The semi-finals continue as John Humphrys puts more contenders in the spotlight. The subjects are Asterix, the periodic table, Nick Hornby novels, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel.
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First in the spotlight tonight is Mohan Mudigonda,
a GP practice manager from Wolverhampton.
His specialist subject, Asterix.
Gill Taylor is a retired project manager from West Yorkshire.
She's answering questions on the periodic table.
Next in the black chair, Sarah Lake, a teacher from Sunderland,
on the novels of Nick Hornby.
James Haughton is a student from Manchester.
His subject, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.
And our final contender, Alan Diment, a writer from Newcastle.
His subject, the life and films of Stan Laurel.
Hello and welcome to Mastermind with me, John Humphrys.
This is a semifinal, which means our five contenders have cleared
one obstacle in the way of their quest to be Mastermind champion.
But tonight is crucial.
Only one of them can get through to the Grand Final.
The rules change slightly
because we have five instead of four contenders.
Just 90 seconds for their specialist subject
and then two minutes of general knowledge.
So, let's get on with it and ask our first contender to join us, please.
In 90 seconds, starting now.
Asterix and Obelix live in the last village in Gaul
that has not been conquered by the Romans.
The inhabitants of the village are only frightened
by the possibility of what falling on their heads?
-What's the name of the agent who's sent by Julius Caesar
to the Gauls' village to spread gossip and rumour in Asterix And The Roman Agent?
-In Asterix In Belgium,
the Romans fire a boulder that Obelix catches and throws back. What does he hit?
-At the end of each story there's a banquet
at which the bard is always shown tied up and gagged. What's his name?
-In Asterix The Legionary, whom does the Egyptian Ptenisnet mistake
for one of the Red Cloaks, one of the holiday camp helpers?
Um, Julius Caesar.
In the same story, Obelix falls in love and Asterix becomes worried about him
because he will not eat his third what?
-Who is the owner of the pub The Jug And Amphora in Asterix In Britain?
-In The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix, whom does Julius Caesar tell
to "Stop playing about with that knife. You'll end up hurting somebody"?
-In Asterix And The Roman Agent, Geriatrix informs his fellow Gauls
he didn't need the magic potion when he fought at which battle?
-What object are Getafix and Psychoanalytix each hit by
in Asterix And The Big Fight that causes them to lose their memory?
-In Asterix In Corsica, the centurion Hippopotamus
releases his Corsican prisoner who refuses to escape until after he has had what?
-In Asterix And The Big Fight,
the legionary Infirmofpurpus goes on patrol disguised as a tree.
What bird befriends him because he is a "very remarkable tree"?
-It's An owl.
Yeah, could have been a parrot.
Anyway, a wise owl, no doubt.
You had one pass.
The boulder, they caught the boulder and then threw it back.
The boulder hit the deck of a pirate ship.
And you knew it, yeah. Course you did.
Anyway, Mohan, you have 10 points.
And our next contender, please.
The periodic table in 90 seconds. Here we go.
Dmitri Mendeleev presented his original periodic table of the elements
at a meeting in St Petersburg in March, 1869, of which scientific society?
-The Russian Chemical Society.
-The modern periodic table has 18 groups
but a simplified version is configured as groups one to eight.
What do the numbers one to eight represent?
-Vertical groups of the table.
-The number of electrons in the outer shell of an atom.
Which American chemist led the teams that discovered plutonium and americium
and was the first living person to have an element named after him?
Pierre and Marie Curie discovered two highly toxic elements
by radiochemical analysis in 1898. One was radium. What was the other?
-What name did the English chemist John Newlands give to the system
that he used to construct an early form of periodic table in 1865?
-The law of octaves.
-Which element appears at the bottom of Group 2,
the alkaline earth metals?
-Radium. Which chemist was given the nickname "Hard-luck"
by Isaac Asimov because many of his discoveries of chemical elements,
including oxygen, are usually attributed to others?
-What letter is used by convention
to denote the atomic numbers of the elements of the periodic table?
-The discovery of which element in 1945 filled in the last gap
in the table of elements with atomic numbers from 1 to 92?
What name is given to the series of elements that fill the horizontal strip
under the lanthanides at the bottom of the periodic table?
