Dictionary Diligence is the fun new daytime letters quiz from Channel Z Television. Itís fast, frantic and educational too!
Broadcast every weekday at 4pm, Dictionary Diligence has quickly gained a loyal following among Britain's army of quiz lovers, and also attracted some who donít usually enjoy word games.
The rules of Dictionary Diligence are simple and few.
Contestants write in to apply to be a contestant on the programme, then get busy memorising as many of the entries in the Concise Oxford Dictionary as they can manage. Then in front of a live audience of word-lovers they are challenged to accurately recite the dictionary - from A to, well, that's up to them!
Contestants score 60 points per complete page (of entry headings only) recalled. When they hear the random buzzer sound they can score 50 bonus points if they accurately give the definition for the entry they have reached.
Hosted by Boris Concert, Dictionary Diligence is the quick-paced letters quiz where contestants really give their short-term memory an aerobic workout!
All our contestants receive an exclusive Dictionary Diligence bookmark. And that's not all! For every 50 pages of the COD successfully recalled a donation is made to the contestantís favourite charity.
All the scores are entered into our special Dilettante League table, and after eleven weeks of heats a draw is made for the quarter finals. Semi finals follow, and the excitement culminates with the extended edition Grand Final, where the lucky winner will be presented with a unique engraved glass punch bowl.
In addition to these prizes, every so often, and for special merit, our much sought after leather Dictionary Diligence dictionary dust-jacket will be awarded at the discretion of our panel of judges.
Let the memorising commence!
Why not play the game at home and become an honorary Dictionary Diligence Dilettante . . . from the comfort of your armchair. Itís easy to do - and fun too!
Firstly, spend some valuable preparation time with your copy of the COD, then grab a friend or two and the fun really begins. Ask one of them to be the adjudicator, then sit back and watch their amazed expressions as you motor through the dictionary from A to - well, that's up to you! Let us know how you do, and weíll print your name and score here in a special Viewers' Challenge League Table.
Since its first programme on 18th June, Dictionary Diligence has featured some tremendous feats of memory from its contestants. The top ten Dictionary Diligence Dilettantes to date are:
1. Mr P.Wallace from Melton Mowbray - "buccaneer", plus 5 bonus definitions
2. Mr J.Bennett from Leatherhead - "beacon", plus 2 bonus definitions
3. Mr B.Bowen from Chester - "barbule", plus 3 bonus definitions
4. Mrs G.McDonald from Glossop - "asterisk", plus 10 bonus definitions
5. Mrs H.Overthorpe from Anglesey - "anvil", plus 4 bonus definitions
6. Mr H.Collins from Kirkwall - "ambivert", plus 6 bonus definitions
7. Miss S.Shepherd from Manchester - "algorithm", plus 0 bonus definitions
8. Mr P.Kendall from Penzance - "aggravate", plus 7 bonus definitions
9. Mr T.Williams from Bury - "ad hoc", plus 4 bonus definitions
10. Mr K.Ward from Whatstandwell - "accountant", plus 8 bonus definitions
Some of the comments from past contestants on Dictionary Diligence:
ĎI was amazed at how calm I felt just before I went into the studio. Everyone made me feel very much at home. I didnít do as well as I thought, but gave it my best shot. Good luck to anyone who can get past the ĎAís and into the ĎBís! Thank you for a smashing day. I shall follow the progress of the show with interest.í
- Mr L.Lehrmann, Newcastle, 29th June '01
ĎIím so glad I've become an official Dictionary Diligence Dilettante! It was great to meet Boris Concert. Iíve got all his albums. He gave me his autograph. He was very professional and made me feel comfortable with all the rules. I had a lovely day and was thrilled with how far I got (Ďaccidentí). I was delighted to receive my Dictionary Diligence bookmark.í
- Mrs T.Smith, Littlehampton, 18th July '01
Host: Boris Concert
Devised by: Michael Macintyre
Producer: Roger Regis-Royle
Executive Producers: Michael Macintyre, Kenneth Clunes
Script: Samantha Bridge-Neilson
Sound: Gemma Cooper
Lighting: Hugh Pryce
Wardrobe: Jenny Hayes
Set Design: Amazing Set Design Ltd
Email our production team with your comments and/or anecdotes to do with Dictionary Diligence, or any word-related activities that you get up to.
We'll endeavour to reply to all of you in due course!
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