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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

i got Herschel, which they didn't (although couldn't remember her forenames) - one of the components at work is called herschel.

koogs, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:59 (two weeks ago) link

29 correct last night.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:59 (two weeks ago) link

dang, beats my 24.

ledge, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:00 (two weeks ago) link

Herschel was the only one where I kicked myself afterwards.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

weird to see how some of the most iconic voices of teh 20th century are slipping into obscurity or is that overkill, certainly recognised a couple of those. though whoever did get Aretha rapidly

Stevolende, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:59 (two weeks ago) link

24 / 29 is good going especially this late in the game. i was distracted last night (css formatting seneca's troades for my ereader...) and only remember a few questions. the art mirrors, johnny cash, 5+9 in binary, the le corbusier round (fail)...

koogs, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 13:14 (two weeks ago) link

Lol more like Clownedgarden

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 February 2021 19:40 (one week ago) link

Fun Madness facts there.

ledge, Monday, 22 February 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

Finding it v tough going tonight after doing well at mastermind and OC

scampsite (darraghmac), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:44 (one week ago) link

Have been wondering what is up with Parkinson's eyes since the start and maybe previously. Thought it might be contact lenses now see she has glasses on.
Seemed to be popping eyes or something.

Stevolende, Monday, 22 February 2021 20:46 (one week ago) link

Crowther is proper brilliant

scampsite (darraghmac), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:47 (one week ago) link

Very spooky shit getting Tristram Shandy half a dozen questions before it was asked

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:53 (one week ago) link

Yeah

scampsite (darraghmac), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:56 (one week ago) link

Durham were just knocked out early here i dont think theyre a bad team tbh

scampsite (darraghmac), Monday, 22 February 2021 20:57 (one week ago) link

some really confusing starter questions.

ledge, Monday, 22 February 2021 21:13 (one week ago) link

Yeah! Poorly worded or very open to interpretation

scampsite (darraghmac), Monday, 22 February 2021 21:35 (one week ago) link

21 right tonight, best showing yet. Off to a flyer with the author of 'At Swim Two Birds'.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 22 February 2021 21:45 (one week ago) link

Durham should have done better with the location of the waterfalls, it's in their back yard.

Dan Worsley, Monday, 22 February 2021 21:46 (one week ago) link

John Husston?

Chuck_Tatum, Monday, 22 February 2021 22:15 (one week ago) link

Yes, Flann O'Brien as the first part of the first question was a nice gift.

22 correct answers here tonight including Padua, Don Quixote, Stanford, Solnit, T Shandy, The Colour Purple, Debussy, F L Woman, Hardy, Hoar-frost (a term from Old English poetry I've just been reading), H Tubman, Hadron, Scylla & Charybdis, Reagan, Eisenhower.

Funniest moment when the answer was Rebecca Solnit author of 'men explain things to me' and female contestant Parkinson, from the village I am currently in, wanting to know the answer, cheerfully said to the other, male contestants: 'Men, explain things to me!'.

the pinefox, Monday, 22 February 2021 22:57 (one week ago) link

Did I miss an explanation as to why she suddenly put her specs on .

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 00:07 (one week ago) link

sad to see Parkinson go. She's probably my favourite contestant this year.

13 this week - Pretoria, Don Quixote, Stanford, apples, The Cob, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, electron and positron, hadron, Scylla & Charybdis, Wensleydale, volcanic eruptions, Eisenhower.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 10:59 (one week ago) link

"Please men, explain to me" is genuinely the funniest aside from a #UniversityChallenge captain to her all male teammates that I have ever heard as she tries to remember the name of the author of 'Men Explain Things to Me.'
I doff my cap to Durham, Parkinson. pic.twitter.com/LmR61phkdt

— Charles Dundas (@cdundas) February 22, 2021

the pinefox, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 11:09 (one week ago) link

i got 63 (333 in base 4, which is (16+4+1)*3) and harmonics and mode. basically all the maths questions.

and french lieutenant's woman too, from the movie posters.

12 total.

koogs, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:53 (one week ago) link

first time i've seen two complete wall fails in OC.

koogs, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:56 (one week ago) link

Thought they were very tough walls but i never, never crack the first one so...?

