Late-night game shows

Last night (well, sort of this morning), we watched a lone presenter on a late-night phone-in game show.

How it worked was this:

you had to call in and name 6 German cities ending in -BURG.

Easy? Well we got loads together, but when we rang in (for 49c/call) we always got told that we had a line that didn’t go through to the studio. Of 100 lines, only 5 at first and later 10 actually got you further.

On closer inspection, for over half an hour no-one was sucessful and the poor presenter was left trying to think up things to say to encourage more people to call.

This is unusual: normally the questions on such games are really easy to get people to give it a try – all lines are then open and the winner is picked at random. We thought this sounded harder and was worth trying out.

Well, for reference, here are the cities that were already named and so no good to us:

Hamburg, Flensburg, Lüneburg, Saarburg, Madgeburg, Oldenburg.

And here are the ones that we thought of:

Siegburg, Marburg, Coburg, Rottenburg, Altenburg, Neuburg, Meersburg, Homburg (Saar), Offenburg, Freiburg, Ginsheim-Gustavsburg, Ludwigsburg, Weilburg, Westerburg, Weltersburg, Limburg and of course Bad Homburg.

If you want to add to the list, feel free to do so in the forum – but we can’t offer any prize money!

Meanwhile, we are going back to playing the SMS game on “Wer wird Millionär?”…


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About Graham

Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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