Episode 46 Pointless


Episode 46

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, and welcome to Pointless.

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This is the show where all the questions have been asked to 100 people before the show -

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all our contestants have to do is come up with the answers no-one else could think of.

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Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one.

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My name's Mitchell, this is my beautiful wife Sarah. We're from Aberdeen.

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Couple number two.

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Hi, I'm Lesley. This is Gillian. And we're from Newcastle.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, I'm Edo, this is Nicky. We're both from London.

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And finally, couple number four.

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Hello, my name's Ian and I'm from Cardiff,

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and this is my sister Sian from Bridgend.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, a very warm welcome to Pointless, lovely to have you here.

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We'll get to chat to each of you throughout the show as it goes along.

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So that just leaves one more person for me to introduce -

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hovering above his chair like a hummingbird,

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his arms flapping 50 times a second, it's my pointless friend, it's Richard.

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Hiya.

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Hey, everybody.

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It's true, if you've got one of those super-slow-mo buttons on your telly, you can see it.

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Amazing - well, I sort of can.

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-I am constantly in motion. Amazing, isn't it?

-Amazing.

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Now, we've a couple of familiar faces on our first two podiums.

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Very different shows last time, as well. Sarah and Mitchell on that first podium there,

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Sarah had a rather good show last time -

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Mitchell joined the 200 Club all by himself.

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So he needs to pull his finger out essentially in this one.

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And on the second podium we've got Gillian and Lesley.

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Now, Gillian told us possibly the most baffling anecdote I've ever heard on Pointless, Gillian,

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and then gave us an incorrect answer.

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So we need, just... Gillian, just absolute focus this time.

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It's going to be a lot of fun, I think, and welcome to our two new pairs, as well.

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-Nice little jackpot boiling up, as well.

-Isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Thank you very much. Now, as you've gathered, Katie and Mark

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didn't win the jackpot last time, which means we are adding another £1,000 to that

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so today's jackpot starts off... at £5,000.

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OK, if everyone's ready, let's play Pointless.

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Remember this - the pair with the highest score at the end of each round will be eliminated. That's it.

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No conferring till we get to the head-to-head.

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Best of luck to all four pairs. Our first category this afternoon is...

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..US States.

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

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who's going to go second?

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And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.

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OK. Let's find out what the question is. Here it comes.

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We gave 100 people 100 seconds to name as many...

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US states with consecutive consonants in their name

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as they could. Consecutive consonants, Richard.

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Yeah, just looking for any of the 50 states

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that have consecutive consonants at any point in their name, please.

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So just two consecutive consonants at any part of their name.

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Thank you very much indeed.

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OK. So, Mitchell, we come to you first.

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Welcome here from Aberdeen. Remind us what you do up there.

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Erm, I work for a health club. I'm the deputy manager.

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He's being very modest. Mitchell RUNS the health club up there in Aberdeen.

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How is it going? What sort of state

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is it going to be in when you get back there?

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Erm... I'm sure they'll be coping well without me. It's a good team.

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A good team. Your interests outside the health club are what, Mitchell?

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Er, into sports. Like to play football, do a bit of running.

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Got a young family, as well,

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and they take up a lot of the time.

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Absolutely. OK - now, Mitchell.

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US States. How are you on your American geography, do you think?

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I've got an answer in my mind - I've only got one answer,

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and I hope it's a state, and I hope it's right.

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-Virginia?

-Virginia, says Mitchell.

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Virginia. Let's see.

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If it is right, let's see how many of our 100 people said Virginia.

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-It is right.

-Oh!

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Look at that!

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4, Mitchell.

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Not only right, it's a very good answer, 4.

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Great start to the show, thank you.

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Well played, Mitchell. An R and a G next to each other in that name.

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They've got a life-size replica of Stonehenge in Virginia,

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made out of Styrofoam.

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It's called Foamhenge.

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I don't know why, but they do.

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Ah, that's...

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great. Isn't it?

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I think so. It's actually the oldest structure in America, as well.

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ALEXANDER LAUGHS

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Thanks very much, Richard! Lesley, welcome to Pointless again.

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Remind us what you do.

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I'm an account manager for a family firm that makes curry.

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That's just lovely. How often do you eat curry at work?

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Oh, well, I have to eat it quite often to test it.

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Oh... That's just the best excuse, isn't it?

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So what do you like doing

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when you're not working in the curry world?

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Well, I'm a bit of a sucker for a raffle.

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If I see a man with a raffle-ticket book, I get very excited!

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LAUGHTER

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Have you ever won anything at raffles?

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Oh... I've THOUGHT I've won,

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and I've squealed and I've gone to get the prize and it wasn't me.

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Oh, no! What did you get wrong, the colour of the ticket...?

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No, the whole number. I was so excited!

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Very exciting. Now - Lesley, US states with consecutive consonants.

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I hope this is right, cos my husband will kill me if it's not.

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-Rhode Island.

-Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island, says Lesley.

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Let's see how right it is.

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How many of our 100 people said Rhode Island?

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It is right. Well, 4 is our only score at this stage...

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Ooh, down it goes. Look at that,

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7 for Rhode Island.

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APPLAUSE

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Oh, well done!

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Well played, Lesley. Packed full of consecutive consonants,

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it's got R, H, S, L, N, D...

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-Good for them.

-It's my kind of island.

-Yeah.

-Look at that.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Edo. Welcome to Pointless. Good to have you here from London.

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-What do you do, Edo?

-I'm a sports journalist.

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Not a very good one but...!

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Where do you do your journalism?

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I mostly work for an Italian website that has an English page.

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I see. Does that require you to go and turn up live to watch things,

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-or do you just have to follow things?

-Not so much, it's more following things from home.

