No Vera? Championship geography and essential hangover viewing. Quiz 279 had a small crowd but might well have been a record breaker.
The Colly Car Park had been rammed all day with two huge trucks full of film gear as the ITV Production Vera had been filming just around the corner in Clayton Park Square. We hoped that Brenda Blethyn and her team had seen our sandwich board sign advertising the Quiz and might bolster our numbers to take the Cash Prize to over a ton!
As we approached the 9pm kick off it didn't look like Brenda and her entourage were turning out and there weren't many non-luvvies who had made it either. Chris made his way around with the sheets and after counting up the cash it was a fairly scant crowd of just 16 Quizzers in four Teams that took the nights Cash Prize up to £73. Amazing this quiz, 36 here last week... where did they all go?
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "It kicked off all over England this weekend". Well what kicked off over the weekend… the footy season, The Championship to be precise and all over England should have pointed our quizzers toward locations. Yes, this weeks Picture Round was match the selected Team Badges with their locations in England.
The teams were given a few minutes to orientate themselves with the Picture Round whilst everyone got the drinks in and settled down. We then kicked off our Quiz 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 taxing:
Q01. In 1588 who allegedly refused to stop a game of bowls when the Spanish armada was sighted off Plymouth Hoe saying “there was plenty of time to finish the game and still beat the Spaniards”?
Q08. What is measured using the Scoville Scale?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to check their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did fairly well in the Picture Round, it was more geography than football and you could see most of the team names on the badges. Spontaneous Wrecks made an early play scoring a maximum 12 points and probably broke the record for the longest Team Name ever with Why Not Visit Edinburgh This Summer? I Hear It's Lovely… And Whilst There Why Not Visit The Daylight Robbery Bar, 1:15pm Every Day From The 14th To The 27th August. I Wonder Which Amazing Improv Comedy Show You Might Catch? Badly Wrapped Kebabs weren't advertising anything but scored a decent 10 whilst Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes came in third with nine.
Spontaneous Wrecks smashed the General Knowledge Round as well with a maximum 12 scored. Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes came in a close second with 11 whilst the other Teams faded with eights and sixes.
The combined scores gave us top three at this early stage of Spontaneous Wrecks racing into a four point lead on 24. Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes were a game second with 20 and Badly Wrapped Kebabs were still in the early mix with 18.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from from Hairy Trees to Doktor Avalanche:
Q17. Strict Machine, Hairy Trees and Black Cherry are songs from which electronic duos 2003 album?
Q20. Singer Andrew Eldritch and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only continuous members of which gothic rock band from Leeds who were big in the 1980s?
Storming in at number one in Music this week, Spontaneous Wrecks, once more with a maximum 12 scored. This may be a record for The Colly Quiz… 100% on the Picture Round, General Knowledge and Music. Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes were trying to keep up with a decent score of 11 and Badly Wrapped Kebabs managed a seven for third.
Spontaneous Wrecks must have had their Weetabix this morning, the big question was were they going to drop a point? The top three going into the snack break had Spontaneous Wrecks with a maximum 36, Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes on a decent score of 31 in second place and Badly Wrapped Kebabs in third on 25.
We then had a 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 possibly scuttle a good start, Sport. Here’s a couple of examples:
Q24. Who signed David Ginola when he left Newcastle in 1997?
Q29. Which track and field athlete was the golden boy of team USA at the 1984 Olympics, winning a total of four gold medals?
Champions in Sport this week we had Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes with a nine. Spontaneous Wrecks incredible run of 100% scores had come to an end with eight making them runners up in the round and Badly Wrapped Kebabs had seven for third.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty conclusive top three going into the final Film & TV Round Spontaneous Wrecks were well in control on 44 points. Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes were a long shot on 40 whilst Badly Wrapped Kebabs on 32 were presumably well out of the picture… however with questions along the lines of these you never know:
Q32. Who drove the Convert-a-Car in the cartoon series Wacky Races?
Q37. Who wrote, directed and starred in the 2014 movie Monuments Men?
A new team, The Colly Wobblers nailed the final round with an excellent 12 points scored. Rascal Ferrets On Visitor Vibes scored a decent 10 to get an overall score of 50 but what about Spontaneous Wrecks? They too managed a ten so finished easy winners with a cracking score of 54 from a possible 60 on the night. Some going that!
Our small band of Quizzers gave Spontaneous Wrecks a well deserved round of applause as Top Colly Barman Chris gave Team Member Hazel the choice of three envelopes, what would she draw as a prize? She went middle, pulled out the slip of paper and announced… Cash Prize!
So that was the cash gone, we weren't going to break the £100 prize next week.
The guys from Spontaneous Wrecks generously donated £13 back into the pot so we could be playing for over £40 at Quiz 280.
Up next was the usual Wild Card Question to finish the night.
To enter the Wild Card is just £1 and for that you get a little coloured Post-It, this week a nice dayglo orange (Post-It's once more sponsored by Infinite…), on which to write the answer to a single question. It's a very obscure fact so the answer, usually a number or a date, is more an inspired guess rather than something anyone may know.
The winner of the Wild Card is the person who is closest to the answer we have and there is no drawing of envelopes, they get all the money that's been collected in on the night! Our biggest Wild Card winner to date is Mike H who scored for a massive £61 in Quiz 177.
Chris quickly did the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 279 we had £20 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Film & TV Round we asked a question about the Scottish Soap Take The High Road.
Essential hangover viewing due to it’s early afternoon TV slot, Take The High Road started in 1980 as a weekly soap opera following life and love in the small Scottish village of Glendarroch. Even though the show went twice-weekly and became one of the highest-rated television programmes in Scotland with a loyal following throughout the rest of the UK, the series was cancelled in 2003.
The Wild Card Question tonight is over it’s entire run how many episodes of Take The High Road were broadcast?
After verifying that everyone was in, firstly all guesses under 1,000 were junked, then any that were over 2,000 which left a few in the running. Out of those there were three fairly close, Iain on 1,375, Bob (or Geb, handwriting undecipherable!) had 1,385 and Louise T 1,414. The winner of the 20 notes tonight was Louise T who was also a member of the winning Team Spontaneous Wrecks so she was well up on the night!
Our scant crowd gave Louise a round of applause as she picked up the £20 from our top Colly Barmaid Gemma.
With that Quiz 279 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 let's hope a few more Teams) next week for Quiz 280 where with a decent turnout we could be playing for £30 or more.
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Q01. In 1588 who allegedly refused to stop a game of bowls when the Spanish armada was sighted off Plymouth Hoe saying “there was plenty of time to finish the game and still beat the Spaniards”? Sir Francis Drake
Q08. What is measured using the Scoville Scale? The Scoville scale measures the hotness (or piquancy) of a chilli pepper, as defined by the amount of capsaicin it contains.
Q17. Strict Machine, Hairy Trees and Black Cherry are songs from which electronic duos 2003 album? Goldfrapp
Q20. Singer Andrew Eldritch and a drum machine called Doktor Avalanche are the only continuous members of which gothic rock band from Leeds who were big in the 1980s? The Sisters Of Mercy
Q24. Who signed David Ginola when he left Newcastle in 1997? Tottenham Hotspur
Q29. Which track and field athlete was the golden boy of team USA at the 1984 Olympics, winning a total of four gold medals? Carl Lewis
Q32. Who drove the Convert-a-Car in the cartoon series Wacky Races? Professor Pat Pending
Q37. Who wrote, directed and starred in the 2014 movie Monuments Men? George Clooney
The Wild Card Answer: 1,469 episodes