Round Britain Quiz

The challenging quiz in which teams representing the regions grapple with problems of lateral thinking and cultural knowledge.

Episodes

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19970806
19970813

In the second round of radio's most cryptic contest, Nick Clarke presides over teams from Wales and Northern IRELAND.

19970818

Teams from Scotland and the South of ENGLAND tackle cryptic questions in the third round of the challenging quiz.

Chaired by Nick Clarke.

19970820
19970825

Teams from the North of ENGLAND and Northern IRELAND tackle cryptic questions in the fourth round of the challenging quiz.

Chaired by Nick Clarke.

19970827
19970903

Teams from Wales and the South of ENGLAND tackle cryptic questions in the fifth round of the challenging quiz.

Chaired by Nick Clarke.

19970908

Teams from Scotland and the Midlands battle it out in another good-humoured contest of general knowledge.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

19970910
19970915

Teams from the North of ENGLAND and the Midlands battle it out in another round of the general knowledge contest.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

19970917
19970922

Teams from Northern IRELAND and Wales battle it out in another round of the general knowledge contest.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

19970924
19971001

Nick Clarke hosts another round of the wide-ranging quiz - a rematch between the South of ENGLAND and Scotland.

19971006

Northern IRELAND take on the North of ENGLAND for another round of the wide-ranging quiz.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

19971008
19971013

Nick Clarke hosts another round of the wide-ranging quiz.

The South of ENGLAND take on Scotland in a rematch.

19971015

The South of ENGLAND take on Wales in another battle of wits and lateral thinking.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

19971020

Nick Clarke hosts the last in the present series of the wide-ranging quiz.

Midlands v Scotland.

19971022

Nick Clarke hosts the last in the present series of the wide-ranging quiz, in which the Midlands take on Scotland.

20140623

(6/12)

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.

2014080420140809

(12/12)

If you sprinkled some sweetness onto a Cambridge tutor, a computer network and a little bit, to which places would it take you?

The final match of the 2014 series pits Northern Ireland against Wales, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. Today's result is crucial to the final Round Britain Quiz rankings for this year, with Northern Ireland set to be the overall series winners if they win today.

Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland, opposite Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards for Wales. They'll need all the arcane and apparently-unconnected snippets of knowledge they can muster, in order to make any sense of the cryptic questions. You can play along by looking at the questions on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the Radio 4 website.

This week's final match, by Round Britain Quiz tradition, is made up entirely of questions suggested by listeners in recent months.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880105]

Gordon Clough and Louis Allen preside over the final spasm of cerebral callisthenics and aerobics for the lobes.

Irene Thomas and Eric Korn challenge Maurice Hayes and Paddy Fitzpatrick.

Researcher BERNICE COUPE Producer ALASTAIR WILSON BBC Manchester

Genome: [r4 Bd=19880105]

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Maurice Hayes

Unknown: Paddy Fitzpatrick.

Producer: Alastair Wilson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900129]

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn. Wales

Unknown: Bill Russell

Unknown: Jack Jones.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900205]

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900212]

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Irene Thomas.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Unknown: Bernice Coupe

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900219]

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900226]

Unknown: Maurice Hayes

Unknown: Paddy Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Unknown: Bernice Coupe

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900305]

Unknown: Bill Russell

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900312]

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900319]

Unknown: Joyce McMiilan

Unknown: Cotinbeuuirene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Horn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Alien.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z. Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900326]

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Producer: Paul Z Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19900402]

Unknown: Maurice Hayes

Unknown: Paddy Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Audrey Robins

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910812]

The return of the quiz show with the resident London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn , challenged by the North's Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser. Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Z Jackson

Contributors

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910812]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910814]

Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910819]

The team from the west, Jack Jones and Elaine Morgan , challenges resident Londoners Irene

Thomas and Eric Korn.

Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Elaine Morgan

Unknown: Londoners Irene

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910819]

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Elaine Morgan

Unknown: Londoners Irene

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910821]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910826]

The Scottish team of Colin Bell and Joyce McMillan meet the London-based

Irene Thomas and Eric Korn.

Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910826]

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910828]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910902]

The Scottish team of Colin Bell and Joyce McMillan meet the London-based

Irene Thomas and Eric Korn. Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910902]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910904]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910909]

Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich from the Midlands meet resident Londoners Irene

Thomas and Eric Korn. Chaired by Louis Allen and Gordon Clough.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Londoners Irene

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Gordon Clough.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910909]

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Londoners Irene

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Gordon Clough.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910911]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910916]

Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser return the challenge of London's Eric Korn and Irene Thomas.

Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Irene Thomas.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910916]

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Irene Thomas.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910918]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910923]

Second turn for Wales and the West's Jack Jones and Elaine Morgan against London's Irene Thomas and Eric Korn.

With Gordon Clough and Louis Allen in the chair.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Elaine Morgan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910923]

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Elaine Morgan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910925]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19910930]

Irishmen Justin Keating and Dr Patrick Fitzpatrick face the resident London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn. Chairmen Louis Allen and Gordon Clough. Producer PaulZJackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Justin Keating

Unknown: Dr Patrick Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Gordon Clough.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19910930]

Unknown: Justin Keating

Unknown: Dr Patrick Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Louis Allen

Unknown: Gordon Clough.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911002]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911007]

The Scottish team, Colin Bell and Joyce McMillan return to face London's

Irene Thomas and Eric Kom.

Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer PaulZJackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Colin Bell

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911007]

Unknown: Colin Bell

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911009]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19911014]

A final fixture for

Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich , against London's Irene Thomas and Eric Korn. Chaired by Gordon Clough and Louis Allen.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911014]

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Louis Allen.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19911016]

Stereo (Broadcast Mon 12.25pm;

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920831]

The return of the perennial brain-twister. London (

Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus the Midlands (Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich ). Question-masters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920831]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Question Masters: Gordon Clough

Question Masters: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920902]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920907]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Korn ) versus Ireland (

Patrick Fitzpatrick and Owen Dudley Edwards ).

Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920907]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Patrick Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Owen Dudley Edwards

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920909]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920914]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus

Wales and the West (Jack Jones and Elaine Morgan). Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920914]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920916]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920921]

The quiz goes north for another intellectual excursion. London (Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus the North (Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser).

Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920921]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920923]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19920928]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Korn ) versus

Scotland (Colin Bell and Joyce McMillan ).

Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920928]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19920930]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921005]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Korn ) versus the Midlands (

Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich ). Questionmasters:

Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921005]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921007]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921012]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus Ireland (

Patrick Fitzpatrick and Owen Dudley Edwards ). Questionmasters:

Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921012]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Patrick Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Owen Dudley Edwards

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Anthony Quinton.

Producer: Paul Z Jackson.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921014]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921019]

Wales and the West have a score to settle.

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus

Wales and the West (Jack Jones and Elaine Morgan). Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921019]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921021]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921026]

London (Irene Thomas and Eric Kom ) versus the North (Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser).

Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Staeo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921026]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921028]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921102]

The final. Loudon (Irene Thomas and Eric Korn ) versus Scotland (Colin Bell and Joyce McMillan ).

Questionmasters: Gordon Clough and Anthony Quinton.

Producer Paul Z Jackson. Stereo

Genome: [r4 Bd=19921102]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19921104]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930830]

I Can you link a Sloane ranger's boyfriend to Jane Austen 's resting place? London's Irene Thomas and Eric Kom take on Ireland's Paddy Fitzpatrick and Owen Dudley Edwards. Question-masters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton. Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930830]

Unknown: Jane Austen

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Paddy Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Owen Dudley Edwards.

Question Masters: Gordon Clough

Question Masters: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930901]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930906]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Korn , take on the Welsh team, Jack Jones and Peter Stead. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton. Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930906]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Peter Stead.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930908]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930913]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Korn , take on the Scottish team of Joyce McMillan and Colin Bell. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Prcducer Julia Shaw (Repealed Wednesday at 6.3Opm)

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930913]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Colin Bell.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Unknown: Prcducer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930915]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930920]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Kom , take on the Midlands team of Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930920]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930922]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19930927]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Korn , take on the North, represented by Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser. Questionmasters are Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930927]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19930929]

London v the North.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931004]

Irene Thomas and Eric Korn take on Owen Dudley Edwards and Patrick Fitzpatrick. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931004]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Owen Dudley Edwards

Unknown: Patrick Fitzpatrick.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931006]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931011]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Korn , take on the Welsh team of Jack Jones and Peter Stead. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931011]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931013]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931018]

The London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn take on the Scottish team of Joyce McMillan and Colin Bell. Questionmasters are Gordon Clough and TonyQuinton.

Producer Julia Shaw (Repeated Wednesday at 6.30pml

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931018]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Colin Bell.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931020]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19931025]

The London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Kom , take on the Midlands team of Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich. Questionmasters are Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931025]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931027]

The London team take on the Midlands.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931101]

In the last contest of the series, the London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Kom , take on the North team of Paul Barker and Margaret Lessing. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton. Producer Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931101]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lessing.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Producer: Julia Shaw

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931103]

In the last contest of the series, the London team, Irene Thomas and Eric Kom , take on the North team of Paul Baker and Margaret Lessing. Questionmasters Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19931103]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Paul Baker

Unknown: Margaret Lessing.

