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name droppers
The teams have to slip famous names into an everyday conversation which the opposing team has to try and spot.

name that ad
Some of our greatest novelists began their careers in advertising. For example it is well known that the author Fay Wheldon wrote the slogan “go to work on an egg”. And that Salman Rushdie coined the phrase “naughty, but nice”. Even J.K. Rowling got her break in advertising and was responsible for the haemorrhoid treatments strapline “Expellianasol!”. In this round the chairman presents the teams with a genuine advertising slogans that they have to identify what is being advertised.

name that barcode
Anyone who regularly visits our modern supermarkets will know that the barcode is an ingenious device for identifying the individual price of a product - the item is picked up by the cashier who simply runs it past an electronic reader three or four times before holding it up and calling out How much is this? At which point the price appears as if by magic in no more than 10 or 15 minutes. The Chairman reads out the pattern for some of his favourite barcodes for the teams to identify.

name that joke
Musical accompaniment will be provided by Colin Sell who has been recently trying to put together a 5 piece. When that is done he says he will try a more challenging jigsaw. In this round Colin will play a series of musical clues which fit together to form a well known joke. The teams must try to identify each clue in turn and the team which identifies the joke first wins.

name that motorway
The Chairman plays the teams a few seconds of a well known British motorway for them to identify.

name that novelist
The Chairman plays the teams a few seconds of a recording of a writer at a typewriter, and they have to identify them.

name that tube
The panellists are asked to suggest new tube station names after being sponsored.

name that tune
This game provided Roger Whitaker with the title for his new album of whistling classics  sorry, that should be Maim That Tune. Actually thought to be too difficult for the teams, who instead play Name That Motorway and Name That Novelist.

national anthems
The panellists are asked to suggest song titles appropriate for use as a Country’s national anthem.

nativity radio times
The teams are asked to suggest TV, Radio and film titles likely to have been featured in a Christmas souvenir double issue of the Radio Times dating back to the times of the nativity.

new company slogans
A good slogan should reflect the organisation it represents like Northern Rail and it’s motto “Let the train cause the strain”. That is unfair, as the Chairman’s trip from Leeds to Halifax was one of his most enjoyable fortnights of his life. In this round the teams are asked to suggest alternative slogans for well known companies or organisations.

new definitions
Many of the words we use today have a meaning which is quite different from the original. For example the term terrific as in the sentence This game is a terrific one. clearly means really good. But it used to mean instilling terror and it still can given a subtle change of context. For example if I say This game is a terrific waste of my and everybody else’s bloody time, and always will be. the original meaning becomes all too apparent.

new jobs
As the economic downturn bites even deeper, many workers are having to think about a change of career. The former boss of Railtrack is now a headmaster at the only comprehensive in Britain without a timetable, and today’s guest Phill Jupitus left school to train as a chauffeur but after failing his driving test and getting lost on the way home had to take up mini-cabbing instead.

Each team member will play the part of someone who has changed occupation. As he performs this new service for his team mate the opposing team must guess from the exchange what his old job might have been. The title of the previous job is announced to the listeners by the Mystery Voice.

new meanings
or uxbridge english dictionary

The teams are asked to suggest some well known words for which they have identified some brand new meanings.

In a cunning piece of marketing this round has been renamed in recent series to Uxbridge English Dictionary, which just so happens to be the name of the book with the collection of some of the best new meanings.

new neighbours
Tim recently told how he woke up to find a Romany traveller and family had set up camp in the field next to his house. “If I had realised we would be living next door to a serial unemployed lay-about living off state handouts we would never have come here”, said the Romany traveller.

One team plays removal men delivering to the house next door while the other team will be nosy neighbours observing and trying to guess who the new homeowners might be.

new versions
The Chairman invites the teams to perform a well known scene in a new style. Scenes played out include Macbeth in the style of Noël Coward, and a scene from My Fair Lady in the style of Tennessee Williams.

nonsense word for word
Each member of a team takes it in turn to say a random word. There are different rules on what words are allowed, they are:

  • Words that are not connected with the one previously said.
  • Words that are not connected with the one previously said but starting with the same letter.

north korean proverbs
The Chairman has a selection of genuine but incomplete North Korean proverbs and the teams job is to finish them off.

not in the mood
The teams are asked to sing songs but changing it to reverse the mood.

not my fault
This round is about disasters in the work place. Of course disasters can just as easily happen at home. Only recently the Chairman was in the kitchen trying to follow Jamie Oliver’s instructions for the correct way to prepare his Pukka Pineapple Pudding when he was told to “hold sharp cleaver in one hand, grasp pineapple crown and whack off.” He did and very nearly fell off the work top. One team are the organisers of certain attractions, and the other team are dissatisfied customers.

note for note
The members of one team start by exchanging a series of unconnected musical notes which Colin plays on the piano. The opposing team should challenge it they spot a recognisable tune. If the chairman uphold the challenge, then the challengers take over.

notes and queries
Glancing at a copy of the Guardian there is an interesting section which they call Snots and Quezie. With this in mind the panellists have to pool their considerable knowledge and to provide answers to niggling little questions.

nursery rhyme
The teams are asked to update some traditional nursery rhymes to give them contemporary relevance.

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