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#1764 - 04/30/00 07:40 AM Securing contestant's seat
paulb Offline
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Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
I'm fascinated by today's citation: how does one "secure a contestant's seat"? Is this a phrase in common usage? And why is this a prime pursuit of trivia buffs? Is it, perhaps, a reference to some adhesive (like "Tarzan's Grip" here in Australia)? Do tell, please.


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#1765 - 04/30/00 10:48 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10525
Loc: this too shall pass
I think it's just a reference to the latest American TV craze, "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". Each new player in this most trivial of all trivia games is chosen from a pool of ten (seated in a bunch off on the side of the stage) through the stratagem of being the quickest to answer one (1) question. So just to qualify for this 1 in ten opportunity, you have to "secure a contestant's seat".

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#1766 - 04/30/00 05:49 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat
jmh Offline
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Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
The phrase used here from the same programme is taking over the everyday vocabulary here. Here's an example from my daughter's school, only last week.

Usual school scene - teacher notices boy staring blankly into space. She asks him if he knows the answer to her last question. Realising that he hasn't heard the question he looks to his friends for a clue. He gets no help. Panic. Facing his desperate situation he thinks hard. A smile crosses his face as he asks the inevitable question ...

(what happened next?
- answers by e-mail to this site)


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#1767 - 05/01/00 06:35 PM 1,000,000 air
dogtide Offline
stranger

Registered: 05/01/00
Posts: 4
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
"...can I use a life line ????"


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#1768 - 05/01/00 07:27 PM Re: 1,000,000 air
Philip Davis Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 81
More likely "can I phone a friend?" and does he then get his mobile phone out.


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#1769 - 05/01/00 07:29 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat
Philip Davis Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 81
Talking of Australian adhesives do you still have a brand of sticky tape called Durux?


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#1770 - 05/01/00 10:18 PM Re: Securing contestant's seat
lusy Offline
member

Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 140
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
I guess you mean Durex, Philip, and yes, it still exists and remains something of a problem for OzPersons shopping in the UK.

rgds, lusy


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#1771 - 05/02/00 07:02 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat
Philip Davis Offline
journeyman

Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 81
'Durux' what a silly typo or is my unconscious to embarrassed to ask for condoms. There's a brand of paint called Dulux which features an old english sheep dog in it's adverts (has done for decades) these are now referred to as durex dogs in my family since an unfortunate slip by my sister many years ago.


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#1772 - 05/02/00 09:53 AM Re: Securing contestant's seat ?
tsuwm Offline
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Registered: 04/03/00
Posts: 10525
Loc: this too shall pass
this thread begs two questions (sorry, couldn't help myself :)

1) Oz? Australia? Old Zealand?? some *other imaginary place?!
2) this Durex stuff, is it anything like 'Duct tape'?

thanks, in advance

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#1773 - 05/02/00 03:56 PM Re: 1,000,000 air
jmh Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
dogtide

Good try - nearly right but you stop at only 250,000.


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