Unknown: Questionmasters Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941003]

The Ireland team of Owen Dudley

Edwards and Paddy Fitzpatrick take on the London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn for a return match.

Tony Quinton and Gordon Clough are asking the questions.

Producer Amanda Mares. Rptd Wed 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941003]

Unknown: Owen Dudley

Unknown: Paddy Fitzpatrick

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Tony Quinton

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producer: Amanda Mares.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941005]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19941010]

Wales and the West, represented by Peter Stead and Jack Jones , take on the London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn. Tony Quinton and Gordon Clough are asking the questions. Producer Amanda Mares

Repeated Wednesday at 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941010]

Unknown: Peter Stead

Unknown: Jack Jones

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn.

Unknown: Tony Quinton

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Producer: Amanda Mares

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941012]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19941017]

The return match between the Midlands team of Peter Oppenheimer and John Julius Norwich , and London, represented by Eric Kom and Irene Thomas. Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton ask the questions. Producer Amanda Mares

Repeated Wednesday at 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941017]

Unknown: Peter Oppenheimer

Unknown: John Julius Norwich

Unknown: Eric Kom

Unknown: Irene Thomas.

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton

Producer: Amanda Mares

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941019]

with Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton. Repeated from Monday 12.25pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941019]

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941024]

Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser face Irene Thomas and Eric Korn - in a return match. Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton ask the questions.

Producer Amanda Mares. Rptd Wed 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941024]

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton

Producer: Amanda Mares.

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941026]

The North, represented by Paul Barker and Margaret Lesser , face

Irene Thomas and Eric Korn - the London team - in a return match.

Gordon Clough and Tony Quinton ask the questions.

Repeated from Monday 12.25pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941026]

Unknown: Paul Barker

Unknown: Margaret Lesser

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Gordon Clough

Unknown: Tony Quinton

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941031]

In the last of the series, the resident

London team of Irene Thomas and Eric Korn take on Scotland, represented by Joyce McMillan and Colin Bell. Producer Amanda Mares

Repeated Wednesday at 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19941031]

Unknown: Irene Thomas

Unknown: Eric Korn

Unknown: Joyce McMillan

Unknown: Colin Bell.

Producer: Amanda Mares

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970804]

Nick Clarke presides as teams from around the UK compete to solve cryptic questions in a bid to become overall champions of the series. Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970804]

Unknown: Nick Clarke

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970806]

Repeated from Monday 12.25pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970811]

In the second round of the cryptic contest, Nick Clarke presides over teams from Wales and Northern Ireland. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970811]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970813]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970818]

In the third round of the cryptic contest, Nick Clarke presides over teams from Scotland and the South of England.

Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970818]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970820]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970825]

The North of England meets Northern Ireland in the fourth round of the cryptic contest. Nick Clarke is in the chair. Producer Paul Bajoria Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970825]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970827]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970901]

Wales and the South of England battle it out in another contest of wit and wisdom. Nick Clarke is in the chair. Producer Paul Bajoha

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970901]

Unknown: Nick Clarke

Producer: Paul Bajoha

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970903]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970908]

Teams from Scotland and the Midlands battle it out in another good-humoured contest of general knowledge. Nick Clarke is in the chair. Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970908]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970910]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970915]

Another good-humoured contest of general knowledge. Nick Clarke is in the chair.

Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970915]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970917]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970922]

Teams from Northern Ireland and Wales battle it out in another round of the general knowledge contest. Nick Clarke is in the chair.

Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970922]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970924]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19970929]

Nick Clarke hosts another round of the wide-ranging quiz. The South of England take on Scotland in a re-match. Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19970929]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971001]
Genome: [r4 Bd=19971006]

Northern Ireland take on the North of England for another round of the wide-ranging quiz. With Nick Clarke. Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

Genome: [r4 Bd=19971006]

Unknown: Nick Clarke.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Nick Clarke hosts another round of the wide-ranging quiz. The South of England take on Scotland in a rematch. Producer Paul Bajoria

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Nick Clarke hosts the last in the present series of the wide-ranging quiz. Midlands v Scotland Producer Paul Bajoria

Repeated Wednesday 6.30pm

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Programme 1, 20152015101920151024 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe returns with the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(1/12)

Kurt's widow, Keir's party and Kate's adventures with her fellow survivors could lead you to the Court of Navarre - at least, they could if you have the same kind of mind as the panellists on Round Britain Quiz, which returns for a brand new series with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair.

As always, six teams from around the UK will play one another to decide the eventual series title, with some familiar voices as well as newcomers among the panel this season. The first programme features the Scots, Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden, against the Welsh team of Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards. The Scots are defending their title, but Wales are always strong contenders and will be going all-out to wrest it from them this year.

As always they'll need to draw on all of their general knowledge and ingenuity to unravel RBQ's trademark cryptic questions. The series will feature a generous smattering of questions devised by listeners and sent in since the programme was last on air.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 1, 201620161031
Programme 1, 20162016103120161105 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe returns with the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(1/12)

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for a new series of the longest-established panel quiz game on British radio. Teams from around the UK compete to unpick the programme's notoriously cryptic and multi-layered questions which rely on a wide knowledge of culture, history and science.

The first programme pits the crime writer Val McDermid and photographer Alan McCredie, playing for Scotland, against writer and broadcaster Myfanwy Alexander and quiz guru David Edwards, appearing for Wales. Both pairs will be hoping they can wrest the series title back from the South of England team who pipped them to the greatest number of victories last season.

As always, Tom is on hand to give gentle clues and steer them out of blind alleys whenever necessary, but will be deducting points depending on how much help he has to provide before the penny drops. Listeners' question ideas always form an important ingredient in the quiz, and the questions are available to see on the webpage before each edition. Tom will also be setting plenty of teasers for listeners to try out between programmes.

Later in the series the teams from the North of England, the South of England, Northern Ireland and the Midlands join the fray. They include some more new participants taking part in Round Britain Quiz for the first time this year, including names already well loved by Radio 4 audiences.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 10, 201520151221

(10/12)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs a contest between the Scots (Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden) and Northern Ireland (Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney). The last time they clashed, the Scots claimed victory: can the tables be turned today? The stakes are high, as this is the last appearance either team will be making in the programme this year.

The panellists might sigh with relief at seeing references to crime fiction and popular music; but what about cricket, 19th century art, Classical mythology and the geography of Paris? They'll need knowledge of all of these to arrive at the answers to today's impenetrable-sounding problems, with Tom on hand to provide a gentle hint, or even just a raised eyebrow, where necessary.

Tom will also have the answer to the teaser puzzle which may have kept you guessing since last week's contest.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 10, 2016-1720170102

(10/12)

'Why might Richard Wilson be incredulous at a motorbike, a boys' comic, Dr Frankenstein and the Radio Corporation of America?'

This, and other even more impenetrable puzzles, are among Tom Sutcliffe's challenges for the teams in this tenth contest of the current series. It's the last chance for Scotland and the South of England to add to their final tally of victories this season. Last time these two teams met it was a victory for the Scots - can Marcus Berkmann and Paul Sinha of the South turn the tables on Val McDermid and Alan McCredie this time?

As usual, the programme includes several questions suggested by RBQ listeners hoping their ingenious ideas will wrong-foot the panellists. Tom will also have the answer to the question he set for listeners at the end of last week's edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Programme 11, 20152015122820160102 (R4)

(11/12)

The North of England take on the South of England in the penultimate bout in this year's series of the cryptic contest, with the outcome potentially crucial to the positions in which they finish in this year's league table. Jim Coulson and Adele Geras play for the North, against Simon Singh and Marcus Berkmann of the South.

For today's questions they'll need to dredge their memory banks for details of fictional characters and their creators, historians of the early Christian church, great naval battles and British heavy metal bands, among other things. As always, the questions include a selection from those suggested recently by Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will have details of how you can submit your own ideas for consideration in future editions.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 11, 2016-1720170109
Programme 11, 2016-1720170109

(11/12)

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the penultimate clash of the 2016-17 season, with David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander of Wales taking on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland. If Wales take the victory today they will have won all four of their games in this series, and will be looking unstoppable in their bid to become RBQ champions. Northern Ireland will be going all out to prevent them - but it all depends how the questions fall.

The panel will need all their powers of recall and logic, as they struggle to connect apparently random elements from history, cinema, classic children's television, politics and natural history into some sort of pattern. The winners will be the pair who find the answers with the minimum need for clues and guidance from Tom.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 11, 2016-172017010920170114 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

Programme 12, 20152016010420160109 (R4)

(12/12)

All of the questions in this closing contest of the current series have been devised by listeners, with Tom Sutcliffe on hand to guide the teams through them. The Midlands and Wales clash for the last time this series, in a contest they both need to win to clamber up the final Round Britain Quiz league table.

