University Challenge: Cardiff vs. Oxford Brookes
Summer, and the University Challenge season is on us again. I think I managed to miss the very first episode owing to have completely forgotten that it was on, but I caught last week’s on iPlayer just now. Cardiff University faced off against Oxford Brookes – the other Oxford university.
The Brookes got off to a very slow start, being briefly on negative points (for a wrongly interrupted starter question) but caught up in the second half for that rare occurrence, a completely dead heat on 210 apiece. It turns out the procedure for resolving these is to ask an extra starter question, with the correct answer winning automatically; this time, however, it took no fewer than three extra questions before somebody got one right. The winning answer was the name of C. S. Lewis’ and J.R.R. Tolkien’s literary pub-meet-up group (the Inklings), and unsurprisingly the Oxford team got it, to win 220 to 210.
I scored 230, 165 without un-startered bonuses, including eleven correct starters. The only round I got full marks on was the one about Michael Moore, strangely enough – naming his films from a description (exposé of the US health system – Sicko; gun laws and violent crime – Bowling for Columbine; W’s exploitation of September 11 – Fahrenheit 9/11.) There was also a round about World Heritage sites, one of which required you to name the Italian town famous for its 14 towers named after a Bishop of Modena; it is of course San Gimignano, the City of Towers, and it just goes to show that Assassin’s Creed II does have the occasional crumb of useful knowledge to impart. (I still failed the round about Venetian landmarks, though.)