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Pop Master: Let down by Question 10 (20 examples)

Pop Master, BBC Radio 2’s mid-morning quiz, is the most listened-to slot on UK radio. I have mentioned that fact before on this Blog, many times, but always qualified it with the phrase “outside of breakfast shows”. The generally-quoted number of daily listeners up till now has been 7.5m but according to Scott Mills, when sitting in for regular host Ken Bruce on 28 October 2021, the latest figure is 8.65m. That’s a million more than previously, and makes Pop Master, even including breakfast shows, the most listened-to slot on UK radio.

These days I rarely hear it live and rely on the Podcast to keep up-to-date. Since I started downloading the Podcast in 2020 I have, at times, ended up a few months behind the live broadcasts. That’s how it was in December, but while self-isolating either side of Christmas, keeping away from the rest of the family, I caught up on dozens of episodes. I continue to keep a record of my score. My average, as listed in various previous pieces on this Blog (such as this one) continues to be around 34 out of a possible 39. I get the maximum score of 39 about one time in three.

I have, at various times, transcribed every question from a week’s worth of quizzes and posted the results on this site. The most recent example is here, from April 2021. It is a surprisingly time-consuming process, and takes the fun out of simply listening to the questions. These days I only make brief notes, about the Bonus Questions, and the answers that I get wrong. The most frustrating rounds are those where you get the first 9 answers right and are let down by Question 10.

Here are 20 examples from the last six months (right up to Round 2 from today’s Pop Master) where Question 10 let me down. I would have got a perfect score of 39 if not for each of these rather tricky questions. As in previous pieces all of the questions come first, and they are repeated afterwards with the answers in brackets.

The Questions

  1. 02-Jul-2021 Name the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 1997 hit that was a cover of an Ohio Players US #1.
  2. 08-Jul-2021 In 1978 which French producer and songwriter had the Top 10 hit Supernature?
  3. 22-Jul-2021 Who is lead singer of the band James?
  4. 23-Jul-2021 What shared two-word song title has provided different hits for Stone Roses in 1990, The Prodigy in 1993 and Blue in 2002?
  5. 03-Aug-2021 Complete the name of this Country singer who had a posthumous hit in 1981 with Teddy Bear: Red …
  6. 12-Aug-2021 Complete the title of this 2003 hit single and album by Delta Goodrem: Innocent
  7. 24-Sep-2021 The band Republica had all three of their hits in the second half of the 90s; name any of them.
  8. 29-Sep-2021 Kiss and say goodbye, in 2005, was the last of nearly 40 hits for which group?
  9. 07-Oct-2021 Who had a Top 10 in 1987 with Once upon a long ago?
  10. 05-Nov-2021 A 1996 Top 5 hit for the singer Louise was about what type of Love?
  11. 08-Nov-2021 What was the title of the 1991 hit duet by Kylie Minogue and Keith Washington?
  12. 11-Nov-2021 According to the title of Alesha Dixon’s 2009 Top 3, how should you Breathe?
  13. 23-Nov-2021 Penny and Me was a Top 10 in 2005 for which group of brothers?
  14. 24-Nov-2021 [I was let down by Q10 in BOTH rounds on this date] Makes Me Wonder was a 2007 hit for which American group?
  15. 24-Nov-2021 [I was let down by Q10 in BOTH rounds on this date] Teena Marie’s biggest hit was the 1980 release Behind the What?
  16. 30-Dec-2021 Q10: Complete the title of this 2003 song by The Coral: Don’t think you’re
  17. 05-Jan-2022 Rushes in 2002, Incredible What I meant to say in 2003 and Kinda Love in 2004 were all hits for which singer?
  18. 11-Jan-2022 I can’t read you was a 2003 hit for which English singer?
  19. 26-Jan-2022 Let the music play, Give me tonight and Sweet somebody were early 80s hits for which singer?
  20. 31-Jan-2022 Be alone no more, From the heart and Guess I was a fool were all hits in the late 90s hits for which boy band?

Questions and Answers

  1. 02-Jul-2021 Name the Red Hot Chilli Peppers 1997 hit that was a cover of an Ohio Players US #1. (LOVE ROLLERCOASTER) [I guessed Fire, the only one I could remember.]
  2. 08-Jul-2021 In 1978 which French producer and songwriter had the Top 10 hit Supernature? (CERRONE)
  3. 22-Jul-2021 Who is lead singer of the band James? (TIM BOOTH)
  4. 23-Jul-2021 What shared two-word song title has provided different hits for Stone Roses in 1990, The Prodigy in 1993 and Blue in 2002? (ONE LOVE) [I went for All Rise.]
  5. 03-Aug-2021 Complete the name of this Country singer who had a posthumous hit in 1981 with Teddy Bear: Red … (SOVINE)
  6. 12-Aug-2021 Complete the title of this 2003 hit single and album by Delta Goodrem: Innocent … (EYES)
  7. 24-Sep-2021 The band Republica had all three of their hits in the second half of the 90s; name any of them. (READY TO GO, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS, FROM RUSH HOUR WITH LOVE)
  8. 29-Sep-2021 Kiss and say goodbye, in 2005, was the last of nearly 40 hits for which group?  (UB40) [Nope, I went for Simply Red.]
  9. 07-Oct-2021 Who had a Top 10 in 1987 with Once upon a long ago? (PAUL MCCARTNEY)
  10. 05-Nov-2021 A 1996 Top 5 hit for the singer Louise was about what type of Love? (UNDIVIDED) [I went for Real.]
  11. 08-Nov-2021 What was the title of the 1991 hit duet by Kylie Minogue and Keith Washington? (IF YOU WERE WITH ME NOW)
  12. 11-Nov-2021 According to the title of Alesha Dixon’s 2009 Top 3, how should you Breathe? (SLOW)
  13. 23-Nov-2021 Penny and Me was a Top 10 in 2005 for which group of brothers? (HANSON)
  14. 24-Nov-2021 [I was let down by Q10 in BOTH rounds on this date] Makes Me Wonder was a 2007 hit for which American group? (MAROON 5)
  15. 24-Nov-2021 [I was let down by Q10 in BOTH rounds on this date] Teena Marie’s biggest hit was the 1980 release Behind the What? (GROOVE)
  16. 30-Dec-2021 Q10: Complete the title of this 2003 song by The Coral: Don’t think you’re … (THE FIRST)
  17. 05-Jan-2022 Rushes in 2002, Incredible What I meant to say in 2003 and Kinda Love in 2004 were all hits for which singer? (DARIUS)
  18. 11-Jan-2022 I can’t read you was a 2003 hit for which English singer? (DANIEL BEDINGFIELD)
  19. 26-Jan-2022 Let the music play, Give me tonight and Sweet somebody were early 80s hits for which singer? (SHANNON)
  20. 31-Jan-2022 Be alone no more, From the heart and Guess I was a fool were all hits in the late 90s hits for which boy band? (ANOTHER LEVEL)

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