The Dabbler’s Round Blogworld Quiz #4

Right, by popular request here’s another fiendish Round Blogworld Quiz question (see the previous ones and their solutions 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 an imaginary cream bun if you get them all.

Here’s the question then:

What links a British seaside town with a small digit, an operatic Princess, a flower, a London builder and a San Francisco poet?

Clues will be given as necessary, and the solution will appear tomorrow afternoon.

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'Brit' is the blogging name of Andrew Nixon, a writer and publisher who lives in Bristol. He is the editor and co-founder of The Dabbler.

47 thoughts on “The Dabbler’s Round Blogworld Quiz #4

  1. stan@stanmadeley.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 13:05

    Well, I think I know the answer but I refuse to post it because I know I’ll only be mocked.

  2. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 13:19

    Nobody will mock.*

    *Unless it’s really ridiculous.

  3. stan@stanmadeley.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 13:35

    Well, the ‘London builder’ gave it away since I only know one and that’s Tommy Walsh.

    He appeared in ‘Ground Force’ with Alan Titchmarsh who is known to raise money for Cowes Inshore Lifeboat (the small British seaside town). Titchmarsh’s favourite opera is ‘Princess Ida’ by Gilbert & Sullivan (I heard him say this when he presented ‘The Last Night of the Proms’) and he once appeared in panto with Kenny Baker who planted the magical beans which gave rise to one enormous sunflower. Baker, of course, also played the small role of ‘Digit’ in Time Bandits. The pantomime was a great success, famously commemorated in a poem by Allen Ginsberg which begins with the immortal line: ‘I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by a guy in a lime green blazer’.

  4. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 13:49

    Believe it or not, you’ve got one of them…the Princess is correct.

  5. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 13:51

    I think I have the answer. Would it spoil it to give it away this soon?

  6. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 13:54

    Yes it would, cleverclogs, but you could dripfeed one or two bits of the answer if you want.

  7. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 13:57

    I’m still working on the last 2 bits, so I’ll hold off until I’ve worked them out then.

  8. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:01

    Gaw said I was too generous with clues last time so I’m keeping shtum for a bit.

  9. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 14:03

    definately got the first 3….argh the last lot are too tricky

  10. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 14:07

    aaah! yes I have all but the last one! so I know the answer but not the last part of the clue!

  11. johngjobling@googlemail.com'
    malty
    December 15, 2010 at 14:08

    What on earth would link Ginsberg, Wren, and Littlehampton with an unknown flower and Ida.

  12. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 14:09

    Worm – can you give me a clue for the 4th one?

  13. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 14:13

    it’s a flower!!

  14. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 14:18

    still cant get the poet 🙁

  15. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:18

    You mean the fifth one, Adelephant? You’ve got the fourth, assuming:

    1) town
    2) digit
    3) princess
    4) flower
    5) builder
    6) poet

    The last two are definitely the most obscure in the overall answer – that’s a small clue.

  16. stan@stanmadeley.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:18

    Well, I’m just glad that I could give everybody a start…

    It’s not Ginsberg then?

  17. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 14:19

    I meant the 5th – I had that one. I can’t link Ginsberg and Wren with the other answers either, so are they wrong?

  18. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:19

    Not Ginsberg, no. Not Wren or Littlehampton either.

  19. stan@stanmadeley.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:21

    Well, unless the other poet is one of TV’s Mythbusters, I’ve exhausted my knowledge of San Francisco’s poets…

  20. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 14:23

    are they linked to the film?

  21. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:24

    Not particularly.

  22. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 14:32

    Ferlinghetti?

  23. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:33

    Nope.

  24. johngjobling@googlemail.com'
    malty
    December 15, 2010 at 14:41

    Cries of foul !!! What links a British seaside town with a small digit, confusing question, go to jail.

  25. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 14:51

    got the last one! heeeheee

  26. info@shopcurious.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 14:52

    Padstow?

  27. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 15:00

    Fraid not, Susan.

    For those who have it, or nearly have it, here are some bonus super-duper questions, which may also give clues for any you’re missing.

    1) the London builder and the San Francisco poet are two. Another is an area of Luton.

    2) How is Morrissey related to the above?

    3) How is a poetically-named DI from an earlier Nige Dabbler RB quiz related to the overall answer?

  28. Brit
    December 15, 2010 at 15:34

    For anyone still struggling, here’s a big clue…the key is a novel.

  29. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 15:57

    and a new film!

  30. nigeandrew@gmail.com'
    Nige
    December 15, 2010 at 16:13

    As Johnny Nash so memorably said, There are more questions than answers. In my world anyway. Haven’t the faintest about any of these. I might have suffered work-related brain depletion this past week or two…

  31. Brit
    December 15, 2010 at 16:14

    A taste of your own fiendish medicine, then, Nige….

  32. Brit
    December 15, 2010 at 16:15

    ‘Nother big clue…

    The digit isn’t a number.

  33. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 16:26

    So close, Stan….

  34. stan@stanmadeley.com'
    December 15, 2010 at 16:30

    The index finger of the left hand?

  35. johngjobling@googlemail.com'
    malty
    December 15, 2010 at 16:38

    Following on from Susan’s….Padstoe?

  36. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 16:47

    nor thumb ria

  37. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 16:51

    Now my Heart is Full is the Morrissey song

  38. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 16:54

    Correct!

  39. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 16:58

    and Helen Mirren is the Tennyson link…?

  40. Brit
    December 15, 2010 at 16:58

    Yes! You’re on a roll…

  41. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 17:00

    Dallow is an area of Luton.

  42. johngjobling@googlemail.com'
    malty
    December 15, 2010 at 17:01

    If Adelephant wins again I propose that next time he carries a weight penalty.

  43. Worm
    December 15, 2010 at 17:04

    the san francisco poet died of alcoholism and was proud of his “queer genealogy”

  44. tanith@telegraphy.co.uk'
    Adelephant
    December 15, 2010 at 17:06

    I got the answer a while ago, but Worm got the last 2 before me (I am a she by the way).

  45. andrewnixon@blueyonder.co.uk'
    December 15, 2010 at 18:03

    Well done you two. I’ll post the solution.

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