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Episode 31

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 AND CHEERING

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

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and welcome to Pointless, the show where the aim of the game is to score as few points as

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you can and you do that by coming up with the answers that no-one else

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could think of. Let's meet today's players.

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And couple number one...

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Hello, my name's Jenny and I'm from Bournemouth,

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and this is my friend Emily, and she's from Bristol.

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-Hi.

-Couple number two.

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Hi, I'm Chris from Surrey and this is Jeevan,

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my university housemate from Shrewsbury.

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Couple number three.

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Hi, I'm Cameron, and this is my friend Laura,

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-and we're from Glasgow.

-And finally, couple number four.

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Hi, I'm Huub, this is my wife Grace, and we are from London.

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And these are today's contestants.

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Thanks very much, all of you. A warm welcome to Pointless.

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We'll get a chance to chat to each of you throughout this show as it goes along,

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so that just leaves one more person for me to introduce.

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Some people think he knows everything.

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I think it's all just written on his glasses.

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

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-APPLAUSE

-Hiya. Hey, everybody. Afternoon.

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Good afternoon to you, sir.

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-Good afternoon.

-This lot seem like a fun bunch.

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-Oh, they do, don't they?

-We've met a couple of them before.

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Jeevan and Chris got knocked out in Round Two last time.

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-Yeah.

-And Grace and Huub got all the way through to the head-to-head.

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-Yeah.

-Didn't they? Very impressive against Phillip and Alick. Good head-to-head as well.

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-Very good.

-And then they answered questions on the Bible in the final round.

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-GASPING

-I know, right?

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So, you know, I think we're going to have a lot of fun.

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They're going to be quite tough to beat, I think, Grace and Huub.

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They were very good last time.

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The first Huub we've ever had on the show, as well, but I think,

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having met you, I think we are going to try and have some more.

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Because I think it's really worked for us.

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I think it has. A few more Huubs.

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-Yeah.

-Good.

-Exactly.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Well, Phillip and Alick, brilliant, brilliant final round last time

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and they carried off no jackpot at all, I'm afraid.

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So we add another £1,000 to the jackpot,

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so today's jackpot starts off at £4,000.

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There we are.

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

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Remember, the pair with the highest score at the end of each round

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will be eliminated, so keep your scores nice and low. Best of luck to all four players.

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Our first category this afternoon is...

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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?

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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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Authors In Haiku.

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-Richard.

-On each board we are going to show you seven clues to

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authors. You just have to rename the authors, please.

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All the clues are in the form of haiku poems, which are 17-syllable poems.

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Don't worry about that. It's just the author we need.

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14 in all to get at home, so good luck.

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Thanks very much indeed.

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Let's reveal our seven haikus on the first board, and here they come.

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We have got... HE READS THE CLUES

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I'm going to read those all again.

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There we are. Jenny, welcome to Pointless. Here from Bournemouth.

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-That's right.

-What do you do in Bournemouth, Jenny?

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-I'm a truck driver.

-Are you, now?

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-Yes.

-How far do you travel in your truck?

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Just within the UK.

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What's the furthest you've had to go?

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From Southampton to Leicester and back, I think, was the furthest.

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Yeah. OK, how long have you done it for?

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-Getting on for ten years, yeah.

-And do you like it?

-I do, yeah.

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Yes. I like the... I do night driving now

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and so I like the peace and quiet.

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-I like the empty roads.

-I've done the Ice Road in...

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..in Alaska going up...

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And that is extraordinary, because all the truckers there,

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-they all know each other.

-Mmm.

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And there is a fantastic camaraderie, obviously, on the CB.

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Is there a something a little bit like that,

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-or have we got too many different routes, I suppose?

-Yeah, we don't have CBs any more.

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-Really?

-No. So it's only... You just see the same people that...

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If you work for the same company, then you just see the same people,

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-yeah.

-Oh, that's a shame.

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-Talking books?

-Yes, lots of talking books.

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-That's very good.

-Yes.

-Excellent.

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OK, now, Jenny, who would you like to go for on our board?

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I think I'm going to go for the bottom one and Herman Melville.

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Herman Melville, says Jenny.

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Let's see how many of our 100 people said Herman Melville for the bottom one.

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It's right.

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Look at that. Down to ten. Very well done indeed.

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Great start to the show.

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Ten for Melville.

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Yeah, a very good answer.

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Yeah, he is a direct relation of Moby, the musician, as well.

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Mmm. Thank you very much, Richard.

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Chris, welcome back. Welcome back.

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Now, it was Round Two last time.

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-Yeah.

-It was a fashion question that tripped both you and Jeevan.

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It was a fashion disaster.

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Well...

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I'm going to say, yes, it was. It was. But anyway, you are back again,

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and I have absolutely no doubt that you've got the intellectual chops to

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get through Pointless, as long

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as we don't throw you too many curved balls.

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Remind us what you do, Chris.

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I'm a student at the University of Birmingham.

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That is right. You study economics and politics.

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-That's right.

-Very good.

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Tending at this stage to thinking of a political career, possibly?

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-Potentially, yeah.

-Potentially.

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-Still...

