Episode 18 Pointless


Episode 18

Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of.


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APPLAUSE

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Thank you very much indeed. Hello, I'm Alexander Armstrong.

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Welcome to Pointless, the game where we aim for the obscure and ignore the obvious.

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Let's meet today's players.

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-And couple number one.

-My name's Janet, I'm from Liversedge.

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This is my sister Julie and she lives in Silsden.

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-Couple number two.

-My name's Dean. This is my friend Gary.

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-We're from Kent.

-Couple number three.

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I'm Cherelle and this is my husband David, and we are from Belfast.

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And finally, couple number four.

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I'm Martin, this is my friend Bill, and we are from Leeds.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, all of you, a very warm welcome to the show.

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We'll get to chat to each of you

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throughout the show as it goes along,

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obviously. So that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.

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If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,

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then he must be the FBI's most wanted.

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It's my Pointless friend, it's Richard.

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Hiya. Hi, everybody.

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Good afternoon. Good afternoon to you.

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-And to you.

-Two returning pairs from our last show.

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We've got Cherelle and David, who went through to Round Two,

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and Dean and Gary got knocked out in Round One. Hopefully see a bit more of them.

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Both teams there beaten by Mike and Trisha.

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Lovely Mike and Trisha. Now, Mike, I have to say,

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turned into a very classy guy.

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He was quite quiet all the way through the show. Trisha, lovely, Mike, very quiet.

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He casually reveals that Trisha is pregnant,

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the whole audience melts and then smashes it in with two pointless answers.

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-That was lovely, wasn't it?

-That was lovely. What a nice win.

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Thank you very much. So, yes, Trisha and Mike won the jackpot last time.

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So today's jackpot, therefore, starts off back at its comfortable £1,000.

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There we are. So, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.

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Just to remind you,

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the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be

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eliminated. So it's your job not to be that pair,

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so best of luck with that.

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Our first category this afternoon...

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..is US Politics. US Politics.

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Can you all decide in your pairs who's going to go first,

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who's going to go second? And whoever's going first,

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please step up to the podium.

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OK, let's find out what the question is.

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Here it comes. We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name

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as many US presidents

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whose last names do not contain the letters U or S,

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as they could. Wow.

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US presidents whose last names don't contain the letters U or S, Richard.

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Yes, any US president whose last name doesn't contain the letters U or S.

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You have unpacked that beautifully.

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Yeah. If you need any more information, you just let me know.

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-Julie, what do you do?

-I'm a mostly retired accountant.

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Do you miss the accounting, or...?

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-No. Not at all.

-I was... I had a hunch you might say that.

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What do you do now you're retired?

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I like to go for walks in the countryside, I like to cook, I like to read,

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and I've started doing some voluntary work at my local charity shop.

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Good for you. Now, US presidents.

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Not containing the letters U or S.

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OK, I've got an answer.

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-Gerald Ford.

-Gerald Ford.

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There's not a U or an S in that.

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-Or is there?

-Or is there?!

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-One of those hidden letters.

-Jeopardy, come on.

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-I wonder if there is.

-I wonder if that's right.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Gerald Ford.

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It's right.

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Oh, that's a good score. 31.

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Well done, Julie.

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31.

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He became vice president and president, both times,

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without being elected to the post.

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-Gerald Ford.

-Clever. Thank you, Richard.

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Now, Dean.

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Remind us what you do, Dean.

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-I'm a civil servant.

-A civil servant.

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Somehow connected with the Port of Dover.

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There we are. What are your interests, Dean?

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Mainly sport. Golf, I play a lot of golf and a lot of football.

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And a little bit of cycling mixed in as well.

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Very good indeed. Now, Dean. US presidents.

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It's one of those things that people quite often revise for this show.

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It is a subject I revised.

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Hooray! So, this is good.

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Yeah. So I'm going to go for Grover Cleveland.

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Grover Cleveland, says Dean.

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That's good. That's good.

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Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said Grover Cleveland.

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Very well done. 31 is our only score at this point.

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I suspect you're going to pass it, and you do.

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Look at that. You see?

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The fruits of your labours there.

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Well done, Dean - 3 for Grover Cleveland.

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Nice play, Dean. Yeah, his real first name was not Grover,

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his real first name was Stephen, so he was Steve Cleveland,

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-which is quite a good name.

-Steve Cleveland!

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-Yes, Stephen Cleveland.

-Grover was just a nickname?

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-That was his middle name.

-Oh, I see.

-He swapped them round.

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Yeah. Very good.

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-David, welcome back.

-Alexander.

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-Great to have you here from Belfast.

-Yeah.

-Remind us what you do, David.

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I'm an operations manager for an aerospace company.

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Which bit of the operation do you oversee, David?

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-Which bit?

-We are busy telling people how to build the plane.

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You must know an aeroplane extremely closely, then?

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-Erm, not really!

-No.

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I know enough, I know enough.

