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  • Which fabric is named after the French city ofmes?

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

  • Welcome back to Lateral, and this is the first elimination match.

  • At the end of this game one of these two teams is going to be going home.

  • Let's meet them, and we start with Team Pinky and the Brain.

  • I am Lizzy, I am a Minecraft YouTuber

  • and it turns out I'm not Pinky and the Brain, I'm just Pinky.

  • Hi, I'm Joel, it turns out I might be the Brain,

  • still not sure about that though.

  • And I also make Minecraft YouTube videos.

  • Now, it was pretty close in your last match,

  • what have you learned, what are you going to do differently?

  • I don't think we're going to do much differently,

  • we're just going to try and answer questions correctly this time.

  • It's always a good strategy.

  • Playing against you today we have,

  • I have to remember that this is team Terminator.

  • Which you picked purely to not be

  • Yeah, it was Team Arney.

  • Yeah, it was a cruel childhood nickname

  • because I was at primary school when the Terminator films came out.

  • And you don't get called Arney without getting

  • That is reasonable.

  • Please, introduce yourselves.

  • I am Dr Kat Arney, I'm a science writer, broadcaster and older sister of

  • Yeah, Helen Arney. I am a comedian,

  • I am one third of the science comedy group Festival of the Spoken Nerd

  • and I am her younger sister.

  • If it says anything about how I would be at this game,

  • I have only just realised the connection between "Arnie" and team Terminator,

  • -when you spelled it out there. -Yeah.

  • So... let's go with round one(!)

  • Round one is Deep Thought.

  • There are six lateral thinking questions in this round

  • and 60 seconds on the clock for each of them.

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

  • But if you wait, I will be giving you clues every 15 seconds.

  • So if we're all ready, first question goes to you guys, and we start now.

  • Which animal, most commonly brown in colour and seen in December,

  • has four legs, three heads and two hearts?

  • -Two hearts? -Two hearts.

  • -What has two hearts? -What has three heads?

  • -Maybe it's a… -Yeah, that is another weird thing.

  • Maybe it's not an alive animal, I've gathered from

  • Seen in December, Christmas maybe.

  • -Christmas or… -Reindeers don't have three heads though.

  • No, they don't, neither do other animals.

  • It has two main working parts.

  • Two main working parts.

  • Wait, it's definitely an animal.

  • It is an animal because it said, 'which animal'.

  • Usually brown, usually brown, not necessarily brown.

  • -We might need to wait for another clue. -Yeah, because I have literally no idea.

  • It often makes people laugh.

  • It would do if it has three heads.

  • It's not the dog from Harry Potter, that's the only thing I can think of with three heads.

  • -And it's not Dr Who. -No.

  • -As much as I would love for it to be. -I have no idea.

  • It's not an animal as such.

  • -Right. -Oh, it's not even an animal.

  • Have you a clue?

  • Like a collection of animals? No.

  • -Go on. -Rudolph!

  • -Rudolph. -Sorry for that.

  • Sadly there was not a three headed Rudolph guarding the

  • I've not actually seen Harry Potter, so I don't know.

  • Why is it seen in December?

  • Well, that's up to these guys.

  • It's our favourite childhood game to play.

  • -Pantomime horse. -Pantomime horse, for one point.

  • -It's exactly right. -I was always the bum end.

  • It has two working parts, the four legs, the people in it,

  • the three heads are the one of the horse costume

  • and the two people inside

  • -and the two hearts inside it. -It makes sense now, yeah.

  • So that's one point to team Terminator, and the next question to you as well.

  • In 1991, New Scientist reported that a free phone number ending 123580

  • would feature in a new advertising campaign.

  • What was the number for?

  • I mean question number one is how do they know my PIN number?

  • So a free phone number ending 123580,

  • right, okay, genuinely, it's not my pin number anymore but...

  • This was in the days before Googling phone numbers was easy.

  • So it spells out a T, 123580, spells out a T, that's why I used to use it as my pin code,

  • you know when we used to have phone codes

  • -to ring our parents? -Yeah.

  • Like free phone codes, that was my free phone code.

  • This wouldn't work on old style rotary phones.

  • -Yeah, it's one... It's a T. No, it's... -Okay, so it's a text number, isn't it?

  • Is it Yellow Pages, do you think it's the Yellow Pages?

  • Reporting something beginning with T

  • or it's to tell some people about something to do with T.

  • -Is it about… -It was to help people

  • reach a vital night-time service easily.

  • What's a night-time service that begins with T?

  • Bringing you tea in the morning.

  • No, we're doing really badly at this.

  • -Treason, trees, tree. -And that is time.

  • Any guesses from over here?

  • -Go on, guess. -Telephone.

  • -Taxi, it's a late night taxi service. -Taxi.

  • You had the T, it's designed so if you're drunk

  • you can just spell out a T on your phone keypad and it will get a taxi for you.

  • It's like predictive text... pizza.

  • -Yeah. -Booze. Like what would you need?

  • Sadly no points there.

  • The next question is over to you.

  • In the 17th century, French sailors used petitions as a form of mutiny

  • if they were unhappy with conditions on board.

  • How did they write their signatures on the petition

  • so that nobody could be accused of instigating the rebellion?

  • -Right. -So

  • So it's got to be anonymous, kind of.

  • Yeah, but how can they do an anonymous signature?

  • They could do the X.

  • Oh, no, but that wouldn't work because they'd just write x's

  • -and one person could forge it all. -You're thinking pirates too much, I think.

  • No, people are writing x when they have

  • A traditional list would have cast suspicion on the first person on it.

