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Has anyone on ILE been a contestant on this quiz programme? And do you like Paxman's interpretation of what a questionmaster should be like "Come on! You must know!" etc?

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

RIckyT was on it! "GIRTON, TUNNICLIFFE!" said the voiceover and we fell off our chairs with excitement. i was nearly on it in that i got on to our college team but then went to India instead CHIZ! me and RickyT = unbeatable combination as you will find out on Wednesday, those of you who are going to SOAS pub quiz!!

katie, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Last night I watched my alma mater, Bristol University, get beaten by Downing College Cambridge...boo!

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

it's just a pale imitation of Mark and Lard's pop upstairs/downstairs. plus it wasn't on when i was at college. grrr.

Alan Trewartha, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Is it a rule that each programme must have at LEAST one of the Oxbridge colleges on it? GOSH now that makes it TWO people I know who haf been on it! This was a fact about RickyT I did not know but I am surely amused by it! By no chance did he get to use the word 'frottage' by any chance?

Sarah, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

Twatbag, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Wow, RickyT! Is there video evidence?? Unfortunately, my time at uni was in the hiatus between the show's ITV & BBC incarnations. I would've wuvved to be on it. I suppose doing a Masters or doctorate specially is a bit drastic!

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I also knocked about in the hiatus - but used its impending return to play a very, very funny practical joke on a good friend of mine (and was mortified when she actually picked me for her fictitious team). But the crux of the joke was that they were trying out new presenters which included Paxo, Mark Radcliffe(!) and Les Dennis (Kitsch value).

Pete, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

the thought of Les Dennis on UC is almost as funny as the thought of Paxo on Family Fortunes.

MarkH, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

i was on it about three years ago; we made it to the quarter finals and then got stuffed by durham. paxman drank a suprising amount between takes, as i recall.

i had a ridiculous haircut (black/white striped) at the time, which loads of people seem to remember when i mention it ("ohmygodyouwerethatfreakonuniveristychallengewiththeweirdhair!!" etc).

toby, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Since I'm an American, my only thoughts about UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE is the episode of the YOUNG ONES where they go on. Which, I think, it's too bad of an introduction.

Gage-o, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"Is it true Bambi? Did you do a Disney nasty?"

DG, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

*is very embarassed*

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I think TVU and Norf London always got knocked out in the prelims (think, I know!)...I can only answer questions on sport, music, art and geography on University Challenge! I thought Ricky T looked familiar when I saw him at the ILe awards!!

jel, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I very much doubt it's UC you remember me from, Jel. I had a lot more hair, a lot less lard and a pair of specs back then.

RickyT, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

The damning evidence. Are you still in contact with your teammates?

Jeff W, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

"I've got a Porsche!!"

mark s, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
I fell in love last night. It was with the woman from the Foreign Office on University Challenge.

She had an Italian name, but I have forgotten it, so no stalking for me.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:12 (sixteen years ago) link

she didn't do it for me.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Well that's fine.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:20 (sixteen years ago) link

Good victory for OUP.

MarkH (MarkH), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

Alba (Alba), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:24 (sixteen years ago) link

i was on it about three years ago; we made it to the quarter finals and then got stuffed by durham. paxman drank a suprising amount between takes, as i recall.
i had a ridiculous haircut (black/white striped) at the time, which loads of people seem to remember when i mention it ("ohmygodyouwerethatfreakonuniveristychallengewiththeweirdhair!!" etc).

-- toby (toby_ge...), January 8th, 2002.

My mate David was on it the year Durham won it - he was UCL, who were you with toby?

Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:25 (sixteen years ago) link

That woman was called Francesca something. Altobelli?

As part of the Lancaster team we made it to the final round of auditions two years ago. They actually interview you as if you're going onto an actual game show ("What books have you been reading recently?"), which I found vaguely disconcerting, but answers to the questions on the test we sat included "Tony Hawkes" and "Sixpence None The Richer". So that's alright then.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 14:44 (sixteen years ago) link

This is where someone should say "Liz :x to thread"

Mooro (Mooro), Tuesday, 31 August 2004 16:27 (sixteen years ago) link

Most of us Yanks only know University Challenge from the Undertones' "My Perfect Cousin."

OK, that may be just me.

mike a, Tuesday, 31 August 2004 18:19 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Last night, questions on

1. Stream of Consciousness

2. Greil Marcus's Mystery Train

3. something else interesting - what was it?

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:12 (sixteen years ago) link

Also, did anyone see the deaf fellow on Mastermind?

I thought he did well.

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:13 (sixteen years ago) link

Jarlr'mai to thread

Matt (Matt), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 12:38 (sixteen years ago) link

>3. something else interesting - what was it?

