A UNIVERSITY has finished a popular quiz show with one of the lowest scores in its history.

Viewers were left reeling last night after the most recent episode of University Challenge on BBC 2 which saw the University of Sussex lose with just ten points.

The academic quiz show hosted by Jeremy Paxman saw an epic win from the University of Birmingham with 245 points.

Team Sussex answered only three questions correctly, including one in the picture round and one in the music round, identifying the song The Beautiful Briny From Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

They would have had 25 points in total but came away with only ten due to wrong answers.

How many wrong answers would you have got on the show? Try your luck with this selection of ten and let us know in the comments how you get on.

  1. In what major mountain range is the point on earth that is farthest from the planet's centre?
  2. Name the Shakespeare tragedy in which the following lines appear: 'Ravens, crows, and kites, flying over our heads and looking down on us'
  3. Name the Shakespeare play in which the following lines appear: 'Light thickens and the crow makes wing to the rooky wood'
  4. Name the Shakespeare play in which the following lines appear: 'Come, thou day in night, For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night Whiter than new snow upon a raven's back'
  5. Which Dutch born Nobel chemistry laureate gives his name to a characteristic frequency of crystals and to a related temperature and specific heats applying to solids at a very low temperature?
  6. The Triumph of the Innocents, The Scapegoat, The Light of the World are works of which artist?
  7. A word meaning extremely hot or intensely passionate, used to describe the zone of earth bounded by the two tropics
  8. A word meaning inactive, slow or sluggish
  9. A word often used in reference to prose meaning inflated, pompous or bombastic
  10. What is the first book of the Old Testament with a main title that includes the name of a specific person?
  11. Which constellation is named after the Queen of Ethiopia?
  12. Which French priest gives his name to the design of a two mirror reflecting telescope?
  13. Which Italian born astronomer discovered four satellites of Saturn?
  14. In statistical physics, for what do the letters SOC stand for?
  15. Since the late 19th century successive flags of which country have included those known as Yellow Dragon, Five Races Under One Union, Blue Sky White Sun?
  16. Herding Cats and Big Mushy Happy Lump are collections on which series of web comics by Sarah Anderson?
  17. Her graphic novel Cheshire Crossing is a collaboration with which US author?
  18. Which novel includes the words: 'The Great Frost was, historians tell us, the most severe that has ever visited these islands. Birds froze in mid-air and fell like stone to the ground'?
  19. What is the name of a recent TV drama co-produced by BBC and HBO created by and starring Michaela Cole?
  20. A short series following a group of young graduates competing for jobs at a fictional investment bank

It was over half way through the episode until the team got a question right: What middle initial links the authors of all these works of fiction, The Camberwell Miracle, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman, Lorna Doone and The Catcher in the Rye?

The University of Sussex does not have a good track record on the show and in 1971, the university scored the lowest in an episode hosted by Bamber Gascoigne - with just ten points once again.

The lowest score of the Paxman-era was from the University of Reading, who were beaten by Keble College Oxford 240 points to zero in 2017.

Sussex won the series in 1969 when they succeeded against the University of Essex, having claimed a victory against King's College London two years prior.

Check your answers here:

  1. The Andes
  2. Julius Caesar
  3. Macbeth
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Peter Debye
  6. William Holman Hunt
  7. Torrid
  8. Torpid
  9. Turgid
  10. Joshua
  11. Cassiopeia
  12. Laurent Cassegrain
  13. Cassini
  14. Self-organised criticality
  15. China
  16. Sarah's Scribbles
  17. Andy Weir
  18. Orlando by Virginia Wolfe
  19. I May Destroy You
  20. Industry

How did you do? Let us know in the comments.

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