The Connection was a competition feature of the show from the very start. Listeners would be invited to solve a musical puzzle in which the link between three tracks had to be found, and to submit their own in the event that they won. Some were simple, others more devious. One correct entry was chosen at random from those submitted and then the winner's entry became the new puzzle. The tracks were naturally unidentified when played, but winning depended on finding the link as opposed to identifying the music (although this invariably helped). The prize (apart from having one's own connection set) was a £10 record token (the paucity of which was the subject of many jokes by TV.)
The FNC was nearly always played halfway through the show (at around the 10.50-11.00 p.m. mark) and was topped and tailed by Van Der Graaf Generator's Theme One (which for many years had also been used for Radio 1's Sounds Of The Seventies strand). It was replaced in early 1985 by the Lie Back And Enjoy It strand, but was revived in 1990.
The puzzles and their solutions are now listed on separate pages. Choose the one related to the year you are searching for.