An Easter hangover? Negative cartoons and a Paula puzzle. Shall we say Quiz 215 was a 'cozy' affair!
We were hoping that two weeks of less than 20 Quizzers was just an Easter blip after 30 turned out last week. A Cash Prize of possibly over £100 was also an incentive so we waited patiently as the time drew toward the 9pm kick off.
We waited and waited, then by ten past nine we decided to go ahead… there were just 15 Quizzers in six teams! Wow, another record low turnout in just three weeks, what is it about Easter? Anyway, our six Teams had made the effort and turned out so we decided go ahead and have a mini mini Quiz – the Cash Prize on offer was now up to £85 so it cut the odds on winning down a bit.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "That's all folks! Oh don't be so negative". So obviously that was a reference to the Looney Tunes Cartoons but it meant Cartoons in General. To be honest the Oh don't be so negative was added a few minutes after as we thought the Cartoon Picture Round was just to easy so made the images negatives just to mix things up a bit!
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the drinks in and settled down then the Quiz kicked off with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. As is the norm couple of easy ones first, then they gradually got a little more challenging as the Round wore on:
Q05. The asteroid belt lies between the orbits of which two planets in our Solar System?
Q09. Who was the British War Minister with the handlebar moustache that was pictured on the famous World War One recruitment posters pointing his finger with the slogan Your Country Needs You”?
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 Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! nailed it with a perfect 12 from 12. R Solo Mio managed an 11 then The Sundowners, There’s An Echo In Here! and Quizlamic State came in with tens.
The General Knowledge Round proved a bit more difficult, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! carried on with there strong start scoring a ten, There’s An Echo In Here! got nine and The Sundowners and Quizlamic State came in third with sixes a piece.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! leading the way with 22, There’s An Echo In Here! trying to keep up with 19 and the The Sundowners with Quizlamic State in third with 16.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Murder On The Dancefloor to Death Disco:
Q13. Murder On The Dancefloor was a number two UK hit for which singer in 2001?
Q20. Death Disco, This Is Not A Love Song and Rise were all hits for which band?
Straight in at number one in Music this week Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! with a massive 100% 13. There’s An Echo In Here! did well with a 12 whilst R Solo Mio kept the pressure on with a nine.
This gave the leader board a slightly ominous complexion going into the snack break. Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! were already four points in the lead with 35. There’s An Echo In Here! were hanging on in there in second with 31 whilst The Sundowners and Quizlamic State were game thirds on 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 can easily scuttle a decent score, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. Who has held the Women’s World Record Marathon time since 2003?
Q29. When Tim Henman reached his first Wimbledon semi-final in 1998 who beat him?
Championees in Sport this week we had The Sundowners with a late sprint on ten. There’s An Echo In Here! and Quizlamic State couldn't keep up with the round leaders but scored a seven whilst Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! might havechucked it away with five scored along with R Solo Mio.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round, Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! were still in point with a score of 40 but There’s An Echo In Here! were hot on their heels with 38 and The Sundowners, courtesy af a great Sport Round score were third on 34. First and second placed were known experts in the Film & TV round but who would fare the best with questions along the lines of these:
Q35. Who plays Gaylord Focker’s mother Roz, in the 2004 movie Meet the Fockers?
Q38. A Smile and a Ribbon was the theme music for which strange animated national TV ad campaign in 2006?
There were some good scores in the Film & TV Round but the best belonged to the leaders Spontaneous Wrecks Live At The Bridge Hotel – Funnier Than Watching David Cameron Trying To Wheedle His Way Out Of Tax Evasion! with 11. So despite There’s An Echo In Here! doing there best with a 10 and The Sundowners plus Quizlamic State getting nines it was Spontaneous Wrecks who won this weeks Quiz again.
Our Winners were given a round of applause from the other Teams as Top Barmaid Gemma gave Team Member Jon the choice of three envelopes. There were cries of Food Vouchers and Beers as Jon went to the left and retrieved the slip of paper inside… Food Vouchers!
Hard line Spontaneous Wrecks, Beers last week and Food Vouchers this week but hey third time luck if you come back and win it again next week. Great news for the Quiz though as that means even if we have another record low turnout of fifteen we will still be playing for £100.
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 yellow (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. Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 215 we had £17 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked “Who has held the Women’s World Record Marathon time since 2003?” The answer was our very own Paula Radcliffe (who ran her record time of 2 hours 15 Minutes and 25 seconds in the London Marathon all those years ago).
The IAAF (that’s the International Association of Athletics Federations) actually recognises two Marathon records for women... a “Mixed Gender” record which was the London Marathon time set by Paula in 2003 and also a “Women Only” record, which was also set by Paula in 2005 again bizarrely in the London Marathon?
Paula’s fastest time was the 2 hours 15 minutes Record set in 2003.
The Wild Card Question tonight is how many seconds quicker did Paula run the “Mixed Gender” Marathon record in 2003 than the "Women Only" Marathon record she set two years later?
After determining that all 17 entries were in to most entrants dismay all those under 100 were immediately consigned to the not close pile. Then all entries over 200 were binned which meant we were left with just two yellow Post-Its on the table, Peter J with 117 and Christopher B with 123. After a slight pause the answer was given and Christopher B, The Colly's Top Barman, was delighted, he was the closest with 123.
With that Quiz 215 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. Then this weeks proceedings were brought to a close by wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home.
Fingers crossed that there is a decent turnout next week where we should be playing for at least £100.
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The Wild Card Answer: 137 seconds (2003 = 2:15:25 / 2005 = 2:17:42)
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