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Good evening and welcome to Only Connect.
I'm sorry I'm a bit out of breath.
The spin class ran late this afternoon.
My driver couldn't get out of there,
so I had to walk the 100 yards from the hotel.
Playing this evening we have, on my right, Oscar Powell,
a geology graduate with an interest in taxonomy,
whose first word was "hedge".
Lewis Barn, a law student who once shared a return flight
from Australia with Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees.
And their captain, Jack Bennett, an English student
who enjoys a paisley print and who has visited Greece 15 times.
United by a passion for fashion, they are the Dandies.
So you've won a match and lost a match.
You beat the Gaffers, but you didn't beat the Beaks.
What have you learned from your Only Connect experience so far?
Not to go for five-pointers when you don't actually know the answer.
No, no, you mustn't follow that principle.
Always go for the five if you can. It's so glorious if you get it.
You are playing this evening, on my left,
Sarah Lister, an archaeology and ancient history graduate
who once bumped into Boris Johnson
while passing through a small doorway.
a chemistry graduate who's written an award-winning song about a squid.
And their captain, Nick Lister,
a fraud prevention specialist who knows the words
to Around The World With Willy Fog in five different languages.
United by a devotion to darts, they are the Arrowheads.
So, Nick, you won your first game against the Wombles
but you lost to the Detectives
and you've come all the way from Edinburgh to play this quiz.
How have you been discovering lovely Cardiff?
What have you been up to here?
We went out yesterday and found the very impressive Lidl
and we also went for a nice walk around the bay in the evening.
And there are so many other wonderful supermarkets,
that's the main thing about Cardiff.
Nice to see you again.
Dandies, you won the toss,
so you'll be going first.
-Please choose your Egyptian hieroglyph.
-Twisted Flax, please.
The Twisted Flax.
What is the connection between these apparently random clues.
Here's the first.
Are they the occupations of people in Charles Dickens novels?
-David Copperfield could be a proctor.
-Shall we go with that?
We think these are the titular characters of Charles Dickens novels
and their occupations in the books.
They are occupations of title characters in Charles Dickens.
You didn't need to see Barnaby: Unemployed villager.
Barnaby Rudge, that's right.
Some people have more than one job.
I think David Copperfield and Oliver Twist do various things,
but those are ones they're famous for.
Well done for two points.
Over to you, Arrowheads,
for a choice.
OK, these are going to be picture clues.
What connects them? Here's the first.
We're going to go...cowboys?
Not the connection, I'm afraid,
so, Dandies, you've got the chance for a bonus point.
All named from novels?
They do not all take their names from novels.
The key here in the second clue,
which I don't think anybody at home will have recognised either.
Clues one, three and four are crow, words and hat.
Clue two is the band Humble Pie.
So these are all things you can eat in phrases.
Eating crow is when you admit
you've made a mistake.
The Washington Post, after Harry Truman's election, they said
he couldn't possibly win
and after he won they sent him
an invitation to a crow banquet
to say they've made a mistake.
Eat humble pie, of course.
Eat your words and eat my hat,
in surprise if something happens that you're not expecting.
Figuratively edible items.
No bonus then, Dandies.
What would you like as a question?
-Water. What is the connection between these clues?
Here's the first.
Stoner author, that's John Williams.
Do we think they're all just people called John Williams?
-Let's go next because that's ambiguous.
John Williams. All called John Williams.
They are all called John Williams.
Very well done.
You could have gone for it after one clue.
I know that you're a bit nervous
because you went for five points
in your first game,
so I can see why you'd be
a little trigger shy,
but you came in after two clues.
That's three points. Still an excellent score.
All people known as John Williams.
Back to you, Arrowheads, for a choice.
-Eye of Horus, please.
-The Eye of Horus.
-It's the music question.
Not your lucky day so far,
but you never know.
What is the connection between these clues? Here's the first.
THEME FROM MAGNUM PI
THEME FROM FATHER TED
THEME FROM BALAMORY
These are TV theme tunes relating to shows relating to Scotland?
but I'm afraid not the right answer,
so I'm going to play a blast of the last clue to the Dandies
for a possible bonus.
THEME FROM BERGERAC
Um, theme songs to TV shows set on islands?
It's theme tunes to TV shows
set on islands.
That's absolutely right.
Balamory, that third one is on Tobermory on the Isle of Mull,
it's filmed there.
It is set on an island in Scotland.
Father Ted you're recognising now.
Yes, The Divine Comedy perform
that track for Father Ted.
-And the first one, do you know what that was?
-Magnum PI, set in?
Hawaii, that's right.
Not the Isle of Mull, that one.
