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University Challenge: Girton vs. St George

November 9, 2009

This week on University Challenge (or more accurately last week on University Challenge, since I once again failed at watching it on time): books of the Bible, the physics of Star Trek, and actors who have played Defence Against the Dark Arts teachers in the films of Harry Potter. I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that the latter round was the only one in which I got all four questions right.

Girton College, Cambridge, beat St George’s, London, by 170 points to 160; it was neck and neck nearly to the end. I scored a healthy 280, dropping to 205 without bonuses to which I didn’t know the starter. Was quite proud of knowing what weltschmerz meant, and also (though again slightly embarrassingly) identifying da Vinci’s “Madonna of the Rocks” despite never having seen it, thanks to Dan Brown. It just goes to show you learn things in the strangest places.

Still no word from the Student Exec on our team for next year. Bad form. I might have to email them again.

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  1. Des Elmes permalink
    November 24, 2009 11:09 pm

    It wasn’t quite neck and neck throughout – Girton racked up 100 points before St George’s even troubled their buzzers, and then the London team came right back.

    It would have been rather controversial if they had won, though, as they got two lucky breaks – first with Paxman allowing Charley Tinsley to think a bit more on a starter that he specifically said had to be answered as soon as one buzzed, then with Matthew Dennison taking his time to come up with the right answer to another starter.

    Nonetheless, Girton are some bit fortunate to be in the new-style round of 8 – they weren’t terribly convincing in their first-round match either, only beating Nottingham after a late flurry of starters, and doing poorly on the bonuses.

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