confident 20, then a miss then another 20 made 40 scored. It was now down to Mark's final three darts, he started with an 18, not bad, then a treble eighteen then a two... astonishing, that took Mark to an excellent total score of 85.
Jay required 46 to win, the pressure was all on him. He started well with a 20, then went off piste with a five and then disaster, another five to give a total score of 70. It was Los Bombaderos night and well done to team member Mark for bringing it back from the brink!
It was only right that it was Mark to choose from the three prize envelopes being thrust at him by Barmaid Gemma, he hesitated then went to his left, pulled the slip of paper out and announced… Beers which brought cheers from the other teams as it means next week we will be starting with a pot of £42 and playing for a potential Cash Prize of £70 plus.
Up next was a shout for last orders and 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 yellow again (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 181 we had a tidy £33 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Music Round we asked who sang the song If in 1975. It was of course Telly Savalas who was a major star of the time playing the bald no nonsense New York Detective Kojak (who loves ya baby!).
The song If spent two weeks at number one and Telly obviously thought he was onto a winner as he released another single, a cover of You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ a couple of months later. Unfortunately Telly was a one hit wonder as his second single bombed just reaching number 47.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many weeks in total did Telly Savalas spend in the top 100 of the 1975 charts with his two singles?
After making sure that everyone was in the first answers binned were those over 30, after all there’s only 52 weeks in the year! Secondly all of the answers under 10 were out, that left nine Post-It’s. There were disappointed groans as everyone over 20 was removed which left just three. Guy & Robin had 19, Bomb was very close with 16 but our winner tonight, just one off the total we were looking for, was our good friend and regular Quizzer Robin with lucky 11. There was a big round of applause for Robin as received his £33 from the lovely Gemma behind the bar.
With that Quiz 181 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out I took several well earned gulps of lager… it’s hard work this hosting a Quiz!
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