Episode 26 Mastermind


Episode 26

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,

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a GP practice manager from Wolverhampton.

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His specialist subject, Asterix.

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Gill Taylor is a retired project manager from West Yorkshire.

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She's answering questions on the periodic table.

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Next in the black chair, Sarah Lake, a teacher from Sunderland,

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on the novels of Nick Hornby.

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James Haughton is a student from Manchester.

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His subject, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman.

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And our final contender, Alan Diment, a writer from Newcastle.

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His subject, the life and films of Stan Laurel.

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APPLAUSE

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Hello and welcome to Mastermind with me, John Humphrys.

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This is a semifinal, which means our five contenders have cleared

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one obstacle in the way of their quest to be Mastermind champion.

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But tonight is crucial.

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Only one of them can get through to the Grand Final.

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The rules change slightly

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because we have five instead of four contenders.

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Just 90 seconds for their specialist subject

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and then two minutes of general knowledge.

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So, let's get on with it and ask our first contender to join us, please.

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In 90 seconds, starting now.

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Asterix and Obelix live in the last village in Gaul

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that has not been conquered by the Romans.

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The inhabitants of the village are only frightened

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by the possibility of what falling on their heads?

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-The sky.

-What's the name of the agent who's sent by Julius Caesar

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to the Gauls' village to spread gossip and rumour in Asterix And The Roman Agent?

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-Tortuous Convolvulus.

-In Asterix In Belgium,

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the Romans fire a boulder that Obelix catches and throws back. What does he hit?

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-Pass.

-At the end of each story there's a banquet

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at which the bard is always shown tied up and gagged. What's his name?

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-Cacofonix.

-In Asterix The Legionary, whom does the Egyptian Ptenisnet mistake

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for one of the Red Cloaks, one of the holiday camp helpers?

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Um, Julius Caesar.

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In the same story, Obelix falls in love and Asterix becomes worried about him

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because he will not eat his third what?

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-Boar.

-Who is the owner of the pub The Jug And Amphora in Asterix In Britain?

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-Dipsomaniax.

-In The Twelve Tasks Of Asterix, whom does Julius Caesar tell

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to "Stop playing about with that knife. You'll end up hurting somebody"?

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-Brutus.

-In Asterix And The Roman Agent, Geriatrix informs his fellow Gauls

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he didn't need the magic potion when he fought at which battle?

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-Gergovia.

-What object are Getafix and Psychoanalytix each hit by

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in Asterix And The Big Fight that causes them to lose their memory?

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-A menhir.

-In Asterix In Corsica, the centurion Hippopotamus

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releases his Corsican prisoner who refuses to escape until after he has had what?

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-A siesta.

-In Asterix And The Big Fight,

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the legionary Infirmofpurpus goes on patrol disguised as a tree.

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What bird befriends him because he is a "very remarkable tree"?

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-BEEP

-A parrot.

-It's An owl.

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Yeah, could have been a parrot.

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Anyway, a wise owl, no doubt.

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You had one pass.

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The boulder, they caught the boulder and then threw it back.

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The boulder hit the deck of a pirate ship.

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And you knew it, yeah. Course you did.

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Anyway, Mohan, you have 10 points.

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APPLAUSE

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And our next contender, please.

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The periodic table in 90 seconds. Here we go.

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Dmitri Mendeleev presented his original periodic table of the elements

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at a meeting in St Petersburg in March, 1869, of which scientific society?

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-The Russian Chemical Society.

-The modern periodic table has 18 groups

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but a simplified version is configured as groups one to eight.

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What do the numbers one to eight represent?

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-Vertical groups of the table.

-The number of electrons in the outer shell of an atom.

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Which American chemist led the teams that discovered plutonium and americium

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and was the first living person to have an element named after him?

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-Guyoso.

-Seaborg.

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Pierre and Marie Curie discovered two highly toxic elements

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by radiochemical analysis in 1898. One was radium. What was the other?

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-Polonium.