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-You know enough.

-I know enough to build them OK, so don't be alarmed.

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"I know enough to build them OK."

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-There we are.

-And for the record, we are pretty good.

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-PRETTY good.

-Pretty good.

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The safety record speaks for itself.

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No hard shoulder at 30,000 feet.

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There we are. Now, David -

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US presidents.

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I've got a couple of obvious ones, but I'm going to go for it.

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I don't know if I've got the first name right,

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-so I'm going to go for Harold Taft.

-You're going to go for Harold Taft.

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-Yeah.

-Harold Taft.

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This is new kind of jeopardy.

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This isn't the jeopardy of whether or not it's got a U or S in it.

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It's whether or not it's right.

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Harold Taft. Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.

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Oh, David.

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-I'm afraid...

-Got to try it.

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I'm afraid you did, you did the right thing there.

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Pointless applauds triers.

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Yes, sorry, David. I'll give all the correct answers at the end of the pass.

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I do worry, though, that you thought you were all right at US presidents in the same way you said

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you were all right at building planes.

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LAUGHTER

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I'm going to get the sack now, you know that.

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Thanks very much, Richard.

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-Now then, Martin.

-Hello.

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Welcome to Pointless. Good to have you here from Leeds.

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-Yes.

-What do you do, Martin?

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I'm a stock controller for a dairy company in Leeds.

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That's quite fun.

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No, maybe not?

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Is it just the milk bits you look after, or the cheeses and yoghurt?

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Cheese, butter, and the milk, yes, yes.

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Where does your stock go when it leaves your care?

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To the majority of major supermarkets and wholesalers.

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Oh, so this is a massive dairy?

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-Yes.

-Yes.

-Yeah.

-One of the big ones, I'm guessing?

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One of the big ones.

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Now, Martin, what would you like to go for? US presidents.

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I'm going to go for one that's... first name contains U and S,

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controversially.

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-But the surname doesn't.

-What, like a decoy?

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-Yeah.

-Oh, right, OK.

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I'm going to say Ulysses S Grant.

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And his middle initial!

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-He's got one in there.

-It's entirely contraband.

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Ulysses S Grant, says Martin.

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Well, our highest score is 100, our lowest is 3,

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let's see where we go with Ulysses S Grant.

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Oh, it's still going down, Martin.

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Look at that!

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7, look at that! Very well done indeed.

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Ulysses S Grant, very well done on the far podium.

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Very well played, Martin. Yeah, that was like juggling with fire,

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-wasn't it?

-Yeah.

-That was real showboating from Martin.

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Well, we are halfway through the round, so let's take a quick look at the scores.

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3, the best score in the pass. Dean, very well done indeed.

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Then up to 7, where we find Martin and Bill.

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Then we travel up to 31, where we find Janet and Julie and then up to 100,

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David and Cherelle, one of our returning pairs.

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Cherelle, please have a brilliant, brilliant answer.

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We've got to keep you on after Round One. It would be tragic to send you home that early.

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We're going to come back down the line now.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, so, Bill.

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Yes, it's US presidents without a U or S in their name.

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Bill, a very warm welcome, also from Leeds.

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-WITH ELECTRONIC LARYNX:

-Thank you, yes.

-What do you do, Bill?

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-Retired.

-What did you do?

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I've done all sorts. Lorry driving, bus driving.

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Right you are. And how do you and Martin know each other?

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We are mates.

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We live pretty close to each other.

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Right you are, and you are quizzers, aren't you?

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-Oh, yes.

-Oh, quizzers!

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-Same pub.

-Quizzers surely know their US presidents.

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Bill, what would you like to go for?

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J Edgar Hoover.

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J Edgar Hoover?

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OK, now the high scorers at the moment are Cherelle and David on 100.

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You are on 7. You need to score 92 or less.

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There's your red line, Bill.

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You have to try and get below that with J Edgar Hoover.

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It has to be right.

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Has it got a U or S in?

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said J Edgar Hoover.

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Oh!

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Bad luck, Bill.

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I'm afraid that is an incorrect answer.

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That takes your total up to 107, having scored you 100.

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But that's a relief for Cherelle and David there.

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107 your total.

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Exemplary work on the alphabet, Bill, that was perfect, but, yes,

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he was the director of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover, not president.

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Thank you very much.

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Now, Cherelle.

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Oh, this is exciting.

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If you can score six or less, you are through.

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And remind us what you do, Cherelle.

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I work as business support in a bank.

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That's right. And what are your hobbies over there in Belfast?

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I enjoy a bit of baking, so I do. I enjoy...

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Do you have a signature bake?

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Is there a thing you're particularly good at?

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I make a nice rhubarb and custard cake.

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Oh, now, that's nice.

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-Mm-hm.

-And custard?

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-Mm-hm.

-How do you do it?

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Do you do it when the custard's quite jellyish or not?

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-I would be telling my secrets now.

