Runners-up? chock-a-block and neck-and-neck… but would the Cash go? Quiz 247 was epic!
It was another potentially record busting Quiz. A possible £430 to win, a reasonably clear night and a massive 1,403 hits to the website in a week! It was all set up, all we needed now was a decent turnout.
As we have mentioned in the past though, The Colly is an odd pub, we can't call whether it's going to be busy on Quiz Night or not, no matter what the prize money. So our fingers (and everything else) were crossed for a packed pub as the time neared nine o'clock. One of our regular team's, Spontaneous Wrecks, turned up with half an hour to go to find this ominous notice on their usual table. One Team was obviously over confident… or were they?
It was looking pretty good a few minutes before kick off, then as Top Colly Barman Chris (so pleased to see him back!) was handing out the Quiz Answer Sheets out a few more arrived. We ended up with 11 Teams, 47 Quizzers and a massive £448, then Boss Freda and Top Colly Barmaid Gemma dug deep in their pockets, found a couple of quid and made it a round £450… what a Cash Prize!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Thicke no Coward of Judy's Aurora". Well the spelling of Thicke should have been the giveaway… Robin Thicke was were we were going. Then there was Noel Coward, Judy Garland and a tricky one unless your a porn connoisseur, Aurora Snow! So the Picture Quiz theme tonight was Festive Names.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Seasonal sobriquet's Picture Round whilst everyone got the drinks 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 challenging :
Q04. How many humps does a bactrian camel have?
Q07. The Taj Mahal is located near which Indian city?
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. Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were off to a flyer with a full on 12. The Academy with the confidently named No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! managed a decent 11 each and If Spontaneous Wrecks Win £450 We Will Let You Touch Our Baubles! claimed third on 10.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging, most generally knowledgeable were No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! with 11 from a possible 12. The long winded but soon to be missed Two Thirds Of Hasty Puddings Are Going To South America For Three Months… The Transfer Window Is About To Open And Alex Is Listening To Offers (He Likes Beer!) came second on 10 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes tied with Spontaneous Wrecks in third on nines.
The combined scores gave us a fairly congested leader board at this early stage of our record breaking Quiz with No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! in front on 22, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes a close second on 21 and Spontaneous Wrecks third with 19. There was a long way to go but the usual suspects were staking their claims to this humongous Cash prize.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Sticky Fingers to supermodels:
Q16. Which artist is credited with the idea for the zipper album cover of the Rolling Stone’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers?
Q18. Which famous American supermodel tried to embark on a career in music when she released her debut single Oh Yeah in 1999?
Jointly topping the hit parade in Music this week Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with Spontaneous Wrecks scoring a chart topping duet of tens each. The Hasty Puddings matched The Academy both coming a close second with nines then No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! plus John & Hugh took third spot with eights a piece.
This gave the leader board a slightly different order going into the snack break Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had secured the lead on 31, ahead of No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! on 30 and Spontaneous Wrecks with 29.
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 put a spanner in the works of any team… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28. In 2012 which golfer won his second and last Open on Royal Lytham and St Annes beating Adam Scott by one stroke following a birdie on the 18th hole?
Q29. Who is TV Sport Presenter Gabby Logan’s famous footballing father?
Running in champions for Sport this week we had The Academy and I Thought This Was Speed Dating! tied with an excellent 11 points each. No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! were runners up with a 10 then Spontaneous Wrecks and The Hasty Puddings rolled in third on nines each.
The Sport scores gave us a rather interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! had a slim lead on 40, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were on their heels with 39 and both The Academy and Spontaneous Wrecks were definitely in the running tying on 38s. With questions along the lines of these it was starting to look like a Dart Off:
Q32. Which TV personality and former glamour model used to go under the pseudonym of Jordan?
Q33. Which 1982 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as Helicopter Pilot R J MacReady?
There were some great scores in the final round and that meant it was close… very close.
Two teams got ten, The Academy and Shields Lasses, to take them to totals of 48 and 36 points respectively. Leaders No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! managed 11, meaning they had a total score of 51. Spontaneous Wrecks scored 12 from 13 to take them to 50 on the night but there was one team that got every question right in the Film & TV, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, which took them to the dizzy heights of 52 points pipping No More Messing – Hand Over The Dosh! by just a single solitary point.
Our winners were ecstatic but there was just one more hurdle to go, picking the envelope. Top Colly Barmaid Gemma approached Rascal Ferrets On Vibes Team member Jay who had volunteered to choose. The Quiz crowd were baying for the money to be drawn as Jay made his choice, he went for the centre of the three envelopes in Gemma's hand. The pub fell silent as he withdrew the folded slip of paper, slowly opened it then leapt into the air shouting "Cash Prize, cash prize!". His fellow Team members went wild, jumping around the bar like they had just won the Lottery… well it was £450. The bar gave our winners a rousing round of applause for getting the cash and to be fair to the Teams that came second and third they were the first to go over to Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and congratulate them on their win.
Over the last few weeks Rascal Ferrets On Vibes have been second four consecutive times, mostly by just a single point, so it was rewarding to see them get the Cash after being so close so many times.
What an end to the night. Unfortunately with the number of teams and the drama of the win it was now way past closing time so again we were unable to play for a Wild Card.
All that remained was to mention to our teams 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 thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another entertaining and very exciting Quiz was brought to a close.
Our Winners split the cash and then put a record £50 back into the pot for next weeks Christmas Special. So we could be playing for a cash prize of £80 with a half decent crowd. If we have time to prepare we may well have a multi-media round too so we look forward to seeing you on Monday 19th December.
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Q04. How many humps does a bactrian camel have? Two
Q07. The Taj Mahal is located near which Indian city? Agra
Q16. Which artist is credited with the idea for the zipper album cover of the Rolling Stone’s 1971 album Sticky Fingers? Andy Warhol
Q18. Which famous American supermodel tried to embark on a career in music when she released her debut single Oh Yeah in 1999? Caprice
Q28. In 2012 which golfer won his second and last Open on Royal Lytham and St Annes beating Adam Scott by one stroke following a birdie on the 18th hole? Ernie Els
Q29. Who is TV Sport Presenter Gabby Logan’s famous footballing father? Terry Yorath
Q32. Which TV personality and former glamour model used to go under the pseudonym of Jordan? Katie Price
Q33. Which 1982 sci-fi classic starred Kurt Russell as Helicopter Pilot R J MacReady? The Thing