Part 1

WWTBAM Prep, Part 1 (9-Dec-2018 to 6-Feb-2019)

Notes taken while watching the UK edition of WWTBAM, December 2018-February 2019. New editions (2018 onwards, broadcast on ITV) are titled “NEW WHO:”, older editions are titled “WHO:” or “OLD WHO:” and were broadcast on Challenge. Specific dates for these notes: 9-Dec-2018 to 6-Feb-2019. [5,733 words in this piece.]

WHO: bits on Challenge 9-Dec-2018

[09/12/2018 01:05] ALICE KEPPEL was the mistress of Edward VII – a chap from Liverpool got 32k, this was his 64k question and he went for George IV. I’d have gone for Charles II, who probably had more mistresses than most kings

I’m watching live now but I need to go to bed soon.

REVISE: Royal mistresses, womanizers like Casanova and Don Giovanni / ALICE KEPPEL was the mistress of Edward VII

You doubt yourself on some of these things: Strasbourg is in France, of course it is, and the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon / Presto on a music score means fast /

Remarkably, on the episode that began at 1am, the fastest finger first question asked the contestants to put the following names from the NATO Phonetic Alphabet in alphabetical order: Oscar Charlie Victor Romeo and only ONE Of them got it

NEW WHO: 1-Jan-2019, Back again, a 125k winner

It’s back for another series with Clarkson presenting, episode 1 tonight. A woman called Eleanor got to 250k and then went wrong, having set her safety net at 125k, so that’s what she went home with.

FFF: The first fastest finger first, at the start of the show, was about Put these movie villains in the order they first appeared in movies, which was: The Wicked Witch of the West / Cruella de Vil / Darth Vader / Voldemort

[02/01/2019 01:25] I didn’t make notes at the start of the show but noted the following, from the 4k question onwards

4k: ceramic poppies in 2014 at a London landmark (Tower of London)

8k: Dewey Decimal System is used in (libraries)

16k: “I don’t know how to love him” is from which Lloyd-Webber musical (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)

32k: (Banksy) in 2015 created a dystopian “bemusement park” called Dismaland

64k: Which of these is a type of arachnid: mite / mantis / earwig / termite [She went 50.50 and was left with mite and earwig / It’s MITE, not sure I’d have got that one right / Reviewing it in 2021 it seemed like a more straightforward question]

REVISE: Mites, arachnids, ticks / MITES and TICKS are Arachnids

125k: In Greek mythology, which goddess was kidnapped by Hades and made queen of the underworld? Demeter / Persephone / Hera / Athena [I thought it was Persephone, and she was sure too / I looked it up earlier, while it was on live, and learnt that Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. She explained on the show that the seasons in Greek mythology came about because Persephone was allowed to leave Hades, which led to summer and things growing – thanks to Demeter, goddess of fertility / Athena was goddess of war]

REVISE: Greek mythology Persephone was the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. The contestant explained on WHO that the seasons in Greek mythology came about because Persephone was allowed to leave Hades, which led to summer and things growing – thanks to Demeter, goddess of fertility / Athena was goddess of war

250k: A lion is depicted on the national flag of which of these countries? Moldova / Albania / Zambia / (Sri Lanka), she used Ask the Host and Clarkson didn’t know / she still went for Sri Lanka /

[Although I’m not especially good at visualizing things like this I can picture the flag of Sri Lanka, and various boxes of tea from Ceylon (as it used to be) so this was an easy question for me]

500k: Amundsen reached the South Pole on 14 December this year: 1891 / 1901 / 1911 / 1921 [This is the one she got wrong, repeatedly saying that she thought that Scott was Victorian, so 1901 looked right / Ask the Audience agreed, maybe because she had said so / It’s (1911) / I knew that Scott died around 1912, so would have gone for 1911)

There was just time for a fastest finger first, or rather two because nobody got the first one right

FFF: Starting with the fewest, put these wedding anniversaries in order according to the number of years they represent

Ruby / Silver / Diamond / Golden

[It’s: Silver / Ruby / Gold / Diamond, nobody got it right]

FFF: Starting with the smallest in size, put these UK coins in order according to their diameter:

1p 2p 5p 10p

Correct answer: 5p / 1p / 10p / 2p

ONE woman got it right, Sandra Howe from Tooting, and no time to ask her any questions before the end of the show.

