Episode 126 Eggheads


Episode 126

Jeremy Vine hosts a general knowledge quiz in which teams from all over the UK battle to beat the Eggheads.


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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 - the show where a team of five quiz challengers

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

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You might recognise them as they are Goliaths in the world of TV quiz shows. They are the Eggheads.

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And taking on the might of our quiz Goliaths,

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are the Deeping Airheads.

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They are members of Deepings Tennis Club in Lincolnshire.

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They've won numerous pub quizzes between them, including the coveted Deeping pub quiz.

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So let's meet them.

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Hi, I'm Kate, I'm 60 and I'm a retired IT analyst.

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Hello, I'm Faith and I'm 57 and I'm a registrar.

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Hello, I'm Alan, I'm 54 and I'm a construction site manager.

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Hello, my name's Adrian. I'm 61 and I'm an accountant.

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Hello, my name is Terry. I'm 49 and I'm a rotor winder connector.

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Welcome Deeping Airheads.

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Welcome to you, Kate.

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-Hello.

-You quiz together?

-Yes, quite frequently.

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And Deeping is a place, that's right?

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Yes, it is a small town in South Lincolnshire.

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-But it's also a tennis club, Alan?

-Yes, we have a thriving tennis club

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and we are all either current members or former members of the club.

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You all hang out around Deeping?

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-You could say that.

-And have a deep knowledge of quiz matters?

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-Please say yes to that.

-Yes.

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-Of course.

-OK, phew!

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Every day there is £1,000 worth of cash up for grabs for our challengers.

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However, if they fail to defeat the Eggheads, the prize money rolls over to the next show.

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The Eggheads have won the last five games,

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which means £6,000 says you can't beat the Eggheads.

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The first head-to-head battle is on the subject of geography.

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Which of you wants this?

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Faith said geography.

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-Go for it.

-It is me, apparently.

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-Faith, registrar, civil funeral celebrant?

-That's right.

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Let's see if you can bury this lot.

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-I will do my best.

-Who do you want to face?

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Geography, well they all look as if they know their way around.

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-You'd be surprised.

-Go for Judith.

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Judith it is.

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Good stuff, OK. Faith from Deeping Airheads versus Judith from the Eggheads

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and to ensure there's no conferring, please take your positions in the Question Room.

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So Faith, I am going to ask you three multiple choice questions.

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-You can choose the first or second set.

-I'll go first, please.

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Faith, New Brunswick is situated on the eastern coast of which country?

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I think I know this.

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New Brunswick...

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I'm not absolutely sure.

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I think it is something to do with Scottish immigrants,

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although they have been probably been to other two countries as well.

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But I think it is Canada.

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And you are right. Well done. First point to the Deepings.

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Judith, Latvia has a coastline on which sea?

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I think it is the dreaded Baltic.

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I get so muddled up with all those Baltic countries.

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I always get their capitals in the wrong place.

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But I think it is the Baltic.

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The dreaded Baltic is right. Well done.

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-That is the official name - the dreaded Baltic Sea.

-Yes!

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Faith, in which European city would you find the cathedral of St Salvator?

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It doesn't sound very French.

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I don't know the answer to this one.

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I think probably not Madrid.

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So that leaves me with Paris or Bruges.

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I haven't heard of it in Paris.

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So I'm going to go for Bruges.

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Good logic, you're there, well done. Bruges is correct.

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-Oh, Judith, I can see you worrying there.

-I am.

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In your floral top.

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In which ocean are the Society Islands located?

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There is a saying, "When in doubt about islands,

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"locate them in the Pacific."

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The Society Islands, did you say?

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The Society Islands, where are they?

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I think they are in the Pacific.

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This saying that we have never heard. Is that a quizzers' saying?

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I have heard somebody say it and when in doubt,

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when confronted with an animal, when in doubt say it's an antelope.

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OK, what is your answer?

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-Pacific.

-And it is right, well done.

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-There you are. It works.

-It does work. Well done.

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We are wise to that now, though.

