Braving through the back end of Angus, "Hello Dave" and a pooch of a Wild Card. It was huge money and big fun at Quiz 244.
It was absolutely pissing it down! For the second time the £300 plus Quiz Night looked like being a washout. The tail end of storm Angus had moved up to Newcastle and we were getting battered by high winds and torrential rain. Who would want to turn out for a Quiz in weather like this? We were desperately hoping that the lure of a record breaking £320 plus Cash Prize might sway a few.
We had been promoting the Quiz all week and during the foul weather on the day we were tweeting and putting up Facebook posts. After all, score for the £320 plus cash and the winning team could afford to hire a fleet of taxis to get them home!
We waited nervously in the bar as the time approached nine. After going mad with optimism and printing 16 sets of Quiz sheets it wasn't actually looking that bad at 8:30, a few hardy souls had made it through the back end of Angus and it wasn't looking to bad a turnout considering the absolutely appalling weather.
Gemma got the Answer Sheets and the Picture Rounds out and counted the bit. We had 26 Quizzers in eight teams taking the Cash Prize to a new Colly Record of £320… fantastic, Game On!
The clue for the Picture Round theme on the Quiz Preview this week was fairly easy (we thought) "...you're my wife now" which linked through to the hilarious Papa Lazarou sketch from League of Gentleman: "Hello Dave, is that Dave, is Dave there?". Well we've had For Pete's Sake, Blue Jane's and Let's Be Frank themed rounds so this week it was A Dozen Dave's.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the refreshments in (hot chocolate and Horlicks might have been a better option due to the weather). 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:
Q03. Which Scottish city is nicknamed the Granite City?
Q10. Which legendary chief of the Onondaga tribe of native Americans was the subject of a famous poem by Longfellow?
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. Soggy Footballers smashed it with a full on 12. The Famous Blue Raincoats and The Collingwood Arms Should Be A Safe And Special Place. The Cast Of Spontaneous Wrecks Was Very Rude Last Night To A Very Good Quizmaster. Apologies! China! slipped up on one to come in with 11s each and The Hasty Puddings scored 10.
The General Knowledge Round had some canny scores too, The Famous Blue Raincoats and Spontaneous Wrecks were the most Generally Knowledgeable with 11 from 12. The Soggy Footballers and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes gave a good account of themselves with 10 and The Hasty Puddings got a canny good nine.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of The Famous Blue Raincoats, Spontaneous Wrecks and Soggy Footballers sprinting out in front with 22s a piece. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and The Hasty Puddings made a decent start on 19s each and the rest had 14.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Vera Lynn to The Sisters of Mercy:
Q11. According to the popular World War Two Vera Lynn song, where will there be bluebirds over?
Q14. In which UK City were The Sisters of Mercy, The Wedding Present and The Kaiser Chiefs all formed?
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks were chart toppers in Music this week with 12s. The Wolfpack were a bit behind in second with nine and the rest of the teams were third with eights.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break. Following their excellent Music Round scores, Spontaneous Wrecks had opened up a three point lead with 34 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had jumped into second spot on 31. The Famous Blue Raincoats were a point behind in third with 30.
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 can ruin a teams tilt at a record Cash Prize, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28. Which centre half from South Africa spent over ten years at Leeds United from 1995?
Q30. 1980s American tennis star Pam Shriver married which former James Bond in 2002?
Champions in Sport this week were Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with 12 a point in front of The Famous Blue Raincoats who were a close second on 11. We had four teams jockeying for fourth with 10; Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Spontaneous Wrecks and The Famous Blue Raincoats.
The Sport scores gave us a very tight leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were a shade ahead on 44, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were snapping at their heels with 43, The Famous Blue Raincoats were still in with a shout on 41 and Soggy Footballers were the outsiders with a score of 39. Mind with questions along the lines of these, who could forecast the outcome:
Q33. On which TV Talent show has Amanda Holden been a Judge since 2007?
Q38. In which 2013 film did Amy Adams play the partner in crime and love interest of Christian Bale?
There were some good scores in the final round and with 13 points up for grabs our leaders had to be on top form. After the final round of marking we had the The Hasty Puddings third in Film & TV with nine points which wasn't enough to trouble the top three and second with joint tens The Famous Blue Raincoats plus Bob. This gave The Famous Blue Raincoats third place on the night with 51 scored. Then we had two teams with an impressive return of maximum points in the final round, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks. This meant that Spontaneous Wrecks won the evenings Quiz courtesy of their one point lead coming into the round, unlucky for Rascal Ferrets On Vibes. So close.
Our assembled Teams gave both top scorers a hefty round of applause as top barmaid Gemma approached the winners table. Spontaneous Wrecks team member Louise volunteered to draw the envelope and our crowd of quizzers fell silent as she went for the middle option. There was a bit of a pause after Louise plucked the slip of paper from within, then she slowly unfolded it and slumped with her head in her hands before whispering to her team mates… Food Vouchers!
We couldn't believe it, most were expecting the record Cash Prize to be drawn this week but no, this massive £320 rolls over to next week which means with a decent crowd we could be looking at an incredible £350 or more for Quiz 245.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night. We were determined that somebody should win some cash this week so even though it was after time we went ahead.
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 had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries as the final round was being marked and for Quiz 244 we had a reasonable £26 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the kids TV Programme Art Attack.
The original and best-known Art Attack series aired on CITV between June 1990 and May 2007 and was presented throughout by its creator Neil Buchanan. In total there were 19 series each consisting of between 7 and 30 episodes over the programmes entire 17 year run.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was the total number of Art Attack episodes presented by Neil Buchanan?
After establishing that everyone was in firstly all entries over 350 and under 200 were consigned to the not even close pile. This left us with 11 Post-Its. These were quickly whittled down to the three closest guesses, Aimee with 223, Eric B with 225 and Beattie the Dog with 285. Incredibly it was Beattie the Dog who was closest to the actual answer to win her second Wild Card! Our crowd gave the winner a round of applause as she scampered towards the bar to pick up her £26 from Gemma.
With that Quiz 244 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 that the clue to the Picture Round theme would be on the Preview next weekend. After wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another entertaining quiz was brought to a close.
We hope to see everyone back next week and hopefully with better weather a few more to play for a new Colly Record Cash Prize of somewhere in the region of £350.
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The Wild Card Answer: Neil presented a total of 286 episodes