Series D, Episode 10 - Divination
- Each member of the panel tries to predict their score via some form of divination. If anyone gets the own score exactly right, they will score 666 bonus points. No-one manages to predict their own score, but Johnny correctly predicts Graeme's. The methods used were:
Alan disappears before the start of the first round (see episode notes).
- Stephen interprets the panels' dreams, coming to the conclusion that they are all gay.
- Clever Hans was a horse who was able to perform mathematical equations by reading people's body language.
- If you see a dead donkey, you should jump over it three times for good luck. The word 'Donkey' came into English in the late 18th century, but it pronounced to rhyme with 'Monkey'. Before, the word was 'Ass'. A donkey is the cross between a male donkey and a female horse. The cross between a female donkey and a male horse is a 'Hinny', which is an even rarer animal.
- There is no accurate demonym for someone who comes from the United States. A 'demonym' is your people name. For example, "Briton", "Englishmen", "German" etc.
- The Chinese for American is "Meiguoren", which translates as "Lovely country person". A Briton is a "Yingguoren", which is "Hero country person" and a Frenchman is a "Faguoren", or "Law country person".
- Some people say that Robert Charleston sold his soul for the Crossroad Blues, later dying of strychnine poison in his whiskey.
- Part of Deeper Blue, the first computer to beat a chess grandmaster (Garry Kasparov) is now working for United Airlines as a reservations clerk. The rest is in a museum. The name is a portmanteau of Deep Thought (the computer in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which calculated the ultimate answer to life, the universe and everything) and the Big Blue (IBM's nickname).
- The number of the beast is 616. (Forfeit: 666)
- Bonus question for 66.6 points: The fear of 666 is "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia". The fear of 616 is "Hexakosioidekahexaphobia". (No-one gets the bonus)
- The man responsible for causing the most damage to the environment is Thomas Midgeley Jr. He put lead in petrol and invented CFCs. (Forfeit: George Bush; Stalin; Genghis Khan; Mao Zedong; Margaret Beckett)
- The religion known for causing harm by sticking pins into dolls is European Witchcraft. (Forfeit: Voodoo)
- A "Desire line" is a name given by planners to paths made by people who wander. People who wander are known as "Meanderthals".
Regular Alan Davies only appears at the beginning of this episode, he disappears via his buzzer (the sound of the TARDIS). Davies couldn't make the recording as he was attending the UEFA Champions League Final between Arsenal and Barcelona, which Arsenal lost. Alan still however played 'from beyond', by giving answers via a pre-recorded voice-over.
- Friday 24th November 2006
- BBC Four
- 30 minutes
Cast & crew
|Stephen Fry||Host / Presenter|
|Alan Davies||Regular Panellist|
|John Mitchinson||Question Writer|
|Piers Fletcher||Question Writer|
|Lorraine Heggessey||Executive Producer|
|Katie Taylor||Executive Producer|
|Jonathan Paul Green||Production Designer|