'Can you convert old-style currency from Latin into Greek, and then into bone, gut and muscle?' is just one of the arcane teasers they'll have to unravel. With the teams confined to the library of a country house and all electronic devices confiscated, they have only their knowledge and powers of deduction to rely on, along with the odd helpful hint from the chairman, as the clock ticks down towards the end of the series. The more clues and nudges they need, the more points Tom will be deducting.

Tom will also provide the answer to the question teasingly left unanswered at the end of the previous edition, and will be able to reveal who has taken the title of Round Britain Quiz champions for the 2015 season.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 2, 201520151026
Programme 2, 201520151026

(2/12)

Why might an alien visiting earth find themselves faced with a Bellowing biographer, the Spartan victim of a swan, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau?

The only place on Radio 4 where a question like this makes any kind of sense is Round Britain Quiz, and the teams will be unravelling it, with Tom Sutcliffe's help, in this week's second clash of the series. The Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock face the North of England pairing of Jim Coulson and Adele Geras.

As usual, the programme includes a number of ingenious question ideas suggested by Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 2, 201620161107
Programme 2, 201620161107

(2/12)

Tom Sutcliffe welcomes the teams from the North of England and the South of England to the book-lined room for their first clash of the 2016 season. Both teams include members taking part in Round Britain Quiz for the first time. Bestselling writer and BBC 6Music broadcaster Stuart Maconie joins novelist Adele Geras on the North of England team, while for the South the author and columnist Marcus Berkmann is joined for the first time by comedian Paul Sinha.

As always, the questions test their powers of lateral thinking as well as their general knowledge. Knowing the names of legendary Kings of Britain, cities in the Rocky Mountains and characters from Russian ballet is one thing, but connecting them is quite another - as the teams discover.

As always, the programme includes ingenious question ideas from Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will be setting another teaser puzzle to think about before the next edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 2, 20162016110720161112 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

Programme 3, 201620161114
Programme 3, 201620161114

(3/12)

Tom Sutcliffe welcomes the only two teams who haven't yet appeared in the current series, as Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles of the Midlands take on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland.

They'll need all their ingenuity to connect Parisian sculptures with heavy metal music, Bond villains with American vice-presidents, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea with Handel.

Tom Sutcliffe will be on hand to award and deduct points according to how much help they've needed in working out the answers. He'll also be supplying the answer to the teaser question he set for the audience last week.

A slightly longer version of today's programme is available as a podcast.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 3, 20162016111420161119 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions in the game of cryptic connections.

Programme 4, 20152015110920151114 (R4)

(4/12)

Northern Ireland take on Scotland in the contest of cryptic connections, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair to ensure fair play. Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden of Scotland are defending their Round Britain Quiz champions' title. The challengers from Northern Ireland are long-standing regulars Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney.

The programme's trademark questions will require both sides to delve into the most arcane depths of their knowledge, spanning words coined by famous authors, culinary recipes, British rock albums and curious historical mishaps. If that's whetted your appetite, jojn Tom and the teams for the fourth contest of the 2015 series, when Tom will also be revealing the answer to the teaser question left hanging at the end of the last programme.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 4, 201620161121
Programme 4, 201620161121

(4/12)

'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.

Programme 4, 20162016112120161126 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the vintage game of cryptic connections.

Programme 5, 20152015111620151121 (R4)

(5/12)

What would Fred Hoyle think of a writer of pulp Westerns, a penal reformer, a Restoration Archbishop of Canterbury, and British India?

Simon Singh and Marcus Berkmann of the South of England take on Adele Geras and Jim Coulson of the North of England, in this week's contest of cryptic connections. They'll have to unravel this and plenty of other puzzles, including several RBQ listeners' suggestions. Tom Sutcliffe is on hand to ensure fair play and to provide gentle hints wherever necessary, though he'll also be deducting points for every clue he has to give them.

The questions are available to view on the programme's webpage each week, from the beginning of the broadcast. Tom will also be giving the answer to the teaser question he left unanswered at the end of the previous edition - and setting another for this week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 5, 201620161128
Programme 5, 201620161128

(5/12)

Chairman Tom Sutcliffe is joined by Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin of Northern Ireland, and Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards playing for Wales. Both sides have already won one contest this season and will be on their mettle for another victory today.

The winners will be the pairing who need the least help from the chairman in unravelling the programme's trademark cryptic questions. Points will be deducted depending on the number of clues Tom has to provide to propel them towards the answers. As always, the programme contains a scattering of question suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners hoping their ingenuity can trip up the panel.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 5, 20162016112820161203 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of convoluted connections.

Programme 6, 20152015112320151128 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(6/12)

With victories already under their belt in the early contests of the series, both Wales and The Midlands will be aiming to add to their tally as they clash for the first time this season.

David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander play for Wales, opposite Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands team. The competition promises to be keen, and the teams will have to trawl all of their arcane knowledge to deal with Tom Sutcliffe's puzzles, which include: 'Some unfortunate ancient women, a defunct City bank and a very shy pianist appear to have collaborated on Onward Christian Soldiers - how?'

As always, Tom will be deducting points for every intervention he has to make to nudge them towards the solution. He'll also be revealing the answer to the teaser puzzle he set last time, and providing a new one to keep you guessing for a further week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 6, 20162016120520161210 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the contest of cryptic clues and convoluted connections.

(6/12)

It's the turn of the teams from the North of England and the Midlands to tackle the convoluted questions in the Round Britain Quiz retreat. Neither team has scored a victory in the series so far, so the contest will be keenly fought as they both try to improve their footing on the league table.

To do so, they'll need knowledge of the nomadic tribes of Eurasia, the settings of 1970s sitcoms and the geography of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico - or, at the very least, make an educated guess from the other clues available. Tom Sutcliffe provides the usual calm hints from the chair, warning them away from the more wayward red herrings when their deliberations lead them too far off the mark.

As always, there's a round of musical clues and a selection of listeners' ingenious question ideas for the teams to grapple with.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 7, 201520151130
Programme 7, 20152015113020151205 (R4)

(7/12)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs a contest between the Welsh and the Scots, in the first of this season's 'revenge' fixtures. Last time these teams met, Wales beat Scotland by a single point. Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards are the Welsh team, while Scotland is represented by Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden.

The challenge is thrown down from the off, as the teams are asked: 'Why could Philip Pirrip, a short high-pitched cry, and the Saint who decided how we should calculate Easter, all have been seen by our grandparents in the mirror?' Tom will be providing clues whenever the teams are getting too bogged down or pursuing false trails, but they'll have points deducted for every kindly nudge they need in the right direction.

As always, several of today's questions have been selected from the many ideas submitted by listeners over the past year or so.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 7, 201620161212
Programme 7, 20162016121220161217 (R4)

(7/12)

Wales play Scotland in their second clash of the 2016 season, as Tom Sutcliffe provides another sheaf of mind-bendingly cryptic questions. The Scots, Val McDermid and Alan McCredie, will be hoping they can stop Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards of Wales who have won all of their matches in the series so far.

How good is their knowledge of international football, African politics, the geography of the Arctic regions, and unusual disasters from history? All of this will be tested by today's questions which will be available on the website as usual before the programme begins. Tom is on hand to provide clues and cautions whenever the teams are in danger of straying down too many blind alleys - but the clues will cost them points.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of cryptic clues and convoluted connections.

Programme 8, 201520151207
Programme 8, 201520151207

(8/12)

The North of England take on The Midlands in the latest clash of cryptic clues and convoluted connections, with Tom Sutcliffe in the questionmaster's chair. Jim Coulson and Adele Geras are the North of England team, playing opposite Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands.

The Midlands will be on their mettle, having been narrowly beaten by Wales in their last appearance a couple of weeks ago, while the North will be looking for their first victory of the 2015 season.

Without wishing to give the teams too much of a leg up, it would help if they knew a little bit about Shakespeare, strange rural place names of England, vampire novels and the history of football in Manchester.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 8, 201620161219

(8/12)

There's a distinctly Christmassy flavour to the opening question, at least, of the latest contest which features Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann of the South of England against Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras of the North of England. Tom Sutcliffe provides the usual gentle hints where necessary, as the teams grapple with the finer points of 19th century explorers of Africa and the names of famous ships in fiction.

As always, the programme includes a selection of ingenious questions sent in by listeners hoping to outwit the panel.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 8, 20162016121920161224 (R4)

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

Programme 9, 201520151214

(9/12)

The South of England team of Marcus Berkmann and Simon Singh square up to Northern Ireland in the shape of Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin. This week's contest is the last-but-one occasion in which either of these teams will appear this season, and both will be keen to add a victory to their score-sheet so far.

'Can you turn DeForest Kelley into the creator of Harry Hole by way of some French soap?' is just the first of the cryptic puzzles which face them. Tom Sutcliffe chairs the contest and will be providing helpful hints and nudges wherever necessary - with the proviso that the teams score fewer points the more help they need.

