Round Britain Quiz

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Programme 1, 20192018123120190105 (R4)

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The 2019 season of radio's longest-running quiz show gets under way with a special edition recorded before an audience at the Harrogate Literature Festival. The North of England (Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras) are on home turf, while the visitors are the defending RBQ champions Wales (Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards). Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions, hands the teams hints where required, and awards the points.

Any hopes the teams may have had that the questions might have got easier are dispelled as, from the off, they face problems such as: If you met an arrow-maker, Hull Truck's local hero, Thatcher's last Lord Chancellor and the Rovers' long-term landlord, why might you mistake them for a glam-rock group?

The remaining teams from the Midlands, the South of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland join in over the next couple of weeks, all of them hoping to break the apparent Welsh stranglehold on the series title in recent years.

As always, the series includes a generous selection of the questions listeners have suggested since we were last on air.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs a new series of the much-loved cryptic quiz.

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 1, 20202020011320200118 (R4)

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Radio's longest running quiz returns for its 72nd year, with Tom Sutcliffe asking the trademark cryptic questions. The teams representing Scotland and Wales kick off the new series as they try to unravel the clues and make the right connections. The more help Tom has to give them in arriving at the solutions, the more points he deducts.

Taking part are Val McDermid, Alan McCredie, Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 10, 20202020031620200321 (R4)

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Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy of Northern Ireland meet the Scots Val McDermid and Alan McCredie, for their last clash of the current series - with both sides needing a victory to shore up their position in the league table this year. Tom Sutcliffe asks the cryptic questions, and deducts points each time he has to rescue them from a blind alley or steer them round a red herring.

A knowledge of Pixar animation, European prog rock, the history of the Norman Conquest and Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals could prove useful to the panellists, as could an ability to spell.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe asking the cryptic questions

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 11, 20192019031120190316 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe hosts as Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras of the North of England take on Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands. Both teams have so far won 2 and lost 1 this season, and today's winners could stand a real chance of taking the overall series title.

Among Tom's teasers today he will be inviting them to ponder how the far north of Scotland, a pear-shaped Caribbean island and a city in California might be linked, musically, to New Jersey? Tom will also be revealing the solution to the question he left unanswered at the end of last week's quiz.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe hosts radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 11, 20202020032320200328 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe welcomes the South of England and Midlands pairings for the last time in the current series. Victory for Marcus Berkmann and Paul Sinha of the South of England could give them an unassailable lead at this crucial stage in the season, while a win for Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Stephen Maddock of the Midlands would secure them a solid mid-table finish.

Tom's questions cover as wide a spectrum of knowledge as ever, from Jason and the Argonauts to Snow Patrol. As so often, some of the most ingenious ideas come from RBQ listeners whose questions have poured into the programme office in the past few months. Tom will also have the solution to the teaser he left unanswered at the end of the previous edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe asks the cryptic questions in radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 12, 20192019031820190323 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair as Northern Ireland take on the South of England in the final clash of the 2019 series. As usual they'll be required to dredge their memory banks for forgotten details of geography, politics, sport, high and low culture, in answering the cryptic questions. This week all of the questions in the show are devised by Round Britain Quiz listeners, and they include such convoluted gems as:

Which energetic prankster drummer, former UN diplomat and Mighty comic character might fear drowning in a dystopian author's favourite watering-hole?

Only after today's result will Tom be able to announce who has won the greatest number of victories in the 2019 series, and thus earned the title of Round Britain Quiz champions.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

The last contest in the 2019 series of the fiendish cryptic quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe.

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 12, 202020200330

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For the final contest of the 2020 season Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras of the North of England face off against Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards for Wales, in an edition entirely consisting of listeners' question suggestions.

These two sides are rarely far from the top of the RBQ league table and a keen match is guaranteed. Tom Sutcliffe asks the questions and awards the points, deducting from a perfect 6 every time he has to nudge the panel away from a red herring, or heave a crucial clue into their field of vision. Today's outcome will decide the order in which all of the teams finish in this year's rankings.

