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Hello, and welcome to Only Connect,
the quiz that's become an institution.
Which is handy, as it's where many of our contestants should probably be.
Because they're so clever!
Everyone knows it's a fine line.
Tonight's teams are particularly clever
because they won their heats.
This is a quarter final, so we welcome again, on my right,
Paul Steeples, a civil servant
who enjoys European travel and visiting art galleries,
William De Ath,
an Oxford maths graduate who enjoys trekking, skiing and scuba diving.
and their captain David Lea,
a modern languages graduate with a passion for all things Spanish.
All analysts of some description in their work, they are the Analysts.
David, how are you feeling about the opposition?
Well, tougher questions, tougher opposition than the second round.
But we'll see how we do.
I think we're quietly confident.
Let's take a look at that tough opposition.
Tonight you play, on my left,
Simon Jelley, Oxford graduate,
and keen amateur hockey player,
John Loveluck, a consultant engineer
with a love of cycling, tennis and fine dining.
And their captain Bruce Lin,
a clean technology engineer and keen linguist, who hails from Toronto.
They all specialise in providing technical solutions to complex problems.
They are the Technologists.
Bruce, you beat the joggers in your heat. How did that go?
We knew we were in for a tough fight after the first two rounds,
but the team together did really well on the wall,
and I was really happy.
My background notes originally described you as "an accomplished linguist",
and someone's crossed it out and written "geek".
I'm interested in languages, and I speak a number quite poorly.
Let's see if you can speak the language of quiz.
If you're bilingual in that at home,
later on, you'll be able to play the connecting wall live
along with the teams, if you've got a computer.
But now, we're going to play Round One.
What's the connection between four apparently random clues?
You'll remember that.
Technologists, you won the toss, you go first. Choose a question.
Could we start with the lion?
Your first clue of the Quarter Final is coming up now.
It rings some vague bell, but no.
Er, next, please.
No... Oh, there was recently the Jellyatrics.
Their anniversary, but I don't know how old...
Er, next, please.
Mandrakes, what's that?
-They're plants, right?
Yeah, they're plant roots.
-John, do you want to take this one?
No, I'll come up with a clue. Um...
Well, if nobody wants to take it, I'm going to see if your opponents do.
-Possible bonus for you, Analysts.
Screaming is the answer. Could you explain it?
David Sutch was Screaming Lord Sutch,
er, mandrakes, in mythology, scream when you pluck them out the ground,
um, and the other two, I'm nowhere on.
The Wilhelm Scream is a sound effect in films.
Private Wilhelm was a character in a film called Distant Drums,
and his screaming was used as a sound effect later on.
Jelly Babies, there's an experiment, screaming Jelly Babies.
It's to do with the energy in food.
Jelly Babies make a sort of a screaming noise
if you apply heat and oxygen to them.
But well done, screaming is correct.
Analysts, choose your own question.
Two reeds, please.
That's the music question. William, you look delighted(!)
I hope you enjoy it. The first clue is coming in.
# Went on the road When I was eight years old
# When I turned 15 I was stealing the show
# Money to burn And the girls were pretty
# It didn't take me long to learn That I was born to boogie
# It had to be you
# It had to be you
-# Who can make a sunrise?
-Who can make a sunrise?
-# Sprinkle it with dew?
-Sprinkle it with dew?
# Cover it with chocolate And a miracle or two?
# There's something strange
# In your neighbourhood
-# Who you gonna call?
Two seconds. BELL
Songs that are film titles.
They are not songs that are film titles.
So Technologists, chance of a bonus.
Are they related by candy?
No, they're not.
What are you thinking?
I thought I heard "the candyman can"
and there's a marshmallow man in Ghostbusters.
Oh, yeah, that's nice. You did hear The Candyman, Sammy Davis Jr,
you heard the theme from Ghostbusters
performed by Ray Parker Jr,
You heard the man who definitely wants to marry me,
it's only him who doesn't know it, Harry Connick Jr.
And Hank Williams Jr, Born To Boogie.
They are all artists with Jr in their names.
So no points there. Technologists, your turn.
Water, OK, here's your first clue coming up.
Rope. We don't know. Next.
Um, things that are red? I think we need another one. Next.
TV show? Do you know it?
-No idea at all.
-Do you know it? Next.
-It's, like, a film with...
Is it all, sort of, real time?
-OK, yeah, yeah.
Er, we think they're things
that happen in real time.
There you go. They are films and TV shows that unfold in real time.
Rope, Alfred Hitchcock, a real-time movie,
Phone Booth, did you know that one?
-I've seen trailers.
-Is it a thriller?
