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University Challenge results, 1999


The 1998-9 series started on the 3rd September and ended with the final on 27th April. The difference this year is that there are 28 teams in the first round. The second round consists of the 14 winners plus two others. The four highest scoring losers play each other in two games, the winner of each taking the final two places in the second round.

First round
Bristol245185Manchester
Balliol, Oxford195200Durham
Open350145Lancaster
Harris Manchester, Oxford185200Selwyn, Cambridge
Birkbeck, London300110Warwick
Portsmouth135230De Montfort
King's Coll Med&Dent, London130170Magdalen, Oxford
Aberdeen255145Newnham, Cambridge
Christ Church, Oxford150245Trinity, Cambridge
St Hilda's, Oxford115215Bangor
Corpus Christi, Cambridge145280Oriel, Oxford
Queen's, Belfast100230Sheffield
Downing, Cambridge160235Glasgow
City200210Leicester
Highest scoring runners-up
Harris Manchester, Oxford185200Manchester
City210300Balliol, Oxford
Second round
Open210200Magdalen, Oxford
Aberdeen75275Bangor
De Montfort135255Bristol
Selwyn, Cambridge145325Leicester
Oriel, Oxford290170Manchester
Glasgow140355Durham
Balliol, Oxford205270Birkbeck, London
Sheffield190255Trinity, Cambridge
Quarter Finals
Bangor240170Bristol
Oriel, Oxford335160Leicester
Open240235Birkbeck, London
Durham325175Trinity, Cambridge
Semi Finals
Bangor130235Oriel, Oxford
Open310120Durham
Final
Oriel, Oxford210265Open
Special shows
Leicester, 1963 winners145220Magdalen, Oxford, 1998 winners
Tabloids210165Broadsheets

The winning team were Lance Haward (who famously only took the Open University degree so that he could appear on University Challenge), David Good, John Burke, and Sue Mitchell, reading Classical Greek, Computing, Humanities, and Literature respectively. Jeremy Paxman aired his opinions about their victory (Times article, BBC article, Telegraph article) and Mr Haward responds.

The participants in the special celebrity show were: Jane Moore (The Sun), Peter Hutchens (The Express), Ann Leslie (Daily Mail) and Tony Parsons (The Mirror) for the Tabloids, and Decca Atikinhead (The Guardian), Libby Purves (The Times), Boris Johnson (Daily Telegraph) and Richard Ingrams (The Observer) for the Broadsheets.

Winners are given in bold, and the four highest scoring first round losers in italics.