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We've got loads of reporters on the ground already.

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Writing them up. I see.

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So I'm guessing sport is a big interest of yours, then?

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Yeah. Although certain sports

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I tend to sort of be a bit wishy-washy... But, yeah.

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OK. Now, Edo.

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US geography, how are we feeling about that?

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Pretty decent.

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I say that - famous last words(!)

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I'm going to go with...Wyoming.

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Wyoming.

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Wyoming. Nicky's very pleased with that, I can tell you that now.

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He is pleased.

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

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It is right.

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Well, our scoring at this stage ranges from 7 to 4...

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10 for Wyoming.

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APPLAUSE

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There's no particular science to this,

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but there we are, 10 for Wyoming.

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Starts with two consonants and ends with two consonants.

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It would be a good place to be a sports writer -

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do you know what their state sport is in Wyoming?

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-It's rodeo.

-Oh, yeah!

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That's their state sport.

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-Really?

-Yeah, how about that?

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Thanks very much indeed. Now, Ian.

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Welcome. Here from Cardiff.

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From Cardiff, yes.

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What do you do in Cardiff, Ian?

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I'm ICT technical services manager

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-for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

-Oh, fantastic.

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So you're basically keeping everyone

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educated at a certain level in Wales?

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-I'm doing my best.

-It's down to you, Ian.

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It's down to me.

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And when not doing that, what do you like to get up to, Ian?

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Well, I'm trying to get back into triathlon, I'm trying to get fit.

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When did you LEAVE triathlon?

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11 years ago. I did an Ironman in Austria...

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How do you even start to train for that?

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I don't know how it happened. I just sort of fell into it.

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And here you are wanting to go back to it.

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Yes. Well, I made a promise to some people that I would do it,

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and I regretted it for a while, and then I thought, well...

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-Might as well. In for a penny.

-Give it a go.

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Good for you, Ian. You're made of... weirder stuff than me!

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SIAN LAUGHS

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What would you like to go for?

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My answer is...Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin, says Ian.

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Wisconsin, let's see how many of our 100 people went for Wisconsin.

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It's right.

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Well, 10 to 4 is our score range at this point...

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Down to 2! APPLAUSE

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Extending the range in exactly the right direction. 2 for Wisconsin.

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Nice work, Ian. Barbie is from Wisconsin.

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She's dropped her accent, hasn't she?

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-Yeah, she really has. You wouldn't know, would you?

-No.

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She's from a place called Willows, which isn't real.

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OK, thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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We're halfway through, let's take a look at those scores.

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2, Ian - the best score of the pass, very well done.

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I'd say Ian and Sian looking very strong at this point.

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Actually, you all are, really, to be honest.

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4 is where we find Mitchell and Sarah,

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7 is where we find Lesley and Gillian,

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10 is where we find Edo and Nicky.

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Nicky, if you can find something that happens somehow to score

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more in the Wisconsin and less in the Wyoming end of the spectrum,

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then good luck. We're going to come back down the line now,

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can the second players step up to the podium?

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Sian. A very warm welcome.

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-What do you do, Sian?

-I work in children's services,

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for a local authority.

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And what are your hobbies, what do you like getting up to?

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Lots of exercise type of things -

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rowing, running, swimming.

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This isn't heading towards Ironman, is it?

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-I'm heading towards a triathlon route like my brother.

-That's good.

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-You won't do any of the Ironman...?

-Maybe in a few years.

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I'm a novice at the moment, so...

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Fantastic.

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Now then, Sian, you're on 2.

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Now, let's say you could score 7 or less...

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-OK.

-It could be done,

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others have done it - you'd be sure of a place in Round Two.

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I've got a state in mind - I hope it's a state, anyway,

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so I'm going to say it.

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-Nebraska.

-Nebraska, says Sian.

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Nebraska. Here is your red line.

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If you can get below that, you're into Round Two.

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How many of our 100 said Nebraska?

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It's right.

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Well, 10 is still our high score,

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2 our low...

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6!

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Very well done indeed. Taking your total up to 18,

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comfortably into Round Two.

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Very good work, Sian. They've got the best zoo in the world in Nebraska -

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the Henry Doorley Zoo and Aquarium, voted Best Zoo in the World in 2014.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Now then, Nicky.

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Welcome to Pointless, good to have you here.

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What do you do, Nicky?

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I was a political researcher,

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and I've quit and I'm now a journalism student.

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Did you go into political research thinking it would be marvellous and you quit out of disillusionment,

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or did you only intend to do it for a little while?

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Erm, I saw all the politicians up to their funny business, and I...

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GIGGLING

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..had to leave before I turned out like one of them.

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Oh, no. Not THAT kind of funny business.

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I don't know if we're talking about the same type of funny business.

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I don't know either, I'm not sure! LAUGHTER

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Nicky, thank you for wearing a tie.

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I just love it when people wear ties,

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I'm just going to say that. Mitchell,

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maybe you just forgot to put yours on. You've got this beautifully...

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The ground is set, shall we say? But, er... There we are.

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Nicky, you're on 10, currently our high scorers.

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-We need a low score from you.

-Mm...

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I have a few in mind,

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I'm trying to work out which is

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going to score the least...

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I will go

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with...

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..North Dakota.

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Ooh... He's not happy.

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He's not happy at all, that was very world-weary.

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LAUGHTER

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North Dakota, says Nicky. There's no red line, you're the high scorers -

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North Dakota, how far down the column can Nicky get with that?

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It's right.

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Still 10 to 2

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is our scoring range at this point...

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12 for North Dakota. APPLAUSE

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No rhyme nor reason for it, but 22 is your total.

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It's got four consonants in a row, North Dakota.

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I mean, come on. R, T, H, D.

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-Ahhh...!

