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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 17 September 2012

Wales take on the Midlands in the latest contest of the 2012 series, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands are defending their champions' title. The Welsh team of Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards will be hoping to wrest back the trophy this year.

They face the trademark cryptic and complex questions of Round Britain Quiz, which could require knowledge of everything from classical mythology to cinema, and from zoology to pop music.

Tom will also be providing the answer to the question left dangling at the end of the previous programme, which was: 'A castaway composer, a Tom Stoppard play and a football manager with a strong connection to Watford - in which order might you put them on?'

Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    1. Explain how a Bacon triptych, an O’Casey drama and a Golding novel inspired a creator in another genre altogether – who might have been named after a Roman triumvir?

    2. Why, if history had been different, might Monty have enjoyed stretching Milou, a 40-year-old port, and the twins Maria and Angela?

    3. (Music) Who is the leader of these men?

    4. (Music) Which Church or university official is present throughout this sequence?

    5. (From Deborah Lloyd) What connects the fourth movement of Beethoven‘s seventh symphony, Nigel Tufnel’s amplifier, and an incredibly close novel by Jonathan Safran Foer?

    6. (From Chris Lanham) What’s the musical connection between: a native North American tribe; J. Edgar Hoover; a maritime exhibit in Oslo; and a legendary island first mentioned by Plato?

    7. Where and why does a Welsh island turn up in Cambridgeshire, a Yorkshire city in Kent, and an Essex town (with acute political instincts) near Reading?

    8. Comically, where do a debased 5-cent coin, Roald Dahl's Champion of the World, a 7th century Bishop of Northumbria, and the frontman of the Maytals, all share an education?


    A castaway composer, a Tom Stoppard play, and a Welsh footballer with a strong Watford connection: in what order might you put them on?

    Answer: The clues give us Eric Coates (composer of ‘By The Sleepy Lagoon’, used as the theme for ‘Desert Island Discs’), ‘Jumpers’ (the Tom Stoppard play of 1972), and Kenny Jackett (Watford player in the 1980s and later manager). So the appropriate order would be: Jumpers, Jackett, Coates.


    Why might Dutch bank transfers, British silent movies, and Sir Robert Chiltern, be especially pleasing?

    No need to contact us: it's just for fun. The answer will appear next week!


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