-Which element was discovered in about 1790
in a lead mine and is the only one named after a place in Britain?
I was about to give you another one but you're out of time.
-No passes, Gill. You have 7 points.
-OK, thank you.
And our next contender, please.
Nick Hornby's books in 90 seconds.
In About A Boy, Will Freeman lives off the royalties
from a song his father wrote in 1938. Which song?
-Santa's Super Sleigh.
-In Funny Girl, Barbara Parker arrives in London
and is advised by her theatrical agent to change her name to what?
-What's the name of Rob Fleming's record shop
which features in both High Fidelity and About A Boy?
-In How To Be Good, Katie persuades her husband
not to give their Sunday roast dinner to the homeless.
What food do they give them instead?
-In Juliet, Naked, Tucker Crowe says he broke up with Julie Beatty
because he thought he'd have "more in common with a 16-year-old Nebraskan" what?
-Cheerleader. In which coastal town does Sam Jones spend the night
when he runs away from home after he finds out
that his girlfriend, Alicia, is pregnant, in Slam?
-In A Long Way Down, Jess Crichton tells a journalist
she was talked down from the ledge of Topper's House
by an angel who looked like which Hollywood actor?
-The first time Barbara meets her theatrical agent, Brian Debenham,
he mistakes her for a girl from the Arthur Askey Show. What's her name?
-When DJ GoodNews stays with the Carrs, in How To Be Good,
what does he say he doesn't agree with, because he thinks they make you "soft"?
Rob Fleming and his employees are constantly compiling Top Five lists.
His favourite episode of Cheers is the one
in which Cliff finds a potato that looks like whom?
-Richard Nixon. In About A Boy, Marcus's friend Ellie McCrae gets angry
when she sees a cardboard cut-out of a musician in a shop window,
and breaks the window. Which musician?
-BEEP And that's it.
Out of time. No passes again, Sarah. You have 8 points.
And our next contender, please.
Richard Feynman in 90 seconds. Here we go.
The scientist Richard Feynman shared the 1965 Nobel Prize
with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga
for their work in which area of physics?
Who was the head of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos Laboratory?
He worked with Feynman on a formula for the explosive yield of the atomic bomb
and recommended him for a position at Cornell University.
-Which English-born physicist famously referred to Feynman
as "half genius and half buffoon"?
-What items did Feynman mend as a schoolboy?
He got a number of jobs after a satisfied customer said he could fix them by thinking.
-On which island was the 1947 National Academy of Science Conference
on the Foundations of Quantum Theory held? Feynman later said
it was one of the most important conferences he'd ever attended.
-While at Caltech,
Feynman provided a quantum-mechanical explanation
of the Soviet physicist Lev Landau's theory of what phenomenon?
-In 1954, Feynman received his first major award.
It was named in honour of which physicist?
-Which friend of Feynman from Los Alamos was imprisoned
in 1950 for spying for the Soviet Union?
-Feynman gave some of his lectures at which New Age institute
at Big Sur on the California coast?
-The Esalen Institute.
-Feynman was well-known for drumming,
in particular with what kind of drums?
-Feynman served on the Presidential Commission
that investigated the Challenger Space Shuttle accident.
Who was its Chairman, after whom the Commission is commonly called?
-Which laboratory in Tennessee, that was involved
in uranium isotope separation, did Feynman visit while at Los Alamos?
BEEP He said it was potentially the source
of a catastrophic explosion.
-Is correct. No passes, James.
All right, 12 points.
And our final contender, please.
Stan Laurel in 90 seconds. Here we go.
Which future star of silent and talking pictures
did the young Stan Laurel understudy when he joined
Fred Karno's British music hall comedy acting troupe in 1910?
-What was the title of Laurel and Hardy's first talkie?
It was released in 1929 and featured the use of sound effects
to convey off-screen action.
-Unaccustomed As We Are.
-What's the title of Laurel's first film, made in 1917?
He plays a mentally ill patient who thinks he's Napoleon.
-Nuts In May.
-What was the name of the theatre manager in Glasgow
who gave Laurel his first opportunity to perform on stage?
-Which Scottish comedian appeared in many films with Laurel
before going on to become a regular stooge in the Laurel and Hardy classics?
