University Challenge (also featuring Only Connect and other BBC quiz shows)

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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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty 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 (twenty years ago) link

Fuck off you and your 'any chances'!

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

Toxteth O'Grady, USA.

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

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

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

*is very embarassed*

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

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

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

"I've got a Porsche!!"

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

DOES THE PEOPLES COURT COUNT?

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 8 January 2002 01:00 (twenty 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 felt there was about ten gettable questions (i did not get ten questions)

Ár an broc a mhic (darraghmac), Monday, 28 February 2022 21:28 (five months ago) link

Quite a few gimmes I thought, I got about 20 which is better than I've been averaging recently.

ledge, Monday, 28 February 2022 21:39 (five months ago) link

Kevin’s best score (10) and my worst score (6).

mike t-diva, Monday, 28 February 2022 21:49 (five months ago) link

Seemed like Kim must have read a lot of geography or maps and not heard place names. Scilly Isles and Cavan and I think a couple of others.
I mean good going but it did strike me at the time.

Stevolende, Monday, 28 February 2022 22:20 (five months ago) link

19 for me this week. Didn't know any of the music.

The ones I got were marble, biscuit, cod, ria, haptic, haploid, Pennine Way, Lake Baikal, Mary Rose, interrobang, Coriolis, Wuthering Heights, Lyme disease, encephalitis, Iran, Ronald Reagan, histology, mynah & magnolia, moorhen & iris.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 23:11 (five months ago) link

I've known that biscuit since I was a small kid I think so it felt a bit weird to see them not get it. Its like it says it on the tin or in the construction of the word.

Had also just read Zami which must be an advantage when it came to that one. Would hope it would be widely known cos it was a good book.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 1 March 2022 23:33 (five months ago) link

bis-cuit.
Zami Audre Lorde
Skilly isles
and fun things like that.

Stevolende, Friday, 4 March 2022 10:55 (five months ago) link

A close but also not too exciting UC match this week. The questions were pretty tough but it's still hard to imagine that winner putting up a serious challenge in the semifinals. I think the top 2 teams have clearly separated themselves.

The 90s drum n bass and Bill & Ted specialist rounds in Mastermind this week were fun.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 14:47 (five months ago) link

that flags round on UC was absolutely brutal

Number None, Wednesday, 9 March 2022 15:17 (five months ago) link

a bad round i thought, too complex and it killed the momentum dead

Nordle (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 9 March 2022 17:41 (five months ago) link

I don't remember, in years gone by, UC becoming so much harder in later rounds.

But it's certainly done that now.

I'm used to knowing maybe 15+. Tonight I managed 4: Charlier Parker, Alice James, Potemkin, Perestroika.

It can't ever be easy being on these quizzes, even in early rounds, but the obscurity of expertise being shown by winning teams at this stage is another class.

the pinefox, Monday, 14 March 2022 21:01 (four months ago) link

11-1 to me tonight, but he’s got a stinking cold and I’ve got a German degree. Knew it would come in handy eventually.

mike t-diva, Monday, 14 March 2022 22:03 (four months ago) link

Definitely harder but though I got less than 10 last week I wasn't completely adrift this time and got 12: white, gestalt, palpitation & palpation, revenant & ant man, miyamoto, gentileschi, 33, alice james, titian, potemkin, perestroika, kale.

ledge, Monday, 14 March 2022 22:07 (four months ago) link

This is a radio ting but I heard a contestant on Counterpoint earlier that knew nothing about the most famous Woody Guthrie or Talking Heads songs. Couldn't tell the difference between Public Enemy and NWA. Didn't recognise a Communards song. Knew nothing about the Rock Against Racism movement in the 70's. I just wouldn't show up if I was so fucking clueless. And they didn't sound young either.

calzino, Monday, 14 March 2022 22:17 (four months ago) link

Didn't recognise a Communards song.

GASP

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 14 March 2022 22:26 (four months ago) link

if only Jimmy Somerville had a more distinctive voice

calzino, Monday, 14 March 2022 22:33 (four months ago) link

i knew the miyamoto mushashi question because the book always turns up in the amazon search results when i'm looking for the mizoguchi dvd

lots of maths guesses tonight, none of them correct (and some oddness with the buzzer the one time, did i imagine that, someone buzzed but was ignored and didn't get penalised)

titian is always worth a punt. that or velasquez.

koogs, Monday, 14 March 2022 22:42 (four months ago) link

I wasn't really listening, and in any case only heard from halfway through the jazz music round.

But yeah, later rounds have always been harder than earlier, certainly during the Paxo era

Mark G, Monday, 14 March 2022 23:31 (four months ago) link

Oh God, we were pitiful on the jazz round; I got Coleman, but we were kicking ourselves on all the others.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 07:46 (four months ago) link

i got dizzy with a half-educated guess but for the others i was just blurting out names

koogs, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 08:01 (four months ago) link

I managed a "Don't say Duke Ellington, that's not a piano" but that's all.

Mark G, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 12:48 (four months ago) link

I got Thelonious Monk, think I got Ornette but somehow didn't get Yardbird.
Did strike me again that early Ornette sounds a lot like a continuation of Bird.
Oh yeah got Dizz too.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 13:23 (four months ago) link

I could watch Zeng answer geography questions for hours. What a maniac.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Tuesday, 22 March 2022 19:59 (four months ago) link

Got 22 this week, or 21 if you don't count my final answer which was after the gong!

