competition winners

We've been having fun all winter long, checking the answers to our New Year competition. The questions were all related to the Beach Boys, and many of you achieved excellent scores - aided by the festive wild card, which allowed one answer to be "God Only Knows".

The tie-break was to nominate the best beach that the Boys never broached. The suggestions girdled the globe: here are the finalists.

Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach: "where Norfolk Broads make fast to their Buoys at night" - Steven Brown, Beckenham, Kent

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex: "Tide's out, mud's up, surfing here won't be especially entertaining" - Ralph Conroy, Leigh-on-Sea

Manchester, Massachusetts: "The `singing beach' (it does exist, honest), which the Boys never broached as Brian Wilson couldn't stand competition from Manchester as well as Liverpool" - ND Michaelson, Knebworth, Hertfordshire

Copacabana, Lake Titicaca, Bolivia: "Scarcely a wave or person, cold beer in pale sun by old carousel" - L Hamilton, London

Brighton, East Sussex: "They wanted to catch a wave, not a cold" - Michael Langham, London

All these people receive copies of Lonely Planet's US Phrasebook. The second prize, of a neat pair of eye shades, goes to L Hamilton's lyrical suggestion; and this year's overall champion, winning an inflatable beach bed, is Michael Langham for his suggestion of Brighton.

Thank you all for entering - and watch this space in December for our next geo-musical quiz.