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  • Which rapper born in 1972 took his stage name

  • from the initials of his first and last name?

  • The answer... at the end of the show.

  • Welcome to Lateral, where two more teams

  • are going to be taking on some tough lateral thinking questions.

  • -Playing today we start with... -I'm Vicky.

  • During the week, I am a museum professional.

  • but at the weekends I make videos about trains with this man.

  • And I am Geoff, and I do like railways and trains a lot

  • and have a YouTube channel exclusively all about them as well as a joint one.

  • So are you hoping that train questions come up?

  • -I'm really hoping. -Very good on railways and transport,

  • and travel, and geography in general, that would be our specialty.

  • Do you have a team name?

  • Off Peak Only.

  • Team Off Peak Only, alright, that might get shortened to team Off Peak,

  • or team Off, depending on how much of a rush I'm in.

  • But alright, playing against you we have...

  • My name is Lizzy, or better known as LDShadowLady,

  • and I make Minecraft YouTube videos.

  • And I'm Joel,

  • sometimes known as SmallishBeans, and I also make Minecraft YouTube videos.

  • So we're hoping for video gaming questions.

  • -Yeah, very much so, yeah. -Anything else you're looking for

  • -or hoping not to have? -Movies.

  • I'm okay at movies, but sport, no, science, no, maths, no,

  • it's a long list of no's to be honest.

  • I don't think any of the teams like sport, is that...?

  • Yeah. Vicky's good at movies and I'm good at sport and pop music.

  • Okay.

  • At least one sport question would be nice.

  • Do we have a team name?

  • Pinky and the Brain.

  • Which one's which?

  • Lizzy is both, and we're Pinky and the Brain and Joel.

  • Alright, again, I might have to make that team Pinky when we're in a rush,

  • -but is that okay? -That's cute, I like that.

  • Alright, so team Off Peak, and team Pinky, let's start round one.

  • Round one is Deep Thought.

  • Six lateral thinking questions, sixty seconds for each question.

  • Buzz in as soon as you think you know the answer.

  • The earlier you buzz, the more points you'll get.

  • But if you're not sure, hold on

  • and I'll steadily reveal some clues to make it easier.

  • If you're ready, the first question is going to go to team Off Peak.

  • Fingers on buzzers, have a look at this.

  • A version of this object currently available on sale has sections labelled DAYTIME,

  • NOONDAY, EVENING and BEDTIME.

  • -What is it? -Some kind of clock.

  • Alarm clock. Should we wait for another clue?

  • Because that seems too obvious.

  • -It's clearly time based, isn't it? -Daytime, noon...

  • Noontime.

  • Think laterally, it might be not be time based,

  • so what else refers to time that isn't to do with time?

  • It tends to be used by older people.

  • -Is it to do with like pills, medication? -Oh, yeah, yeah.

  • -A pill dispenser device? -A pill box, pill... not a pillbox!

  • -Press the buzzer! -Okay, a medication, pill dispensing box.

  • Yeah, it's a seven day pill dispenser, you're absolutely right, for three points.

  • Each of those words has seven letters in it, so there's one over each day

  • and it's easier to print.

  • But you're absolutely right, for three points, that's a seven day pill dispenser.

  • We didn't think we were going to get one.

  • We thought we were going to get zero. That's amazing, we've got three points.

  • Okay, even if we get nothing else, we're good.

  • You're on the board. Team Pinky,

  • James Polk, US president during the 1830s, was not an impressive figure,

  • and sometimes went ignored when he entered the room at large gatherings.

  • To solve this problem his wife arranged for what to happen?

  • -Oh gosh. -Maybe something to do with how he looks

  • so that people notice him more when he walks in?

  • Clothing or some sort of weird... clothing device,

  • -Something, I have no idea though. -Or a sound plays when he walks in.

  • Oh, that would be smart, but it's the 1830s, like they'd have to get a band.

  • It got people's attention.

  • Well, clearly we knew that.

  • I think yeah, maybe a band played.

  • Maybe he had a theme tune when he walks in.

  • -Can we go for that? -Sure, go for that if you want.

  • -For three points. -A theme tune.

  • -Yeah, I'll allow it. -Yay!

  • It's "Hail to the Chief", it's the traditional presidential introduction,

  • and now every time a president walks in to a big function

  • they play that to let them know he's here.

  • -You're absolutely right. -And you laughed at me.

  • I will allow theme tune, that's absolutely fine for three points.

  • -Is that 'da da da da' music? -Yeah.

  • Here it is.

  • Team Off Peak, in 2001 the artist Milton Glaser got the idea for this

  • morale-boosting artwork on September the 12th,

  • which lengthened his 1976 original by 300%.

  • What did the original say?

  • -What?

  • -I know this. Morale-boosting artwork, 1976.

  • September 11 was obviously the awful tragedy in New York.

  • -Okay, yes. -Was that 2001?

  • The original is on many tourist t-shirts.

  • The font, it's the font, it's the 'I heart NY' font that you get on a t-shirt, isn't it?

  • Oh, okay, yes.

  • Yes, go for it.

  • -Yes. -I heart New York.

  • Is correct for 3 points, you're absolutely right.

  • The original has four characters, there's 12 more there in the same font,

  • so it lengthened by 300%.

  • -Absolutely right. -Another three points.

  • -I'm impressed. -I'm impressed by you.

  • Team Pinky, have a look at these.

  • What's missing?

  • Coordinates, what's missing?

  • I have no idea at all.

  • -I know nothing about geography. -I don't know, I'm not good at geography.

  • What could be missing?

  • -There's three sets, so that would be three. -East and South.

  • Those are three points on the Earth.

  • So it makes a triangle, it's ... what is it missing?

  • There's north and west,

  • or is it north and west? Probably not northwest.

