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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 10:28 GMT 11:28 UK
No more mugs
MAKE DO & MEND
Makeshift Daily Politics mug
While we undergo re-education about how to conduct our quizzes, we can no longer offer you the chance to win a coveted Daily Politics mug.

It was once so simple.

Historically, the Daily Politics has offered a mug as a prize for Wednesday's Guess The Year competition and for the programme's other quizzes.

It worked like this: if you emailed the show with the correct answer, your name went into the very mug you stood to win, and a guest would choose the lucky viewer.

Sad news

It should be pointed out that these guests were typically upstanding members of the UK parliament.

The sad news that we are no longer able to offer a mug should not be taken as a slight on the democratically elected representatives who took time out of their schedules to help with the quiz; neither has the integrity of the Daily Politics team ever been called into question.

Rather, the recent unpleasantness means that we must not only continue to be whiter than white - we must also be seen to be continuing to be whiter than white.

It is you, the mug-hungry, who are the victims in this - though we hope to offer some reassurance by telling you that we take this step with the heaviest of hearts - and because we've been told to.

A crumb and a loophole
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
If you're the owner of one of our original mugs, we'd love to see how you use them. Send your photos to daily.politics@bbc.co.uk

So, what can we do?

We found a small crumb of comfort - and we found it in a loophole.

We can, it seems, continue to show you a series of political clips from a given year, with a judiciously chosen soundtrack.

And we can also offer a download kit enabling you at home to customise a mug of your choosing.

Everything you need to fashion your own makeshift DP mug is in the link above the photo [above, right]; we ask, though, that you promise us that you will only make this rudimentary non-prize if and only if you have successfully Guessed the Year.

Trust, after all, is at the heart of everything we do at The Daily Politics - and that goes for you too.

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A MEMORY OF A MORE INNOCENT AGE
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If you have any comments about the disappearance of the quiz proper, they should be directed at BBC Complaints or the BBC Trust.

Meanwhile, please feel free to use the box below to contact us about our pro tem solution - or any other aspect of The Daily Politics.

Thank you for your patience and support during this difficult time.

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