Your starter for 10: why didn’t you tell us you were not a student?

“She was hailed as the one-woman ‘intellectual blitzkrieg’ and the ‘greatest contestant ever’, but, in future, Gail Trimble will be every trivia buff’s correct answer to one, painful, question: who captained the shortest reigning University Challenge champions ever? Seven days after her triumphant performance in the grand final on BBC2, Trimble’s Corpus Christi team were dramatically stripped of their 2009 title last night after her team-mate, Sam Kay, was declared ineligible because he had graduated in June last year. Kay introduced himself on the programme as ‘Sam Kay from Frimley in Surrey – and I’m studying chemistry’ before a record television audience for the programme of 5.3 million last Monday. Sadly for his teammates he neglected to mention he had already left Oxford with a first class degree and entered the world of work in September as a graduate trainee for PricewaterhouseCoopers …” (more)

[Patrick Barkham and Jo Adetunji, Guardian, 3 March]

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