Several of today's questions are the work of Round Britain Quiz listeners who've submitted them to the programme in recent months. And, as always, Tom will have the answer to the teaser he left hanging at the end of the previous edition - as well as setting a new puzzle to be thinking about until next week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Programme 9, 20162016122820161231 (R4)

(9/12)

Why might the writers of 'Orientalism', 'Carry On Cleo' and 'How I Found Livingstone' all need to move to the left?

Only Round Britain Quiz could ask a question like this, and Tom Sutcliffe has no shortage of such puzzles in the latest contest which pits Northern Ireland against the Midlands. Both teams could very much use another victory to stop them from sliding too far down the league table in this year's series. The winners, as always, will be the team who can display the widest range of ostensibly useless knowledge and string it together in ways which require as little intervention and correction as possible from the chair.

Tom will also be supplying the answer to his teaser question, left unanswered at the end of last week's contest. The programme contains the usual scattering of ingenious ideas suggested by RBQ listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the contest of cryptic connections.

South Of England V Scotland19970929
The Final, 2016-172017011620170121 (R4)

(12/12)

The current Round Britain Quiz series comes to a close with the last clash between the North of England and the Midlands. Back in the autumn when these two teams last met, the North won. Can the Midlands claw back some honour today?

Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock are the regulars on the Midlands team, while Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras appear for the North of England.

As usual they'll have to muster all of their arcane knowledge in such diverse fields as literature, geography, cinema, music and politics to make the right connections between the apparently random clues. Tom will be on hand to steer them away from the blind alleys: but the more help he has to give them, the fewer points they'll accumulate.

By the end of the contest the final rankings for the 2016-17 series will have been decided.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Wales V South Of England19970901

Wales and the South of ENGLAND battle it out in another contest of wit and wisdom.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

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First broadcast on 1990-01-29

Producer: P.

JACKSON

Next in series: 2

Previous in series: LONDON VS WALES AND WEST

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29 Jan 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

31 Jan 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Jack Jones (Speaker)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Bill Russell (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-28.

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First broadcast on 1990-02-05

Producer: P.

JACKSON

Next in series: 3

Previous in series: 1

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

05 Feb 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

07 Feb 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

John Norwich (Speaker)

Peter Oppenheimer (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-29.

1990031990021219900214

First broadcast on 1990-02-12

Producer: P.JACKSON

Next in series: 4

Previous in series: 2

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Broadcast history

12 Feb 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

14 Feb 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Colin Bell (Speaker)

Joyce Mcmillan (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-30.

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First broadcast on 1990-02-19

Producer: PAUL Z.

JACKSON

Next in series: 5

Previous in series: 3

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Broadcast history

19 Feb 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

21 Feb 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Paul Barker (Speaker)

Margaret Lesser (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-12-06.

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First broadcast on 1990-02-26

Producer: P.

JACKSON

Next in series: 6

Previous in series: 4

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

26 Feb 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

28 Feb 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Patrick Fitzpatrick (Speaker)

Maurice Hayes (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-12-07.

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First broadcast on 1990-03-05

Producer: P.Z.

JACKSON

Next in series: 7

Previous in series: 5

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

05 Mar 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

07 Mar 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Jack Jones (Speaker)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Bill Russell (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-28.

1990071990031219900314

First broadcast on 1990-03-12

Producer: P.

JACKSON

Next in series: 19 March 1990

Previous in series: 6

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

12 Mar 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

14 Mar 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

John Norwich (Speaker)

Peter Oppenheimer (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-29.

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First broadcast on 1990-03-19

Producer: P JACKSON

Next in series: 9

Previous in series: 7

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Gordon CLOUGH and Louis ALLEN preside over another in the series of the urbane

Subject Categories

quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

19 Mar 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

21 Mar 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Colin Bell (Speaker)

Joyce Mcmillan (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-11-30.

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First broadcast on 1990-03-26

Producer: P.

JACKSON

Next in series: 02 April 1990

Previous in series: 19 March 1990

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Gordon CLOUGH and Louis ALLEN preside over another in the series of the urbane

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

26 Mar 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

28 Mar 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Paul Barker (Speaker)

Margaret Lesser (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-12-06.

1990101990040219900404

First broadcast on 1990-04-02

Next in series: 1

Previous in series: 9

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Gordon CLOUGH and Louis ALLEN preside over another in the series of the urbane

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quiz shows (programme format)

Broadcast history

02 Apr 1990 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

04 Apr 1990 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Louis Allen

Paul Jackson (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Patrick Fitzpatrick (Speaker)

Maurice Hayes (Speaker)

Recorded on 1989-12-07.

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First broadcast on 1995-09-18

Producer: A.

MARES

Next in series: 2/10

Previous in series: 10/10

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Subject Categories

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Broadcast history

18 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

20 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Anthony Quinton

Amanda Mares (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

John Norwich (Speaker)

Peter Oppenheimer (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Recorded on 1995-05-23.

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First broadcast on 1995-09-25

Producer: A.

MARES

Next in series: 3/10

Previous in series: 1/10

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Broadcast history

25 Sep 1995 12:25-12:55 (RADIO 4)

27 Sep 1995 18:30-19:00 (RADIO 4)

Contributors

Gordon Clough

Anthony Quinton

Amanda Mares (Producer)

Irene Thomas (Speaker)

Eric Korn (Speaker)

Owen Edwards (Speaker)

Peter Stead (Speaker)

Recorded on 1995-06-04.

199719970804

Nick Clarke presides as teams from around the UK compete to solve cryptic questions in a bid to become overall champions of the series.

1998011998092119980927

South Of England V Midlands

1998021998092819981004

Nick Clarke presides over radio's most fiendish quiz.

This week, Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott of the North of ENGLAND team meet Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor from Scotland.

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Nick Clarke presides over radio's most fiendish quiz.

This week, Antonia Fraser and Brian J Ford of the Midlands take on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs round four of this year's competition, in which the Welsh team of Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead meet Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott of the north of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke presides over the cultural quiz.

This week, Northern IRELAND takes on the South of ENGLAND.

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This week, Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead from Wales meet Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor from Scotland to tackle Nick Clarke's convoluted puzzles.

/ Nick Clarke presides over the cultural quiz.

Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead of Wales meet Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor of Scotland.

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A chance for the South of ENGLAND to get their own back on the Midlands, who beat them narrowly the last time they met.

Nick Clarke is on hand to see fair play.

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Scotland returns to battle against the North of ENGLAND in the weekly contest of sharpened wits.

Nick Clarke asks the questions.

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Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney for Northern IRELAND take on Antonia Fraser and Brian J Ford for the Midlands in this edition of radio's longest-running quiz.

Nick Clarke adjudicates.

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Will the North of ENGLAND team - Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott - get their own back on Wales's Peter Stead and Patrick Hannan, having been beaten earlier in the series? Nick Clarke is in the chair.

/ Will the North of ENGLAND team - Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott - get their own back against Wales's Peter Stead and Patrick Hannan, having been beaten earlier in the series? Nick Clarke is in the chair.

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Answering Nick Clarke's fiendish questions today are Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South of ENGLAND and Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney for Northern IRELAND.

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This year's competition reaches its climax as Wales makes a determined bid to win all four of its matches.

Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead take on Scots Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor in the final programme of the series.

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The cryptic quiz returns with Nick Clarke in the chair.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South of ENGLAND take on Antonia Fraser and Brian J Ford representing the Midlands.

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Nick Clarke hosts round two of the cryptic quiz.

Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott from the north of ENGLAND play Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney from Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke hosts round three of the cryptic quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs from the south of ENGLAND play Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead from Wales.

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Nick Clarke hosts round four of the cryptic quiz.

The north of ENGLAND take on Scotland, with Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott against Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander

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Nick Clarke hosts round five of the cryptic quiz.

This week Wales take on the Midlands.

With panellists Brian Ford, Antonia Fraser, Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead.

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Nick Clarke hosts round six of the cryptic quiz.

This week, Northern IRELAND v Scotland.

With panellists Polly Devin, Brian Feeney, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander

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Nick Clarke hosts round seven of the cryptic quiz.

This week sees the rematch between the Midlands and the south of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke hosts round eight of the cryptic quiz.

This week Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin representing Northern IRELAND take on Diana Collecott and Michael Schmide of the north of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke hosts round nine of the cryptic quiz.

This week Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead representing Wales take on Marcel BERLINs and Fred Housego of the south of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke hosts round ten of the cryptic quiz.

This week sees the rematch between the north of ENGLAND and Scotland.

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Nick Clarke hosts the penultimate round of the cryptic quiz.

This week, Antonia Fraser and Brian J Ford of the Midlands take on the might of last year's champions, Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead of Wales.

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Nick Clarke hosts the final round of the cryptic quiz.

This week's contestants represent Scotland and Northern IRELAND.

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Chaired by Nick Clarke.