-How would you go about going into that?

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Would you do research jobs at the Houses of Parliament or...?

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Something like that, or work for an MP or something like that

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would be... Yeah, I've had a little bit of that so far,

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-so see how that goes.

-OK. Very good indeed.

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Now, Chris, seven haikus there, each describing an author.

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Who are they all?

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So I'll go with the top one,

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JRR Tolkien.

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JRR Tolkien, says Chris, for the top one.

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Let's see if that's right, and how many of our 100 people got Tolkien.

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39. 39 for JRR Tolkien.

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Yeah, he was a professor of Anglo-Saxon Old English at Oxford,

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and that was a sort of literary group that met at Oxford,

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the Inklings. Fought at the Battle of the Somme, JRR Tolkien.

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-That I didn't know.

-Yeah. Extraordinary, isn't it?

-Yeah.

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Thanks very much indeed. Now, Cameron.

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-Hi.

-Cameron, welcome to Pointless.

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Good to have you here from Glasgow.

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-Yeah, from Glasgow.

-And what do you do, Cameron?

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We both study at the University of Edinburgh.

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-What are you studying at Edinburgh?

-History and politics.

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Very good. Enjoying it?

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A bit. Not really. I mean...

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-Glowing...

-I enjoy university.

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Oh, that's nice. Good. Making full use of Edinburgh.

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-Yeah, exactly.

-Which, if you had to get rid of one bit,

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is it the history that's annoying you or the politics bit,

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-or is it just the work bit?

-A bit of each. A bit of everything.

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-Oh, no.

-They were my two passions, history and politics,

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but when you're forced to learn them, it's not so fun, I think.

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You know what's going to happen? Ten years from now, you're going to

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think, "Oh, I wish I'd worked a bit harder at the history and politics.

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"I had all of those resources at my disposal and I just..."

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-That's a nice thought.

-All right, Dad.

-Thanks. Yeah. Yeah!

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Oh.

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Anyway...!

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Cameron, what would you like to go for on our board?

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I really fancied Herman Melville, but that ship was sunk.

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I think I'll have to go for the second bottom one,

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the Russian novelist,

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-and Leo Tolstoy.

-Tolstoy, says Cameron.

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

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35.

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Not bad. 35 for Tolstoy.

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Yeah, good answer, Cameron. Well played. Yeah, Gandhi read

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Tolstoy's The Kingdom Of God Is Within,

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-and it made a great impression on him.

-Thanks very much indeed.

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-Grace, welcome back.

-Hi.

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All the way to the head-to-head last time,

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with some lovely low scores from you.

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Got to be hoping to repeat that this time.

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Remind us what you do, Grace.

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-I'm a town planner.

-A town planner?

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-Yeah.

-See, that is... That's quite fun, isn't it?

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Erm...

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-It's stressful.

-People's feelings run very high, don't they?

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-Yeah, they do.

-People don't like too much radical change.

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-Yeah.

-Was your background in architecture or what?

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No, I just did my degree in town planning.

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-I just went straight into it.

-I see, straight into town planning.

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-Yeah.

-And there you are designing London for the next generation.

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Yeah, you could say that.

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Yeah. That's fun. And now, Grace, this board is all yours.

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Do you want to talk us through it and fill in all the blanks?

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It's quite a hard board.

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I only know the fourth one down, which is JK Rowling.

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And I'm going to go for the fifth one,

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and hopefully I've got the right sister, and it's Charlotte Bronte.

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Charlotte Bronte, says Grace. Let's see if it is the right sister.

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How many of our 100 people said Charlotte Bronte?

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It IS the right sister.

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19. The second-lowest score

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of the round so far.

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Well done, Grace.

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Yeah, well played, everybody, on that round.

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Yeah, she was only 38 when she died, and she was the oldest

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-of the Bronte sisters to die. Isn't that incredible?

-Incredible.

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Amazing, when you think of the work that they produced between them.

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The Texas-born writer who created Ripley is Patricia Highsmith.

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-Mm-hm.

-She would have scored you one point. That's a terrific answer.

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The comic novelist...

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-PG Wodehouse.

-PG Wodehouse.

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That would have scored 17.

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-And the bestselling author...

-JK Rowling.

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JK Rowling, yeah. And she would have scored 58.

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Biggest score on the board, although quite a low score.

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Quite a low scorer for JK Rowling.

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Yeah. I wonder if people get confused by the clues sometimes.

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Here we are. We are halfway through the round.

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Let's take a look at our scores so far to see where we are.

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Jenny, very well done indeed.

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Your fabulous answer of Herman Melville has put you

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right at the top of the table. Then we travel up to 19,

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where we find Grace and Huub.

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And up to 35, where we find Cameron and Laura, and then 39,

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Chris and Jeevan. Not that far ahead.

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But you're the high scorer, so, Jeevan, we need a low score from you.

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How, as a matter of interest, did you find that board, Jeevan?

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-I knew quite a few of those actually.

-Let's hope you know more

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on the next board and you can find a nice low score. Good luck with that.

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We are going to come back down the line now. Can the second players please step up to the podium?

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Let's put seven more haikus up the board and here they are.

