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These people are amongst the greatest quiz players in Britain.

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Together they make up the Eggheads,

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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 pit their wits

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against possibly the greatest quiz team in Britain.

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You might recognise them as they've won some of the country's toughest quiz shows. They are the Eggheads.

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Challenging our quiz champions today are the Exmoor Muppets.

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This team has a connection through the police force in Minehead and was formed by team captain Andy.

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I'll let him explain why they're called Muppets. Let's meet them.

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Hiya, I'm Andy, I'm 53 and I'm a police constable.

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Hello, I'm Andy, I'm 49 years old and I'm a police constable.

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Hello, I'm Jim, I'm 38 years old and I'm a driver and a special constable

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Hi, I'm Denise, I'm 57 and I'm a customer services manager.

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Hello, I'm Mark, I'm 35 and I'm a PCSO support officer.

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Welcome to you, Exmoor Muppets. Andy, "the muppet", that's not a nice thing to call yourselves.

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It's an unusual acronym, Dermot. It means Most Useless Police Person Ever Trained.

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-Apparently.

-I knew it stood for that(!) This is ironic, of course.

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Yes, I don't think we're quite as bad as we're made out to be.

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But it's something you say about colleagues every now and again if things go a bit wrong?

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"Bit of a muppet there!" Let's switch from policing then to quizzing.

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Have you quizzed together as a team or part of a team?

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We've been quizzing for ten years in the district league. We're now in the second division.

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-So then got different expertises covered here, I would guess?

-Yeah.

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All right, let's see if you can stop the Eggheads in their tracks.

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Every day, £1,000 is 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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Exmoor Muppets, the Eggheads have won the last five games

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and that means £6,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads today.

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Our first head-to-head battle is on the subject of Politics.

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Politics has come up.

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-Who wants to play this?

-I think Jim.

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-We'll have to go with Jim for that one.

-Jim, you can choose any Egghead you like. It's the opening round.

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-I think we should go with CJ.

-CJ?

-Yeah, CJ.

-OK, I'll go with CJ then, Dermot.

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All right, Jim and CJ playing Politics.

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Could I ask you both to go to the question room to make sure you can't confer with your team-mates?

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Jim, as a special constable, how does that differ from a full-time constable?

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I do fairly much the same job on a part-time basis, about 17 hours a month.

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The only difference is I don't get paid.

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-You're a sworn constable, you have all the same powers?

-I have all the same powers.

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I go out usually on a Friday and Saturday night

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and crew up with another police officer and do the same job.

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You choose the easy shifts, Friday and Saturday night(!) It must keep you busy.

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It does. There's more to learn at that time of night.

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You're not sitting around twiddling your thumbs, that's for sure.

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-Nor will you be in the question room today. Jim, do you want to go first or second?

-I'd like to go first.

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First question, Jim, and best of luck with it.

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What derogatory term is used to describe someone who espouses left-wing views

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while enjoying a rich lifestyle?

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Well, I met a few of those at university.

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They're champagne socialists.

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Champagne socialists, yes, it's the right answer. OK, CJ...

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Name the regular occasion when an MP is available to his or her constituents for consultation.

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I'd like to see quite a lot of them experimented on in laboratories.

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Most don't do enough to qualify for a workshop, so I'll go for surgery.

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It's the right answer, yes, surgery.

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Back to Jim for his second question.

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In the names of political or economic forums such as G8 and G20, for what does the letter G stand?

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Well, I don't think it's Government.

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Certainly within the G8, there are countries thought of as major powers

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so I would consider probably...

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-I think it's Global, Dermot.

-OK, Global...

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Yes, certainly a highly international, um... G8 and the G20.

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But it's just simply Group.

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Group of 8 or Group of 20.

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So, CJ,

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can he take the lead with a question on American politics?

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The United States House Committee on Ways and Means is a legislative committee

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in the House of Representatives charged with what?

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It's not Supreme Court judges.

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Does the House of Representatives have that much influence

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over the Senate that it would have a House Committee on it?

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I'll go with my first instinct which was raising revenue.

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Yeah, it's the right answer, raising revenue.

