A modest turnout for a massive £170, some bizarre Pop Star Statues and a visitor attraction calculation was all in store for those at Quiz 186.
We were hoping the potential Cash Prize of £180 plus might get a good turnout for Quiz 186. It had been a decent September day and apparently The Brandling up the road was shut for the foreseeable so in anticipation of a possible big crowd we printed 15 Picture Rounds and Answer Sheets out!
By 8pm it looked like the printing of all the Picture Rounds and Answer Sheets may have cursed the night, there were only a few in and as the time rolled on toward nine there weren’t very many additions. Then the penny dropped, Newcastle were away at West Ham and it was on the telly!
Chris did the rounds just prior to nine and it was a small turnout of just 20 people in five teams. Disappointing but cosy and it did mean the Cash Prize was up to a lofty £170.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was a bit cryptic "Take note of these poor representations”. Well if you took note as in musical note and representations as likenesses or figures with a bit of extreme lateral thinking you may have got to Pop Star Statues (well maybe). We’re not sure any of our teams got the clue and even if they did some of the statues were so bad (picture three and five for instance!) we decided to put clues in to steer them towards the Pop Star we were looking for.
Quiz Master John gave our teams a few minutes to peruse through the Pop Star Statues Picture Round before starting the Quiz with our first ten questions on General Knowledge. As usual, a couple of reasonably easy questions first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q01. In 1664 which brewery was founded by Geronimus Hatt in Strasbourg, France?
Q07. The name of which middle ages warlord roughly translates as Universal Ruler?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to check through their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pop Star Statues Picture Round, the clues had obviously helped. Pronto Soccorso were super statue spotters with a top score of 12, Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet (hasn’t everyone?) got a creditable 11 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes came in third on 10.
The General Knowledge Round proved more of a challenge though, Pronto Soccorso and Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet tied in first on eights a piece. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were a close second with seven and our other two teams, the cleverly named Jizzmaster Qohn and Sad Something scored sixes each.
The combined scores of those first two rounds gave us a leader board at this early stage of Pronto Soccorso stealing a march on 20, Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet on 19 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes three off the leaders on 17.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from from the X-Factor to Young Single and Sexy:
Q12. Which X-Factor winner had a 2012 UK number one single with When We Collide?
Q16. After three consecutive number ones in February, May and August 2012 which singers fourth single, Young Single and Sexy, only got to number 54 in the charts?
One of the music Questions this week who released an album called Talking On Corners and John couldn’t help himself by giving our Quizzers a little clue… “Kwoaar… I’d even shag the bloke!” so obviously everyone got the correct answer from that.
Straight in at number one in Music this week were again Pronto Soccorso with a poptastic 11. Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes weren’t far behind with 10s each but it wasn’t our other two teams strongest round with Sad Something and Jizzmaster Qohn coming in with six and five respectively.
This gave the leader board a similar look going into the snack break Pronto Soccorso were sneaking into a canny lead on 31. Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet were in second on 29 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes four off the pace on 27.
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 mean shit or bust for a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. Since 2013 which financial institution has Olympic Gold Medalist Jessica Ennis been advertising on TV?
Q29. Who scored the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history in May 2015?
Pole position in Sport this week went to Rascal Ferrets On Vibes who ran a personal best on the round with ten. Current leaders Pronto Soccorso were two off top spot with eight and Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet, Jizzmaster Qohn and Sad Something all rolled in at the rear on sevens.
The Sport scores gave us a really interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Pronto Soccorso were still two points ahead with 39 but now it was Rascal Ferrets On Vibes in second with 37 and Spontaneous Wrecks Have Turned Down A Position In The Shadow Cabinet had slipped into third with 36. Film & TV was usually Pronto Soccorso’s speciality so with questions along the lines of these second placed Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were going to have to play a blinder to overturn the leaders:
Q37. What’s the title of the current BBC2 Comedy series about Danny Baker’s childhood starring Peter Kay and Lucy Speed?
Q38. In the 2012 film Battleship, which singer appeared as Petty Officer Cora ‘Weps’ Raikes?
Unbelievable… Rascal Ferrets On Vibes only went and scored full marks on a pretty hard Film & TV Round, this took them to a total score of 51 points and meant the leaders needed a 12 point round to match them. Pronto Soccorso could only manage a nine taking them to 48, so there were roars from the top corner of the bar as Jay, Sam, Rob and the others from Rascal Ferrets On Vibes celebrated a monumental fightback. Rob, who had been instrumental in the maximum score for the final round with some crucial answers, was give the honour of drawing the winning envelope. He went right, opened it up and after a little pause shouted… Cash Prize! Fantastic, well done Rob, what a result.
After divvying up the £170 the guys very generously stuck £20 in the pot to start us off 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 yellow (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. Chris quickly collected the £1 entries in and for Quiz 186 we had £18 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked which was the most popular visitor attraction in the UK.
The answer was the British Museum in London which attracted close to seven million visitors in 2014.
The Wild Card Question tonight is if the British Museum was open every day all year round, on average how many people would be visiting it per day?
After verifying that everyone was in John started sifting through the 18 guesses, there were groans as he immediately discounted any guess under 2,000 and over 20,000. He then binned everyone under 10,000, which didn’t leave many then 17,000 which left just three Louise T, Richard N and Mary Poppins. Louise T was 800 out, Mary Poppins was just 399 out but our winner this week, only 149 off the mark, was Richard N from the runners up in this weeks quiz Pronto Soccorso.
Well done Richard, whilst it wasn’t a share of the big money £170 it’s still a nice consolation prize on the night.
With that Quiz 186 was concluded and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless. We hope to see you all (and some more) next week where we could be playing for around £50 thanks to the generous £20 put back in the pot by the winners.
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Wild Card Answer: 18,343 visitors per day (6,695,213 per year)
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