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Hello and welcome to Only Connect
the quiz show equivalent of the Olympics
where our teams have to run faster, jump higher,
lift heavier and swim further than athletes
in that running, jumping, lifting, swimming event I just invented.
Now, unlike the real Olympics we may not have a £400,000
super confusing logo or the glamour of a reclaimed industrial estate
in Hackney, but when it comes to dope testing
nobody is more thorough.
So, let's see who's turned up to be examined.
On my right it's David McGaughey,
a classics graduate and committed Tottenham Hotspur fan
who enjoys running marathons.
a part time maths teacher who is training for the half Iron man
competition and is learning to speak Dutch
and their captain Lesley Brewis
an Oxford history graduate with a passion for Jane Austen.
They are all keen amateur runners,
they are The Joggers.
That actually does sound very sporty like the Olympics.
How have you been training for Only Connect?
I think much like with running
it hasn't taken much to put us off training
for this but we have been practising a few of the walls on the website.
How have you got on?
It varies, sometimes we get them within a few seconds
other times we are just scraping it before the end of the last second.
Oh, I hope it is the latter because then it will be exciting.
You are meeting tonight, on my left
a mechanical engineer with a passion for vintage cars,
an engineering consultant who is a keen gardener
and fanatical supporter of Northampton Saints rugby team
and their captain Bruce Lin,
a Princeton graduate and native Canadian
who works as a clean technology engineer
and enjoys playing ultimate Frisbee.
They are colleagues in a creative engineering company,
they are The Technologists.
What are technologists and are they good at quizzes?
We hope so, we are scientist and engineers, we solve complex problems
and hopefully only connect with one of those problems we can solve.
Is there anything in particular you don't know about?
There are many things we don't know about.
I hope they don't come up.
We won't find out unless we start the quiz.
In round one, teams, as you may know,
I want to know what's the connection between four random clues.
If you buzz in with the right answer
after fewer than four clues you will get more points.
Joggers you won the toss, but you've decided
to put the Technologists in first.
So, Technologists please choose an Egyptian hieroglyphic.
We'll start with water please.
OK, first clue,
I can tell you they are going to be picture clues, coming up now.
Paris street scene. I don't know, whatever, it's a wet street scene.
All right, next please.
That's Rembrandt's Night Watch.
And... Maybe all...
-They all have the word "night." This is Nighthawks.
-Go for it.
We think these are all works with "night" in them.
Coming in after three clues you get two points.
They all have the word 'night' in the title. What are you looking at?
Night scene in Paris? Um...
The title of that is Boulevard Monmartre At Night, it's Pissarro.
Night Watch by Rembrandt,
Nighthawks by Edward Harper and Starry Night by Van Gogh.
That's it you came in before the Van Gogh Starry Night,
but you gave me the right answer, so well done.
Over to the Joggers to choose a question.
May we have the horned viper please?
Yes, you may. Your first clue is coming up now.
All one person, so...
-Do we need another one?
-Yes, next, please.
I don't recognise...
-It could be park...
-Do we need to see the fourth one?
May we have the next one, please?
They're all called Park.
They are all called Park, who are they?
Park Ji-Sung is a South Korean who plays for Manchester United.
Mr Park who discovered the...
Yes, Mr Mungo Park, the Scottish explorer.
And the Defender of London in the Battle of Britain, Sir Keith Park.
All named Park. Very well done.
Back to the Technologists to choose a question.
Let's have twisted flax.
All right, your first clue is coming up now.
I can think of a number of things.
These are things which are ten feet long,
thnigs related to a number. Next.
Sleipnir has eight legs, these are all things relating to eight.
You feel good?
We think these are all things relating to eight.
-Eight legs, you're absolutely right.
You recognised Odin's horse, the third clue, the eight legged horse.
Arachnid, would be the last one and what do you think the first clue is?
Its JLS, the group who won something or other,
they've got four of them so they've got eight legs.
You see, these youngsters on your team,
what do they know of popular culture.
JLS the popular boy band from reality TV.
There are four of them so have eight legs. Well, done.
-Back to you Joggers.
-The Eye of Horus, please.
Right. Here's a clue coming up and your time starts now.
I don't know what the connection is between those two.
-Have they got particular names?
-Do they have white gloves?
-We think they all wear white gloves.
-They do all wear white gloves.
You didn't even need to see
the national lottery draw master, the fourth clue.
-What do you know about Tokyo subway assistants?
-They wear white gloves.
They assist people... Cram people onto their carriages.
That's what it is, they wear white gloves in order to shove people
onto busy railway carriages, commuters frequently losing shoes,
they get shoved in, at least they wear gloves,
that's a nice touch, isn't it.