OLD WHO: 27-Nov-2000

[18/1/19 about 0.30am] This was just after Judith Keppel won her million, the chap got to 500k by knowing, among other things: TOKAY wine is from Hungary / SPELUNKING means mucking about in caves

He didn’t know the million-pound question: OBERON is a moon of which planet: Mars / Venus / Neptune / Uranus. I know now that it’s Uranus, but would I have known it then?

OLD WHO: 125k, sagas are from Iceland, 8k Marriage of Figaro set in Spain, 16k down to 1k Maria Callas was born in USA

[25/01/2019 15:06] I’m watching a recording from 2000, shown on Challenge the other night and this was the first question I wasn’t sure of. I thought it was Spain, and it is, especially as the alternatives were France, Italy, Austria.

16k: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro is set in: (Spain) France Italy Austria

32k: Silas Marner’s occupation in the George Eliot book: fisherman, carpenter, gardener, (weaver) [End of show / There was another question on some quiz in the following week, about naming the George Eliot novel that features a weaver who takes care of a young girl.]

[13/05/2019 07:49] The show was repeated overnight, 12-May-2019 11pm

[Other questions: 1k: L in BLT = (lettuce) / 2k: River on USA-Canada border: (St Lawrence) Colorado Orinoco Amazon / 4k: guava is: (fruit)] And I must have missed a question for 8k]

I’ve gone back to the beginning and it’s a young accountant, from Walton-upon-Thames I think, who doesn’t have a TV, his wife Anya is at home and his mum is in the audience

He used his Phone-A-Friend early on to confirm that (Cliff Richard) had a 1963 hit with Bachelor Boy

4k: Name the professional golfer: Pat Eddery, Greg Rusedski, Nasser Hussain, (Colin Montgomerie)

8k: Dijon is most associated with: (mustard) cheese, bread, truffles

16k: Mythological creature with a bull’s head and a man’s body: Wyvern, Hippogryph, (Minotaur), Manticore

Revise: MYTHICAL Creatures, there’s a few notes here: Wyvern is a winged 2-legged dragon with a  barbed tail and the body of a reptile [And there are Wyverns at King’s Cross or St Pancras station] / Hippogryph: Front half of an EAGLE, hind half of a horse / Manticore: Persian mythology, Human head, body of a lion, tail of venomous spines like a porcupine, or sometimes depicted with the tail of a scorpion]

32k: What is identified by its ISBN: medicine, car engine, (book), paint [I hadn’t twigged initially that this was reused in the Jan-2019 shows]

64k: Calamity Jane is set in this Wild West town: Dodge City, Laramie, (Deadwood), Tombstone (50/50 left him with Deadwood and Laramie, and he asked the audience too

Revise: What happened in Dodge City, Tombstone, Deadwood, Laramie and other Western places, fictional or otherwise

125k: Sagas are legends traditionally associated with which island country: (Iceland), Greenland, Ireland, New Zealand

He bails out here, no lifelines left, for 64k

FFF: Put these British cities in order from south to north: Belfast / Cardiff / Edinburgh / Southampton

DBAC, winner Mike Collins gets it in 7.58s

Mike Collins from Dorset, he’s the 54 year old with GREAT grandchildren: 5 kids 7 grandkids 4 great grandkids

2k: Churchill first became PM during: (WW2)

4k: The Sphinx near Giza is located in: (Egypt) Sudan Kenya Ethiopia

8k: Monty Don is associated with: (gardening) cooking, interior design, motoring [He used Ask the Audience for that one]

16k: In which country was the soprano Maria Callas born? (United States), Paraguay, Italy, Egypt

He went for Italy very quickly, and he loses 15k and goes home with 1k

FFF: Actors in alphabetical order by surname: BADC David McCallum, Roddy McDowall, Paul McGann, Steve McQueen

David Anderson gets it in around 7s, retired Customs & Excise Officer

WHO: (Continued last night), Challenge Sun 28-Jan-2019 11pm and midnight, from 27-3-2000

[28/01/2019 20:07] I have recorded it I’ll flick through / it’s from 27/03/2000 [I think that’s what the cheque said – it might be 21/3/2000] / And the woman’s name is Leslie Palmer

1k: Wee Willie Winkie in his (nightgown)

