Explain why the symbol of Charlie Chaplin's dictator, and the company which merged with Mobil, might both have come under the scrutiny of MI5's Twenty Committee?
Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the latest contest of cryptic connections, with Wales and Northern Ireland both playing their second match of the current series. Wales badly need a win if they're to stand a chance of retaining their title as Round Britain Quiz champions.
David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander play for Wales, while Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney are the regulars for Northern Ireland. They'll win points depending on how far they get in answering the programme's convoluted questions without help. The more clues Tom has to give them, the fewer points they'll earn.
As always, the programme includes some of the best recent question ideas received from listeners.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.
Questions in this programme
Why might this be a good year to remember namesakes of the last English winner of the Ballon d’Or, the creator of the ‘Nancy Kwan’, and a couple of married spies?
Q2 Northern Ireland (from Chris Prophet)
Explain why the symbol of Charlie Chaplin’s dictator, and the company which merged with Mobil, might have come under the scrutiny of MI5’s Twenty Committee?
Why might these clips make you think of a rose without a thorn?
Q4 Northern Ireland
To this music, add a hat which Arlen created and Garbo wore, and a suit from Alec in Ealing. Which nation does the whole outfit suggest?
Q5 Wales (from Kieran Sidley)
Dylan and Vernon frequented one in Swansea; Collins turned the tables on an Egyptian one; and the one Bud and Ches belonged to was insane. What were they, and what do they have to do with an Old Norse journey?
Q6 Northern Ireland
What’s the temporal connection between Peter Weir’s Indonesian adventure, Joan Didion’s memoir of mourning, and a Margaret Atwood novel some would consider appropriate to 2014?
Q7 Wales (from Roger Green)
One which, when read, lies between good and fine; one which takes a more informal direction than Charles Kingsley; and one that ran from Sergeant to Columbus. Together these should help you to a name. Whose is it?
Q8 Northern Ireland (from Peter Stockdale)
What connects the little boy who became the 42nd President of the USA; a mild-mannered man who joined the Circus; and a Master of the Queen’s Music?
Last week's teaser question and answer
We asked: where would you be likely to keep a sports broadcaster, a bony protrusion from the head, a song by Joy Division, and an unsightly roll of fat?
The likely answer is in your garage, because they’re clues to parts of a car. The sports broadcaster is Rob Bonnet. The bony protrusion is a horn. The Joy Division song is ‘Transmission’, and an unsightly roll of fat is often known, for obvious reasons, as a ‘spare tyre’.
This week's teaser question
Alessandro might be defined as James over Charles-Augustin, or as Andre-Marie times Georg. Why, and who are they?
Don't write to us: there are no prizes, but we'll reveal the answer at the beginning of next week's contest.