"Cleve Crudgington" is the tenth episode of the C Series of QI and the 34th episode overall. It was first broadcast on BBC Two on 2 December 2005. It featured no new panellists. The episode was preceded by "Creatures" and followed by "Carnival". It broke the previous record for number of forfeits (11 in "Birth"), as 12 forfeits were set off in this episode.


Numbers in brackets mark appearances - e.g. "(2)" means "(second appearance)".

  1. Mark Steel (2): 2 points
  2. John Sessions (6): -16 points
  3. Clive Anderson (5): -28 points
  4. Alan Davies (31): -84 points


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  • The first head of the SIS (formerly the SSB) was Sir Mansfield Cumming, referred to as "C". He had only one leg, because he lost his other one in a car accident in France and used a penknife to cut it off.
  • Cleve Crudgington invented the champagne cork opener. Note: the question was "what did Crudgington do with corks?" and "rams them up his arse" was a forfeit, although no-one triggered it.
  • Condensation nuclei[1] make champagne bubbly.
  • Torpenhow Hill is twice as interesting as Mount Fujiyama, because the word "Torpenhow Hill" means "Hill Hill Hill Hill", but Mount Fujiyama only means "Mountain (fuji) Mountain". They're examples of tautological place names.
  • A list of Scottish inventions and discoveries include rubber tyres, adhesive stamps, Australian national anthem, Bank of England, bicycle pedals, breech-loading rifle, Bovril, cell nucleus, chloroform, cloud chamber, cornflour, cure for malaria, decimal point, Encyclopædia Britannica, fountain pens, fingerprinting, hypnosis, Hypodermic syringes, insulin, kaleidoscope, lawnmower, lime cordial, logarithms, lorries, marmalade, matches, motor insurance, paraffin, piano pedals, postmarks, radar, reflecting telescope, savings banks, screw propeller, speedometer, steam hammer, raincoats, tarmac, teleprinters, tubular steel, typhoid vaccines, ultrasound, United States Navy, UST, vacuum flasks, wave powered electricity generation and wire rope.[2][3] Non-Scottish inventions include kilts, which are Irish and Danish, Hogmanay, which is French and whisky, which is Italian and Chinese.
  • The origin of the word cat is catulus. The Romans called dogs "catulus".
  • In the English language, there are 33 Vowel sounds. The language with the most vowel sounds is Vietnamese with 55, the language with the least is a Caucasian Russian language with only one.

General IgnoranceEdit

  • The longest animal in the world is the Bootlace worm.[4][5][6]
  • Examples of berries are the banana, tomato, orange, lemon, grapefruit, watermelon, kiwifruit, cucumber, grape, passion fruit, papaya and pomegranate. The only berry fruits that end in "berry" are the gooseberry and the blueberry.[7][8][9]
  • The second actor to portray James Bond was Bob Holness.[10][11] The first was Barry Nelson, who played a secret agent called Jimmy Bond in a production of Casino Royale in an episode of Climax!
  • According to Buddha, "a person should wander lonely as a rhinoceros".[12]


  1. Carbon dioxide
  2. Television
  3. Haggis
  4. Blue whale
  5. Giant squid
  6. Lion's mane jellyfish
  7. Blackberry
  8. Strawberry
  9. Raspberry
  10. Sean Connery
  11. David Niven
  12. Cloud
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