thinking man's crumpet

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Coined 1960s by Frank Muir to describe Joan Bakewell, following the latter’s appearances in high-brow television discussion programmes such as BBC2's Late Night Line-Up.[1]

From crumpet ‎(sexually desirable woman (UK slang)).


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thinking man's crumpet ‎(plural thinking man's crumpets)

  1. (Britain, slang) An intelligent and good looking woman, particularly one who has a high profile in the broadcast media.
    Joan Bakewell was famously described as "the thinking man's crumpet".

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Frequently the thinking man’s crumpet.

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  1. ^ An affair to remember, The Daily Telegraph, 5 October 2003.