-Rhubarb and... Oh!

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-Sounds nice.

-I'm not going to lie - that's made my mouth water.

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-What, rhubarb and custard cake?

-Mmm.

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Well, the good news is, Cherelle, almost certainly,

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with that famous Northern Irish hospitality, has brought us one,

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-so there'll be one waiting.

-One awaiting us.

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There we are.

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Oh, can't wait for that.

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Cherelle, we need a score of 6 or less.

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I'm going to say...

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-..Richard Nixon.

-Richard Nixon?

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-Mm-hm.

-Richard Nixon.

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Here is your red line.

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Now then. Bill and Martin helped you out there,

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threw you a bit of a lifeline.

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Are you going to make good use of it, I wonder?

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Richard Nixon - how many of our 100 people said that?

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It's right.

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Oh, it's not bad, 48.

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148 is your total.

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I said not bad. What I actually meant was, "Ah!"

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I'm afraid that means you are our high scorers.

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Yeah, good answer, though, Richard Nixon.

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He had a ten-pin bowling alley installed in the White House.

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Wow. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, Gary, welcome back.

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-Thank you.

-The pleasing news is this - you are into the next round.

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-That's a relief.

-Remind us what you do, Gary.

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Like Dean, I'm a civil servant.

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Did you both start at the same time at the civil service, or are you...?

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No, I started back in 2000.

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Dean was a little bit in front of me in that respect.

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Oh, I see. So is one of you senior to the other then?

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In terms of your career, position?

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Yeah, I'm probably more senior.

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So Dean started first?

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Oh! And Gary's...

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-Senior.

-Senior!

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-That's awkward.

-Oh!

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And yet, and yet, Dean got Grover Cleveland.

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Maybe he's been so busy learning about US presidents

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and perhaps not applying himself.

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Well, I'm assuming that Gary is now immediately going to score another 3,

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otherwise that boast is going to look a bit hollow, isn't it?

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Now, Gary, what have you got?

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I'm going to play safe and go Jimmy Carter.

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That hasn't got a U or an S in.

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-I'll give him that.

-I'll give him that.

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Now, OK, Gary, no red line for you, you are already through.

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How many of our 100 people said Jimmy Carter?

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37. Takes your total up to a nice, round 40.

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I suspect that will be our lowest score of the round.

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Safely through, very well played.

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He's the great-grandfather of the Carter family in EastEnders.

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LAUGHTER

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Danny Dyer's great-grandfather.

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Aw, that's nice.

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There we are, Janet, welcome to the show.

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-Hello.

-Great to have you here from the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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-Yes.

-Janet, what do you do?

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I'm a legal secretary for a local solicitor's firm.

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You are on top of all the local gossip?

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Um, yeah, yeah.

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A bit of gossip of the sort of conveyancing kind, so not really...

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-Criminal as well.

-Oh!

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Not the conveyancing kind!

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Wow. You've got it all!

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Well, now, where do we start?

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No, what are your interests outside the legal secretarial work?

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I like watching football. I'm a Leeds United fan. I like watching tennis,

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I like eating out, socialising with friends, travelling.

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Now, you are through. It doesn't matter what you score,

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but I just have a hunch you might have a good answer.

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Two of my answers have gone that I thought of,

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-so I'm going to say Abraham Lincoln.

-Abraham Lincoln, says Janet.

-Oh!

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To the surprise of Julie.

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No red line. Let's see how many of our 100 people said Abraham Lincoln.

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-Oh!

-Not bad, 43.

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74 is your total.

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A gentle end to the round there.

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Very well done. To clear up a couple of the wrong answers there, David,

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you gave us Harold Taft - it's William Taft.

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William Howard Taft would have scored you 3 points as well.

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Would have been a terrific answer.

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And J Edgar Hoover, not president,

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Herbert Hoover was president and would have scored you 6 points.

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Another good answer. Now, no pointless answers at all,

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but there's four 1-pointers.

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You'd have got 1 point for Warren G Harding, William McKinley,

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Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore.

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Those are the best answers there, well done if you said one of those.

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2 points for James Garfield, James Polk,

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3 points for Franklin Pierce,

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Calvin Coolidge and we've already had Cleveland and Taft,

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4 points for James Monroe, John Tyler, 6 for Herbert Hoover,

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as we've said. You would have got 48 for JFK and the top three,

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let's take a look at them, the ones that most of our 100 people said,

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no surprises here.

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Bill Clinton, 52, Ronald Reagan, also 52

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and top of the shop, Barack Obama, 72.

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Thank you very much, Richard.

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So we are at the end of our first round and the pair we have to say

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goodbye to, I'm so sorry, David and Cherelle.

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For the second time. Far too soon to be sending you home.

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But this time, we really are saying goodbye, I'm afraid,

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because it's your second and last chance to appear on the show.

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-It's been great having you here, far too brief.

-It's been great.

