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Dear Jeremy Paxman,

Alpha Proximi is not the same as Proxima Centauri.

On the other hand, when you have asked a question about chlorides, "potassium" should be an acceptable answer for "potassium chloride", and when you have asked a question about potassium salts, "nitrate" should be an acceptable answer for "potassium nitrate".




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Aug. 20th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
Care to index it?
Aug. 20th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
See also: the key of F is synonymous with F Major; it's Minor keys you have to specify; and a Davenport is too a divan.

Bitter? moi?
Aug. 21st, 2007 06:07 am (UTC)
It sounds like you speak from bitter experience???

Tell us more!
Aug. 21st, 2007 07:17 am (UTC)
1997-8 series. Presented with a shot of a key signature with a B flat, I buzzed to blurt out "F". "No", said Paxman, and half our supplied audience went "oooooooh!", being a significant proportion of our university orchestra and musicals society. The other team failed to get it so got the subsequent key signature pictures on a later round and missed them all while I sat and gnashed my teeth at him.

We did appeal that one but weren't allowed it, despite random members of the audience (including the other team's supporters) saying "yes, F means F Major by default"). If he'd given me one of those Paddington stares I'd have supplied "Major" anyway, but he just dismissed it entirely. Humph.

The davenport one came from a "what kind of item of furniture is this" set of bonus questions, so wasn't worth as much to us, but I was still narked by his air of utter disbelief when dismissing our answer. In his world it can only be a desk, apparently. I hope he doesn't try to buy one in the US.
Aug. 20th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
when you have asked a question about chlorides, "potassium" should be an acceptable answer for "potassium chloride"

My thoughts exactly...
Aug. 20th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Since I missed it, I might as well ask the question my Mum always does. Was the nitrate answer not given to a non-Oxbridge team and was the star question given as right to an Oxbridge team?

My Mother is probably paranoid, but it never hurts to ask.
Aug. 20th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
You'd think wouldn't you, but it was an all-male Warwick team that was favoured and an all-girl Oxbridge team that was robbed. Robbed I tell you.
Aug. 21st, 2007 02:05 am (UTC)
My thoughts precisely.

In other news, did you know that this page is now third in line for Google searches for "Alpha Proximi"?
Aug. 21st, 2007 08:44 am (UTC)
Sounds as if he's overly literalistic in interpreting the answers for any subject he doesn't know anything about. If the question was 'Who was PM after Margaret Thatcher' he'd be sure to allow 'Major' as an answer rather than insisting on 'John Major'.

This would rather indicate his inappropriateness as quizmaster, in contrast to Bamber who knew, I mean, everything!
Aug. 23rd, 2007 05:48 pm (UTC)
I think you might like this discussion about it

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