Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles With a murder rate of 9.1%, what is sometimes said to be the most dangerous desk job in the world? The answer... at the end of the show. Welcome back to Lateral, we are in the second round and both of our teams won their first games, which means one of them is going straight through to the grand final. And it's a choice between, welcome back, team Viva. -Or... -Team Viva la Vida, yes. Would you introduce yourselves? Hi, I'm Simon Clark and I just finished my PhD in atmospheric physics. I am Sally Le Page, and I am doing my PhD in evolutionary biology. Now, it was really close in the first game, it was down to the wire. -Yes. -Any tactics, anything you've learned from it? -I think if I sit on my hands… -Don't let Simon buzz, I think is our tactic. I caused that problem, and I also kind of fixed it. You did, you were very good, but yeah. You are playing against team Off Peak Only. I'm Vicki, I work in museum education, but I also make videos about trains. I'm Geoff, hello, I make those videos about trains with Vicki, travelling to all the stations in the country. Now, you had about 15 or 17 seconds left on your clock at the end of the last one, -It came down to you knowing WD40. -WD40, yeah. There was a moment I was like, if this is wrong then I knew that we were out, so I just went for it, and I was very relieved, yes. Alright, well best of luck to both teams, we start as ever, with round one. Round 1 is Deep Thought. There are six lateral thinking questions on the buzzer, 60 seconds for each question and the earlier you buzz, the more points you get. I'll read out clues if you don't know it as time goes on. But beware if you buzz in wrongly, it will go over to the other team to see if they can get it. -Are we all ready? -Yes. Alright, first question goes to you. During the Victorian era, why did hard-up home owners occasionally climb onto their roof with several live geese? Well, they were a bit weird. I wonder if a goose lands on your property, do you now own the goose? But that implies that you're going up with the geese, or were the geese there when they arrived? -Oh no, I think they're going. -There's not much reason to do this today. Something to do with geese that isn't used very much these days. Goose fat, goose feathers. -No, I don't... feathers. -Feathers for, like, pillows. To block the... no, they wouldn't use live geese for that, to block the chimneys. It was cheaper than using children. -They shoved the geese down the chimney. -Down the chimney, yeah. -Yes. -Did they use them as chimney sweeps? You're absolutely right, sweep the chimney. For two points, you are off the mark, which means team Off Peak, next question's for you. There are over thirty million pairs of these in the UK. Half are black and white, the others are black and yellow. Some are worth tens of thousands of pounds. Even though they're stolen occasionally, they can be replaced for about £20. -What are they? -I think it's something to do with road signs. -Cat's eyes. -Oh, cat's eyes. I was thinking fire hydrant signs, the H - they're black and yellow, aren't they? -It's something transporty -Right. and there's a sign in place. Road signs, or a transport sign, or a street sign. Criminals sometimes misuse these. -Sorry? -Criminals sometimes misuse these. -What do criminals use? -Hi-vis. They do, rock up in a hi-vis and you can get away with anything. No, but they wouldn't be worth tens of thousands of pounds. These are a front and back pair. It's clothing, it's some kind of clothing. Oh my goodness. It's some kind of... it's a clothing that is a disguise. -I feel like we were closer with... -Fire hydrants. The black parts are letters and numbers. -I don't know. -But in... We may as well take a guess. It's some form of clothing. We're running out of time, do it. This is going to be fun. Geoff. Some form of clothing that's worn by a government... a council official and the criminals are trying to pose as these people and they're not. Yes! 30 million pairs of those in the UK(?) No, I'm going to pass this over, if you can answer immediately for a point. -Are they licence plates? -Yes they are. They are vehicle licence plates. -Why are they worth so much? -Some of are prestige licence plates. They might just be A1 or personalised names, or something like that. -We don't drive, we don't have a car. -Yeah, we're on trains. -That wasn't a train question. -No, exactly. -Can we have more train questions? -Trains are your downfall. So that's one point to you, and the next question is yours as well. Okay. An artist spends most of the day sketching in a different room to her subjects. The artist is not famous, and the picture is worthless. Even some of the faces are wrong. Nevertheless, the client gratefully shows the artwork to thousands of people soon after. How so? -A forensic artist. -What was that, sorry? -Forensic artist. -Forensic. Oh! -Should we wait for another? -No. I'm normally the gung-ho one, you go for it. -For four points. -A forensic artist. Could you clarify what you mean by that, please? Someone who does the kind of like the e-fit when you've got... a witness comes in, and you've got to draw the picture of what they look like, so you can say, "We are looking for this criminal." That is close enough. I have court artist on my card but you're absolutely right. That also matches an e-fit artist so yes, I will give you the four points for that. -Congratulations. -Nice. Team Off Peak, let's see if we can get you on the board with this question. A lady and a cowboy lie next to a bullet, a dime and a hook. As a result, someone is delighted, but doesn't show it. What are they doing? Okay, a lady and a cowboy are next to a bullet, a dime and a hook. Someone is delighted, but someone doesn't show it. Someone is delighted, but someone doesn't show it. Is it like a song? The hook represents a letter. The hook represents a letter. Like a pound note? Llike what? No... -This is the one when we lose. -Like a... I have no idea. What would a hook look... what... The dime represents a number. I literally have no idea, is it a song lyric? -Is it like a well-known... -I think it's to do with currency. -Okay. -Like a dollar sign and a number. -Lady and a cowboy. -I don't know why... When would you want to hide your emotions to others? When you're lying, bluffing, playing poker. So it's a card thing. It's a money thing or a card thing. Here comes our time. -Take a guess. -I can't just say money thing or card thing -but it's to do with money or cards. -I need an answer. Let's say, when you're... what are they doing? They're playing, they're playing... they're gambling. -I'll take that, they're playing poker, yes. -Yes! -That's absolutely right for one point. -We got a point! -Oh God. -We made that hard work, didn't we? That was hard. The lady is a queen, the cowboy is the king, the bullet's an ace, the dime is a ten and the hook is the letter J for Jack. Well done. So the last two questions on the buzzers for both teams, if you're ready. During the American Civil War, it was common for federal troops to carry out illegal liquor trafficking by ferrying pedlars who hid bottles of whisky about their person. And so which word was born? I'm thinking moonshine... Ferrying pedlars. It would be like smuggling, but a word pertaining to... Hiding bottles... The same trick wouldn't work with modern clothing. So it's something in the cloak, a turn cloak? -The Civil War. -Of course, they'd put it inside the coat... -Posies... -...some kind of vehicle? It's a slang word... This is now a general term for smuggling or fakery. Cloak and dagger, or something. That's when you fake something. I don't know. Maybe something, it doesn't have to be a cloak, what else was worn then that isn't worn now? The bottles were hidden in their footwear. Bootlegging. -Yes. -Yes! For one point, you're absolutely right. Dude! Sorry, I got very excited.