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Back to you, Faith. St George's is the capital of which island in the West Indies?

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St George's...

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I can't say I'm very sure about this one.

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I seem to... I have a feeling it is Grenada,

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but why I am not really sure.

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But I am going to go for Grenada.

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It is correct, Faith, good play.

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Going with your instincts there.

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Judith, if you get this wrong you are not in the final round.

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-Are you ready?

-I am ready.

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The Black Hills are a range of mountains in South Dakota and which other US state?

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This is having to know what's next door, isn't it?

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To South Dakota, did you say?

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South Dakota and which other state?

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I'm trying to visualise the map.

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I think it is Montana.

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I would have guessed that as well,

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because they are both there up at the top of the map.

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But it is Wyoming.

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-Oh how annoying.

-So you are wrong.

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So that means you won't be joining us in the final round, Judith.

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Faith, you will. Congratulations, challengers -

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first blood to you. Please come and rejoin us here in the studio.

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Challengers, you are doing well.

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You have lost nobody. The Eggheads have lost one brain

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and that is the precious brain of Judith.

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Our next subject is sport.

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Which of you wants this?

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This is the subject we were all dreading.

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Although we are all tennis players, none of us wanted to do it.

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-Did you say you were going to do that, Kate?

-I will give it a crack.

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Yes, OK.

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-Kate?

-Me, yes.

-Brave.

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Who do you want to go against?

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Who is the non-sports person?

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-You can't take Judith.

-Unless you want to try Barry...

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-just to find out.

-We will try Barry.

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Try Barry just to find out?

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That is a good strategy, other people will benefit

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if he is very good. I suspect he is. But anyway good luck to you, Kate.

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Kate from Deeping Airheads versus our new Egghead Barry.

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To ensure there is no conferring, please take your positions.

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Good luck to you both.

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Three questions - multiple choice questions in turn.

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Kate, first or second set?

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First please.

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Kate, excluding the reds and the cue ball,

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how many coloured balls are there on the table at the start of a frame of snooker?

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By a process of elimination I am sure it is not eight or ten.

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So I will go for six.

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Six is correct. Well done.

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You can get confused counting them in your mind.

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You certainly can.

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Barry, SW19 is the postcode for which famous London sporting venue?

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Wembley Stadium is up in the north west.

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Crystal Palace isn't in SW19, but the All England Club, or Wimbledon,

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is in SW19, so the answer is The All England Club.

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You're right, Barry, well done.

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Kate, which footballer was voted the 2008 PFA Player of the Year?

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I am not absolutely sure,

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but...because Ronaldo is...

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generally thought to be such a great player I will go for Ronaldo.

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It is a very good guess and a very good way to work it out.

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You are quite right. Well done, Kate.

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Barry, the Calcutta Night Riders and the Delhi Daredevils are teams in which sport?

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Calcutta and Delhi don't sound as if they were playing

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rugby league, which is a sport from where I come from.

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They may be hockey, but I'm reasonably certain they would

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be cricket teams. The answer is cricket.

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The answer is cricket, Barry. Well done. Two apiece.

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Kate, if you get this, you put the pressure on him.

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How old was Fred Davis when he reached the semi-finals

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of snooker's Embassy World Championships in 1978.

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I'm not sure again.

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I think he was older than 54.

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And 84, I think it just a wee bit too old.

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I will go for 64.

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You're right again.

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Brilliant use of deduction here.

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You are a retired IT analyst, Kate?

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-That's true, yes.

-It's showing.

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Barry, if you get this wrong, you are not in the final. Here we go.

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Which demonstration sport made an appearance at the 1908 London Olympics?

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Gosh, I know I'm getting on in years,

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but 1908 is even a bit far back for me.

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I can't imagine how anybody could play mounted rugby.

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And water tennis sounds too improbable to be true.

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But bicycle polo sounds just about feasible, so I will go for that.

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They all look incredible to me,

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but you are right, it was bicycle polo in 1908.

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So scores level after three.