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We have got...

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I'll read those all again.

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There we are. Huub, welcome back to Pointless.

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Now, Huub, remind us what you do.

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I'm a researcher for a publishing company.

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That is right and it's a specialist financial publishing.

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Yeah, regeneration and inward investment, yeah.

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-For local authorities.

-I see. There we are.

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-How long have you done that, Huub?

-Four years now.

-OK.

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-Yeah.

-And how long have you lived over here?

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Because you're from the Netherlands originally.

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Yes. I have lived here five years now.

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OK, be honest, now, Huub, are you happy here?

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Do you yearn? Do you yearn for the Netherlands?

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-I'm dying to go back.

-Are you really?

-No, sorry, I love it here.

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-I'm really happy.

-I mean, it's not far.

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-True.

-It's not like you've emigrated to the other side of the world, so that's... Yes.

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There we are. Now, Huub, you're on 19.

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Fabulous low score from Grace in the first round,

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which means, if you can score 19 again,

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you're absolutely through to the next round for sure.

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Yeah. Erm...

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I think I know a few on the board.

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

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which is, I believe, Victor Hugo.

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Victor Hugo, says Huub.

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Here is your red line. If you can get below that with Victor Hugo, you are through to the next round.

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How many of our 100 people said it?

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It's right.

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Still going down, Huub. Look at that.

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There we are. Down to 17, very well done indeed.

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Through you go to Round Two.

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36 is your total.

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Well played, Huub. Yeah, safely through to Round Two.

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-Well played.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So, now, then, Laura, welcome.

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Great to have you here. Your set-up is exactly the same as Cameron's,

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is that right? You're at Edinburgh?

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-Yes.

-And also from Glasgow?

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-Yes, correct.

-Now, Laura, what do you study at Edinburgh?

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I am studying law.

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Enjoying that?

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Mm-hm.

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Good.

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Fantastic. Laura, what are your interests?

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You're having a lovely time at Edinburgh, I hope?

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-Yeah, I love uni.

-SUCH a beautiful place to be.

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-Yeah.

-What sort of things are you filling your time with?

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I like to socialise with my friends...

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-Good.

-..and I like to bake.

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-Good.

-I make...

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I've made a few of my friends birthday cakes.

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I like to decorate them nicely.

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Fantastic. Now, Laura, there you are on 35.

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High-scorers at the moment are Jeevan and Chris on 39.

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Ideally you'd score three or less with this answer.

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Literature is not my strong point, and the only two I knew were

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Victor Hugo and the answer that I'm going to give,

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which I'm pretty sure loads of people will know,

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which is the second from the bottom.

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-Jane Austen.

-Jane Austen, says Laura.

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Here is your red line. It's very low,

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but let's see how far down the column we get with Jane Austen.

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It's right.

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Look at that. 28. 28 for Jane Austen

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takes your total up to 63.

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It was originally called First Impressions, Pride And Prejudice.

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But that's a better name, Pride And Prejudice.

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-I think it is.

-It makes you think.

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Yes, doesn't it? Thank you very much, Richard.

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Now, welcome back, Jeevan. Remind us what you do, Jeevan.

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So, I live with Chris and I study economics and,

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unlike other contestants, I actually enjoy my course!

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Oh, there you are! See, that's good.

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Jeevan enjoys his course at the University of Birmingham.

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-Yes.

-Very good. So what sort of house do you and Chris share?

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How many of you are in the house?

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-There is six of us in the house in total.

-Right.

-And it is, if you can believe it,

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a terraced house in the Selly Oak area of Birmingham.

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What sort of state do you keep it in? I'm guessing very neat.

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I try. I try my best and I know Chris does as well.

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Do you have items in the fridge with your name on

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or do you trust everyone else in the house to respect what is yours?

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I don't personally label things in the fridge.

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-Does anyone else in the house do that?

-No. No.

-OK.

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Not even your mate, Yakult?

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Now, Jeevan, what are you going to go for?

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Ideally you'd score 23 or less.

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-Hmm...

-Mm-hmm.

-There are a few on there that I've got ideas of,

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but I'm not willing to risk it just yet.

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I think what I will do is go for the second one and say George Orwell,

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who wrote Animal Farm.

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OK, yes, good luck.

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That's your red line. You really, really need to be getting below that

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red line or I think we'll be saying goodbye to you. You've gone for George Orwell.

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

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I feared that was going to happen, Jeevan.

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46 for George Orwell,

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taking your total up to 85.

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Yeah, he was shot by a sniper during the Spanish Civil War,

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George Orwell, in the neck.

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-It didn't kill him.

-In the neck?

-Yeah, it contributed to his death 13

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-years later, yeah.

-Wow. Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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Mmm. Emily, welcome to Pointless.

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Good to have you here, from Bristol.

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-Yeah.

-And what do you do, Emily, in Bristol?

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I'm a PhD student at the University of Bristol and I also work as an

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-administrator there.

-Within the university?

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-Yeah.

-Which came first? You were an administrator there first?

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I was an administrator there first and I was doing a PhD

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at Swansea University, but that didn't really work out,

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so I switched to Bristol because I lived and worked there.