2k: card game in USA, board game with pegs in UK (solitaire)

4k: QC: associated with (lawyers)

8k: Glaucoma affects (eyes)

16k: Salamander is (amphibian) and she asked the audience about this one

32k: Soviet forces crushed a major uprising in 1956 in (Hungary)

64k: Imams feature in this religion (Islam)

125k: Annual music festival alternately held in Worcester, Gloucester and Hereford: (Three Choirs) / Three Cathedrals / Three Cities / Three Concerts

She used Phone-A-Friend for this one, who was 30% sure it was Three Choirs, then went 50/50 and was left with Three Cities and Three Choirs, and she went right

250k: What was the first product to be advertised on British television: (Toothpaste) / chocolate / Toilet rolls / Washing up liquid [This fact is more well-known now than it was 20 years ago, SR toothpaste no less, discussed on an episode of Richard Osman’s “House of Games” with Hugh Dennis as a contestant; they joked that he probably did the voiceover for it.]

“Not A Foggiest” she says, so she’s out with 125k / At this stage no woman had ever won 250k

FFF: Put these fish in order according to their average size:

DACB was the right answer, giving us: Whitebait / Sardine / Mackerel / Salmon

2 got it right, Judy White faster in 4.9s

1k: Narrow trench dug by a plough: (Furrow)

2k: Balloon, flute and Schooner are types of (Drinking Glass)

4k: “What did SAMUEL Ryder, a wealthy St Alban’s merchant, have named in his honour?” London theatre / (Golf tournament) / Tube station / Glasgow bridge [She’s used Ask the Audience and 98% go for Golf tournament, which is correct]

8k: “Magpies belong to which family of birds?” (Crow) / Woodpecker [She used 50/50 to get to this]

[End of show / it is copyrighted 2004, the next one is 28/1/2019 midnight on Challenge, straight back in from where we were]

16k: Star of TV dramas “Callan” and “The Equalizer”: (Edward Woodward)

32k: “In which country was Arnold Schwarzenegger born?” Denmark / Germany / USA / (Austria)

She’s using Phone-A-Friend, he’s sure it’s Austria

The cheque definitely says 27/3/2000

64k: “Which county is home to the famous steam trains of the Bluebell Railway?” Kent / West Yorkshire / East Sussex / Dorset

No idea / she’s gone Dorset, but it’s EAST SUSSEX / and Wikipedia says that it’s mostly in WEST SUSSEX, and runs between these stations: Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, through Horsted Keynes and KINGSCOTE

She leaves with 32k

REVISE: Steam railways, Bluebell Steam Trains in SUSSEX – East Sussex, according to WHO, mostly in West Sussex according to Wikipedia page

FFF: Cliff Richard singles in order they first reached #1

CABD gives us: The Young Ones / Congratulations / We don’t talk any more / Mistletoe and Wine

4 right, Sue Davies in 6.32s, and she’s VERY excited

A nurse from Horley in Surrey / Twin sister Julie

We’re getting the chat right now – it hasn’t been in the earlier bits of these shows / She’s a nurse and her favourite TV shows are Casualty and ER

1k: Photographs of criminals used by police to identify suspects: (Rogues gallery)

2k: Name of the last ruling British king: (George)

4k: What would you do with an expectorant: (Swallow it)

8k: The “Senior Service” is: Police Force / Army / Royal Air Force / Royal Navy

I’m not sure, and she’s asking the audience / my first thought was Army, the audience has gone big on Royal Navy (around 70%)

And it IS Royal Navy – that would have been a good time to ask the audience for me too

16k: Belgrade is capital of: Slovenia / Yugoslavia / Hungary / Romania

Wow, Yugoslavia was still around in 2000: Yugoslavia then, but now it’s capital of Serbia / It must have been a cut-down version of Yugoslavia because Slovenia was already a country

She used Phone-A-Friend, he was pretty sure it’s Yugoslavia, and definitely not Slovenia, she’s been saying it’s not Slovenia, she’s gone 50.50 and been left with Slovenia and Yugoslavia / and she’s dithering about taking the money / and then finally, “Oh, go for it, Yugoslavia”

32k: “In Italy, which animal is known as a gatto?” Dog / Mouse / Cat / Horse

She’s not risking it, but it’s CAT all day long

10 new contestants, nobody I recognize

FFF: Fingers in order, starting nearest the thumb:

