One hit wonders, bird species deliberation and a bonus question on ratboy. Quiz 228 was a cracking summer nights entertainment.
After a what turned out to be a glorious July Monday we wondered if the potential £80 plus would be enough to tempt our Quizzers out for the evening. After all with near 30°C temperatures they might think a lazy Monday evening BBQ would be a better idea!
Not so, our teams are an eager bunch, all the usual suspects were there along with a few new faces which was encouraging. Last weeks winners The Academy, back to defend their hard won title, bolstered their Team by drafting in more sons and daughters to have all eras of knowledge covered. They obviously meant business!
It was an excellent turnout, 34 Quizzers in total took the Cash Prize up to a decent £87 and whilst not a Lottery win it could be a Monday night bonus… if won!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Pop artist Andy Warhol said we all get our 15 minutes of fame… well these guys just got around three but again and again and again." and after a couple of days of thinking our usual quizzers had it.
The key clues were Pop, just three(ish) minutes of fame (instead of 15) and again and again and again. A 'pop' record usually lasts for around three minutes and if you only have one played again and again it's termed a One Hit Wonder. So the Picture Round was match the pic with the artist who had the One Hit Wonder (which was reasonably 'easy') but the key was name the tile of the song for an additional point.
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Pop based Picture Round whilst everyone got refreshments sorted and settled down, then we kicked the Quiz off with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. A couple of easy ones to start, then as the round wore on they invariably got a little more difficult:
Q01. Coal, marsh and long-tailed are all types of which bird?
Q09. After getting involved with Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren which now famous fashion designer became instrumental in shaping the look of punk and new wave towards the end of the 1970s?
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, No Name Tonight were the primary pop pundits with 21 from 24. Last weeks winners The Academy weren't far behind with 20 along with the longest team name ever (for at least six months) As It’s Louise Taylor’s Birthday Today She Has Asked If She Can Win The Quiz And If Spontaneous Wrecks Can Have A Shorter Team Name Than Usual… One Of Her Two Dreams May Still Come True!* Quizzy McQuizface managed third place with 18.
*Louise did say she never asked for either of these things!
The General Knowledge Round proved not as difficult as usual although the 'easy' birdie question had some Teams baffled. One was heard having a laugh going through the potential species… "Could be tits, shag, swallow or thrush, what do you think?". Bird watching sounds so risque! Onto the scores; The Academy and Spontaneous Wrecks registered near perfect 11s a piece, No Name Tonight plus Quizzy McQuizface were close seconds with tens and Beefy & Lamby along with Nice To See You, To See You Nice scored nines.
The combined scores gave us a leader board at this early stage of three Teams on 31 points; The Academy, Spontaneous Wrecks and No Name Tonight. Quizzy McQuizface were doing well on 28 whilst Beefy & Lamby were the closest to the top four on 23.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Bond to Blondie:
Q12. Which artist has sung the most Bond movie themes?
Q17. In February 1999 which Blondie song went straight to the top of the charts almost 20 years to the day since achieving their first number one single?
No Name Tonight went straight in at number one this week with a poptastic 11 scored. The Academy and Spontaneous Wrecks were in second spot with tens each and Quizzy McQuizface were keeping up on nine.
This gave the leader board a slightly different look going into the snack break, No Name Tonight had crept into the lead with 42. The Academy and Spontaneous Wrecks were very close seconds on 41 whilst Quizzy McQuizface on 37 were still in touch with the leading pack.
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 boost or break a teams score… Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q21. What nationality is tennis player Angelique Kerber, beaten by Serena Williams at this years Wimbledon Final?
Q23. Last season which player became the first English player to be top scorer in the Premier League since 1999/2000?
Top scorers in Sport this week we had No Name Tonight and The Academy neck and neck on nine. Spontaneous Wrecks cramped up to limp in with six along with Haddaway & Shite! in second and Beefy & Lamby scored a five to clinch third spot.
The Sport scores gave us what looked a three horse race going into the final Film & TV Round. No Name Tonight led on 51, The Academy were a close second with 50 and Spontaneous Wrecks were the outsiders on 47 but with questions along the lines of these who could call it:
Q34. In the 2004 film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow who played the intrepid reporter Polly Perkins?
Q37. What was the title of the 2007 BBC Comedy where former plonker Nicholas Lyndhurst played the character of Jimmy Venables?
Spontaneous Wrecks with the top Film & TV score of 11 took their total score to 58 on the night. Quizzy McQuizface came in second in the round with ten to move to a 51 point total but crucially The Academy also scored ten to take their total to 60 points… and with No Name Tonight languishing in fourth place in the round on eight scored this meant for the second week in a row The Academy had triumphed and won the Quiz with 60 scored, a point ahead of No Name Tonight on 59 and two ahead of Spontaneous Wrecks on 58.
Our assembled teams gave the winners a well deserved round of applause as Team Member Caroline drew the winning envelope from the three offered up by top Colly barman Jay, she withdrew the enclosed slip of paper and announced Beer Prize! Hard lines The Academy, winners two weeks on the trot and still no Cash Prize... but there is always next week to go for three in a row and possibly draw the £110 plus.
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 238 we had £34 in for the prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked a bonus point question on Kevin Phillips, the last English born player to top the Premier League scoring charts in 1999/2000 before Harry Kane last season.
'Super Kev' will be fondly remembered down the road in Sunderland as it was with them he scored the 30 goals that made him the Premiership's top scorer… but he didn't just play for the mackems, he also played for Southampton, Aston Villa, Birmingham City and Crystal Palace during his 15 years in the top flight.
The Wild Card question tonight is in Kevin Phillips 215 Premier League games how many times did the diminutive striker hit the back of the net?
After double checking that everyone was in all those who had guessed over 110 were out, there were gasps, 30 in one season… then less than 80 goals over the next 13? Next to be filtered out were all those who had guessed under 90, this left us with just three for the £34 Cash, Alex B with 96, Jay on 99 and Peter J guessing 101… and it was Alex B who was the closest to our answer! Alex got himself a round of applause from all those left in the bar (it was late and stiflingly hot) as he gratefully accepted the dosh from top Colly barmaid Gemma.
With that Quiz 228 was concluded by thanking all our quizzers 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 everyone a safe journey home another entertaining quiz was once more brought to a close.
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