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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 26 September 2011

The South of England are preparing to avenge their recent defeat by the North of England as they clash again in Round Britain Quiz.

Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego, the regular South of England team, are hoping to get their own back on Jim Coulson and Diana Collecott of the North. Tom Sutcliffe chairs the good-natured contest of intellectual convolutions and cryptic connections.

There'll be the usual fiendish questions devised by Round Britain Quiz listeners, as well as musical connections to unravel. Tom will also have the answer to last week's cliff-hanger question, which was: what is common to Tchaikovsky, Lenin, and the protagonist of a Tolstoy short story?

Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    1. Why might Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton, be interested in a meeting between a five-time Wimbledon Ladies' champion and Gordon Brown's last Transport Secretary?

    2. To take Caesar's soothsayer, with malice aforethought, to three places in New England, would make a change. Can you explain why?

    3. (Music) What links this music with Enid Blyton, George Axelrod, Akira Kurosawa, and St Giles-in-the-Fields?

    4. (Music) Where in Britain might we be?

    5. From Charles Levien:
    How might playing 'fast and loose' at Warwick, York or Portsmouth lead to a Grand National run without horses?

    6. From Robert Harris:
    What kind of pattern is suggested by a Tom Stoppard play, a county town in West Wales, and a regal tuber? And why would you need a geological feature west of the Medina and a village on the Isle of Purbeck to bring them into being?

    7. An initial detachment could decode these phrases:
    Unpaid workers bathe;
    Concerning a fight;
    To live by water.

    8. What's terminal about Peter Tinniswood's uncle, the director (and author) of Freaks, and Reading's longest-serving goalkeeper?


    What would you change to make an Italian broadcaster tell you about the state of the economy - and why could a further change be painful?

    Don't write or e-mail with the answer: it's just for fun, and the solution will appear in next week's programme.

    What do Lenin, Tchaikovsky and the dying protagonist of a Tolstoy story have in common?

    The answer is the patronymic Ilyich. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (originally Ulyanov); Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; and Ivan Ilyich Golovin in the novella The Death Of Ivan Ilyich.


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