Benched? Floating Planets… and a Wild Card World Cup Goals Fest. Not quite as busy as the last couple of mega quizzes but something a little bit different and very tattyfilarious all the same!
What a miserable, drizzly Monday it had been. Dark, wet and downright depressing… but The Colly Quiz is a chance to escape that Monday feeling with an evening of entertaining questions and good patter. We had our fingers crossed that the weather wouldn't deter our Quizzers who had turned out in droves for the last two weeks with 63 and 54 attending the previous two Quizzes.
As we were nearing 9pm it was looking canny, the pub was fairly full and by the time top Colly barman Chris had done the rounds there were 36 Quizzers in nine teams taking the Cash Prize on offer to a reasonable £60.
After the Mega Money and Charity Quizz of the last couple of weeks, tonight was a chance to return to the usual Quiz Format with a Wild Card to follow. Well not quite… regular Quizzer Richard fancied doing a bit of Quiz presenting for a change and we thought well why not, bit different and all that. Richard also volunteered to pull together the 40 Questions and bonuses plus suggest the Picture Round theme! Well that was it, a near week off for yours truly so I benched myself.
It was also a sad night in a way, it was the final Quiz appearance for The Hasty Puddings, stalwarts at The Colly Quiz for several years. Last year team member Ben moved back to Merseyside so the trio became a duo and this week was the final Quiz for Alex who after a tour of Asia will be relocating South, leaving Anto as the remaining Hasty Pudding. They drafted in a couple of ringers for their final Quiz (well family members) and were determined to go out with a bang. Our assembled teams gave the boys a deserved round of applause before we kicked off. They will definitely be missed and they will be remembered (by me) as the only team who has caught me out with a request to repeat a question at one of the first quizzes I presented, they phrased the request in such away that I gave away the answer, crafty buggers!
So here it is, the review for Quiz 307 written and presented by our regular Quizzer Richard.
The clue for the Picture Round on the Quiz Preview this week was "Famously managed to put one or two sentences together". Regular readers may have sussed that 'famously' usually refers to famous people or celebs and although 'managed' may have threw a few as that wasn't anything to do with the clue, 'one or two sentences' wasn't referring to the written variety but the institutional kind. So the Picture Round for Quiz 307 was Stars Behind Bars, famous people or celebs who have been or are currently locked up in the clink.
The teams were given a few minutes to analyse the Picture Round whilst everyone got their drinks in and settled down. After the introductions guest presenter Richard then commenced with the usual first ten questions on General Knowledge. Here's a couple of examples…
Q05. Which planet in the solar system could theoretically float as it has a density less than that of water?
Q08. In June 1914, whose assassination is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of world war one in Europe?
Richard had added his own bonus sheet to the Answers and Picture Round. To mark the passing of the great Ken Dodd, Richard had devised a Question per round on the tattyfilarious one. The Quizzers were told to hang onto the sheet until the final round then hand it in and the team that had answered the most Kenn Dodd bonus Question right would get a round of drinks from the bar courtesy of Richard! Not a bad offer at all.
The first of the diddy based questions was…
To the nearest pound, what's the cheapest you can buy a life size cardboard cut out of Ken Dodd on eBay for?
After the General Knowledge the Teams were given a bit of time to look over their answers before the Pics Round and Answer Sheet were called in for marking.
Most teams did very well Picture Round with three teams The Hasty Puddings, The Five Fanny Drums and For Sale: One Ticklestick And Several Terrified Diddymen. Hardly Used, Contact Spontaneous Wrecks scoring the full 12. Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock and Rascal Ferrets On Vibes came in with 11s a piece and the rest scored 10s and below.
The General Knowledge Round proved a tad more challenging. The Hasty Puddings were up for it though with a decent eight scored. Spontaneous Wrecks and Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock came in joint close seconds on sevens with the rest of the teams on fives and below.
The combined scores gave us The Hasty Puddings as the leaders at this early stage with 20 and Spontaneous Wrecks a close second on 18.
Next up, the Music Round and this week we had questions ranging from the from Cold War to Frozen
Q11. In 1984, German singer Nena had a number one UK hit with an anti cold war protest song. Can you name the song?
Q18. Which American singer had a number 1 UK hit in 1998 with Frozen?
The second doddy orientated questions was…
What was the name of the 1965 Ken Dodd single that spent five weeks at number one, was the year's best selling single and the third best selling single of the entire 1960s?
Top tunes in Music this week were Spontaneous Wrecks with an excellent ten scored. Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock were a close second on nine and The Hasty Puddings with The Five Fanny Drums tied in third with eights.
So going into the snack break Spontaneous Wrecks had maneuvered themselves into the lead with 29 closely followed by The Hasty Puddings on 28 and Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock on 27.
Next up was the round that can put a spanner in the works… Sport. Here's a couple of samples…
Q22. Which sport features back pockets and rovers?
Q28. Which player provided his only assist of the entire season to set up Sergio Aguero’s last minute title winning goal for Man City against QPR on May 13 2012?
The third of the Notty Ash conundrums was…
Ken Dodd was born and lived his entire life in the same house in Notty Ash, Liverpool. Which well know sporting venue was closest to his home; Anfield, Goodison Park or the Aintree Racecourse?
In a difficult Sport Round, Spontaneous Wrecks, The Hasty Puddings and Ken Dodd, Ken Did, Ken Dead couldn't be separated this week, all coming in with six scored. Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock, The Five Fanny Drums and Only Here For The Half-Time Snacks all tied in second with fives.
