Pussies galore, anal what? and a Wild Card on Lottery, the slowest national nag. Quiz 294 wasn't for record moolah this week but a decent crowd turned out and it was a lot of fun.
After last weeks record breaking £500 Quiz the big question was would any of our teams would turnout for Quiz 294? It's a funny one The Colly Quiz, money doesn't seem to be the prime motivator. The biggest crowd we had in the last big prize run was a few weeks ago when 57 turned out for Quiz 290 which was a canny £390 but yet two weeks later there was just 33 for £500?
Never mind, we are here every Monday regardless and we were hoping for a half-decent 20 plus turnout to take the Cash Prize to around £70 as last weeks winners generous winners had left £45 in the pot.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking okay, there was a few new faces and some Teams we hadn't seen for a few weeks but the big news was no Spontaneous Wrecks? The Winners of five of the last six Quiz Nights (and joint winners of the sixth) weren't here and two of their usual main competitors (one of which won the huge £500 last week) were missing several Team members. So it could be anybody's Quiz tonight!
After the lovely Gemma had done the rounds we discovered we had 24 Quizzers in eight Teams which took the prize on offer to a canny £69 Cash… so it was definitely Quiz on!
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Pussy Galore". No it wasn't rude… some may think it was a reference to James Bond leading ladies but it wasn't, it was a bit of lateral thinking, Pussy Galore can also mean lot's of cats, so the Picture Round for Quiz 294 was Famous Felines from Film & TV.
The teams were given a few minutes to peruse the pussies Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. We then kicked off the Quiz with our usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q03. What can be anal, dorsal and pectoral?
Q07. The collective noun for which pack of ruthless hunters is a cackle?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to examine their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for totting up.
Most teams did pretty well in the Picture Round with Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech scoring a round best of 11 from 12 whilst Rascal Ferrets came in second on 10. The rest of our teams came in with nines and eights.
The General Knowledge Round had Rascal Ferrets the most Generally Knowledgable on an 11 with four teams managing a 10 for seconds.
The combined scores gave us Rascal Ferrets and Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech as the joint leaders at this early stage with 21s a piece whilst Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks and The Hasty Puddings were close joint seconds on 19. And for the first time in a while the rest of the teams were not far off the front runners.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from Hello to Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Q12. Who had a UK number one for three weeks in November 2015 with the single Hello?
Q18. In 1991 which former punk rockers had their only UK number one single with Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Straight in at number one this week with an 11 scored was The Hasty Puddings. Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks and They Came, They Took The Cash And Left The Two Of Us were a point off top spot with 10s and the rest didn't do too bad with nines and eights.
So going into the snack break we now had the trio of The Hasty Puddings, Rascal Ferrets and Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech all in the lead with 30 closely followed by Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks on 29 and They Came, They Took The Cash And Left The Two Of Us on 28. It was rather exciting to have so many teams in with a shout at this stage.
Next up was the round that could potentially put a spanner in the works though, Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q23. What famous race takes place every April and has a record time of 8 minutes and 47 seconds?
Q25. For which football club is Cyril the Swan the mascot?
There were some good scores in the Sports Round this week but The Hasty Puddings and Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech were joint Champions with 10s. Ha Ha Merlot came a close runner up with nine and the rest scored well with eights and below.
The Sport scores gave us an interesting leaders board going into the final Film & TV Round. The Hasty Puddings and Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech had to be joint favourites on 40 but Rascal Ferrets and Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks weren't far off with 38 and 37 respectively plus with 13 points to play for there was always the chance of an upset.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q32. Which (Barbadian) singer made her film debut in the 2012 movie Battleship?
Q35. In which fictional town is the sci-fi Series Stranger Things set?
Ha Ha Merlot came out of nowhere to take all 13 points and win the final round but it wasn't enough to trouble the leading duo of duo's as they both scored 12 and therefore jointly won the nights quiz with an unassailable 52 points each. So that meant just like buses, where you don't get one for ages then two come along at once! After last weeks Dart Off for a record £500 we had another pair up to the oche tonight for the potential £69 Cash Prize.
Up for Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech we had David and rising to the challenge for The Hasty Puddings we had Anto. Then a change of plan, Steven stepped in for David? What kind of tactics was this! Anyway we let it roll, Anto was confident and sanctioned the change so they tossed a coin to see who would step up to the oche first. It was Steven.
After checking his darts and getting his south paw stance right Steven tossed his first arrow. 12 scored. He then threw a 5 that was nearly a table and finished off with a decent 20. Total 37, not a bad three darts.
Anto was up next. He matched Steven's opening dart of 12 then raised him a 20 with his second throw. 32 with 37 to beat on one dart… Anto might have been under pressure but he was ice cool to score a 14 and win the Dart Off with a 46 total. The Hasty Puddings had the chance of drawing for £69.
Hard lines to team Robert Mugabe’s Resignation Speech, good score for what we think is their first Colly Quiz and our assembled crowd gave both teams a round of applause. It was now down to Anto to draw from the three envelopes fanned out in front of him by top Colly Barman Jay. I didn't see which one was picked as in all the excitement a pint went all over the score sheets! So by the time the paper had been retrieved from a potential sticky end Anto already had a slip of paper in his hand, he unfolded it and read out… Beers!
Unlucky guys but a good score all the same and you did get 12 bottles of Bud for your delectation. Interesting point to note, in tonights quiz the top three teams were all duos. Highly unusual.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night. The Wild Card is just a single question with an obscure numerical answer, so it's basically a guess. Everyone who wants a go pays a pound (or £2 if they want a couple of goes) and whoever gets closest to the answer gets all the money in the pot. Our biggest Wild Card winner to date is Mike H who scored for a massive £61 in Quiz 177.
Gemma had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 294 we had £20 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sports Round we asked what famous race takes place every April and has a record time of 8 minutes and 47 seconds? The answer was The Grand National of course (and that fastest time was ran by a Mr Frisk in 1990).
The first Grand National was in 1839 and it didn’t get off to a great start, going off two hours late following confusion over weighing procedures. The winner of the first race was aptly named Lottery and little did they know it at the time but this horse had just ran the slowest Grand National ever.
The Wild Card Question tonight is what was that record slowest time ran by Lottery at the first ever National... in seconds!
After the usual shouts of "you ****" for asking for seconds the Post-It's were piled on to the Quiz table. After sifting through the 20 yellow Post-It's the Wild Card Winner this week was nearly Ha Ha Merlot, who I was convinced were the closest to the correct answer of 893 with 930 (sorry guys, I blame the lager!) but then I spotted another even closer, James H with 922. So after quickly correcting myself and disappointing the Ha Ha Merlot team it was James who came up to the bar to collect his £20 note.
With that Quiz 294 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.
We hope to see you all again (and hopefully a few more quizzers) next week for Quiz 295 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £100 or more.
Q03. What can be anal, dorsal and pectoral? The fins on a fish
Q07. The collective noun for which pack of ruthless hunters is a cackle? Hyena
Q12. Who had a UK number one for three weeks in November 2015 with the single Hello? Adele
Q18. In 1991 which former punk rockers had their only UK number one single with Should I Stay or Should I Go? The Clash
Q23. What famous race takes place every April and has a record time of 8 minutes and 47.8 seconds? Grand National
Q25. For which football club is Cyril the Swan the mascot? Swansea
Q32. Which (Barbadian) singer made her film debut in the 2012 movie Battleship? Rihanna
Q35. In which fictional town is the sci-fi Series Stranger Things set? Hawkins
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