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Main Claim: Well I never - brains-and-beauty all in one bird. Mensa member Vorderman has joined the new mid-week Lottery as the thinking gambler's Mystic Meg. She does the kind of vast sums that made you cry before double maths, then turns around with the answer and a dimply smile on Channel 4's Countdown. Only in Britain. If she'd been born a Yank, she'd be on Wheel of Fortune after a tangle with some peroxide. Or she'd be Secretary of State. As we all know, girlies aren't very good at maths, so TV's brainbox has been elevated to rogue genius status.

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CD-ROM review: Mastermind BBC Multimedia, pounds 29.99

The chair, the music, the specialised subjects, the general knowledge, even Magnus Magnusson, everything is to be found on the CD-Rom version of the soon-to-be-deceased quiz game. Only the questions have been changed - and they are considerably easier than on the TV show. If you want to answer questions on "The later films of Luis Bunuel", you can forget it. You won't get more specialised than "Cinema" in this version.

Letter: Forget the War

Sir: James Seymour (letter, 15 November) is right that the two-minute silence must be put behind us. Having spent a number of years overseas recently, I can see Britain with fresh eyes. This country is obsessed with the past, particularly the regular regurgitation of the Second World War. There is a marked inability to let go. This attitude does us no favours. Indeed, even your front page article on a quiz show ("I started so now I'll finish", 15 November) refers to the war. For heaven's sake, is there no end to it?

What night is 'Mastermind' on? Er, pass

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Letter: Cairngorm under threat

Sir: The Cairngorm plateau ("Highland rail plan gets the go-ahead", 8 May) is a fragile sub-Arctic ecosystem. One has to be as trusting as the famously guileless dotterel inhabiting its stony fastness to believe that building a Victorian-style funicular railway capable of delivering 1200 tourists an hour to the summits is not going to have a detrimental effect on the ecology. And yet Scottish National Heritage, led by Magnus Magnusson, will not object to the development. The dotterel is also called the mossfool. Mastermind seems scarcely any wiser.

The history of popular culture 3 Groucho Marx

On the Fifties TV quiz show You Bet Your Life, which Groucho Marx hosted after the brothers stopped making films, a contestant proudly announced he is the father of 10 children. As the applause faded, a clearly unimpressed Groucho asks if that isn't rather excessive. "Well, Groucho, I love my children and I love my wife," beams the contestant. "Sure," replies Groucho, "I love my cigar but I take it out occasionally."

Dear Mastermind

There are rumours that the flagship BBC quiz programme may be under threat. A fan urges Magnus Magnusson not to give up

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television the vibe bbc2

When Emma Freud vacated her post as lunchtime presenter on Radio 1, they handed her job to MTV DJ Lisa I'Anson. It wouldn't be easy to put a finger precisely on the meaning of this, but when the BBC replace a woman whose surname says "I am brainy" with a woman whose surname says "I can't spell", you've got to ask questions. Like, is the country going to the dogs? Are they pulling our legs? And would the shrink's great-granddaughter have lasted longer if she'd changed her name to Emma Me'Freud?

Storm offered a port

Richard Thompson, the media and football entrepreneur, is set to reverse his media holdings into Storm Group, the animation development company, following the announcement of pre-tax losses of £1.85m and continuing operational losses of £358,000. He proposes the new company will be called Caspian.

Have we got news for Deayton?

The problem with quiz shows is that they tend to hang around. Once settled on a winning formula, the quiz show clings to it for dear life, refusing to alter the smallest detail. If Frank Muir had ever switched his bow tie for a cravat, Call My Bluff would have been doomed at a stroke. If Question of Sport went out without David Coleman making a complete hash of a question, the BBC would be forced to flash up the "Do Not Adjust Your Set caption".
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