-And the last one?
-Bergerac, was it?
Bergerac, absolutely right. The Channel Islands.
All theme tunes for TV shows
set on islands. Well done.
And what would you like next?
Horned Viper, please.
OK, what is the connection between these clues? Here's the first.
Supermarket premium own brands.
That's exactly what it is.
You didn't need to see
Taste The Difference at the end there.
What are the supermarkets?
Well, Finest is Tesco.
-M Signature, is that Morrisons?
-Extra Special, Asda?
Taste The Difference, Sainsburys.
You visit a lot of supermarkets.
It's the premium ranges.
The idea that the fancier stuff is called...
It's the opposite, for example, of the Essentials range at Waitrose.
That's very basic stuff.
that's in the Essentials range.
poppy and sesame seed thins,
they're in the Essential range.
That's just the basic,
but the top fancy stuff
has these names. Well done.
One last question, Arrowheads.
Your last chance to get some points this round.
Many wishes of good luck to you. It's the Two Reeds.
Time starts now.
Is this Becher's Brook at the Grand National?
Tell me something a little bit more.
Are they the names of fences?
Yes, I can take that. That's
Becher's Brook at the end there.
-Do you know which fences?
-No, not good at horse racing, I'm afraid.
Are you horse race fans over there?
-'67 is Foinavon.
Horse that jumped it backwards, Valentine?
Valentine or Valentine's Brook.
Distance judge is The Chair.
That's The Chair.
Yes, do you know the story
of the 1967 Grand National?
Yeah, well, they all fell at the fence that would become Foinavon.
Foinavon, because it was a 100-1 shot, it was so far behind,
it just sort of picked a path through the sort of carnage.
It's an amazing bit of footage. Do
look it up if you haven't seen it.
Foinavon is such a long shot.
It's so far behind the field,
when pretty much every horse
falls at the 23rd fence,
he's so far behind them that he
can just sort of gallop round them
and goes ahead to win the race.
Other horses finished but the jockeys
got back on to finish the race,
and that fence is named after him, Foinavon.
Absolutely wonderful horse.
And that means at the end of Round One,
the Arrowheads have one point.
The Dandies have eight.
On to Round Two, the Sequences round.
Dandies, you'll be going first again. Which would you like?
OK, you're about to see the first in a sequence of clues.
What would come fourth? Time starts now.
Is an acceptable answer.
We went with 1 Donald.
What is this sequence?
It's the first names of US Presidents
and the quantity of each there has been,
so there's been four Williams, three Georges, two Andrews,
Franklins, Thomases and only one Barack or, if you like, a Donald.
That's absolutely right.
Who have those four Williams been?
William Henry Harrison. William McKinley.
-This is going to annoy me.
Do you want to have a go
at the Georges?
-The two George Bushes and Washington.
So the Andrews, Franklins, Thomases -
Jackson, Johnson, Pearce, Roosevelt, Jefferson.
Do you want to have a go
at some other people that there's
-only been one of?
There's been one Zachary.
I don't think there have been
many Abrahams and Ulysseses.
-And Martin Van Buren.
Very good. Ronald, Gerald.
This is quite a fun thing
for a quiz at home -
who can write down more of them
in 30 seconds?
But that's right, it's US Presidential first names.
We wanted to hear somebody of whom there'd only been one.
For example, Barack, as you said.
Arrowheads, what would you like next?
What would come fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
Er, Thursday April 4th?
And why would that be?
We're thinking the date is increasing by one each time
and the month is increasing by four
and what day of the week that would be.
I'm afraid that doesn't work
as a sequence.
Dandies, do you want to have a go for a bonus point?
-Wednesday April 4th?
-And why would that be?
-Well, the same reason, just a different day.
-Oh, I see.
That's not it.
This is, fiendishly hidden,
a word question.
Ignore the 1st, 2nd, 3rd. That's nothing to do with the date.
It's just the first clue, second clue, third clue.
And we have put the days and months
into alphabetical order.
If you put the days into alphabetical order,
Friday would be first,
then Monday, then Saturday.
And the months, April, August, December,
so the next day would be Sunday
and the next month February.
So Sunday, February would be 4th.
Dandies, what would you like?
-Eye of Horus, please.
-Eye of Horus.
What would come fourth in this picture sequence? Here's the first.
No, we don't know. Nothing?
No guess? Fair enough.
You have a bonus chance then, Arrowheads.
A picture of Fireman Sam.
And why would that be?
Some sequence connected to either the occupation or the first name
which we're not quite sure of
exactly how it works.
That's not it.
A minion in the Despicable Me films
has three fingers on each hand.
Postman Pat has four fingers.
