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Funny story: University Challenge Coverage Boosts Worcester Sauce Jobs

University Challenge Coverage Boosts Worcester Sauce Jobs

Coverage of the popular BBC quiz show University Challenge could lead to the creation of more jobs at the Worcestershire Sauce factory. The progress of Worcester College, Oxford, to the semi-finals of this year's competition was followed avidly by...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Manchester Cruise To Title

University Challenge: Manchester Cruise To Title

So is it a slap-up feast at Ilkley's fabulously and ridiculously expensive Box Tree restaurant for native boy Tristan Burke after he led his Manchester side to victory? I've never been, Tris, despite living near for years, so if they do treat you, drop us a line let me know what it's like. Manchester were hot on the buzzer from the start and once again a previously crack outfit, this time Pe...
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Funny story: Pembroke v Manchester 'High Noon' : The University Challenge Final

Pembroke v Manchester 'High Noon' : The University Challenge Final

Monday night's final is the one we've all been waiting for. The final to end all finals and the one we predicted a very long time ago. The inevitable conclusion, when the two gangs with this year's fastest guns meet up for the winner takes all shoot-out. Like Shane drawing on Wilson: Wyatt Earp versus the Clanton Brothers; or the great Gary Cooper making Grace Kelly wait until the very last...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Jeremy Paxman, Pembroke College & UCL Invoke Spirit Of The Old Empire

University Challenge: Jeremy Paxman, Pembroke College & UCL Invoke Spirit Of The Old Empire

Monday night is Paxo night on Auntie BBC. Kicking off yesterday with the second semi-final of University Challenge:- Pembroke College Cambridge versus University College London. I remember, years back in January, tipping Pembroke to win this years competition. But in truth either team could have won last night's excellent, evenly matched game. And it was a crying shame there had to be a los...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Manchester Too Tasty For Worcester Sauce.

University Challenge: Manchester Too Tasty For Worcester Sauce.

Oh dear! What shame! This was a mouth-watering prospect - two of the most entertaining sides in the competition squaring up for a cracking semi-final. But what a let-down. Well, to be perfectly fair, Manchester were entertaining, as well as sharp. But poor old Worcester simply never got going... the score was already a daunting 115-0 before they managed to get to the starter-for-ten buzze...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Manchester And Clare Duke Out A Classic

University Challenge: Manchester And Clare Duke Out A Classic

As Lord Liverpool may well have ejaculated on hearing Wellington's despatch reporting the victory at Waterloo: "Bloody hell! What a stonker!" This was quarter-final last chance saloon for these sides, both of whom had already lost one match, and they served up a spectacular, high-scoring tight finish. The outfit from Cambridge, featuring the deeply intense Daniel Janes, got off to a slow sta...
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Funny story: University Challenge: "Ave Atque Vale" Dearest Homerton

University Challenge: "Ave Atque Vale" Dearest Homerton

Interestingly, to anyone interested in events that are not at all either interesting or illuminating, the Roman poet Catallus (he who scribed "Hail and Farewell") didn't also write "What Goes Around Comes Around" (Anon). Which is only relevant in the sense that one of my two favourite teams lost last night. And Homerton are therefore now out of this year's competition. Boo hoo! But despair...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Clare Just Fail To Storm Pembroke's Castle

University Challenge: Clare Just Fail To Storm Pembroke's Castle

There was very nearly a coup in the latter stages of this ultimately exciting match. As Clare staged a roaring comeback from a seemingly hopeless position (the score at one stage read an embarrassing Pembroke 140 Clare minus 5) the excitable Daniel Janes seemed to all but usurp skipper Jonathan Burley's answering prerogative. Both Cambridge teams went into this match needing one win to make...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Saucy Worcester Make The Semis

University Challenge: Saucy Worcester Make The Semis

What a sauce! Worcester College, who qualified for the second round by winning the highest-losers' play-offs, are the first team into this year's semi-finals. Defeat tonight would have been fatal for neither side as teams need to win two quarter-final matches to qualify for the semis, and each already had one win under their belts. And there was a feeling that this led to a lack of urgency - it...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Worcester and Newcastle Serve Up A Lass-Led Cracker