-What name did the English chemist John Newlands give to the system

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that he used to construct an early form of periodic table in 1865?

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-The law of octaves.

-Which element appears at the bottom of Group 2,

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the alkaline earth metals?

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-Caesium.

-Radium. Which chemist was given the nickname "Hard-luck"

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by Isaac Asimov because many of his discoveries of chemical elements,

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including oxygen, are usually attributed to others?

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-Scheele.

-What letter is used by convention

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to denote the atomic numbers of the elements of the periodic table?

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-Z.

-The discovery of which element in 1945 filled in the last gap

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in the table of elements with atomic numbers from 1 to 92?

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-Mendelevium.

-Promethium.

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What name is given to the series of elements that fill the horizontal strip

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under the lanthanides at the bottom of the periodic table?

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-The actinides.

-Which element was discovered in about 1790

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in a lead mine and is the only one named after a place in Britain?

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-Strontium.

-BEEP

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I was about to give you another one but you're out of time.

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-No passes, Gill. You have 7 points.

-OK, thank you.

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APPLAUSE

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And our next contender, please.

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Nick Hornby's books in 90 seconds.

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In About A Boy, Will Freeman lives off the royalties

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from a song his father wrote in 1938. Which song?

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-Santa's Super Sleigh.

-In Funny Girl, Barbara Parker arrives in London

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and is advised by her theatrical agent to change her name to what?

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-Sophie Straw.

-What's the name of Rob Fleming's record shop

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which features in both High Fidelity and About A Boy?

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-Championship Vinyl.

-In How To Be Good, Katie persuades her husband

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not to give their Sunday roast dinner to the homeless.

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What food do they give them instead?

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-Lasagne.

-In Juliet, Naked, Tucker Crowe says he broke up with Julie Beatty

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because he thought he'd have "more in common with a 16-year-old Nebraskan" what?

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-Waitress.

-Cheerleader. In which coastal town does Sam Jones spend the night

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when he runs away from home after he finds out

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that his girlfriend, Alicia, is pregnant, in Slam?

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-Hastings.

-In A Long Way Down, Jess Crichton tells a journalist

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she was talked down from the ledge of Topper's House

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by an angel who looked like which Hollywood actor?

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-Matt Damon.

-The first time Barbara meets her theatrical agent, Brian Debenham,

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he mistakes her for a girl from the Arthur Askey Show. What's her name?

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-Sabrina.

-When DJ GoodNews stays with the Carrs, in How To Be Good,

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what does he say he doesn't agree with, because he thinks they make you "soft"?

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-Dishwashers.

-Beds.

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Rob Fleming and his employees are constantly compiling Top Five lists.

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His favourite episode of Cheers is the one

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in which Cliff finds a potato that looks like whom?

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-Jimmy Carter.

-Richard Nixon. In About A Boy, Marcus's friend Ellie McCrae gets angry

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when she sees a cardboard cut-out of a musician in a shop window,

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and breaks the window. Which musician?

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-Kurt Cobain.

-BEEP And that's it.

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Out of time. No passes again, Sarah. You have 8 points.

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APPLAUSE

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And our next contender, please.

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Richard Feynman in 90 seconds. Here we go.

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The scientist Richard Feynman shared the 1965 Nobel Prize

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with Julian Schwinger and Sin-Itiro Tomonaga

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for their work in which area of physics?

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Quantum electrodynamics.

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Who was the head of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos Laboratory?

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He worked with Feynman on a formula for the explosive yield of the atomic bomb

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and recommended him for a position at Cornell University.

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-Hans Bethe.

-Which English-born physicist famously referred to Feynman

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as "half genius and half buffoon"?

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-Freeman Dyson.

-What items did Feynman mend as a schoolboy?

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He got a number of jobs after a satisfied customer said he could fix them by thinking.

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-Radios.

-On which island was the 1947 National Academy of Science Conference

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on the Foundations of Quantum Theory held? Feynman later said

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it was one of the most important conferences he'd ever attended.

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-Shelter Island.

