Aber beaten by rivals Bangor in University Challenge

ucphotoABERYSTWYTH dropped out of University Challenge in the final episode of the first round tonight, losing to North Wales rivals Bangor in a contest that was decided by half time.

Boasting an average age of 30, the Aber team was made up of Simon Thomas and Matthew Campbell, both Masters’ students in International Politics, Ned Bishop-Harper, studying for a Masters’ in Environmental Management, and Daniel Guy, a doctoral student in Biology.

After a mediocre performance in the first half, Aberystwyth pulled back in a monkey-related bonus round, but their poor form continued as Bangor shone when it came to maths. A round on Spanish cities saw Bangor’s lead cemented, putting them 90 points ahead as the show neared its end.

A round on MPs constituencies put Bangor clear of 200 and well ahead of their southern rivals, as the final seconds ticked away, culminating on a bonus round on chemical formulae.

Although the programme was marred throughout by a various mispronunciations of Aberystwyth by both the announcer and the show’s host Jeremy Paxman, reaction on Twitter saw Bangor come under repeated criticism for their delays in answering questions. One Twitter user also commented: “If anyone’s casting a UK version of Big Bang Theory, they might want a look at tonight’s #UniversityChallenge”.

Bangor progressed to the second round, with a final score of 230 – described by Paxman as “very good – and nicely democratically arrived at too”. Aberystwyth finished with a score of 110.