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-Made much more sense.

-Yeah.

-So, what's the administration you do?

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I'm a research centre administrator,

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so I provide admin support

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to the academics that run the research centres.

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And what about the PhD?

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-What's that in?

-My PhD is looking at

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how and why drugs became illegal globally.

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-THAT'S an interesting PhD.

-Yeah.

-Yeah, fascinating.

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And now, there you are on ten.

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Lovely low score from Jenny in the first pass.

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The high score is for 85.

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So, if you can score 74 or less, you are comfortably into the next round.

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Do you feel like talking us through that board and filling in the blanks?

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So, the writer that was made a dame and invented Hercule Poirot is

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Agatha Christie.

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Brighton Rock writer is Graham Greene.

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I'm going to go for born in Bangladesh,

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her first novel was Brick Lane,

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-Monica Ali.

-Monica Ali, says Emily.

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There is your red line.

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

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It is Monica Ali and you are into Round Two.

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Two for Monica Ali!

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What about that? There is a score,

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taking your total up to 12.

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Commendably low score, there.

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Yeah, how about that on podium one?

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Very well played. You were right about the other two as well.

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Went for the right one. Agatha Christie,

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she would have scored you 41.

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Graham Greene...

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..would have scored you 15, and Adam Bede and Silas Marner...

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-Is George Eliot.

-George Eliot.

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And she would have scored you eight, so Monica Ali -

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best answer on the board. Well played.

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Thank you very much indeed. So, at the end of our first round,

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the pair we have to send home, with their high score of 85...

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George Orwell, I'm afraid, yes, that was a punishing score there, but...

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It means, I'm afraid, we've now got to say goodbye to you, which is terrible. I'm sorry.

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Thanks so much for playing, Jeevan and Chris.

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

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And there we are, suddenly down to three pairs.

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And at the end of this round we are going to have to say goodbye to another pair.

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Well, look, there is Grace and Huub,

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who were our low-scorers again and again last time.

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This time, though, Emily and Jenny are our low scorers.

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We have new low scorers.

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Anyway, best of luck to all three pairs.

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Our category for Round Two this afternoon is...

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Can you all decide in your pairs 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, let's find out what the question is.

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

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Countries with no consecutive vowels in their name.

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-Richard.

-Yeah, simply any country of the world...

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By country, we mean a sovereign state that is a member of the UN in its own right,

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whose name doesn't contain consecutive vowels at any point of

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its name, so any two vowels together at any point of its name, please.

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So, any country of the world vowels doesn't have two consecutive vowels

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-anywhere in its name.

-Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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

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Erm... I am going to go for Pakistan.

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Pakistan, says Emily.

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

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It's right.

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Down to five. Not bad at all.

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Five for Pakistan.

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Yeah, it's got the sixth-highest population in the world, Pakistan,

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and it hasn't won an Olympic medal since 1992.

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But one thing I can say for it is all its vowels are very carefully kept apart by consonants,

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so it's done a grand job there.

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-Less puzzled by that.

-But that's amazing, isn't it?

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That IS amazing. Thank you very much indeed.

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-Now, Laura...

-Yes.

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Laura, what would you like to go for?

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Five, the only score we've got so far.

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My geography isn't great...

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..so I'm going to go for San Marino.

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San Marino, says Laura.

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

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Well, we have a five on our scoreboard at the moment.

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San Marino is taking us down. Where will it end up?

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Oh, look at that!

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Down to pointless. Look at that, Laura!

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That adds £250 to today's jackpot

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takes the total up to £4,250, and scores you absolutely nothing.

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And earns you a hug from Cameron,

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in fact. Do you know where San Marino is?

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No. No idea.

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Let's make a point of finding out where San Marino is.

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-Mm-hm.

-Yeah, well played, Laura.

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It's literally just outside Glasgow.

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It's got a lot of vowels in it, San Marino.

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-That's a scary one.

-I know.

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That feels like two of them MUST be together at some point, but, no,

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-great answer.

-Yeah. Thank you very much indeed.

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Now, Grace...

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I'm going to go for Bhutan.

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Bhutan, said with great confidence.

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Let's see how far down the column we get with Bhutan.

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It's right.

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It's another pointless answer! Very well done indeed, Grace!

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That's another £250 to today's jackpot,

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takes our total up to £4,500,

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scores you nothing, and earnt you

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a chaste pat from your husband,

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"Chaste Pat".

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-Which is another of your nicknames.

-Chaste Pat.

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That's another very good answer.

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Well played, everybody. Yeah, Bhutan.

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The king and queen of Bhutan had a son in 2016

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and they planted 100,000 tree saplings to celebrate.

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-That's nice.

-Nice, isn't it?

-That is nice.

-Yeah.

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Thank you very much indeed. OK, we're halfway through the round.

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Let's take a look at those scores. Nothing, the best score of that pass.

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Well done, Grace. Well done, Laura. Five is where we find Emily and Jenny.

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That suddenly looks like a very big score, doesn't it?

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So, Jenny, yes, you know what we need.

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It's going to have to be a pointless answer at the very least.