-While at Caltech,

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Feynman provided a quantum-mechanical explanation

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of the Soviet physicist Lev Landau's theory of what phenomenon?

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-Superfluidity.

-In 1954, Feynman received his first major award.

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It was named in honour of which physicist?

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-Albert Einstein.

-Which friend of Feynman from Los Alamos was imprisoned

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in 1950 for spying for the Soviet Union?

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-Klaus Fuchs.

-Feynman gave some of his lectures at which New Age institute

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at Big Sur on the California coast?

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-The Esalen Institute.

-Feynman was well-known for drumming,

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in particular with what kind of drums?

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-Bongo.

-Feynman served on the Presidential Commission

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that investigated the Challenger Space Shuttle accident.

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Who was its Chairman, after whom the Commission is commonly called?

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-William Rogers.

-Which laboratory in Tennessee, that was involved

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in uranium isotope separation, did Feynman visit while at Los Alamos?

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BEEP He said it was potentially the source

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of a catastrophic explosion.

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-Oak Ridge.

-Is correct. No passes, James.

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All right, 12 points.

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APPLAUSE

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And our final contender, please.

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Stan Laurel in 90 seconds. Here we go.

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Which future star of silent and talking pictures

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did the young Stan Laurel understudy when he joined

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Fred Karno's British music hall comedy acting troupe in 1910?

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-Charlie Chaplin.

-What was the title of Laurel and Hardy's first talkie?

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It was released in 1929 and featured the use of sound effects

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to convey off-screen action.

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-Unaccustomed As We Are.

-What's the title of Laurel's first film, made in 1917?

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He plays a mentally ill patient who thinks he's Napoleon.

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-Nuts In May.

-What was the name of the theatre manager in Glasgow

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who gave Laurel his first opportunity to perform on stage?

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-Albert Pickard.

-Which Scottish comedian appeared in many films with Laurel

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before going on to become a regular stooge in the Laurel and Hardy classics?

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-James Finlayson.

-In which Laurel and Hardy feature-length film

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is Stan transformed by a blow on the head from a falling sash window

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into Lord Paddington, the greatest athlete and student of his day?

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-A Chump At Oxford.

-What was the name of the woman

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who was Laurel's personal and professional partner between 1917 and 1925?

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-Mae Dahlberg.

-For which independent producer did Laurel star

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in 12 comedies in 1924 and 1925, including Dr Pyckle And Mr Pryde,

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a parody of a novel by Robert Louis Stevenson?

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-Broncho Billy Anderson.

-Joe Rock.

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What 1933 film gives its name to the International Laurel & Hardy Society?

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In it, Stan and Ollie visit an annual convention against the wishes of their wives.

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-Sons Of The Desert.

-Stan and Ollie sailed to Britain in 1932

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on board a Cunard liner that was met by an enthusiastic crowd when it docked.

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What was the ship called?

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-Um, Aquitania.

-What 1927 film has the same name as a later...

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BEEP ..and more famous film by the Marx Brothers

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and is one of the first to show Laurel and Hardy performing together as a team?

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-Duck Soup.

-Duck Soup is correct.

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No passes, you only got one wrong. 10 points.

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APPLAUSE

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Well, pretty equal so far. Let's have a look at all of those scores.

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Fifth place, Gill Taylor.

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Fourth place, Sarah Lake.

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Joint second place,

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Mohan Mudigonda and Alan Diment.

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And in first place, James Haughton.

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APPLAUSE

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It is the general knowledge round now, of course.

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And if there's a tie at the end of this round,

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then the number of passes is taken into account

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and the person with the fewer passes is the winner.

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And if they're tied on passes as well, there has to be a tie-break.

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So, let's get on with it and ask Gill to join us again, please.

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And you start this round, Gill, with 7 points,

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with your knowledge of the periodic table.

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A great mystery to many of us.

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And you now have a little bit longer, two minutes,

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for your general knowledge to overtake the rest of the field.

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Here we go.