Brian J Ford and Philippa Gregory for the Midlands take on reigning champions Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead for Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz, with Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South of ENGLAND taking on Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott for the North.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Brian J Ford and Philippa Gregory for the Midlands take on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney for Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead for Wales take on Scots Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Diana Collecott and Michael Schmidt for the north of ENGLAND take on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney for Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the south of ENGLAND take on Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor for Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Brian J Ford and Philippa Gregory for the Midlands take on Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead for Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

This week Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott for the North of ENGLAND take on Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

This week Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney for Northern IRELAND take on Philippa Gregory and Brian J Ford for the Midlands.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Scotland v Wales.

Alan Taylor, Michael Alexander, Patrick Hannan and Peter Stead answer the questions.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz with Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin for Northern IRELAND v Diana Collecott and Michael Schmidt for the north of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz with Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander for Scotland v Marcel BERLINs and Fred Housego for the south of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The Midlands take on the South of ENGLAND / Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Wales take on the Midlands.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The North of ENGLAND take on defending champions Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

North of ENGLAND take on Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The South of ENGLAND play Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on the North of ENGLAND / Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The North of ENGLAND takes on Scotland / Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The South of ENGLAND play Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on the North of ENGLAND / Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The Midlands take on Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

The North of ENGLAND takes on Scotland.

The Midlands take on Wales / Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Scotland take on the North of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs final programme in this year's series of the cryptic quiz.

Scotland take on the South of ENGLAND for the championship.

Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs final programme in this year's series of the cryptic quiz.

Scotland take on the South of ENGLAND for the championship.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

Northern IRELAND take on the South of ENGLAND.

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The Midlands take on defending champions Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

The North of ENGLAND take on Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

Wales play Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

The North of ENGLAND team of Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott take on Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

The Midlands take on Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

The South of ENGLAND team of Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs take on the Northern IRELAND duo of Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

This week's round pits the North of ENGLAND against Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

This week's round pits Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney, representing Northern IRELAND, against Peter Stead and Patrick Hannan of Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs radio's most cryptic quiz.

This week's round pits the South of ENGLAND against the North of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke returns with the cryptic quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs of the South of ENGLAND take on Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott of the North of ENGLAND.

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The teams from Scotland and Northern IRELAND tackle Nick Clarke's cryptic and entertaining questions.

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The title holders Wales take on the Midlands in the third match of the new series of radio's most fiendish quiz.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

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Nick Clarke presents the cryptic cultural quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs represent the South of ENGLAND against Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander of Scotland.

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Nick Clarke chairs the fiendish cryptic quiz, with the North of ENGLAND lining up against the Midlands.

Producer Paul Bajoria.

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Nick Clarke asks the questions as Wales take on Northern IRELAND.

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The latest edition of the cryptic quiz pits the South of ENGLAND against the North of ENGLAND.

Nick Clarke is in the chair.

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Nick Clarke presents the cryptic cultural quiz.

The ninth match of the series features teams from the Midlands and Wales.

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Nick Clarke presents the cryptic cultural quiz.

The tenth match of the series features teams from Scotland and the South of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke presents the cryptic cultural quiz.

The eleventh match of the series features teams from the Midlands and the North of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke presents the cryptic cultural quiz.

The final match of the series features teams from Northern IRELAND and Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic cultural quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs for the South of ENGLAND face Philippa Gregory and Diana Collecott of the North of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs another round of the challenging cryptic quiz, with Patrick Hannan, Peter Stead, Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney.

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Nick Clarke chairs another round of the challenging cryptic quiz, with Rosalind Miles, Stephen Maddock, Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs.

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Nick Clarke chairs another round of the cryptic quiz.

The Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock play Brian Feeney and Polly Devlin of Northern IRELAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs another round of the challenging cryptic quiz featuring teams from Wales and Scotland.

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Marcel BERLINs and Fred Housego of the South of ENGLAND team play Diana Collecott and Philippa Gregory of the North of ENGLAND.

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Nick Clarke chairs another round of the challenging cryptic quiz.

This edition features teams from Northern IRELAND and Wales.

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Nick Clarke chairs the cryptic quiz.

Fred Housego and Marcel BERLINs, representing the South of ENGLAND, play the Midlands team of Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles.

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Nick Clarke is joined by Diana Collecott, Philippa Gregory, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander for the latest round of the fiendish quiz.

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Nick Clarke chairs the last contest in this year's series, with the overall champions still undecided.

Can Scotland or Wales take the crown this year?

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions drawing on unpredictable fields of knowledge.

Defending champions Scotland play the Midlands in the first contest.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions drawing on unpredictable fields of knowledge.

Wales take on the South of England.

Featuring Patrick Hannan, Peter Stead, Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions drawing on unpredictable fields of knowledge.

Northern Ireland take on the North of England.

The panellists are Polly Devlin, Brian Feeney, Michael Schmidt and Diana Collecott

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions drawing on unpredictable fields of knowledge.

The South of England and The Midlands are both attempting to secure their first victory of the current series.

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Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions in the contest of general knowledge and lateral thinking.

The teams are from the North of England and Scotland.

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Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions in the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

Northern Ireland take on Wales, with panellists Polly Devlin, Brian Feeney, Peter Stead and Patrick Hannan

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

The Midlands take on Scotland, with panellists Rosalind Miles, Stephen Maddock, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

The North of England team meets Northern Ireland.

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The South of England team meets the Midlands.

With Rosalind Miles, Stephen Maddock, Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

The North of England team meets Scotland.

With Michael Alexander, Alan Taylor, Diana Collecott and Michael Schmidt.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

Wales meet Northern Ireland.

With Patrick Hannan, Peter Stead, Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz.

The North of England team meets Scotland.

With Michael Alexander, Alan Taylor, Diana Collecott and Michael Schmidt.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring the defending champions, the Midlands, taking on the south of England.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

The Midlands take on the south of England.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Wales and the North of England.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Wales and the North of England.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from the Midlands and Scotland.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the Midlands and Scotland.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Wales and Northern Ireland.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from the north of England and the south of England.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the north of England and the south of England.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, with the south of England team hoping to get their own back on the Midlands in a return match.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the south of England and the Midlands.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Wales and the north of England.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Wales and the north of England.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from Scotland and the Midlands.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Scotland and the Midlands.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cryptic general knowledge quiz, featuring teams from the south of England and the north of England, with all of this edition's questions devised by listeners.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the south of England and the north of England.

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(1/12) Tom Sutcliffe returns with a new series of the perennial cryptic panel quiz, which has been running on BBC radio since 1947.

Six teams from around the UK compete to unravel the programme's trademark convoluted questions.

Literature, history, nostalgia, music, entertainment, etymology and the natural world are among the topics routinely encompassed by Round Britain Quiz questions - often all at once.

The teams need to be able to draw on the widest possible range of knowledge and employ all their powers of lateral thinking.

As ever, the series title will be awarded to the team who score the most victories from the four contests in which they appear.

Last year's series win for the Welsh was a fitting swan-song for the late Patrick Hannan and his team-mate Peter Stead.

This year Wales is represented by former Mastermind champion and 'Who Wants To Be A Millionare' winner, David Edwards, partnering the satirist and playwright Myfanwy Alexander.

In the first programme the South of England team, regulars Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins, play the Midlands team of writer Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Northern Ireland field the writer Polly Devlin and the respected journalist and historian Brian Feeney.

The North of England team pairs writer and publisher Michael Schmidt with the novelist Adele Geras, and the regular team members for Scotland are writer and critic Michael Alexander and journalist Alan Taylor.

As ever, many of the questions in the series have been suggested by listeners.

Each programme closes with a 'cliffhanger' question, also available on the show's webpages, to which Tom will reveal the answer the following week.

Producer Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the Midlands and the south of England.

Tom Sutcliffe returns with a new series of the perennial cryptic panel quiz, which has been running on BBC radio since 1947.

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(2/12) Tom Sutcliffe chairs the second programme in the 2010 series of Radio 4's evergreen quiz of cryptic clues and unlikely connections.

Critic Michael Alexander and journalist Alan Taylor, of Scotland, return to face publisher Michael Schmidt and novelist Adele Geras, representing the North of England.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Scotland and the North of England.

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(3/12) Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the third contest in the 2010 series.

The new Welsh partnership of David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander takes to the air for the first time, facing Northern Ireland regulars Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Wales and Northern Ireland.

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(4/12) The fourth contest in the 2010 series of the cryptic panel quiz pits the South of England (Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins) against the North of England (Michael Schmidt and Adele Geras).

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, and Tom will also have the answer to last week's cliffhanger puzzle.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the south of England and the north of England.

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(5/12) Tom Sutcliffe asks the trademark cryptic questions in the latest heat of the long-running quiz.

The Welsh team of David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander compete with the Scots, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from Wales and Scotland.

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Their previous appearances left both the Midlands (Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles) and Northern Ireland (Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney) needing a win.

Which of them will triumph today?

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(7/12) The teams from the South of England and The Midlands clash for the second time in the current series.

Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands will be hoping for sweet revenge against Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins of the South of England, who defeated them last time they met.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs.

With teams from the Midlands and the South of England.

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(8/12) Tom Sutcliffe chairs a return match between Michael Schmidt and Adele Geras of the North of England, playing Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander of Scotland.

