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The opening format is based on Bill Wright's wartime experience where being asked for name, rank and number became name, occupation and specialist subject. The questions are longer than they were when Magnus Magnuson was in charge. They always try to make sure that each contestant has the same number of questions assuming that the 'ideal' answer is given. The knack is to balance the time taken to give a wrong answer and being given the right answer against the time saved by passing. In the 2004 final I got that balance wrong and Shaun Wallace beat me purely on the number of passes.