Friday, 5 April 2013

Round Britain Rejects # 2

Well, I showed the RBQ-style question in the previous post to a colleague who pointed out, in a reasonably gentle manner, the ways in which it didn't quite make the grade. Luckily, another was nearer the standard set by that BBC Radio 4 programme so I shall reproduce it below. It's probably fair to say you will need to be of a certain age, and to be familiar with 60s British pop entertainers, to have a fair chance of solving this, but when you have solved part then the rest ought to fall into place fairly easily.

And my colleague suggested that the real test of a Round Britain Quiz question is that the answer, when revealed, ought to make you exclaim in delight: "Oh, of  course!" I hope the following offers you that possibility.

If you can name Joe Brown's would-be christener and a rank and enseamed hat model then locate precisely the attractive Pirandellian health worker hymned by Macca why might it be a circular journey?

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  1. Brian O'Connell9 April 2013 at 14:52

    Good day sunshine.....
    Jack Good, Sun hat, the Sun, a day in the life

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    1. None of the above, I'm afraid. Here are some more clues.

      Think about who else was involved in Joe Brown's early career and what this person was known as ... if you get that, the rest should fall into place.

      The model, who used to wear her son's creations, could have been considered "racey."

      I can see how "journey" might make you think of Day in the Life but I'm thinking of another Beatles song, nostalgiac in tone, originally intended for Pepper. (And Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of an Author is about a group of people in a play ...)

      Right, any more clues and I'm robbing myself.

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  2. Brian O'Connell10 April 2013 at 15:05

    Larry Parnes,'Shillings and Pence' (SP=Sgt Pepper), Models, Twiggy, The Shrimp, and 'In a play, she is anyway,'=Penny Lane.

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    1. That's ingenious! Not quite right but if I was Tom Sutcliffe awarding points in the programme I'd give you two.

      Yes, you got Parnes, Shillings and Pence (after heavy prompting).

      Model who used to wear her son's creations was Gertrude Shilling, who used to wear her son David's outrageous hats to the races. "Rank" and "enseamed" are words which I hoped might call to mind Gertrude, Hamlet's mother, as they are words he uses to express his disgust at her marrrying his uncle - but as the line is "he rank sweat of an enseamed bed" maybe I was being too obscure.

      Yes, and it's the nurse in Penny Lane, so you get Shilling, Penny, which takes you back on a circular journey to Parnes Shillings etc. But SP standing for Sgt Pepper is jolly clever! Maybe two and a half.

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