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Well, Jim, you need to get this one.

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The Wilson Doctrine, established in 1966 by the then Prime Minister Harold Wilson,

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is a ban on doing what to MPs and peers?

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Dermot, I seem to recall...

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I don't know why that this suddenly sort of...

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I'd like to go with "tapping their phones", please, Dermot.

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It's the right answer, yes. "Tapping their phones", identified by Jim,

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but that G8, G20 slip-up means CJ has a chance to take the round with this question.

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What is the name of the independent body set up by the Coalition Government in May 2010

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to provide economic forecasting for the preparation of the UK Budget?

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Oh, dear.

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I don't like Budget Responsibility.

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And the use of the word "independent in the question

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makes me think that it wouldn't be Treasury Management.

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I apologise profusely to the team. I should know this straight away.

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But I'll go for the Office for Financial Oversight.

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-Do you accept his apology, other Eggheads?

-No!

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-It's the wrong answer.

-Budget Responsibility.

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-It is the Office for Budget Responsibility.

-Oh, dear, dear.

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Jim's very keen on you getting that wrong. You're still in it then, Jim.

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All square, both got one wrong in those first three.

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We go to Sudden Death and we remove the choices. Just got to hear the answer from you.

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Here's your question. In 1975, which politician and future Conservative Party leader

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married Sandra Paul, a model of the 1960s?

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That's quite a difficult one.

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It wasn't John Major because that was Norma.

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It wasn't David Cameron.

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It wasn't William Hague.

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I have a sneaking suspicion and this is just a guess by a process of elimination

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that it is Michael Howard.

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It's the right answer, yes, well done. Sandra Howard as she became,

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a noted novelist as well. Michael Howard, yeah. Well done.

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CJ, which former Minister for Sport called Margaret Thatcher a "half-mad, old bag lady"

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and accused her of having "the sensitivity of a sex-starved boa constrictor"

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during a Commons debate?

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I haven't got a clue. I've never heard this.

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So I'm just going to try and pick a rather outspoken Sports Minister.

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I don't know. I'll try Tony Banks.

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Tony Banks is the right answer, yes. Well known for his well-turned phrases.

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There's a couple of them concerning Margaret Thatcher.

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Jim, another question for you. The term One Nation Toryism,

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used to refer to the left-wing strand of the Conservative Party,

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comes indirectly from a novel by which 19th century British Prime Minister?

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I honestly don't know. I will have to take a guess.

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And I would have to take a guess at Benjamin Disraeli.

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Spot-on, Jim. Well done.

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Benjamin Disraeli,

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well identified by Jim.

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CJ, which EU treaty, signed in October 1997,

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focused on clarifying and updating the Maastricht Treaty?

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This one I don't know at all.

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I've got nothing to go on, so I'm just going to have to make a blind guess.

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-Vienna.

-Vienna...

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It's not. Think of Tony Blair racing EU leaders on a bicycle. Do you remember that?

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-No.

-Amsterdam.

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-Amsterdam Treaty. Oh, yes, CJ, bicycles.

-No, no, no.

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Amsterdam Treaty is what we wanted and Jim, that means

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you're through to the final round.

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Would you both please come back and join your teams?

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Jim, no danger of you being called "the muppet". Fantastic round. You're in the final round.

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The Eggheads have lost one brain. Our next head-to-head is Music. Who'd like to play?

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Music. It can't be Jim.

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-Mark, do you think?

-I'm not that good on Music, no.

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-TV and Film are OK.

-I'll throw myself on it then.

-I think Andy M is going to have to do Music.

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-Andy M. And which Egghead would you like to play? Anyone apart from CJ.

-I think Chris.

-I think Chris.

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-Chris.

-OK, Andy M and Chris contesting this one. Into the question room, please.

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Andy, I could tell from the choosing there that this isn't your favourite subject.

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-What ideally would you have played?

-I think Andy had it in mind for me to stay till the end,

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-but I'd better get through this to get to the end.

-Would you like to go first or second?

-First, please.

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Good luck, Andy.

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"Go on now, go, walk out the door, just turn around now cos you're not welcome any more" are lines

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from which disco favourite?