The cryptic questions, often especially fiendish when provided by listeners, require the panel to dredge their knowledge of 1960s cinema, 15th century literature and 19th century choral music - among many other topics.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe asking the trademark cryptic questions

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 2, 20192019010720190112 (R4)

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If Shirley refused and Doris wavered, but a blonde and a brunette accepted, all of them repeatedly, this can only be Round Britain Quiz. Tom Sutcliffe will be expecting the teams from Scotland and Northern Ireland to explain what this, and plenty of other cryptic puzzles, are all about, in this second clash of the new series.

Val McDermid and Alan McCredie are the Scotland team, while Northern Ireland is represented by Paddy Duffy and Freya McClements. The more hints they need from the chair in arriving at the solutions, the more points they will drop along the way.

Tom will also reveal the answer to the teaser question he left unanswered at the end of last week's edition, and will set another for this week.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 2, 20202020012020200125 (R4)

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Can you explain how an English magician, a football team whose motto is 'Power in Motion', and something developed by a Serbian-American inventor, could really shake up the start of the week?

The panellists in Round Britain Quiz this week will face this and many other similarly convoluted puzzles, for which they'll need all their reserves of arcane knowledge and all their powers of lateral thought. The North of England, represented by Adele Geras and Stuart Maconie, begin the defence of the Round Britain Quiz series champions' title which they won last year. Opposing them are the Midlands pairing of Stephen Maddock and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair to ensure fair play, and to offer helpful hints where necessary - but the more hints the teams need, the fewer points they'll get.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 3, 20192019011420190119 (R4)

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The pairs from the South of England and the Midlands make their first appearance of the 2019 season in today's contest. Tom Sutcliffe is on hand to ensure fair play and to provide useful hints and steers where needed, although he will be docking points every time he has to supply a clue.

As usual the programme includes a selection of the best recent question ideas received from listeners. Tom will also reveal the solution to the teaser puzzle he left listeners with at the end of the previous edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs the fiendish cryptic quiz.

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 3, 20202020012720200201 (R4)

If you're a regulator with no real powers, a bureaucrat who's anonymous and unaccountable, or someone who's drunk - in what sense might you sympathise with Samson in Gaza?

This and other baffling puzzles await the panel in Round Britain Quiz, in which the Northern Ireland pairing of Paddy Duffy and Freya McClements meet the South of England's Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann for the first time this season. Tom Sutcliffe is in the chair, and will be deciding how many points to award to the teams, depending on how much help they've needed in unravelling the solutions.

There's the usual scattering of question ideas suggested by listeners to the programme, and Tom also has the answer to the teaser question he asked at the end of the previous edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish cryptic quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 4, 20192019012120190126 (R4)

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If the components were the square root of minus 1, the works of Mozart, MDMA and retinol, why might you need instructions to help you assemble them?

The teams from Wales and Scotland talk their way through this and plenty of other convoluted puzzles as they both make their second appearance in the current series. Tom Sutcliffe is on hand to give guidance where required, although the more hints he has to drop the more points he'll be docking from their scores. Defending RBQ champions Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards play for Wales, against Val McDermid and Alan McCredie of Scotland.

As always there'll be a healthy sample of questions drawn from the many hundreds sent in by listeners in recent months.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 4, 20202020020320200208 (R4)

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Facing Tom Sutcliffe's convoluted puzzles in today's contest are Val McDermid and Alan McCredie of Scotland, versus Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy of Northern Ireland. They have no idea what subjects may come up in the course of the quiz, but a knowledge of South American literature, folk music, television thrillers and units of currency in obscure countries may prove very helpful to them today.

Tom will be assigning points depending on the number of helpful hints he has to give them in order to arrive at the answers. As usual, there'll be a representative sample of the best question ideas received recently from Round Britain Quiz listeners.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe hosts radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 5, 20192019012820190202 (R4)

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The Midlands take on the North of England in this week's cryptic contest. Both teams won their first match of the season and they'll both be aiming to build on those victories today. Stephen Maddock and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett represent the Midlands, with Adele Geras and Stuart Maconie playing for the North. They'll need their mental filing systems to be easily accessible, as they face puzzles such as:

Who might have made carvings of the man who covered Tulane, Gillian and her blasphemous teddy bear, and a philatelist?

Tom Sutcliffe provides gentle nudges, raised eyebrows and heavy hints where required - but the heavier the hints, the fewer points he'll be awarding.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz.

