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mrpip
391500.  Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:07 pm Reply with quote

What G was inexplicably renamed (with the removal of one letter and the alteration of another) after two weeks with its original name, and then went on to haunt Britain and the USA for the next twenty years?

 
Ian Dunn
391531.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:44 am Reply with quote

George H. W. Bush/George W. Bush?

(Preparing for the klaxon)

 
mrpip
391547.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:12 am Reply with quote

F: GEORGE W. BUSH
GEORGE H. W. BUSH

It was too obvious.

Think carefully. The clue's in the thread title.

 
Ameena
391590.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 8:03 am Reply with quote

Something to do with Blockbusters? ;)

 
Ian Dunn
391610.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:02 am Reply with quote

The Gold Run?

 
smokie
391622.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:26 am Reply with quote

Googol/ google perhaps ?

 
mckeonj
391624.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:35 am Reply with quote

Given the cultural leanings of most of these here forumeers, I would guess its either a TV comedy show or some godawful garage band.

 
Bondee
391628.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 11:52 am Reply with quote

Colonel Gaddafi/Gadhafi

 
mrpip
391652.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:59 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
The Gold Run?


Correct. The clue made it too obvious really. Ten points methinks...

The final round in Blockbusters was called the Gold Rush when the show started in the USA in 1980, hosted by Bill Cullen. However, several weeks into the run, it was inexplicably renamed the Gold Run. The format then went on to haunt both the US and Britain well into the 1990s, the most recent sighting having been on Sky One in 2000 (seen near Liza Tarbuck).

Just as a side-question, what was the first prize won on the Gold Run in the UK?

Blockbusters was based on the board game Hex. The game remained essentially the same, but with an additional quiz element. Bizarrely, the US and UK versions of Blockbusters played on a 5 by 4 board, but the Italian version, Doppio Slalom (which was bizarre even by Italian standards) used a 5 by 5 board.

A game of Hex (and therefore a game of Blockbusters) can never end in a tie, but the game can end with both players needing to secure the same unit (known as the mutual square). The maths behind the game is quite fascinating if you're into that sort of thing.

 
djgordy
391657.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:08 pm Reply with quote

Can I have a "p" please Bob?

 
mckeonj
391700.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:16 pm Reply with quote

Yes, and there's a 'q' over there.

 
markvent
391715.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:50 pm Reply with quote

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Last edited by markvent on Fri Jan 29, 2010 2:03 pm; edited 1 time in total

 
djgordy
391759.  Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:35 pm Reply with quote

...then there the nubile post-pubescent girls who insisted on saying "can I have U please Bob".

 
Ian Dunn
391805.  Mon Aug 11, 2008 1:36 am Reply with quote

mrpip wrote:
Just as a side-question, what was the first prize won on the Gold Run in the UK?


Is that "First Prize" as in the first prize ever won, or in the top prize you could win?

 
mrpip
392044.  Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:19 pm Reply with quote

Ian Dunn wrote:
mrpip wrote:
Just as a side-question, what was the first prize won on the Gold Run in the UK?


Is that "First Prize" as in the first prize ever won, or in the top prize you could win?



The first prize to be won, as the top prize varied between Gold Runs. That's varied from photocopiers for the contestant's school to (in later incarnations) holidays to Reykjavík.

 

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