-In which Laurel and Hardy feature-length film
is Stan transformed by a blow on the head from a falling sash window
into Lord Paddington, the greatest athlete and student of his day?
-A Chump At Oxford.
-What was the name of the woman
who was Laurel's personal and professional partner between 1917 and 1925?
-For which independent producer did Laurel star
in 12 comedies in 1924 and 1925, including Dr Pyckle And Mr Pryde,
a parody of a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson?
-Broncho Billy Anderson.
What 1933 film gives its name to the International Laurel & Hardy Society?
In it, Stan and Ollie visit an annual convention against the wishes of their wives.
-Sons Of The Desert.
-Stan and Ollie sailed to Britain in 1932
on board a Cunard liner that was met by an enthusiastic crowd when it docked.
What was the ship called?
-What 1927 film has the same name as a later...
BEEP ..and more famous film by the Marx Brothers
and is one of the first to show Laurel and Hardy performing together as a team?
-Duck Soup is correct.
No passes, you only got one wrong. 10 points.
Well, pretty equal so far. Let's have a look at all of those scores.
Fifth place, Gill Taylor.
Fourth place, Sarah Lake.
Joint second place,
Mohan Mudigonda and Alan Diment.
And in first place, James Haughton.
It is the general knowledge round now, of course.
And if there's a tie at the end of this round,
then the number of passes is taken into account
and the person with the fewer passes is the winner.
And if they're tied on passes as well, there has to be a tie-break.
So, let's get on with it and ask Gill to join us again, please.
And you start this round, Gill, with 7 points,
with your knowledge of the periodic table.
A great mystery to many of us.
And you now have a little bit longer, two minutes,
for your general knowledge to overtake the rest of the field.
Here we go.
Which film trilogy is about the lives and deaths of the Corleone family?
-Who is the equivalent of the Roman goddess Venus
in classical Greek religion?
-Which international airport is near Ayr in Scotland?
In which HG Wells novel is a scientist taken into the future
where he meets a small, timid people called the Eloi
who are terrorized by an ape-like race called the Morlocks?
-The Time Machine.
-On a weather map, what's represented by a blue line
with blue triangular pips along it that all point in the same direction?
-A warm front.
-No, a cold front.
Which cellulose-eating insects, that live in large colonies,
are sometimes called white ants
because of their superficial similarities to ants, although not related to them?
-Which Oscar-winning composer and pianist won a Tony Award
for the score of the 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line?
-Hamlisch. Which church in the Strand
that was redesigned by Christopher Wren is the memorial church of the RAF?
-What name for the flooded fields in the Far East
where rice is grown comes from the Malay for "rice"?
-Which Central American country
has a northern border with Nicaragua and a southern border with Panama?
A celebrated sofa made by Salvador Dali in about 1938
was modelled on the lips of a Hollywood actress
noted for her double entendres and sexuality. Which actress?
-Who withdrew before the final round
of the 2016 Conservative Party leadership election
to leave Theresa May as the new party leader and Prime Minister?
Which radio and television personality, who died in 2016,
was rejected by David Attenborough when he applied for a job
as a presenter on BBC2 because they already employed another Irishman?
-What Japanese name of Chinese origin is given to the white curd,
sometimes called bean curd, made from soya milk?
-In classical architecture, what term is used
for a draped female figure used instead of a column as a support?
-In June, 1967, on what everyday items did a reproduction
of the sculptor Arnold Machin's image of the Queen...
BBEP ..replace one by Dorothy Wilding?
It's still in use today.
-Yeah, postage stamps, yeah.
Three passes and you'll be cross with yourself
-for each one, I can guarantee that. Terry Wogan.
-You know, yeah.
He was the one they said, "We don't need you.
-"We've already got an Irishman."
-There you go. Andrea Leadsom...
..was the MP who, yeah, all that.
-And the Church of St Clement Danes.
-You have now, Gill, a total of 16 points.
And now Sarah again, please.
And you have 8 points, Sarah,
with your knowledge of Nick Hornby's books.
And here we go. Two minutes of general knowledge.
Which royal house of Welsh origin ruled England and Wales
from 1485 to 1603?
-The red-headed cardinal,
which has red to orange head and wing casings, is a species of which insect?
