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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 23 August 2010

(4/12) The fourth contest in the 2010 series of the cryptic panel quiz pits the South of England (Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins) against the North of England (Michael Schmidt and Adele Geras). Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, and Tom will also have the answer to last week's cliffhanger puzzle.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    1. What sort of news might be relayed by a broadcaster with a fondness for the 60s, a proponent of safe tyres, The Guardian’s make-up correspondent, and Reg Dwight?

    2. Which pantomime character would embrace:
    a champion with the right Formula,
    a curious hero born in 1922 and never growing older,
    and a signatory with Georgia on his mind?

    3. (Clips question)
    Why, in spite of how they sound, could the interviewer in the first extract, the speaker in the second, and the cornerman of the speaker in the third, all be compatriots?

    4. (Clips question)
    Which of these would not be suitable for a Model T Ford?

    5. (From Barbara Jennings)
    What are the following, and why is Miss Miller responsible for them all? Porcine quintuplets; an orthographical query; a westbound train; carbonated hydrocyanic acid; and the goddess of retribution?

    6. (From Gordon Taylor)
    What feature of English cathedral architecture connects Mozart’s musical genius, a Molière play, and a declaration at cards?

    7. A Stark choice at the movies; a pressing group of Upton Park; an equine of sturdy metal felled by disease; and a first Lady. What’s their Age?

    8. Sonia was collaboratively Orphic; Bridget was the leading advocate of the Op; Artemisia’s beheading was executed with relish. Who are they, and can you exhibit them in order?


    Why could you find poetry in what a mynah might say, where a trout might end up, and what a garden goblin might read?

    The answer is that they could all be expressed as rhyming phrases: bird word, fish dish, gnome tome.


    Why would a chemical additive, a choice of aperture on a camera, and an item of underwear, form a sequence?

    The answer will appear next week!



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