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But you've been wonderful contestants. Thanks very much, Cherelle and David.

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But for our remaining three pairs, it's now time for Round Two.

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And so suddenly down to three pairs. And at the end of this round, I have to break it to you now,

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we are going to be down to two for our head-to-head round,

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so we're going to have to say goodbye to one of the pairs in front of me.

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Best of luck to all three pairs.

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Our category for Round Two this afternoon is the UK.

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The UK. Can you decide in your pairs who's going to go first,

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who's going to go second? And whoever's going first,

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please step up to the podium.

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OK, and our UK question

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concerns Scotland.

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Scotland. Richard.

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On each board, I'm going to show you six clues to facts about Scotland

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and its people - you just need to give us the most obscure you can.

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There's 12 in all to have a go at at home.

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-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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OK, so, here is our first board of clues to facts about Scotland

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and here are the first six.

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I will read those all again.

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So, Janet, what would you like to go for?

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I think there's only two I definitely know,

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so I'm going to go for the Scottish band, The Proclaimers.

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The Proclaimers, says Janet.

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The Proclaimers. Let's see how many of our 100 people got that.

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It's right.

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-Oh!

-71.

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71, that's high.

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Yes, a big score. They are so greatly loved, The Proclaimers, aren't they?

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And everyone knows them and everyone loves their songs.

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-Yeah.

-You don't see them interviewed much, there's no hype around them.

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But everybody loves them.

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Just brilliant. Gary.

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-Gary.

-I think I'll go for the Scottish hero played by Mel Gibson

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in Braveheart as William Wallace.

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William Wallace, says Gary.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people went with William Wallace.

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Not bad, 40 for Wallace.

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Well played, Gary. That was written by Randall Wallace,

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who was convinced he is related to William Wallace.

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He's not been able to prove it, but he said, "I'm certain I was."

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Very good. Now then, Bill.

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This board is all yours.

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If you fancy it, you could go through the whole board.

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I think I might know one.

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OK. What are you going to go for?

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The former Scottish footballer.

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-Bill Shankly.

-Bill Shankly, says Bill.

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Let's see if it's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.

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Absolutely right. 71 is our highest score. You pass it.

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40 our low score. You pass it.

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Bill Shankly... Down to 21.

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Very well done indeed, Bill.

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Yeah, very well played, Bill.

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Let's take a look at the rest of these.

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The city in which the Scottish Parliament meets, Edinburgh.

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That's 69 points. The poet is Liz Lochhead. She would've scored you 2 points.

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The best answer on the board.

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-And the philosopher and economist featured on the note...

-Adam Smith.

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Adam Smith.

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He would have scored you 16.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So we're halfway through the round, but before we come back down the line,

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let's take a look at those scores.

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Well done, Bill. Bill and Martin, our low scorers at this point on 21,

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then up to 40 where we find Gary and Dean, then 71, Janet and Julie.

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Julie... I mean, you're not way ahead...

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But you're...way ahead.

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Yeah.

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We need a low score from you, Julie, and we certainly have to hope,

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not that we wish misfortune on anyone,

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but we have to hope that someone else gets a high score.

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Good luck with that. We're going to come back down the line.

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Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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OK, let's put six more Scottish clues up on the board and here they come.

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I'll read those one last time.

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There we are. Now, remember, Martin,

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we're looking for the most obscure answer you can find on that board.

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Yeah, it's a bit trickier than the previous board, this one.

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So I'm going to go fairly safe and go for the 18th-century Scottish poet

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and say Robert Burns.

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Robert or Rabbie Burns, you're going to say.

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Now 49 or less means you'll avoid becoming the new high scorers.

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There's your red line. Let's see how many people went for Robbie Burns.

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It's right.

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Ooh, 74. Takes your total up to 95.

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Yeah, a big score for Burns.

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Made all his money from the lyrics to Auld Lang Syne, made a fortune,

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used to play it on the radio so much.

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Every New Year. Ka-ching!

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-Boom.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now, Dean.

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Dean, you're on 40. If you can score 54 or less,

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you're in the head-to-head.

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I'm going to go for the islands to the north-east of the mainland which

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form the northernmost point of the UK as the Shetland Islands.

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The Shetland Islands, says Dean. Let's see if that's right,

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let's see how many of our 100 people said it.

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There's your red line.

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It's right.

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And you are through. Very well done.

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Just!

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42. 54 was your target, 82 is your total.

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Very well played. There's been evidence of settlers in the Shetland Islands since 3,000 BCE.

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-Amazing, isn't it?

-There we are.

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Thank you very much. Now then, Julie.

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-Yes.

-This is very exciting.

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You have to score 23 or less.

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Now, how are we feeling about Scotland?

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Well, I'm not feeling as confident about this board as the last one.

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I don't know whether the battle is Culloden, but I'm not sure.

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The city, it's either Glasgow or Strathclyde.

