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Programme 4, 2016

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair as the south of England pairing of Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann take on the Scots, Val McDermid and Alan McCredie.

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'Why might 'Night-hawks' and 'Automat' appear to move in the same way as works by John Godber and Tom Stoppard?'

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for another bout of convoluted verbal problem-solving. This week the South of England pairing of Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann take on the Scots, Val McDermid and Alan McCredie - both teams playing their second fixture of the season. As they work their way through the questions they'll be looking for guidance from the chairman to steer them away from blind alleys and false trails - but the more help he has to give them, the more points he'll deduct from their scores.

The programme includes the usual scattering of suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will be setting another teaser puzzle at the end of the programme to keep you guessing until next time.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 26 Nov 2016 23:00

Last week's teaser question

We asked: If the middle Kardashian sister met one of the Cambridge Five and a youthful spy in British India, what game might they play?
The middle sister (not counting half-siblings) of the Kardashian family is Kim.
The youthful spy is also Kim, in Rudyard Kipling's novel of that name, set in British India. The game they would play is therefore Kim's game, the game of memorising objects which takes its name from a version of the game played in the novel. 
Finally, the Cambridge spy is Kim Philby, whose real name was Harold but who was actually nicknamed Kim after the Kipling character. 

Questions in this programme

Q1  One walks upright and belongs to a Rhode Island father. Another follows a Belgian reporter everywhere he goes, and always runs on four legs. A third is usually either four-legged or flat on his back, but fantasises about being a pilot, and can type.Who are they?
Q2  Why might 'Nighthawks' and 'Automat' appear to move in the same way as plays by John Godber and Tom Stoppard?
Q3 from Gareth Derry (Music)  How, with the first three pieces and the help of Mick Hucknall, could you reach the fourth?
Q4  Can you arrange in order of importance: the husband to whom Tess is finally reconciled, a U-2 pilot, a Russian White Sea port and medieval Wales?
Q5  Which lauded couple spotted the sun, are celebrated on Mars, and lend their name to a phenomenon on earth said to contribute to London's Frost Fairs of the 17th and 18th centuries?
Q6 (Music)  How could adding the first piece to the second give you the third?
Q7  On what grounds could you expect a Rossini opera to be set in Newcastle, a US news network to be based in Leicester, a World War adventure story to be set in South London, Lewis Carroll's Alice to meet an eccentric character from Luton, and a Chekhov play to be staged in Brighton?
Q8  What kind of delivery might provide you with Rothko's restaurant, Mussolini's mistress, Botticelli's allegory, and Barack Obama?

Rankings so far in this series

After one match each, prior to this week's programme, the teams stand as follows:
1 South of England  W1  L0  (Points 21)2 Wales  W1  L0  (Points 19)3 Northern Ireland  W1  L0  (Points 14)4 North of England  W0  L1  (Points 17)5 Scotland  W0  L1  (Points 14)6 Midlands  W0  L1  (Points 12)
In the final rankings, the total points will come into play if teams are tied for the number of victories.

This week's teaser question

If certain citizens of Irbil in Iraq enjoyed coagulated milk, and those of Stockholm ate rutabaga, what kind of oriental soup would they favour in Helsinki?
Don't write to us, there are no prizes - but Tom will reveal the answer next time.

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