Tom also has the answer to the cliffhanger question from last week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs as the North of England take on Scotland.

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The Welsh team of David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander are looking for their third victory of the series, this time taking on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland.

Tom Sutcliffe puts the notoriously fiendish cryptic questions to the teams.

Producer Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs as Wales take on Northern Ireland.

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(10/12) The teams from the North of England and the South of England return for a revenge fixture, in the game of fiendish connections and lateral thinking.

The questionmaster is Tom Sutcliffe.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs as The North of England take on the South of England.

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(11/12) The 2010 series reaches the penultimate contest, with Scotland badly needing a win and Wales going all-out for their fourth victory out of four.

Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions, with Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander appearing for Scotland, and Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards representing Wales.

Producer Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs as Wales take on Scotland.

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(12/12) The last contest of the 2010 series pits Northern Ireland against The Midlands.

By Round Britain Quiz tradition, all of the questions in the last edition are provided by listeners.

Tom Sutcliffe is the questionmaster, with Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney playing for Northern Ireland, opposite Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles for The Midlands.

Can anyone catch the Welsh in the race for the series title?

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs as Northen Ireland take on the Midlands.

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Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the first contest in the 2011 series of radio's longest-lived quiz.

Tackling the cryptic clues and devious lateral thinking puzzles today are Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego of the South of England, opposite Diana Collecott and Jim Coulson representing the North.

Other regulars appearing in the new series include Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland, Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles of the Midlands, and the defending champions David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander of Wales.

Each week Tom will also present a teaser question for listeners to tackle, with the answer revealed at the beginning of the following edition.

As always, the series also includes a wide selection of questions written by RBQ listeners in an attempt to outwit the panel.

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(2/12)

Another two of the regular teams join Tom Sutcliffe for the notoriously devious quiz of lateral thinking and fiendish connections.

This week Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor of Scotland take on Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles of The Midlands.

Tom will be revealing the answer to last week's teaser: he asked what stature is shared by a French international who played for Arsenal and Chelsea, an anonymous author, and the straight man in a 1970s double-act.

There will be plenty more puzzles along similar lines for the panellists to tackle, including, as usual, some devised by Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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(3/12)

Can you explain how Superman's father, plus 'The Body', plus Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, could equal 150?

The answer to this and other cryptic questions will be revealed in this week's Round Britain Quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe.

The North of England team, wood scientist Jim Coulson and literary critic Diana Collecott, take on the Welsh pairing of David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander, who are beginning the defence of their Round Britain Quiz champions' title.

As always, the questions range across high and low culture, science, sport and history - and include a number of devious suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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(4/12)

Tom Sutcliffe welcomes the teams from the South of England and Northern Ireland to the fiendish contest of lateral thinking.

In the latest heat Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego play for the South of England, while the Northern Ireland regulars are the novelist Polly Devlin and historian Brian Feeney.

As always, the questions draw on the deepest recesses of the contestants' memory stores in science, history, sport, and high and popular culture.

Tom will also have the answer to last week's teaser question which was:

Why might a hawk have its eye on a play by Goldsmith, the home of Harlequins, and the entrance to a New York tenement?

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by teams from the South of England and Northern Ireland.

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(5/12)

Tom Sutcliffe welcomes Wales and the Midlands for their second contest in the current series of the cryptic quiz.

David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander play for Wales, while Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles are the Midlands team.

Among the puzzles they face today is: why could Michael Caine on Tyneside, Peter Falk in Los Angeles, and half of Starsky and Hutch, also be heard in Asia?

Tom will also have the answer to last week's cliffhanger puzzle, and there'll be the usual devious contributions from Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by teams from Wales and the Midlands.

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(6/12)

What did Anne Boleyn almost certainly not have which blues musician Hound Dog Taylor, music hall star Little Tich, and Dr Hannibal Lecter, definitely did?

That's the question Tom Sutcliffe asked listeners to think about at the end of last week's Round Britain Quiz - and he's back with the answer, along with a host of other cryptic questions in the latest contest between Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor play for Scotland, against Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland.

You can play along too, by taking a look at the questions on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the Radio 4 website.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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(7/12)

The South of England are preparing to avenge their recent defeat by the North of England as they clash again in Round Britain Quiz.

Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego, the regular South of England team, are hoping to get their own back on Jim Coulson and Diana Collecott of the North.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the good-natured contest of intellectual convolutions and cryptic connections.

There'll be the usual fiendish questions devised by Round Britain Quiz listeners, as well as musical connections to unravel.

Tom will also have the answer to last week's cliff-hanger question, which was: what is common to Tchaikovsky, Lenin, and the protagonist of a Tolstoy short story?

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

The South of England do battle against the North of England.

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What should you change in order to make an Italian broadcaster tell you about the state of the economy - and why could a further change be painful?

Tom Sutcliffe posed this teaser at the end of the previous edition of Round Britain Quiz, and he returns today with the answer - along with many more convoluted puzzles to test the ingenuity of the panel.

This week the Scots, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander, take on the Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock.

As always, the questions require the teams to dredge their memory banks for everything from Classical mythology to popular music, and from literature to sport.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of cryptic connections and mental contortion.

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Wales take on the North of England in the latest contest of cryptic connections, in Round Britain Quiz.

Joining chairman Tom Sutcliffe are the regular Welsh team of David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander, and playing for the North of England are Jim Coulson and Diana Collecott.

They'll need all their powers of lateral thinking, and will have to marshal their knowledge of science, literature, sport, history, music and popular culture in order to tackle the programme's notoriously contorted questions.

As usual, there are question ideas from Round Britain Quiz listeners among them - and you can find out how to send in your own suggestions for questions to outwit the regulars.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the long-running lateral thinking quiz.

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Northern Ireland take on the South of England in the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair to ensure all is fair.

The last time these teams faced one another, the South of England won - will the tables be turned today?

The writer Polly Devlin and historian Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland, while the South of England regulars are Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins.

As usual they'll need to dredge their memory banks for chunks of history, literature, music, science, etymology and popular culture, in order to answer Tom's fiendish questions.

The programme also includes a selection of questions suggested by Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will be providing the answer to last week's teaser question: 'If you enjoyed our hospitality with the navigator and the general, you might welcome a night out with Bruce Wayne and Annie - why would this be?'

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What would a philanthropist with an aversion to Mondays, the Goons' harmonica player, and all of the inhabitants of Arnhem, do to a horse?

In answering this week's batch of convoluted questions, Tom Sutcliffe is joined by the teams from The Midlands and Wales, both currently looking like strong contenders for the Round Britain Quiz champions' title this year.

Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands take on Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards of Wales, in what will be the last match this season for both teams.

They'll need all their powers of lateral thinking as usual, along with a healthy store of random information from history, music, sport, literature, popular culture and science.

There are questions supplied by Round Britain Quiz listeners and a chance, as ever, to submit your own ideas.

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If five contains four, and six contains nine, but eight and nine each contain only one, how many will you find in seven?

This and all of the other devious questions in the last edition of the current series have been suggested by listeners, and to tackle them Tom Sutcliffe is joined by the teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

As ever, the cryptic questions draw on everything from history to literature, classical music to cinema, physics to football.

At the end of the contest it will become clear which of the six regular teams has taken the Round Britain Quiz champions' title for 2011.

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Tom Sutcliffe is joined by competing teams from the Midlands and the South of England.

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Where would you be most likely to find a durable Welsh-language soap opera, a plant with bell-shaped flowers, and a highwayman hanged in 1670?

This question heralds the start of a new series of radio's longest-running quiz. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to welcome the regular panellists from six regions and nations of the UK, who'll be trying over the next three months to solve the programme's trademark cryptic cultural conundrums.

In the first programme of the series, last year's Round Britain Quiz champions - the Midlands pairing of the writer Rosalind Miles and the Chief Executive of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Stephen Maddock - begin the defence of their title. Their opponents are the South of England team, this year consisting of the journalist Marcel Berlins and the author and columnist Marcus Berkmann.

In the coming weeks the regular teams from Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the North of England will join the fray. Northern Ireland are on home turf this year, as the series is being recorded at a rural hideaway in County Antrim. As always, the programme features a generous helping of questions suggested by listeners. The eclectic references and convoluted connections encompass literature, science, music, etymology, the natural world, history and popular culture of all kinds.

The questions are on the programme's website each week, as is a special 'teaser' question to exercise listeners' brain-cells between broadcasts - with Tom revealing the solution at the beginning of the next edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe puts more cryptic brain-teasers to the regular panellists in the second contest of the 2012 series, this week featuring the teams from Northern Ireland and Scotland. The Northern Ireland team consists of the writer Polly Devlin and the historian Brian Feeney, while the journalist Alan Taylor and the writer and critic Michael Alexander compete for Scotland.

Among the puzzles they'll have to unravel this week is: Why might the following be said to be on the increase in America - an abattoir, a logical paradox, an auction item and a point of combustion?

