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UCL triumph on 'University Challenge'

15 August 2006

UCL's 'University Challenge' team bested Pembroke College, Cambridge, on 14 August 2006, in the second match of the competition's round one.

2006 'University Challenge' team

They drew first blood by answering "Charles Dickens" to the first starter question, and went on to win the close-fought battle by 165 to 160.

In a clear demonstration of the benefits of studying at a university with strengths across the complete range of disciplines, the team's other correct answers included: "viscosity", "fibreglass", "question mark", "meteor hitting the earth", "Wet Wet Wet" and 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'", "earthworm", "love", "'Henry V'", "snare drum", "bongos", "Thomas Pynchon" and "Frascati".

Image: UCL's 2006 team, pictured with host Jeremy Paxman: Matthew Howson (UCL SSEES), Ellen Dwyer (UCL Medical School), Joe Murray (UCL English Language & Literature) and James Doeser (UCL Institute of Archaeology)