The Sport scores gave us a pretty interesting top two going into the final Film & TV Round. Spontaneous Wrecks were still leading with 35 but The Hasty Puddings were right on their tails with 34. Waiting in the wings we had Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock and The Five Fanny Drums on 32 and 30 respectively.
Here's a couple of Questions from the final round…
Q31. In Game of Thrones how many dragons does Daenerys Targaryen command?
Q36. During the 1990s, two films with animals in their titles won Oscars for Best Picture… Silence of the Lambs was one, what was the other?
The final question for the Ken Dodd bonus was…
Which part did Ken Dodd play in the 1996 film of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by and starring Kenneth Branner?
Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock and The Five Fanny Drums did tremendously well in the final round to score near perfect 11s… but so too did Spontaneous Wrecks and with their nearest rivals The Hasty Puddings coming in second on nine this gave the leaders the win on 46 with The Hasty Puddings coming in joint second on the night with Tick Tock, Tick Tock… I Just Fed You Novichock on 43s a piece.
Top Colly Barman Chris was over to the winners in double quick time and before we could even announce what was going on and would you believe it, team member Sam had drawn the Cash Prize! Spontaneous Wrecks, renowned for drawing the Food Vouchers when the prize was hundreds of pounds had just drawn the Cash Prize for the second time in succession, this week for the princely sum of £60.
Our assembled Teams gave the winners deserved round of applause as Spontaneous Wrecks announced they were generously returning £10 back into the pot for next week. Cheers guys.
Richard then announced the winners of his Special Ken Dodd Bonus Round. With three out of the four Questions spot on it was The Five Fanny Drums who were the lucky recipients of a round of drinks paid for by our guest Quizmaster.
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.
Top Colly Barman Chris had quickly done the rounds getting the £1 entries in and for Quiz 307 we had £20 in for the Wild Card Prize. The question was:
In the Sport Round we asked who held the record for the number of appearances in the World Cup. The answer was Lothar Mattheus of Germany, who played a total of 25 matches in five consecutive tournaments – also a record for an outfield player.
The first world cup tournament was held in Uruguay in 1930 with 13 teams competing and a total of 70 goals were scored in the 18 games played. There have now been a total of 20 World Cup Final tournaments played and during that time the number of teams and number of games played has steadily increased, with 32 teams competing over 64 matches in Brazil 2014.
Tonight’s Wild Card Question is how many goals have been scored in total in those twenty tournaments to date?
The Wild Card Winner this week was Cosmo... hold on, Richard was presenting the Quiz, so how could his dog Cosmo be entering the Wild Card? Alex from The Hasty Puddings owned up and as winner pocketed the £20 Wild Card Prize ironically on his last ever Colly Quiz. Alex then donated the £20 Wild Card Prize back into the pot for next weeks Quiz… what a bloke! We have never had someone donate the Wild Card Prize back into the rollover in 307 Quizzes, so Alex on your final Quiz you will go down in history as the first. Well done.
The assembled crowd gave our guest Quizmaster Richard a round of applause for his sterling efforts on the night.
With that Quiz 307 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 next week for Quiz 308 where with a decent turnout we could again be playing for around £60.
Stars Behind Bars Picture Round: 1. Oscar Pistorius – Athlete, 2. Robert Downey Jr. – Actor, 3. Jennifer Love Hewitt – Actress, 4. Mike Tyson – Former Boxer, 5. Gordon Ramsay – Top Chef, 6. Kim Kardashian – Celebrity, 7. 50 Cent – Singer, 8. Shakira – Singer, 9. Zsa Zsa Gabor – Socialite, 10. Adam Johnson – Footballer, 11. Christina Aguilera – Singer, 12. Vinnie Jones – Former Footballer
Q05. Which planet in the solar system could theoretically float as it has a density less than that of water? Saturn
Q08. In June 1914, whose assassination is widely acknowledged to have sparked the outbreak of world war one in Europe? Archduke Franz Ferdinand
Q11. In 1984, German singer Nena had a number one UK hit with an anti cold war protest song. Can you name the song? 99 Red Balloons
Q18. Which American singer had a number 1 UK hit in 1998 with Frozen? Madonna
Q22. Which sport features back pockets and rovers? Australian rules football
Q28. Which player provided his only assist of the entire season to set up Sergio Aguero’s last minute title winning goal for Man City against QPR on May 13 2012? Mario Balotelli
Q31. In Game of Thrones how many dragons does Daenerys Targaryen command? Three
Q36. During the 1990s, two films with animals in their titles won Oscars for Best Picture… Silence of the Lambs was one, what was the other? Dances with Wolves
The Ken Dodd Bonus Round
To the nearest pound, what's the cheapest you can buy a life size cardboard cut out of Ken Dodd on eBay for? £35
What was the name of the 1965 Ken Dodd single that spent five weeks at number one, was the year's best selling single and the third best selling single of the entire 1960s? Tears
Ken Dodd was born and lived his entire life in the same house in Notty Ash, Liverpool. Which well know sporting venue was closest to his home; Anfield, Goodison Park or the Aintree Racecourse? Anfield
Which part did Ken Dodd play in the 1996 film of Shakespeare's Hamlet, directed by and starring Kenneth Branner? Yorick
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