-That's good going, isn't it?

-It is good going.

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OK, thank you very much indeed.

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Now then - Gillian, welcome back.

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Remind us what you like getting up to in Newcastle.

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I do lots of voluntary work, like I said before,

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but I won't go into cake conducting again.

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Cake conducting!

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I do like my horse racing...

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Do you? Where do you go?

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Well, I go to the local racetrack...

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-To Newcastle?

-Yes, and I've been to Cheltenham.

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But we have the grey horse fund, me and my neighbour.

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-You have a great horse...?

-GREY horse fund.

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We bet on the grey horse number 5.

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That's it, grey horse number 5.

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She's speaking in riddles again.

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LAUGHTER It's always grey horse number 5?

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If there's a horse that's GREY that's 5 -

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-otherwise we just bet on any grey horse.

-Any grey horse.

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It's a bit like Lesley's raffle thing.

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-That's why we get on so well.

-Oh, that's lovely!

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Now then, Gillian - you have to score 14 or less.

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I won't brook anything more.

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OK... Tennessee.

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Tennessee. Tennessee, says Gillian.

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Here's your red line -

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get below this red line with Tennessee, you're home and dry.

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

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It's right.

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You've done it, look at that!

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7. You equal Lesley's lovely score - takes you up to 14,

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sees you comfortably through to Round Two. Very well done.

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Two Ns, two Ss, Gillian. Very well played.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard. Sarah... Welcome back.

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Remind us what you do.

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I'm an admin assistant

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in the same health club as Mitch.

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Here's what I want to know - is Mitch a good boss?

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That's my answer, thank you very much!

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LAUGHTER Sarah...

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-you've got Aidan and Miller to look after.

-Mm-hm.

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They're a little bit older - Aidan's six, I think you said?

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Aidan's eight and Miller's five,

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-so he goes to school in the summer, so I lose my little buddy.

-I see.

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Well, yes. That's true -

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suddenly your life is slightly your own again, a bit more.

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Have you started taking something up again, or...

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-anything like that?

-Erm...

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I'm trying to get back into running.

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I used to do that a lot when I was younger.

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Very good. Now then - Sarah, the moment of truth is on us.

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You're on 4,

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Mitch set you up beautifully there, lovely low score in the first pass.

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Can I just say - Mitch really pulling his weight today.

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-CHUCKLING

-I had to step up, didn't I?

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That's good, you've done very well.

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22 the high score - 17 or less gets you through to the next round.

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I am feeling the pressure.

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I've had a state in mind the whole way through,

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but now I'm unsure cos it was...

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SOUTH Dakota.

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So I'm just going to go South Dakota...

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South Dakota.

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-Go for it.

-There's your red line -

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if you get below that, you're through.

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How many people said South Dakota?

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It's right.

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You've done it! Look at that.

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11, very well done indeed.

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11, taking your total up to 15, seeing you into Round Two.

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Yeah, South Dakota getting one point fewer than North Dakota.

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-Strange, isn't it?

-You would think

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North Dakota might automatically suggest South Dakota.

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You MIGHT have thought.

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Now, there are no pointless answers at all -

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the best score you can possibly get is 2,

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so terrific answer with Wisconsin,

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you couldn't have done any better.

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Maryland and Indiana would also have scored you 2.

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You'd have got 4 for Oklahoma

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and for West Virginia, as well as Virginia.

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5 for Kentucky, Connecticut,

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Montana, Kansas and Georgia.

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7 for New Mexico and Minnesota,

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and 8 for Vermont, Michigan, Pennsylvania,

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9 for New Hampshire. Those are the best scorers.

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Take a look at the top three scorers, the ones that most of our 100 people said.

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There's a few big scorers here,

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California would have scored you 28, Florida 30,

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and miles out in front, New York with 50.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So at the end of our first round the pair we're sending home with their high score of 22 -

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nothing wrong with that score,

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it just happens to be the highest score of the four -

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it's Nicky and Edo.

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However, you'll be back next time, we'll look forward to that.

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I'm sure you'll go much further then, but meantime thank you very much, Nicky and Edo.

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APPLAUSE

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

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And so three pairs remain -

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at the end of this round obviously we're going to have to say goodbye

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to another of the pairs in front of me now. But best of luck to all three pairs.

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Our category for Round Two today...

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..is Notable Women.

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Notable Women. Can you all decide in your pairs

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

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And whoever's going first, please step up to the podium.

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OK, and the question concerns...

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..Members of the "National Women's Hall of Fame".

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The "National Women's Hall of Fame".

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Yeah, simply six clues on each pass -

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the answers to all of those clues are people who are in

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the US National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Six on the first pass, six on the second, 12 to have a go at at home. Good luck.

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Thanks very much indeed. So let's reveal our first board of clues, and here they come...

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I'm going to read all of those again.

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There we are. Mitchell...

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Oh, me!

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Erm...

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This is a guess,

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but I'm going to go for the top one,

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and say - I don't even know if I've got this name right - Eretha Franklin.

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Eretha Franklin, says Mitchell.

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I mean, it's a name - let's see if it's right, though.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people went for Eretha Franklin.

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Oh... Bad luck. Bad luck, bad luck, Mitchell.

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Richard will explain why that is wrong,

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but I'm afraid that scores you 100 points. Sorry.

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It's a valiant attempt, actually...

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-It's not bad.

-It's Aretha with an A

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and doesn't fit the clues,

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but it's quite a...

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-LAUGHTER

-Eretha...

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I'm glad it's not with a U! Urethra Franklin.

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LAUGHTER

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-Yeah, you don't want that.

-No.

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HE EXHALES Gillian...

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Er... For once I think I know

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one or two of these!

