Saturday, 27 December 2008
I bought a new set, to play with my family at Christmas. Quite excited about new questions - it was the first time I’d ever updated the set that came with the Trivial Pursuit I got for a birthday present in 1981. It’s too easy to keep playing with that ancient box; if by any chance I find a question in there that I don’t remember, I know it’s a 50/50 that the answer will be Red Rum, Muhammad Ali, a bone in the ear, On The Buses or the Great Fire of London.
But the new questions seem depressingly dumbed down. Here are two of them:
What wedding anniversary did David and Victoria Beckham celebrate in 2005?
Who heckled Madonna at an awards ceremony for supposedly miming?
I have two problems with these questions.
One: WHICH wedding anniversary! Not what! Many of these questions are written in car-crash English (try this one: “What novel should you build up your hopes on naming if Miss Havisham has died following a fire?”. Is that translated from the original Martian?). I’d be interested to know if David Bodycombe has any idea how one comes to be hired to work on an updated Trivial Pursuit - identified as knowledgeable enough to select questions, without actually knowing how questions themselves are formulated…
Two: the first of those questions, about the Beckhams’ wedding anniversary, was in the orange Sport & Leisure category. The second, about heckling Madonna, was a yellow History question. In 1981, surely both of these would be under Entertainment? I know, I know, I’m turning into an elderly high court judge, but I have a horrible feeling that in the 25 years since I last played this game, entertainment has become the only thing that anyone expects anyone to know about.