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These people are amongst the greatest quiz players in Britain.

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Together they make up the Eggheads, arguably the most formidable quiz team in the country.

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The question is: can they be beaten?

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Welcome to Eggheads, where five quiz challengers

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pit their wits against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.

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They've won some of the country's toughest quiz shows. They are the Eggheads.

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And challenging our resident quiz champions today are Minted,

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from Kendal.

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Taking their name from the famous mint cake from their home town, they normally quiz against one another

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at the Eagle and Child Pub. Let's meet them.

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Hello, I'm Andrew, I'm 52, and I'm an optical retailer.

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Hi, I'm Graham, I'm 22, and I'm a fresh food manager.

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Hello, I'm Janice. I'm 64 and I'm a company secretary.

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Hello, I'm Helen, I'm 69, and I'm a retired primary school teacher.

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Hi, I'm Avril, I'm 71, and I'm retired.

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Nice team name, straightforward. Do you partake of the mint cake?

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-Or is it for tourists?

-Local people do partake of it and it's very, very good?

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-Are there different people who make it?

-There's at least three firms, but they're all very similar.

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They fight over the trade and all seem to do very well.

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-Very good up the mountains.

-Yes, but a little bit high in sugar.

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To be taken in moderation!

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Tell me about the quizzing. The Eagle and Child pub. That's scary. What's the symbol outside?

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-An eagle and a child.

-Carrying away a child?

-Yeah, a baby.

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-Is this Greek mythology or something?

-Biblical, isn't it?

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-Do you know, guys?

-No, I don't know how it was named, but we go on a Thursday night

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and we quiz and enjoy ourselves. Not only me, but we decided between us we'd have a go

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to try to beat these good people.

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Best of luck, Minted. Let's hope you're minted after this.

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Every day there's £1,000 up for grabs for our challengers.

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If they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize money rolls over.

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The Eggheads have won the last 13 games,

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so that means £14,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads.

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Your first head to head, your first attempt to knock one out, comes in Arts and Books.

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It's not my favourite subject, but I will have a shot at it.

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-Helen.

-Helen, OK. Helen.

-Who would you like to go against?

-You can have any Egghead you like.

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-Try Chris?

-What do you think?

-Yeah.

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-Shall we play against Chris?

-Helen and Chris.

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Let's have Helen and Chris into the Question Room, please.

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-Helen, would you like to go first or second?

-I'd like to go first.

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Best of luck. First question. In the popular children's story books by Dick Bruna,

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what type of creature is Miffy?

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Well, these are books that are fairly familiar to me. I know it's not a giraffe.

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-Miffy is a rabbit.

-Did you have the books in the school?

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-We did, yes.

-Miffy the rabbit. Well done, right answer.

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Chris, the world-famous Metropolitan Museum of Arts, founded in 1870, is located in which city?

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-That's in New York, Dermot.

-It's the right answer, yes.

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Helen,

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as well as being a writer, the Russian Anton Chekhov had a parallel career as what?

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Mm. That's something I have never heard about.

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I can't imagine he was a diplomat. I don't know why, but...

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-I think I'll go for architect.

-Architect, Chekhov. He had a parallel career

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and was also qualified as a doctor.

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The other one you were thinking of because you ruled out diplomat.

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But you didn't get it.

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Let's see how Chris does. When We Are Married, first performed in 1938, is a play by which writer?

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Oh, that's a fairly broad northern piece. It's by JB Priestley.

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It is, yes. JB Priestley. So you have the lead.

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Helen, you have to get this.

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In which year was art's Turner Prize not awarded

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as the American investment company who sponsored it went bankrupt?

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Ohh... Right.

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I've never even heard of them, the sponsors.

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It's going to be a complete guess.

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I'm going to say 1988.

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I know it's a guess, but it's the wrong one. It's the middle one.

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It's 1990 when it wasn't awarded. A real toughie, that.

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It means we end the round because Chris has got two correct

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and you can't match that even with another question.

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So it means Chris will play in the final round. Helen won't.

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Both please rejoin your teams.

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First blow to the Eggheads. It means Minted have lost one brain from the final round.

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The Eggheads are all still there. We'll move on to our second category. This is Geography.

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Who'd like to play this?

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-That'll be me.

-It's Andrew.

-OK, Andrew.

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And who would you like to play?

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- Who do you think? - Do you think Daphne?

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He fancies you, Daphne.

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-Oh. Fancy Daphne?

-So they tell me. Sorry, Daphne.