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Which film trilogy is about the lives and deaths of the Corleone family?

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-The Godfather.

-Who is the equivalent of the Roman goddess Venus

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in classical Greek religion?

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-Aphrodite.

-Which international airport is near Ayr in Scotland?

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-Lerwick.

-Prestwick.

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In which HG Wells novel is a scientist taken into the future

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where he meets a small, timid people called the Eloi

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who are terrorized by an ape-like race called the Morlocks?

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-The Time Machine.

-On a weather map, what's represented by a blue line

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with blue triangular pips along it that all point in the same direction?

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-A warm front.

-No, a cold front.

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Which cellulose-eating insects, that live in large colonies,

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are sometimes called white ants

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because of their superficial similarities to ants, although not related to them?

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-Termites.

-Which Oscar-winning composer and pianist won a Tony Award

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for the score of the 1975 Broadway musical A Chorus Line?

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-Sondheim.

-Hamlisch. Which church in the Strand

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that was redesigned by Christopher Wren is the memorial church of the RAF?

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-Pass.

-What name for the flooded fields in the Far East

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where rice is grown comes from the Malay for "rice"?

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-Paddy fields.

-Which Central American country

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has a northern border with Nicaragua and a southern border with Panama?

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-El Salvador.

-Costa Rica.

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A celebrated sofa made by Salvador Dali in about 1938

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was modelled on the lips of a Hollywood actress

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noted for her double entendres and sexuality. Which actress?

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-Mae West.

-Who withdrew before the final round

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of the 2016 Conservative Party leadership election

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to leave Theresa May as the new party leader and Prime Minister?

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Um, pass.

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Which radio and television personality, who died in 2016,

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was rejected by David Attenborough when he applied for a job

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as a presenter on BBC2 because they already employed another Irishman?

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-Pass.

-What Japanese name of Chinese origin is given to the white curd,

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sometimes called bean curd, made from soya milk?

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-Tofu.

-In classical architecture, what term is used

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for a draped female figure used instead of a column as a support?

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-Caryatid.

-In June, 1967, on what everyday items did a reproduction

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of the sculptor Arnold Machin's image of the Queen...

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BBEP ..replace one by Dorothy Wilding?

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It's still in use today.

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-Stamps.

-Yeah, postage stamps, yeah.

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Three passes and you'll be cross with yourself

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-for each one, I can guarantee that. Terry Wogan.

-I know!

-You know, yeah.

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He was the one they said, "We don't need you.

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-"We've already got an Irishman."

-Mm-hmm.

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-There you go. Andrea Leadsom...

-Yeah.

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..was the MP who, yeah, all that.

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-And the Church of St Clement Danes.

-Yeah.

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-You have now, Gill, a total of 16 points.

-Thank you.

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APPLAUSE

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And now Sarah again, please.

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And you have 8 points, Sarah,

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with your knowledge of Nick Hornby's books.

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And here we go. Two minutes of general knowledge.

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Which royal house of Welsh origin ruled England and Wales

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from 1485 to 1603?

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-Tudor.

-The red-headed cardinal,

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which has red to orange head and wing casings, is a species of which insect?

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-Ladybird.

-Beetle. What name is usually given to the girl

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who asked her stepfather, Herod Antipas,

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for the head of John the Baptist on a platter?

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-Pass.

-In which cemetery is America's Tomb of the Unknowns,

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also called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier?

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-National Cemetery.

-Arlington National Cemetery.

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What is the name of the malevolent commanding officer

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of the underwater vessel Nautilus

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in Jules Verne's novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea?

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-Pass.

-The name of a tinned meat product,

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which became famous during the Second World War,

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apparently comes from its description, "spiced pork and ham". What tinned meat?

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-Spam.

-What are the Stanford-Binet and the Wechsler tests

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used to measure in humans?

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-Intelligence.

-Which American surrealist,

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best remembered for his photography, was born Emmanuel Radnitzky in 1890?

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-Man Ray.

-In which 2005 novel by Markus Zusak

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is the young German girl Liesel Meminger the title character?