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Well, I've got that tune going through my head now

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and I think it's I Will Survive.

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Yes, I Will Survive which is what you're trying to do in this round.

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First question for you, Chris.

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What's the title of Kylie Minogue's album that reached the top of the UK chart in July 2010?

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Ah...

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Well, Salome is an opera by Richard Strauss

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with Aubrey Beardsley and all that, so it wouldn't be Salome.

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She's not got the right sort of looks for Cleopatra,

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but Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love which would appeal to her,

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-so I'll say Aphrodite.

-Yes, you're right, Aphrodite. Well done.

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July 2010, that was released. Andy, second question.

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Which comedy duo in collaboration with EMF had a UK top ten single in 1995

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with a cover of The Monkees' I'm A Believer?

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I think I know this one. I think it's Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer.

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Reeves and Mortimer, it's the right answer. Well done.

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OK, well, going strongly there, Andy.

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Chris, who sang lead vocals on the song Instant Karma

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that appeared in the UK singles chart in 1970?

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# Instant Karma's gonna get you... #

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No, not Ringo Starr.

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Was it McCartney? No, it was John Lennon.

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It was, yeah, John Lennon is the right answer.

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Which classical composer spent a number of years from 1703 onwards

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teaching music to the inhabitants of an orphanage in Venice?

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I was dreading the classical question coming up and here it is,

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so this is going to have to be a complete guess.

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I think I'll go for Paganini.

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Paganini teaching in an orphanage in 1703...

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It's not the right answer. Chris, do you know? Monteverdi or Vivaldi?

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I'd go for Monteverdi, but I'm not too sure.

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No, it's Vivaldi.

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Not identified by Andy, so a chance for Chris.

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Mexican Reggae was the original title of which classic rock track?

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Ah...

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Well, House Of The Rising Sun hasn't got a reggae beat to it.

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Neither has Bohemian Rhapsody.

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# Welcome to the Hotel California... #

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That's almost a reggae beat. Hotel California.

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Thanks for rendering it in that fashion.

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Mexican Reggae is the original title of Hotel California. It's right.

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Well done, Chris. You're in the final round.

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He survived a Music round there and I'm afraid you didn't, Andy.

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You won't be in the final round. Come back and join your teams.

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-Bad luck, Andy. I bet you knew that Hotel California question.

-I did.

-The classical got you.

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It means both teams have lost one brain from the final round.

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Our third head-to-head, this one is Sport.

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Who'd like to play this? Andy C, Denise or Mark?

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Normally, I would go for Sport, but I think I should be there for the last round.

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-You'll go for that one, yeah?

-Shall I go and throw myself on the sword?

-Yeah.

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He probably won't want to do it, but he's going to do it.

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Mark, which Egghead would you like to play?

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-CJ and Chris have played, so you've got Barry, Daphne or Kevin.

-I think we'll go for Barry.

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It's Mark and Barry playing the Sport round. Into the question room, please.

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Mark, you're playing Sport. Would you like to go first or second?

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I'll get it over with quicker, so I'll go first.

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Best of luck, Mark.

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What term is given to the parts of a golf course

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where the grass is grown longer than on the fairways, greens and tees?

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I'm rather pleased that the answer that was in my head

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before the choices came up is up there.

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And I don't think it's scrub or pasture. I believe it's rough.

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Yeah, the rough. Well done.

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Good start. Over to Barry.

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Which natural material from the intestines of animals has been used for the strings of tennis racquets?

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I believe ambergris comes from whales and is used in perfumery.

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-The answer is catgut.

-Catgut is the right answer, yes.

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OK, Mark, in which sport did Dick McTaggart win a gold medal for Great Britain

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at the 1956 Olympic Games?

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This will be a complete guess. It's way before my time and...

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at least two of the sports there I know nothing about.

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It sounds like the name of a boxer. A good, strong name. Boxing.

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A good, strong name! Not to say that rowers and gymnasts aren't strong,

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but Dick McTaggart was a boxer. It's the right answer.

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Well identified there by Mark.

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Your question, Barry. The world-famous horse race the Kentucky Derby

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takes place on what surface?