Tom will also be providing the answer to the question left unanswered at the end of last week's programme, and, as always, there's a chance for you to suggest your own question ideas with which to baffle the panel.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe is joined by competing two-person teams from Northern Ireland and Scotland.

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Tom Sutcliffe is joined by competing two-person teams from the Midlands and Wales.

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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.

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The North of England make their first appearance of the 2012 series in today's edition of the cryptic quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. The North of England team consists of the scientist and crossword-setter Jim Coulson and the award winning writer Adele Geras. Opposing them this week are the South of England team of Marcel Berlins and Marcus Berkmann.

As always they'll need to grope for snippets of half-remembered knowledge in all kinds of fields, from classic cinema to children's literature and from the Bible to football. Typical of this week's questions is:

How would you expect Lord Attenborough to address General Melchett's adjutant, the heroine of the Forfarshire, and the 'mother' of Nibs, Slightly, Tootles, Curly and the Twins?

All of this week's questions are laid out on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the Radio 4 website so you can play along with the teams.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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If an Inn of Court, an anatomy textbook and the Master of Ceremonies in 'Cabaret' are three, how many more are needed to create a publishing sensation?

Tom Sutcliffe puts this and other cryptic questions to the teams in the fifth programme of the current Round Britain Quiz series, who this week represent Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulars for Wales are David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander, while Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney compete for Northern Ireland.

They'll be groping for half-remembered snippets of knowledge drawing on literature, languages, sport, popular culture, and history both ancient and recent, in order to answer the programme's trademark puzzles.

As usual the programme includes a smattering of question ideas from listeners, and suggestions are always welcome.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for another cerebral work-out, this week featuring the regulars from the North of England and Scotland. Scientist Jim Coulson and children's author Adele Geras play for the North of England, while the Scots are the critic and translator Michael Alexander and journalist Alan Taylor.

They'll need all their powers of recall and lateral thinking when tackling questions such as:

'Why would Arthur Stanley Jefferson, the first Quebecois Prime Minister of Canada, and a canyon in California, have been out of place at the Olympics?'

As always, the programme features two questions devised by listeners - and all of the questions are laid out on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the BBC Radio 4 website, if you'd like to play along with the teams.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Believe it or not, you might confuse an alien's most determined adversary with a talented murderer. Why, and who are they?

Another trademark puzzle opens the latest Round Britain Quiz contest, this week between the South of England and the Midlands. It's the second time these teams have played one another in the current series, and the South of England team of Marcus Berkmann and Marcel Berlins will be hoping to get their own back against the Midlands, Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock, who beat them very narrowly in the previous encounter.

They'll need all of their powers of recall and lateral thinking, to weave together the programme's apparently unrelated factual fragments into some logical patterns. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to ensure fair play, and to provide gentle good-humoured hints when they seem to be needed.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe presides over a contest between teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Why might you find Julia Roberts and King Lear's daughters on a pedestrian crossing in Louisiana?

This is just the first of the mind-bending puzzles the teams in today's contest have to tackle. Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander of Scotland take on Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland, in a return fixture following Northern Ireland's victory a few weeks ago.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, to award points and to give the teams the gentlest of verbal nudges when they seem to be struggling. As usual the programme features two questions devised by Round Britain Quiz listeners. The programme was recorded in County Antrim: but does this give the Northern Ireland team any home advantage?

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe puts his mind-bending questions to teams from Wales and the Midlands.

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In Spain, why would Mr Kipling have preferred not only a sponge cake to a woman, but also a crown and a bull?

Tom Sutcliffe puts this and other mind-bending questions to the regulars from Wales and the Midlands, in the latest heat of the cryptic quiz. David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander play for Wales, while the defending champions from the Midlands are Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock. There's a lot at stake, as whichever team wins today's contest may stand a strong chance of taking the Round Britain Quiz title for 2012.

Tom will also have the answer to the question he left unanswered at the end of last week's edition - and will be setting a new teaser for this week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Teams from the south and the north of England compete in the fiendish quiz.

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Why could you be forgiven for thinking a Labour Prime Minister, a Daphne du Maurier novel and a Fred Astaire film had caused a surprising amount of fuss?

Tom Sutcliffe puts this and many other cryptic teasers to the regular panellists from the South of England and the North of England, in the latest contest of the mind-bending quiz. As always, he'll be available to provide just the right amount of help when the teams seem to be struggling - but the more help he has to give them, the fewer points they'll win.

Marcus Berkmann and Marcel Berlins play for the South of England, and Jim Coulson and Adele Geras for the North.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Northern Ireland take on the Welsh, in the penultimate clash of the current series.

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What tasteful connection might there be between Carmen Miranda above the neck, Josephine Baker around the waist, and Lady Gaga from head to toe?

Northern Ireland take on the Welsh in the penultimate clash of the current series, and this is just one of the puzzles they'll be asked to unravel this week. Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions and provides the teams with the hints they may need to nudge them towards the solutions - but the more clues they need, the smaller their scores will be.

Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland, and David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander for Wales. Both will be hoping to add to their tally of victories across the series, to propel them as far as possible up the final table.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the last contest in the current series of the cryptic quiz.

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What's the aesthetic connection between Sewell's horse, Perrault's princess, the object of Spacey's affection, and a South London insect?

Tom Sutcliffe invites the regular teams from Scotland and the North of England to tackle this and other cryptic puzzles, in the last clash of the current series. By tradition, the questions in this final programme have all been suggested by Round Britain Quiz listeners, and the teams will need to be on their mettle to deal with the listeners' ingenuity.

Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor play for Scotland, and Adele Geras and Jim Coulson represent the North of England. Both teams will be making a last-ditch effort to increase their standing in the RBQ league table for 2012. The questions, as always, are available to read on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the BBC Radio 4 website.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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'In what way could a major Scottish river, a senior barrister, an area of well-trimmed grass, and Birkin's lover, be of material interest to a Nottingham smith?'

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the first contest in the 2013 season of the much-loved cryptic quiz between UK regions. The first match pits The Midlands against Scotland, attempting to answer the programme's trademark questions which require lateral thinking across a wide field of knowledge, from literature, history, music and the natural world to current affairs and popular culture.

The series includes more selections than ever from listeners' own question ideas, which can be submitted by e-mail or via the programme's webpages.

Wales have dominated the contest in recent years, so the other teams will be going all-out to loosen the Welsh grip on the Round Britain Quiz title. The champion team will be the one that wins the greatest number of matches across the series.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Reigning champions Wales begin the defence of their title against the North of England.

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Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair for the cryptic quiz between teams from six UK regions. This week the defending champions, Wales, represented by Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards, take on the challenge from the North of England (Adele Geras and Jim Coulson).

As always, there are plenty of question ideas provided by listeners, and Tom will have full details of how you can suggest your own puzzles with which to stump the regulars.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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'Make a start by opening your mouth in the Mongolian desert, and with your fourth step you might encounter an operatic baritone. Can you explain?'

Tom Sutcliffe will be asking the teams to do exactly that, in Round Britain Quiz. Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins return for the South of England, playing opposite Brian Feeney and Roisin McAuley of Northern Ireland, in the game of cryptic connections.

As usual, several of the questions have been suggested by listeners, and you can play along by following the questions under today's date on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the BBC Radio 4 website.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the cultural quiz. The North of England competes against the Midlands

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What common feature is shared by the Northern Territory's most famous landmark, the President of Kenya, and an operating system you may have on your laptop?

The teams from the North of England and the Midlands convene this week to tackle cryptic puzzles such as this, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair to ensure fair play and to steer them in the right direction when they seem to be going off at tangents.

Diana Collecott and Jim Coulson make up the North of England team, while Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock appear for the Midlands.

As usual Tom will be dipping into the mailbag for question suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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Why might an animated lion, an English concert hall, a satanic baby's mother and a hologram of Lord Olivier all converge in a Yorkshire seaside town?

The answer might be found in Round Britain Quiz, if the panellists can unravel the meaning behind the clues. This week it's the turn of Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins of the South of England to pit their wits against the Scots, Alan Taylor and Michael Alexander.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to steer their deliberations in the right direction whenever required - and to award points for their efforts.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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The panellists from Wales and Northern Ireland join Tom Sutcliffe for the latest cryptic contest in the 2013 season of the quiz. They need to draw on all their powers of recall and obscure knowledge in tackling Tom's questions, such as:

'Why would Umberto Eco be interested in a Polish-born revolutionary, a time-travelling Tyler, Mrs Gorbachev and Laurie's Miss Burdock?'

Writer Roisin McAuley and historian Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland, while the Welsh team consists of defending Round Britain Quiz champions Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards.

As always, Tom will be picking the best of the questions submitted to the programme by listeners in recent months, to put to the teams.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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Round Britain Quiz this week enters the second half of the current season, with teams defeated in their early contests now having a chance to get their own back in 'revenge fixtures'. The Scotland team of Michael Alexander and Alan Taylor set out to turn the tables on the Midlands team of Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock, who beat them in the opening match of the series.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the questionmaster's chair, and, as always, the scores will depend on how much help he has to give the teams in unravelling the quiz's notoriously convoluted questions.

