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    In British English, the term the thinking man's crumpet refers to a woman who is intelligent and good looking, particularly one who has a high profile in the broadcast media. It derives from the slang use of the term "crumpet" to refer to a woman who is regarded as an object of sexual desire. The first person to be called "the thinking man's crumpet" was Joan Bakewell, by humorist Frank Muir following her appearances in high-brow television discussion programmes such as BBC2's Late Night Line-Up. Bakewell is still synonymous with the phrase, but it has subsequently been applied to other high-profile women such as Anne Gregg, Joanna Lumley, and Felicity Kendal, and, more recently, Helen Mirren and Gillian Anderson. In a poll in the Radio Times in 2003, Nigella Lawson received the most votes to be the readers' "thinking man's crumpet", with Carol Vorderman in second place. The phrase is occasionally reversed, to refer to "the thinking woman's crumpet", notably as the tagline of UK-based women's magazine Filament. After the release of the 1997 film Titanic, Kate Winslet was dubbed by one newspaper as "the sinking man's crumpet", but this moniker was repeated by only one other British newspaper.

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