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I'm going to go for the jazz singer

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dubbed the "First Lady of Song",

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noted for her Song Book albums, that's Ella Fitzgerald.

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Ella Fitzgerald.

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Poor Mitchell, there you are.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people got Ella Fitzgerald.

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It's right.

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48 for Ella Fitzgerald.

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Well done, Gillian. APPLAUSE

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Lovely answer, Gillian. Huge success everywhere in the world.

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Only ever had two UK top 20 singles.

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-Really?

-Yeah. One of which was Mack The Knife.

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I suppose she's more jazz, isn't she?

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-Yeah, exactly, she had hit albums everywhere...

-Yeah.

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Thanks very much indeed. Ian - this board is all yours.

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And you'll notice only one of those names has gone, so that

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leaves five to have some fun with.

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OK. Well...

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I was going to go for

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the second one,

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I was going to say Gerald Ford, but

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then I thought, he wasn't a woman...

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LAUGHTER

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And the bottom one, I think,

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is Amelia Earhart but I'm not sure,

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so I'm going to go

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with the third one down. Billie Jean King.

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Billie Jean King, says Ian for the third one down.

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Let's see if it's right, let's see how many of our 100 people said Billie Jean King.

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62 for Billie Jean King,

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not bad. APPLAUSE

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Let's work our way up from the bottom,

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because you were right about the bottom one.

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Would have been a better score, as well - Amelia Earhart, for 37.

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You'd have got 8 points for...

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-Georgia O'Keeffe.

-Georgia O'Keeffe.

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You'd have got 31 points for Louisa May Alcott.

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So this is the best answer on the board -

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2 points, very well done if you said Geraldine Ferraro.

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Terrific work.

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Thank you very much indeed. So, let's have a look at the scores.

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What about Gillian and Lesley? The low scorers at this point.

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Very nice indeed.

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Keep that up and you'll be into the head-to-head.

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Then up to 62, where we find Ian and Sian.

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Then up to 100, Mitchell and Sarah.

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Sarah...

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anything might happen in the next pass.

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A low score from you

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might just keep you in the game, so very best of luck with that.

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We're going to come back down the line now, can the second players please step up to the podium?

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

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I'm going to read all of those again.

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-Sian...

-Right. OK.

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I think I know a couple of them,

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but the one I'm most confident about

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is the jazz singer.

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Erm...

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Lady Sings The Blues,

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that Diana Ross played.

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-I think it's Billie Holiday.

-Billie Holiday,

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says Sian. Now, you want to score 37 or less.

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That's what it looks like, there's the red line.

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

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It's right.

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-Ooh.

-47, but I think that's probably good enough.

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APPLAUSE 109 is your total.

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Yes, also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, unsurprisingly.

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-Diana Ross did the honours, actually, which was rather lovely.

-Ah. That's nice.

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Lesley...

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60 or less gets you into the head-to-head.

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Right, I think I'll go for the Wild West performer,

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and I think it's Annie Oakley.

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Annie Oakley, says Lesley.

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Here is YOUR red line - if you can get below that,

0:23:480:23:50

you're into the head-to-head. How many people said Annie Oakley?

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It's right.

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And you are in the head-to-head.

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Look at that, 48.

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Equalling Gillian's answer in the first pass, as well,

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so 96 is your total. Evenly earnt.

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Very well done. Annie Get Your Gun was the name of that musical.

0:24:080:24:11

Thanks, Richard.

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Now then, Sarah...

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Yes, you have to score 8 or less.

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Unlikely.

0:24:160:24:18

I hope this is right...

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The US First Lady,

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Betty Ford.

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Betty Ford, says Sarah.

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Betty Ford. Here is your red line.

0:24:240:24:28

Let's see if Betty Ford is the one that might get you down there -

0:24:280:24:31

how many of our 100 people said Betty Ford?

0:24:310:24:33

Oh, bad luck. 29 for Betty Ford, I'm afraid...

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APPLAUSE ..taking your total up to 129.

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Yeah, it's a good answer

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and a good way to leave the show. She was married to Gerald Ford,

0:24:490:24:52

who of course Ian recently revealed is a man, is a gentleman.

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-LAUGHTER

-That is a Pointless exclusive we got ourselves there.

0:24:540:24:58

-I bet you know all three of these. The author...

-Edith Wharton.

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Edith Wharton. 9 points for Edith Wharton.

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-The chat show host...

-Oprah Winfrey.

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..is Oprah. Yeah, she would have scored you 56.

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And the writer and poet...

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-Um...

-Maya Angelou.

-Maya Angelou, yes.

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She would have scored 15 points,

0:25:120:25:14

so, Edith Wharton the best answer on that board.

0:25:140:25:16

-Well done if you said that.

-Thank you very much indeed.

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So, at the end of our second round,

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the pair who are heading home, with a high score of 129,

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Sarah and Mitch, I'm afraid it is you.

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It's been lovely having you down here.

0:25:250:25:26

Thank you so much for coming to play.

0:25:260:25:28

I'm sorry we have to send you back without a Pointless trophy,

0:25:280:25:30

but you've made a good account of yourselves

0:25:300:25:32

and it's been great having you on.

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Thank you so much, Sarah and Mitchell.

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APPLAUSE

0:25:350:25:36

But, for Gillian and Lesley, Ian and Sian,

0:25:390:25:41

it's now time for our head-to-head.

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Congratulations, Gillian and Lesley, Ian and Sian.

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You're now one step closer to the final

0:25:500:25:52

and the chance to play for our jackpot,

0:25:520:25:54

which currently stands at £5,000.

0:25:540:25:57

APPLAUSE

0:25:570:25:58

This is exciting. You've now made it to the head-to-head,

0:26:000:26:03

which means you can confer from here on in.