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So, good luck with that. 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, now, Huub...

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Huub, what are you thinking of?

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I think that I am going to go for

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the South American country

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-of Suriname.

-Suriname, says Huub.

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Let's see what happens when you say Suriname.

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If you can score four or less, you're through to the next round.

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There's your red line.

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It's right.

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Two! Very well done.

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Good enough to see you through,

0:23:430:23:45

taking your total up to two.

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Very well played, Huub.

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Of course, a country with many, many Dutch connections.

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A lot of the great Dutch footballers have Surinamese roots.

0:23:520:23:56

-Interesting. I didn't know that.

-Yeah.

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Thank you very much, Richard. Now, then, Cameron.

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Cameron. Again, you are looking to score

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four or less to be through to the head-to-head.

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-What are you thinking of?

-I'm going to go with a very traditional answer

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for the show and say Central African Republic.

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It's such a long name for a country.

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It really takes quite a lot of analysing

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to make sure that all of those vowels are kept apart.

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-I've had a while.

-OK. You have. You've had a while.

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OK, Central African Republic, as Cameron says,

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a staunch favourite of Pointless.

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Let's see how much it scores.

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There is your red line.

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It's right.

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One!

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One! Good enough to get you through.

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Not good enough to be pointless, I'm afraid, but still,

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that's a great low score, taking your total up to one.

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Well played, Cameron. Very rarely pointless, these days, Central African Republic.

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Well up in the north of Scotland, there are various national parks

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which are places where there is no light pollution, and

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they deliberately make them so that you can see the night sky,

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but they are very, very few and far between in the UK.

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Three quarters of the Central African Republic has pristine sky conditions,

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no light pollution at all.

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Thank you very much, Richard. Now, Jenny, what about that?

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There you are, five is the score posted on your display there

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and I'm afraid that marks you down as the high-scorers

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even before you've given your answer. I know you've got an excellent answer there,

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but I'm afraid we will be saying goodbye to you

0:25:250:25:27

at the end of this round. What are you going to go for, Jenny?

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Er, I'm going to go for Rwanda.

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-Rwanda.

-Yeah.

-Rwanda, says Jenny.

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No red line, I'm afraid, as you're already the high-scorers,

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

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It's right.

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Down it goes to two! Very well done indeed, Jenny.

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Lovely low score,

0:25:510:25:53

takes your total up to seven.

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Another good answer. Yeah, it's great answers from everyone there.

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On the last Saturday of every month in Rwanda,

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every single adult from 18 to 65 does three hours' community service.

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They call it Umuganda, which means to come together

0:26:060:26:08

-for common purpose. That's a good idea, isn't it?

-That's nice.

0:26:080:26:10

-Yeah, it's a nice idea.

-And that's very good.

-Yeah.

-Yeah.

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Right, now, there's lots of pointless answers here. Terrific scoring from everyone.

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Ten between the three podiums, which is great stuff.

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Let's take you through a few of the pointless answers here.

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You could have had...

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All of these would have added money to the jackpot...

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There's Bhutan, which we heard, of course.

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You could have had Benin, Burkina Faso, Capo Verde, Congo, Costa Rica,

0:26:360:26:40

Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador,

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Fiji, Grenada, Guyana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,

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Lesotho, Marshall Islands,

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Montenegro, Niger, Seychelles, Sri Lanka,

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Swaziland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago,

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Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. All of those were pointless answers.

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Very well done if you got one.

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And let's take a look at the top three scorers now,

0:26:570:26:59

the ones that most of our 100 people said...

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And our old friends France, with 69, right at the top.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard. So, at the end of our second round,

0:27:090:27:12

the pair we have to say goodbye to, with their high score of seven -

0:27:120:27:15

I mean, really, - Jenny and Emily, I'm afraid it's you.

0:27:150:27:18

Our wonderful low-scorers from the first round.

0:27:180:27:20

That was a very, very impressive round.

0:27:200:27:23

Quite rare when every single answer

0:27:230:27:25

is one that wins approval from Richard.

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And I think that was...

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That was certainly the case there. Anyway, we'll see you again

0:27:280:27:31

next time. I'm sure you'll get much further. But in the meantime,

0:27:310:27:34

thank you very much indeed, Jenny and Emily.

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

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Very well done, Grace and Huub, Laura and Cameron.

0:27:470:27:50

You are now one step closer to the final and a chance to play

0:27:500:27:53

for our jackpot, which currently stands at £4,500.

0:27:530:27:56

Here we are in the head-to-head, which means you can start playing as a team.

0:27:590:28:02

You can chat before you give your answers. First player to win two questions

0:28:020:28:05

will be playing for the jackpot. Best of luck to both pairs. Let's play the head-to-head.

0:28:050:28:09

Here is your first question and it concerns...

0:28:150:28:19

-Bear Species.

-Yeah,

0:28:200:28:21

the good news is we're about to show you five pictures of bears,

0:28:210:28:24

which will be nice. The bad news is you have to name the species of bear

0:28:240:28:27

they are, but we're going to give alternate letters as well.

0:28:270:28:30

Thank you very much indeed. OK, let's have a look at our five bear species, and here they come.