-A phone booth in New York.
Quite recent, Colin Farrell.
Roger And Val Have Just Got In, BBC series, Dawn French, Alfred Molina.
The half hour after a couple got home. And 24, the TV show.
They all unfold in real time. Well done. Analysts, over to you.
Twisted flax, please.
All right. These are picture clues.
Here's the first one.
Don't they have special names, those green wellies?
Dunno. OK, next, please.
Cowpat. Some dung.
No, you're out of time. Bonus chance, Technologists.
Er, they're all pie-related?
The second clue...
I suppose there's a British delicacy called the Wellington pie?
Oh, you've eaten my cooking.
No, these are all things that are thrown in world championships.
There is a mobile phone-throwing competition annually in Finland,
Wellington boots since 1992, a Wellington boot-throwing contest.
Cow chips, they are called.
There is a championship of cow chip throwing in Oklahoma.
I don't know, I'm afraid to tell you the name of the town. It is Beaver.
Custard pies. There's a custard pie throwing contest in Kent annually.
They can all be thrown in championships.
Technologists, please choose a question.
OK, here's the first clue coming up.
CONFER IN WHISPERS
-What is that?
Oh, these are, iambs.
As in iambic pentameter.
How many are in that? Der-der der-der der-der der-der.
It's dot-dash, dot-dash.
OK, short and long.
We think it's things which are short and then long.
Just in the nick of time.
Things with a short-long rhythm.
Cardiac cycle, the heartbeat, du-dum.
Scotch Snap, in Scottish dancing it's a dotted rhythm note.
Iamb, that's a short syllable, long syllable in poetry.
And the 'A' in Morse Code, dot-dash.
Things with a short-long rhythm. Well done.
Back to you, Analysts, for the Eye of Horus.
What is the connection here? Time starts now.
Was that a constituency that...
One of the MPs...
It was, yeah.
It was the former constituency.
Um, they're all things that are done in triangles.
Yes, they are, you're absolutely right.
You'll see the next two clues now.
Can you tell me anything about these?
Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell is the rhubarb triangle.
That's it. The area where Yorkshire forced rhubarb is grown.
Slaves, molasses and rum was the basis of triangle trade.
That's right, between New England, Africa and the West Indies.
Husband, wife and mistress is a...
-Bizarre love triangle.
Um, and oxygen, fuel and heat is the fire triangle.
Together, that is the fire triangle. Well done.
That means, at the end of a tough Quarter Final Round One,
the Technologists have two points, but the Analysts are ahead with four.
Things will not get easier in Round Two,
because now the teams must first work out the connection,
then tell me what comes fourth in a sequence.
You see a maximum of three clues before answering.
Technologists, you're first again.
Please choose a hieroglyph.
First in the sequence coming up.
What is fourth? Time starts now.
School system, things that want to be reformed.
I don't think the number, 4,3,2,1...
Are they layers, like you can work your way up?
They're the responsibilities of something.
Running out of time.
Um, one, Immigration.
I'm afraid that's not the answer.
Analysts, please have a go for a bonus.
1: Water system.
That's not it either. What's your logic?
Levels of critical infrastructure.
What was your logic, Technologists?
Responsibilities of a ministry.
I see how you're thinking. But no.
This is a cultural question, a TV question.
They are themes from seasons of The Wire.
The first season of The Wire was about the drug trade.
Following on from that, seaports, city government, the school system.
The Wire focused on those areas in Baltimore.
-Analysts, your turn to pick a question.
First in the sequence coming up.
What is fourth? Time starts now.
-Um, not sure.
Could be Titans.
I don't know what...
OK. Next, please.
Oh, moon. Um...
Moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus,
moons of Neptune.
Is it sea gods?
Yeah, sea gods.
Um, m-mythological creatures from the sea.
Yeah, I'll take it.
I heard you muttering "sea gods".
Sea deities. The naming conventions for moons of the various planets
going outwards from Jupiter to Neptune. Very good.
Back to you now, Technologists.
Let's try two reeds.
Two reeds. Coming up. What's fourth? Time starts now.
It's going to be heraldic themes, I think, maybe.
Let's go on, next.
Sitting. Standing, sitting, lying.
-Let's get one more.
Wasn't couchant. We've had that. This is one I don't know.
-I don't think so.
-I think it is.
OK, think of something else.
-Three seconds. BELL
I'm afraid not. Possible bonus, Analysts.
No, that's not right either.
It means supine, but the word in,
as I think you know, heraldic terms, "dormant".
It's the positions of a heraldic animal
as it goes to sleep, statant, standing on all four legs,
couchant, and then dormant would be the lying down one.
