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30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 03 October 2011

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

Tom Sutcliffe posed this teaser at the end of the previous edition of Round Britain Quiz, and he returns today with the answer - along with many more convoluted puzzles to test the ingenuity of the panel. This week the Scots, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander, take on the Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock.

As always, the questions require the teams to dredge their memory banks for everything from Classical mythology to popular music, and from literature to sport.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    1. If Martin Amis lies between Cambridge Heath and Hackney Downs, and David Walliams can be found off St Martin's le Grand, how has Gustav Holst recently become part of the Circle Line?

    2. Which Thames-side town in Buckinghamshire - sometimes associated with militant Islam - leads downriver to a much-travelled story-teller moored in the Thames Estuary, a violent pub to the south of the river in Deptford, and the modern knight-errant created by a writer who was educated in Dulwich?

    3. (Music) Why could the Queen claim ownership of all of these?

    4. (Music) What common fate befell these pieces of music, and why?

    5. From Peter Wright:
    Why would a Biblical nautical scout, Thought and Memory, and an unwanted visitor from the Plutonian shore, be welcomed by Owain ap Urien - and where might they be detained at Her Majesty's pleasure?

    6. From Jo Vandenbroucke:
    Why would it be fair to link a speaking Trojan horse, a dynasty of colossal Roman Emperors, Hitler's dog, and Harry's band?

    7. Which Formula might Brazilians apply to a great Flemish painter, the author of 'Self-Reliance', and the first Duke of Bronte?

    8. Keep on an eastern track with a King's guitars, a wise goddess, or a sacred if muddy wading bird, and you'll be relaxing and dining in style. How so?


    Which Cheshire-born character actor might you expect to find playing an electric guitar, or driving a heavy-duty vehicle favoured in the Southern USA?

    Don't write or e-mail with the answer: there are no prizes. Tom will reveal the answer in next week's programme.

    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?

    The Italian state broadcaster is Radiotelevisione Italia, abbreviated to RAI. Changing one letter gives you RPI, the measure of inflation which is an important indicator of economic performance. Changing the middle letter again could give you RSI (Repetitive strain injury) which causes pain.


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