I would blitz the final round unchallenged tho

scampsite (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:06 (one week ago) link

We pause the wall (I think I've said this before) so we can have a go at it before the teams distract us. We did a lot better than they did last night, in that I think we put together at least two groups on each wall.

trishyb, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:13 (one week ago) link

yeah, but it's hard to emulate the actual walls because you don't get to cycle through options and eliminate stuff.

they gave up on the helicopters (maybe more) too easily.

koogs, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:17 (one week ago) link

Yeah, that was just weird. They just seemed to panic.

trishyb, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:25 (one week ago) link

yeah, but it's hard to emulate the actual walls because you don't get to cycle through options and eliminate stuff.

I mean, we rarely nail them all, but we are usually happy enough to have identified the four groups, even if (as you say) we have no mechanism for ensuring we've put everything in the right group.

trishyb, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:26 (one week ago) link

i got 63

Thought at first you meant you got 63 questions correct! Was thinking "wow, koogs is a quiz monster!"

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:43 (one week ago) link

Agree they moved on from promising groupings quite impatiently

scampsite (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:52 (one week ago) link

Their salmon (of) knowledge was also woeful.

trishyb, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 15:53 (one week ago) link

right?! that's probably the first time I've yelled at the t.v. about sockeye salmon

kinder, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:43 (one week ago) link

> 333 in base 4, which is (16+4+1)*3

have just realised that this is simpler in binary

11|11|11, or 1 less than 2^6

koogs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 23:11 (one week ago) link

Welsh please be quiet

e-skate to the chapeau (darraghmac), Monday, 1 March 2021 20:41 (five days ago) link

...whereas Mutio was on mute.

mike t-diva, Monday, 1 March 2021 21:42 (five days ago) link

one of my better performances - 22:

invisibility, ether, transformation, Crick & Watson, Panama & Costa Rica, kingfisher, kookaburra, Jack London, Ford, Shepherd's Bush, Jump, Шостако́вич, cyclops, Iolanthe & Tabasco, Suomi & Cronos, duckbilled platypus, Vanuatu, red deer, George Formby, Cathy Come Home, Wind that Shakes the Barley, Tamar.

still too much French :-(

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:12 (four days ago) link

Is that last week or last night?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:23 (four days ago) link

Ha! just realised I accidentally watched an old episode coz the one that appeared largest on iplayer wasn't the most recent one! hmmm.

now watching last night's....

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:29 (four days ago) link

Was imo a tough one vs recent months

e-skate to the chapeau (darraghmac), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:35 (four days ago) link

was tough, yes! The ones with the books, authors and chemical symbols did my head in, I mean, sure, I worked out Sense & Sensibil1ity was Austen and Au = gold, but not in the time available.

got 12 - Robespierre, Ace of spades, Colombia Brazil & Argentina, Serbia Romania Hungary & Slovakia, Rafa Nadal, germanium, gallium, St Pancras, Neneh Cherry, Iggy Pop, Colin Dexter, Val McDermid.

Grandpont Genie, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:59 (four days ago) link

Heh yeah, the kind of questions where if you sent me home with them and the necessary reference material id be quite satisfied to come back in the morning with the right answers tbh

e-skate to the chapeau (darraghmac), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 11:20 (four days ago) link

i also got 12, including the one at the buzzer. orson welles, trotsky, schiele (because of the spanish flu part of clue), somerville(sp), horseshoe, edo... too much tennis! too much geography!

(robespierre probably getable with time, the authors / elements one also)

but would probably do better watching this a second time ;)

koogs, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 11:25 (four days ago) link

Jesus, that tennis question seemed to go on FOREVER.

Maybe I just don't like University Challenge.

Meanwhile, on Only Connect, the husband got a five-pointer: the one about hominids. Very impressed with himself, especially since the teams didn't get it at all.

trishyb, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 11:54 (four days ago) link

I got that one too. And I was probably as smug.

Well *I* know who he is (aldo), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 12:25 (four days ago) link

I scored about 22 on UC. I liked the tennis questions, and pointed them out to ILX poster Michael Jones, who naturally knew all of them.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 17:12 (four days ago) link

The questions re the stranglers "no more heroes" obv

And the music round "Red hot and blue", including the last one before the question was asked

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 07:38 (three days ago) link

Was there an anniversary for taht Red Hot & Blue recently or something, Had the Iggy Pop/Debbie Harry pairing pop up elsewhere after not thinking about it for ages. I think even a few different times so not sure if that was all a coincidence or tied in with a date.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 13:00 (three days ago) link

September 1990. I think I heard the songs a few months later.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 13:09 (three days ago) link


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