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Old 14 September 2007, 08:31 AM
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Just got this in my Inbox,

It's long but there's some right crackers in among 'em....


QUIZMANIA (ITV)
Greg Scott: We're looking for an occupation beginning with 'T'.
Contestant: Doctor.
Scott: No, it's 'T'. 'T' for Tommy. 'T' for Tango.
Contestant: Oh, right . . . (pause) . . . Doctor.

DANNY KELLY SHOW (RADIO WM)
Kelly: Which French Mediterranean town hosts a famous film festival every year?
Contestant: I don't know, I need a clue.
Kelly: OK. What do beans come in?
Contestant: Cartons?

BEG, BORROW OR STEAL (BBC2)
Jamie Theakston: Where do you think Cambridge University is?
Contestant: Geography isn't my strong point.
Theakston: There's a clue in the title.
Contestant: Leicester.

BBC NORFOLK
Stewart White: Who had a worldwide hit with What A Wonderful World?
Contestant: I don't know.
White: I'll give you some clues: what do you call the part between your hand and your elbow?
Contestant: Arm.
White: Correct. And if you're not weak, you're...?
Contestant: Strong.
White: Correct - and what was Lord Mountbatten's first name?
Contestant: Louis.
White: Well, there we are then. So who had a worldwide hit with the song What A Wonderful World?
Contestant: Frank Sinatra?

LATE SHOW (BBC MIDLANDS)
Alex Trelinski: What is the capital of Italy?
Contestant: France.
Trelinski: France is another country. Try again.
Contestant: Oh, um, Benidorm.
Trelinski: Wrong, sorry, let's try another question. In which country is the Parthenon?
Contestant: Sorry, I don't know.
Trelinski: Just guess a country then.
Contestant: Paris.

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for 'cherrypickers' and 'cheesemongers'?
Contestant: Homosexuals.
Paxman: No. They're regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.

THE WEAKEST LINK (BBC2)
Anne Robinson: Oscar Wilde, Adolf Hitler and Jeffrey Archer have all written books about their experiences in what: prison, or the Conservative Party?
Contestant: The Conservative Party.

BEACON RADIO (WOLVERHAMPTON)
DJ Mark: For Pounds 10, what is the nationality of the Pope?
Ruth from Rowley Regis: I think I know that one. Is it Jewish?

THE WEAKEST LINK
Anne Robinson: In traffic, what 'J' is where two roads meet?
Contestant: Jool carriageway?

UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE
Bamber Gascoigne: What was Gandhi's first name?
Contestant: Goosey?

GWR FM (Bristol)
Presenter: What happened in Dallas on November 22, 1963?
Contestant: I don't know, I wasn't watching it then.

RTE RADIO 2FM (IRELAND)
Presenter: What is the name of the long- running TV comedy show about pensioners: Last Of The ...?
Caller: Mohicans.

QUIZMANIA
Greg Scott: We're looking for a word that goes in front of 'clock'.
Contestant: Grandfather.
Scott: Grandfather clock is already up there, say something else.
Contestant: Panda.

PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC RADIO MANCHESTER)
Phil: What's 11 squared?
Contestant: I don't know.
Phil: I'll give you a clue. It's two ones with a two in the middle.
Contestant: Is it five?

RICHARD AND JUDY
Q: Which American actor is married to Nicole Kidman?
A: Forrest Gump.

RICHARD AND JUDY
: On which street did Sherlock Holmes live?
Contestant: Er . . .
: He makes bread . . .
Contestant: Er . . .
: He makes cakes . . .
Contestant: Kipling Street?

MAGIC 52 (NORTHEAST ENGLAND)
Presenter: In what year was President Kennedy assassinated?
Contestant: Erm . . .
Presenter: Well, let's put it this way - he didn't see 1964.
Contestant: 1965?

SIMPLY THE BEST (ITV)
Phil Tufnell: How many Olympic Games have been held?
Contestant: Six.
Tufnell: Higher!
Contestant: Five.

FORT BOYARD (CHALLENGE TV)
Jodie Marsh: Arrange these two groups of letters to form a word - CHED
and PIT.
Team: Chedpit.

LINCS FM PHONE-IN
Presenter: Which is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world?
Contestant: Barcelona.
Presenter: I was really after the name of a country.
Contestant: I'm sorry, I don't know the names of any countries in Spain.

RADIO 1 EARLY MORNING SHOW
Presenter: How many toes would three people have in total?
Contestant: 23.

NOTTS AND CROSSES QUIZ (BBC RADIO NOTTINGHAM)
Jeff Owen: In which country is Mount Everest?
Contestant (long pause): Er, it's not in Scotland, is it?

THE MICK GIRDLER SHOW (BBC RADIO SOLENT)
Girdler: I'm looking for an island in the Atlantic whose name includes the letter 'e'.
Contestant: Ghana.
Girdler: No, listen. It's an island in the Atlantic Ocean.
Contestant: New Zealand.