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I don't know the First Minister,

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but I'm going to go for the last one, and I think, I'm not 100%,

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that it's Ian Rankin.

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Ian Rankin, says Julie.

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23 is your target, which looks like this.

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There is your red line. Get below that, you are in the head-to-head.

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Ohh!

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Martin and Bill, a lot riding on this.

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Ian Rankin. Let's see how many of our 100 people said Ian Rankin.

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-It's right.

-Wow.

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Still going down, Julie.

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Oh, you've done it! Look at that - 22.

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You needed 23 and you've got 22.

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Now that is economy.

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93 is your total, you are through to the head-to-head.

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Look at those three scores there - very close all round.

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Terrific round, everybody.

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Ian Rankin, wonderful, Ian Rankin.

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Everything he writes, he's such a terrific novelist.

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The 1746 battle, you were correct, it's Culloden.

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-Was it?

-That would have scored you too many points though.

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-Oh.

-That would have scored you 33,

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so you were right to go with Ian Rankin.

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The city is Glasgow.

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Glasgow.

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Too many points for that as well, 61 points.

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The best answer on the board is the politician, Jack McConnell.

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Oh, I was going to say Donald Dewar.

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-Right, sorry.

-Jack McConnell, he would have scored you 3 points.

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Very well done if you said that.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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At the end of our second round, the pair we're saying goodbye to,

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I'm afraid it's our quizzers over there on the far podium,

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Martin and Bill. I am so sorry.

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Very close, though.

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Probably need to start quizzing in Scotland more.

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-Maybe, just a thought.

-Just a thought.

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Well, look how close that is, 82, 93, 95.

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Very exciting and satisfactory grouping at the top there.

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But, Martin and Bill, I'm sorry to say goodbye to you now.

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We will see you again next time, we look forward to that.

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Thanks very much. Martin and Bill.

0:24:430:24:45

But for the remaining two pairs, it's now time for our head-to-head.

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Many, many congratulations, Dean and Gary, Janet and Julie,

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you are now one step closer to the final

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and a chance to play for that jackpot which is currently standing at...

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Well, it's our civil servants versus our sisters.

0:25:060:25:09

That's a match we haven't really had before, I don't think.

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But, Dean and Gary, you were round one exiteers last time.

0:25:140:25:18

So, yes, you haven't been this far, and, Janet and Julie,

0:25:180:25:20

this is your first appearance on the show.

0:25:200:25:22

So who knows what's going to happen?

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But best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.

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OK. Here is your first question and it concerns...

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Like Janet and Julie today.

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We are going to show you five pictures now of people

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who have played siblings on-screen,

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but we've obscured someone in each of the photographs.

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We need you to tell us who we have obscured in each of these, please.

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Best of luck. The actor we're looking for who is obscured in each of these pictures.

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OK. The missing sibling in each of these

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screen sibling partnerships. And here they are.

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We have got...

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Now, Dean and Gary, you've been our low scorers, so you will go first.

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Feel free to confer.

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OK. We know a lot of them.

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But we're going to go for D, for Kelsey Grammer.

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Kelsey Grammer, say Dean and Gary. Kelsey Grammer.

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Now, Janet and Julie,

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do you want to talk us through the rest of the board?

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A is Pauline Quirke, we don't know B at all.

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C is Nicholas Lyndhurst and E, we think, is Courteney Cox.

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-We are going to go for...

-Courteney Cox.

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-E, Courteney Cox.

-E, Courteney Cox.

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So we have Kelsey Grammer and we have Courteney Cox.

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Dean and Gary went for Kelsey Grammer for D.

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Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many of our 100 people said it.

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It's right.

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Oh, look at that. Down it goes,

0:27:220:27:24

15.

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I can't work out... I can't call this one at all because Courteney Cox,

0:27:300:27:34

Kelsey Grammer...

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Let's find out.

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Courteney Cox for E is what Janet and Julie have gone for.

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Is it good enough to beat Kelsey Grammer?

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Let's find out.

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Down it goes. It's going to be close.

0:27:500:27:53

-Oh!

-Well done.

0:27:530:27:55

Very well done indeed. Kelsey Grammer, Dean and Gary.

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After one question, you are up 1-0.

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Yeah, that was very close.

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You chose the best one of the ones you knew, though.

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The other two that you mentioned, Pauline Quirke was A.

0:28:060:28:10

She would have scored too many points, 39.

0:28:100:28:13

You were right about C as well. It is Nicholas Lyndhurst.

0:28:130:28:16

Surprisingly low score for Nicholas Lyndhurst, 46 points.

0:28:160:28:18

-Wow.

-Obviously the character name everyone knows,

0:28:180:28:21

but you would have thought that he would have scored more.

0:28:210:28:23

And the best answer on the board, cos it's a pointless answer,

0:28:230:28:26

from the wonderful Modern Family,

0:28:260:28:28

she plays Hayley and it's Sarah Hyland.