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That's great news, isn't it?

0:26:050:26:06

You can confer before giving your answers.

0:26:060:26:08

First player to win two questions will be playing for that jackpot.

0:26:080:26:11

Very well done. This is exciting. It's Newcastle versus Wales.

0:26:110:26:14

Ooh! Put it like that.

0:26:150:26:16

I mean, for heaven's sake, who knows what's going to happen?

0:26:160:26:18

And what about this -

0:26:180:26:20

Gillian and Lesley both scored 7 points in the first round,

0:26:200:26:24

and both scored 48 points in the second.

0:26:240:26:27

-Ooh!

-How very strange.

0:26:270:26:30

-Spooky, spooky.

-You are just on form today.

0:26:300:26:32

Something is happening. But good luck to both pairs.

0:26:320:26:34

Let's play the head-to-head.

0:26:340:26:36

APPLAUSE

0:26:360:26:37

Here is your first question -

0:26:420:26:44

and it is all about trains and locomotives.

0:26:440:26:46

Trains and locomotives, Richard.

0:26:460:26:48

I'm going to show you five pictures now of famous trains and locomotives

0:26:480:26:51

with alternate letters of their names, as well.

0:26:510:26:53

Can you tell us what they are, please?

0:26:530:26:55

OK, let's reveal our five trains and locomotives -

0:26:550:26:57

and here they come.

0:26:570:26:58

We've got...

0:26:580:26:59

There we go.

0:27:290:27:30

Five trains and locomotives.

0:27:300:27:33

Now then, Gillian and Lesley,

0:27:330:27:34

you are our low scorers, so you will go first.

0:27:340:27:37

What one do you want to go for?

0:27:370:27:38

D.

0:27:380:27:40

Do you know that one?

0:27:410:27:43

Yeah.

0:27:430:27:44

I think we're going to go for D, Mallard.

0:27:480:27:51

D, Mallard, say Gillian and Lesley.

0:27:510:27:54

D, Mallard. Now, Ian and Sian, talk us through that board if you can.

0:27:540:27:58

Right...

0:27:580:27:59

A, at a guess, is Britannia.

0:27:590:28:01

C is Flying Scotsman.

0:28:030:28:04

E is the Rocket.

0:28:050:28:08

But I think we're going to go for B,

0:28:080:28:12

which I'm hoping is Pendolino.

0:28:120:28:15

Pendolino.

0:28:150:28:16

So, we have Mallard and we have Pendolino.

0:28:160:28:19

Gillian and Lesley said Mallard.

0:28:190:28:20

Let's see if that's right for D, let's see how many people said it.

0:28:200:28:23

It's right.

0:28:260:28:28

48 for Mallard. Not bad. APPLAUSE

0:28:310:28:33

Ian and Sian, meanwhile, have gone for Pendolino for B.

0:28:360:28:39

Let's see if that's right. Pendolino.

0:28:390:28:42

It's right...

0:28:440:28:45

..and it wins you the point. Well done.

0:28:480:28:50

Oh, it's a good score.

0:28:500:28:51

Look at that, 9 for Pendolino. APPLAUSE

0:28:510:28:54

Which means, Ian and Sian, after one question you are up 1-0.

0:28:540:28:58

And the Mallard was the fastest steam locomotive of all time,

0:28:580:29:01

went over 100mph, which is very impressive -

0:29:010:29:03

but it didn't have free Wi-Fi, so...

0:29:030:29:06

Swings and roundabouts on the Mallard, isn't it?

0:29:060:29:08

A is Britannia, you were quite right.

0:29:080:29:11

Would have scored 14 points.

0:29:110:29:13

You couldn't have bettered Pendolino,

0:29:130:29:14

it is the best answer up there.

0:29:140:29:16

C is the Flying Scotsman, of course it is.

0:29:160:29:18

69 points for that.

0:29:180:29:21

And E is the Rocket.

0:29:210:29:23

Got a surprisingly low score, Rocket.

0:29:230:29:25

Scored 47 points.

0:29:250:29:26

Thanks very much indeed.

0:29:270:29:28

So here is your second question.

0:29:280:29:30

Ian and Sian will answer it first -

0:29:300:29:32

but, Gillian and Lesley, you have to win this one

0:29:320:29:34

to stay in the game, so, good luck.

0:29:340:29:36

It concerns...

0:29:360:29:37

-Hot Beverages, Richard.

-Yeah, five hot beverages now -

0:29:400:29:43

but in anagram form.

0:29:430:29:45

Can you unscramble them, please?

0:29:450:29:47

OK, so, here are some well-mixed hot beverages - and we have got...

0:29:470:29:52

Ian and Sian go first.

0:30:090:30:11

What do you think? I know...

0:30:120:30:13

THEY WHISPER

0:30:130:30:15

We're going to go for the third one down.

0:30:220:30:25

Peppermint tea.

0:30:250:30:26

Peppermint tea. "Anti temper pep". Peppermint tea.

0:30:260:30:30

Gillian and Lesley, do you want to talk us through that board?

0:30:300:30:34

-No.

-We don't!

0:30:340:30:36

We don't really know another one!

0:30:360:30:38

We'll have to go for number two.

0:30:380:30:40

I think we'll go for the second one, hot chocolate.

0:30:400:30:43

OK, hot chocolate.

0:30:430:30:44

So we have peppermint tea and we have hot chocolate.

0:30:440:30:46

Now then, Ian and Sian said peppermint tea.

0:30:460:30:48

Let's see if that's right. Let's see how many people said peppermint tea.

0:30:480:30:51

It's right.

0:30:540:30:55

36.

0:30:590:31:00

APPLAUSE

0:31:000:31:01

36 for peppermint tea.

