World quiz king crowned in city
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)