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 Post subject: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 27 Jun 2011, 23:35 
I was thinking today about an episode of Mastermond I saw, years ago, where the Specialist Subject was The Little House on the Prarie books. It was truly a bit of a doddle (although the contestant was stumped on the General Knowledge section so failed badly), and it made me wonder: if you were going into Mastermind, and chose the Chalet School books as your specialist subject, which books would you chose?

And if you were the writer of questions for the quiz, what questions would you ask the contestant for Chalet School questions?

The Little House books are only 7 (?) in the series, so you don't have to pick the whole series, which narrows it down into a more manageable task.

I'd choose the Austrian period myself, although the amount of detail in that section is greater than, say, the last few books, so it might not be a strategic move to make ...


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 00:45 
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I think someone did do Chalet School on Mastermind a few years ago - I think it was the whole series rather than just a certain chunk. I think I'd choose from Goes to it through to Changes - I like the English/Welsh period best.

As for questions - have to think about that!


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 00:53 
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There was a similar show in Australia for many years and someone chose the first twelve books as their special subject.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 06:35 
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Just a little OT here but someone did The Vicar of Dibley on Mastermind.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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I remember watching the episode of Mastermind in which someone had the CS as their specialist subject, years ago. The Little House series'd be easier because there are only 8 books.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 08:52 
Well! I wish I'd seen that ... how did they do? And how easy/hard was it? Having all the books sounds like a bit of an unnecessary nightmare.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 10:09 
Alison H wrote:
I remember watching the episode of Mastermind in which someone had the CS as their specialist subject, years ago. The Little House series'd be easier because there are only 8 books.


Yes, were the questions hard by CBB standards? :D Actually, I would have said that a Mastermind question researcher might find him/herself up against some difficulties, given the EBDisms - what about a question like 'What is the Christian name of the French co-founder of the CS?'


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 10:50 
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The contestant did really well IIRC. One of the questions was about the paper doll/river incident when the Robin nearly drowns.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 14:15 
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I remember the episode, vaguely. I think their specialist subject was the CS *and* the life of EBD. I remember not knowing the answers to most of the Qs :lol:


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Joey could have the life of Napoleon as her specialist subject, but I'm not sure about anyone else :lol:. Maybe something music-related for Nina and Margia, Tyrolean folk legends for Bernhilda and Frieda and the intricacies of coffee-making for Jeanne de Lachennais?

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 16:08 
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I heard somewhere that someone did do the CS on Master mind once :) maybe you might be able to find it on utube somewhere?

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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I think the questions are in one of the NCC journals.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 16:35 
Alison H wrote:
Joey could have the life of Napoleon as her specialist subject, but I'm not sure about anyone else :lol:. Maybe something music-related for Nina and Margia, Tyrolean folk legends for Bernhilda and Frieda and the intricacies of coffee-making for Jeanne de Lachennais?


Surely Joey would have the History of the CS as her special subject? And a perfect score guaranteed! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 28 Jun 2011, 17:29 
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[quote]In 1992, fandom was acknowledged in the mainstream media - and thus became visible for the first time - when university librarian Barbara Inglis took as her specialist subject "The Life and Chalet School Novels of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer" on the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind. "[quote]

From Ju Gosling's thesis - didn't realise it was so long ago.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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1992?! I was 12 - no wonder my memory of it was vague.

But I swear, my memory of it is of being a 'grown-up' viewer. Although, to be fair, I was a fairly insufferable 12 year old, who really thought I was grown up and knew everything.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 29 Jun 2011, 09:41 
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Maybe you should put chalet school mastermind down as a potential gather activity.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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I recall seeing that particular Mastermind - luckily it was shown during one of my then regular UK visits. I have a vague feeling Barbara got through 2 rounds answering questions on EBD's books and life, but I could be wrong on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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ivohenry wrote:
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In 1992, fandom was acknowledged in the mainstream media - and thus became visible for the first time - when university librarian Barbara Inglis took as her specialist subject "The Life and Chalet School Novels of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer" on the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind. "
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From Ju Gosling's thesis - didn't realise it was so long ago.


I was only two. :shock:

So I don't remember it.


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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
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moiser30 wrote:
ivohenry wrote:
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In 1992, fandom was acknowledged in the mainstream media - and thus became visible for the first time - when university librarian Barbara Inglis took as her specialist subject "The Life and Chalet School Novels of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer" on the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind. "
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From Ju Gosling's thesis - didn't realise it was so long ago.


I was only two. :shock:

So I don't remember it.


And I wasn't even born.

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 Post subject: Re: Chalet School Mastermind!!!
PostPosted: 21 Jul 2011, 00:22 
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Minim wrote:
moiser30 wrote:
ivohenry wrote:
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In 1992, fandom was acknowledged in the mainstream media - and thus became visible for the first time - when university librarian Barbara Inglis took as her specialist subject "The Life and Chalet School Novels of Elinor M. Brent-Dyer" on the BBC television quiz programme Mastermind. "
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From Ju Gosling's thesis - didn't realise it was so long ago.


I was only two. :shock:

So I don't remember it.


And I wasn't even born.


And you've both now made a large proportion of the board feel their true age. Thanks for that. :wink:

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