1970s video games? paxman was aghast that people knew all these, i thought they were piss-easy. (pong, tetris, asteroids, snake)

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:13 (sixteen years ago) link

No, I wasn't thinking of them, but thanks for the reminder.

Perhaps we should not be surprised that you thought they were easy?

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:15 (sixteen years ago) link

The deaf guy did great given that he had 2 minutes of questions the same as everyone else and John Humphrys had to speak each question slowly and fully for the guy to lipread it, i imagine some lipreading is about context so predicting and interupting questions may have been a little difficult given his subject (Wild cats of the world) also he asked John to repeat 2 long questions again, it may have been worth his while to pass on questions he couldnt read 1st time.

I'd like to see how many questions he was actually asked as compared to the others.

Uni Chal Mastermind and Buzzocks makes Monday night the best BBC2 line up all week.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:23 (sixteen years ago) link

I liked the longshore drift questions amd the computer languages one, I should have got that Dirac antimatter one as well, kicks self.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:25 (sixteen years ago) link

I missed University Challenge in order to see my mate Ernie on Changing Rooms. His best moment was "Fair play to them, it doesn't look like a cupboard any more. But I now have a shed in my bedroom."

aldo_cowpat (aldo_cowpat), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:36 (sixteen years ago) link

ONG that shed looked dreadful (in the 10 seconds of the show i saw)...

"what's 'amped' mean then?"

CarsmileSteve (CarsmileSteve), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:39 (sixteen years ago) link

It was sweet, the way he did wild cats of the world. Nice.

the bellefox, Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:39 (sixteen years ago) link

I liked the longshore drift questions amd the computer languages one.

I found it strange that they didn't know what COBOL or SQL were yet got the (IMO) more obscure Ada question right.

University Challenge makes me realise how much stuff there is that I don't know. I'm usually chuffed to bits if I get a run of Starter + 3 Bonuses correct.

Discovered a fairly good quiz show called Eggheads yesterday while I was off work. A team of "boffins" (I think most of them are former champions of 15-to-1 or similar) is challenged by a different team of plebs every episode. Plebs can win £20000, boffins just get to be smug about being clever. Plebs won yesterday for the first time in umpteen episodes.

Onimo (GerryNemo), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:43 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought he was blind. Why did he have the stick? He reminded me a little of Mark Hester, facially.

UC was good, I knew more answers than usual (ie, about 5). The Greil Marcus question reminded me of RJG. I liked the set of questions where they had to say who ruled in a X-ocracy, and one of the words sounded very much like phallocracy, and they dithered and snickered and then it was something not rude at all.

I like Eggheads too.

Cathy (Cathy), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:53 (sixteen years ago) link

UC should have more rude word questions just to put off the geekier students.

Jarlr'mai (jarlrmai), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:55 (sixteen years ago) link

too bad the questions about video games did not permit a contestant to answer "Jeremy, Pacman" or indeed, en francais

Brigadier Rainham Steele, Mrs (blueski), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 13:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I found it strange that they didn't know what COBOL or SQL were yet got the (IMO) more obscure Ada question right.

That was because it's named after Ada Lovelace innit. I didn't know the others but I know who the daughter of George Gordon, Lord Byron was. Hung out with Babbage, nice one.

Liz :x (Liz :x), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 15:01 (sixteen years ago) link

I can never remember what SQL stands for, even though I use it every day. I always think it's "Server Query Language".

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:09 (sixteen years ago) link

as long as you don't pronounce it 'sequel' 8)

koogs (koogs), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:11 (sixteen years ago) link

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

Markelby (Mark C), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:18 (sixteen years ago) link

My boss pronounces it "sequel". I wince.

(still, not as bad as the cow-orker who pronounces "spamhaus" "spamhorse")

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 16:25 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, the deaf MM chap had a collapsible white cane - and yet he was lipreading. Extraordinary. All I could think about was how difficult it would be to subtitle Mastermind (Uni Chal moreso).

My old drama teacher got to the semis on MM in '86 or so.

Michael Jones (MichaelJ), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 17:31 (sixteen years ago) link

So he was definitely deaf then? If he needed a stick to walk, how was he lipreading? I am confused and curious.

Cathy (Cathy), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 18:01 (sixteen years ago) link

The deaf guy did great given that he had 2 minutes of questions the same as everyone else

Didn't he get a wee bit more time than the others - Humphrys explained something by way of explanation about the lipreading thing but I was in the other room so missed most of what he was saying.

I wondered about the cane too.

Was the other interesting thing the karaoke backing tracks of cheesy ballads (all of which I recognised, much to the amusement of my husband and parents)? Wasn't there a Smiths lyrics question too, or was that last week?

ailsa (ailsa), Tuesday, 5 October 2004 18:08 (sixteen years ago) link

you got Lovecraft but not MR James?

started well on OC knowing that Bayer lost the heroin trademark (and aspirin, which is why it's now got a small a) after the war but that and famous tony's was pretty much it.

koogs, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:31 (four months ago) link

Yep. I am not really familiar with MR James, koogs. It's a name that people on here have banded around from time to time but I've never checked out.