0:28:280:28:31

Very well done if you said that at home.

0:28:310:28:33

Thanks very much indeed, Richard.

0:28:330:28:35

So here comes your second question.

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Janet and Julie, you will get to answer it first.

0:28:370:28:39

But you have to win it to stay in the game.

0:28:390:28:41

So best of luck with that.

0:28:410:28:43

Our second question this afternoon is all about...

0:28:430:28:46

Historical Fashion, Richard.

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Yes, five clues now to historical fashion items and accessories.

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We're also going to give you the first letter of each answer.

0:28:520:28:55

Marvellous. Thank you very much.

0:28:560:28:57

Let's reveal our clues to historical fashion items.

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And here they are...

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I'll read those again.

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Janet and Julie, you will go first.

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(Bustle or cravat?)

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(No, no, I think that's too high. We'll go for bustle.)

0:29:500:29:53

OK, we're going to for the top one, bustle.

0:29:540:29:58

Bustle, say Janet and Julie.

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Bustle for the top one.

0:30:000:30:02

Now then, Dean and Gary, do you want to talk us through the rest?

0:30:020:30:06

We know a few of them. The wide strip of fabric would be a collar,

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an item of boned underwear is a corset,

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the starched frill worn around the neck would be the ruff,

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and we're not sure about the stiffened petticoat.

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We're going to go with the starched frill as a ruff.

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A ruff. So we have bustle and we have ruff.

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Julie and Janet said bustle for the top one. Let's see if that's right,

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let's see how many of our 100 said bustle.

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51 for bustle.

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Dean and Gary, meanwhile, have gone for ruff.

0:30:460:30:48

Let's see how many of our 100 people said that.

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62.

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That's exactly what you needed, Julie and Janet - you're back in the game.

0:31:000:31:04

After two questions, it's 1-1.

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Coincidentally, Ruff Bustle is my rap name.

0:31:050:31:08

LAUGHTER

0:31:080:31:10

That's nice, isn't it? Isn't it?

0:31:100:31:11

Now, gents, 62 was too many points,

0:31:110:31:13

but you would have got through to the final with the second answer,

0:31:130:31:17

the wide strip of fabric, but it's not a collar.

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So you wouldn't have done. It's a cravat.

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-Cravat.

-Yes, cravat.

0:31:230:31:25

Named after those Croat mercenaries.

0:31:250:31:26

48 point for that.

0:31:260:31:28

The boned underwear is, of course, a corset.

0:31:280:31:30

That would have scored 93 points.

0:31:310:31:33

A big score. And the stiffened petticoat is a crinoline.

0:31:330:31:36

Would have scored you 29.

0:31:360:31:39

Best answer on the board there at the bottom.

0:31:390:31:42

Thanks very much, Richard.

0:31:420:31:43

OK, it all comes down to the third question.

0:31:430:31:45

Whoever wins this goes through to the final to play for that jackpot.

0:31:450:31:48

Best of luck to both pairs.

0:31:480:31:49

Our third question this afternoon concerns...

0:31:490:31:52

Bad songs, essentially.

0:31:550:31:57

We're going to show you five songs now containing the word bad.

0:31:570:32:01

We need you to tell us who had a hit with these songs, please.

0:32:010:32:03

We've given you those initials too.

0:32:030:32:05

Whoever gives us the most obscure answer is going through to play for the jackpot.

0:32:050:32:08

OK, let's reveal our five songs and here they are.

0:32:080:32:11

We have got...

0:32:130:32:14

Now, Dean and Gary, you will go first.

0:32:370:32:39

(The second one is Bon Jovi, obviously.

0:32:390:32:41

-(The bottom one is Lady Gaga, Bad Romance.

-Shall we go with that?

0:32:410:32:45

(Bon Jovi?)

0:32:450:32:47

Yeah, we're going to try the second one, You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi.

0:32:470:32:52

Bon Jovi, say Dean and Gary, Bon Jovi.

0:32:520:32:55

Now then, Julie and Janet, do you want to talk us through the rest of the board?

0:32:550:32:59

The bottom one we think is Lady Gaga, we don't know the fourth one,

0:32:590:33:02

the third one down, Bad Boys, Wham!

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But we're going to go for the first one, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

0:33:050:33:08

Creedence Clearwater Revival, say Janet and Julie.

0:33:080:33:12

So we have Bon Jovi and we have Creedence Clearwater Revival.

0:33:120:33:15

Now then, Dean and Gary went for Bon Jovi. Let's see if that's right.

0:33:150:33:18

Let's see how many people said it.

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It's right.

0:33:230:33:24

Wow.

0:33:290:33:30

12 for Bon Jovi.

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Janet and Julie, meanwhile, have gone for Creedence Clearwater Revival.

0:33:370:33:41

Let's see how many people said that.

0:33:410:33:43

It's right. It has to go down to 12 and...