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Equal top scores and we go to Sudden Death.

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Kate, your question first and remember no multiple choice here.

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Kate, here is your first question.

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The Soviet sportsman Boris Onischenko, famously denounced as a cheat by Jim Fox,

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competed in which multi-event sport at the 1976 Olympics?

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Well I can't...

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..I will go for triathlon, but I'm sure it is not.

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The answer is modern pentathlon.

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It was the fencing.

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I had a fencing memory, but that wouldn't be the answer, because it was part of the pentathlon.

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He was wired to register hits when no hits were actually made.

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Pretty much the most spectacular example of cheating we have seen

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in the Olympics, short of any drugs stuff.

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So, Barry, your chance to take the round.

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Which female US Olympic athlete, nicknamed the Black Gazelle by the press,

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was a triple gold medal winner in the 1960 Games,

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despite having worn a leg brace as a child?

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The only US female athlete I know that suffered from polio in her youth

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was Wilma Rudolph. I wasn't aware she was called the female gazelle,

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but my answer is Wilma Rudolph.

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Known as the Black Gazelle, but you got it right. Wilma Rudolph is the answer.

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Well done. A tough round for you both

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and the Eggheads have just got it by a hair's breadth.

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Kate, you won't be playing in the final round.

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Please both come back to the studio.

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The challengers and the Eggheads have lost one brain each

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from the final round. Next subject is Film & Television.

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Which of you wants this?

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Not Alan.

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I think that... Alan we are saving for the final round. Because he is quite clever.

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Why?

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Terry says he doesn't know anything about films and television.

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I don't know much about television, because I don't watch any of the soaps. Or the reality programmes.

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So I will have a go.

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Against whom?

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I think it it's all right with the rest of team,

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I will take on my favourite Egghead, which is the man with the haircut.

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CJ, you're somebody's favourite.

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-I always knew there was somebody out there.

-Breaking news, everyone.

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It is Adrian from Deeping Airheads, against CJ from the Eggheads with the haircut.

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To ensure there is no conferring,

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please take your positions in the Question Room.

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Good luck with this. Film & Television.

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Three multiple choice questions. First or second set?

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Well, the team tactics right at the beginning were to go first, so I will continue with that.

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Good luck to you both.

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Adrian, "Super, smashing, great,"

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is a well-known catchphrase from which UK game show?

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I have never heard Anne Robinson say

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anything like that and I don't suppose she would.

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I don't think it's Blankety Blank.

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But I have got a funny feeling that, what was his name, Mr Bowen,

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would have said it on Bullseye. So I will go for Bullseye.

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It is Jim Bowen, yes, he did say that. Bullseye. Well done.

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CJ, which film starring Michael Caine ends with the line,

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"Hang on a minute, lads, I've got a great idea"?

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You will be amazed to learn I've never seen any of those films,

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but in this case it is The Italian Job.

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In this case you are right. Have you not seen The Italian Job?

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I don't watch films, you know that.

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I know, but it is a great movie and such a British film as well.

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Do you drive a mini, CJ?

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-Certainly not.

-OK, forget it.

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Adrian, which Hollywood actor was sentenced to three years imprisonment

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for tax evasion in April 2008.

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Pass.

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I don't remember hearing about it, or reading about it, but...

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The Egghead idea is that when

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you really don't know you go down the middle.

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So I will have a guess at Jamie Foxx.

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OK and you are an accountant, but you don't follow tax evasion stories

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in other jurisdictions?

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Not in my spare time, no.

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The answer is Wesley Snipes.

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Sorry to say.

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CJ, your question. Who plays Dr Bruce Banner in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk?

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Eric Bana played it in The Hulk,

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the Ang Lee version, but this time it is Edward Norton.

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You are right.

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OK, you need this answer now, Adrian,

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or I'm afraid CJ will have taken the round.

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What is the name of Martin Sheen's character

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in the film Apocalypse Now?

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I'm afraid I have never seen the film so I will have to make another guess

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and I will have a guess at Lieutenant Colby.