OC tonight was the hardest I've known it to be. Not that that's saying much.

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 15 March 2021 21:39 (four months ago) link

I'd happily do 3-film-mashups on the missing vowels round all day

kinder, Monday, 15 March 2021 22:03 (four months ago) link

OC tonight was the hardest I've known it to be. Not that that's saying much.

I feel like I have a memory of a wall in a final one year that was nothing but the letter i in various cases. There may have been some 1s in there as well.

trishyb, Monday, 15 March 2021 23:45 (four months ago) link

not bad tonight - 19!

Dr. Faustus, Troilus & Cressida/Cressida Dick*, King John/John Smith, Twelfth Night/Night of the Living Dead, impressionism, cubism, Main, Ambrosia, Dogme 95, Roberta Flack, Plovdiv, James Baldwin, Keith Haring, Lysander, raven, Tarka the Otter, sable, stoat, poppy.

* inadvertently topical answer!

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 22 March 2021 21:22 (four months ago) link

TV Highlight of the Weeeeeeek #UniversityChallenge pic.twitter.com/ZIrcoTBSil

— Ariadne Griffin 🦋 (@Ariadne_Griffin) March 22, 2021

Grandpont Genie, Monday, 22 March 2021 21:55 (four months ago) link

That were good. Rout's fairly blossomed on the show!

I got 19 or 20, a marked improvement on the last few weeks. And the OC magic square.

Ignore the neighsayers: grow a lemon tree (ledge), Monday, 22 March 2021 22:07 (four months ago) link

I don't think I've ever wanted a team to lose more than Warwick, heartbreakingly

scamp til you're damp (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 23 March 2021 07:32 (four months ago) link

Yeah, even with the interrupting cow, I really wanted Imperial to beat them. I always want a more diverse team who look like they're having fun to beat a team of four white blokes who look like they've been forced to do this to make themselves look more human on their CVs, basically. Oh well.

trishyb, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 12:08 (four months ago) link

hate paxman of course but enjoyed "no you're wrong" to one of last night's interruptions

conrad, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:36 (four months ago) link

IMperial female team member had a really illuminating smile so wanted tehm to win even more so.
Shame they didn't keep going how they started.
THought they might and yeah would have far preferred them winning to Rout et al

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 18:51 (four months ago) link

Am I the only one who thought the final Only Connect walls were easier than usual? Because you'll instantly realise they're all going to be abbreviations, homophones or symbols. I think the only one I didn't get was the comedians.

braised cod, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 14:06 (four months ago) link

was not expecting balliol to get whooped so thoroughly geez

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 21:42 (four months ago) link

bad luck dungarees

Ignore the neighsayers: grow a lemon tree (ledge), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 07:59 (four months ago) link

not the outfit you'd want to have chosen to take a beating like that

Call of Scampi: Slack Nephrops (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 08:01 (four months ago) link

Did not understand that outfit on any level

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 09:54 (four months ago) link

Yes, when dungaree man said what he was doing now I immediately thought "O RLY? Thought you were going to say kids' TV presenter".

Was not expecting Balliol to take such a drubbing.

There's probably a mnemonic for recalling the order of the Chinese dynasties. It comes up a lot.

Anyway, I got 12: Turandot, Chancellor, metathesis, dragon, Chemnitz & Karl Marx Stadt, Flaming Lips, plutonium & cerium, Qatar, The Scarlet Letter, Starsbourg, Frankfurt, Anthony Powell.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:29 (four months ago) link

Magdalene are very strong on science and maths, that often seems to win out in the long run

Sven Vath's scary carpet (Neil S), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 10:33 (four months ago) link

the entire 'artists that do their own artwork' round was easy, i thought (but are the only ones i remember getting)

koogs, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:22 (four months ago) link

I have to admit I did get a chuckle out of them guessing Daft Punk for Flaming Lips, but in fairness there's really no reason a current college student would know the Flaming Lips.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:43 (four months ago) link

They nearly said "Take That" for 'something to say' on the Flaming Lips question, but

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 15:50 (four months ago) link

Am I the only one who thought the final Only Connect walls were easier than usual?

Definitely. I think the netball one was the only group we didn't identify.

I have to admit I did get a chuckle out of them guessing Daft Punk for Flaming Lips, but in fairness there's really no reason a current college student would know the Flaming Lips.

