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28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 02 December 2013

The 2013 season of the lateral thinking quiz reaches its final contest, with Wales hoping to complete a full house of victories this year. Only the Northern Ireland team can stop them sweeping all before them for the fourth time in five years.

Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions, and provides the teams with helpful nudges where necessary - but the more clues he has to give, the fewer the points he awards them for their answers.

The Wales team consists of Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards, while Roisin McAuley and Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland.

For the final contest, by tradition, every question asked in the programme has been submitted by a Round Britain Quiz listener.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    1. (From Richard Freeland) Why might you regard the following as coming straight from the horse’s mouth:  A former MP for Montgomeryshire, a Took or Brandybuck, a risky opening, the length of a forearm, the creator of the Psammead, and an apocryphal book?<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


    2. (From Jeff Probst) Who, or what, were C33, AZ85, and 46664 – and what had they done?


    3. (From David Barnes) Music question: If these three are exonerated, who or what ought you to hold responsible?

    4. (From Ivan Whetton) Music question: What’s the novel connection with Samson?

    5. (From Simon Thomson) A flat Tibetan hand bell, a former LibDem leader, and a solo space cowboy. Can you put them in chronological order?


    6. (From David Barnes) If the answer is the national bird of India, with Hitchcock’s first film in colour, in the domain of Demetrius of Phaleron, what game are we playing?


    7. (From Derek Sharp) One of these didn’t do the task for which it was designed: Sir William Stevenson, a Sanders detective, a Hair song and a hunter.  Can you explain?


    8. (From Dave Rochell) In which traditional setting would you find:

    the one whom Bathsheba finally accepts; a sporting AIDS campaigner; and the creator of Brothers and Sisters and Elders and Betters, in the same place?



    We asked who, on their death-beds, appealed to Bankhead, to Hardy, and to Dora?

    This refers to the 'famous last words' (according to legend) of three 19th-century figures.

    The notoriously unpopular Foreign Secretary Lord Castlereagh's dying words are supposed to have been 'Bankhead, let me fall into your arms, it is all over'.

    Lord (Horatio) Nelson may very well have said 'Kiss me, Hardy' - attempts to explain the phrase as 'Kismet, Hardy!' seem rather squeamish and desperate to modern ears.

    William Wordsworth's dying words - spoken to his sister Dorothy - were reportedly 'God bless you, is that you, Dora?'


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