  • -That's longitude and latitude. -Together they make something famous

  • that you can't see.

  • -The Bermuda Triangle. -Well, you go for it.

  • Ships are missing in the Bermuda Triangle.

  • I don't know if it's just the Bermuda Triangle, though.

  • -Shall I try it? -Try it, go for it.

  • Is it the Bermuda Triangle?

  • -Have another look at the question. -But what's missing?

  • -Ships. -Yes.

  • -Oh, that was it. -Yes, that's absolutely right, ships.

  • -You looked so confused when I said ships. -I'm so confused, I had no idea.

  • Those are the three points of the Bermuda Triangle,

  • so what's missing is ships and planes that have entered it.

  • Well, in legend, anyway.

  • Congratulations, that's two points to you.

  • The next questions are on the buzzers for both teams, so fingers on buzzers.

  • Two similar looking birds of the same species are perched on a fence

  • in a normal fashion.

  • One bird is from the countryside and the other lives in a city.

  • Without any scientific examination or special knowledge,

  • most people would be able to tell them apart after a few minutes.

  • How?

  • By

  • It could be like a dove, because a dove in the country is like a pigeon or something.

  • Pigeon's, one's more bedraggled, one is...

  • You couldn't do this immediately.

  • It has to be something behaviour,

  • it would have to be behaviour because it's not from looking at it maybe.

  • Would the one from the countryside have a different call?

  • Possibly.

  • It could be pigeons, pigeons like in the city would come towards you,

  • -pigeons in the country... -It's to do with the bird call.

  • -Oh no, it's a sound. -They've got a different accent.

  • -So the city bird would be quieter. -Well, I have literally no idea.

  • -Okay, go, go for it. -Buzzing for two points.

  • Out on a limb, I'm going to say that the city bird

  • would be quieter and the country bird is sort of more used to making more noise,

  • So they would be doing the louder and more frequent calls than the city bird.

  • I don't know why though, but that's my guess.

  • It's not what I've got, so I'm going to hand over the rest of the question.

  • You've got that uninterrupted if you want it.

  • Clock starts again now.

  • Right. Most people, so normal people, knowledge of birds...

  • -What do you know about birds? -I know nothing about birds.

  • The bird calls could still have the same notes, in the same order.

  • -What? -I have no idea.

  • -Yeah, I have no idea. -I was thinking it might

  • sound like a ring tone if it was in the city, but that's really dumb.

  • Guess, guess, have a guess,

  • It sounds like a ring tone - you made me do that!

  • It's not, it´s the same notes.

  • Geoff, you were the wrong way round.

  • The city bird is louder because it's got to compete with traffic noise.

  • -Don't I get half a point for that? -There are no half points for that,

  • -I'm really sorry. -So I was on the right lines.

  • You were entirely on the right lines, you just got it the wrong way round.

  • Definitely more right than us.

  • Fingers back on the buzzers, last question in this round.

  • A performer was asked to stream a concert

  • on the Second Life virtual world by a user.

  • They had the money to pay and there was nothing illegal

  • or immoral about the request.

  • And yet the performer replied, "As if."

  • That decision cost her an estimated £118 million, which she now regrets.

  • What didn't she foresee?

  • The internet?

  • Second Life is the one with all the weird characters and stuff.

  • Yet the performer, that decision cost her an estimated

  • What's the Second Life virtual world, do you know?

  • Do you know? I don't know anything about that.

  • What?

  • Many people didn't foresee this either.

  • How popular it would be.

  • It's not Donald Trump's inauguration, is it?

  • Oh, yes.

  • No, but why would that be on Second Life?

  • -Maybe… -Wait, we'll wait for a clue.

  • Yeah, let's wait.

  • Some people have called this a giant ponzi scheme.

  • What's a ponzi scheme?

  • I've heard of that.

  • Why would she have got 118 million pounds, not dollars?

  • It's to do with a financial fluctuation.

  • Was she paid in Bitcoin?

  • Yes. She did not foresee the rising value of Bitcoin.

  • This was Lily Allen, who turned down something like 10,000 Bitcoin

  • when it was not worth anything to perform in Second Life.

  • So that's absolutely right for one point, congratulations,

  • which means at the end of that round the scores are tied six all.

  • Neck and neck.

  • Round two is Second Thought.

  • Teams, you're going to see a board of 12 numbers.

  • Behind each one is a clue, all those clues point to one single answer.

  • And that's what I'm looking for, it's got to match all the clues,

  • even the ones you haven't seen yet, but there's no penalty for guessing wrong,

  • So if you're not sure take a guess, it might miraculously be right.

  • The earlier you get it, the more points you get.

  • So team Off Peak, you start with five points possible, pick a number.

  • Eleven.

  • Number eleven.

  • Government-owned.

  • Could be so many things.

  • Taxes?

  • Taxes, I'm going to take that as an answer.

  • It's not what I've got on the board.

  • -Team Pinky, pick a number. -Can we have number four, please?

  • Number four, for five points.

  • -Works in a vacuum. -Right.

  • What works in a vacuum? There's no sound in a vacuum.

  • -Just guess it. -The Tardis.

  • The Tardis is not unfortunately government owned.

  • -Well, it's a police box. -Actually, it's the BBC's.

  • So yeah, sadly not what I've got.

  • -For four points, pick a number. -Number five, please.

  • Number five. Reusable.

  • Rubbish?

  • Rubbish, no, I haven't got that, so pick a number.

  • -Seven. -Number seven.

  • Orbiter.

  • Space?

  • -Space, that's my answer. -Space, no, sadly.

  • Not government owned as far as I know, not yet anyway.

  • Team Off Peak, pick a number.

  • I think I have an idea, so let's go with number two.

  • Number two.