Money Monikers, upside down planets and the 1994 Tarantino classic Who Framed Roger Rabbit. There was some great Questions at Quiz 250 but would anyone turn up?
Well it was hopefully all back to normal. Christmas done, New Year past and it was already the second week in January so we were crossing our fingers for a decent turnout at the first proper Quiz of 2017.
The Colly as we have said many times before is just unfathomable, 19 people last month for a possible £300 prize and for Quiz 250 with a potential £130 we were thinking it was going to be sparse… that's the way it usually pans out but how wrong we were. The place was packed from 8pm and by the time we kicked off there were 33 Quizzers in nine Teams taking our Cash Prize to £134. Champion!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "With monikers like these you would expect them to have some dosh". Well monikers is names and dosh is money so it could only be people with money related names… couldn't it?
The teams were given a few minutes to look through the Picture Round whilst everyone got the drinks in and settled down. The Quiz then kicked off with the 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:
Q02. Which island in the Mediterranean lies directly to the north of Sardinia?
Q07. Which planet in our solar system flipped 180 degrees at some point in it’s history so that it rotates about its axis in the opposite direction to all of the other planets?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a few minutes to check their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did pretty well in what was a fairly difficult Picture Round. Team Taylor and the over verbosely named I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich, Or dance like Zizi Jeanmaire, My Shroud Wasn’t Made By Balmain, And There’s Nowt But Worms In My Hair! made short work of it by scoring 12 each. The reasonably concise Spontaneous Wrecks Are Three Today! Why Not Celebrate By Buying A Ticket to ’50 Shades Of Improv' Wednesday 1st February At The Bridge Hotel (compared to the previous effort) came in second and then we had the very reasonably named Arouna Koné, Plastic Geordies and Clueless each with nines.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging. I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… knew most about random stuff scoring 10. Clueless and the rather boldly named Suck My Rockhard Brexit came second with nines a piece whilst Team Taylor and Spontaneous Wrecks did well with eights each.
The combined scores gave us a top three at this early stage of I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… on 22, Team Taylor with 20 and Spontaneous Wrecks managing 19.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Eastenders Jeffreys to Eurovision Ruskies:
Q18. In 1975 which former Eastender got to number 10 in the UK singles charts with a song titled The Ugly Duckling?
Q20. After having a debut Number One hit in the UK which duo went on to represent Russia in the 2003 Eurovision?
Topping the charts in Music this week, Spontaneous Wrecks with a decent 10. Team Taylor were a close second scoring nine and in third spot I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… on eight.
This gave a top three going into the snack break of I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… heading the pack with 30. Spontaneous Wrecks were tying with Team Taylor in second on 29 with Clueless a bit off the pace in third on 23. It was looking a three horse race at the halfway stage.
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 Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q28. Which top actress of the time did tennis bad boy John McEnroe marry in 1986?
Q29. In what Olympic Track & Field event does a record set by American Bob Beamon in 1968 still stand following Rio?
Champions in Sport this week we had I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… scoring nine, two points more than second placed rivals Team Taylor on seven and three ahead of their other challengers Spontaneous Wrecks who tied in joint third with Suck My Rockhard Brexit on six.
The Sport scores were crucial, I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… had opened their lead up and were sitting pretty on 39. Team Taylor had 36 and Spontaneous Wrecks 35 so it looked like it was the leaders Quiz to lose going into the final Film & TV Round. There were still 13 points to play for though and with questions along the lines of these nothing was certain:
Q33. Who was the presenter of Channel 4s Deal or No Deal quiz show which broadcast it’s final show last month?
Q34. You won’t know the facts until you’ve seen the fiction was a tagline for which classic 1994 film?
Spontaneous Wrecks weren't giving up! They smashed the last round with an almost perfect 13 to take them to a final score of 48. Clueless came second in Film & TV with 11 to give them a total of 39 but were were the leaders I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich… They needed ten in the final round to pip Spontaneous Wrecks by a point and even though it looked like they had bunnied it by answering Who Framed Roger Rabbit to Q34 :) they still managed the ten points required to win by a whisker on the night with 49 scored.
There was an appreciative round of applause for our winners who had just scraped it but the big question was what would they draw? Top Colly Barman Chris offered up the three envelopes to the Team who then asked him to shuffle them! So after a bit of shuffling they were happy and designated Team Member James drew the middle envelope. There was an initial hush as he pulled out the enclosed slip of paper before the crowd started shouting "Beers" and "Food Vouchers" hoping that the £134 Cash would rollover… but this week it was to no avail, Cash Prize! announced James.
So the guys once more got a round of applause from the assembled crowd, well done to Team I Can’t Talk Like Marlene Dietrich…
Our winners generously donated £14 back into the rollover so with another decent turnout for Quiz 251 we could be playing for near fifty quid next week.
Unfortunately we once again ran out of time for a Wild Card and it was a belter this week but never mind it will come around again.
With that Quiz 250 was complete and after thanking everyone for turning out and wishing all our quizzers a safe journey home another highly entertaining evening was brought to a close.
There were a few new Teams this week who had found us via the web and Twitter. Thanks for coming guys, really appreciate it and I promise, come back next week and we will include some more 'age appropriate' questions for you! Mind, you still scored quite well in what was quite a difficult Quiz tonight.
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