The Dabbler’s Round Blogworld Quiz #2

Right, Dabblers, time to get your thinking caps on, as Nige sets another fiendish Round Blogworld Quiz (see the first one here and its solution here).
Ripped off from Based on Radio 4’s long-running Round Britain Quiz, the idea is to find the link between these cryptic clues. A point for each item you get, and a cream bun if you get them all.  (Brit would like to point out that he got all but one, but only after a clue…)

Here’s the question then:

Can you link a theologian and a political philosopher with a singer called Harry, a poetically named DCI, and Updike’s doughty legumes?

Clues will be given if nobody gets it, and the solution will appear tomorrow afternoon.

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Cravat-Wearer of the Year Nige, who, like Mr Kenneth Horne, prefers to remain anonymous, is a founder blogger of The Dabbler and has been a co-blogger on the Bryan Appleyard Thought Experiments blog. He is the sole blogger on Nigeness, and (for now) a wholly owned subsidiary of NigeCorp. His principal aim is to share various of life's pleasures.

31 thoughts on “The Dabbler’s Round Blogworld Quiz #2

  1. Worm
    November 29, 2010 at 13:02

    erk, tricky!!!

    Could the singer called Harry be Debbie/ Deborah? Or it could even be Harry Secombe I suppose

    November 29, 2010 at 13:16

    You’re on the right track Worm…

    November 29, 2010 at 14:36

    It’s at times like this that I realise that I’m just not bright enough for this blog.

    November 29, 2010 at 14:59

    You’ll kick yourself when the answers come up, Stan – there’s only one part of it that’s really really tough…

    November 29, 2010 at 15:43

    OK, time for a clue – the theologian’s French…

    November 29, 2010 at 15:53

    Thanks Nige. That makes a huge difference. This has something to do with Harry Belafonte and coconuts, doesn’t it?

    November 29, 2010 at 15:55

    I fear I’d be misleading you if I said yes, Stan…

    November 29, 2010 at 16:49

    And Worm’s right about Debbie Harry…

    November 29, 2010 at 16:53

    Ah, I have it! So easy, I’m surprised I’m the first.

    The answer is ‘John’.

    The French theologian was John of la Rochelle and the political philosopher was obviously John Locke.

    John is not just the name of John Updike (which was a red herring) but the name of John Bianchi who was the business partner of Daniel Berkeley Updike, the famous printer. The ‘doughty legumes’ are his ‘strong peas’ or his famous habit of printing a bold letter ‘p’.

    John is also the name of John “Jellybean” Benitez who produced Debbie Harry’s single ‘Feel the Spin’.

    As for the poetically named DCI, you mean Tom Barnaby in Midsomer Murders who was played by another John, John Nettles. The name of the character is poetic because it features in the title of ‘Drunken Barnaby’s Four Journeys to the North of England’ which were poems by Richard Braithwaite.

    Now, what do I win?

    November 29, 2010 at 17:10

    Stan, your answers are far better – and certainly far funnier – than the correct ones!

    November 29, 2010 at 17:32

    Nige, you have such a rich variety of gentle ways of telling me that I’m wrong that I feel like I’m a winner every time.

    November 29, 2010 at 17:55

    And you seem to be the only one trying, Stan.
    Time for another clue then – the political philosopher is English. Anyone?

    jonathan law
    November 29, 2010 at 18:07

    The poetically named DCI is Jane Tennison aka Helen Mirren??

    November 29, 2010 at 18:15

    Jonathan and Philip – yes! And the first name’s the one you need…

    November 29, 2010 at 18:38

    Well I will hazard a guess that the legumes are peas…

    November 29, 2010 at 18:39

    Bloody know-it-alls.

    November 29, 2010 at 18:40

    And I already said ‘peas’. You’re standing on the shoulders of giants, Worm.

    November 29, 2010 at 18:42

    And not peas – but that’s close – a little more…

    November 29, 2010 at 18:43

    The singer called Harry, the poetically named DCI and a political philosopher are all linked by a certain colour of hair but where this fits in I have no idea. On the other hand, a French theologian and Jane Tennison meet in Jansenism. But then … Tennison’s creator and Updike’s legumes meet in plant. Oh no, my brain hurts.

    November 29, 2010 at 18:48

    Indeed, dare I say: Debbie Harricot beans?

    November 30, 2010 at 10:19

    Okay, one final batch of clues…
    The theologian’s associated with Geneva.
    The political philosopher wrote a whale of a book.
    Harry is Debbie Harry, aka…
    Jane Tennison’s first name.
    Legumes not peas, but a bit more – pea…

    November 30, 2010 at 10:42

    Is it to do with cartoon strips? Calvin and Hobbes, Blondie Bumstead, Jane Jetson and Peabody?

  23. Worm
    November 30, 2010 at 10:45

    aha! well done Adelephant!!! newspaper cartoon strips! Jane is just WW2 strip Jane? and the legumes are Peanuts?

    Fiendish Nige!!!

    November 30, 2010 at 10:46

    Ah – I couldn’t get the Jane one, but I should have realised Peanuts instead of Mr Peabody. Of course.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:49

    Yes well done you two – you’ve got it. Don’t fight over the cream bun!
    The groundnut, or peanut (not a nut but a legume), is described as ‘the doughty legume’ in Updike’s African novel The Coup. Why that should have stuck in my mind I don’t know…
    So: Calvin and Hobbes,
    All comic strips.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:55

    Well done Adelephant, there’s genius in those genes…

  27. Worm
    November 30, 2010 at 10:57

    no fight here! I give full credit to Adelephant!

    November 30, 2010 at 11:22

    Credit where credit is due – I’m more than happy to post your half of the bun on to you, Worm.

    I am a bit irritated that Brit got one more than me though. Always one step ahead!

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