-Beetle. What name is usually given to the girl
who asked her stepfather, Herod Antipas,
for the head of John the Baptist on a platter?
-In which cemetery is America's Tomb of the Unknowns,
also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?
-Arlington National Cemetery.
What is the name of the malevolent commanding officer
of the underwater vessel Nautilus
in Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea?
-The name of a tinned meat product,
which became famous during the Second World War,
apparently comes from its description, "spiced pork and ham". What tinned meat?
-What are the Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler tests
used to measure in humans?
-Which American surrealist,
best remembered for his photography, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890?
-In which 2005 novel by Markus Zusak
is the young German girl Liesel Meminger the title character?
She is played by Sophie Nelisse in the film adaptation.
-The Book Thief.
-What name is given to the region of reclaimed marshland
in eastern England that extends from Lincolnshire
to Cambridgeshire and Norfolk?
-The Norfolk Broads.
-The Fens. On board which ship did Wallace Hartley and his band
give their last performance on the night of 15th April, 1912?
-Which actor voices the black panther Bagheera
in the 2016 film version of The Jungle Book?
In 1987, which Indian batsman became the first man
to score 10,000 runs in test cricket?
-In which 2016 television series, set in the early 1980s,
are the lives of four ordinary women turned around
when they become Ann Summers party plan saleswomen?
-What word for a red wine from Bordeaux
is also used for its deep reddish-purple colour?
Which historical lovers were the subject of John Dryden's 1677 tragedy
in blank verse All For Love? BEEP
They were also the subject of a Shakespeare play.
-Romeo and Juliet.
-Antony and Cleopatra.
You have four passes, Sarah.
Brief Encounters was the name of that television series.
Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,000 runs
and he was the first in test cricket.
Captain Nemo was the name of that nasty piece of work in Nautilus.
And Salome was the name of the girl
who wanted the head of John the Baptist on a platter.
You have, Sarah, a total of 14 points.
And now Mohan again, please.
And you start out with 10 points, Mohan.
The score to beat, as we speak, is 16.
And here we go, with two minutes of general knowledge.
Which mountain range stretches down
the whole of the western edge of South America?
-Damien Hirst's platinum skull, called For The Love Of God,
is encrusted with what precious stones?
-The Redbreast, first published in 2000,
is the first book in the Oslo Trilogy
by which best-selling Norwegian crime writer?
Which breed of dog is also known as the St Hubert hound or the Flemish hound
and is renowned for its ability to follow scents over large distances?
-What common name is given to a solid figure
with a triangular, square or polygonal base
and triangular sides that meet at a common point called the vertex?
-Which American composer wrote the unsuccessful ragtime operas
A Guest Of Honor in 1903 and Treemonisha in 1911?
-According to Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play,
who "die many times before their deaths"?
-Who followed Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer,
George Clooney and Christian Bale when he played Batman
in the 2016 film Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice?
-Which gate at the western end of the avenue Unter den Linden in Berlin
was closed in 1961 and reopened amid celebrations on 22nd December, 1989?
-In which country
were the Formula One drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez born?
-Mexico. Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye
contained four members of which former band?
-In Victorian times "fogle-hunter" was a slang term
for what type of petty thief, a "fogle" being a silk handkerchief?
-Which Biblical patriarch had three sons called Ham, Shem and Japheth?
-Bob Odenkirk stars as a shady lawyer in Better Call Saul,
which is a prequel to which American drama series?
-Which resort on the north Cornish coast is a famous surfing venue?
Fistral beach, to the west of the resort, is particularly popular.
-Who had his third UK number one single of 2015
when Love Yourself topped the charts in December?
With which former accountant did William Hanna collaborate
for over 50 years in making cartoons?
-The search for the pirate Captain Flint's hidden chest...
BEEP ..and its valuable contents is the theme of an adventure
published in book form in 1883. Which book?
Three passes, Mohan. Noah was the Biblical patriarch.
-Yes, I know, I know. It's the black chair.
Cowards "die many times before their deaths".
And a pyramid is that...
I know. It's all the detail in the question, isn't it?
Anyway, here's the good news. You have 22 points.
And now Alan again, please.
And you also start with 10 points, Alan.
But the score to beat, as you've just heard, has now gone up to 22.