Unlucky. Analysts, your turn to choose.
Here's the first in the sequence. It's going to be a picture clue.
And I want to know what's in the fourth picture.
Here's the first.
-It's a thali.
What's the one, things with a 'V'? Blackpool...
You going to have another?
Yeah, next, please.
That is the... It's not even Eastern Standard, is it?
-It's four hours behind.
I don't know. We have to get the fourth one.
-Got to get the fourth one.
Um, things are minus four.
That's wrong for so many reasons.
It's not the connection, and I want to know what the fourth one is.
So I'm going to the Technologists for a possible bonus point.
-Do we know anything about the map?
-Yes, it is. I wasn't expecting that. Well done! Why?
They're the oceans in increasing size.
That's exactly what it is. Oceans by surface area.
Southern in the first one, Keith Southern, footballer for Blackpool.
An Indian meal, you went too specific there.
And not Eastern Standard Time, but Atlantic Standard Time.
Southern, Indian, Atlantic, getting bigger, Pacific.
Well done, bonus point to you, Technologists,
and the chance to choose your own question.
Er, horned, er, slug, viper?
The horned viper. Well recognised.
Your first clue of the sequence is coming up. What's fourth? Starts now.
Lord of the Rings. He's a king.
I think it's the only one anyone knows, but we need more.
These are people who are ring-bearers.
Smeagol, then Gollum.
Then it's got to be Frodo, right?
I think... I don't want to go for it.
-See if Gollum's there.
Bilbo. It is Frodo.
-Er, Frodo Baggins.
Ah, you should have come in after two clues.
It is Frodo. They are the wearers of the one ring
in Tolkein's Lord Of The Rings.
The next to wear the ring, Frodo.
Back to you, Analysts.
Only the Eye of Horus that remains. So your first clue is coming up now.
M40 London to Oxford and Birmingham.
And M1, is it clockwise round?
Or it could be going east.
Yeah, clockwise going east.
Then the one after that's going to be...
Is it, or is it something else?
Is it going to be M11?
It's going that way round.
Excellent. It is the M11. Why is it?
Um, starting in the west and moving clockwise,
those are motorways on exit from London.
-Basically, yes. They are motorways with junctions on the M25.
The orbital ring road. And it's going clockwise.
Next after the A1(M) would be the M11. Well done.
That means, at the end of Round Two, the Technologists have five points,
but the Analysts are ahead with eight.
It's Connecting Wall time.
If you want to play along at the same time,
quickly, get a computer, quickly, hurry! Plug it in!
It's live online at the same time.
For you, though, Analysts, it will be on the screen.
So, please choose lion or water.
Lion, please, Victoria.
You have two and a half minutes
to solve this wall, starting now.
Um, got some plants.
Got some diseases.
Plants and skin diseases. Impetigo, hives.
A hickey's a skin thing, isn't it?
Ringworm is as well, isn't it?
I don't know what purpura is.
Could be a plant.
Actually, hickey's more of a bite, isn't it?
I'd have gone for ringworm instead.
So we've got names. There's Atticus Finch.
Yeah, there's a load of girls' names.
There's a load of plants.
Isn't the potato from some weird
family like the same as the bell...
Are they all in the same family?
I suspect they might be.
You've used one minute.
Oh, hang on.
I think they're all newspaper columns, aren't they?
Oh, yeah. Yes, yes.
Mini, Franky, Cassie and Effy.
Are they characters in something?
The Banana Splits?
No, no, not the Banana Splits.
I don't know this.
Not Josie And The Pussycats either.
Those are all newspaper columns?
Do you want to try them?
That's it. You've solved the wall.
Very well done.
That's four points for those groups,
and there are bonus points for the connections.
So, purpura, ringworm, hives, impetigo.
Um, skin conditions.
Yeah, well, I'll take it.
Skin discolourations, really.
Things that cause the skin to be discoloured.
Next group, belladonna, potato, oleander, peony.
Um, extreme examples of plants from the same family.
That's not the answer, and I think...
I was lenient on the first one, and I really can't take that.
They're not from the same family.
They are poisonous.
The potato's plant has toxins,
glycoalkoloids. All poisonous plants.
Next group, Hickey, Atticus, Mandrake, Pandora.
Er, newspaper columns.
Can you give me any more?
-Um, yeah. Gossipy, Westminstery...
They're newspaper diary columns.
Atticus in the Sunday Times,
Hickey in the Daily Express, William Hickey before.
We saw mandrakes earlier in the quiz.
Mandrake is the Telegraph, and Pandora in the Independent.
And the last group, Mini, Frank, Effy, Cassie.