-Andrew and Daphne, then,

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are heading for the Question Room right now.

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-Now let's play this round. First or second?

-I'd like to go first, please.

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OK, Andrew, good luck. Sutton Coldfield is part of which city?

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I've been once or twice to watch car rallying there.

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It's not Manchester or Nottingham. It's Birmingham.

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Been there, seen it, seen the cars. Yes, it's the right answer.

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Daphne, what name is given to the tidal phenomenon

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where the incoming tide forms a wave up a river against the direction of the current?

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Well, I live not far from the Severn

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and you always see the Severn bore on the news, so it's bore.

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-Bore.

-Yes.

-People surf on it, don't they?

-Yes.

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-It's not very large!

-It happens quite often, more than once a year?

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-Is it on equinoxes?

-I think so.

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-Spring tides.

-Yeah. The Severn bore amongst the bores.

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Back to you, Andrew.

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Incheon is a port city 25 miles from which capital city?

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I'm going to rule Ankara out because it doesn't sound

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that kind of a language derivative, so it's either Seoul or Taipei.

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-I don't know. I'll guess Seoul.

-South Korea, right answer. Well done, Seoul.

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Daphne, you were at the Olympics.

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Yes, and the Incheon landings took place during the Korean War.

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OK. But not your question.

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Here is your second question. Which arm of the Mediterranean Sea is immediately north of Corsica?

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I don't know where Corsica is.

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The one I associate with being at the top is...

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the Ligurian?

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It's either that or Tyrrhenian.

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I'm going for Ligurian.

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Ligurian Sea. North of Corsica. Other Eggheads?

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-Absolutely.

-It's the right answer.

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-Yes.

-Oh!

-OK, two each.

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Andrew's going really well.

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Merthyr Tydfil lies just to the south of which national park?

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It's in the south of Wales, so not Snowdonia.

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It's not out on the coast, so it must be the Brecon Beacons.

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-Once you identified it in the south, south of the Pembrokeshire coast would be underwater!

-Probably.

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So you got it. Well done. Brecon Beacons.

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Right. Daphne, yes.

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Gnaw those nails! See if you get this. In which country is the city of Medicine Hat located?

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Oh! Canada.

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-Canada?

-Yes.

-Have you been there on your world travels?

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No, but we were going to Canada once and I did look at the map.

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Medicine Hat is in Canada. Right.

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All square. Sudden death looms.

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The first question is to Andrew. You won't see any more choices.

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The King Fahd Causeway connects Saudi Arabia to which island kingdom?

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Em...

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-I don't really know, but I'll guess Bahrain.

-Good guess.

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Right answer, yes. Bahrain.

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A chance of getting through to the final round, then.

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The River Crouch flows entirely through which English county?

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Oh, dear.

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I think this is, "Bye-bye, Daphne".

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I have not heard of it.

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I'm trying to think if I can think of anything with Crouch. Crouch End.

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Crouch... No.

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I don't know. Essex.

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Give me strength! It's the right answer, yes.

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-I'm really...

-Any idea why you chose that?

-I have absolutely no idea, honestly.

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-Well, well, well.

-All I can do is apologise.

-I thought you were going out.

-So did I.

-No, no, no.

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Another classic Daphne guess.

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OK, Andrew, on it goes.

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Home to a vast array of wildlife, the Selous game reserve is in which African country?

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Again I don't know, Dermot, but I would guess Uganda.

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Uganda.

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Very close, but it's not Uganda. It is... Other Eggheads?

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Daphne we'll ask first.

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-Tanzania?

-I gave you a clue. Yes, it's Tanzania.

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Daphne,

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which French city on the Isere river in the Rhone Alp region is known for its high-tech industry

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and is home to a series of laboratories including the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility?

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Grenoble?

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It's the right answer, yes.

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Grenoble is correct. What a round of quizzing there! Apologise now, Daphne.

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I'm really sorry!

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-Andrew is really good at this. You did fantastically.

-Thank you.

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But you ran into Daphne on spectacular form here.

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Bad luck, Andrew. You'll not be in the final round.

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Both please rejoin your teams.

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As it stands, Minted have lost two brains from the final round. All the Eggheads are still there.

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Two head to heads coming up, so two Eggheads could go.

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Our next category is Film and TV.

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Who'd like to play this one?

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-Graham, Janice or Avril?

-Graham.

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-Graham, you fancy it?

-Yep.

-OK, who would you like to play? Let's work up the line there.