0:33:470:33:51

Oh! 38!

0:33:510:33:53

38 for Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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There we are. Which means well done, Dean and Gary,

0:34:000:34:03

after three questions you are through to the final 2-1.

0:34:030:34:06

Yes, the biggest answer on the board, Creedence Clearwater Revival.

0:34:060:34:09

I think the initials, there's three of them and the song is so famous.

0:34:090:34:13

Very interesting, the psychology of the people who answer the questions,

0:34:130:34:16

I have to say. This next one down, Bad Boys, which is Wham!,

0:34:160:34:19

famous song but very low scorer.

0:34:190:34:21

-It would have scored you 8 points.

-Oh, no!

-Wow.

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And that's again because it's just W and you've got such

0:34:230:34:26

little time to answer it when you are one of 100 people.

0:34:260:34:29

You've got your 100 seconds, you are answering all these things.

0:34:290:34:31

Bad Day, this is the best answer on the board.

0:34:310:34:34

Daniel Powter.

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Canadian, I think.

0:34:360:34:38

And even Lady Gaga at the bottom there.

0:34:380:34:41

Only scored 14. It goes to show, doesn't it?

0:34:410:34:44

It's just sometimes the brain sees a series of initials and it sparks something off.

0:34:440:34:49

-Yeah.

-I think maybe three initials,

0:34:490:34:52

perhaps that does something to the brain that two initials doesn't do.

0:34:520:34:55

Interesting. Thanks very much indeed, Richard.

0:34:550:34:58

So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head round, I'm sorry,

0:34:580:35:01

Julie and Janet, I could hear from the sounds you were making that you

0:35:010:35:05

were surprised and slightly dismayed by the turnout there.

0:35:050:35:08

But you had Wham! You had Wham! so you could have gone for Wham!

0:35:080:35:12

Anyway, we've all had an insight

0:35:120:35:14

into the psychology of our 100 people there,

0:35:140:35:16

which I'm sure you'll be able to put to good use when you come back next time.

0:35:160:35:19

We look forward to that very much.

0:35:190:35:22

In the meantime, thanks very much. Janet and Julie.

0:35:220:35:25

But for Dean and Gary, it is now time for our Pointless final.

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Congratulations, Dean and Gary.

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You have fought off all the competition and you have won

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our coveted Pointless trophy.

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You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot.

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At the end of today's show, the jackpot is standing at...

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There it is. What do you want to see in this last round -

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anything in particular?

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We'd love a bit of sport.

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A bit of sport. There is always usually a bit of sport.

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Even if it comes smuggled in under some other pretext.

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Sport we can probably rely on.

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Anything else, any other areas of expertise?

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Nail that down to Wolverhampton Wanderers in football in sport.

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I think now you're getting cheeky, Gary.

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Best of luck. You know what happens.

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We'll put four things up on the board, usually fairly bewildering things,

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but let's hope there's something there you quite like the look of.

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Today's selection looks very much like this.

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I think you can rule out one or two. Three or four. You choose.

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I think we'll go with the sport one probably.

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Yeah, OK. We'll go with Olympic Jumping Events.

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Olympic Jumping Events, Richard.

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Very best of luck, gents. We are looking for anyone who has won a medal of any colour

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in the Olympics since 1968 in any of the following three

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events, please.

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Any medallist in the long jump,

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any medallist in the high jump and, you can probably guess the next one,

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any medallist in the triple jump, please.

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So from 1968 through to 2012, gold, silver,

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bronze medallists in any of those three events, please.

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-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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Now, as always, you've got up to a minute to come up with three answers,

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and all you need to win that jackpot is for just one of those answers to be pointless. Are you ready?

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-Yes.

-Very good.

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Let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.

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There they are. Your time starts now.

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-Yeah, Greg Rutherford was the...

-Greg Rutherford.

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Long jumper.

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Carl Lewis.

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Carl Lewis was long jump.

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Same sort of time.

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Going back further. Bob Beamon.

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Was a record held for a long, long time.

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-In the long jump, wasn't it?

-He was, yes.

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-Triple...

-We're going to have to get that right then.

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I think Carl Lewis is...

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a good one because people associate him with sprinting, not jumping.

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That was long jump, wasn't it?

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-Yeah.

-Carl Lewis for long jump.

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Bob Beamon. Take a risk. Which one did he do?

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Was he...?

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It was a massive distance.

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-Ten seconds left.

-OK. I think it was possibly triple.

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-And Greg Rutherford.

-And Greg Rutherford.

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Bob Beamon, Greg Rutherford and Carl Lewis.

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OK, that is your time up.

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Sounds like you've arrived at your three answers.

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What are they going to be? If you say which category you are answering in,

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-that would be great.

-We're going to go for Greg Rutherford

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in the long jump.

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Greg Rutherford.

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Carl Lewis, long jump.

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Yes. Carl Lewis.

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And we're going to go with Bob Beamon.