So, let's see if you can pass it. Here we go.
Simba is the Swahili word for which animal?
-Which country did Jamala represent
when she won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest
with 1944, a politically charged ballad
about Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars?
-Ukraine. Which sea bird is often seen standing on a rock
with its wings spread out to dry, like its smaller close relative the shag?
-Who took the title of her novel Gone With The Wind
from a line in a poem by the late Victorian writer Ernest Dowson?
-In which American television cartoon series,
created by Seth MacFarlane, does the title character sing the theme tune
that begins with the lyrics "Good morning, USA
"I got a feeling it's gonna be a wonderful day"?
-Which city in Devon lies between the river from which it gets its name
and the estuary of the River Tamar?
-Plymouth. In Oliver Twist, what's the real name
of the member of Fagin's gang who's known as the Artful Dodger?
-The mineral cinnabar is the principal ore of which metal?
-Mercury. Which ancient Greek philosopher gives an account
of Socrates' trial, last days and death in three of his Dialogues?
-Which member of the royal family displays and markets
his watercolour paintings under the company name AG Carrick,
based on two of his four Christian names and one of his titles?
-What is the Hebrew name of the Jewish winter festival
that features the lighting of candles, one on the first night,
two on the second, until the eight candles of the menorah are lit?
-In which 2015 film,
set in a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park,
does the park's newest attraction escape and go on a killing spree?
-Which snack food was first made in Britain
by a Mr Carter in London in 1913?
-Crisps. Whose report into the Iraq War
was published after seven years of work in July 2016?
Near which village in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire are the tourist attractions
of the Blue John, Speedwell and Treak Cliff Caverns?
What does the abbreviation USP stand for in retailing or marketing?
-Unique Selling Point.
-Janet Walton... BEEP
Just started. ..from Wallasey, Merseyside
gave birth to how many baby girls in 1983?
-Is correct. No passes.
And, finally, James again, please.
And you start, James, with 12 points.
22 is still the score to beat with your general knowledge.
Let's see if you can do it. Here we go.
Which chess piece can move only diagonally?
On a political map of America, the states that are coloured blue
have voted for which party?
-Which show tune did the English electronic pop band Mint Royale remix
to top the UK singles charts in 2008?
-Match Of The Day.
-Singin' In The Rain.
Under what surname did the Bronte sisters publish a volume of poems in 1846?
-Which religious group, founded in America in the 1870s,
launched its New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures
at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1950,
although the work wasn't completed until 1960?
-The full name of which prehistoric ancestor of the elephant
comes from its thick coat of dark brown hair?
-No, woolly mammoth. Which play by Joe Orton tells the story
of two young thieves called Hal and Dennis who rob a bank
and hide the money in the coffin of Hal's dead mother?
-Er, Dog Day Afternoon.
In June, 2016, a British Olympic boxing gold medallist
successfully defended the IBF World Heavyweight title
against Dominic Breazeale. Who was the British boxer?
-To which bird did Wordsworth write,
"Shall I call thee bird, or but a wandering voice"?
Which Indonesian island lies between Java to the west
and Lombok to the east and has Denpasar as its capital?
-Bali. What is the French word for Sunday?
The Falling Soldier or Loyalist Militia Man At The Moment Of Death
is the title of a photograph taken by Robert Capa,
in September, 1936, during which conflict?
-Spanish Civil War.
-The name of which dance of Cuban origin,
with a rhythm similar to a rumba,
is also a term for a voodoo priestess, especially in Haiti?
-Mambo. Which star of the reality television show Geordie Shore
won the first 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother?
-Scotty T. There are three National Parks in Wales.
Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast are two. What is the third?
-Which London hospital in Southwark was founded in the 1720s
by the bookseller and printer whose name it bears?
No passes, James. You have 18 points.
So, we have a clear winner. Let's have a look at all the scores.
In fifth place, Sarah Lake.
Fourth place, Gill Taylor.
Third place, James Haughton.
Second place, Alan Diment.
First place, Mohan Mudigonda.
APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH
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The semi-finals continue as John Humphrys puts five more contenders in the spotlight. Subjects tonight are Asterix, the periodic table, the novels of Nick Hornby, Richard Feynman and Stan Laurel.