Telephone Treasure Trail


This very popular annual telephone quiz has been running since 1995. The quiz usually runs over four nights one week in November from Monday to Thursday. Well over 350 groups usually take part, meaning that approximately 100 groups take part each night.

Each year one NWR group volunteers to set the 23 questions and the NWR Office assists in the actual organisation, which is complex and time consuming. Of the 23 questions each group will answer only 20 sequentially, starting with the number appointed to them. Each year has a theme and in the past these have included seasons, colours, famous battles, towns with similar names and plants.

The quiz also involves volunteer clue holders who stand by their phones from 8pm to 10pm on their allotted nights to accept answers and provide groups with the next question. This complicated sequence is all worked out by the Office beforehand. Clue holders are alloted a different night to their group's quiz night. There is also a list of emergency clue holders to stand by for last minute changes or emergencies.

All of the Groups taking part are sent a quiz pack in a sealed envelope to be opened on the night. Answers are written on the sheet provided and returned to the group organising the TTT for marking. Prizes are allocated to winning groups per night and also one overall winning group. Only after the marking do the questions (and answers of course) appear on this website. Clueholders names are also drawn out of a hat for two nightly prizes. 


TTT Clues, Answers and winners for this years quiz                            

TTT Scores for 2018

The overall findings from the Cheltenham & Charlton Kings group (TTT hosts)

The TTT Quiz was very hard this year. This hadn't been our intention at all but we misjudged the level of difficulty that groups would want for a fun evening. Everyone worked out that the theme was Science but only a few realised that all the answers began with N, W or R, so that the theme was NWR in Science.
There was added confusion regarding clue number 9. The answer was hidden in the clue, I know all is well when I look inside, which gave the answer Wallis (relating to Barnes Wallis). Unfortunately, the clue holders had the answer Wallace, which must have been very puzzling for everyone. Both Wallis and Wallace were marked as correct.
The average score was about 7 out of 20. However, some groups did really well! Three groups got 19, Arnold, Kendal and Bognor Regis. One group got 18 - Dunchurch and ten groups got 17. 


 Past Telephone Treasure Trail – Clues, answers and winners