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She is played by Sophie Nelisse in the film adaptation.

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-The Book Thief.

-What name is given to the region of reclaimed marshland

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in eastern England that extends from Lincolnshire

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to Cambridgeshire and Norfolk?

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-The Norfolk Broads.

-The Fens. On board which ship did Wallace Hartley and his band

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give their last performance on the night of 15th April, 1912?

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-The Titanic.

-Which actor voices the black panther Bagheera

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in the 2016 film version of The Jungle Book?

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-Jack Black.

-Ben Kingsley.

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In 1987, which Indian batsman became the first man

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to score 10,000 runs in test cricket?

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-Pass.

-In which 2016 television series, set in the early 1980s,

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are the lives of four ordinary women turned around

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when they become Ann Summers party plan saleswomen?

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-Pass.

-What word for a red wine from Bordeaux

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is also used for its deep reddish-purple colour?

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-Burgundy.

-Claret.

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Which historical lovers were the subject of John Dryden's 1677 tragedy

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in blank verse All For Love? BEEP

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They were also the subject of a Shakespeare play.

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-Romeo and Juliet.

-Antony and Cleopatra.

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You have four passes, Sarah.

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Brief Encounters was the name of that television series.

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Sunil Gavaskar scored 10,000 runs

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and he was the first in test cricket.

0:18:300:18:32

Captain Nemo was the name of that nasty piece of work in Nautilus.

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And Salome was the name of the girl

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who wanted the head of John the Baptist on a platter.

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You have, Sarah, a total of 14 points.

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APPLAUSE

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And now Mohan again, please.

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And you start out with 10 points, Mohan.

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The score to beat, as we speak, is 16.

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And here we go, with two minutes of general knowledge.

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Which mountain range stretches down

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the whole of the western edge of South America?

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-Andes.

-Damien Hirst's platinum skull, called For The Love Of God,

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is encrusted with what precious stones?

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-Diamonds.

-The Redbreast, first published in 2000,

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is the first book in the Oslo Trilogy

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by which best-selling Norwegian crime writer?

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-Stieg Larsson.

-No, Nesbo.

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Which breed of dog is also known as the St Hubert hound or the Flemish hound

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and is renowned for its ability to follow scents over large distances?

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-Bloodhound.

-What common name is given to a solid figure

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with a triangular, square or polygonal base

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and triangular sides that meet at a common point called the vertex?

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-Pass.

-Which American composer wrote the unsuccessful ragtime operas

0:19:380:19:42

A Guest Of Honor in 1903 and Treemonisha in 1911?

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-Scott Joplin.

-According to Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play,

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who "die many times before their deaths"?

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-Um, pass.

-Who followed Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer,

0:19:520:19:55

George Clooney and Christian Bale when he played Batman

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in the 2016 film Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice?

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-Ben Affleck.

-Which gate at the western end of the avenue Unter den Linden in Berlin

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was closed in 1961 and reopened amid celebrations on 22nd December, 1989?

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-The Brandenburg.

-In which country

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were the Formula One drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez born?

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-Brazil.

-Mexico. Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye

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contained four members of which former band?

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-Oasis.

-In Victorian times "fogle-hunter" was a slang term

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for what type of petty thief, a "fogle" being a silk handkerchief?

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-Pickpocket.

-Which Biblical patriarch had three sons called Ham, Shem and Japheth?

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-Pass.

-Bob Odenkirk stars as a shady lawyer in Better Call Saul,

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which is a prequel to which American drama series?

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-Breaking Bad.

-Which resort on the north Cornish coast is a famous surfing venue?

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Fistral beach, to the west of the resort, is particularly popular.

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-Newquay.

-Who had his third UK number one single of 2015

0:20:490:20:53

when Love Yourself topped the charts in December?

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-John Newman.

-Justin Bieber.

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With which former accountant did William Hanna collaborate

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for over 50 years in making cartoons?

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-Joseph Barbera.