Well, done for the points
-and back to the Technologists to choose.
It's a musical sound question. You'll be hearing these clues,
# Woman of my...
-# Love will keep us together... # Who's that by?
-I don't know.
# Once hissing Sid, an evil snake
# Kept the woodland folk awake in fear... #
# Happy talking, talking, happy talk, Talk about things you'd like to do. #
Do you know it?
These are all songs about happy things.
They are not all songs about happy things.
So, there's a possible bonus point for the Joggers.
We believe the artists all styled themselves Captain.
The artists are all captains.
I suppose you could argue songs about love are happy things,
but I'd say you were wrong because I felt it, nothing happy there at all.
What you heard were pieces of music performed by...
So you get the bonus point Joggers, well done. You also get
the last question, two reeds. Here's the first clue.
-I think we need to go...
This is Hex number... No...
I could be, um...
If its things that have codes it could be the Rosetta Stone.
Do you want to see the next one?
Well, that's the Latin bible.
-It could just be bibles.
-It could be religious texts.
Latin versions of religious texts.
I'm afraid that is not the correct answer.
So, there's a possible bonus for you now, Technologists.
They are all things which have been lost to us
which we don't have any more like the Vulgate bible.
That is not right either. You were thinking
on the right lines, Joggers. They are all early versions of the Bible.
Not all in Latin, though. Peshitta that's the Syriac bible.
Hexapla is in Hebrew and Greek.
The Codex Alexandrinus, that was a Greek
manuscript and just the Vulgate there, the Latin Bible.
So close but no points.
That means then that at the end of round one,
the Joggers have got four points,
also have four points.
Onto round two, the sequences round.
This time, I want to know what is fourth in a particular sequence.
You may see one, two or three clues before answering.
Technologists, you'll be going first.
Please choose a question.
-We'll have lion again.
What is fourth in the sequence here?
Here's the first.
Perth sounds like Australian cities. I think we need more.
These are Australian cities.
But Darwin can't be bigger than Perth, so...
I think they go around the coast line, or something?
-Depends on the city, doesn't it.
It might be the Test matches.
In which case it might be Melbourne.
That is the correct answer.
Can you tell me what the sequence is?
It's , er... Are they the Test match locations?
Do you know, I have absolutely no idea?
They definitely are.
What they definitely are
is capitals of Australian territories
going west to east. Perth the capital of Western Australia,
Darwin the Northern Territories, Adelaide of South Australia
and Melbourne the capital of Victoria.
There may be cricket there, I have no idea, I'm proud to say.
-Over to you Joggers to choose a question.
-May we have water please?
You may. Now these are going to be picture clues,
what would you expect to see in the fourth picture?
Here's the first.
That's Lenny Henry.
That could be Dingle Dell...
-Yeah, OK, it's a particular... Go next.
That's like a cistern, a toilet cistern.
Is there anything particular in there, that's a ballcock.
What's that? Is that a hairpin bend?
And that's a U-bend.
Are they all types of...?
What comes next?
I don't know bend.
It is not the I don't know bend.
-I'm so glad.
-So there's a possible bonus for the Technologists.
-It's a V bend.
I like the confidence with which you say that, can you explain why?
Because we have the R bend, S bend and U... No, STU bend.
Don't kick yourselves it really isn't the V bend.
That first picture is the great comedy show Three Of A Kind,
straight on a racing circuit, flush, flush a toilet.
They are poker hands in increasing order of merit
and the next would be full house.
We had a picture of Bob's Full House, the old game show.
Full house is what I wanted to hear, it's always what I want to hear.
-Technologists your turn to have a go.
-The horned viper.
The horned viper, what is the fourth in this sequence?
Time starts now.
League tables? You might know this.
Colour of thier uniform, what colour...?
Manchester City are light blue.
Yeah, but it's a sequence.
OK. Next, please.
Oh, it's Sven.
-Who managed Manchester City then went to Mexico,
then went to Cote d'Ivoire.
-Sven Goran Eriksson.
-But where did he go next?
Did he come back to...?
The answer's Ireland.
I'm afraid the answer isn't Ireland. A possible bonus for the Joggers.
-Say a football team.
-Italy no, that's not it either.
You are correct these are teams managed by Sven Goran Eriksson.
After Cote d'Ivoire it was the even more glamorous Leicester City.
Joggers your turn to choose a question.
May we have the two reeds please?
I don't see why not. Here's your first clue.
Quartic, if it's a sequence of
polynomials it will be cubic and quadratic then linear.
-Do you want to go with that?
-Are you sure?
