A dank, foggy and very cold evening, more like bonfire night than nearly Christmas but it was time for the last quiz of 2012 at the Willoughby – the event of the year, the Christmas Quiz!
With players in Santa hats, turkey slippers, fairy wings, one who came dressed as a Christmas present (well done Emily) and John and Hillary who brought their own reindeer. Extra points were added to the scoreboard for all teams with some sort of Christmas attire.
Ten teams took part including some newcomers facing questions including Christmas films and toys; the music round was themed St Nick with music from Crispian St Peters to Razorlight and Nick Kamen.
In honour of the Jubilee the picture round was Elizabeths, and as it was also the year of the Olympics we had a couple of awards of our own to present. The United Staits received an award for being the longest serving quiz team and Margaret Hayes received an award for her mathematical and accounting skills (keeping score every month).
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a few parlour games and the quiz was no different, we had a balloon challenge and have you any idea how hard it is to draw a Christmas tree when you’re holding the paper on top of your head? The teams were asked for a volunteer to take part in a challenge. Their challenge if they chose to accept it was to do their ‘party piece’ with ten points being added to their team score if they chose to take part. All teams rose to the challenge with lots of jokes being told, but Buffer Stops did something a little different with Margaret taking centre stage and juggling fruit.
A Christmas present raffle was held with the proceeds going to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal to help with the work they do, especially at this time of year.
The evening came to a close with a couple of rounds of Irish bingo.
The lowest score of the evening was 76 points, in third place was 18 tomorrow with 108 points, second place was Dumb and Dumber with 110 points but the winners this month were the United Staits with 114 points. Well done and thank you to everyone who took part, the next quiz will be on Tuesday 8th January 2013.
Thanks to Kip for the mince pies and Quality Street (other sweets are available) and to Bub (Elisabeth Moore) who kept the drink flowing, measured the balloons and was featured in the picture round.