CBAD gives us: Index / Middle / Ring / Little

Tommy O’Donnell in 7.14s, about 6 of them got it right, and one of them took 20s

1k: refers to an intellectual woman: (Bluestocking) / Bluebird

He went 50/50 and that’s what he was left with

2k: “Which of the following is the nickname of a character in “Coronation Street”?” Cockroach / Beetle / (Spider) / Earwig

Never heard of it, would have used Ask the Audience, he knows it for 2k

REVISE: Spider is a character in “Coronation Street”

4k: Pure sulphur is (Yellow) Black Red White

8k: Falafel are a traditional dish in: (Middle East) / Southern United States / Southeast Asia / South Africa

He’s used Phone-A-Friend who started out confident it was Middle East, then wavered thinking it could be Asia, he’s used Ask the Audience and they were overwhelming for the right answer

16k: “In which country is Ho Chi Minh City?” (Vietnam) / Cambodia / Korea / China

He’s going for it

32k: “’God and my right’, the motto on the Royal Arms of Great Britain, is written in which language?” (French) / Danish / Latin / English

Dieu et mon droit, he thinks it’s French but he’s not going to risk it / he leaves with 16k

FFF: Nicknames for money in order of value

DABC gives us: Quid / Pony / Monkey / Grand

Just 2 correct: Brian Jones in 6.4s was fastest

500 quid: Beethoven’s Sonata in C Sharp Minor (Moonlight)

1k: Fairy in Peter Pan: (Tinkerbell)

[And that’s the end of the show]

WHO: 26-27-Jan-2019, Challenge, 27-11-2000, 29-11-2000, 30-11-2000

[28/01/2019 21:45] Back again with the recordings from Saturday night / Sunday morning, “One woman has already won 1m pounds this week”

Martine has gone out at at the 8k question, getting her Monday’s child rhyme wrong:

1k: Crazy Bone is US name for (Funny Bone)

2k: Budgie, created by Sarah Duchess of York is a (Helicopter)

4k: (Pink Floyd) released The Wall

8k: According to the rhyme (Saturday’s child) works hard for a living

She went for Friday and she leaves with 1k

FFF: Monopoly properties from lowest to highest value:

BDCA gives us: Pentonville Road / Pall Mall / Piccadilly / Park Lane

3 got it right, John Randall fastest in 5.34s

He compiles statistics for Racing Post, his old mum Betty is in the audience [I saw from the 64k question the previous weekend, not sure where my notes are, but I’ll make notes again here] / He wants to go to Antarctica with Hugh Grant and bury him under the snow / And get his mum Betty a crash-course in Bungee Jumping

1k: (Alanis) is first name of singer Morrisette

2k: (Pantyhose) American term for women’s thin nylon tights

4k: 1945-69 Matt Busby managed (Man U)

8k: Tynwald is the parliament on (Isle of Man)

16k: Bysshe was the middle name of (Shelley)

32k: Film remade as “High Society”: (The Philadelphia Story)

[We don’t see the cheque at this point]

64k: “Who was British prime minister at the end of World War I?” Herbert Asquith / (David Lloyd George) / Andrew Bonar Law / Stanley Baldwin [PM from 1916-22]

125k: The wine TOKAY originated in which country? Germany / HUNGARY / Japan / Bulgaria [Ask the Audience: 34% Hungary, 32% Japan, 29% Bulgaria /

[From last week I think it’s Hungary / 15/07/2021 This question has come up MANY times in the last 2 years, in various quizzes, so I am now confident about it]

The cheque shows us it’s 27/11/2000

250k: “Which American state has a Union Jack on its state flag?” Virginia / Georgia / Maryland / (Hawaii)

500k: “What does a ‘spelunker’ do as a hobby?” Watches birds / Explores caves / Collects autographs / Makes pottery

He’s gone 50/50 and has the last 2 options, and he plays EXPLORES CAVES for 500k

[02/05/2019 12:30 Going back through these notes, while watching this show from the most recent weekend of recordings, I know that this was also a question in “Fifteen to One” last year, so if I’d revised my notes more carefully I would have known this]