University Challenge: Worcester and Newcastle Serve Up A Lass-Led Cracker

It has been suggested that we call this match The Battle of the Babes because both sides are skippered by young women - but we wouldn't do that, would we? Two women on the same show is rare enough... but both skippers? Congratulations to Worcester College, Oxford, and Newcastle University on a thoroughly entertaining match - and for the not insignificant distaff presence. And the girls -...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Pembroke Are Early Favourites

University Challenge: Pembroke Are Early Favourites

For just about every half-decent reason I can imagine, I'm delighted to stick my neck out this week and announce an early inkling for Pembroke College to win this year's University Challenge. For a start, they've a girl in their team. One of the rarest and most welcome sights in this season's competition. Second, all four of the Pembroke squad is an undergraduate. Yes, we all know rules...
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Funny story: BBC Radio One Music Chief Embarrassed On Quiz Show

BBC Radio One Music Chief Embarrassed On Quiz Show

BBC chiefs moved quickly to cover up the embarrassment of the head of music at Radio 1 and 1Extra, George Ergatoudis, after he took part in a TV quiz last night. Mr Ergatoudis was appearing on Christmas University Challenge, a variation on the reg...
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Funny story: University Challenge: UCL And Manchester Keep Us Smiling

University Challenge: UCL And Manchester Keep Us Smiling

All right! We'll take up the slack while Col Juan News suffers IT trauma. Well done to both teams - this was an entertaining match, thanks mostly to both skippers deliberating with their team mates audibly. And entering into a bit of banter with inquisitor, Jeremy Paxman. Maybe the pressure was off a little, since defeat in your opening quarter-final match is the not the end of the matter...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Pembroke Fix Nottingham Good

University Challenge: Pembroke Fix Nottingham Good

Quite simply, the Cambridge outfit from Pemroke were just too good for Nottingham, who probably woke up the following day needing a dose of medicine from local outfit Boot's The Chemist. Nottingham took the first starter but that was it for the team from the East Midlands. Pembroke College, Cambridge, were generally faster on the button - and even when they weren't in the later stages, Nottingh...
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Funny story: University Challenge: UCL And Warwick Bring Back The Entertainment Value

University Challenge: UCL And Warwick Bring Back The Entertainment Value

We seem to be alternating between dull and entertaining bouts of UC lately. Thankfully, there were smiles on faces this week as the two teams seemed genuinely to be enjoying themselves. Which means that I don't have to be sidetracked into describing the cuisine chez Fields this Monday evening (well, if you must know, it was sweet, lean, scrumptious lamb cutlets followed by figs and home-made...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Scruffy Mancs Splat Oxford Toffs

University Challenge: Scruffy Mancs Splat Oxford Toffs

Oh bugger it! What bloody happened to yesterday? My original plan was to write this weekly University Challenge match report yesterday morning (Tuesday). But having suffered watching the programme on Monday night I couldn't face it. So I bottled out and called Ken Lucid (Heroditus Chair of History at Hounslow University) and we both got smashed down the local pub. I mean to say. Universi...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Oxford Students Serve Up Spicy Dish - Including A Brief Discussion On The Appropriateness Or Otherwise Of A Saucy Metaphor

University Challenge: Oxford Students Serve Up Spicy Dish - Including A Brief Discussion On The Appropriateness Or Otherwise Of A Saucy Metaphor

Two Oxford colleges cooked up a tasty dish for gourmands of University Challenge in a second course match this week. Worcester College edged out Queen's at the coffee course and duly take their place in the quarter-finals. We're becoming very familiar with Worcester's likeable foursome of Dave Knapp, Jack Bramhill, Jonathan Metzer and skipper Rebecca Gillie - this is their third appearance t...
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Funny story: University Challenge: Homerton Pip Durham In Cliffhanger

University Challenge: Homerton Pip Durham In Cliffhanger

Good game! Good game! As old Brucie used to say years before any of tonight's students had declined their first noun. Homerton College Cambridge and Durham University were well matched. But this was almost a clash of opposites. Durham back-slapping and high fiving their animated way through the thirty minutes. Whilst Homerton, cultured and laid-back, patiently waited their chance...
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