BBC Radio 4’s Counterpoint music quiz is well on its way, though it has not yet reached the semi-finals for this series. Meanwhile, contestants are being sought for the 2016 series. Apply here.


You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow. (To Have And Have Not, 1944)

Take the strait and narrow path
and if you start to slide
give a little whistle, give a little whistle
and always let your conscience be your guide (Pinocchio, 1940)

What was it with Americans whistling in the 1940s?


The school holidays may be here but for the intelligences of the DPQL it is a time of revision. We are here to help you.

Quiz: match the celebrity with their school report (Telegraph)

What Ailments Were These Horrific Medical Treatments Supposed to Cure? (slate)

Can we predict your gender based on your general knowledge? (Independent).

A quiz and an article on psychology.

David Bowie almost sang ‘Turn on the TV, we may pick him up on Channel Four’. It is Channel Four’s Fifteen to One that has seen recent glory for DPQL players Stuart Field (Blue Stoops) on the first show and Colin Ferguson (Green Man)  on the fourth show (reports our man in the crystal bucket, Iwan Thomas).

Why don’t you join them? Apply here.

Fifteen To One Competition – From Monday 20th July.


Eggheads Flyer July 2015

We are doing video auditions for this series so there will be no need to attend a live one.  Our filming dates are Monday 3rd to Sunday 9th August.

No need to write. Here is your application form:-


The DPQL is pleased to pass on this opportunity. Click on image to enlarge:



How well do you know your pasta shapes? (Telegraph)

Could you beat a Shanghai 10-year-old in maths? (Telegraph)

Test your knowledge of bands in fiction (Guardian)

Test your knowledge of British football coaches working abroad (Guardian)

Football player’s post-career job (Guardian. There is more than one question).


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