  • They wrote in randomly in random orders, maybe.

  • They could have, yeah, maybe like they just

  • instead of one long line, it was just a scramble.

  • -Shall we try it? -Yeah.

  • For three points.

  • Well, they wrote it just randomly on the page rather than in a list.

  • No, there would still be someone at the top of that list who would get accused.

  • So the question restarts, if you want to buzz immediately, you can get three points.

  • Oh!

  • Did they write it like around a log or around some kind of cylinder?

  • Yes, for three points, it was a circular bit of paper,

  • but yes, I'll accept cylinder so that's three points to you

  • and you get the next question.

  • Take a look at this.

  • In order, which compass directions are represented by these hieroglyphs?

  • Okay, that's nuts.

  • So where does the wind most prevalently... blow in Egypt?

  • -That's wind blowing from west to east -Is that how it normally...

  • So it's going that way.

  • The seasons enabled year round travel.

  • And sooh, well, the rudder, oar thing has to be against the tide...

  • No, is that flowing with the tide?

  • I'm assuming it's in Egypt so hieroglyphs represent what is happening in Egypt,

  • - don't care about the rest... -The Nile was important for Egyptians.

  • So the Nile goes to north, flows from there and up to the north to the top.

  • So is the second one flowing with the tide and it's just steering?

  • -And the first one… -Alright.

  • -For two points. -I think the first one is

  • -I need an answer now. -Going south

  • because it's against the tide and the other one's going north

  • because it's flowing with the tide.

  • And it's just got a little rudder to steer it.

  • Is correct for two points for exactly that reason, absolutely right.

  • So that is two points.

  • Last two questions in this round are on the buzzer, so open to both teams,

  • let's see if we can get you off the mark.

  • The Wikipedia article for this eight letter word

  • is illustrated by an Henri Vidal sculpture of Cain after killing Abel.

  • Since its coining in 2006, numerous stock brokers,

  • sports fans and even a famous sci-fi character have been associated with this action

  • at certain moments, and it was given its own Unicode emoji in 2016.

  • -Name the word. -Okay.

  • Well, it can't be sexting because that's only seven letters.

  • -I don't know anything about sculptures. -No, me neither.

  • -I know emojis. -Famous sci-fi character.

  • Stock brokers, sports fans, is it

  • it's something 'ing' isn't it?

  • -And it's not killing. -It's a word of regret.

  • I don't know, I was thinking Spock fingers, but I re-read the question.

  • I definitely don't think it's that anymore.

  • -Moping, apologising...? -No.

  • Look... I don't know.

  • It involves two parts of the body.

  • Two parts of the body.

  • -Fawning... -Sword, swording...

  • You don't regret doing that, do you?

  • -What do you regret doing? -I think

  • -Two points. -I think it's "facepalm".

  • You are correct.

  • The sci-fi character is Jean-Luc Picard.

  • -Oh, yeah. -Oh.

  • You're absolutely right, that is two points and the last question in this round...

  • In 1997, a cable company in Racine, Wisconsin, offered free t-shirts in a television advert

  • during a break in a major pay-per-view boxing match.

  • The advert was scrambled or encoded in such a way

  • that their customers would not be able to see it. Why?

  • Why?

  • Because they didn't want give away the t-shirts, or the free t-shirts.

  • Free t-shirts

  • So is it...

  • Maybe boxing has something to do with it.

  • It was deliberate that the customers couldn't see.

  • But if theirthe customers can't see it...

  • But, oh, was it theit was a rival network?

  • When the t-shirts were sent out, the company sent something else with them.

  • -Was it like… -Like a magic eye?

  • Magic eye, 3D glasses or something like that, and they had to

  • -Yeah. -A mirror?

  • -It was the 90s. -Yeah.

  • The company caught six people for something.

  • Maybe if they like don't pay for cable or something.

  • -Wait! -For one point.

  • You can only see the advert if you don't pay for your cable.

  • Exactly right, you are off the mark, you've got the point.

  • They were catching cable pirates.

  • Because if you're pirating the signal, it would decrypt.

  • Only the cable boxes they had wouldn't show it to you.

  • So if you sent off for your free t-shirt, you were pirating the cable,

  • and they sent the police.

  • Wow!

  • I don't actually know if they sent the free t-shirt as well, but...

  • Come on, send the t-shirt as well!

  • So at the end of that round, Team Terminator, eight points.

  • Team Pinky, you're off the mark, you've got one.

  • Better than we thought we'd do.

  • The second round is Second Thought.

  • You're going to see a board of twelve numbers.

  • You're going to pick one number in turn and reveal the clue that's behind it.

  • All those clues point to one specific thing, and I need to know what that thing is.

  • And it's got to be for everything, even the clues you haven't seen yet.

  • You are going to take the first one off the first board, pick a number.

  • -Nine, please. -Number nine.

  • Requires one cube.

  • Sugar. Sugar is

  • It's a lovely idea, not what I've got.

  • -Pick a number. -Seven?

  • -Yeah, let's go for seven.. -Number seven.

  • Said to be a morality tale.

  • A morality tale.

  • -Morality tale... -Requiring a cube.

  • The hare and the tortoise, one of them lives in a cube... what?

  • It is not the hare and the tortoise.

  • -Team Pinky. -Eleven.

  • Eleven.

  • Sometimes seen on playgrounds, for four points.

  • A climbing frame.

  • No, not what I've got, so...

  • -Let's go two, up on the left, yeah. -Number two.

  • Reptiles are bad.

  • Well, I think that is a moral judgement that is unacceptable in this context.