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As you probably heard, we couldn't make our mind up which one he'd done,

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-but we'll go triple jump.

-Triple jump for Bob Beamon.

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OK. Of those three, which is your best shot at a pointless answer?

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I think Carl Lewis because most people think he's a sprinter.

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-And forget about the jumping ones.

-Yes. OK, put Carl Lewis last.

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Least likely to be pointless?

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-Probably Greg Rutherford.

-Greg Rutherford and then Beamon in the middle.

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OK, perfect, let's pop those on the board in that order.

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And here they are. We've got...

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Well, best of luck. If one of those answers turns out to be pointless,

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what would you do with that money?

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Well, I quite like adrenaline experience days and I've had a passion since

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I was a small child to learn how to ride a speedway bike.

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OK, put it towards that.

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-Gary, how about you?

-Well,

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I would put it towards taking my little girl to Lapland.

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Me and my wife have taken our two boys and we'd like to take her at

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-Christmas this year.

-Lovely. Very nice indeed. OK.

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Well, let's look at your first answer, Greg Rutherford.

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In this case we were looking for a long jump medal winners.

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Only one of these has to be pointless for you to win that jackpot,

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but if Greg Rutherford is pointless, it will win you £1,000.

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How many of our 100 people said Greg Rutherford?

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It's right.

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Greg Rutherford now taking us down through the 60s and the 50s.

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If this goes all the way down to zero, you leave here with £1,000.

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Down through the 20s. Into the teens.

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16.

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Not a bad answer.

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I got the feeling he was slightly filling that first place for you anyway.

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Only two more shots at today's jackpot.

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Your next answer was Bob Beamon.

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In this case we were looking for triple jump medal winners,

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that's the one you nominated for Bob Beamon.

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If this is right, if this is pointless, you will leave here with £1,000.

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How many people said Bob Beamon for the triple jump?

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Bad luck.

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We will discover why that is wrong shortly.

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But that means you only have one more shot at today's jackpot,

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which means everything is now riding on Carl Lewis.

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This was your most confident shot at a pointless answer.

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You were hoping most people would think of Carl Lewis as a sprinter,

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not a long jumper.

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But we are going for long jump medal winners.

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It Carl Lewis is pointless, it will win you £1,000.

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How many people said Carl Lewis?

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Well, it's right. As was Greg Rutherford,

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who took us all the way down to 16.

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Bob Beamon, unfortunately, an incorrect answer,

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but Carl Lewis now taking us down through the teens.

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12, bad luck.

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Well, appropriately, you had a good run at that but I'm afraid

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you just didn't manage to find that all-important pointless answer,

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so I'm afraid you don't win today's jackpot of £1,000.

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That will roll over on to the next show

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but we really enjoyed having you on, two shows you've been on.

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Out in Round One last time but this time, very good account you have made of yourselves.

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I'm sorry we didn't get to send you away with the prize but

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you get a Pointless trophy each to take home.

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-That's great.

-Fantastic.

-Very well done indeed. Dean and Gary.

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Yes, very well played, gents.

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Bob Beamon, a long jumper,

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he held that world record for like 20-odd years.

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He would have scored you 4 points, though, for long jump.

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So, fortunately, was not a pointless answer in that category either.

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Loads of pointless answers,

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including a few Brits in some of these categories.

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We'll start with long jump medal winners...

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Everyone for the long jump was a pointless answer

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apart from Greg Rutherford, Carl Lewis, Bob Beamon.

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There was Mike Powell, he would have scored you points.

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Jackie Joyner and also Heike Dreschler.

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The German would have scored you points.

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Everyone else a pointless answer on that list.

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The high jump medal winners now...

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Robert Grabarz, a British bronze medallist.

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He was a pointless answer, unbelievably.

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Every single high jumper who won any medal at all since 1968 was

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pointless, other than Steve Smith and Dick Fosbury.

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Dick Fosbury, of course, we know from the Fosbury flop.

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And triple jump medal winners...

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Some famous names here.

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Christian Olsson, who won gold in the triple jump.

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Francoise Mbango Etone won two golds

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and Viktor Saneyev won three golds

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in the triple jump. Everyone there a pointless answer

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apart from Jonathan Edwards, unsurprisingly, Phillips Idowu,

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Keith Connor, another Brit who would have scored you points.

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Christian Taylor, Mike Conley, and Kenny Harrison.

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Everybody else was a pointless answer.

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Very well done at home if you got any of those,

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and tough in one minute to come up with some of those names, guys.

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Thanks very much.

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Well, sadly, Dean and Gary didn't when our jackpot today,

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which means it will roll over on to the next show when we will be playing for £2,000.

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Join us then, see if someone can win it.

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Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...

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-Goodbye.

-And it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

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Quiz in which contestants try to score as few points as possible by plumbing the depths of their general knowledge to come up with the answers no-one else can think of. Presented by Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman.


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