-The search for the pirate Captain Flint's hidden chest...

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BEEP ..and its valuable contents is the theme of an adventure

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published in book form in 1883. Which book?

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-Treasure Island.

-Is correct.

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Three passes, Mohan. Noah was the Biblical patriarch.

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LAUGHTER

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-Sorry.

-Yes, I know, I know. It's the black chair.

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Cowards "die many times before their deaths".

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And a pyramid is that...

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LAUGHTER

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I know. It's all the detail in the question, isn't it?

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Anyway, here's the good news. You have 22 points.

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APPLAUSE

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And now Alan again, please.

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And you also start with 10 points, Alan.

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But the score to beat, as you've just heard, has now gone up to 22.

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So, let's see if you can pass it. Here we go.

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Simba is the Swahili word for which animal?

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-Lion.

-Which country did Jamala represent

0:22:020:22:04

when she won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest

0:22:040:22:07

with 1944, a politically charged ballad

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about Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars?

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-Croatia.

-Ukraine. Which sea bird is often seen standing on a rock

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with its wings spread out to dry, like its smaller close relative the shag?

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-Cormorant.

-Who took the title of her novel Gone With The Wind

0:22:200:22:23

from a line in a poem by the late Victorian writer Ernest Dowson?

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-Margaret Mitchell.

-In which American television cartoon series,

0:22:260:22:29

created by Seth MacFarlane, does the title character sing the theme tune

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that begins with the lyrics "Good morning, USA

0:22:330:22:35

"I got a feeling it's gonna be a wonderful day"?

0:22:350:22:37

-American Dad!

-Which city in Devon lies between the river from which it gets its name

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and the estuary of the River Tamar?

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-Taunton.

-Plymouth. In Oliver Twist, what's the real name

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of the member of Fagin's gang who's known as the Artful Dodger?

0:22:460:22:50

-Dawkins.

-The mineral cinnabar is the principal ore of which metal?

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Er...

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-Diamond.

-Mercury. Which ancient Greek philosopher gives an account

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of Socrates' trial, last days and death in three of his Dialogues?

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-Plato.

-Which member of the royal family displays and markets

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his watercolour paintings under the company name AG Carrick,

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based on two of his four Christian names and one of his titles?

0:23:100:23:13

-Prince Charles.

-What is the Hebrew name of the Jewish winter festival

0:23:130:23:17

that features the lighting of candles, one on the first night,

0:23:170:23:19

two on the second, until the eight candles of the menorah are lit?

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-Hanukkah.

-In which 2015 film,

0:23:220:23:25

set in a new theme park built on the original site of Jurassic Park,

0:23:250:23:29

does the park's newest attraction escape and go on a killing spree?

0:23:290:23:32

-Jurassic World.

-Which snack food was first made in Britain

0:23:320:23:35

by a Mr Carter in London in 1913?

0:23:350:23:38

-Crackers.

-Crisps. Whose report into the Iraq War

0:23:380:23:41

was published after seven years of work in July 2016?

0:23:410:23:45

-Um, Haldane.

-Chilcot.

0:23:450:23:47

Near which village in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire are the tourist attractions

0:23:470:23:51

of the Blue John, Speedwell and Treak Cliff Caverns?

0:23:510:23:55

-Er...Cornus...

-Castleton.

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What does the abbreviation USP stand for in retailing or marketing?

0:23:570:24:01

-Unique Selling Point.

-Janet Walton... BEEP

0:24:010:24:03

Just started. ..from Wallasey, Merseyside

0:24:030:24:05

gave birth to how many baby girls in 1983?

0:24:050:24:09

-Um, six.

-Is correct. No passes.

0:24:090:24:13

21 points.

0:24:130:24:15

APPLAUSE

0:24:150:24:18

And, finally, James again, please.

0:24:250:24:27

And you start, James, with 12 points.

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22 is still the score to beat with your general knowledge.

0:24:310:24:35

Let's see if you can do it. Here we go.

0:24:350:24:37

Which chess piece can move only diagonally?