The 500k cheque also reads 27/11/2000

1m: “Oberon is a satellite of which planet?” Mercury / Neptune / (Uranus) / Mars

He uses his Phone-A-Friend who knows it’s not Mercury or Mars but isn’t sure whether it’s Neptune or Uranus

[In 2019 I was confident about this – it’s the Uranian moons that are named after Shakespearean characters, but I wouldn’t have known that in 2000]

10 new contestants: Eirwen Roberts, John Bateson, Hywel Harris, Jim Irving, Sheila Watts, Balvinder Singh, Simon Dunsterville, Lisa Richardson, Mark Knowles, Elsa Oliver [02/05/2019 12:32 I have just added this paragraph, because I keep a record of names these days]

FFF: starting with the lowest, put these darts scores in numerical order:

ADBC gives us:: Outer bull/ Treble ten / Double Top / Inner Bull

ONE Winner, Elsa Oliver, 10.3s

She’s from the North East and cancelled a trip to New York City because she thought something good was going to happen / she’s here with her fiancé, looking for 16k / 32k, pay some bills / She would like an Elvis wedding in Las Vegas, with all the guests in Elvis wigs

1k: (Sheila) in Australia to describe a girl

2k: (Kenneth Grahame) wrote Wind in the Willows

4k: Yehudi Menuhin famous for playing (violin)

8k: “What are the pulse vegetables grown in kitchen gardens?” Onions and leeks / (peas and beans) / Cabbages and sprouts / Carrots and turnips

She’s used Ask the Audience, 79% say peas and beans, and she’s going for it

16k: Weapon named after American frontiersman James Bowie (Knife)

32k: “In the financial abbreviation ISA, what does the S stand for?” Standard / (Savings) / Sterling / Shares

She’s using Phone-A-Friend, her fiance’s dad, and he thinks it’s Standard / she thinks it’s savings, she goes 50/50 and those are the 2 answers left / She goes savings anyway and gets to 32k: get in there

64k: An island in the Gulf of St Lawrence in Canada: Prince William / Prince Philip / (Prince Edward) / Prince Andrew

She changed her mind, Edward, to William, and back to Edward, to get her 64k

And that’s the end of THAT show

Next show: he shows her the cheque, and it’s dated 27/11/2000 again, so although CHALLENGE has put a break in here, there probably wasn’t one originally

125k: “In miles, approximately how far away from the Earth is the moon?” 50,000 / 100,000 / 150,000 / (250,000)

She thinks it’s 150,000, doesn’t go for it, leaves with 64k

FFF: Start with youngest, put Oscar-winning actors in age order

DACB gives us: Daniel Day-Lewis / Anthony Hopkins / Michael Caine / John Mills

3 right, Hywel Harris 10.41s is fastest, civil servant from Wales, he’s got a mate in the audience, and their wives are out shopping

1k: design and a military display (tattoo)

2k: Celine Dion represented (Switzerland) in 1988 Eurovision

4k: fungal infection of skin (athlete’s foot)

8k: Widow’s peak is (V-shaped hairline)

16k: pipistrelle is (bat) mouse butterfly cat

He uses Ask the Audience, 49% bat / He uses Phone-A-Friend, a friend called Margaret / She gives him the right answer

Revise: BATS, flying mammals

32k: Plucking the strings of a stringed instrument = (Pizzicato)

The cheque shows us 29/11/2000

64k: Ascorbic acid is chemical name of (Vitamin C)

125k: “From what does the Exchequer, the British national treasury, get its name?” (CHEQUERED TABLECLOTH) / Chequered flag / PM’s country residence / cheque book

REVISE: Derivation of Exchequer, from check tablecloth

250k: “Which of these is the name of a village in Britain?” Ants’ Nest / BEESWING / Butterfly Common / Cobweb

REVISE: Beeswing is a village in the UK; where is it?

