Trivia Teaser

Complete the line from the song "American Pie": 'Drove my Chevy to the WHAT'?

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Good thinking 99


By Christine Lovatt

The catchphrase, which we sometimes use in our clues, is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “a well-known sentence or phrase, especially one associated with a particular famous person”.

Winston Churchill’s phrase "Blood, toil, tears and sweat" was only one of his many stirring wartime quotes. Lord Kitchener urged millions of young men to enlist with the slogan "Your country needs you". US president George Bush made the (broken) promise "Read my lips, no new taxes" and Martin Luther’s "I have a dream" has inspired many a speaker to repeat the phrase.

Back in the 60s, I remember Norman Vaughan’s "Swinging", "Dodgy" and "Roses grow on you". Expressions such as Dick Emery’s "You are awful … but I like you", Mr Humphrey’s "I’m free" and  Baldrick’s "I have a cunning pla"n are still thrown into a conversation. "You dirty old man!" said Harold Steptoe to his father every week.

TV comedy shows are still a rich source of catchphrases. Catherine Tate introduced "Am I bovvered?" and "What are you like?" Little Britain gave us "Computer says no".

"Groovy baby" said Austin Powers, and who could forget "Here’s looking at you, kid", when Rick says goodbye to the love of his life in Casablanca? Dirty Harry encouraged felons to commit crimes with his line "Go on punk, make my day".

It’s funny what sticks in your memory. I can clearly remember that sporting chant dedicated to footballer Cyril Knowles "Nice one Cyril" which became an advertising slogan for bread. "Beanz meanz Heinz" was so popular it made a comeback. "Don’t be vague Ask for Haig" and "Guinness is good for you" also stand out in the trivia department of my memory.

Have I left out your favourite catchphrase? Post a comment and let me know!

Happy Puzzling,

Christine Lovatt


23 Responses to

Good thinking 99

solange said:
May 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM


solange said:
May 16, 2012 at 6:08 PM

this good fun and i need to improve my brain and memory

pdiaco said:
May 16, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I dont know why this popped into my head but Ive used this one a couple of times recently: 'there's something rotten in the state of Denmark' (from Shakespeare).

relle said:
May 16, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Friends, Romans & Countrymen lend me your ears...always made be chuckle & if you did would you get someone elses back by mistake.

May 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Two catchphrases that have stayed the distance with me are "Not happy, Jan!", from the Yellow Pages commercial, and several from the film "The Castle", particularly "THAT is going straight to the pool room."

kragzy said:
May 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

More of our favourites from The Castle: "Ahh the serenity." "What's this love? It's just a sponge darl. Ah but it's what you do with it." "Looks like we've all kicked a goal today." We have plenty of favourites from Monty Python as well, such as "'tis but a flesh wound."

harobed said:
May 17, 2012 at 9:19 AM

kiss, keep it simple stupid

dizilizi said:
May 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Not happy Jan is one of my favourites

May 17, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast. - Red Dwarf

Xrosie said:
May 18, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Ripa Rita, use it regularly, even named a goat kid that

mommyscat said:
May 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Studmuffin (my husband) uses "I think not baby puppy" quite often from the movie dogs and cats

dj1 said:
May 18, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Dad's Army was good for a few, like "Stupid boy!" and "Do you think that's wise, sir?"

May 18, 2012 at 12:10 PM

"Say hello to my little friend." From Scarface. "Show me the money!!" From Jerry Maguire. "I'll be back!!" Arnie as the Terminator. Harry Callahan played by Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry: (I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off), you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

May 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I like the comments of Max Smart 'would you believe.......this much?' Also the yellow pages 'not happy Jan' is thrown at me a lot due to being named Jan. Which can be tiring at times.

daffydill said:
May 18, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Since my name is Joyce, some people like to annoy me by using the Graham Kennedy/Rosie Sturgess skit catchphrase "It's a joke, Joyce!"

jc2626 said:
May 18, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Another from "The Castle" and one I like to use quite often... "Tell him he's dream'in" :)

May 19, 2012 at 2:33 PM

'I'll have what shes having' ....from Harry Met Sally

May 19, 2012 at 9:24 PM

"you're terrible, muriel!" - muriel's wedding.

May 20, 2012 at 9:18 PM

"Wait Master, it might be go first"-Young Frankenstein.

hdted4 said:
May 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Rice one granny! - from a rice commercial back in the eighties

gm1951 said:
May 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

How about "beam me up Scotty" from StarTrek - my husband usually manages to utter this phrase when he's going under anaesthetic; "book 'em Danno" from Hawaii 5-0 or a "Clayton's" whatever. Not to mention "doh" Homer Simpson's catchphrase

June 03, 2012 at 5:21 PM

'Listen carefully, I will say this only once!' -Can't remember the name of the TV show. It was about the French Resistance.

June 05, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I remember, it was called 'allo, 'allo'.