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Lieutenant Colby is wrong.

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It's Captain Willard - Martin Sheen's character in Apocalypse Now.

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Which means, CJ, you have taken the round.

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You will be in the final.

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Adrian, I'm sorry. We won't be seeing you in the final.

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Please come back and rejoin your teams.

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The challengers have lost two brains from the final round. Eggheads have lost one brain.

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The last subject is Music.

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Is that the one you wanted?

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-That is the one I wanted, yeah.

-Which of you wants this?

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I will have a go, leave you there.

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You feel better at music, Alan?

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I'm no great shakes at it.

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I will go for it. I would go for it.

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-I would go for Chris.

-OK?

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Yes.

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Looks like I'm playing this -

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with a bit of trepidation.

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Against which Egghead?

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Chris, I think.

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Terry, from Deeping Airheads against Chris from the Eggheads.

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To ensure there is no conferring, please take your positions now.

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Terry, you were on Mastermind recently?

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I was, yes.

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-Subject?

-Real ale breweries. Something decent.

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Wouldn't it be amazing if a question on that came up?

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If it comes us up in music I will be well chuffed.

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It does seem unlikely. Three questions, multiple choice. You can choose the first or second set.

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We will carry on with first, I think.

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Terry, which band formed in the wake of the demise of Joy Division?

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I'm not rightly sure,

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it is not really my sort of music, I'm a bit heavier rock as a rule.

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I'm going to go for New Order.

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But I don't know why.

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New Order is correct, well done.

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Chris, what was the title of the 1982 UK top ten hit single for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts?

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That was I Love Rock 'n' Roll.

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-Give us the next line.

-Stick another dime in the jukebox, baby!

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I know you wanted to. You're right.

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One each. Back to you, Terry,

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the rotor winder connector.

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Which instrument is young classical musician Nicola Benedetti most associated?

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Again it is not very rocky this, is it?

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I'm going to go violin.

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Faith, do you think he is right?

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-I think he is right.

-He is right. Well done. Two points to you.

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OK, Chris, in 1995 what was the title of the first UK number one single for Oasis?

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It is not Wonderwall, because that came later.

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I have never heard Some Might Say,

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so not being a fan of the Gallagher brothers

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I will have to say Roll With It.

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Which is wrong. Actually it is Some Might Say.

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Bad luck on that.

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Terry, get this right, you have taken the round and knocked Chris out.

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The Coronation Of Poppea was the last completed opera of which composer?

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Can you spell Poppea?

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P-O-P-P-E-A.

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I don't think it is Purcell. I'm going to go with Scarlatti.

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Scarlatti is wrong. It was Monteverdi, in fact.

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A chance for Chris to level things up.

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If you get this wrong, Chris, you won't be in the final round.

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Which member of Girls Aloud

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featured on Will.I.Am's 2008 UK top ten hit single Heartbreaker?

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There's been a running joke about me and girl bands

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for the last four years. I know not the first thing about them,

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except they are exclusively female.

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However, the name Sara Harding is saying something

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at the back of my mind.

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So for want of anything better to say, I will say Sarah Harding.

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-Usually you are the best guesser.

-Hm.

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-Today it is not happening.

-No.

-It is Cheryl Cole.

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Chris, you're not in the final round, because your challenger,

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Terry, has more points in this round.

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You took on one of the Eggheads, Terry. Well done - you emerged triumphant.

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Great news for the challengers. Please come back and rejoin us.

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This is what we have been playing towards. Our final round - General Knowledge.

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I am afraid those of you who lost your head to heads

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will not be joining us in the final round.

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So, Kate and Adrian, from the Deeping Airheads

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and Chris and Judith from the Eggheads, please leave the studio.

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Well, Faith, Alan and Terry you are playing to win the Deeping Airheads,

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what is it - £6,000?

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CJ, Daphne and Barry you are playing for something that money can't buy - the Eggheads' reputation.

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I will ask the teams three questions in turn.

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The questions are all general knowledge.