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What a lovely question. I've known of the Kentucky Derby for years,

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but I can't remember what surface it is. I can't for a moment believe that it's artificial turf.

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-A lot of American races are on dirt tracks, so dirt.

-Dirt?

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It's the right answer. Well done. Good guess. It's all square

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going into the third question.

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At the 1984 Olympic Games, who won the gold medal in the 800 metres

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leaving Sebastian Coe with silver?

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Right.

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I can honestly say I don't have a clue with this one.

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So I'm just going to take a straight guess and go down the middle with Carlos Lopes.

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Carlos Lopes beating Seb Coe there to the gold in 1984. No.

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-Do you know, Barry?

-I think it was Joaquim Cruz.

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It was. Taking gold in the 800 metres in Los Angeles.

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So it means

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a chance for Barry to wrap it up. Which rugby union club won

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its fourth Heineken Cup in 2010?

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Oh, gosh. I read this recently and have now completely forgotten it.

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Munster, Leicester Tigers or Toulouse.

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I know Munster have won something recently. I'll go for Munster.

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For their fourth Heineken Cup in 2010.

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-You're looking stern, Daphne.

-Oh, is it Leicester Tigers?

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I might have gone for Toulouse.

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Barry's second guess is Leicester. It's not them or Munster.

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It is Toulouse. So you didn't know it.

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-I knew it once!

-You forgot it.

-But not now.

-Bad luck, Barry.

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Well, we go to sudden death.

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The tennis player Samantha Stosur made her Fed Cup debut in 2003 playing for which country?

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Em...OK.

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Samantha's a fairly English name, so I can't work it out from that.

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Go with the surname and I'm going to plump with...

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The first one that came into my head was Hungary.

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OK, Hungary. Samantha Stosur played for...Australia.

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Australia, believe it or not.

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OK, a chance then again.

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Which former footballer was appointed manager of Argentina's national side in November, 2008?

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In the recent World Cup, the manager was Diego Maradona. Was he appointed manager as early as 2008?

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I think he was. And what a wonderful spectacle he made of it!

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It is the right answer. Diego Maradona took over the national side

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in 2008.

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That gives you the round. Mark, you won't be in the final round.

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Both please rejoin your teams.

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As it stands, the Exmoor Muppets are missing two brains, Eggheads one.

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And our last Head to Head before the final round is Food and Drink.

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Who's playing this? Denise?

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-Me.

-Who would you like to play from the Eggheads - Kevin or Daphne?

-Kevin.

-I think we'll go with Kevin.

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It's Denise and Kevin, then. Into the Question Room, please.

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Well, Denise, if you can knock Kevin out, it'll even it up.

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-Would you like to go first or second?

-First if I may, please.

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Of course you may.

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This is your question. A snifter is a type of what?

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OK, I think the clue is maybe in the name, the snifter part.

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I would rule out a spoon and plate. I would go for a glass.

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It's a type of glass, yes. Hence the phrase. "Going for a snifter."

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OK, Kevin, what type of foodstuff is mizuna?

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M-I-Z-U-N-A.

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Oh, right.

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Em, I don't think it's anything to do with fish.

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-I won't go for the salad. I'll go for curd cheese.

-Curd cheese.

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-Other Eggheads?

-I'd say salad.

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-Salad leaf.

-Is it? OK. I've not come across that.

-Well, Denise, looking good.

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Early days, though. Squab is the term for meat from which creature?

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I knew reading all these cookery books would pay off one day. Pigeon.

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Pigeon is correct, yes. OK, well,

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one incorrect answer away. If Kevin doesn't get this, he's out.

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What is the typical strength of the alcoholic drink Marc de Bourgogne?

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Well, marc is a sort of brandy-like drink

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that is made from the leftovers after the wine-making process.

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Em...and I think it's supposed to be pretty strong,

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so I would just go for the strongest. 40%.

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And right to do so. Yes, you've got it. Never down for long, that man.

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You need to get this.

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Don't give him another chance, Denise.

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He won't open his mouth again if you get this.

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What type of foodstuff is the Portuguese linguica?

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Now this one I really don't have a clue.

