American Imports, Happy Birthday to a Hasty Pudding and a Wild Card about an absinthe fueled post-impressionist. Quiz 241 wasn't huge numbers... but it was canny entertainment!
With a potential £200 or more Cash Prize on offer we had our fingers crossed for a decent turnout of 30 or more. We knew one of our regular teams had opted to watch the Liverpool Man United game and hoped that other potential Quizzers hadn't decided to do the same.
Coming up to nine it was looking good, it seemed a canny turnout (we hoped they were all here for the Quiz!). Gemma did the rounds with the Answer Sheets and Picture Round and when she totted everything up it was indeed a reasonable turnout, 27 Quizzers in 9 Teams. Excellent, that took the Cash Prize on offer to a mammoth £200.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Some of US are always waiting for the next instalment". Bit cryptic… but for "instalment" think episode and add it to "waiting for the next" then weave in US as in United States you might eventually make the link to American TV Series (which are masters at leaving us hanging on for the next episode).
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the TV Series Picture Round whilst everyone got the beers in and settled down, then the Quiz kicked off with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of easy ones first, then as the round wore on they gradually got a little more trying:
Q02. Which island in the Pacific Ocean is also known as Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua?
Q10. Which French post-impressionist of short stature painted exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent Moulin Rouge?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a few additional minutes to consider their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in the Pics Round. We’re Only In It For The Money! obviously watched far too much TV scoring 12. The Hasty Puddings Are Celebrating Alex’s Birthday (Everyone Buy Him A Beer), Muppets, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks Have Decided To Be Nice To Graham With A Short Name This Week came in second with 11 whilst The Carriage Is Better scored 10 to make third.
The General Knowledge Round proved a little more challenging for some. The Hasty Puddings and Spontaneous Wrecks bossed it with 11, The Carriage Is Better came second with a decent 10 and We’re Only In It For The Money! took third with a nine.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Hasty Puddings and Spontaneous Wrecks with a slim lead on 22s a piece. We’re Only In It For The Money! were a close second on 21 and The Carriage Is Better had 20 for third.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from onions to leaks:
Q12. What colour were the onions in Booker T & the MGs 1962 instrumental?
Q16. Which singers upcoming Album Joanne was accidentally leaked on Amazon earlier this month?
Chart toppers in Music this week, We’re Only In It For The Money! with a near perfect 11. The Hasty Puddings and Spontaneous Wrecks were close seconds on 10s and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes scored nine for third.
This gave the leader board an interesting look going into the snack break… we had a trio of teams; We’re Only In It For The Money!, The Hasty Puddings and Spontaneous Wrecks leading on 32 points. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Carriage Is Better were on 26 points for second and Muppets were third with 24.
We then had our usual five minute break for topping up drinks and sampling the delicious free savouries before it was back to the Quiz and the round that is guaranteed to screw up a decent start for some… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. Who has won the most Wimbledon Ladies Singles titles to date?
Q29. Which golfer famously began the final round of the 2001 British Open with 15 clubs in his bag?
Champions in Sport this week we had the usual suspects We’re Only In It For The Money! on a massive 12, The Hasty Puddings managed to come in second a bit behind on nine and Spontaneous Wrecks along with The Carriage Is Better drew in third spot with six.
The Sport scores gave us what looked like a conclusive leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. We’re Only In It For The Money! were in the lead with 44 going into what is usually their strongest round, The Hasty Puddings were hanging in there with 41 and Spontaneous Wrecks were a bit off the pace on 38… however with questions along the lines of these there was always a chance of a turnover:
Q35. In the Friends TV series what famous inventor does Phoebe think is her grandfather?
Q38. What was the name of the EastEnders pub run by James Willmott-Brown which was torched by Dirty Den in 1988?
It wasn't to be. We’re Only In It For The Money! scored an excellent 12 from the 13 on offer. So despite Spontaneous Wrecks decent 10 and The Hasty Puddings scoring seven We’re Only In It For The Money! won the nights Quiz by a handsome margin of eight points.
It was a hell of a score and our assembled Teams gave the winners a deserved round of applause as top Colly barmaid Gemma gave team member Sarah the choice of three envelopes. The crowd was willing Beers and Food Vouchers as Sarah pulled the middle envelope and slowly unfolded the enclosed slip of paper. Beers!
Hard lines Sarah and the winning Team We’re Only In It For The Money! but the good news is that means we could be playing for the third highest Cash Prize ever at The Colly Quiz… it could be £230 plus next week!
After all that excitement next up was the Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter is just £1 per person and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange again (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question. The answer is a number or a date and closest to it wins all the money that's been collected in for the Wild Card. It's always a very obscure question so it's more of an inspired guess than something anyone 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 241 we had £23 in for the prize. The question was:
In the General Knowledge Round we asked a Question about the diminutive post impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec, who is probably most famous for his paintings and posters of the Moulin Rouge.
During his short absinthe fuelled 20 year career Toulouse-Lautrec was a very prolific artist who created 5,084 drawings, 375 posters and 275 watercolours.
The Wild Card Question we have for you tonight is how many canvasses did Toulouse-Lautrec produce in that 20 year career?
After establishing that all of the entries were definitely in those Post-It's showing 500 or under were jettisoned. Next those that had guessed over 1,000 were consigned to the also rans pile which left just one Post-It in the zone… our winner tonight was James H with his guess of 723, not a kick in the pants of what we were looking for!
A very happy James H stepped up to the bar and picked up £23. He was the only one leaving The Colly with cash winnings in his pocket on the night but what about next week where a Team could score for £230 plus if they pick the right envelope!
With that Quiz 241 was concluded by thanking everyone for turning out, reminding them that the Quiz Report would be on the blog over the next couple of days and the Picture Round clue would be on the Preview next weekend. After wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another entertaining quiz was brought to a close.
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Q02. Which island in the Pacific Ocean is also known as Rapa Nui or Isla de Pascua? Easter Island
Q10. Which French post-impressionist of short stature painted exciting, elegant and provocative images of the modern and sometimes decadent Moulin Rouge? Toulouse-Lautrec
Q12. What colour were the onions in Booker T & the MGs 1962 instrumental? Green
Q16. Which singers upcoming Album Joanne was accidentally leaked on Amazon earlier this month? Lady Gaga
Q24. Who has won the most Wimbledon Ladies Singles titles to date? Martina Navratilova
Q29. Which golfer famously began the final round of the 2001 British Open with 15 clubs in his bag? Ian Woosnam
Q35. In the Friends TV series what famous inventor does Phoebe think is her grandfather? Albert Einstein. When Phoebe leaves her grandmother’s apartment, we see her say “Wish me luck, Grandpa!” to a picture of Albert Einstein.
Q38. What was the name of the EastEnders pub run by James Willmott-Brown which was torched by Dirty Den in 1988? The Dagmar
The Wild Card Answer: 737 Canvasses
Source: Toulouse-Lautrec Foundation