Supermarket sweep

How many of you remember the tv programme supermarket sweep or as it was called in the UK Dale’s Supermarket Sweep?


Here’s a reminder how Dale’s Supermarket Sweep tv programme worked:

The game consists of three teams of two, each with a clock that starts with 60 seconds on it. The teams then attempt to add as much time to their clock by answering questions and riddles posed by host Dale Winton. The time they accumulate determines how long they have in the ‘Big Sweep’ round to run around a studio mock-up of a supermarket, collecting shopping items. The team with the shopping trolley filled with items of the most value wins the chance to enter the final ‘Super Sweep’ prize round. Within the game there were a number of rounds.

Why am I talking about a programme that was originally broadcast  over 20 years ago?

I was reminded of this programme as few days ago when I was in the supermarket, and as I went in I got stuck behind 2 ladies who seemed intent on stopping every couple of steps to have a conversation, and thus hold up those of us trying to get into the supermarket to do our shopping. Having then gone round the supermarket picking up all the things I needed, I paid for my items and proceeded to head for the exit, and that was when I noticed that those two ladies I’d got stuck behind on my way in were only in the second aisle of the shop, while I had been round the whole shop, paid for my items and was now leaving.

I was therefore wondering whether I had done a “Supermarket Sweep” and raced round the supermarket or whether these two ladies were simply very slow making their way round the shop. I suspect it may have been a combination of both things as I do not enjoy shopping,  and therefore I do try to get it done as quickly and painlessly as possible, and these two ladies seemed more intent on talking to one another than doing their shopping!

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