0:31:030:31:05

Now, Gillian and Lesley have gone for hot chocolate

0:31:050:31:07

for "loc tooth ache".

0:31:070:31:08

Let's see if that's right,

0:31:080:31:09

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

0:31:090:31:11

It's right.

0:31:140:31:15

Ooh, look at that!

0:31:180:31:19

Very well done indeed.

0:31:190:31:21

29 for hot chocolate. APPLAUSE

0:31:210:31:23

No-one more surprised than Gillian and Lesley -

0:31:230:31:25

but it means you're back in the game.

0:31:250:31:27

After two questions, it's 1-1.

0:31:270:31:28

-Well done.

-Yeah, well played.

0:31:280:31:29

A harder anagram, I think, that,

0:31:290:31:31

because peppermint tea had the "pep" in there, so maybe slightly easier.

0:31:310:31:34

-"SOS spree" is the biggest scorer.

-Espresso.

-Espresso.

0:31:340:31:37

That would have scored you 59.

0:31:370:31:38

The one at the bottom is slightly cheeky.

0:31:380:31:40

It is a hot drink -

0:31:400:31:41

a hot drink you might have at Christmas.

0:31:410:31:43

-Oh, I see what it is! Mulled wine.

-Mulled wine.

-There we go.

0:31:430:31:47

That would have scored you 7 -

0:31:470:31:48

and the top answer is a pointless answer.

0:31:480:31:50

-It's camo...

-No, it's got chai in it.

0:31:500:31:52

-It's a masala chai.

-Oh, right, OK.

-Spiced tea.

0:31:520:31:56

Very well played if you got that at home.

0:31:560:31:58

Thank you very much indeed. So here comes your third question -

0:31:580:32:01

and whoever wins this one goes through to the final

0:32:010:32:03

and plays for that jackpot. Very best of luck to both pairs.

0:32:030:32:05

Our third question today is all about...

0:32:050:32:08

-Dracula. Richard.

-Five clues to facts about Dracula.

0:32:100:32:12

The team that gives us the most obscure answer

0:32:120:32:14

is playing for the jackpot.

0:32:140:32:15

OK, let's reveal our five clues - and here they come. We've got...

0:32:150:32:18

I'll read those again.

0:32:380:32:39

And we come to Gillian and Lesley first.

0:32:580:33:00

-Which one?

-I think we'll have to go for the second one.

0:33:030:33:07

No - or Transylvania.

0:33:070:33:09

-Everybody knows that.

-Go on, then.

0:33:090:33:12

We'll go for the second one, the actor.

0:33:120:33:14

-And it's Christopher Lee.

-Christopher Lee.

0:33:140:33:17

Christopher Lee, say Gillian and Lesley.

0:33:170:33:19

Now, then, Ian and Sian.

0:33:190:33:21

Talk us through that board if you can.

0:33:210:33:23

Bram Stoker is the man who wrote it.

0:33:240:33:26

I don't know who directed the film.

0:33:260:33:28

Garlic is the ingredient that wards him off.

0:33:280:33:32

And Transylvania.

0:33:320:33:34

I was thinking the top one.

0:33:340:33:36

-Yeah.

-We're going to go for the top answer, Bram Stoker.

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Bram Stoker. This is going to be very close.

0:33:410:33:43

I have a feeling. So, we have Christopher Lee versus Bram Stoker.

0:33:430:33:48

Gillian and Lesley said Christopher Lee.

0:33:480:33:50

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

0:33:500:33:52

It's right.

0:33:550:33:56

28. APPLAUSE

0:34:010:34:02

28. Very hard to call, this one.

0:34:070:34:10

Ian and Sian have gone for Bram Stoker.

0:34:100:34:12

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

0:34:120:34:15

It's right.

0:34:180:34:20

Ooh, 34 for Bram Stoker. APPLAUSE

0:34:230:34:25

Very well done indeed. Gillian and Lesley,

0:34:250:34:27

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

0:34:270:34:30

Great head-to-head, there.

0:34:320:34:33

Well played, both teams. The killer answer is the third one.

0:34:330:34:36

So, let's fill in the bottom two first.

0:34:360:34:38

The culinary ingredient is garlic, of course it is.

0:34:380:34:40

Would have scored you 82 points.

0:34:400:34:41

-One of our 100 said carrot for that.

-LAUGHTER

0:34:410:34:44

You know what? Perhaps no-one has ever tried.

0:34:440:34:47

-It might do.

-Might well do.

0:34:470:34:49

Transylvania you knew, as well.

0:34:490:34:50

That would have scored you 56.

0:34:500:34:53

And the answer that would have seen either team

0:34:530:34:54

-through to the final was...

-Francis Ford Coppola.

0:34:540:34:56

Francis Ford Coppola, which would have scored 4 points.

0:34:560:34:59

-Well done if you said that at home.

-Thank you very much.

0:34:590:35:01

So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head,

0:35:010:35:03

I'm afraid it's Ian and Sian.

0:35:030:35:04

I mean, in some ways it's good news,

0:35:040:35:06

because it means we get to see you again next time -

0:35:060:35:08

but, meantime, thank you very much indeed for playing, Ian and Sian.

0:35:080:35:11

APPLAUSE

0:35:110:35:12

For Gillian and Lesley, it's now time for our Pointless final.

0:35:140:35:17

Congratulations, Gillian and Lesley.

0:35:210:35:23

You have seen off all the competition,

0:35:230:35:25

and you have won our coveted Pointless trophy.

0:35:250:35:27

-Yeah!

-Whoo!

0:35:270:35:28

You now have a chance to win our Pointless jackpot,

0:35:340:35:37

and at the end of today's show the jackpot is standing at £5,000.