That's just a normal human.
You don't need to recognise that person. Just a human -
five fingers on each hand.
So I want to hear somebody
with six digits.
We've put a picture of Anne Boleyn although she probably didn't.
I mean, legend has it,
six fingers on the right hand.
She probably didn't but we would have accepted.
Most of our question writers here,
Gemma Arteton, the actor, she said in an interview once
that she was born with six fingers on each hand.
Sir Garfield Sobers, the cricketer.
but someone with six digits on their hand I wanted to hear.
What would you like, Arrowheads?
-Twisted Flax, please.
OK, what will come fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
1st in world: China?
Is the right answer and why's that?
We believe this is tea production in order of which country is first,
second, third and fourth.
That's absolutely right,
and how much of the world's tea
do you think is produced by China,
-as a percentage?
It was 38% of the world's tea.
Kenyan tea, my notes inform me,
is ideal with beef and horseradish or ham sandwiches.
-I think the question writer
must just have been hungry
when he jotted that down.
I don't know that this is necessarily a fact,
but apparently if you're having a ham sandwich,
nice cup of Kenyan tea is just the thing.
Well done. That was a tea question
and China was the answer.
Dandies, what would you like?
-Horned Viper, please.
OK, what would come fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
I can't give you long.
So, um, M-I-K, J...
No, I can't accept that answer,
so, Arrowheads, you've got
the chance of a bonus point.
A word starting with J
to which the letters A-L-A can be added at the end
and the definition of that word?
I'm afraid that's not it either.
Now, you thought of J as well,
but it's not alphabetical.
This is about added A-L-A
to make another word.
Marsala is a wine. Impala is an ungulate.
Koala is a marsupial, but it's to do
with the number of letters.
It's not alphabetical.
Four letters in Mars,
three in Imp, two in Ko.
We need a single letter
that can be followed by A-L-A. We went with G.
G-A-L-A, a bingo club
or a sort of apple or something that's gala.
Very close, both of you, but not it.
There is one question remaining.
The Two Reeds. That will be for you, Arrowheads.
What will come fourth in this sequence? Here's the first.
As I heard you say, Sarah,
like me on most weekends,
they finish on the floor.
That is the right answer. What's happening here?
I believe this is women's competitive gymnastics
and the orders in which they do these routines?
That's exactly right.
In major competitions, they perform
these routines in this order.
You could have come in
after two clues, of course. Nervous clicking.
Well, of course, tonight
somebody could be knocked out,
so I can see everyone's being careful.
Did you know...
I mean, you probably did if you watch women's gymnastics.
..that women have to perform their gymnastics routines to music?
They have to and men don't.
And if the music has any lyrics,
they're penalised. Isn't it amazing?
If women are doing gymnastics,
we like to hear some lovely music.
Not words. They get in they way.
We really want to concentrate.
We want to watch them
with some lovely instrumental music,
is the rules of international gymnastics.
Yes, that is absolutely right.
Female artistic gymnastic apparatus in order.
The Floor would come fourth.
That means at the end of Round Two,
the Arrowheads have five points.
The Dandies have ten.
If only we all had 18 fingers for the Connecting Wall
because there are 16 clues.
They're all over the place and the teams have to sort them
into four connected groups of four.
You'll be going first this time, Arrowheads,
so would you like Lion or Water?
You have two-and-a-half minutes to solve the Water Wall starting now.
OK, so Downing Street cat, that was Humphrey.
-Humphrey Appleby. Yes, Minister.
So that's three.
-What's the surname of Humphrey from the...?
What else is there?
Plumage from a bird.
Table lamp. Lava lamp.
-So Davy lamp.
-Lava lamp. Table lamp.
Hurricane lamp. What other ones?
-Shall I carry on with those then?
Wren, Newton, 17th century figures.
Three lives now.
Newton and Pepys are 17th century figures.
Plumage, Figurative, Pearl and Limerick.
-Plum. Fig. Pea. Line.
-Unless there's anything else that could...
-Any other ones?
-Try that as a set then.
Do we want to take the time to just think is there more combination
between those four than just the same time period?
He was a chemist. He was an architect.
Are they in a group that's called something
like a particular stage of thinking?
Is there any terminology that puts them together?
Not that I'm aware of.
Not that I can think of.
OK, do we want to give it a try just to make sure they go?
That's it. You've solved the Wall.
Very well done. Clinically performed.
That is four points for the groups.
What about the connections?
The first blue group -
Appleby, Burton, Downing Street cat, Lyttelton.
-These are all called Humphrey.
-They are all Humphreys.
-Who are they? Who are the Humphreys?
