World quiz king crowned in city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

THE BIGGEST brains in the world de­scended on Peter­bor­ough this week­end as the world quiz king was crowned in the city.

Nearly 100 quizzers crammed into King’s School hall in Park Road on Satur­day to take part in the World Quiz Cham­pi­onship.

The en­trants linked up with more than 1,000 oth­ers in 26 coun­tries across the globe .

And af­ter two hours and 240 ques­tions on topics in­clud­ing an­cient civil­i­sa­tion, lan­guages and mu­sic, it was Bri­tain’s own Pat Gib­son, known by mil­lions as one of the “Eg­gheads” on the BBC2 quiz show, who tri­umphed.

Af­ter step­ping out of the exam hall, Mr Gib­son said: “It was a tough quiz this year, but I think I did quite well.

“The best quizzers are Bri­tish and Bel­gium, but the world cham­pi­onships re­ally are a test.”

But while there was suc­cess for one of the Eg­gheads, de­fend­ing cham­pion Kevin Ash­man, who also ap­pears on the show, gave hope for the thou­sands of peo­ple tak­ing ex­ams this sum­mer af­ter ad­mit­ting a school-boy er­ror.

He fin­ished in equal sec­ond place, 11 points be­hind Pat, and said: “I missed so many easy marks this year by not read­ing the ques­tion prop­erly.

“There was one that sticks in the mind about an at­tack on a bus – I in­stantly thought of the Togo foot­ball team, so put that down, but the ques­tion said cricket team, and the an­swer was Sri Lanka.”

Fel­low Egghead Barry Sim­mons added: “The quiz was a lot more ac­ces­si­ble this year, and it was a great venue. It was frus­trat­ing for me though, as I got a few an­swers wrong that I did know, and crossed out a few right an­swers.”

Jane Allen, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the World Quizzing As­so­ci­a­tion, said: “Peter­bor­ough has been a fan­tas­tic venue, and we have had a fan­tas­tic turn-out this year.

“I don’t know if we will be back next year, but we are pleased with how it has gone.”

EG­GhEAds: CJ de Mooi (left), Barry Si­monds, Kevin Ash­man and Pat Gib­son at the cham­pi­onships. VENUE: The com­pe­ti­tion in full swing at King’s School (right). (METP05-06-10DL167)

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