Oh, it's a while since we've had one of these,
coming in after one clue you get five points.
I think you know the answer. Polynomials, is...
I even heard you name the whole sequence.
Very well done, excellent stuff from you Joggers.
Back to the Technologists, beat that.
All right, Eye of Horus.
Eye of Horus. First in the sequence coming up now.
-Things you will never be beaten on?
It's a slogan from some sort of company.
Thoughts? It's got to be a P.
What would have a "place", though?
Right place, right price... Is this some engineering thing?
I'm afraid not. Joggers you've got the chance of a bonus.
-That's not it either.
You are right, it does begin P.
Its one of those annoying terms specifically about marketing,
the marketing mix, the four elements,
the four Ps of marketing a product and the next is promotion.
-Back to you then Joggers to choose your own question.
-The twisted flax.
I think that's an excellent choice, I must say.
The twisted flax, first in the sequence coming up now.
-I think its Mainwaring.
-Yes, Mainwaring because it's sergeant.
You are right and I think that's very well deduced.
What was the reasoning?
Because it's private, corporal, sergeant, captain.
So it's the ranks.
Jones is a lance corporal but yes, it is characters in Dad's Army
organised by rank and there at the top Captain George Mainwaring.
Very well done.
At the end of round two the Technologists have got six points
but the Joggers are ahead with 12.
Onto the connecting wall, 16 clues this time all jumbled up
which the teams must sort into four connected groups of four.
Joggers it's your turn to go first, I'll give you a point for every group you find,
a point for every connection and if you get all of them you get a bonus two points.
The first question is an easy one.
Would you prefer lion or water?
We should like the lion, please.
The lion wall, you've got two and a half minutes to solve it
OK, these are duets, Roxette, Erasure,
Inner City is a duet as well. Is Dollar a duet?
-Yeah, Dollar is a duet.
Then a quarter and a penny. Penny's an American slang for...?
-Shall we go for quarter, penny, dime and nickel?
Must be something else in there.
Ghetto, precinct and quarter are all parts of a city.
And sector I guess is one.
-Nickel is a...
Careful now, you only get three attempts.
Don't let's touch anything. Is there a word association.
-You fire a shotgun.
You pull a wishbone.
You push a slide. You push a dime, don't you?
I don't know what that is.
A gun. Steam is an anagram of meats.
-Shotgun wedding, nothing to do with that.
Penny Lane. Goodness me.
I'm still following the penny, dime nickel thing,
but I don't think there's anything in there.
We've got a few lives haven't we so try slide.
Wait, what would the others be?
So, police, wishbone, steam and shotgun.
You break a wishbone.
You crack a shotgun, you do crack a shotgun, don't know?
If crack's the right word.
You have a head of steam.
I like that head of steam.
None of the others have it, there's chief of police,
but that's not the same as a head.
A wishbone has two parts.
Is there a ruler?
Yeah, police rule.
Shotgun rule, wishbone rule?
You've got 30 seconds.
30 seconds is quite long.
Let's try police, wishbone, penny and shotgun. I don't know why.
-We don't have to, don't worry.
Is there a word connection, we haven't got a word connection.
Ten seconds and one go left.
I can't see this at all.
That's it, times up and the wall's frozen.
You have two points and I will give you more if you can tell me the connections.
-They're duets, or musical acts.
-80s musical acts.
They are pop duos. I wasn't familiar with Inner City, are you?
Yes, they performed Good Life, for example.
Apparently so, Good Life and Big Fun.
Its not Cole Porter is it. It sounds like translations.
Anyway, all pop duos.
What about the next one.
Areas of a city.
They're just parts of a city.
You can still get points for the group you didn't find
if you can tell me the connections, so let's resolve the wall.
There you are.
Could be wedding. I don't know about dime.
-We should guess.
-Something to do with gambling.
-You've got a nickel and dime store.
-You've got to give me an answer.
-Just guess what you like.
-You're miles away.
Wedding, but we're not...
If it was wedding I'd have accepted a type of gamble, but it's neither.
What these are, are...
Nickel and dime a defensive formation
and wishbone and shotgun, offensive.
What about the last group?
-They're all whistles.
-You see it now, they're up there.
You get two points for the groups you've found
and three for the connections that's a total of five points.
Time to bring in the Technologists and see what they can do.
They're going to get a new wall, the water wall.
16 fresh clues still need sorting into four connected groups of four.
Right Technologists, water wall for you.
You've got two and a half minutes to solve it, starting now.
Right here we go. Rubber duck is yellow.
-Mary of Lourdes and Mary Fatima. So there's two.
-Circuit diagram, circuit training.
