A sodden night had TV Winners, Hopelandish? and a Wild Card about To The Manor Born. The torrential rain put the kibosh on what we thought might be a record breaking night at Quiz 243.
A Monday night in November. Cold, gloomy and pissing down… but we had a potential £300 plus Cash Prize to play for at the Quiz! So we hoped that this inclement winter weather didn't dampen our Teams enthusiasm to get down to the boozer for a chance of a winning a huge wad!
The lead up to 9pm was nerve racking, would it be a decent turnout, would we be packed to the rafters or would hardly anyone turn out? We waited patiently.
It was raining stair rods outside, a few of the die hards were already in, ready for the big money but that was it. By nine we had just five teams and 19 Quizzers in the bar. Rained off we may have been but for the hardy Teams who had made the effort we pressed on, there was still a Cash Prize of £294 to play for!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Triumphant in celebrity survivor academy". Well let's break that down, for Triumphant think Winning then Celebrity Survivor and Academy are all parts of TV show titles that are about Winning as in I'm a Celebrity (get me out of here), the short run early 2000s series Survivor and Fame Academy. So the Picture Round was match the Winners to the TV Show they won.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the beers and pop in and settled down. The Quiz then 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 demanding:
Q01. What is the name of the volcano which destroyed Pompeii in AD79? Vesuvius
Q07. During an interview with a fashion magazine in 2009 which supermodel said she had the motto “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”?
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, What’s The Recipe Today Jim? Jim? Speak To Me Jim! Oh You’re Dead Jim and Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes both scored maximum 12s. Spontaneous Wrecks Want to Build A Fake Whitehouse, Convince Donald Trump He’s Won The Election And Film It For A Reality TV Show! managed nine and Alan C did well to register an eight (with a little help from Gemma?)
The General Knowledge Round proved not quite as challenging What’s The Recipe Today Jim? and Spontaneous Wrecks both scored maximum 12s. Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes were close to perfect with 11 and Ste & Me rolled in third with eight.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of What’s The Recipe Today Jim? sneaking in front with 24. Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes were just a point off the pace on 23 and Spontaneous Wrecks were third on 21.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da to Hopelandish:
Q11. Walking On The Moon, De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da and Every Breath You Take are all tracks featured on which groups 1992 Greatest Hits album?
Q20. Which post-rock band from Reykjavík sings some of it’s songs in Icelandic and some in a made up language called Hopelandish?
Chart toppers in Music this week… Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes with a near perfect 12. Spontaneous Wrecks and Ste & Me were a close second with 11s a piece whilst What’s The Recipe Today Jim? managed third with a 10.
This gave the leader board a slightly different complexion going into the snack break Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes now topped the leader board with 35, just in front of What’s The Recipe Today Jim? on 34 whilst Spontaneous Wrecks dropped off the pace to come in third with 32.
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 good start… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q22. Which athlete had a stand named after her at Sheffield United’s Brammall Lane in 2012 to honour her achievements at the London Olympics?
Q30. In the 2009 which player took just 27.9 seconds to score the fastest ever FA Cup Final goal?
Championees in Sport this week we had Spontaneous Wrecks who scored nine from the possible 12. Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes and What’s The Recipe Today Jim? scored seven's for second spot whilst Alan C (with a little help from his friends) came in third on four.
The Sport scores gave us a very close leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes were in pole position on 42 but both Spontaneous Wrecks and What’s The Recipe Today Jim? were hot on their heels with 41 points each. It was tense, which of our three front runners would triumph with questions along the lines of these:
Q36. In the Little Britain Comedy Series what is the surname of the only gay in the village of Llanddewi Brefi?
Q40. In the comedy Two and a Half Men which character was played by Marin Hinkle?
It was nip and tuck, what a super close finish! Spontaneous Wrecks and Rascal Ferrets Back On Vibes both scored nines to give them 50 and 51 respectively on the night but What’s The Recipe Today Jim? usurped them both with an 11 scored to leap frog into top spot right at the death.
Spontaneous Wrecks couldn't draw the Cash at last weeks Halloween Quiz, The Hasty Puddings drew the Beers at the previous weeks Quiz 242. What could winning Team member Sarah pull from the three envelopes offered to her by our top barmaid Gemma. Sarah went middle, sat for what seemed ages with the slip of paper (as all the opposition collectively wished for Beers) then unfolded it to reveal… Beers!
There was a collective gasp from our cosy crowd as it dawned on them next week we could be playing for a new Colly Quiz Record Cash Prize of over £320.
After that tense moment up next was the usual 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 243 we had £21 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a Question about one of the most watched TV Programmes ever after a list of the top twenty was released last week to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first official broadcast on British television.
Not surprisingly Only Fools and Horses topped the list with over 24 million watching a Christmas Episode in 1996 but the second most watched ever was a bit of a shock… a late 1970's episode of the sitcom To The Manor Born starring Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many million viewers tuned in for that episode of To The Manor Born, the second most watched TV episode in British television history?
After double checking that everyone was in everyone over 24 million where tossed out, then everyone under 23 million were dismissed which left no Post-It's on the table! Bugger. After retrieving all those guesses between 22 and 23 million we just had three left in it, Hazel with 22.14, Nick on 22.51 but with 22.75 million, the closest to the actual answer was David who was playing his first ever Wild Card!
David was a bit taken aback, as Gemma stuffed the notes in his hand but as we always say it's always worth a Quid for the Wild Card Question, even if you aren't involved in the Quiz, after all it's just a guess.
With that Quiz 243 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 wrapped up.
We hope to see you all (and hopefully a few more) next week for our record busting £320 plus Quiz 244.
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