IDENTIFIER: BINGO LINGO
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30 Burlington Bertie
A popular musical hall song – happy-go-lucky vagrant Burlington Bertie was lucky enough to rise at 10.30. Bertie, we raise our hats to you.
56 Was she worth it?
Refers to the cost of the 1950s marriage licence – five shillings and sixpence. The obvious answer? Every penny.
10 Big Fat Hen
From ‘One, two, buckle my shoe’. Or you might hear reference to 10 Downing Street’s current inhabitant. Larry’s (the cat’s) den, obviously.
88 Two Fat Ladies
Inspired by the numeral shape. But, look closer at those ‘waists’ and you’ll realise it’s really two fat ladies with some amazing corsetry.
78 Heaven’s Gate
The key to unlocking this call? It’s a bingo hybrid: what happens when seventh heaven (7, fairly obviously) meets the garden gate (8).
44 Droopy drawers
Looks like trousers that have slipped down the legs, apparently. We can’t quite see that, but then we’re still working on that one little duck…
53 Here comes Herbie ( beep beep!)
Homage to Disney’s anthropomorphic car, Herbie, who had a 53 on his bonnet. Herbie rode again more recently in a noughties film.
2 One Little Duck
Think you’re quackers if you see animals in the shape of numbers? Unbelievably that’s the reason behind this call. Quack.
Inspired by a BBC Radio police sitcom, PC 49. With catchphrases like “Oh, my Sunday helmet!”, we’re glad it’s bobbied off.