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University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:07 pm

New series kicks off tonight, QUB (yay!) against Aberdeen.

My mum knows one of tonight's contestants, any Apterites we should look out for?

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by James Robinson » Mon Jul 15, 2013 6:15 pm

Bob De Caux is representing Southampton in this series. I think he said he's on next month. 8-)
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:49 pm

I'll be facing Mr Paxman for Southampton on Uni Challenge tonight

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:39 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:I'll be facing Mr Paxman for Southampton on Uni Challenge tonight
Unlucky tonight Bob, you came up against a strong side! Hopefully you'll be back in as highest scoring losers though, 5 more minutes and you probably could have scraped 200!

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by James Robinson » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:52 pm

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Bob De Caux wrote:I'll be facing Mr Paxman for Southampton on Uni Challenge tonight
Unlucky tonight Bob, you came up against a strong side! Hopefully you'll be back in as highest scoring losers though, 5 more minutes and you probably could have scraped 200!
Yeah, my sister's university (Loughborough) also got 155 last week, so you're joint 2nd in the high-scoring losers, so hopefully you'll get a 2nd bite of the cherry, but it was a pretty strong performance, particularly at the end there. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:05 pm

Thanks guys! Yeah, unfortunate to come up against such a strong team in the first round, but we've given ourselves a good shot at a highest loser berth

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Aug 27, 2013 10:49 pm

Just caught up with this. That was a good effort, especially picking up a hatful of points at the end. Hope you make it back, Stephen Hendry / Jesus / Bob!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by James Robinson » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:51 pm

Just in case anyone isn't aware, the last 1st round match was played tonight, and amazingly since they played their game over a month ago, BDC's Southampton team remained in the same runners-up spot, so we'll see them again within the next 2 weeks.

Don't know who they've got yet, but it's either Durham, Loughborough, or Christ Church, Oxford.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:52 pm

Hey James, thanks for posting this. We were second to film, so we expect that our playoff will be on 28th October - it's against Loughborough...

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Post by James Robinson » Tue Oct 15, 2013 5:20 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Hey James, thanks for posting this. We were second to film, so we expect that our playoff will be on 28th October - it's against Loughborough...
Well, my sister will be cheering her uni on, and I'll be cheering you on. :D
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:27 pm

I punched the air when they showed that Southampton had stayed in as a high-scoring loser. Looking forward to more!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:52 pm

Haha, cheers Adam. That must have been an interesting sight!

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Adam Gillard » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:56 pm

Unless I'm very much mistaken, Jesus and Co. will be on in 5 minutes!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Post by James Robinson » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:46 pm

Adam Gillard wrote:Unless I'm very much mistaken, Jesus and Co. will be on in 5 minutes!
Indeed, a very good performance by BDC and his team. Will look forward to seeing them again.

And after the past 2 years of Apto-related semi-finalists, he's got a lot to live up to. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:01 pm

:) :) :D :D :D :? :shock: :( :( :( :cry:

Ok, BRING IT ON!

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Post by Adam Gillard » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:04 pm

Yes, excellent performance tonight by Southampton. Looking forward to more!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Oct 29, 2013 12:27 pm

I laughed when you laughed at 'Turdus'.

Brilliant stuff Southampton!

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:53 pm

Thanks Eoin. Seems that even under pressure, I still find poo jokes funny. Which is worrying!

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:48 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Thanks Eoin. Seems that even under pressure, I still find poo jokes funny. Which is worrying!
Haha! Don't worry, I chuckled when I heard it too, and then found it even funnier that you laughed at it! :lol:

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:37 pm

Nice work Bob, some very good buzzing by your team.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:40 pm

Cheers Thomas, definitely learned a lot from that first round game. It's all about the early buzzing!

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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Oct 31, 2013 12:58 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Cheers Thomas, definitely learned a lot from that first round game. It's all about the early buzzing!
Getting the answers right also helps - I was outbuzzed by a team-mate with wrong answers at least twice :roll:
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Nov 11, 2013 6:34 pm

Bob - you didn't happen to get speaking to the QUB team whilst over did you?