He leaves with 125k

A new set of 10 contestants

FFF: Words in the order they appear in a Harrison Ford film

ACDB gives us: Indiana Jones Temple Doom

8/10 get it right, Steve Hayward is quickest in 4.9s

RAF Helicopter guy from Morayshire

500 quid: “A drone is a type of which of these creatures?” Anchovy / (Bee) / Chicken / Dog

1k: Linda Evangelista is a (supermodel)

2k: Chopin’s popular Waltz in D FLAT MAJOR: Second Waltz / (Minute Waltz) / Hour Waltz / Day Waltz

He’s going 50/50, is left with Second and Minute

4k: Magna Carta sealed in 1215 at (Runnymede)

8k: Ingrid Bergman born (Sweden)

16k: Bob Champion’s horse 1981 Grand National (Aldaniti)

32k: The Euphrates is in (Asia)

He uses Phone-A-Friend who says it’s in the Middle East, so that makes it Asia

64k: Silver wedding anniversary for QE2 and Prince Philip: 1968 / (1972) / 1976 / 1980

He uses Ask the Audience / they’ve gone wrong 55% on 1976, 40% on 1972, he’s gone with the audience and used some incorrect logic. He knows the queen came to the throne in 1952 and thinks she was on honeymoon when she heard the news, and he knows that Silver = 25 / But no, she was married in 1947 and was on a visit to Kenya when the news came in of George VI’s death


FFF: Starting with the earliest, put these men in the order they were born

DCBA gives us: Sculptor Henry Moore / Astronomer Patrick Moore / Actor Roger Moore / Footballer Bobby Moore

Only 2 right, Paul Nicholas fastest in 8.45s / A personnel manager in Thame

1k: (Elizabeth Hurley) plays the devil in the 2000 film “Bedazzled”

He’s using Ask the Audience, 95% give the right answer

2k: American nickname for Charles (Chuck)

REVISE: ATLANTIS: Final NASA space shuttle mission (I’m not too hot on my NASA missions, or names of astronauts after Buzz, Armstrong & Collins) / Obies = Off Broadway Awards in (theatre)

WHO: Live on Challenge, 28-Jan-2019

A chap from Canons Park, got to 64k with questions that I didn’t have to think about (e.g. Mary Ann Evans = George Eliot, for something like 32k / (Tremeloes) had a #1 with Silence is Golden); he went for 125k in a question about types of COTTON: Lawn / Meadow / Field / Grass were the options, and the correct answer is LAWN. He went for Field, and lost 32k

REVISE: Types of Cotton; LAWN is a type of cotton

FFF: Sydney Olympics, starting with MOST medals, put these countries in order of medals received:

CBDA gives us: USA / Australia / GB / Cameroon

For the record, these are the numbers: 97 / 58 / 28 / 1

4 right, Wik Stankiewicz in 4.9s was quickest

Again, straightforward questions to get to 8k

16k: Prince (Igor) opera by Borodin

32k: Patna: RICE

REVISE: Patna = RICE, check what sort of rice it is

64k: Distaff side = female side of the family, which word goes before “side” to denote males: Sword / Macho / Spear / Kindred

He’s gone 50/50 and been left with sword and spear / I thought it was Spear before he got down to 2 options / He went for Sword and he’s wrong: it’s SPEAR

REVISE: Heraldry and genealogy: Distaff (female side), SPEAR (male side), check things like couchant, other terms on coats of arms

He leaves with 32k

FFF: Queen’s children in order when they first married:

BCAD gives us: Anne / Charles / Andrew / Edward – here’s one where you could go through the 4 in your head first and just look out for them

4 got it right, 4.44s was fastest for Roger Waldron

32k: Last Hanoverian monarch was VICTORIA / I might have gone for William IV: it says on a site I just checked that the title couldn’t pass to a woman, so William IV was the last Hanoverian. But “Who wants to be a millionaire?” says it’s Victoria, and this player has just got to 32k with it. And that’s the end of the show

REVISE: Confirm last HANOVERIAN Monarch, WHO says it’s Victoria, another source says it’s William IV, names of Royal Families and when they changed: when did WINDSOR become the official name?

OLD WHO: From Challenge Mon 4-Feb-2019 [Also on Sat 16-Feb-2019], 13-01-2001 and 15-01-2001

[05/02/2019 08:48] I recorded this last night and I’ll flick through it, see if I can get an hour’s worth of TV noted in 20 minutes

2k: Bairn is a Scottish & Northern England word for (baby)

4k: Sandy in 1978 film Grease played by (Olivia Newton-John)

8k: EGM = (Extraordinary) General Meeting

16k: hovercraft invented in 20s 30s 40s (1950s) [He uses Phone-A-Friend

REVISE: Hovercraft, check Cockerill’s first name, and date of invention – sometime in 1950s

32k: Mountain Standard Time refers to (Rockies) Alps

TOM DAVIES 13-1-2001, he’s from Brentwood in Essex

64k: Narcoleptic = (falling asleep) [He uses Ask the Audience, 84% give the right answer]

125k: What type of creature is a KATYDID: Fish Bird Insect Frog [He used 50/50, which left bird and insect] He thinks it’s bird, Tarrant keep asking “Why?”

