Dumb Answer of the Week
What Happens When You Speak Before You Think.
August 19th - August
Text by: Mike Klauss
Seidelman Note: Because there is
absolutely no new shows on TV right now that give us fresh material,
Mike Klauss has generously found this gem from the UK. It might
not be from a brand new show, but it's still well worth the title.
For this Dumb
Answer of the Week, we jump all the way back to April and the British
quizzer Cleverdicks. This week's victim is Paul, a four-time winner who
has pocketed absolutely nothing thus far. On this installment, Paul is
attempting to win a £5000 jackpot.
The object of the final round is to prevent a tower of questions from
reaching a bar near the top of the screen. Questions are added to the
stack once per six seconds. Questions are removed from the bottom of the
tower with either a correct answer or dropping a question. The
contestant can drop a question no more than twice. Again, the contestant
can drop a question if they are stumped.
What you don't want happening in the final round.
Paul goes on a hot streak to start. His board is empty after 24 seconds.
With under a minute left, Paul has blitzed through 10 straight
With 54 seconds left, Paul gets the following: "What name for a breed of
black or red beef cattle is derived from two traditional Scottish
"Argyle and Sutherland"
The tower is rising...
(Look what he has two of in the bottom left
Inverness, among other answers.
And with 13 seconds left, it happens.
Ann Widdecombe: "You had two drops left! You had two drops left! I was
waiting for you to drop it. It was Aberdeen Angus. If you dropped it,
you would've done it! Ohhh! I can't stand it!"
What's going on in Paul's mind? "I just forgot about (the drops)."
After rubbing in Paul's utter failure to win £5000, Ann goes through the
questions above the stumper, in order. Paul gets the first three
questions immediately. The money was his if he used only one of his
Paul returned for a fifth chance at the money on the following show, but
did not win the £6000 pot. Thus, this five-time champion has absolutely
nothing for his efforts.