PS, QUB on tonight, woop woop! :D

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:12 pm

Yes Eoin, they were in our filming block for the second round, so we saw them at the hotel and had a chat

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Eoin Monaghan » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:44 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Yes Eoin, they were in our filming block for the second round, so we saw them at the hotel and had a chat
Ah thought you might have! My mum's friend's son is on the Queen's team, and mentioned to her that there was a Countdown octochamp filming, so I was scratching my head trying to work out who it was!

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Post by James Robinson » Mon Nov 11, 2013 10:50 pm

Eoin Monaghan wrote:
Bob De Caux wrote:Yes Eoin, they were in our filming block for the second round, so we saw them at the hotel and had a chat
Ah thought you might have! My mum's friend's son is on the Queen's team, and mentioned to her that there was a Countdown octochamp filming, so I was scratching my head trying to work out who it was!
Well, it wasn't Bob then :!: :P
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:13 pm

Yes, thank you for reminding me, James! I can't think who else they could have meant though, Eoin.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Wed Nov 13, 2013 6:45 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Yes, thank you for reminding me, James! I can't think who else they could have meant though, Eoin.
Sorry, sorry! :oops: Perhaps he had said 'winner' (of a game) or something along those lines! :oops:

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:41 pm

Southampton are back on tomorrow vs Bangor

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Post by James Robinson » Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:40 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Southampton are back on tomorrow vs Bangor
If you haven't had chance to watch it, GO WATCH IT!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:33 pm

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:37 pm

Well that was ok. Maybe cut down on the smug grin for the next one

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Nov 25, 2013 10:39 pm

Maybe not please.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:41 pm

I'll see what I can do

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Ryan Taylor » Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:11 am

Juggernaut! Well played everybody, great team performance and some superb starters/answers.

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Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:05 pm

WOW! Just caught up with this. Awesome performance by Bob and team! You'll be hard to beat in that sort of form.
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:00 pm

Just watched your second round - truly spectacular effort, well done! The quick buzzing tactic was working ridiculously well.

Less spectacular was the question setters' knowledge of Sudan, but at least it didn't matter.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Sun Dec 01, 2013 3:59 pm

Thanks for the comments, guys. The quick buzzing was certainly working well, aided by a lot of science questions!

The Sudan mistake was just bizarre - seems odd that they've had that question sitting around for a few years without thinking to update it.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:04 pm

Note to Mr Monaghan. Southampton v QUB on Uni Challenge this Monday.

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Post by Eoin Monaghan » Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:59 pm

Bob De Caux wrote:Note to Mr Monaghan. Southampton v QUB on Uni Challenge this Monday.
Oh no! Not only do I not want either team to lose, but I'm also in France next week so will be a whole week behind! :cry:

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:37 pm

Great performance again Bob. Are you against Somerville next? Would definitely fancy you against them (though I'm expecting an interesting match against Trinity/Manchester in the semis)

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Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Feb 03, 2014 11:03 pm

Thanks Thomas. Yes, Somerville next in three weeks time

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Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:02 am

Very impressive stuff again, Bob and team! Looked like you were enjoying yourselves there!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

Another niner for Adam and yet another century. Well done, that man."

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Post by Bob De Caux » Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:54 am

Thanks Adam. Yes, we were much more relaxed for this game and really enjoyed it

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Post by Michael Wallace » Tue Feb 04, 2014 1:34 am

Cracking stuff, we were both thoroughly impressed, particularly with how many you clearly knew you knew, rather than just educated guesses.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:35 am

Thanks Michael. I think the last round taught us that if we had a solid hunch, it was probably right, so we were much more confident. I think only Australia and Guggenheim were educated guesses for me (I did actually know Dostoevsky, even though I unnecessarily Hansforded it), and there were a lot of clues which just happened to be a giveaway for one of us, e.g. giving Richard an atomic number is equivalent to just giving him the answer.

That maths questions was totally unparseable at full speed though, no-one in the studio was anywhere near it.

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Post by Michael Wallace » Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:18 am

Bob De Caux wrote:Thanks Michael. I think the last round taught us that if we had a solid hunch, it was probably right, so we were much more confident. I think only Australia and Guggenheim were educated guesses for me (I did actually know Dostoevsky, even though I unnecessarily Hansforded it), and there were a lot of clues which just happened to be a giveaway for one of us, e.g. giving Richard an atomic number is equivalent to just giving him the answer.

