Humphrey Lyttelton

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Humphrey Lyttelton in 2007

Humphrey Richard Adeane Lyttelton (23 May 192125 April 2008) was an English jazz musician and broadcaster, for 36 years chairman of the BBC radio programme I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue.


  • An interviewer had researched Lyttelton's other interests and asked him about "orthinology" (sic). Lyttelton said that he kept a straight face and answered the question but 24 hours later thought of what he should have replied: "Oh, you mean word-botching".
    • BBC Radio 4 Midnight News (26 April 2008)
  • Now it's time to play a brand new game called Name That Barcode. Here's the first one: "Thick black, thin white, thick black, thick white, thick black, thin white." OK who's going to identify that?
    • The Guardian (26 April 2008)
  • Well as the vanquished charwoman of time begins to Shake-n-Vac the shagpile of eternity, I've noticed that we've just run out of time...
    • The Guardian (26 April 2008)
  • After tasting the meat pies, Samantha said she liked Mr Dewhurst’s beef in ale; although she preferred his tongue in cider.
    • The Times (26 April 2008)
  • Coincidence is a wonderful thing.
    • ISIHAC after Jeremy Hardy came in on time in the round of pick up song.


  • One musn't be misled by the amiable, bumbling persona. ... He is a toughly intelligent man moving confidently in any kind of surroundings from Windsor Castle to Birdland.

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