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I’ve been chatting with our Brainteaser Boffins recently, and one or two of them expressed an interest in freeing themselves – if only for a moment - from the shackles of brainteasing to contribute to the Essential Classics blog. So, here it is: the first blog post from one of our beloved Brainteaser Boffins.


Brainteaser Boffins


We brainteaser boffins (as Sarah Walker likes to call us) have been hard at work for well over two years now, searching the back corners of our CD shelves, catalogues, websites and grey matter for those quirky questions that keep Essential Classics listeners guessing. In a dusty room, far from the bright lights and primary colours of New Broadcasting House, our twisted minds dream up ever more fiendish tests of the musically oriented mind… So can you beat us? Possibly. Will you know the answer? Well, those questions are sometimes easier than you think. Will Wikipedia help you?  Hmmm – that’s cheating (but who’s to know?)


9.30am is the time to sit, poised over your radio, computer or iPlayer Radio as Sarah or Rob delivers the daily Brainteaser. Go on… you know you want to. And tweet or text or email your answer while you’re at it. We boffins need help (in many ways), so give us a bit of attention. You could even give us an hour off now and again and suggest a Brainteaser of your own, as many listeners already have. Imagine, an hour out in the fresh air – well, we can dream…


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  • Comment number 2. Posted by Eucalyptus44

    on 13 Dec 2013 10:42

    I listen to R3 all day and actually rather like some of the interaction - especially the brain teaser. R3 used to be slightly staid and even sepulchral in its presentational tone. Perhaps the pendulum has swung too far the other way but it did need to swing.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Charlie

    on 10 Dec 2013 15:42

    Dear Brainteaser Boffins,

    I am glad that Sarah Walker has found a way to introduce you on to the Radio 3 Blog, and season's greetings, once again, to you all. My online nemeses, the Friends of Radio 3 (FoR3), are not generally in favour of all this listener interaction on BBC Radio 3. They tend to prefer a more traditional approach to broadcasting. I would argue that the technology has changed, and with it, the ways in which broadcasters communicate with their listeners. Less authoritatively perhaps, but perhaps this reflects a less deferential society in the twenty-first century!

    So the Radio 3 Blog, Message Boards, Discussion Fora, Texting, Twitter and Email are all fine by me, although, to be honest, I too have a marked preference for more traditional forms of communication. Social media can become remarkably antisocial, on occasion! I should perhaps confess that we often listen to your Brainteasers on Essential Classics, occasionally we even work them out at work, but would we want our names read out on air anyway? Is it not better to keep a low profile, much like the Brainteaser Boffins themselves! What I do approve of, however, is the way in which you attempt to stretch your listeners' intelligence. We are here to be challenged!

    Anyway, in the spirit of the season, we shall attempt to meet your challenge with a Brainteaser of our own, if only so that you can have some time off to enjoy Christmas. It may take some time ...

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