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-Barry, Pat or Judith?

-Judith?

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-Yes.

-Judith, please.

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OK, it's decided. Graham and Judith to play Film and Television.

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Please take your positions in the Question Room.

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Graham, your dad tried his best there. Let's see if you can go one better.

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-Let's get you in the final. First or second?

-Can I go first, please?

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Good luck, Graham.

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First question. What is the surname of Freddy,

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the main recurring character in the Nightmare On Elm Street films?

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Well, Myers is the surname in, I think, Halloween.

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I'm not sure where Thorn's from,

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-but I'll go for Krueger.

-Sounds like you've seen a few!

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-Yeah.

-It's the right answer. Freddy Krueger.

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First question to Judith. What is the name of the Doctor's assistant played by Karen Gillan,

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who first appeared in Doctor Who in 2010?

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I love the alternatives.

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-But she was Amy Pond.

-Yeah, I like Libby Ocean.

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Amy Pond is correct, yeah.

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Graham,

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Isla Nublar, a fictional island off the coast of Costa Rica is the setting for much of the action

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in which 1993 blockbuster film?

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is in Germany and things like that,

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so it's not that. Cliffhanger I haven't seen,

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but Jurassic Park was 1993. Jurassic Park.

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-You sound like you like your films.

-I do, yeah.

-Got lots of DVDs?

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-A lot, yeah.

-Movie channels?

-Yeah.

-Jurassic Park is correct.

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Two film questions there to start for Graham really suiting him.

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Another film question going now to Judith. What type of creature is the title character

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in the 1957 Disney film Old Yeller?

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Well, I think you can have horses called "yeller horses".

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American horses are sometimes called "yeller horses".

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So I'm going to say "horse".

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-OK, Old Yeller is a horse, you think?

-Yeah.

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Barry is disagreeing violently.

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-Not violently, but it's a dog.

-A dog.

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-It's a dog?

-You've seen the film?

-I have.

-Good and wholesome?

-Yes.

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-A tear-jerker.

-A 1957 Disney film about a dog. That's looking good

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for you, Graham, but let's not count chickens.

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Get this and you're guaranteed a place in the final round.

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Which English actor joined the cast of Coronation Street in 2009 as Lewis Archer, a male escort?

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Unfortunately, Coronation Street is not really my thing,

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so I'm going to have to guess

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at Nigel Havers.

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Guess at Nigel Havers, OK.

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You should see the look on the faces of your team-mates.

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You don't know what that look is.

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Let me tell you it is a look of unalloyed joy and celebration.

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-You are through to the final round.

-APPLAUSE

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No other questions for Judith. You've put her out already.

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Would you both please come back and join your teams?

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That's positively perked you all up, that victory by Graham.

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It's like a tired rambler biting into the Kendal Mint Cake. A shot of adrenaline and sugar.

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The Eggheads have lost their first brain from the final round. Minted have lost two brains.

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But it can be all square in that final round if you win our last head-to-head.

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And this one is Sport. Who'd like to play this?

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-Janice or Avril.

-I should do it.

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You'll probably know more than I do.

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-So it's Janice?

-Yes, it's me.

-Who are we going to play?

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Pat or Barry.

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-What a good choice!

-You choose.

-Um...

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-I'd go with Barry.

-Yeah? Barry, please.

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OK, Janice and Barry into the question room, please.

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OK then, Janice, let's try and even it up in that final round.

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-Would you like to go first or second?

-First, please.

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Best of luck. Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson have represented Australia in which sport?

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Well, I go to Australia plenty,

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but I'm sure I've never heard of these two.

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But I don't think I've heard of them in cricket or tennis,

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so I'll have to go for rugby union.

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Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson

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-have played for Australia in the cricket team.

-Oh, dear.

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Not rugby union. Let's see how Barry does with his first one.

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In which sport can a competitor score a victory using a technique known as oshidashi?

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"Oshidashi" sounds very Japanese, so the answer has to be sumo wrestling.

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Would you care to demonstrate the technique?

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I think it's when you sidestep your opponent out of the ring.

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-It's when you grab his underpants.

-Something like that.

-Those nappies?

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-Mawashi.

-Oshidashi is in sumo. That's the right answer.

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OK, right, Janice...

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The Augusta National Golf Club which hosts the Masters is in which US state?

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Right, well, um...

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Montana's too high up, so it's either Illinois or Georgia.

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And I am going to go for Georgia.

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Good on you. Right answer, yes, Georgia.

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OK, Barry...