Amen, Georgia, Armenian, Minotaur, tesselation, chromosome, Egypt, Norfolk & Suffolk, non-sequitur, titanium, Boyne, Belfast, Shannon, verdigris, penalty, Paris Texas, Southwark, Lisbon, New York City, William S. Burroughs, accretion, Populus.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 22 March 2022 20:03 (four months ago) link

18 for me, Midnight cowboy, Armenian, Beatrice, minotaur, cellular automata, tessellation, lamina, chromosome, Norfolk Suffolk, non sequitur, memento mori, verdigris, penalty kick, dashiel hammett, Paris texas, NYC, Burroughs, accretion

ledge, Tuesday, 22 March 2022 20:15 (four months ago) link

Oh no spoilers

ledge, Tuesday, 22 March 2022 20:21 (four months ago) link

11 for me this week, same as last week.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 22 March 2022 23:49 (four months ago) link

I got Times Square then blanked on The Deuce while saying I watched that through & loved it. Tooth was paining quite badly & I was watching the show a day after i recorded it.
THink I did get a few others .

Stevolende, Wednesday, 23 March 2022 20:00 (four months ago) link

I could watch Zeng answer geography questions for hours. What a maniac.

King

Number None, Thursday, 24 March 2022 08:55 (four months ago) link

I've noticed that they've really stepped up the difficulty of the pop music questions + bonuses of late.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 02:03 (four months ago) link

I got Madonna but only because of the voice, I've never heard it before. Didn't get John Zorn so perhaps my lol at their guess of Eno was somewhat hypocritical.

ledge, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 08:47 (four months ago) link

They weren't really paying attention to the "New York" portion of that question, I think. They kept throwing out British names, which is normally a good instinct on UC. It was impressive to watch Hutchinson (I think that's his name) pull things out of his memory, and actually bounce ideas off the rest of the team to come up with the right answer. Good captaining.

trishyb, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 08:52 (four months ago) link

Having thought that the series was getting harder and harder and becoming impossible, I knew ... 12 correct answers last night in the SF !!

One was Buck Mulligan.

Also Madonna: I think I shared in others' feeling of "that sounds like Madonna, but I don't think I know the song, maybe it's the very early Madonna that people associate with a cool NYC".

the pinefox, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 11:22 (four months ago) link

Madonna I got because of the Ciccone Youth cover.

I nearly outguessed myself on the John Zorn question.

Ward Fowler, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 13:01 (four months ago) link

Ah, I had the subtitles on and was in the kitchen when "Burning Up" came on, and yeah got that one no bother.

The music round (for me) easier than usual, didn't get John Zorn but the rest.

Had a lol at "Thompson Twins" for Kid Creole & the coconuts, but hey if you don't know then guess by all means...

Apart from that, yeah Reading in the final then. Average age is uh??

Mark G, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:04 (four months ago) link

38

conrad, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 14:47 (four months ago) link

Hutchinson is good but he's a hard man to warm to

Number None, Tuesday, 29 March 2022 19:28 (four months ago) link

There is a bit of “let us pause while I consult the mind palace” about him. Don’t think I’ve heard a correct answer from the non-Hutchinson or Ounsley members of the team. I wonder if he gets a lot of INXS jokes from people who can’t remember Michael Hutchence’s name properly.

Chuck_Tatum, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 03:04 (four months ago) link

I need to check out this John Zorn fellow. Hadn't heard of him!

16 this week for me...
Dodie, Indo-European, Przewalski's horse, encephelization quotient, Cassini-Huygens, Voyager 2, Chatsworth, Madonna, Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Laurie Anderson, hip, hoatzin, ostrich, Samuel Beckett, deuterium*, votes for women in Kuwait.
* answer given & accepted Hydrogen 2, but same thing.
.

Looking forward to the final.

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:11 (four months ago) link

I always find the maths questions impossible by the way!

Grandpont Genie, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:13 (four months ago) link

If you answer 2 to the maths questions usually get them right about 1 in 4 times.

Dan Worsley, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:27 (four months ago) link

Yeah, I go for 0, 1 or 2

kinder, Wednesday, 30 March 2022 21:42 (four months ago) link

FWIW I agree with Number None and Chuck Tatum about that player. I didn't like him.

the pinefox, Thursday, 31 March 2022 08:44 (four months ago) link

Player? I suppose the word is Contestant.

the pinefox, Thursday, 31 March 2022 08:44 (four months ago) link

I was quite impressed when he retrieved "anderson" to go with "laurie" when he didn't immediately know it but also agree about his "mind palace" vibe

conrad, Thursday, 31 March 2022 10:24 (four months ago) link

OTOH I like that Hutchinson is undefensively consultative with his team (or with Ounsley at least). I don't like captains that grandstand at their team's expense.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 31 March 2022 11:00 (four months ago) link

Hutchinson is good but he's a hard man to warm to

I just can't agree with this. His genuine delight when the picture round about absurdist theatre came up was lovely.

trishyb, Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:32 (four months ago) link

He's quite good value on Twitter as well.

ailsa, Thursday, 31 March 2022 12:36 (four months ago) link

yay

a spectre is haunting your mom (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 April 2022 19:56 (four months ago) link

I wasn't sure who I wanted to win tonight.
So good game. Funny last minute developments.
But cool .
Glad it was so close

Stevolende, Monday, 4 April 2022 20:05 (four months ago) link


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