But he’s wrong, it’s an INSECT, a kind of grasshopper  / he leaves with 32k

REVISE: KATYDID is an insect, check what kind

Another set of 10 contestants including someone called Michael Ellis from Sussex

FFF: Words in the order they appear in Little Miss Muffet

BDAC gives us: Tuffet Curds Whey Spider

About half got it right, STEPHEN CHANDLER in 6.48s was fastest / He had been on his Stag Night the night before and was feeling a bit delicate: out on the town in York, tied up, legs painted green, “I love Man U” in marker pen on his back, and he’s a Liverpool fan

1k: Blank cheque leaves the (amount) free [He used Ask the Audience for that one]

2k: Land girls worked on (Farms) in WW2 [he used Phone-A-Friend and asked his dad]

4k: In tenpin bowling when all the pins are knocked down with the first bowl, it’s called: Wipeout / Knockdown / Break / (Strike)

REVISE: Bowling terms, strike – all pins knocked out in first bowl, what is a Turkey, and what other terms are there?

8k: Elvis Presley’s daughter is (Lisa-Marie Presley)

16k: Empire located in Germany and Northern Italy: (Holy Roman Empire) Ottoman Empire [he used 50/50 on this, the other options were Byzantine and British]

He thinks it’s Holy Roman Empire but doesn’t risk it – he’s getting married in 7 days’ time / he leaves with 16k

FFF: Starting at the centre, put these features of a wedding cake in traditional order

BACD gives us: Fruit cake / Marzipan / Icing / Plastic bride and groom

6/9 got it right, Sharon Moss is fastest in 5.82s

She’s from Diss in Norfolk, first time she and her husband have been away without the 3 young kids, and they had breakfast in South Mimms Service Station, looking round to see where the kids were, it felt like they were missing

1k: Stye affects the (eye)

2k: Which animal has hooves: Bear Aardvark Porcupine (Deer)

REVISE: Animals with hooves, number of toes and so on / Deer have hooves / also check genus names like camelids – what kind of animal is a deer? Equid?

4k: City most associated with traditional pottery industry: Southampton Swansea (Stoke-on-Trent) Sheffield

8k: Lady Penelope’s chauffeur (Parker)

16k: Musical term meaning opposite of “diminuendo”: Glissando (Crescendo) Allegretto Rallentado

32k: Port Said is at one end of which canal? (Suez) Kiel Panama Corinth [She uses Phone-A-Friend on this one]

They went to a break and haven’t shown Chris showing her the cheque for 32k

64k: Who instigated the first complete translation of the Bible into English: Geoffrey Chaucer / (John Wycliffe) / William Caxton / John of Gaunt

REVISE: John Wycliffe instigated first complete translation of Bible into English

[She’s using Ask the Audience, they’re split, a bit more on Caxton 45%, she thinks it’s Wycliffe 33% / she goes 50/50 and is left with Wycliffe and Gaunt, which I wasn’t expecting – I assumed that they’d leave Caxton and Wycliffe]

The cheque says: 15/01/2001

125k: Who famously said: “All I need to make comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl?” Mack Sennett / Charlie Chaplin / Harold Lloyd / Buster Keaton

No idea on this one, I was waiting for Benny Hill to come up / she takes the money / It’s CHARLIE CHAPLIN / I might have gone for Mack Sennett

REVISE: Charlie Chaplin quote: “All I need to make comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl?”