0:35:370:35:40

There we are. APPLAUSE

0:35:400:35:41

Well, what about that?

0:35:440:35:46

-I know.

-I mean, really, what about that?

0:35:460:35:48

That's fantastic. You came from behind in the head-to-head.

0:35:480:35:50

You were 1-0 down, and then you triumphed -

0:35:500:35:54

but, actually, also, you'd been scoring identically

0:35:540:35:56

in the first and second rounds.

0:35:560:35:57

I mean, you know, I just think you're attuned.

0:35:570:36:00

Too many holidays together.

0:36:000:36:02

Or maybe it's all gearing up for a fantastic win in this round.

0:36:020:36:05

I know what I'd prefer that to be.

0:36:050:36:07

Now, as always, you get to choose your category

0:36:070:36:09

from the four we put up on the board,

0:36:090:36:11

so let us just hope there is something up there

0:36:110:36:13

that you like the look of. Today's selection reads like this.

0:36:130:36:16

We have got...

0:36:160:36:17

-Oh, goodness me.

-We've got a trophy, though.

0:36:260:36:30

No, come on, right...

0:36:310:36:33

Grammy award-winning singers, we could guess those.

0:36:330:36:36

-Could we?

-We could guess.

-Oh, I like that.

0:36:360:36:39

-OK, then.

-It's going to have to be, isn't it?

0:36:390:36:41

-Do you think so?

-Yeah, we'll guess.

-Let's go.

0:36:410:36:43

-We'll go.

-Yeah. Grammy.

0:36:430:36:45

-Grammy award-winning...

-Grammy award-winning singers.

0:36:450:36:47

OK, very best of luck.

0:36:470:36:49

We're looking for any UK top 40 hit according to officialcharts.com

0:36:490:36:52

up to the end of December 2015 by...

0:36:520:36:53

Three very different singers there.

0:36:590:37:01

So any UK top 40 singles by Doris Day, Will Smith or Barbra Streisand.

0:37:010:37:05

-Very best of luck.

-Thanks very much indeed.

0:37:050:37:07

As always, you've got up to one minute to come up with three answers

0:37:070:37:10

and all you need to win that jackpot

0:37:100:37:12

is for just one of those answers to be pointless. Are you ready?

0:37:120:37:15

-Yes.

-OK, let's put 60 seconds up on the clock.

0:37:150:37:18

There they are. Your time starts now.

0:37:180:37:19

Secret Love by Doris Day.

0:37:200:37:22

-Right.

-Guilty, Barbra Streisand.

0:37:220:37:24

Um...

0:37:270:37:28

Go, Les, go.

0:37:280:37:30

-Will Smith...

-Because I can't help you with Will Smith.

0:37:300:37:32

Will we just think of the other ones?

0:37:320:37:33

Doris Day. Whip-Crack-Away, was that in?

0:37:330:37:36

Yeah, that's a good one.

0:37:360:37:37

She whipped crack away, didn't she?

0:37:370:37:39

Um...

0:37:390:37:41

What's that place she went to?

0:37:410:37:42

-# Just come back from...

-Windy city. #

0:37:420:37:45

LAUGHTER

0:37:450:37:47

# Windy city! #

0:37:480:37:50

Not doing karaoke again.

0:37:500:37:52

-Right, that's it, we'll go...

-They're the only ones we know!

0:37:520:37:54

No, there must be another Barbra Streisand.

0:37:540:37:57

I'm not a...big one for her.

0:37:570:38:00

She doesn't float my boat.

0:38:000:38:02

Oh, Funny Girl...

0:38:020:38:04

-What did she sing in that?

-I don't know...

0:38:050:38:08

-Ten seconds left.

-Ooh!

0:38:080:38:10

Um...

0:38:100:38:11

-We'll have to go Doris Day.

-Yeah, we're going to go Doris.

0:38:110:38:14

She's going to do it for us, Doris.

0:38:140:38:16

-Will she? I don't know if she will.

-She will.

0:38:160:38:19

OK, that is your time up. I now need your three answers.

0:38:190:38:22

Barbra Streisand, Guilty.

0:38:220:38:23

Guilty.

0:38:230:38:25

Doris Day, Secret Love...

0:38:250:38:28

-Secret Love.

-..and we'll have to say Whip-Crack-Away.

0:38:280:38:32

-We don't know the name.

-And Whip-Crack-Away.

0:38:320:38:35

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

0:38:350:38:38

-Guilty? I don't know.

-OK, Guilty goes last.

0:38:380:38:40

-Least likely to be pointless?

-Whip-Crack-Away,

0:38:400:38:42

-cos it's probably not called that.

-OK, let's put those answers

0:38:420:38:45

up on the board in that order, then - and here they are.

0:38:450:38:47

We have got...

0:38:470:38:49

Well, three answers on the board there.

0:38:530:38:54

What if one of those were to be pointless

0:38:540:38:56

and were to win that jackpot for you?

0:38:560:38:58

£5,000, that's a decent jackpot.

0:38:580:39:01

What would you do with that? Gillian, you first.

0:39:010:39:03

We are going to go to Vegas,

0:39:030:39:04

and I'm going to find the Grand Canyon,

0:39:040:39:07

cos I missed it three times.

0:39:070:39:09

LAUGHTER

0:39:090:39:10

I know.

0:39:110:39:13

Lesley.

0:39:130:39:14

LAUGHTER

0:39:140:39:15

I'm going to build a tiki bar in my garden.

0:39:160:39:18

And I'm going to be the barmaid.

0:39:190:39:21

Oh. It'll be wonderful.

0:39:210:39:23

-Can we come?

-A little bit of Hawaii in Newcastle, and of course.

0:39:230:39:26

Fantastic. It's just what it's missing.

