Author Topic: University Challenge  (Read 13915 times)

citoyen

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University Challenge
« on: October 01, 2010, 05:28:19 pm »
Bit late, I know, but I only saw this week's edition last night...

There was a question about "road tax" that very pointedly included the fact that VED hasn't been earmarked for road spending for many, many years, which raised a wry smile.

I presume we have our very own yacf quiz compiler to thank for that.  ;D

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2010, 05:36:57 pm »
Bit late, I know, but I only saw this week's edition last night...

There was a question about "road tax" that very pointedly included the fact that VED hasn't been earmarked for road spending for many, many years, which raised a wry smile.

I presume we have our very own yacf quiz compiler to thank for that.  ;D

some advert for a car on the wireless referred to it as a Road Fund Licence; Shirley that went out in 1936 but I'm sure RFL is as common as VED in common parlance

do you think if they scrapped the VED and put it on fuel instead we'd get shouted at by motorists "Oi get out of my way you don't buy petrol"?

Rapples

Re: University Challenge
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2010, 05:48:00 pm »
do you think if they scrapped the VED and put it on fuel instead we'd get shouted at by motorists "Oi get out of my way you don't buy petrol"?

to which the correct reply is

"Of course I do, you don't think I'm going to pay the gardener to mow a lawn the size of mine without a tractor do you"

 O:-)

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2010, 01:35:33 pm »
do you think if they scrapped the VED and put it on fuel instead we'd get shouted at by motorists "Oi get out of my way you don't buy petrol"?

to which the correct reply is

"Of course I do, you don't think I'm going to pay the gardener to mow a lawn the size of mine without a tractor do you"

 O:-)

Most tractors run on diesel, don't they, Rapples?
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2010, 02:24:51 pm »
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I presume we have our very own yacf quiz compiler to thank for that

Well spotted, Citoyen!
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2010, 02:28:05 pm »
Nice one Tom  :thumbsup:
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2010, 02:31:33 pm »
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I presume we have our very own yacf quiz compiler to thank for that

Well spotted, Citoyen!
We take especial pride in Qs that are unseen signals to those we like or who share our feelings  ;)

I saw that one! Thought it had to be something to do with Tom :)

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2010, 02:33:10 pm »
It's like coded messages from Osama.   :demon:
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2010, 05:33:55 pm »
Going back a few years, but here's another Q on a similar theme:

“Isn’t that a bit like dealing with the problem of smoking by providing bigger ashtrays?” was a comment on a seven-billion-pound spending decision announced by the government in July 2003. On what was the money to be spent?"

citoyen

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2010, 05:43:24 pm »
Brilliant!  :thumbsup:

I guessed the right answer of course, but I had to look up the quote to find out who said it. Turns out it was in a letter to the Guardian! Who'd have thought it?  ;D

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2010, 10:38:12 am »
So where was it last night?

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2010, 02:01:15 pm »
You can always hold your own University Challenge competition. Click




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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2010, 06:47:32 pm »
Is there any possible reason why we don't get together and do that? :D
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2010, 07:32:26 pm »
Is there any possible reason why we don't get together and do that? :D

Yes. It would take someone to organise it.
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2010, 02:14:15 pm »
Bit late, I know, but I only saw this week's edition last night...

There was a question about "road tax" that very pointedly included the fact that VED hasn't been earmarked for road spending for many, many years, which raised a wry smile.

I presume we have our very own yacf quiz compiler to thank for that.  ;D

some advert for a car on the wireless referred to it as a Road Fund Licence; Shirley that went out in 1936 but I'm sure RFL is as common as VED in common parlance

do you think if they scrapped the VED and put it on fuel instead we'd get shouted at by motorists "Oi get out of my way you don't buy petrol"?
I remember somewhere Transpondian, where they introduced a special local tax on electric vehicles because it was "unfair" that they didn't have to buy petrol etc.

Re: University Challenge
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2010, 08:46:53 pm »
Year 2000, York team, end nearest to Jeremy Paxman.

That was me, that was!

We got through round one, but were beaten in the 2nd by Balliol, who had a team member who even his team mates referred to as a quiz freak.

The student who organised our entry (I think he was studying Meeja, and wanted it to look good on his CV) was overheard on the supporters minibus saying that we were 'ok, but they're all know-it-alls'.  Which I thought was kinda the point...

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2010, 08:21:31 pm »
I'm disgusted by the youth of today. Not only do this team not know who invented the bouncing bomb used by the Dambusters in WWII,  but they don't know who sang Temptation.  ::-)
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2010, 08:35:43 pm »
The Human League wasn't a bad guess, TBF.

It was better than the toff who mistook Underworld for Iggy Pop :facepalm:

clarion

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2010, 08:37:09 pm »
The Human League wasn't a bad guess, TBF.


Couldn't have been much closer, in fact...
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2010, 08:41:58 pm »
How can they not know Barnes Wallis though? Is he not general knowledge? Fair enough, I have ex-air force parents who like war films, but still.
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border-rider

Re: University Challenge
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2010, 08:42:26 pm »
I'm disgusted by the youth of today. Not only do this team not know who invented the bouncing bomb used by the Dambusters in WWII,  but they don't know who sang Temptation.  ::-)

+2

Unforgivable, both.  Parts of our common historical narrative.

Re: University Challenge
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2010, 08:44:05 pm »
They were a bit crap on the Tube stations too.  Even I got all of those, with pretty much zero knowledge of the different lines (I just remember which stations serve which parts of the country).

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2010, 08:48:12 pm »
This may not come as a surprise, but I don't know who sang "Temptation". I tried googling but am none the wiser. Neither Mrs. Wow nor Dez knows.

Hope this helps.
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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2010, 08:50:45 pm »
Barnes Wallis was a completely obvious answer.  Then again, I have an engineering degree.

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That was me, that was!
You have my newfound respect!  I made the reserve team in 2004 and haven't got as close since then.  

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Re: University Challenge
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2010, 08:51:19 pm »
Dez has found a Youtube rendition. I can honestly say I've never heard it before. Neither has Mrs. Wow. Dez thinks he has. It is, sadly, tuneless and unmemorable.
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