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The British athlete Jessica Ennis became a member of which athletics club in 1997?

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She's our fantastic heptathlete.

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Hopefully, she will win a gold in the Olympics.

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I think it's the City of Sheffield Athletics Club.

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-South Yorkshire?

-I'm hoping so.

-Ah!

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A Yorkshire lass, a Yorkshire club. That's right.

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City of Sheffield is correct.

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It now means that you need

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-to get this one right, Janice.

-OK.

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For which club did Zinedine Zidane play from 2001 to 2006 before retiring from professional football?

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I don't think it's Bordeaux.

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When you say that, it's usually the one you should pick.

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I'm not going to go for Juventus. I'm going to go for Real Madrid.

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Very good. It's the right answer.

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Well worked out, Janice. He didn't cover himself in glory

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because the World Cup Final was his last game in 2006

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and he got the early bath.

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He head-butted Materazzi, I think.

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Yeah, head-butted Marco Materazzi of Italy.

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-He was very rude to him.

-And got sent off. Well, there we are.

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Keeping yourself in it, Janice, but Barry, let's see if he administers the coup de grace here.

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Olympic-sized swimming pools must be 50 metres long and how many metres wide?

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-That's a good question.

-Yeah, it is good, isn't it?

-Let me think.

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There's eight lanes in an Olympic swimming pool,

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so how many metres would you want for a lane?

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20... 20 sounds too little

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and 30 sounds too big.

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-I'll go down the middle at 25.

-Middle lane swimming, eh?

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Middle lane, it's the right answer.

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Yes, 25, he's worked it out, you Egghead, you! Bad luck, Janice.

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You got into your stride, but it was too late

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after tripping up on question one. But a big smile on your face.

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I know you're wishing Avril and Graham all the best there in that final round.

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Would you both please come and join your teams?

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This is what we've been playing towards - the final round which, as always, is General Knowledge.

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Those of you who lost your head-to-heads can't take part,

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so Andrew, Janice and Helen from Minted and Judith from the Eggheads, would you leave the studio now?

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Well, Graham and Avril, you are playing to win Minted £14,000.

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Daphne, Chris, Barry and Pat, you're playing for something money can't buy -

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the Eggheads' reputation. You were wondering!

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I'll ask each team three questions in turn, all general knowledge, and you are allowed to confer.

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Graham and Avril, are your two brains better than the Eggheads' four?

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-Do you want to go first or second?

-First?

-First, please.

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Good luck. All general knowledge. Let's see how it goes for you.

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Khoisan languages, with their characteristic clicking consonants,

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come from which continent?

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-It's a real tongue-twister. You say that quickly!

-I haven't got a clue.

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"Khoisan" is K-H-O-I-S-A-N.

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I don't think it's Australia or Asia. I think Africa.

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-Asia is more soft.

-Yeah.

-I don't think it's Asia. Go Africa then.

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Well, we're not 100% sure, as you realise,

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-but we think it's Africa.

-Africa...

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Clicking, seen it on documentaries. It's the right answer. Well done.

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Africa - Khoisan languages.

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And Eggheads, what name is given to the priests in pre-Roman Gaul

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who, according to Pliny the Elder, worshipped in groves and cut mistletoe

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from oak trees with golden sickles?

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They were druids, Dermot.

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Do you put the old sheet on and go down to Stonehenge?

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-Not as often as I'd like.

-My granddad was a druid.

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-Did he know Ken Barlow?

-LAUGHTER

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Apparently, it used to be just an excuse for a drinking club.

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OK, "druids" is the right answer.

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A good start from Minted there, Graham and Avril. Keep it up.

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Second question. The rood is an old British unit for a quarter of a what?

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The rood... R-O-O-D is how it's spelt.

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The rood is an old British unit for a quarter of a what?

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I'm fairly sure it's a measure of distance.

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I don't think it's a liquid or weight.

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-So it would have to be an acre, wouldn't it?

-Go for it.

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-Acre?

-A quarter of an acre is a rood...?

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It's the right answer. Yeah, well done. A rood.

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-40 square poles make a rood.

-How many?

-40 square poles.

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-40 square poles make a rood and a rood is a quarter of an acre. All gone now.

-Oh, yeah.

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Eggheads, what name did US pilots during World War Two give to unidentified flying objects?

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Used as a name for a rock band, Dave Grohl's rock band.

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-They were the Foo Fighters.

-Hats off there to the question setter.

-Yeah.

