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Oxford brainbox team stripped of TV quiz title 益智問答節目取消牛津大學冠軍頭銜

Bicycles are seen outside Radcliffe Camera, part of the Bodleian Library, first opened to scholars in 1602 at Oxford University in Oxford, England, on Oct. 17, 2008.


A team from Oxford University, which won a British TV quiz thanks to a team member nicknamed the “Human Google,” was stripped of its title last Monday, the BBC said.

Team member Sam Kay broke the rules because he was working as an accountant when his team from Corpus Christi College beat Manchester University in the final of “University Challenge.”

Oxford won easily thanks to 26-year-old Gail Trimble, who scored two-thirds of her team’s points, but Manchester will now be given the title.

A BBC statement said: “The University Challenge rules are that students taking part must be registered at their university or college for the duration of the recording of the series.

“Corpus Christi broke this important rule where other universities and colleges taking part didn’t. We therefore find ourselves in the regrettable position of having no choice but to disqualify Corpus Christi from the final.”

Kay has apologized and said he did not intend to mislead anyone.

(Staff Writer, with AFP)








University Challenge has been aired on British TV since 1962. It was cancelled in 1987 and brought back in 1994.


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