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    Questions Questions returns to Radio 4

    One of our listeners observed a mass of frogs appearing on just one day this spring. Has anyone else observed the same occurrence this year and why do you think this happens? Do any other creatures do the same when breeding? (Ed's note: See below on how to provide your answer.)

    Questions Questions is back with a new series starting on Thursday 21 July. For the next six weeks, presenter Stewart Henderson will be donning his thinking cap and setting off in search of answers to life's niggling queries. You can ask us anything at all, from the origins of obscure local words to testing madcap scientific theories.

    This blog will be our new online home where we'll be telling you what's coming up in the programme, asking for your comments, and, most importantly, inviting you to ask us your questions and help us find some answers.

    In the first programme of the series, Stewart will be investigating how you can distinguish one voice from any other in just a split second and why collective nouns for birds are so often disparaging - what could possibly be the origins of a 'deceit of lapwings', for example.

    We all know of the rich musical heritage of the coal mining industry. But what about tin? Stewart has been scaling rickety ladders and crawling through pitch-black tunnels in a bid to discover what made the tinners sing. There'll be songs beneath ground and on wild windswept cliff tops.

    But before the programme returns on Thursday we'd like your comments on the following questions (Just leave a comment at the bottom of the blog):

    Question 1: What does wingwom or wingwoms mean? One listener remembers this family term from her childhood. Have you heard it? Or do you know of any family terms that have entered widespread use in your area?

    Question 2: Mazes are great fun but what were their other social functions throughout history? Perhaps you know of mazes which served as outdoor meeting rooms, places for secret trysts, or provided entertainment for dinner guests.

    Question 3: One of our listeners observed a mass of frogs appearing on just one day this spring. Has anyone else observed the same occurrence this year and why do you think this happens? Do any other creatures do the same when breeding?

    As well as your thoughts on these points, we, of course, always need your questions. Please send them to questions.questions@bbc.co.uk, call us on 03700 100 400, or leave them as comments on this blog. Please note that if you leave a comment you may be contacted by us.

    Questions Questions returns on Thursday 21 July

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