The Bluffer's Briefing: Yorkshire

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What's a Riding? A division into three administrative districts, from the Old Norse thrith, a third.

What is the South Riding? A novel by Winifred Holtby.

Who was the grand old Duke of York who had 10,000 men? Frederick Augustus, son of George III.

Old proverb: 'Oxford for learning, London for wit, Hull for women, and York for a tit.'

A tit? A small horse.

Yorkshire's historical significance: It had the most opulent burials in the Iron Age.

Words of the Yorkshireman's toast: 'Here's tiv us, all on us, may we never want nowt, noan on us; nor me nawther.'

The Rev Sydney Smith's recollection of Yorkshire: 'My living in Yorkshire was so far out of the way, that it was actually 12 miles from a lemon.'

Last time it won cricket's County Championship: 1968.