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University Challenge: Newcastle vs. Sheffield

September 6, 2010

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.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Paul Skinner permalink
    September 6, 2010 10:29 pm

    Not tempted to send off a letter and get a BBC letter-headed piece of paper back that you can then continuously wave in peoples’ faces to prove just how damn clever you are?*

    *I may still be doing this 3 years after the fact.

  2. Paul Skinner permalink
    September 6, 2010 10:34 pm

    Incidentally, tonight I was extremely pleased to have actually predicted the bonus questions to a round! It was the round on lawsuits over breach of copyright of songs. It made me feel smug.

    (UCL vs. one of the Oxfords)

  3. Tei Tetua permalink
    September 9, 2010 2:48 pm

    As Duke of Gloucester, Richard was a successful military leader and was a popular figure. Inns would use his badge, the white boar, as a customer-pleasing emblem. Then the Tudors took over and suddenly displaying Richard’s symbol wasn’t a wise thing to do–so a lot of those inns had their signs overpainted and became “The Blue Boar”. Which if you think about it, is a rare beast (but maybe enough ale makes it visible).

    Shame on the quiz people for getting such a trivial item wrong.

  4. September 9, 2010 4:20 pm

    @Paul: Thought about it, couldn’t be bothered. Tutting at them on the Internet is about my level.

    @Tei Tetua: I always thought the Blue Boar business was something to do with the way that, on some animals, a grey coat is referred to as blue. Thanks for the correction!

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