University Challenge: Contestant says the incorrect answer
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University Challenge saw the University of Reading battle it out with the University of Dundee for a place in the quarter-finals of Monday’s instalment of the BBC show. During the episode, host Jeremy Paxman asked the contestants a difficult question about the earth’s atmosphere, but a player’s peculiar answer left him stunned. Confused viewers took to social media wondering if the contestant’s odd answer was “for a bet”.
During Monday’s instalment, Jeremy asked the players: “What polysyllabic term describes a dust particle from space that is small and light enough to have survived its passage through earth’s atmosphere, drifting down to the ground instead of being vaporised?”
The first player to buzz in was called Hutchinson from Reading who guessed the answer was stardust, but Jeremy told him that was incorrect.
The 71-year-old presenter asked: “No, would anyone else like to have another go?”
A University of Dundee contestant called Philip pressed the buzzer and said the answer to the 10 point question was “green elves”.
Jeremy scoffed in disbelief and told the teams the correct answer was a micrometeorite, to which Philip said he was “close”.
Viewers took to Twitter to comment on the odd answer which they were convinced was said as part of a bet.
Sandy Maher commented: “Did he just say green elves for a bet?!”
Ja Teken also said: “Was green elves a bet? #UniversityChallenge”
Carolyn Boulton added: “I wonder if Philip got £20 for saying green elves. #UniversityChallenge”
Day Jury quipped: “Green elves is the greatest answer ever given on #UniversityChallenge.”
Phil Tutty joked: “If you are out stargazing tonight keep an eye out for the green elves. #UniversityChallenge”
Monk Adderley added: “Philip is by far the most interesting contestant and all he has said is “green elves” throughout the entire contest. Now that’s genius! #UniversityChallenge”
Unfortunately for Philip, his team lost to the University of Reading and would not be making it through to the next round of the competition.
The University of Reading scored an impressive 245 points, whereas the University of Dundee scored 50 points.
At the end of the episode, Jeremy said: “That’s a great score Reading and we look forward to seeing you in the quarter-finals of the competition.
“Dundee, unfortunately, you will have to go home, but thank you very much for joining us and taking part.”
Jeremy has been the show’s quizmaster of the BBC Two programme since September 1994.
The current title holders are the University of Warwick, which won the 50th series on April 5 2021.
University Challenge continues next Monday at 8.30pm on BBC Two.
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