The Two Ronnies – rediscovered Mastermind sketch

(Mastermind theme – ‘Approaching Menace’)

Ronnie (as Magnus Magnusson): Our next contender is Mr Sten Ulysses Tayshen. Mr Tayshen, you have two minutes on general knowledge. Your time starts…now. Who was the Dutch graphic artist born in 1898, famous for his mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs, and mezzotints, specialising in impossible objects?

Other Ronnie (as contender, sneezing continually): Escher!

Correct. Name the American rapper born with the surname Raymond who has sold over eighty million records worldwide.

Usher!

Correct. Which Anglo-American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, autobiographer, and diarist wrote “Goodbye to Berlin” which later inspired the musical “Cabaret”

Isherwood!

Correct. In Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”, what was Shylock’s religion?

A Jew!

Correct. What is the surname of Jane, actress, cake decorating expert and one time girlfriend of Paul McCartney?

Asher!

Correct. The street newspaper founded by John Bird and Gordon Roddick in September 1991 for sale by homeless people in London was called the Big…what?

Issue!

Correct. Which river rises in the North York Moors and reaches the North Sea at Whitby?

Esk!

Correct. What is the german word, meaning health, often said after someone sneezes?

Achoo!

Gesundheit. In the Beano comic, what is the name of Dennis the Menace’s dog?

Gnasher!

Correct. Which six letter word describes foods are those that conform to the Jewish dietary regulations of kashrut?

Kosher!

Correct. The Inuit and the Yupik substantially make up which group of people, based around the northern polar regions?

Eskimo!

Correct. An Indian playback singer is (bleeper sounds) …I’ve started so I’ll finish…is the subject of Cornershop’s 1998 number one single “Brimful of…” what?

Asha!

Correct. And at the end of that round, Mr Tayshen, you have scored ten points and no tissues. (Starts sneezing uncontrollably, drowned out by audience laughter)