University Challenge: Newcastle vs. Sheffield
I’m suddenly feeling like there are a lot of eyes on the blog right now – I’ve had more hits in the last two days than I usually get in a fortnight, have been stumbled-upon, tweeted (by Heather freakin’ Corinna! Be still my beating heart!) and, just this afternoon, contacted by Feministe asking if they could republish “Shameful behaviour” over there. I said yes (with a certain amount of trepidation, but also a certain amount of OMFGYEAH!) and am now waiting to see what’ll happen.
Anyway, anyone who’s just hopped over from there, welcome. This blog tries very hard to say useful and interesting and worthwhile things, but also: University Challenge! Welcome to the running log of my travails with trivia, with occasional grumpy commentary when the show does a fail. This week (that would be last week, not the episode that went out – um – four hours ago) a first-round match between the University of Newcastle and the University of Sheffield.
And it was a curb-stomp, to the point of being a little bit embarrassing to watch the Newcastle team sitting there slowly wilting. They lost, 70 to a stellar 315, and never looked like they had the slightest chance of getting off the ground.
I scored 270, 215 without unstartered bonuses. Pretty good going, I think. Also, I am a little miffed about one of the questions – the question was wrong, whether by a fault of a backstage question-elf or Paxman misspeaking, and that should’ve been an extra five points. To specify, the question was “Which son of Edward IV, also king, used the badge of a white boar?” Not knowing the answer, but knowing that Edward IV had only one son who was also king, I said “Edward V”. The answer given was “Richard III”, who was Edward IV’s younger brother, not his son. Tch, tch, UC.