-Humphrey Appleby from Yes, Minister.
-I'm not sure of Humphrey Burton, actually.
Humphrey Lyttelton's a comedian on radio. I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue?
Interesting you say that. Humphrey Burton is a broadcaster.
Humphrey Lyttelton, the great, great chair
of I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, but actually a jazz musician.
He wasn't a comedian.
He was just an incredibly funny and talented man.
So well done for that point.
What about the green group - Arc, Hurricane, Lava, Table?
-Types of lamp.
Pearl, Plumage, Figurative, Limerick.
-They all begin with fruit or vegetables.
-Well, they do.
And it's just fruit - you're seeing pea, but PEAR.
You could say fruit or vegetables cos it's pea,
but they'd all be fruit if it was pear.
They begin with fruit, or fruit and veg.
And the last turquoise group - Davy, Wren, Newton, Pepys.
These are all famous historical figures from the 17th century.
No, what they are is former Presidents of the Royal Society.
That's what they are.
But you found four groups and you gave me three connection points.
That is a total of seven. Good score.
Let's bring in the Dandies now and give them the other Wall,
The Lion Wall, and see how they get on with it.
Two-and-a-half minutes, of course, starting now.
-These are Steve Coogan characters.
Yeah, it's the 12 Days of Christmas.
-Oh, of course.
-Just be very careful.
-Three lives now. Plenty of time.
Dug out. Fill out. No.
-Locked out? Could be.
Landscape, landfill, landslide, landlord.
Shall we try Lord...?
Let's just be very careful before we click the last...
Two lives now.
Before you click the last,
let's work out what the actual fourth one is.
So we've got Lord.
Fill must be with the other because they're all verbs.
Otherwise it wouldn't make sense.
So Gym, Scape, Locked.
No, no, no, homophones of men's names.
Gym, Dug, Kneel and Fill.
Excellent. Careful. Make sure there's nothing else.
That must be it.
Before you click that, just let's...
You solved the Wall.
What I love is to see a team debate its Wall strategy during play.
Are the cracks starting to show in the Dandies?
You're feeling annoyed with them, aren't you?
Yeah. But it's fine, we solved it.
But you did solve it. Very well done.
He's taming my reflexes. It's very valuable.
Now... I said that when I got married.
Let's have a look for the connecting points.
What about the first blue group, starting Thickett?
-Steve Coogan characters.
-That's absolutely right.
Who are those characters?
Duncan Thickett. Tommy Saxondale.
Paul or Pauline Calf and Tony Ferrino.
They're all Steve Coogan characters.
And the green group, starting Drummer?
Elements of the 12 Days of Christmas.
12 Days of Christmas. How many of each would you find?
-12 drummers drumming.
One partridge in a pear tree.
-Eight maids a milking?
-Seven swans a-swimming.
-Exactly so. Happy Christmas to you.
And what about the next group, starting Kneel?
Homophones for men's names.
Read them out, please.
Neil, Doug, Phil, Jim.
Absolutely right and the last turquoise group, starting Locked?
-You can put land in front of them?
-Yes, you can.
Landlocked, landlord, landslide, landscape.
You found all four groups.
You gave me all four connections. I'll give you a bonus for that.
That's a maximum of ten. Let's have a look at the overall scores.
The Arrowheads have 12 points.
The Dandies have 20.
We're going to play the Missing Vowels round.
Fingers on buzzers, teams.
I can tell you that the first group are all
phrases that include tennis terms.
-Small Claims Court.
-Yes, it is.
Next category - Disclaimers.
-Terms And Conditions Apply.
-Yes, they do.
-Use At Own Risk.
-Always Read The Label.
-Yes, you must.
-May Contain Nuts.
-Yes, it might.
Next category - they all came to being in 1971.
-British Decimal Currency.
-The Open University.
Don't know this one.
It's United Arab Emirates. Next clue.
Next category - awards for genre fiction.
-Correct. In science fiction.
That was the Walter Scott Prize in historical fiction,
but no more clues because the noise has happened for the end of the quiz
and I can tell you that the winners,
with 25 points, are the Dandies.
19 points for you, Arrowheads.
I'm afraid that means you're going home,
but what a great Round Four.
Really good missing vowelling
and you've been a really lovely team over all.
It was great to meet you and thanks for playing.
And that's the end of the show.
Join me next time for the quiz so complicated, well, put it this way -
if Russia wants to launch a cyber attack on Britain,
do it this time next week.
GCHQ will still be puzzling out the Water Wall. Goodbye.
Victoria Coren Mitchell hosts the series where knowledge will only take you so far. Patience and lateral thinking are also vital.
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