Humphrey Lyttelton

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Humphrey Lyttelton

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 Lyttleton's other interests and asked him about "orthinology" (sic). Lyttleton 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, Saturday 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, Saturday 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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