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 5, 20202020021020200215 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe welcomes another two teams to the challenging cryptic quiz. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Stephen Maddock play for the Midlands, taking on Marcus Berkmann and Paul Sinha of the South of England. As usual, they have no idea what obscure knowledge they may need to dredge up, as they unpick the programme's apparently impenetrable trademark teasers. There may not be much obvious connection between cricket and 90s dance music, or Norse mythology and the Flintstones, but a knowledge of all of these could come in very handy today.

They'll win points according to the amount of help they get from the chair in arriving at the solutions: the heavier the hints, the more points they'll drop.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

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Tom Sutcliffe welcomes another two teams to the challenging cryptic quiz. Elizabeth-Jane Burnett and Stephen Maddock play for the Midlands, taking on Marcus Berkmann and Paul Sinha of the South of England. As usual, they have no idea what obscure knowledge they may need to dredge up, as they unpick the programme's apparently impenetrable trademark teasers. There may not be much obvious connection between cricket and 90s dance music, or Norse mythology and the Flintstones, but a knowledge of all of these could come in very handy today.

Programme 6, 201920190204

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How might the Catalonian national anthem, a Discworld novel and a fearsome chilli from Carolina all bring you closer to death? This is just one of the teasers in the pack held by chairman Tom Sutcliffe, which he'll be trying out on the regular panellists from the South of England and Northern Ireland. Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann play for the South of England, still looking for their first win of the season, opposite Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy for Northern Ireland.

Tom offers helpful hints and does his best to steer the panel out of their blind alleys where necessary - but the more clues they need from the chair, the fewer points they'll win.

As always, listeners' suggestions have provided several of the questions in today's edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz.

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 6, 20202020021720200222 (R4)

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What does a dog who went viral in Richmond Park have to do with a character in The Merry Wives of Windsor, the composer of the Newsnight theme tune, and Alvin Stardust?

The panellists representing Wales and the North of England face Tom Sutcliffe's challenging teasers in the sixth contest of the series. Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards play for Wales, opposite Stuart Maconie and Adele Geras of the North. They'll be trying to work their way through the complex questions without needing too many nudges from the chair. The more hints and clues they require as they grope towards the solutions, the more points they'll lose.

There will be the usual selection of the best listeners' question ideas we've recently received.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 7, 20202020022420200229 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe welcomes back the Welsh and the Scots for a re-match, after the Welsh won the first contest of the series. Myfanwy Alexander and David Edwards hope to repeat the feat for Wales, while the Scots Val McDermid and Alan McCredie will be trying to turn the tables. Cricket, science fiction, British folk music and the history of genetic research are just some of the topics of which a working knowledge could prove very useful, in answering today's cryptic and multi-layered questions.

As always, some more of the best question suggestions we've received from listeners in recent months will be used in today's programme. Tom will also have the solution to the knotty puzzle he left unanswered at the end of last week's quiz.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with Tom Sutcliffe asking the cryptic questions

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 8, 20202020030220200307 (R4)

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Stephen Maddock and Elizabeth-Jane Burnett of the Midlands return to the Round Britain Quiz retreat, to see if they can exact sweet revenge on Adele Geras and Stuart Maconie of the North of England, who beat them the last time they met.

Tom Sutcliffe is on hand to ask the questions and to steer them in the right direction, deducting points when the hints get too heavy. Tom will also have the solution to the teaser question he left unanswered at the end of the previous edition.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge

Programme 9, 20202020030920200314 (R4)

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Tom Sutcliffe chairs the re-match between the South of England and Northern Ireland, who finished neck and neck last time they met. Paul Sinha and Marcus Berkmann are the South of England pairing, opposite Freya McClements and Paddy Duffy for Northern Ireland.

They'll need their wits about them as Tom's cryptic questions require them to make connections involving medieval chroniclers, early Hollywood comedies, Formula One drivers, children's literature and folk songs. The questions include a number of the most intriguing ideas sent in by Round Britain Quiz listeners in recent months.

Tom also reveals the solution to the puzzle he left unanswered for listeners to ponder at the end of last week's quiz.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

Tom Sutcliffe chairs radio's most fiendish quiz

Radio's most fiendish quiz, with cryptic questions on unpredictable fields of knowledge