NATIONAL LOTTERY (BBC1)
Question: What is the world's largest continent?
Contestant: The Pacific

ROCK FM (PRESTON)
Presenter: Name a film starring Bob Hoskins that is also the name of a famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.
Contestant: Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

THE BIGGEST GAME IN TOWN (ITV)
Steve Le Fevre: What was signed to bring World War I to an end in 1918?
Contestant: Magna Carta.

JAMES O'BRIEN SHOW (LBC)
O'Brien: How many kings of England have been called Henry?
Contestant: Er, well, I know there was a Henry the Eighth ... er ... er ... three?

NATIONAL LOTTERY
Eamonn Holmes: There are three states of matter: solid, liquid and what?
Contestant: Jelly.

RICHARD ALLINSON SHOW (RADIO 2)
Allinson: What international brand shares its name with the Greek goddess of victory?
Contestant (after long deliberation): Erm, Kellogg's?

BLIND DATE (ITV)
Girl: Name a book written by Jane Austen.
Boy: Charlotte Bronte.

CHRIS SEARLE SHOW (BBC RADIO BRISTOL)
Searle: In which European country is Mount Etna?
Caller: Japan.
Searle: I did say which European country, so in case you didn't hear that, I can let you try again.
Caller: Er ... Mexico?

DOG EAT DOG (BBC1)
Ulrika Jonsson: Who wrote Lord of the Rings?
Contestant: Enid Blyton

PAUL WAPPAT (BBC RADIO NEWCASTLE)
Paul Wappat: How long did the Six-Day War between Egypt and Israel last?
Contestant (after long pause): Fourteen days.

NATIONAL LOTTERY
Eamonn Holmes: Dizzy Gillespie is famous for playing what?
Contestant: Basketball.

NOTTS AND CROSSES QUIZ
Jeff Owen: Where did the D-Day landings take place?
Contestant (after pause): Pearl Harbor?

DARYL DENHAM'S DRIVETIME (VIRGIN RADIO)
Daryl Denham: In which country would you spend shekels?
Contestant: Holland?
Denham: Try the next letter of the alphabet.
Contestant: Iceland? Ireland?
Denham (helpfully): It's a bad line. Did you say Israel?
Contestant: No.

PHIL WOOD SHOW (BBC GMR)
Wood: What 'K' could be described as the Islamic Bible?
Contestant: Er . . .
Wood: It's got two syllables . . . Kor . . .
Contestant: Blimey?
Wood: Ha ha ha ha, no. The past participle of run . . .
Contestant: (Silence)
Wood: OK, try it another way. Today I run, yesterday I . . .
Contestant: Walked?

NATIONAL LOTTERY
Dale Winton: Skegness is a seaside resort on the coast of which sea:a) Irish Sea, b) English Channel, c) North Sea?
Contestant: Oh, I know that, you can start writing out the cheque now, Dale. It's on the east coast, so it must be the Irish Sea.

THE VAULT
Melanie Sykes: What is the name given to the condition where the sufferer can fall asleep at any time?
Contestant: Nostalgia.

LUNCHTIME SHOW (BRMB)
Presenter: What religion was Guy Fawkes?
Contestant: Jewish.
Presenter: That's close enough.

BREAKFAST SHOW, RADIO 1
Chris Moyles: Which 'S' is a kind of whale that can grow up to 80 tonnes?
Contestant: Ummm . . .
Moyles: It begins with 'S' and rhymes with 'perm'.
Contestant: Shark.

STEVE WRIGHT IN THE AFTERNOON (BBC RADIO 2)
Wright: Johnny Weissmuller died on this day. Which jungle-swinging character clad only in a loincloth did he play?
Contestant: Jesus.
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Old 14 September 2007, 10:02 AM
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Reminds me of this one.
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Old 14 September 2007, 10:17 AM
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I remember reading somewhere that the question "What is the capital of France?" was rejected from a phone-in quiz for being too difficult. The replacement question was "What colour is an orange?"
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Old 14 September 2007, 10:49 AM
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BLIND DATE (ITV)
Girl: Name a book written by Jane Austen.
Boy: Charlotte Bronte.
I very much doubt that one, at least. On BUH-LINE!-DA-DAY-TA! the questions are far more convoluted than that (I used to be a nun, what would you do to woo me on our first date? I'd wine and dine you and soon get you out of the habit, etc) and you couldn't get a question wrong because they're all made up.

Unless it was just from a conversation on one of the dates but I can't see how that could be verified. There's no way I'm watching every episode of that.
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Old 14 September 2007, 12:02 PM
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UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE (BBC2)
Jeremy Paxman: What is another name for 'cherrypickers' and 'cheesemongers'?
Contestant: Homosexuals.
Paxman: No. They're regiments in the British Army who will be very upset with you.
The question isn't phrased exactly as it was, but I remember seeing this one.
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Old 19 September 2007, 07:38 PM
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D'oh!

I remember reading this in 'Private Eye' a few months ago:

Host: What "B" is a four-letter word meaning an infant?
Contestant: Wasp

(The correct answer is of course baby.)