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Nicely couched there, those options, Foo Fighters, Metallicas or AC/DCs.

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All bands there and Foo Fighters...

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Do we know why they call them Foo Fighters - F-O-O?

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-Well...

-UFO.

-UFO?

-Yeah.

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No, UFO came later. It was from "feu", the French for "fire".

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They appeared as balls of fire

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-that would appear and disappear.

-OK.

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Well, Foo Fighters is correct

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and it stays all square after the second question.

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Third question for you, Minted.

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A correct answer here puts you closer to winning the £14,000.

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Queen Alia International Airport is an important transport hub in which Middle Eastern country?

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Queen Alia - A-L-I-A.

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Queen Alia International Airport is an important transport hub

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in which Middle Eastern country?

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-Jordan has a king, hasn't it?

-Mm-hm.

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Has it always had a king?

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It's had a king for as long as I can remember,

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-which is quite a long time.

-A very long time.

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So I'm leaning towards Jordan.

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You are leaning towards Jordan, even though it's had kings?

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-It's had kings, which means they've got a queen.

-Yeah, good point.

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-Rather than sheikhs or...

-Yeah.

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I honestly don't have a clue, so go on - Jordan.

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Again we're not sure, but we're going to go for Jordan.

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Jordan. I heard you, Avril, doing that on a very Egghead-like basis,

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just working on a royal family.

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Got a queen, got a king - that's Jordan. It's the right answer, yes.

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Well done.

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And well...getting closer to the £14,000. Eggheads, you must get this correct.

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What type of architectural feature is a baldachin?

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What type of architectural feature is a baldachin?

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B-A-L-D-A-C-H-I-N. Baldachin.

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-The famous one is in St Peter's.

-Yeah.

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It's a canopy. There's a very famous one in St Peter's.

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So it's a canopy above an altar or above a tomb or something like that.

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-In St Peter's in Rome?

-It's a very famous one.

-It's the right answer.

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Yes, it's all square again and we go to sudden death.

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You've got a fight on your hands with Minted, Graham and Avril really working those answers.

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But we'll take away some of that raw material you've been using.

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In sudden death, there are no choices.

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So what name from the Italian for "undertaking" is given to a person

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who manages a band or theatre company or who organises and finances plays and concerts?

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-An undertaking? A maestro?

-I don't know.

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That's the only word I can think of for a...

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-That's Italian, yeah.

-Shall we...?

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-Can you think of anything else?

-I don't think I can.

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Maestro is more of a perfectionist, though, on something.

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-They're quite often conductors of orchestras.

-Yeah.

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Which, I suppose, is undertaking a job.

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Go on then.

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We're guessing our way through this, but we're going to go for "maestro".

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Maestro, OK. Certainly Italian there. Italian for "undertaking"...

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-It's not the right answer. Do you know, Eggheads?

-Impresario.

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An impresario. If we'd had the choices, I'm sure you would have got that.

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It's so much harder in sudden death.

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Eggheads, you need to get this if you are to win the game.

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"Hafiz" is the title given to someone who has committed the whole of which book to memory?

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"Hafiz" is the title given to someone who has committed the whole of which book to memory?

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It's the Koran. Scholars memorise it as an act of devotion.

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The Koran...is the correct answer, Eggheads. You've won.

0:27:520:27:57

Bad luck. It was so good to have you here

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and to see that one member of each of those quiz teams came together.

0:28:050:28:10

There was some great quizzing in those head-to-heads.

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We must get up there to see The Eagle And Child pub and find out about the origin of that name.

0:28:130:28:19

Thank you for playing the Eggheads.

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But those Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them and their winning streak continues.

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You won't be going home with the £14,000 which rolls over to the next show. Eggheads, congratulations.

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Who will beat you? Join us next time to see if a new team of challengers

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have the brains to defeat the Eggheads.

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£15,000 says they don't. Until then, goodbye.

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Dermot Murnaghan hosts the show where every time a new team of challengers take on probably the greatest quiz team in Britain - The Eggheads - made up of some of the country's top quiz champions, including the winner of Are You An Egghead?, Mastermind and Millionaire Pat Gibson; the previous winner of Are You An Egghead? Barry Simmons; Millionaire winner Judith Keppel; Mastermind winner Chris Hughes; four times World Quiz champion Kevin Ashman; Weakest Link winner CJ de Mooi; and 15-1 winner Daphne Fowler.

Can the challengers triumph over the general knowledge Goliaths and walk off with the cash prize, or will it roll over to the next show?


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