Another record Cash prize, What's in a name? and rowdy revelry. Quiz 246 was loud, exhausting but still hugely entertaining!
The biggest ever Cash Prize of possibly over £380 was up for grabs at Quiz 246 and surely the winning team would eventually draw the cash since this current Rollover started ten Quizzes ago at Quiz 236.
We waited in anticipation, it was a clear but cold night, it was the start of a new month, it was nearly Christmas… so hopefully we would get a decent turnout for this record busting Cash Prize.
By 9pm we had 22 Quizzers in seven Teams. Unbelievable, what a disappointment! We thought the place would be rammed but this is The Colly, it's a law unto itself. We've said it before, with a £35 Prize we might get 40 odd but for a record £380 plus Cash Prize it's just twenty hard core Quizzers.
Still, we pressed on. Somebody had to win the Cash and if it was our regular teams then so be it, they deserve it for turning up every week. Then the doors opened and a Team of 30 plus guys on a Christmas night out flooded the pub. After top Colly barmaid Gemma told them to be quiet there was a Pub Quiz, they readily agreed then asked if they could join in! The Cash Prize jumped from £377 to a ridiculous £401 in an instant… fantastic news 46 Quizzers and nine Teams, now that was more like it!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Bulsara, Mortenson and Micklewhite are well known…". A quick search on Google and you would have found that these are the real surnames of Freddie Mercury, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Caine and the 'well known' was another clue, people in the public eye. So put both of these together and you would come up with, real names of famous people!
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the refreshments 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:
Q05. Ganymede, the largest moon in the Solar System, orbits which planet?
Q09. What is the name for the blue flame-like electrical discharge that sometimes occurs above ship’s masts or on the wings of aeroplanes in thunderstorms?
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 very well in the Pics Round, five Teams; Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Taylor Made, The Hasty Puddings, Que? and Spontaneous Wrecks all scored 100%. The Academy scored 10 whilst Woodhead & Dickhead and Team Richard The Wise managed eights.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging. Taylor Made and Que? were the most Generally Knowledgeable with tens a piece. The Hasty Puddings scored nine and four Teams; Rascal Ferrets On Vibes, Spontaneous Wrecks, The Academy plus Woodhead & Dickhead scored sevens.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Taylor Made and Que? making the early running with 22s each. The Hasty Puddings were in close pursuit on 21 and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Spontaneous Wrecks were in the mix on 19s each.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Dog Eat Dog to The Size Of A Cow:
Q17. Dog Eat Dog, Let There Be Rock and Bad Boy Boogie are songs from which legendary rock bands 1977 album?
Q18. Which Midlands bands first top ten single was The Size Of A Cow which reached number five in the 1990 UK Charts?
Straight in at number one in Music this week were Spontaneous Wrecks with a full on 100% 13 points. Great score guys! Que?, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Seghill 9 did canny with 12s whilst Taylor Made scored a decent 11.
This gave the leader board a slightly different perspective going into the snack break. Que? had sneaked into a one point lead on 34. Taylor Made were on their tails with 33 along with Spontaneous Wrecks on 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 stall a good start. Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q23. Which female cyclist won Golds at both London and Rio in the Omnium?
Q28. In what year was the FIFA World Cup final played in Yokohama?
It was all getting a bit loud now, our rowdy revelers were getting well oiled and were competing amongst themselves in a two Team competition, consequently our other Quizzers were struggling to hear the questions. A friendly request to turn down the volume over the mic seemed to work for a couple of questions but the banter soon escalated again. Then top Colly Barmaid Gemma took control of the situation "Shhhhuuuuuuuusssshhhh!" she bawled… well you could of heard a pin drop! We carried on in near silence for the rest of the round.
Champs in Sport this week were the trio of Que?, Rascal Ferrets On Vibes and Seghill 9. The Hasty Puddings and Team Richard The Wise were close seconds on tens whilst Spontaneous Wrecks, The Academy and Woodhead & Dickhead were on nine.
The Sport scores gave us a rather exciting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. Que? had built up a three point lead with 45 ahead of Rascal Ferrets On Vibes with a score of 42, Spontaneous Wrecks four points adrift on 41 and outsiders Taylor Made on 40. It could all change however with questions along the lines of these:
Q36. In 2003 which popular BBC1 science and technology programme was retired after nearly 40 years on air?
Q39. In the 2005 movie Batman Begins, which actress plays the part of Rachel Dawes, Gotham City's assistant district attorney?
Following one more "Shhhhuuuuuuuusssshhhh!" from Gemma we managed to get through the Final Round without the banter escalating further and after marking up we did have a winner.
We started at the business end of the Quiz, our two Teams competing amongst themselves were keen to find out who had triumphed. Seghill 9 were slightly ahead of Team Richard The Wise coming into the round but the Film & TV masters were Seghill 9 which meant they finished on a canny score of 47, six points ahead of their rivals on 41. There was much rejoicing by the winners of that little battle and they all got a round of applause for joining the Quiz, they had given the night a definite edge! You are very welcome to come back next week guys, those scores aren't bad for a first Colly Quiz.
Then there was the small matter of who had won the chance to draw for £401… after reading the final scores out in reverse order we got to the top three. Third we had Taylor Made on 50 points then we had two Teams Que? and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes just a point apart.
Rascal Ferrets On Vibes had scored an excellent 11 in the Film & TV Round to take them to 53 whilst Que? had just scored 9… but they had a three point advantage coming into the round, so for the second week running Rascal Ferrets On Vibes were pipped at the post and it was Que?, with a huge 54 points, who had the chance to draw the prize.
After a massive round of applause for both the top Teams the bar fell silent, what would the winners get? There were some shouts by the crowd for Food and Beers but surely after 11 weeks the Cash would be picked from the three envelopes Gemma had fanned out in front of Team member James. He went middle, nervously pulled the slip of paper out and slowly unfolded it. James had picked… Food Vouchers!
Good grief, unbelievable and when it sunk in the bar erupted in roars of delight. Hard lines to James and Team Que? The Food is nice and you can always come back next week and have another pop at winning what could be a £430 plus Cash Prize!
After all that excitement there wasn't enough time for our usual Wild Card and to be honest with all of the stress I may have struggled to complete it! We'll see how it goes next week.
With that Quiz 246 was sorted and our teams were reminded 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 but exhausting Quiz was brought to a close.
With a £430 plus Cash Prize to play for, next week is going to be EPIC Andy!
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