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Programme 3, 2017-18

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the fiendish quiz of cryptic connections. Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy for Northern Ireland face the South of England's Marcus Berkmann and Paul Sinha.

How might a learning experience for military personnel leave you with the leftovers, and why are they the same only different?

For the third contest of Round Britain Quiz's 70th anniversary season, Northern Ireland take on the South of England. Making their debut for Northern Ireland are the new partnership of the journalist Freya McClements and the writer and film-maker Paddy Duffy. They face the formidable South of England pairing of the writer Marcus Berkmann and the comedian Paul Sinha.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to provide the occasional helpful nudge and to steer the panel out of some of their more fanciful blind alleys, as they wrestle to unpack the cryptic questions in the limited time available. As always, the programme includes several questions suggested by RBQ listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Last week's teaser

Tom asked: Where might you go straight through the landscape to encounter a nursery shepherdess, a displaced Bard, and the 'place of the skull'?

These are all clues to intriguingly-named railway tunnels in the south-east corner of England.

The Bo-Peep tunnel ('a nursery shepherdess') near St Leonards is thought to be named after a local inn.

The Shakespeare tunnel near Dover is named for Shakespeare Cliff, the supposed setting of the scene in King Lear where the blind Gloucester is deceived into thinking that he has thrown himself off the cliff-top and magically survived. The clue says 'displaced' because the cliff and the tunnel are nowhere near Shakespeare's birthplace, nor the London theatres where he found fame.

The hill of Calvary in Jerusalem is also known as Golgotha - which, according to the Gospels, means 'the place of the skull' because of its resemblance to the shape of a skull-cap. The Golgotha tunnel is on the East Kent railway.

There'll be another teaser at the end of today's programme.

Questions in this programme

Q1 (from Jim Coulson)  How might a learning experience for military personnel leave you with the leftovers - and why would they all be the same, only different?

Q2  Of Human Bondage, 9 for 57 in 1994, possible predecessors of the Inuit, and the remover of a vile jelly: in which part of the UK will you find them?

Q3 (from Keith Scholes)  Music - What would make you want to eliminate all of these?

Q4  Why might Cervantes and Byron have considered writing about the North Stand of Elland Road, Sonny Crockett and 'Lofty'?

Q5 (from Alan Stockwell)  A French one became a King; an English one has a coat of many colours; one is friends with a bear in Nutwood; and a small one was jeered at because of a deformity, but rose above it. Who are they, and why would everyone prefer not to mention them?

Q6 (from Simon D Forrest)  Music - Why would these pieces end, respectively, the blue, the red, the green and the purple?

Q7 (from Charles Gilman)  Why might Winston Churchill's low spirits, the attractiveness of Anna Sewell, the majesty of P.G. Wodehouse and the immortal servant of Richard Adams be considered their bêtes noires?

Q8  Why might a former Olympic field athlete throw a party, inviting the following guests: a furious Scotsman, an optimistic South African, a Chilean musician, a supporter of the Green Party resident in West Africa, and a Greenlander who was unable to stay for very long?


This week's teaser

Augustus created Stephen as a home for Ben, but was rather late for the opening ceremony. Will made an acrobatic attempt to stop it. Stephen is now Elizabeth, and they all stand in silence. Can you explain?

There are no prizes, but the solution will appear at the beginning of next week's programme.


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