During Monday’s instalment of University Challenge, BBC host Jeremy Paxman invited University College London (UCL) and St Hilda’s from Oxford to battle it out against each other. Both teams seemed to storm through each round as they answered the questions correctly. However, midway through the episode, Jeremy appeared to let a “wrong” answer about maths slide as he told St Hilda’s: “I’ll accept that”.
During the bonus round, Jeremy began by telling St Hilda’s: “Your bonuses are on mathematics again.
“Giving a real-valued function, F. What name is given to a point where the derivative of F at that point is zero?
“And its second derivative is strictly less than zero?”
The team gave their answer as “a minimum” although the correct answer was maximum.
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The next question he asked was: “Coinciding with the maximum under certain conditions, the least upper bound of a set of real numbers is known by what single word name?”
The team gave the answer of “Superium”.
However, Jeremy told them the correct answer to the question was “Supremum”.
Despite St Hilda’s not giving the exact same answer, Jeremy went on to give them the point and said: “I’ll accept that.”
“I’ll accept that even though it’s the wrong word,” a fourth commented.
Elsewhere in the programme, viewers were left unimpressed when contestant Bennett got a sports question incorrect.
Jeremy asked: “Which Midlands club has won all four professional leagues in the fourth-tier championship in 1996?”
Bennett from St Hilda’s believed Blackburn Football Club was located in the Midlands as he plumped for that as his answer.
However, Jeremy told them the correct answer was Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Viewers were baffled by the answer, and some even claimed to be “screaming” at the TV.
“I couldn’t have screamed any louder,” one viewer wrote.
Another confused viewer quizzed: ‘He did NOT just say that Blackburn was part of the Midlands?”
“Yes, I did just snap at the TV at the idea that Blackburn is in the Midlands,” a third commented.
University Challenge returns on Monday at 8.30pm on BBC One.