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We have got...

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There we go. Five species of bear.

0:28:590:29:03

Now, then, Grace and Huub, you've been our low-scorers,

0:29:030:29:05

so you will go first. THEY WHISPER

0:29:050:29:08

Erm... We know the last three, but we are going to go for D,

0:29:100:29:15

-which is the brown bear.

-You're going to go for brown bear.

0:29:150:29:18

Grace and Huub say brown bear.

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Now, Laura and Cameron, talk us through our bears.

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We don't know A.

0:29:240:29:25

We'd take a guess at Asiatic black bear.

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B, I think, is sloth bear.

0:29:290:29:32

C, do you want to say this one, Laura?

0:29:320:29:34

Giant panda. And E is polar bear.

0:29:340:29:36

-Shall we go with B?

-Yeah.

-I think, can we go with B, sloth bear?

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Sloth bear. So, we have brown bear and sloth bear.

0:29:410:29:45

Now, Grace and Huub have gone for brown bear for D.

0:29:450:29:48

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

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It's right.

0:29:530:29:55

78! Brown bear, big score.

0:29:550:29:58

Laura and Cameron, meanwhile, have gone for B and said sloth bear.

0:30:010:30:05

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

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It's right and it wins you the point. Well done.

0:30:100:30:12

With room to spare,

0:30:140:30:15

down it goes to 21.

0:30:150:30:17

A very good score for sloth bear.

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Laura and Cameron, very well done. After one question, you're up 1-0.

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Yes, the second best answer on the board.

0:30:210:30:23

The best answer on the board you knew as well

0:30:230:30:26

because A is the Asiatic black bear,

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which scored you 18 points.

0:30:280:30:30

Unsurprisingly, some big scores

0:30:310:30:33

for these other two.

0:30:330:30:34

What do you think would score more?

0:30:340:30:36

I think probably panda.

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Panda, giant panda would have

0:30:370:30:39

scored you 87. They're no longer

0:30:390:30:41

endangered, they are now

0:30:410:30:43

just vulnerable, which is good news,

0:30:430:30:44

so they are on their way back,

0:30:440:30:46

which is lovely. But the polar bear is a HUGE scorer.

0:30:460:30:50

98 points for the polar bear.

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How about that?

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Thank you very much, Richard. Now, here comes your second question.

0:30:540:30:56

Laura and Cameron, riding high at the moment.

0:30:560:30:59

Grace and Huub, you have to win this one to stay in the game,

0:30:590:31:02

so best of luck. Our second question today is all about...

0:31:020:31:07

-Richard.

-Going to give you five clues to bands that are fictional

0:31:070:31:09

or began their lives as part of a fiction. You have to tell us the names of these bands, please.

0:31:090:31:13

Thank you very much indeed. Let's reveal our five fictional bands, and here they are.

0:31:130:31:18

I'll read those all again.

0:31:430:31:45

Laura and Cameron will go first.

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We know either one, two or zero of them.

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CHUCKLING

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I think we're going to take a guess at the third one,

0:32:170:32:20

Rob Reiner film, and it might be Spinal Tap.

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Spinal Tap, say Laura and Cameron.

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Spinal Tap. Now then, Grace and Huub,

0:32:260:32:28

do you want to talk us through that board?

0:32:280:32:31

I think the first one is The Commitments.

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I think the fourth one is The Monkees.

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And that's all, so it's either between The Monkees

0:32:370:32:40

and The Commitments.

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-The Monkees.

-You're going to go for The Monkees.

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So, we have Spinal Tap and we have The Monkees.

0:32:430:32:45

Laura and Cameron went for Spinal Tap.

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Let's see if that is right for the Rob Reiner creation.

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It's right.

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That is a great score, down to nine.

0:32:590:33:01

Very well done indeed, Laura and Cameron, Spinal Tap,

0:33:010:33:04

looking very strong there.

0:33:040:33:06

Meanwhile, Grace and Huub have gone for The Monkees.

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

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It's right.

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Ooh, 58 for the Monkees.

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Well, there we are.

0:33:210:33:23

Laura and Cameron, very well done indeed.

0:33:230:33:25

After only two questions, you're straight through to the final, 2-0.

0:33:250:33:28

Very well played. This Is Spinal Tap, funniest comedy film ever made?

0:33:280:33:31

-I think, probably yes.

-I think probably yes as well.

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It's very difficult to think of one that's better.

0:33:340:33:36

The Commitments would have been a much better score. Wouldn't have won you the point, though,

0:33:360:33:40

cos it would have scored you 15. Eric Idle's parody of The Beatles?

0:33:400:33:43

-The Rutles.

-The Rutles would have scored you 18.

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And very well done if you know this movie and you know the name of the

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fictional band. It's a pointless answer and it is

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Where's Fluffy. Very well done if you said that.

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Thank you very much indeed, Richard.

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So the pair leaving us at the end of the head-to-head, I can't bear it, Grace and Huub.

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Twice you have been our low scorers coming into the head-to-head,

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and I'm afraid twice now we've had to send you away.

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I'm afraid this is the end of the road, Grace and Huub.

