Beware of the Leopard

Season 1 Episode #53 – From Saquo-Pilia Hensha to Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

Join Mark, Jon and Danny as they traverse the S section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Saquo-Pilia Hensha

King Antwelm made a famous assumption that what everybody wanted, all other things being equal, was to be happy and enjoy themselves

December 13, 2018 Download (MP3)

Join Mark, Jon and Danny as they traverse the S section of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Saquo-Pilia Hensha

King Antwelm made a famous assumption that what everybody wanted, all other things being equal, was to be happy and enjoy themselves and have the best possible time together. On his death he had willed his entire personal fortune to financing an annual festival to remind everyone of this, with lots of good food and dancing and very silly games like Hunt the Wocket. His Assumption had been such a brilliantly good one that he was made into a saint for it. Now, the people of Saquo-Pilia Hensha hold an annual feast of the Assumption of St Antwelm.

Sass

Sass means “to know, meet, have sex with”.

Science

“Let’s be straight here”, says an earth scientist, at a press conference discussings Rob Mckenna. “If we find something we can’t understand we like to call it something you can’t understand, or indeed pronounce. I mean if we just let you go around calling him a Rain God, then that suggests that you know something we don’t, and I’m afraid we couldn’t have that.

No, first we have to call it something which says it’s ours, not yours, then we set about finding some way of proving it’s not what you said it is, but something we say it is.”

Scrabble

Arthur tries to get the indigenous people of Earth to play Scrabble, and then discovers he can pull letters out of his homemade Scrabble bag to find the answer to the Ultimate Question. He pulls out the question “What do you get if you multiply six by nine?”

Séance

Zaphod, Ford and Arthur hold a séance – you see? – to speak to Zaphod’s great-grandfather. One of the great gags you get in the radio series is an actual dial tone followed by a bunch of bleeps as the call connects.

Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha is, as its name suggests, a plural zone. It’s also where the Earth lives – sometimes – and anyone born here is advised not to travel via hyperspace. It’s also the name of a big Hitchhiker’s fan club.

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