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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 (seventeen years ago) link

she didn't do it for me.

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

Well that's fine.

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

Good victory for OUP.

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

Boring bunch of bastards. Foreign Office 4ever.

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

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

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

Jarlr'mai to thread

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

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

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

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

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

It's how Americans say "squirrel"

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

yeah, I was wondering whether the guy team was actually really good at missing vowels or if the other team was playing safe with such a huge lead.

braised cod, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 09:14 (two months ago) link

i do a simiar job to them, based on their team name, and i'd also expect to catch up in the missing words round. not really different (in terms of points available) to being good at walls.

(oh, that said, you don't get docked points for getting the wall wrong. and you can stab at random things and luck upon answers. plus you get a second go at connections you didn't find. maybe it is completely different!)

koogs, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 09:30 (two months ago) link

I thought the team storming the mssngvwls round fell short by 1 point?

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 09:37 (two months ago) link

they did, but they were behind 10 points before the final round so it was close.

braised cod, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 09:40 (two months ago) link

And I knew they were going to storm the missing vowels, too, because they were so far behind that I thought "there's no way this team should have made it past the auditions. They must be really good at the missing vowels."

trishyb, Tuesday, 17 August 2021 12:59 (two months ago) link

LOL the folk horror segment has been doing the rounds on various interested Facebook groups that I belong to. A lot of the discussion has been about if Blood on Satan's Claw should have a definite article, as Paxman favoured.

The thing about folk horror from the 60s and 70s is, there are only about three or four movies that remotely quality as such, so you could've guessed without seeing the pics - Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan's Claw, The Wicker Man (to be fair, UC did pick a not entirely obvious - in fact slightly misleading - still from the last one).

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 19 August 2021 16:12 (two months ago) link

Argument being tbf that if hadnt come up already you could safely pick is as the third option with yr eyes closed id say

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Thursday, 19 August 2021 16:24 (two months ago) link

(xpost true, I nearly didn't say "Wicker Man" at the end)

Mark G, Friday, 20 August 2021 14:15 (two months ago) link

After “west end girls” and “integral” I was on alert for some sort of covert pet shop boys song title theme

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 21 August 2021 21:39 (one month ago) link

three weeks pass...

Really enjoying these teams

cheesons to be rearful (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:46 (one month ago) link

Mays might be a bit of a cunt tho

cheesons to be rearful (Noodle Vague), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:51 (one month ago) link

This is high qual stuff from all concerned

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:52 (one month ago) link

Paxman is acting up a bit mind

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:53 (one month ago) link

George looks like scotty parker imo

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Monday, 13 September 2021 19:56 (one month ago) link

Yes, good teams.

Managed 22 last night: Longfellow, Principia Mathematica, railway stations, collie, Poland, Turkey, turtle dove, kittiwake, woodcock, Colombia, Fantasia, Smetana, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, axon, axiom, Mississippi, faro, cribbage, bouncing bomb, Tyne, Mary Rose, helium.

That ABBA question on OC - has there every been one of those step-by-step links where one of the steps is (none) before???

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 09:03 (one month ago) link

fuck periodic table maths

koogs, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 10:50 (one month ago) link

Periodic table maths is indeed annoying! Daresay I would've worked them out but certainly not in the time available.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 11:31 (one month ago) link

Yesterday's episode? OK, I'll put this here...

Never meant to make your daughter cry. pic.twitter.com/mVrMgOT30B

— Paul Sinha (@paulsinha) September 13, 2021

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 September 2021 13:03 (one month ago) link

Oh yes

fix up luke shawp (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 September 2021 15:16 (one month ago) link

That was a great match -- so close! They really gave the Central Asian expert free rein setting the questions tho.

Scott was annoying, but the rest of his team were very nice. Good to see a 3:1 female:male ratio too. St. Catz Cambridge may well make it to the final.

21 for me: N. Macedonia, Pevsner, it, tits, raven, puffin, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 37 & 73, 17 & 71, 13 & 31, Fitz, Irish Free State, Donna Summer, Chic, Thelma Houston, Gloria Gaynor, Nietzsche, foliate(d), Krebs, B12, Ivory Coast.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 19:44 (four weeks ago) link

We really liked the Catz team; captain clearly on the spectrum, and supported wonderfully well by his three female team-mates - I got a warm feeling from the kind and happy way in which they interacted.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 20:26 (four weeks ago) link

i got pevsner and perpendicular and one of the other silence questions, oh, inside number 9 as well as the Buffy. and one of the Jane eyres. and the kundera film (is there more than one? the joke maybe). and Godard.

can't remember any others

koogs, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 20:34 (four weeks ago) link

(one of Jane eyres was Ruth Wilson from Luther)

koogs, Tuesday, 21 September 2021 20:35 (four weeks ago) link

Giorgio Moroder's favorite disco songs was a cool set

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 21 September 2021 22:44 (four weeks ago) link

I found it somewhat obnoxious that Paxman started, re both Oxbridge teams, by saying "the college is often affectionately known as [x]".