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We have to say goodbye now, but it's been wonderful having you

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on both shows. Thank you for playing so well, Grace and Huub.

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But, for Laura and Cameron, it's now time for our Pointless final.

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Congratulations, Laura and Cameron,

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you fought off all the competition

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and you have won 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 £4,500.

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What about that? Your first appearance on Pointless,

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we had a pointless answer from you, 2-0 in the head-to-head.

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Do you know what? I think you are just longing to get back

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to your courses. Back to the norm, back to history and politics.

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You just didn't want to be away for a second longer

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than you needed to be. What would you like to see come up in this last round?

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Maybe American TV.

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I'd take sport.

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OK. Well, let's hope something on the board appeals to you.

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You know what happens, four things go up there,

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they look quite forbidding sometimes when you first see them,

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but behind each one, there are three subsections,

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so there might be something better behind each one. Anyway, let's see what today's selection looks like.

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We've got...

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Phil Collins...

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LAUGHTER

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-So...

-I'd be more embarrassed to do badly at Scottish politics

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than at sporting achievements.

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Shall we go with sporting achievements?

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OK. Yeah, I'll do my best to pitch in!

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-Yeah, we'll go sporting achievements.

-Yes, please.

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CHUCKLING

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-Sporting achievements.

-I was just about to do my speech

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where I say these do come up completely randomly,

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so for two Scottish people,

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one of whom is doing a politics degree, to get Scottish politics,

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it is just one of those things.

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You have to get unbelievably lucky but they do happen sometimes.

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And it happened for you, but let's go with sporting achievements,

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shall we?!

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Let me just rearrange my paperwork for a moment because I was,

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for various reasons, I was looking at a different question.

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Here are your three questions for sporting achievements.

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I think you'll have a good shout with this one as well.

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But you would have walked the other one! Anyway, doesn't matter.

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Let's take a look at them. Sporting achievements. We are

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looking for any of the following, please. The name of any man who has ever run under 9.9 seconds

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for the 100 metres.

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We are looking for any golfer who has ever scored a round of 63

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at a major tournament. That's the Open, the Masters,

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the US open, and the US PGA.

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Or anyone who's ever scored a hat-trick in a World Cup finals,

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please. That's up to July 2016, for all of those,

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so sub 9.9-second 100m runners,

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golfers with rounds of 63 and hat-trick scoring footballers at a World Cup. Good luck.

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Thanks very much indeed. Now,

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

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All you need to win the jackpot is for just one of those answers

0:37:040:37:08

to be pointless. Are you ready?

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-Yes.

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

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There they are. Your time starts now.

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-This is so cruel.

-OK, so...

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There's a guy called Ben Johnson who ran a drug-assisted 9.9 seconds,

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-I don't know if that will count.

-Anything that's been wiped off the records won't count, yep.

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Footballers who have scored a World Cup hat-trick,

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you've got Geoff Hurst, but that will be really obvious.

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Ronaldo, Portuguese, Ronaldo,

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scored a World Cup hat-trick.

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Pele - again, too obvious.

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-Yeah.

-There's a guy called Just Fontaine, who's French,

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-that we'll put as one answer...

-OK.

-..who I just thought of there.

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Golfers with rounds of 63.

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Phil Mickelson, um...

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Mark Calcavecchia might have done that, but I don't know.

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I think we'll ignore the runners, unless...

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-Yeah, I only know, like, the really famous ones.

-Yohan Blake, would you know him?

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-Yeah, I know him. So, I don't think we should go for him.

-Yeah, let's not say him, then!

0:37:560:38:00

Golfers with rounds of 63... So we will go Just Fontaine...

0:38:000:38:02

..say Phil Mickelson because I know he has 63 on a Major and...

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-Who was that Mark guy you said?

-Just drawing a mind blank. Mark Calcavecchia.

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-He probably didn't.

-OK, that's your time up. Let's have your three answers now.

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And if you say which category you are answering in, that would be great.

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OK. Golfers with rounds of 63 at a Major, we'll say Phil Mickelson.

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-Phil Mickelson.

-A footballer with a World Cup hat-trick, Just Fontaine.

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Just Fontaine.

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I'll also say Mark Calcavecchia as a golfer,

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but I'm not confident.

0:38:330:38:35

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

0:38:350:38:39

-I think Just Fontaine.

-OK, Just Fontaine goes last.

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-Least likely to be pointless?

-Mark Calcavecchia because I'm pretty sure it's wrong.

0:38:410:38:45

Mark Calcavecchia, OK.

0:38:450:38:46

Let's put those answers on the board in that order, then.

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Here they are. We have got...

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Three answers on the board. If one of these turns out to be pointless

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and wins that jackpot for you,

0:39:000:39:01

£4,500, nice jackpot to be taking home,

0:39:010:39:04

what would you like to do with your share of that, Laura?

0:39:040:39:07

I'd probably go shopping.

0:39:070:39:09

-CHUCKLING

-And save some of it for a holiday.

0:39:090:39:12

Very good indeed. Cameron, how about you?

0:39:120:39:15

A big night out,

0:39:150:39:17

then...a bigger night out,

0:39:170:39:19

-and then a holiday.

