Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 31 Oct 2017, 16:56

michael_churchill wrote:
31 Oct 2017, 10:42
GuyBarry wrote:
30 Oct 2017, 08:59
What is known in English by a French name given to it by an Italian to reflect its German origin?
Eau de Cologne?
Correct! Wikipedia says:
The original Eau de Cologne is a spirit-citrus perfume launched in Cologne in 1709 by Giovanni Maria Farina (1685–1766), an Italian perfume maker from Santa Maria Maggiore Valle Vigezzo. In 1708, Farina wrote to his brother Jean Baptiste: "I have found a fragrance that reminds me of an Italian spring morning, of mountain daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain". He named his fragrance Eau de Cologne, in honour of his new hometown.
I think he used French because it was the language used in European high society at the time. The city of Cologne is called "Köln" in German.
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 31 Oct 2017, 17:05

Urzzz1871 wrote:
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Was going on the fact that "Francia" (named in Latin), was the area that is southern France and eastern Germany.
Oh I see what you mean. Hadn't really thought about it that way.
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Post by RJSRdg » 01 Nov 2017, 21:21

On which BBC programme are the Can-Can and the Cha-Cha-Cha both banned?
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 02 Nov 2017, 08:08

Just a Minute?
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Post by RJSRdg » 02 Nov 2017, 09:02

Correct!
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Post by GuyBarry » 02 Nov 2017, 10:43

Thanks! In case anyone doesn't get it, the rules of Just a Minute require panellists to speak for a minute without hesitation, repetition or deviation, and players can be challenged for a word like "can-can" because it repeats "can". (Although sometimes they say that the repetition rule doesn't cover hyphenated words - it seems to be applied inconsistently.)

Amusingly, one of the other things you can't say in the game is "BBC", because it repeats "B".
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Post by GuyBarry » 02 Nov 2017, 17:44

Continuing the broadcasting theme:

What ran for 60 years, first on ITV, then on Channel 4, then on BBC2 and finally on Radio 4?
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Post by RJSRdg » 03 Nov 2017, 22:24

Open University?
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Post by GuyBarry » 04 Nov 2017, 09:35

No - the Open University was founded in 1969, so it hasn't reached its 50th birthday yet. And OU programmes were only ever broadcast on the BBC.

This is a programme that started on ITV in 1956, though it was never fully networked. It moved to Channel 4 when the station was launched in 1982. They dropped it in 1989 and BBC2 took it up, where it ran until 2008. Radio 4 then revived the format (in sound only, of course) in 2010 and ran it until last year.

And as an additional clue, I've already given you a quarter of the answer!
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Post by DavidC » 04 Nov 2017, 13:32

What The Papers Say
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Post by GuyBarry » 04 Nov 2017, 17:08

Correct! One of the simplest formats on TV (and radio); a journalist makes sardonic comments about what's in the papers and a variety of actors read out the clippings in silly voices. Great fun and I miss it.

And it had such a great theme tune!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdqTGeYSxmY

It had its own awards ceremony as well.
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 05 Nov 2017, 16:45

What part of the old London County Council area became part of an Outer London borough in 1965?
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by DavidC » 06 Nov 2017, 10:42

North Woolwich
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 06 Nov 2017, 11:15

Correct! Really odd little isolated part of Woolwich on the north side of the river. Apparently it was once known as "Kent in Essex".

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Woolwich
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Re: Dastardly difficult trivia quiz

Post by GuyBarry » 12 Nov 2017, 14:52

And in a similar vein: what is the only place outside Greater London with a London postal address?
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