0:24:370:24:40

-Queen.

-Bishop.

0:24:400:24:41

On a political map of America, the states that are coloured blue

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have voted for which party?

0:24:450:24:46

-Democrat.

-Which show tune did the English electronic pop band Mint Royale remix

0:24:460:24:51

to top the UK singles charts in 2008?

0:24:510:24:53

-Match Of The Day.

-Singin' In The Rain.

0:24:530:24:55

Under what surname did the Bronte sisters publish a volume of poems in 1846?

0:24:550:24:59

-Bell.

-Which religious group, founded in America in the 1870s,

0:24:590:25:03

launched its New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures

0:25:030:25:06

at Yankee Stadium in New York in 1950,

0:25:060:25:08

although the work wasn't completed until 1960?

0:25:080:25:11

-Jehovah's Witnesses.

-The full name of which prehistoric ancestor of the elephant

0:25:110:25:15

comes from its thick coat of dark brown hair?

0:25:150:25:18

-Mammoth.

-No, woolly mammoth. Which play by Joe Orton tells the story

0:25:180:25:22

of two young thieves called Hal and Dennis who rob a bank

0:25:220:25:24

and hide the money in the coffin of Hal's dead mother?

0:25:240:25:27

-Er, Dog Day Afternoon.

-Loot.

0:25:270:25:29

In June, 2016, a British Olympic boxing gold medallist

0:25:290:25:33

successfully defended the IBF World Heavyweight title

0:25:330:25:36

against Dominic Breazeale. Who was the British boxer?

0:25:360:25:39

-Anthony Joshua.

-To which bird did Wordsworth write,

0:25:390:25:42

"Shall I call thee bird, or but a wandering voice"?

0:25:420:25:45

-Nightingale.

-The cuckoo.

0:25:450:25:47

Which Indonesian island lies between Java to the west

0:25:470:25:49

and Lombok to the east and has Denpasar as its capital?

0:25:490:25:52

-Sumatra.

-Bali. What is the French word for Sunday?

0:25:520:25:55

Er...

0:25:550:25:57

-Vendi.

-Dimanche.

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The Falling Soldier or Loyalist Militia Man At The Moment Of Death

0:25:590:26:03

is the title of a photograph taken by Robert Capa,

0:26:030:26:05

in September, 1936, during which conflict?

0:26:050:26:08

-Spanish Civil War.

-The name of which dance of Cuban origin,

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with a rhythm similar to a rumba,

0:26:110:26:13

is also a term for a voodoo priestess, especially in Haiti?

0:26:130:26:16

-Tango.

-Mambo. Which star of the reality television show Geordie Shore

0:26:160:26:21

won the first 2016 series of Celebrity Big Brother?

0:26:210:26:25

-Charlotte Crosby.

-Scotty T. There are three National Parks in Wales.

0:26:250:26:28

Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast are two. What is the third?

0:26:280:26:31

-Brecon Beacons.

-Which London hospital in Southwark was founded in the 1720s

0:26:310:26:36

by the bookseller and printer whose name it bears?

0:26:360:26:38

-BEEP

-Great Ormond.

-Guy's Hospital.

0:26:380:26:41

No passes, James. You have 18 points.

0:26:410:26:45

APPLAUSE

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So, we have a clear winner. Let's have a look at all the scores.

0:26:550:26:58

In fifth place, Sarah Lake.

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Fourth place, Gill Taylor.

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Third place, James Haughton.

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Second place, Alan Diment.

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First place, Mohan Mudigonda.

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APPLAUSE

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APPLAUSE DROWNS SPEECH

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Which means that Mohan is tonight's winner

0:27:280:27:31

and he goes through to the Grand Final. Congratulations to him.

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And if you would like to be a contender on the next series,

0:27:350:27:38

do go to our website.

0:27:380:27:40

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Join us again next time for more Masterminds.

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Thanks for watching. Goodbye.

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APPLAUSE

0:27:500:27:53

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.


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