Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think

May 20th - May 27th, 2012

Text by: Jim Williams

This week's Dumb Answer of the Week comes from Challenge's "All New Blockbusters" and serves two purposes. The first purpose, obviously, is to highlight a dumb answer.

We're at the start of a new match between defending champions (and 2 of 3 identical triplets) Jonathan and Stuart and solo challenger Neil.

As you can see, Jonathan & Stuart have claimed the first hexagon of the game and have chosen the letter "J".

The question posed by host Simon Mayo went as follows: What "J" was the full first name of the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover...

Neil buzzes in.


Not the right answer, so the full question goes to Jonathan and Stuart.

The full question: What "J" was the full first name of the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover as played on film by Leonardo DiCaprio?

Stuart buzzes in.


"(Neil) just said that. It was wrong then. It's still wrong."

Kind of a miniscule DAotW, I know, but it also allows me to mention something that isn't dumb: the show from which this moment came.

"Blockbusters" has been revived a couple of times since the original Bob Holness version ended its run in the mid-1990s. And, the effort put forth by Challenge to update the legendary quiz show is one that should be lauded.

Yes, the stakes are still £5 per correct answer in the front game (£10 for each correct answer in an unsuccessful Gold Run), and the Gold Run prizes are a bit better than in versions past (electronics, experiences, and even trips). But, UK "Blockbusters" was never about the money or prizes. It was about the competition between the contestants.

It's tough to imagine anyone but the late Bob Holness quizzing "Blockbusters" contestants, but Simon Mayo does a fine job as host. He plays things straight and lets the contestants and game shine. You can't ask for anything more out of an emcee, can you?

Initial ratings for "All New Blockbusters" have been record breaking for Challenge, and I, for one, wish the production staff of the show many more series to come.

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