1) Why might it be unbearable to be in a room with the creator of Herzog, an engraver of 17th century London, and a prominent translator of Montaigne?
2) One is for the rich, and covered in oatmeal. Another is gorged on within earshot of Wells bells. A third is named after the place where it has never been made. Why would they drive a turophobe off his trolley?
3) (music question) What mood do these pieces put you in?
4) (music question) Why should you feel an increasing sense of kinship with the musicians?
5) What links a measure of ice cream, the location of brass, and a light-headed trumpeter? And which catchphrase do they share with the leader of the free world?
Question submitted by listener Trevor Graham
6) What connects the most senior Perrianath of them all, the poorly-articulated joint of a Shakespearean princess, and a well-tempered Spanish blade?
Question submitted by listener Dr Barrie Lamb
7) Why might Gordon express surprise at being the father of a defensive publisher, the kingdom of Croesus, Impatiens walleriana, a carrier of typhoid, and a bowls player’s target?
8) What could Marcel Duchamp have made of Pericles’s princedom, William Bruce Rose Jr, and the Highland Tolbooth St John’s Church?
Tom’s teaser question for you to think about this week is:
What’s divine about a doomed cruise ship; a pregnant heroine in a teen comedy; and the object of Peter O’Toole’s obsession?
The answer will be revealed in next week’s broadcast.
Last week’s teaser question was: What connects a one-eyed yellow idol, the family of Sir Walter Raleigh, and Aston Villa FC?
The key to the answer is the poem by J.Milton Hayes: ‘There’s a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu … [where] a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew.’ Carew was also the forename of Sir Walter Raleigh’s fifth child, born in the Tower of London in 1605 during his imprisonment there. And John Carew is the Norwegian international footballer who was Aston Villa’s top scorer in the 2008-09 season.
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