[05/02/2019 09:16] And that’s the end of the show, it took me 28 minutes for that one. Hmm

OLD WHO: Challenge 5-Feb-2019 [Also on 16/17-Feb-2019]

[06/02/2019 07:31] NOBODY gets to 32k, so we don’t see a cheque to tell us the date

Contestants: John Robinson, Barry Kelley, Jean Wyatt, Sylvia Jenkins, Jim Crow, Barbara Goodwin, Terry Yeomans, Jenny Mason, Andy Clark, Gary Riley

FFF: Boxers in order they won Olympic gold

ACBD gives us: Cassius Clay / Joe Frazier / George Foreman / Lennox Lewis

60 / 64 / 68 / 88

3/10 right Terry Yeomans is fastest in 5.74s

REVISE: Boxers and Olympic medals, Cassius Clay / Joe Frazier / George Foreman / Lennox Lewis in: 60 / 64 / 68 / 88 [This came up subsequently on another show – “Who won boxing gold in 1968?” and I got it wrong, went for Frasier rather than George Foreman]

A school finance officer from Birmingham / His wife Lynne is in the audience / four things he always wanted to do: Parachute jump, Concorde trip, a cowboy in Wyoming for 2 weeks, and this is the 4th / He’s taken up Scottish dancing / Would like to buy a golf course for women only

1k: (Lorraine Kelly) is a breakfast tv presenter, not Carole Smillie, Jilly Goolden or Charlie Dimmock [He used Ask the Audience and 95% got it right]

2k: Bouquet is smell of (wine)

4k: Norman Bates features in (Psycho)

8k: (32) teeth in a complete adult set

16k: Edith Cavell WW1 Heroine was a (nurse) [50/50 on this one, left him with nurse and nun]

32k: An extinct animal: Quasar / Qualm / Quango / (Quagga)

He uses Phone-A-Friend who doesn’t know, contestant thinks it’s D Quagga but doesn’t risk it and goes home with 16k

Revise: Quagga and other extinct animals

FFF: Stages of preparing and serving a roast chicken:

DBAC gives us: Remove giblets / Stuff / Roast / Carve

5 right, Andy Clark in 5.27s, Systems Analyst from Reading, wants to pay off his student debts

1k: Panatella is a (Cigar)

[Ah, a jump to a different day – he’s wearing a different shirt, there wasn’t a break or anything in this show]

2k: An arachnid has (8) legs

4k: Roald Amundsen, first man to reach South Pole: (Norwegian) [He went 50/50, was left with Dutch and Norwegian, then used Phone-A-Friend and got the right answer]

8k: (Gordon Banks) was England goalkeeper in 1966 World Cup Final

16k: Musician ROSTROPROVICH most associated with: violin / flute / guitar / cello [I think it’s violin, but would have to use a lifeline here] [He uses Ask the Audience, 45% violin, 36% cello, and it’s CELLO]

Revise: Rostropovich, other CELLO players, other musicians

10 new contestants: Ian Tomlinson, Jill Howard, Rob Stenning, Tim Veal, Steve Devlin, Danny Winter-Hall, Rob Street, Nichola Thorpe, Brian Moore, Steve Webb

FFF: Put the words from this 1939 film title in the correct order

DACB gives us: Gone With The Wind

6 right, Jill Howard in 4.89s was fastest

Computer analyst from St Albans, into water-skiing, likes DAWSONS CREEK and Hollyoaks

[Revise: Dawson’s Creek and other such shows]

500 quid: kd lang is a (singer) [She uses Ask the Audience, 89% right there)

1k: Furthest north country: (Iceland) India Indonesia Israel

2k: guppy is a (fish)

4k: ceramic is made from (clay) plastic glass paper

8k: Lambeth Conference meets every 10 years: (Anglican Bishops) [Blimey, she’s gone for Pearly Kings and Queens, and leaves with 1k]

[06/02/2019 07:53] 50 minutes into the show, in 22 minutes

[06/02/2019 08:22] And now back for the last 10 minutes

FFF: Authors in the order they were first published

ABDC gives us: Daniel Defoe / Walter Scott / Ernest Hemingway / Salman Rushdie

3 right, STEVE DEVLIN fastest 6.04s – I remember this guy from the time, he got to a 1m pound question and didn’t risk it, the one about Theodore Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party

Currently unemployed, has done a lot of shovelling in a sewer / wants to be one of the idle rich rather than one of the idle poor / had come to the show 18 months earlier but was so scared that he headed back home again

1k: A kind of energetic music: (Garage), not shed or conservatory

2k: Honeycomb is (Hexagonal)

And that’s it, just up to 2k, so I assume that tonight’s show will show him getting to that million pound question