Devious daily logos, Lake Disappointment in SR1 and a St Leger mind stretcher for a decent crowd at Quiz 185.
We were hoping a warm September evening and the lure of a £140 plus cash prize might bring a good crowd in for Quiz 185.
There was an added incentive to the night as well, our regular Quizzers (and regular winners) Sarah and Richard were both going to be missing and the rest of our usual Teams are pretty evenly matched so it could be a close fought evening.
As the time approached nine the bar was gradually filling up and by the time Chris returned after handing out the Pic Round and Answer Sheets he had collected in £36 in £1 entries. So we had 36 Quizzers and nine Teams in for Quiz 185, making for a £150 Cash Prize… not bad at all.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was pretty easy we thought "Express mail for guardian of the sun" so obviously something to do with newspapers. Barman Jay had guessed it over the weekend but he went too deep, thinking it could be fonts used on newspaper headlines… good idea, I’ll keep that in mind for a future Pic Quiz! No it was simply close ups of the daily’s logo. Some were easy but some took a bit of thinking about.
Quiz Master John was back after his night off last week and he gave our teams a few minutes to peruse through the papers Picture Round before beginning 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:
Q03. In which country can you find Lake Disappointment?
Q07. How many pairs of chromosomes does a human being normally have in each cell?
After the General Knowledge Round Quiz Master John gave the Teams a few minutes to consider their answers before calling in the Pics Round and Answer Sheet for marking.
Most teams did very well in the Pics Round, in fact five teams got all 12 correct and the other four just missed one or two.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging, The Peoples Front Of Judea came out tops with ten, whilst The Laaaaaaads managed a nine and both Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! and the excellently named The Wrongtaneous Specks both scored eights.
When reading the answers out John got to Question three “In which country can you find Lake Disappointment?” and quick as a flash, before John could intervene, Jack our regular Quizzer with the Leicester connection shouted out “Sunderland” much to everyone’s amusement (bar John’s).
The combined points gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Laaaaaaads charging out in front with 21. The Peoples Front Of Judea, Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! and The Wrongtaneous Specks weren’t far behind on 20 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Hasty Puddings were in contention with 19 a piece.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Main Street to Mezzanine:
Q12. The 1972 double album Exile on Main Street got to number one for which rock and roll band?
Q14. Which group had a 1998 number one album titled Mezzanine?
Chart toppers by a long chalk this week in Music were Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! with a tremendous 11. Way back in second spot we had Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with an eight and Five Fellas on seven.
This gave the leader board a totally different look going into the snack break, Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! were now way out in front with 31. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Laaaaaaads were in second on 27 whilst The Peoples Front Of Judea were in third with 26.
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 success or failure for a team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. Kevin Keegan joined Liverpool from which football team in 1971?
Q26. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing which British swimmer won two gold medals?
Champs in Sport this week, in what they would probably admit to being not their strongest round, we had The Peoples Front Of Judea with an excellent ten. Way ahead of second placed Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! and The Wrongtaneous Specks on seven with Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on six.
The Sport scores gave us a fascinating leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! were still top with a score of 38, a diminished lead of two points ahead of The Peoples Front Of Judea on 36 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes on 33. It could all change with questions along the lines of these:
Q36. Which singer performed the theme to The Spy who Loved Me?
Q39. In the TV comedy classic Blackadder Goes Forth, what was the name of General Melchett’s pet carrier pigeon shot by Captain Blackadder?
Spontaneous Wrecks Was Last Wednesday, Tickets Still Available! edged the Film & TV Round with a nine, winning the Quiz with 47 points despite a valiant effort by The Peoples Front Of Judea who scored a final round of eight to take them to 44.
There was an appreciative round of applause for our winners as Barman Chris offered up the three prize envelopes. There was some debate as to which of the winning team would choose before the middle envelope was picked, and after a pause it was announced as... Food Vouchers! Unlucky Spontaneous Wrecks but that means we have a rollover of £150 for next weeks Quiz and a potential Cash Prize of £180 or more with a half decent 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 it was a nice dayglo Pink and Yellow mix (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 usually 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 did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 185 we had a decent £32 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a question about the St Leger horse race.
The St Leger is the worlds oldest classic race having it’s origins in the late 18th Century and the 2015 race is being run this Saturday 12th September.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many St Leger races will there ave been in total following this Saturdays race?
After confirming that everyone was in John immediately chucked all the answers over 300 out, then to more groans everyone with an answer below 200 got binned. This left half a dozen or so in the ball park. John discounted a few more until we were left with just three, Malcolm and Izzy were both five off the answer with 245 and 235 respectively but just three off with an answer of 237 we had our vociferous friend from Leicester Jack, with his second Wild Card win in three weeks! The assembled crowd gave Jack a round of applause as he bounced up to the bar to collect his £32 in readies, well done Jack.
With that Quiz 185 was brought to a close and John thanked everyone for turning out before signing off with his usual Goodnight and God Bless.
We hope to see you all for Quiz 186 next week where our Cash Prize is approaching the £200 mark… make sure you bring some knowledgeable friends if you want to get a shot at the cash as we think both Richard and Sarah are back!
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