I think the contestant must have thought the host said "bee" instead of the letter B.
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Old 20 September 2007, 02:10 PM
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I haven't heard the University Challenge question, but there again I don't remember every question they ask. There was one about 'The Great Bed of Ware' this week, but unfortunately the team got it correct.

Back on topic: In a previous thread about stupid quiz show answers someone mentioned the 'Turkey' answers in 'Family Fortunes'.

Here is a video.
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Old 06 January 2008, 11:18 PM
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Weakest Link:

Anne : What 'L' is the offspring of a ram and an ewe?
Contestant: Lemur
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Old 07 January 2008, 06:47 PM
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Geography and history ignorance is rampant in the UK. Two from last Friday's 'Weakest Link':

The Solway Firth partly separates England from which UK country?
Spain

Which African waterfalls have a name which translates as 'the smoke that thunders' have an English name called after a British monarch?
Niagara

Sadly, there were said by the winner and the runner-up.
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Old 04 January 2011, 06:21 AM
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Comment: I've heard of this happening on the popular game show Family
Fued. It's down to the last family member, they have two strikes against
them, and he has to come up with "fruit starting with the lettter 'A'." In
a thick Jamaican accent, the contestant says "Arange!"

Did this really happen, or is it a punchline that has turned to urban
legend?
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Old 12 January 2011, 10:26 PM
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D'oh!

They sound like they could be from Jay Leno's Jaywalking segments, I remember a few of those:

Jay: What is the famous landmark in London? (the contestant doesn't know). It's a bell It's inside a clock, it's name is Ben
Contestant: Uncle Ben!
(Shows a picture of Big Ben with Uncle Ben's smling face inside)

Jay: What is the famous ship that had the Mutiny, Mutiny on the...what?
Contestant: I don't know.
Jay: Okay, which towel is the quicker picker upper?
Contestant: Brawny!
Jay: So, it's Mutiny on the Brawny.

Jay: What's Hamlet's famous quote.
Contestant: Find a buck, pick it up?

(Shows a picture of Washington crossing the Delaware)
Jay: What is this a picture of?
Contestant: They're on water, oh I know Pilgrims on the Mayflower!

(shows a painting of John Wilkes Booth shooting Lincoln)
Jay: Who shot Lincoln?
Contestant: He did!
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Old 03 January 2014, 01:06 AM
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Canada Family feud episode

I hear a lot of people who claim to say, without a doubt, that they witnessed a very funny scene on the game show 'Family Feud' back in the 80's.

Yet a clip can't be found ANYWHERE on the internet. ANYWHERE!

I'm new here and I hope I'm posting this in the right spot....

Can ANYBODY confirm seeing this? The following is a brief description of what supposedly happened:


Host - Ok, the Butler family for the steal

Host - "Name a fruit that starts with the Letter "A".

[Host polls each member of the Butler family for answers - all of them answer with logical responses like apricot, apple, etc.]

[After polling the family, the host then approaches the father for a response on behalf of the family]

Butler Family Father - "You know Ray, Im gonna go out on me own ... I'm gonna say "Arange!" (said in a Jamaican accent)


Please help me out with any information... thanks!
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Old 03 January 2014, 05:12 PM
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I don't know of any such video. Trying to find it on Youtube I get suggestions for "family food arange jamaican video", "family food fruit that starts with a" and some variations on those, but no video that actually shows what you've described. Does anyone know how much a particular search term is used before it becomes one of the auto-fill suggestions?
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Old 05 January 2014, 09:23 PM
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I'm pretty sure the "arange" story is apocryphal. There are plenty of videos of terrible Family Feud answers, but not this. There will be those who will counter it's real but was removed from the internet to avoid lawsuits. (Then how to explain the other videos of people looking stupid?)

I'm also wondering how many answers the five members of the family would be expected to come up with. Once you've said apple, apricot, and alligator pear/avocado, there isn't much else that the average person is likely to have heard of. Here's a list, in case anybody's curious: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_s...h_the_letter_A
I wouldn't have included almonds (nuts), and people would consider allspice a spice rather than a fruit.
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Wheel of Fortune : David Tua chooses "O for Awesome"

Though, to be fair, and if you listen hard enough, it seems accurate, he later says he asked for "O for Olsen"

It was 20 years ago, but we've never let it die:
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I'm not sure if this counts but I remember this one fondly:

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Question: Whic of these types of cheese is often sold pre-grates iin "shaker" canisters?

A: Brie
B: Swiss
C: Mozzarella
D: Parmesean

The guy had to use "ask the audience" and it was 100% D: Parmesean.
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One I saw recently on "Family Feud":

Steve Harvey: Name a word starting with the letter "Q".
Contestant: Cute.
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Wheel of Fortune : David Tua chooses "O for Awesome"

Though, to be fair, and if you listen hard enough, it seems accurate, he later says he asked for "O for Olsen"

It was 20 years ago, but we've never let it die:
And he drives a mini too!
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