There'll be several fiendish question suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will also be revealing the solution to the question he left unanswered at the end of last week's edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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'How might a legendary fire-fighter, an Islamic festival and a case of the winter blues engender articles in Der Spiegel?'

Tom Sutcliffe welcomes the teams from the North of England and Wales to the latest bout of cerebral sparring - with the North hoping to turn the tables on the Welsh who defeated them the last time they met.

Diana Collecott and Jim Coulson represent the North of England. Opposite them are David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander for Wales. How many points they score on the programme's notoriously impenetrable questions depends on how many clues Tom has to give them to help them arrive at the answers.

As always, there are several fiendish suggestions from Round Britain Quiz listeners hoping their question ideas might outwit the panel.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Why would Sportin' Life, Rumpole and Columbo make a flush with the King of Diamonds and the Jacks of Hearts and Spades?

Tom Sutcliffe has the answer to this and plenty more of Round Britain Quiz's trademark cryptic questions, in the latest heat which pits the South of England against Northern Ireland. Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins are hoping to get their own back on Roisin McAuley and Brian Feeney who beat them in their previous clash, earlier in the series.

As usual, the programme includes several questions provided by Round Britain Quiz listeners, and Tom will also be revealing the answer to the question he left unanswered at the end of last week's edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(10/12)

Making their final appearance in the 2013 season of Round Britain Quiz are the teams from the Midlands and the North of England. Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles take on Jim Coulson and Diana Collecott, with chairman Tom Sutcliffe on hand to steer them through the fiendish questions if they need help.

The questions are available to read on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the Radio 4 website. As always there are several listeners' ideas among them. Tom will also be revealing the solution to the question he left unanswered at the end of last week's quiz.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(11/12)

Can you re-arrange a tidal wave so it becomes a Richard Burton epic, a Dutch migrant, or a handicap in York?

Journalist and author Marcel Berlins and former Mastermind Fred Housego take on the literary historian Michael Alexander and the journalist Alan Taylor, in this week's battle of wits between the South of England and Scotland. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, asking the questions and giving out helpful clues wherever the teams need them. But the more helpful hints he has to give, the more points he deducts from their scores.

A win for either team could make a big difference to their final positions in this year's Round Britain Quiz rankings, as the end of the 2013 series approaches.

As usual there are several questions suggested by listeners hoping to outwit the panel, and the questions are available in full on the programme's webpages so you can play along.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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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.

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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The evergreen cryptic quiz returns to the airwaves, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. This week the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections pits Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego of the South of England against Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney of Northern Ireland.

They have just a few minutes to unravel each of the programme's trademark questions, which combine snippets of knowledge from unlikely fields, ranging from science and the natural world to popular culture and literature. They get six points if they can solve the question unaided, and points are taken away depending on how much help the chairman has to give to nudge them towards the solution.

In future programmes, the defending champions Wales (Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards) will be back to discover whether they can hold off strong challenges from the other regional teams. The North of England, Scotland and the Midlands also all take part in the coming weeks.

You can send us your own question ideas for the programme, and Tom will be giving the details of how you can do so - which are also on the programme's webpages.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, as the Midlands take on the North of England for the first time in the 2014 series. Writer Rosalind Miles and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Chief Executive, Stephen Maddock, play against author Adele Geras and Durham University academic Diana Collecott. As always, they'll be called upon to dredge the most arcane information from their memory banks in order to tackle the programme's trademark cryptic questions. The more help Tom has to give them in working out the answers, the fewer points they'll score.

The programme includes a selection of questions suggested by listeners, and ideas are always gratefully received via the Round Britain Quiz website.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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The defending champions, the Welsh team, make their first appearance in the new season of Round Britain Quiz, facing the formidable Midlands team who already have a victory under their belt this year. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to ensure fair play and to stop the panel from going down too many blind alleys in answering the notoriously cryptic questions.

For Wales it's David Edwards and Myfanwy Alexander, versus the Midlands regulars Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock.

The more help Tom has to give them, the fewer points they'll score. The programme also features some of the best of the recent questions devised and sent in by listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

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Crime writer Val McDermid and poet Roddy Lumsden team up for Scotland for the first time, as Tom Sutcliffe chairs the fourth contest in the 2014 series. Their opponents are Diana Collecott and Adele Geras of the North of England.

As always, to answer the trademark cryptic questions of Round Britain Quiz they'll have to marshal snippets of trivia concerning everything from Egyptian gods and hidden rivers of London, to children's fiction and the members of the current coalition cabinet.

Tom is on hand to ensure fair play and to guide the teams gently out of their more misguided blind alleys. The programme includes some more of the most interesting recent ideas sent in by listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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The contest of lateral thinking and cryptic connections, chaired by Tom Sutcliffe.

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Why do a serenade to Rita, the largest private university in India, and a cockney catch-phrase, collectively suggest ladybirds?

Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego of the South of England will face this conundrum, as they take on Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden of Scotland, in the latest contest of lateral thinking and cryptic connections. Fred and Marcel suffered a defeat in the first programme of the series and badly need to make up some points in this week's contest.

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, and will be awarding points depending on how much help he has to give the panel in unravelling the programme's notoriously complex questions. The programme also includes a selection of the best questions suggested by listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Why would you not need to linger over an Open golf venue in Kent, the flipside of Eleanor Rigby, and six human figures by Rodin?

The South of England take on Northern Ireland in the famous cryptic quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. Fred Housego and Marcel Berlins were beaten by Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney a few weeks ago in the first contest of the 2014 series. This is their chance to get their own back, as they face more of Tom's notoriously convoluted questions.

As usual, the programme includes some of the best of the question suggestions sent in by RBQ listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Where could you find a bowl for washing, a European Royal dynasty and the people they ruled over, a navigable waterway and something to read, all together in a crescent?

Tom Sutcliffe promised to provide the answer to that question in this latest edition of the ever-popular lateral thinking quiz. This week Adele Geras and Diana Collecott of the North of England are hoping to take revenge on Stephen Maddock and Rosalind Miles of the Midlands, who beat them on their previous encounter earlier in the series.

As always, they'll need to muster arcane snippets of knowledge they never knew they possessed, from Classical literature and popular culture, from history and music and science. The programme also features some of the best recent question ideas sent in by listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the contest of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(9/12)

This week's contest of lateral thinking and convoluted connections pits the Midlands against Wales for the second time this season, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair to ensure fair play and to provide gentle hints wherever needed.

Rosalind Miles and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands are making their final appearance of the series, and they need a victory against Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards of Wales to stay in the running for the overall series title.

The questions require often-arcane snippets of knowledge of history, the visual arts, literature, film and popular culture, and the winners will be the team who need fewest helpful hints from the chairman in order to unravel the complex questions. The questions, as always, include a few of the best recent ideas submitted by listeners.

Tom will also reveal the answer to the question he left tantalisingly unanswered at the end of last week's programme.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(10/12)

In what way might a Dickensian cricket match have provided inspiration for Lindisfarne and J.K.Rowling?

Tom Sutcliffe asks the panellists to ponder this, and plenty of other cryptic puzzles, in the latest contest between the North of England and Scotland. Diana Collecott and Adele Geras of the North will be hoping to repeat the defeat they inflicted last time they encountered the Scots, Val McDermid and Roddy Lumsden. Knowledge of music, literature, mythology and popular culture will all be handy in tackling today's batch of convoluted questions.

As always, some of the questions have been drawn from the stack of brilliant ideas provided by RBQ listeners in recent months.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the game of lateral thinking and cryptic connections.

(11/12)

Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair and the teams from Scotland and the South of England are in the spotlight, as the contest of cryptic connections reaches the penultimate match of the series.

Roddy Lumsden and Val McDermid play for Scotland, while Marcel Berlins and Fred Housego represent the South of England. Last time these teams encountered one another the Scots won convincingly, so the pressure is on the Southerners to turn the tables if they're to achieve a respectable finish on the RBQ league table for 2014.

As usual a knowledge of literature, history, music, geography, the natural world and popular culture will all be helpful to the teams in unravelling the programme's trademark convoluted puzzles. Some of the best are drawn from the mailbag of suggestions received from RBQ listeners in recent months.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the last in the 2014 series of the game of cryptic connections.

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If you sprinkled some sweetness onto a Cambridge tutor, a computer network and a little bit, to which places would it take you?

The final match of the 2014 series pits Northern Ireland against Wales, with Tom Sutcliffe in the chair. Today's result is crucial to the final Round Britain Quiz rankings for this year, with Northern Ireland set to be the overall series winners if they win today.

Polly Devlin and Brian Feeney play for Northern Ireland, opposite Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards for Wales. They'll need all the arcane and apparently-unconnected snippets of knowledge they can muster, in order to make any sense of the cryptic questions. You can play along by looking at the questions on the Round Britain Quiz pages of the Radio 4 website.

This week's final match, by Round Britain Quiz tradition, is made up entirely of questions suggested by listeners in recent months.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.