This is a long-standing phenomenon.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 22 September 2021 09:09 (four weeks ago) link

condescending twat Paxman harumphing about questions on computer games made me v angry

Neil S, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:17 (three weeks ago) link

Me too! Especially when they'd just had a round about football, for god's sake.

trishyb, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:18 (three weeks ago) link

he merely looked world-weary when reading out questions about Polish football

Neil S, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:21 (three weeks ago) link

loads of pop culture Qs this week. loved the synth themes. Is it weird that Carew knew the Sonic answer as Sega Genesis rather than Megadrive?

xp yes loved the reactions of RNCM to "football... in Poland..."

kinder, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:22 (three weeks ago) link

If you only know the Sega history as history or thru emulators I think it's understandable to think of Genesis

look on my guacs, ye mighty, and dis pear (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:48 (three weeks ago) link

For last night's episode I started on my own, then my wife and I were a team for the 2nd half (when she walked into the room) and we got 28:

mint, High Rise, Christopher Nolan, lemming, Albrecht Dürer, Phoenix, Rhesus monkey, red blood cells, Krakowia, Legia Warsaw, cold fusion, dark matter, poikilothermic, Moliere, Dutch, Twin Peaks, Assault on Precinct 13, sun spots, Japan, Civilization, Sega Megadrive, Torquay, Scarborough, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Austria, Frankfurt, date, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Got the wrong Polish dynasty for one of those football teams and said Jagiellonia (who are in a team, but out east in Białystok) rather than Piast!

Didn't catch the answer to the Zelda question...what was it? I know I could watch again but I can't be arsed. I've only played Breath of the Wild.

Anyway, I hope the Royal Northern College of Music *do* make it back as one of the highest scoring losers as I quite liked them, Carew and Captain Chrisp especially.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 21:46 (three weeks ago) link

a link to the past

can't remember the 3rd of the electronic themes. oh, vangelis bladerunner. they got that before i could really hear it.

the tv adaptations were quite easy, given they were recent, but had quite generic names.

koogs, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:01 (three weeks ago) link

I assumed RNCM would get completely trounced, and they did okay, considering - but it was an unusually softball week for questions.

The disco round was slightly harder than I would've expected, though

Chuck_Tatum, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:20 (three weeks ago) link

a link to the past

Nice punny name. Cheers, koogs.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 22:35 (three weeks ago) link

Uzbekistan BABY

danzig, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:33 (two weeks ago) link

agree

conrad, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 19:35 (two weeks ago) link

"Dr. Glissando?"

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 6 October 2021 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

I got the first three letters in the German words for... before Jeremy had said any.

Mark G, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 21:09 (two weeks ago) link

i got pikmin and ico

koogs, Wednesday, 6 October 2021 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

Nowakowski was a clown, but I did laugh when he challenged Captain Aggarwal about Chopin: "he's Polish actually but you're the captain".

got 20 this week:

time, and, event horizon, Von Braun, Jimmy Wales, enzyme, electron, Byron, Thomas Becket, Shangri-Las, Bobby Gentry, casino, Madame Butterfly, Jackson Pollock, The Ridgeway, sch, Montana, Maine, Alaska, Aristophanes

Grandpont Genie, Thursday, 7 October 2021 11:40 (one week ago) link

Terrible pop culture knowledge tonight. How does no one know cabaret?

danzig, Monday, 11 October 2021 19:56 (one week ago) link

Will Sussex be lowest ever scoring team?

danzig, Monday, 11 October 2021 19:58 (one week ago) link

Do they always have this many Shakespeare/ olde literary questions?

kinder, Monday, 11 October 2021 21:00 (one week ago) link

Both of my brothers' Universities vying against each other or not as the case may be. Birmingham vied, not sure what Sussex did .
THought they might take off but never did. Was trying to remember what the scores in previous heavily imbalanced scores were. I do remember thinking do you need all the points on a couple of occasions in i think this series previously but yeah not a good score for Sussex at all.

Stevolende, Monday, 11 October 2021 23:25 (one week ago) link

If Sussex had buzzed and answered the question Jeremy had asked when the gong went, they'd have doubled their score.

Mark G, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 05:38 (one week ago) link

...or lost 5 points

koogs, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 07:42 (one week ago) link

trying to think what i got last night, and it wasn't much, but more than i can remember now

tunguska (thanks x-files), 36

koogs, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:11 (one week ago) link

Man, that was a real ass-kicking. Go Birmingham!

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:17 (one week ago) link

I went to Birmingham for one year of study abroad, and I think that was honestly the first time I've ever felt any Brummie school pride whatsoever.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 19:18 (one week ago) link

Apparently Sussex is joint lowest scoring team ever tied with themselves in 1971-72, says wikipedia. Also Royal Northern College of Music will be back next week or the week after in the highest scoring loser playoff. Last time they were here they managed to get to the quarterfinals.

danzig, Wednesday, 13 October 2021 14:28 (one week ago) link


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