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You are allowed to confer.

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Deeping Airheads, the question is, are your three brains better than the Eggheads' three?

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Faith, Alan and Terry, first or second?

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-Shall we continue first?

-Yeah.

-We'll go first again.

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Best of luck to you guys.

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According to the expression, "A nod is as good as a wink..." to a what?

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It is a blind horse, is it?

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-Definitely.

-Blind horse.

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Is correct. Well done.

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Eggheads, your question. The Left Bank is a renowned cultural area of which European city?

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-It's where they have the book stalls.

-Yeah.

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It's definitely - I'm not allowed to say definitely any more.

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It is Paris.

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Why are you not allowed to say definitely?

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-Because...

-it didn't work in Are You An Egghead?!

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It was with Valerie's question and he thought it was one thing

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and I thought it definitely was that and it wasn't.

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-So I never say definitely now.

-It didn't matter, though.

-No.

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-It is definitely Paris. Well done.

-Yes.

-So one each.

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Here we go, Airheads.

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In early 20th century US slang the word Flivver

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was used to mean a cheap what?

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-Can you spell that word, please?

-Yes, I can. F-L-I-V-V-E-R.

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Have you ever heard of that?

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I have never heard of it.

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A cheap flivver.

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I don't think you'd give any name to a cheap house, would you?

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Cars.

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There wouldn't be too many about.

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I would tend to go for novel.

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I don't think you would call a cheap house anything. Just a house.

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You think is this some sort of, you know, Mills & Boon type thing?

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Yes, that is what I would go for.

0:25:320:25:34

-Are we agreed?

-Yeah.

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I haven't heard of it, but novel would be my guess.

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Novel.

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Novel is wrong. It's car.

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You are right. There weren't many around then, but enough, obviously.

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Eggheads you have the chance for the advantage. Here is your question.

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What type of organization is the Russian Spetsnaz?

0:25:540:25:59

It is the equivalent of the American Delta Forces - Special Forces Unit.

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-According to my colleague Barry here...

-Your new colleague.

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Yes. It is a Special Forces Unit.

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Definitely, Barry?

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-Definitely.

-You brave man.

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You are right, well done.

0:26:230:26:26

So, Eggheads have two.

0:26:260:26:29

If you don't get this right, the game is over.

0:26:290:26:32

You need to get it right to hang on to chance of the £6,000. Here we go.

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Which former Sunday Express editor frequently cited the small village of Auchtermuchty in Fife

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as the paragon of Scottish values?

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I think it is John Junor because he used to write a column

0:26:520:26:57

in the Express - whether it is the Sunday Express I don't remember.

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It was always like,

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"The ladies of Auchtermuchty would never agree with this."

0:27:030:27:07

Something along those lines.

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-You're pretty sure?

-Yes.

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We think it is John Junor.

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Is the correct answer.

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-Well done.

-Well done, Alan.

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In and fighting.

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But, Eggheads,

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if you get this right, then you have taken the contest

0:27:220:27:26

and the money is snatched away from our good challengers.

0:27:260:27:30

Here is your question.

0:27:300:27:32

The Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes

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supposedly improved his elocution by placing what in his mouth?

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Oh dear, here it comes again. Definitely pebbles.

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-Definitely?

-Definitely.

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-So not olives or cheese?

-No, no.

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-Are you certain?

-Definitely pebbles.

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Demosthenes improved his elocution by placing pebbles in his mouth.

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You are right, Eggheads, you've won.

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Oh, Faith, Alan, Terry, sorry to see you go.

0:28:080:28:12

We are sorry to go but we must.

0:28:120:28:16

Bad luck. The Eggheads have done what comes naturally to them.

0:28:160:28:18

Their winning streak continues.

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I'm afraid you won't be going home with the £6,000 - the money rolls over to our next show.

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Eggheads, congratulations.

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Who will beat you?

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Join us next time to see if the new challengers have the brains to defeat the Eggheads.

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£7,000 says they don't.

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Until then, goodbye.

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