I like how the teams all know that this music question only exists so that we can all laugh at them and feel superior to them for five seconds before they get back to answering obscure questions about amylases or whatever.

trishyb, Wednesday, 31 March 2021 16:48 (four months ago) link

pretty much all my points come from genre films, with a couple more for punts on titian and sibellius. and 9000 Newtons (it's a wall so area so squared).

koogs, Monday, 5 April 2021 20:00 (three months ago) link

I knew "pinion", and got a high five from the husband for getting a non-arts question correct, even if it was an easy one. I also knew Titian, because chubby cherubs = Titian.

trishyb, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 01:36 (three months ago) link

heh, "pinion" was one of two where I was kicking myself afterwards - the other being "cavitation".

anyway, I did better in the final than in any previous round I think - 23!

hell, Bonny Prince Charlie, Tichbourne, smooth, Mendel, dominance, I4 (Blue & White Nile location), elephants, Pyrrhus, Only Lovers Left Alive, Bewick, OEU, hedgehog & fox, Platyheminthes, Escher, Titian, Perseus & Andromeda, Campbell-Bannerman, British Honduras, Belmopan, potassium, Hairspray Tchaikovsky.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 6 April 2021 18:30 (three months ago) link

three months pass...

bump.

OC and UC start again tonight, 8 and 8:30 on bbc2.

koogs, Monday, 12 July 2021 14:37 (two weeks ago) link

About time. I've just run out of Jeopardy episodes on Netflix.

trishyb, Monday, 12 July 2021 14:39 (two weeks ago) link

Yay! Pointless is back from the break too.

braised cod, Monday, 12 July 2021 18:39 (two weeks ago) link

guess what i forgot?

koogs, Monday, 12 July 2021 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

second time in about 10 days i've heard a question about the longest year when expressed as roman numerals (1888)

koogs, Monday, 12 July 2021 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

thanks, forgot to look that up. Intrigued me at the time.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

1888 is the set of numbers where each one is just before where you start referencing up to the next rounded digit like i before the letter innit.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

m dccc lxxx viii

koogs, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 16:08 (two weeks ago) link

ilx.wh3rd

Mark G, Tuesday, 13 July 2021 17:51 (two weeks ago) link

St Hilda's College team, 3 dudes, fuck this shit tbh

Southgate Serves Imperialism (Noodle Vague), Monday, 19 July 2021 19:36 (one week ago) link

"soddor" what

kinder, Monday, 19 July 2021 19:50 (one week ago) link

How does the time limit on conferring with your team work? Sometimes teams are allowed a long time to chat, and other times Paxman is very fast with his warning. It feels sort of arbitrary.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 19 July 2021 23:48 (one week ago) link

I'm sure it's edit

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:09 (one week ago) link

St Hilda's College team, 3 dudes, fuck this shit tbh

― Southgate Serves Imperialism (Noodle Vague), Monday, July 19, 2021 7:36 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

enforced gender parity NOW, which would also have the welcome side effect of boiling the gammons' piss

Neil S, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:29 (one week ago) link

hard to do with single sex colleges (are there any?)

koogs, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:36 (one week ago) link

also, the guys on OC got their asses handed to them by the gals last night so...

koogs, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:37 (one week ago) link

yeah that's a consideration but could be accommodated I think, and in any case AFAIK the only single sex colleges left are for women so in that case who would really mind?

Neil S, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:46 (one week ago) link

obviously the "what about International MEN's Day?" crew would care but who cares about them?

Neil S, Tuesday, 20 July 2021 08:48 (one week ago) link

olympics opening ceremony is a nice way of putting faces to a lot of Pointless answers.

koogs, Friday, 23 July 2021 12:51 (one week ago) link

London Business School rocking the generic postpunk band look

mogwai oh wai oh wai (Noodle Vague), Monday, 26 July 2021 19:34 (six days ago) link

What did they say when the answer was the Manics? Whatever it was, it wasn't as good as renowned violinist Nicola Benedetti being recognised as a San Marinan footballer on OC.

ailsa, Monday, 26 July 2021 21:29 (six days ago) link

i only know her from the sky arts British library thing, where she looked into Italian settlers in Scotland, amongst other things (Beethoven's tuning fork).

early green Day, aerosmith. stone roses, i think one of them said and then dave gardo(?) for the manics answer. he looked confused when told it was the manics

koogs, Monday, 26 July 2021 21:56 (six days ago) link

Evidently they guessed Dave Garda, which is the name of the person who uploads the University Challenge episodes on YouTube.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 27 July 2021 13:52 (five days ago) link

"You are about to hear a piece of... POPULAR music... from the 1990s..."

Me: https://64.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltypofBBq21qzyewi.gif

The best music rounds are the ones where you correctly predict the questions, never mind the answers
Sadly they are about 1 per series for me

kinder, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 20:00 (five days ago) link

We were actually discussing this after, about how Nicola Benedetti is a (posh-ish, but not exclusively so) household name up here and relatively less well known outside Scotland.

ailsa, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 23:08 (five days ago) link


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