Victoria Coren Mitchell - Writer, Broadcaster & Poker Player

New Grid From Dan

Sunday, 26 July 2009

This is my effort.  It’s definitely an easy one you can probably get without the internet. (Dan)





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Jamie at 6:39 pm on July 26th, 2009

Age? I’d go with Space Age, Stone Age, New Age and .. Information Age?

Andrew H at 6:46 pm on July 26th, 2009

Sorry, I must have missed something.  What is this supposed to be?

Dan at 6:47 pm on July 26th, 2009

Jamie is right.  (I thought we needed a slightly easier one.)

Victoria Coren at 6:54 pm on July 26th, 2009

Andrew H: I host a quiz show called Only Connect, Monday nights on BBC Four. The final round of the quiz is the “connecting wall” and posters have been creating their own walls (or grids) and putting them up on this blog. The idea is, you have to divide 16 clues into four CONNECTED groups of four. There might be all sorts of groups that can be made but - in the perfect connecting wall - there is only one correct four-way solution. So if you want to join in, you need to try and spot connected groups of four clues in Dan’s grid and either post individual groups to see if they’re right, or go for the full four-part answer.

And Dan, you’re right, we definitely needed an easier one, thanks!

adam at 9:45 pm on July 26th, 2009

sociology, aquaphobia, telephone and television all have mixed roots i.e. latin and greek

Dan at 10:33 pm on July 26th, 2009

No Latin in telephone, but the others are Latin-Greek hybrid words.

Terylene at 10:39 pm on July 26th, 2009

with liposuction? Is that the group?

Pete J at 10:42 pm on July 26th, 2009

Lost, X, Y, Beat, GENERATION

Dan at 10:45 pm on July 26th, 2009

Yes liposuction is the deliberately obscure hybrid word, and exactly right Pete J on generation!

Victoria Coren at 10:52 pm on July 26th, 2009

Hmm, so that leaves root, dance, wire and telephone. A curious little group…

adam at 10:57 pm on July 26th, 2009

leaving tap
telephone tap, wire tap, tap dance and tap root
like it nice one dan

Dan Boxall at 11:18 pm on July 26th, 2009

Looks like TAP

Victoria Coren at 11:35 pm on July 26th, 2009

Aha! It seems the grid might be solved. Well done Dan, excellent clues, well pitched. We should maybe have a little rest from connecting walls for a while, it’s making me lazy about writing proper blog entries…

Dan at 11:37 pm on July 26th, 2009

Thanks Adam well done you and Dan. I worried someone would solve it straight away, but you definitely have to err on the side of easiness with these.

Dan at 11:39 pm on July 26th, 2009

Thanks Vicky!  More blogging would be welcome.

Victoria Coren at 9:13 am on July 27th, 2009

All I managed to do was post a picture of a fish. It’s a great fish, but still. No more content-control from me, if anyone wants to post a grid they’re welcome! If not I might put up a new one myself in a little while.

Andy W at 8:49 pm on July 27th, 2009

I was inspired by these posts to watch one of the shows on BBC4 Online.  It was quite fun.  I got “pi” before the mathematicians, woo hoo ! 

Oh no wait, that makes me a nerd :-(

Andrew H at 9:10 pm on July 27th, 2009

I’m sorry to let the side down, but that was supposed to be easy??  Even with the answers it still doesn’t make sense to me.  You can tell I never went to college/university.  I have the same trouble trying to understand poker!

Dan at 5:28 pm on July 29th, 2009

Glad you found it challenging. Admittedly it would be difficult if you’d never thought about word origins.  Some linguists dislike hybrid words.  CP Scott: “Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin. No good can come of it.” But he’d never seen Only Connect of course.

Andrew H at 10:52 pm on July 29th, 2009

All this talk of hybrid words makes my head hurt!  Half Greek, half Latin - where do you people learn this stuff?  As for quotations, I’m with Winnie The Pooh - “I am a bear of little brain.”

Victoria Coren

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