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I'm thinking the fact it's Portuguese, I can't see it being an egg noodle.

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-So I'll go for pork sausage.

-Pork sausage?

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Linguica. Faultless round. It's correct and you're in the final.

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Well, summarily despatched there, the World Quiz Champion.

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Denise, Kevin, both please come back and join your teams.

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So this is what we've been playing towards. It's the final round on general knowledge.

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But those of you who lost

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won't be allowed to take part, so Andy and Mark

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and Kevin and CJ from the Eggheads, would you leave the studio, please?

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Andy, Jim and Denise, you're playing to win the Exmoor Muppets £6,000.

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Daphne, Chris and Barry, you're playing for something money can't buy - the Eggheads' reputation.

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I'll ask each team three questions. They're all general knowledge and you can confer.

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Andy, Jim and Denise, are your three brains better than the Eggheads'?

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-Would you like to go first or second?

-I think we'll go first.

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Right, first question to the Exmoor Muppets. Here you go.

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The detectives Piggy Malone and Charlie Farley were played by which comedy double act?

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I think we're of an age to have watched it. So I think we're quite agreed it's The Two Ronnies.

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A rather appropriate question given the job you do.

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Know any detectives like that? Don't answer that!

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It is The Two Ronnies. Well done.

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Which famous figure appears on the Bank of England £20 note that ceased to be legal tender in June, 2010?

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That would be Edward Elgar.

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Too late for that stash you've got under the floorboards.

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It's Elgar. Yes, correct.

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OK, back to the Muppets.

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Which traditional game uses 180 white stones, 181 black stones

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and a board marked with a grid of 19 vertical and 19 horizontal lines?

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-It's not backgammon.

-It's not.

-So it's one of the other two.

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A stab in the dark. Any idea?

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-No.

-Middle for diddle?

-No inkling?

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No, I'd go for the middle.

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The Eggheads say when in doubt, go for the middle,

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-so we'll go for the middle and Parcheesi.

-OK, for a lot of stones.

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361 in total and 19 horizontal lines. It is not right. Barry?

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It's Go. And I once played for an England team

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in the 1974 European competition.

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-Wow.

-Very complex. Tell us about its origins.

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It started off as a Chinese game, reputedly invented by an emperor

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to allow his son to think logically.

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For many years it was in China. It came to Japan in the 7th century

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and they're the strongest players in the world.

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Thank you very much for that, Barry,

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but we didn't get the right answer so Eggheads have a chance.

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What was the real surname of the author Nevil Shute?

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He was Nevil Shute Norway.

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It's the right answer, yes. Norway.

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So you need to get this.

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In Greek mythology, which god was the patron of thieves and merchants and the protector of travellers?

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It would be Hermes?

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He was a traveller, with wings.

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-What do you think, Jim?

-It's not my thing.

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It's not mine!

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I don't know about thieves. Go with your first thought.

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-We'll say Hermes.

-OK, Hermes. Patron of thieves and merchants.

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Why lump them together?

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It's the right answer, yes. Hermes.

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Again, rather appropriate.

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-Patron of thieves and merchants?

-When he was one day old,

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he stole Apollo's cattle and led them out backwards so no one would be able to trace him,

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but in Ancient Greece Hermes was the god that was used on milestone markers

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and all over the roads you would see little statues of him.

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You're a little mine of information today, Barry. First Go, now a man who teaches cows to walk backwards.

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How did he train them to do that?!

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OK, well done there, but the Eggheads win the game if they get this.

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The dilator naris muscle aids in opening which parts of the human body?

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All right?

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We think that is probably the nostrils.

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The dilator naris muscle aids in opening the nostrils.

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It is right. You've won.

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Well, bad luck, Exmoor Muppets. Just that question about Go there.

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Those Head to Heads went really well and could have been better.

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Thank you very much for coming in to play the Eggheads today.

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Not to be on the day. Best of luck with working with no muppets in the future.

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You aren't amongst them! The Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them.

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You won't be going home with £6,000 and that means it rolls over.

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Eggheads, congratulations. Who will beat you?

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Join us next time to see if a new team of challengers defeat them. £7,000 says they don't.

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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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