0:39:260:39:28

OK, so, we are looking, in the first case, we've got Whip-Crack-Away.

0:39:280:39:31

In this case we were looking for top 40 singles by Doris Day.

0:39:310:39:34

If this is right and if it's pointless it will win you £5,000.

0:39:340:39:37

I need say no more - let us just hope it is pointless.

0:39:370:39:40

How many people said it? Whip-Crack-Away.

0:39:400:39:42

Oh, no! I think you'd have been surprised if that had been correct.

0:39:460:39:49

-I think we would have.

-But still, there we are.

0:39:490:39:51

It was holding a place, and it did it very nicely.

0:39:510:39:53

Not a pointless answer, though,

0:39:530:39:54

so only two more shots at today's jackpot.

0:39:540:39:56

Secret Love was your next answer.

0:39:560:39:57

In this case we were looking for Doris Day top 40 singles again.

0:39:570:40:01

This has to be right, then it has to be pointless

0:40:010:40:02

for you to win the jackpot.

0:40:020:40:04

So for £5,000, let's see how many people said Secret Love.

0:40:040:40:07

It's right.

0:40:090:40:11

Well, Whip-Crack-Away was an incorrect answer.

0:40:110:40:14

Secret Love, now, takes us down through the 30s

0:40:140:40:17

and the 20s into the teens...

0:40:170:40:19

Still going down, we're into single figures.

0:40:190:40:20

Down it goes to 8. APPLAUSE

0:40:200:40:23

But this is all moving in the right direction.

0:40:250:40:27

You've gone from 100 to 8.

0:40:270:40:29

Your next answer, your final answer,

0:40:290:40:31

your last shot at today's jackpot is Guilty.

0:40:310:40:35

In this case we were looking for Barbra Streisand UK top 40 singles.

0:40:350:40:39

It has to be pointless for you to win that jackpot,

0:40:390:40:41

so, for £5,000, how many people said Guilty?

0:40:410:40:44

Is it pointless?

0:40:440:40:45

It's right.

0:40:490:40:51

Your first answer, Whip-Crack-Away, wasn't right.

0:40:510:40:53

Secret Love was right and took us down to 8.

0:40:530:40:55

Guilty now takes us down through the teens,

0:40:550:40:57

into single figures, passes 8,

0:40:570:40:59

down it goes, still going down.

0:40:590:41:00

Still going down! Oh, 2!

0:41:000:41:02

APPLAUSE

0:41:020:41:04

-Oh, well...

-Well...

0:41:070:41:09

I tell you what, 8 and 2 are fabulous scores,

0:41:110:41:13

whichever way you look at it.

0:41:130:41:15

Sadly they don't count in this last round,

0:41:150:41:17

but, still, you can be very proud of those -

0:41:170:41:19

but you just didn't find that pointless answer you needed

0:41:190:41:21

to win the jackpot, so I'm afraid today's jackpot of £5,000

0:41:210:41:24

rolls over onto the next show.

0:41:240:41:26

But what a treat it has been to have you here.

0:41:260:41:28

Such great fun in the studio.

0:41:280:41:30

Brilliant answers.

0:41:300:41:31

Consistently good answers right the way through the show,

0:41:310:41:33

and for that you get to take home a Pointless trophy each,

0:41:330:41:36

so there you are - you've got that.

0:41:360:41:37

So you can take that and our love up to Newcastle.

0:41:370:41:39

Thanks very much, Gillian and Lesley.

0:41:390:41:41

APPLAUSE

0:41:410:41:42

Yeah, a valiant effort.

0:41:460:41:47

You've been terrific fun for two shows, so thank you very much.

0:41:470:41:50

We've enjoyed having you here.

0:41:500:41:51

Let's take a look at the answers that would have won you the £5,000.

0:41:510:41:54

We'll start with Doris Day singles.

0:41:540:41:56

The only ones that scored any points at all

0:42:000:42:02

were Whatever Will Be Will Be, Move Over Darling and Secret Love.

0:42:020:42:04

Whip-Crack-Away is The Deadwood Stage,

0:42:040:42:06

Whip-Crack-Away, but was never a top 40 single.

0:42:060:42:09

Will Smith now.

0:42:090:42:11

Boy You Knock Me Out, that was with Tatyana Ali.

0:42:110:42:13

Can't Wait To Be With You and Lovely Daze,

0:42:130:42:14

those are both Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince,

0:42:140:42:16

and Will 2K was a number two hit.

0:42:160:42:18

Those are all pointless answers.

0:42:180:42:19

Also Daydreamin', Freakin' It, Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble,

0:42:190:42:22

I'm Looking For The One, Just Cruisin' and Party Starter.

0:42:220:42:25

All of those are pointless answers. Well done if you said one.

0:42:250:42:27

Barbra Streisand now. You could have had...

0:42:270:42:29

As If We Never Said Goodbye, Stoney End, Tell Him,

0:42:340:42:36

Till I Loved You and With One Look, those are all the pointless answers.

0:42:360:42:40

Thank you so much for being such fun,

0:42:400:42:41

and I'm sorry we didn't send you away with that £5,000.

0:42:410:42:44

Thanks very much, Richard,

0:42:440:42:46

and thanks very much indeed, Gillian and Lesley.

0:42:460:42:48

Sadly, they didn't win our jackpot today,

0:42:480:42:50

which means it rolls over onto the next show,

0:42:500:42:53

when we will be playing for £6,000.

0:42:530:42:55

APPLAUSE

0:42:550:42:56

Join us then to see if someone can win it.

0:42:580:43:00

-Meanwhile, it's goodbye from Richard...

-Goodbye.

0:43:000:43:02

..and it's goodbye from me. Goodbye.

0:43:020:43:04

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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