-Very good.

0:39:190:39:21

OK, very best of luck. Three good answers on the board,

0:39:210:39:24

let's hope one of them is pointless and wins the jackpot for you.

0:39:240:39:26

Your first answer was Mark Calcavecchia.

0:39:260:39:28

In this case, we were looking for golfers with rounds of 63

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at a Major. If this is pointless, it wins you £4,500.

0:39:330:39:36

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

0:39:360:39:39

OK, I think you suspected as much.

0:39:440:39:46

That is an incorrect answer,

0:39:460:39:47

which means we move swiftly on to your next answer,

0:39:470:39:50

which is Phil Mickelson.

0:39:500:39:51

In this case again, we were looking for golfers with rounds of 63 at a

0:39:510:39:55

Major. If Phil Mickelson is pointless, it will win you £4,500.

0:39:550:39:59

How many of our 100 people said Phil Mickelson?

0:39:590:40:02

It's right.

0:40:050:40:07

Mark Calcavecchia, your first answer, was incorrect,

0:40:070:40:09

Phil Mickelson is absolutely on the money.

0:40:090:40:11

Down we go through the teens.

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And we are into single figures, still going down.

0:40:130:40:15

Down it goes to four. Four for Phil Mickelson.

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See, that's more like it. There we are.

0:40:200:40:22

But annoyingly, only pointless answers

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are acceptable in this last round. So we have to move on to your third and final answer,

0:40:260:40:29

which was Just Fontaine. You thought this was clearly your best shot

0:40:290:40:33

-at a pointless answer.

-If he's right, hopefully.

0:40:330:40:36

We were looking for footballers

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who scored a hat-trick in a World Cup Finals game.

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If it is right, and if it is pointless, it will win you £4,500.

0:40:410:40:45

Let's find out. Just Fontaine.

0:40:450:40:47

Is it a correct answer, is it pointless?

0:40:470:40:49

It is right.

0:40:530:40:55

Your first answer, Mark Calcavecchia was incorrect,

0:40:550:40:57

your second answer, Phil Mickelson, was correct

0:40:570:41:00

and took us down to four.

0:41:000:41:01

Just Fontaine now takes us into single figures, down we go.

0:41:010:41:03

We are passing four, we are still going down.

0:41:030:41:05

We have done it! Very well done indeed!

0:41:050:41:08

Absolutely brilliant, very well done.

0:41:100:41:12

-Thank you!

-Super.

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Congratulations. Just Fontaine was a pointless answer, which means you go

0:41:170:41:20

home at that jackpot of £4,500.

0:41:200:41:23

Well, that turned out very nicely, didn't it?

0:41:230:41:25

That's great. And also you used your head there, cos one thing

0:41:250:41:28

all football fans know is Just Fontaine is the biggest scorer ever

0:41:280:41:31

at a World Cup, but had he scored hat tricks? Yeah, he scored two hat-tricks

0:41:310:41:34

-in 1958, when he scored those 13 goals.

-Do we get double the money, or...?

0:41:340:41:37

Terrific answer. You do not, I'm afraid!

0:41:370:41:39

You get half the money for turning down the thing that you do at university.

0:41:390:41:43

Let's take a look at the pointless answers in the different categories.

0:41:430:41:46

Some big names in all of these.

0:41:460:41:48

I suspect sports fans at home will have done rather well here.

0:41:480:41:50

Those 100m runners...

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Maurice Greene was the world record-holder at one point over Daley Thompson.

0:41:530:41:56

Could have had Ato Boldon as a pointless answer, Bruny Surin,

0:41:560:42:00

Francis Obikwelu, Leroy Burrell, Nesta Carter,

0:42:000:42:02

Richard Thompson, Ryan Bailey.

0:42:020:42:04

Some big names there, very well done if you said any of those.

0:42:040:42:06

Usain Bolt was the biggest scorer there by a mile,

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followed by Asafa Powell.

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Now, the golfers. Some famous ones here as well.

0:42:110:42:13

Major winners on this board...

0:42:130:42:15

You could have had Brad Faxon, more recently, Jason Dufner,

0:42:180:42:22

Mark O'Meara a pointless answer, Payne Stewart, Steve Stricker,

0:42:220:42:25

Thomas Bjorn. And the footballers who scored a World Cup hat-trick.

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Lots of names on this list.

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Here are some of the more famous ones.

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Just Fontaine, very well done.

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Geoff Hurst and Pele are the two biggest scorers up there,

0:42:370:42:40

as you might expect. Very well done if you got one of those at home,

0:42:400:42:43

and congratulations in the studio for going for the category

0:42:430:42:46

you shouldn't not have gone for and still winning £4,500!

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Thanks very much indeed.

0:42:490:42:51

Well, thanks once again to our winning players, Laura and Cameron,

0:42:510:42:54

who go away with today's jackpot of £4,500. Very well done.

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Join us next time, when we'll be putting more obscure knowledge

0:42:590:43:03

to the test on Pointless. In the meantime, it's goodbye

0:43:030:43:05

-from Richard...

-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.