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University Challenge viewers despair as Cambridge’s Wolfson College loses 40-210



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1. Which current particle connects a painting by Henri Rousseau depicting a lunar desert and a lion and the infectious disease African trypanosomiasis? (Worth 10 points, Merton College answered correctly).

2. As his doctoral dissertation at the University of Jena in 1841, which submitted a Hagelian analysis entitled: ‘The Difference Between Democratic and Epicurean Philosophy of Nature’ (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

3. What chemical element is present in all three substances: salt, nitrous oxide and ammonia? (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

4. These are the titles of four major non-fiction works. The same word is removed from each title. What is it? (1

0 points, Merton answered correctly)

5. Which South American city is the setting of paintings like The Bridge at Boca by Benito Quinquela Martín and The Reconquest by Charles Fouqueray? The latter depicts the surrender of a British force trying to gain control of the River Plate in 1806. (10 points, Wolfson answered incorrectly before Merton answered correctly)

Referring to the probable origin of the object, what does the capital letter ‘I’ for India stand for in the alphanumeric designation of the object otherwise known as ‘oumuamua’, an asteroid observed in 2017 on a hyperbolic orbit (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

7. Which five-letter adjective indicates in anatomy the location of all the following: the epicanic fold, the atrium of the heart and the muscles of the biceps? (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

8. In March 2019, China’s launch of a communications satellite was the 300th of a family of launch vehicles with what two-word name? That of a nation-building event that began in the fall of 1934. (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

9. Coined by the Scottish physicist James Alfred Ewing and derived from the Greek meaning “to be behind”, which term in economics, often applied to unemployment and trade, refers to a situation where the consequences of an event are … ( 10 points, Merton answered correctly)

10. The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf contains over 1,000 examples of which literary unit uses compound words or … (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

11. ‘My music is best understood by children and animals.’ Who said that in 1961, ten years before his death and more than 30 years after works like Pulcinella, Oedipus Rex and The Firebird? (10 points, Merton answered correctly)

12. In which Canadian province or territory is the delta of the Mackenzie River. This river rises in Great Slave Lake and flows more than 1,500 km into the Beaufort Sea (10 points, neither team answered correctly)

13. Name one of the sports represented in the first letters IBSF, this is an international governing body for two winter sports (10 points, Wolfson answered correctly)

14. What is the name of this movie? (10 points, Wolfson answered correctly)

15. Which adjective is used in physics on the minimum mass of a physical material required to maintain a chain reaction?

16. Of the six wives of Henry VIII, name the two who appear as characters in a play usually attributed to both Shakespeare and John Fletcher?

17. Filiform and fungiform papillae are there small uneven protrusions on which part of the body? (10 points, Wolfson answered correctly)


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