That maths questions was totally unparseable at full speed though, no-one in the studio was anywhere near it.
Ha yes, I did enjoy the atomic number one. And yes, that maths one was a bit mental, I got as far as working out the answer for *natural* numbers rather than integers. I recognized it afterwards as something I vaguely remember from number theory, but that was years ago and it's proving impossible to google.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:05 am

Bob! *Sob*

I hope you were paying attention when Pax-man described the 'draconian' rules where you have to win twice at this stage.

Go Team SouthBobton!
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

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Post by James Laverty » Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:50 am

Unlucky tonight Bob, can't deny that Somerville were pretty strong. Good luck in the next game
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Tue Feb 25, 2014 11:25 am

Thanks guys. We knew it was going to be a really tough game as we were aware of the Vermeer/Beer tandem, and once you get off to a bad start (especially when you know all the answers but are just a fraction too slow), it's very hard to claw your way back into it. So, one more chance....

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:05 am

This is all just a plan to maximise your TV appearances, right?

Unlucky on this one - hope you won your next (especially if it's against Manchester)

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Wed Feb 26, 2014 6:39 pm

Yeah, you've sussed it out, Thomas! It IS Manchester up next, btw.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Mar 10, 2014 3:59 pm

Back on tonight v Manchester for a place in the semi finals...

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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:01 pm

Unlucky Bob. You were a true presence. Those shits from Manchester didn't even bother waving goodbye.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Ryan Taylor » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:29 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed all of the shows you were in. Disappointed to see you go out, but tonight just didn't fall the teams way. Playing catch-up forced you into errors and the Manchester team were also pretty good opposition and seemed to land a lot of bonuses that you'd have probably cleaned up on. Well done to you and your team! A true presence as Matt says.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:33 pm

Also I apologise for openly chastising you for giving DIMINISH as an answer when Paxtits had asked for an 8-letter word. Oops.

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Bob De Caux » Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:59 pm

Haha, I did actually count the letters Matt! By that stage, it was definitely a case of fuck it, worth a pop. Thanks for the comments though, guys. Shame it ended on a bit of a meh, but we had a good run with a couple of awesome wins, and the questions just didn't really fall for us tonight. I don't think there was much between us and Manchester, but they were a more rounded team subject wise and got crucial buzzes in all the right places. I thought I remembered getting a question wrong every minute in that match, so it wasn't quite as bad as I feared. Not great though! Dimension though, jeez, that was a bad one

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Adam Gillard » Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:22 am

A shame to see you go, Bob. You and team Southampton have been thoroughly entertaining and did really well to get to this stage.
Mike Brown: "Round 12: T N R S A E I G U

C1: SIGNATURE (18) ["9; not written down"]
C2: SEATING (7)
Score: 108–16 (max 113)

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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Ian Volante » Tue Mar 11, 2014 8:51 am

Bob De Caux wrote:Haha, I did actually count the letters Matt! By that stage, it was definitely a case of fuck it, worth a pop. Thanks for the comments though, guys. Shame it ended on a bit of a meh, but we had a good run with a couple of awesome wins, and the questions just didn't really fall for us tonight. I don't think there was much between us and Manchester, but they were a more rounded team subject wise and got crucial buzzes in all the right places. I thought I remembered getting a question wrong every minute in that match, so it wasn't quite as bad as I feared. Not great though! Dimension though, jeez, that was a bad one
I don't know - I guessed dimension, but was still surprised when it was right. Maths questions are often necessarily convoluted that I reckon they're much harder than, say, a tough history question. I suppose from another point of view, it wouldn't be that unusual to sit and browse a text on the Second Carnatic War (did that even happen?!), whereas perusing a treatise on Euclidean geometry would be somewhat odd.
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Re: University Challenge 2013/2014

Post by Matt Morrison » Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:05 am

I know I'm only repeating what will have been said a hundred times elsewhere, but that music numbers opening question was one of the wankiestly worded things ever. 15 was way more correct than 75.

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