-Places of pilgrimage.
Jerusalem? And there'll be on more.
Let's do those.
Um, think about the circuits.
Um, so, places of pilgramage.
And we'll leave Lourdes out.
-Circuit breaker, circuit training.
OK right. Circuit training and circuit diagram.
Three attempts now so be careful.
File copy, file handle?
A guy in something.
Lourdes is Madonnas...
Oh, yeas, that's right.
Mercy, Lourdes and Rocco, go for that.
Do we know what rubber duck, copy, handle...
Oh, those are like CB radio terms. Do you have those in England?
-Smokey, handle, rubber duck... .
-These are kids of whom.
Press David and then go for...
Very well done, that's four points immediately
and you can get bonus points if you tell me the connections so,
the first group.
They are destinations for pilgrimages.
Pilgrimage sites, can you tell me where they are?
Mecca's in Saudi Arabia. Fatima's in Portgual. Jerusalem is in Jerusalem.
That's not a tough one. What about Limbini?
-It's in Canada.
-Did you just say that because you're from Canada?
It's not from Canada any more than it's from Cricklewood. Do you even know what it is?
-The birthplace of the Buddha and its in Nepal. What about the next group.
-Have circuit in front of them.
-Circuit in front of all of them.
-They're all children of...
-Have another go.
-Oh, we need to get it right, don't we?
You do need to get it right. That's generally how a quiz works.
-you give me the right answer I give you points.
-Children of Madonna.
They are children of Madonna. Oh, my high minded friends,
what's Rocco, who's Rocco you asked yourselves.
Can you tell me their surnames, very modern woman,
all different surnames; can you tell me what they are?
Mercy James, now I thought you'd know that one that was a controversial one
it was in the papers because Madonna was told at first that she couldn't adopt her.
Lourdes that was her first child, surname?
-Who did she get married to first?
-I love you, she didn't get married.
No, not even married.
Her fitness trainer Carlos Leon was the father, that's Lourdes Leon.
Rocco Ritchie, she did marry the film director Guy Ritchie.
And David, another adopted child.
-Yes, it was.
-David Banda from Malawi.
Another controversial case because his father was still alive
and made a bit of a fuss.
-Do you stop when you get to those pages of the paper?
I've got to say I'm impressed, there's no space in your minds for celebrity children
but you managed to claw your way there.
What about the last group?
-CB radio slang.
-They are terms in CB radio.
-What do they mean, do you know?
-I hear what you're saying.
-Handle's a name.
-Your nickname, rubber duck?
-A really bad thing?
-It's the first vehicle in a convoy.
I liked the first thing you said, it's yellow and floats.
I kept looking at a judge; a judge is yellow and floats.
-Slang for policeman as in Smokey and the Bandit, the film.
So, very well done, you've found all four groups
you gave me all four connections.
I'm going to give you two bonus points for getting it all right, that's a maximum of ten.
Let's see how that affects the scores going into round four.
The Technologists have got 16 points but the Joggers are ahead with 17.
If you'd like to play a connecting wall they are up on the website now
or you can even generate your own. We're going to play round four.
This is where we take well known names, phrases or sayings remove the vowels
and re-space the consonants. I want to know what are those hidden clues.
Fingers on buzzers then.
The first group are all...
-Roman a clef.
You don't know. This one's my famous, erotica. Next clue.
-I'm afraid not you, you lose a point.
Possible bonus, Technologists.
-Correct. Next clue.
Beautifully said, correct.
-Yes, it is. Next category...
Joggers. Too long I'm afraid I've got to take a point away.
-Possible bonus, Technologists.
-Curcao was right. Next clue.
-Correct. Next category...
Don't know this one. Edith Piaff, its...
-Correct, about Mozart of course.
-Coal Miner's Daughter.
Correct. It's about Loretta Lynn.
-What's Love Got to Do With It?
-About Tina Turner. Correct.
It is interpreter but I interpret that sound to mean it's the end of the quiz.
In a shocking round four turnaround the Joggers finish on 19 points,
but our winners with 27 points are the Technologists.
Very well fought back Technologists.
You are through to the quarter finals.
Very sorry to lose you Joggers, that was a great performance
you did do very well, but its over.
Please join us next time for more twisted clues, hidden connections
and teams that will have to do more mental contortions than a gymnast
playing badminton with his brain.
I really should be on the Olympic committee. Goodbye.
A classics graduate, a maths graduate and a history graduate united by a shared love of running face up to three colleagues from a creative engineering company. They compete to draw together the connections between things which, at first glance, seem utterly random, from JLS to full-size snooker table to sleipnir to arachnid.