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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

image for University Challenge: UCL And Warwick Bring Back The Entertainment Value Warwick mascot - without ragged staff. OK - it's not a boar... but it is the county emblem. Isn't it?

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 coffee and cinnamon ice cream).

This must have been the first time I'd seen either side this year because I recognised none of the team members and I certainly I don't remember seeing so many PhD candidates in one team (Warwick) before.

While Birmingham were defeated a couple of weeks ago, their Thomas Farrer's punky spikes are still favourite to win hairdo of the season - though UCL skipper Jamie Karran could provide competition with his hippy mop.

Jamie took his entertainment responsibilities seriously - not only was his hair worthy of note, we also want to know what on Earth he had round his neck. Some form of human-sized name collar, attached to a lead?

And he and his team were animated and happy. Good for them.

Warwick picked up the first starter and it was pretty much even-Stevens during the first half. But they seemed to run out of steam and UCL slowly but surely stretched out a lead in the second half of the show. Even when Warwick's skipper Thomas Hayes recognised the theme tune for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine neither he nor his could cash in on other TV sci-fi music - they were perhaps far too young to remember Blake's 7 (Mrs Fields was less than impressed by this failure).

Greater success with the themes might have given them the momentum for a final push, but it wasn't to be and UCL ran out worthy winners 220-150.

Warwick: Tom Hayes, Martin Rixham, Sumukh Kaul, Celia Nicholls. Sorry UCL, some mumbled introductions and the failure of your student newspaper to name you online (well done Warwick's The Boar) means you'll have to wait until next time.

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