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Tuesday 30 July 2013, 17:03

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What animal did Michael Jackson bring into his studio when he was recording with Freddie Mercury? Whose voice does Stephen Hawking communicate with? How could it be said that Winston Churchill was like a child? And how did Mel Smith once almost have the entire Edinburgh Festival shut down?

Find the answers to these questions and more in this week's Radio 4 Quiz. Last week's answers can be found here. We'll post the answers to these questions in the comments section next week, unless you get there first. Hawking Churchill Smith Stephen Hawking, Winston Churchill and Mel Smith

Q: What animal did Michael Jackson bring into his studio when he was recording with Freddie Mercury?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01djlw6

Q: How could it be said that Churchill was like a child?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03775gg (13’33”)

Q: Whose voice does Stephen Hawking speak with?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01d8w9b

Q: How old is the sun?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b037dxym (17’23”)

Q: How did Mel Smith once nearly have the whole Edinburgh Festival shut down?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03775gg (13’49”)

Q: What film do scientists at the British Antarctic Survey Halley VI base watch every year?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01dbhl2

Q: Which bird, also known as the windhover has the Latin name Falco tinnunculus?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b02tyfr0

Q: The Reverend Richard Coles now presents Saturday Live, but what 80s pop band was he a member of?
A: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0375qt8 (9’22”)

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    Comment number 1.

    I was left not knowing what to say, by an item on a BBC technology programme.

    It featured an interview with an American leading expert in speech recognition and synthesis. He spoke, very much indeed, like the voice from Stephen Hawkings computer.

    Now: either he was aping his machine to make it seem more realistic than it in fact was, or...

    I'm afraid I can't remember his name.

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    Comment number 2.

    Thanks to Harper over on next week's quiz for giving us a reminder to post these!
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/radio4/posts/Radio-4-Quiz-What-happened-when-a-Russian-artist-encountered-a-polar-bear

    Q: What animal did Michael Jackson bring into his studio when he was recording with Freddie Mercury?
    A: A llama.

    Q: How could it be said that Churchill was like a child?
    A: He never dressed himself (he had a valet to do it).

    Q: Whose voice does Stephen Hawking speak with?
    A: Dennis Klatt, the Father of the modern speach machine. He created DECTalk which takes text and converts it into speech and used his own voice as the male prototype. Stephen Hawking speaks with this voice.

    Q: How old is the sun?
    A: 4 and a half billion years old.

    Q: How did Mel Smith once nearly have the whole Edinburgh Festival shut down?
    A: By threatening to light a cigar onstage shortly after the no-smoking ban had come in. He was playing Churchill. The police said they'd shut the festival down if he did.

    Q: What film do scientists at the British Antarctic Survey Halley VI base watch every year?
    A: The Thing.

    Q: Which bird, also known as the windhover has the Latin name Falco tinnunculus?
    A: The Kestrel.

    Q: The Reverend Richard Coles now presents Saturday Live, but what 80s pop band was he a member of?
    A: The Communards.

 

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