lavender

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Well, it's only 6 months since I last posted... since we do seem to still be vaguely alive, here's your starter for ten... Answers in by Monday 8pm BST. Cheats will be sneered at by Paxman.

Poll #2045675 Starters (but only 8)

Who wrote the novel 'Starter For Ten', later filmed?

Who played Bamber Gascoigne in The Young Ones' episode 'Bambi'?

What do you score for a correct non-starter question on University Challenge?

"First off we'll have 10... no, 12 bread rolls, and bring a pack of that fancy stuff..." "Butter?" <--- the starter in which famous comedy sketch?

Which TV company makes University Challenge?

What was the theme of the special edition Universe Challenge in 1998?

Which team played against Scumbag College?

Why were the University of Manchester banned from University Challenge for several years?

lavender

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Hello, is anyone still reading?

I've been thinking about reviving this community (mostly because I've been watching a lot of Only Connect and keep coming up with evil question ideas as a result), but obviously there's not much point if no one will play. :)
mermaid

Uncommon Entries #2 - results

There were 14 participants. I haven't counted my own score for ranking, but my answers do count towards the marks in each question.

A film starring John AND Joan Cusack. Grosse Pointe Blank scored badly, being very popular.
A studio album made by R.E.M. Green was the worst answer, which surprised me.
An officially recognised UK Christmas no.1 single released between 1980 and 2000 (inc). Too many to choose from? The only duplicated answer was Mistletoe and Wine.
A US state capital with a two word name. I decided I probably had to accept former state capitals, which worked out well for two of you. Des Moines was very popular.
A Canadian Prime Minister elected after 1946. Not much duplication.
A sovereign state beginning with E. Sorry, England is not a sovereign state! Estonia was the most popular, Eritrea the least.
A British football team that has competed in the Premier League for at least three seasons. Never answer Arsenal to a football question! The rest were pretty good answers.
A culinary herb or spice beginning with C. Cardamom very popular.
A character in The Big Bang Theory who has made more than 4 appearances [as of the end of s3]. No one at all guessed Leonard or Howard! Leslie Winkle & Dr Gablehauser scored highest.



In first place, the_magician, with 17/80. In second, clare_s with 19/120, and in third, calliaz with 21/288. Congrats, guys! A perfect score would have been 9/1, so you can see they weren't that far out. (It's easy to score into the thousands.)


Clarification: I'm not sure if people understood that the penalty for blank answers is the same as that for wrong answers (highest correct score +1). I'll write up the rules more fully if I run this again!
lego

Uncommon Entries #2 (eventually)

For each prompt, provide a response that is correct and which you hope will be duplicated by the fewest entrants. Correct answers score the number of people who provided that answer. If the answer is wrong, or the prompt goes unanswered, a high score results (highest score for the question, + 1). A perfect score = 1.

Closes: noon, Friday 28 May. Cheats can write a 200 word essay explaining why this community has been so quiet lately.

PLEASE NOTE: looking stuff up is not cheating. It's encouraged.

Edit: Premiership is not a trick question, just me not being terribly clear on the official names of leagues. Premier League it is.

Poll #1570064 Uncommon entries - the return

A film featuring John AND Joan Cusack.

A studio album made by R.E.M.

An officially recognised UK Christmas no.1 single released between 1980 and 2000 (inc).

A US state capital with a two word name.

A Canadian Prime Minister elected after 1946.

A sovereign state beginning with E.

A British football team that has competed in the Premiership for at least three seasons.

A culinary herb or spice beginning with C.

A character in The Big Bang Theory who has made more than 4 appearances [as of the end of s3].

patrick moore, comic relief, bo-rhap

Blimey

Well, that took a bit of marking, not helped by Excel randomly crashing on me twice or my total inability to keep my temperature below 100F today making it increasingly hard for me to focus on synonyms and 'wrong answers'. I abandoned the functions of life question (#12) entirely because a) I wrote nine when I clearly meant seven, and b) between 36 of you you came up with appx. 24 different terms, most of which overlapped or were almost certainly absolutely synonymous but I just didn't have the brainpower to sort them out... besides, the scores were getting increasingly insane.

It has been pointed out to me that merely adding scores gives a slightly different result, so I've included that information too for the top scorers, but since multiplication is what the original rules I nicked state, that's what you get. I've discounted my answers for ranking purposes, since I have played this sort of game a fair few times before, and spent quite a lot of time with relevant lists before setting it, but they're included in the overall marking (i.e. if you and I answered the same thing, we both scored 2).

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books2

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For each prompt, provide a response that is correct and which you hope will be duplicated by the fewest entrants. Correct answers score the number of people who provided that answer. If the answer is wrong, or the prompt goes unanswered, a high score results (highest score for the question, + 1). Total score = product of received scores. A perfect score = 1.

Answers in by noon GMT, Friday 30 November. Cheats will be penalised by their own actions, effectively.

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flyingbass

Beats me

It's time for another quiz! Now, apologies if this seems a little similar to imc's previous Music Intros quiz, as this is also an intros quiz but the difference is that these intros are made up (almost) entirely of percussion. After all, sometimes the characteristic beat of a song is as memorable as the words or tune, and some of these will be instantly recognisable. Therefore, to make it a little bit trickier, in each clip you'll hear the intros of two pieces of music played at the same time! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to identify the artist and title of both songs in each clip. In general, the answers are songs that have been released on single in the UK; many of them were quite successful...

Download the clips (mp3)

One point each for the artist and title of each song, and because I'm feeling very generous you'll get a bonus point for correctly identifying both songs in a single clip.

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Poll closes at 7pm on Tuesday 1st May. You can revisit your answers as often as you like until then.