Pass the Baton

By | May 23, 2020

Here’s something really interesting we were alerted to by gordygeorge88 on Twitter, a full episode of University Challenge‘s Pass the Baton game from the mid-80s, a curio and no mistake. I hadn’t seen this since I was about five or six. In these dying days of the show’s run, games were split across two episodes – the first played by traditional rules, the second by these ones.

So many missed questions – the advantage of the team based quiz is it only requires one of eight people to know the answer as opposed to one in two, and whatsmore many of the questions will be asked outside the expertise of at least one of the contestants. It seems unusual for someone to be able to start halfway through a lap and end the round after just one question. Also, for the effort involved in filling the baton, the team bonus question seems a bit undervalued. Also the highest loser’s scoreboard is “highest average” but seems to just be across the two shows, so what’s the point in that then? And why is one of them a .6?

In the meantime here’s a fun Wikiquiz on gameshow themes open competitively until Monday. 46/50 is your score to beat, although I’m kicking myself on at least one of the ones I missed.

3 thoughts on “Pass the Baton

  1. David

    39/50- not bad for an American on a UK themes test I’d think…

  2. Chris M. Dickson

    Ben Justice overtakes Nick with 47/50; incredible scenes!

    I mostly like the way that I recognise virtually all the top dozen or so from the Bar, and then there’s more or less a gap to people who (with exceptions) broadly aren’t obviously in the fandom.

  3. Barry

    The explanation is St Catherine’s played a third game (the Friday final) giving them a total of 515 (and average of 171.6). Newcastle and Dundee only played two games meaning that St Cath’s is punished for having the cheek to actually defeat an opponent.


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