Mm, not so sure about this one.
Um, members of the Saturdays.
No, you know they're characters from something.
If you haven't seen it, you haven't seen it. It's the E4 teenage drama Skins.
-Characters from Skins.
Four points for the groups, two more connections. That's six.
Time to bring in their opponents and see what they can do with the connecting wall. 16 clues.
Still jumbled up, still needs to be sorted
into four connected groups of four.
Technologists, it will be the water wall for you.
Two and a half minutes to solve it starting now.
Martello's a kind of castle.
Tower, yeah, ivory tower.
Conning Tower. Shall we go for that one?
And Lookout tower?
There's going to be a fifth.
Good Tower? Royle Tower?
OK. Go for it.
-That was quick.
Um, Roper is a character in... um...
Good. Barbara Good.
Royle. These are surnames... Trotter and Bucket.
-They're all surnames from TV programmes.
And Roper's... Kranky.
Kranky is definitely a TV family, isn't it?
Do you want to keep going through?
So... No good.
It's a little more complicated.
To shill is to fool someone.
But that's conning.
What's wormwood? It's in drinks.
Wormwood's in Absinthe.
It's also, I believe...
Oh, a shill is a victim,
or mark is a victim.
OK, these are all scams.
You've got a lookout and a bucket.
Yeah, well done.
Or maybe a trotter.
Wormwood is at the end of the...
It's fire and brimstone stuff.
Kent Brockman is the...
Wormwood's something in Harry Potter but...
Yeah, that's another surname for him.
No, they're families, right?
The Royle family, Kranky,
There's going to be something we haven't got yet.
Medford, Royle. It's going to be Lookout tower.
Yep. No, we've got the towers.
You're under 30 seconds now.
I think these are scam victims,
scam slang, but we might be missing one.
Roper, to rope people in?
Um, and shill.
Under ten seconds.
And we guess something randomly.
-And we guess something else randomly.
No, that's it, we're out of time.
The grid's frozen. But you got two groups, two points,
and I can give you more points for the connections.
Bell, Martello, Ivory, Conning.
They're all towers.
They're all towers.
Martello Tower, a fort built in the Napoleonic wars,
Conning tower on a submarine.
Mark, lookout, roper, shill.
These are all slang from scams, heists.
That's it. Participants in a scam. Roper, you came to late.
That's the person who gets people's attention, ropes them in.
You can still get points for connections in the other groups.
Let's resolve the wall.
Brockman, Medford, Royle, Good.
Surnames of families from TV?
Yeah, the Goods.
Those are the British sitcom families.
Terry and June Medford, the wonderful Terry And June.
The Brockmans are in Outnumbered.
Royle, The Royle Family, of course,
and Tom and Barbara Good from The Good Life.
And the last group. Bucket, Trotter, Kranky, Wormwood.
These are Roald Dahl characters.
They are Roald Dahl characters.
Yes, which one is James And The Giant Peach, then?
Charlie Bucket. Or, possibly not.
Charlie Bucket'll be your man from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.
It's James Trotter from James And The Giant Peach.
George Kranky, George's Marvellous Medicine,
and what's Wormwood's first name?
Two points for the groups you found,
four points for the connections,
that's six points.
Let's see the scores going into the final round.
The Technologists have got 11 points,
but the Analysts are ahead with 14.
So Round Four will be decisive. The missing vowels round.
We've taken the vowels out of well-known names, phrases, sayings.
Or perhaps not so well-known, this being the Quarter Final.
What are those disguised clues?
Fingers on buzzers.
I can tell you that the first group are all amphibians.
Next category, lines from God Save The Queen.
-"Long to reign over us".
-"Thy choicest gifts in store".
-"May She defend our laws".
-"Send her victorious".
Next category, Lipids.
Too long. You lose a point. Possible bonus, Analysts.
That's too long as well. It's "suet".
Next, Autobiographies Published In 2010.
-By George W Bush. Correct.
This one's Chris Evans, Memoirs Of A Fruitcake.
-Confessions Of A Conjuror.
-Correct, Derren Brown.
That is the end of the quiz.
And a nail-biting Round Four leaves the Technologists with 18 points,
but the winners with 19 are the Analysts.
A brilliant Round Four from you, and a great quiz.
But that is the end of your journey here.
Analysts, you are through to the Semi Finals. Very well done.
Thank you for watching. See you next time.
And I can see you. We have a special camera.
Stop doing that at once!
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Three professional analysts square up to three colleagues at a creative engineering firm in the last of the quarter-finals. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from Private Wilhelm to Jelly Babies to Mandrakes to David Sutch.