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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by the cheesecake man » Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:48

The answer given was 112.

Sadly no explanation was provided. For example do northbound and southbound services count separately, or as 1, or as 1 if and only if they're connected by a footbridge, or as 1 if they're opposite but not if they're staggered...?

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by Big L » Wed Mar 10, 2021 13:02

Sporcle quiz from 2014 wants 91 answers, and the comments section mentions Gloucester and Scotch Corner not being on there, and there must be some more additions.
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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by trickstat » Wed Mar 10, 2021 13:17

A320Driver wrote:
Wed Mar 10, 2021 12:13
Depends how “motorway services” is defined. I reckon for a mainline MSA it’s about half of that.
That's a valid point. Do you count something accessed via a roundabout off the mainline that was built when the road was still an A road?

Baldock is off the mainline but is adjacent to the northern end of the Herts A1(M) but the road was motorway for many years before the services opened.

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by DavidB » Fri Apr 30, 2021 18:33

From 'Pointless' today on BBC1:

From the following list of Motorways, two are made up, four are real but only two of them are Pointless (i.e. nobody in the panel of 100 people gave them as answers):

M18, M24, M67, M83, M90, M898

Answers:
M24 & M83 are made up
M67 & M898 are Pointless
M18 scored 8, M90 scored 3

The two pairs of contestants went for M90 & M83. (The idea of this particular round is simply to guess the Pointless answers to add £250 for each one to the Jackpot total.)

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by Bfivethousand » Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49

I think every last person on here that watched Only Connect last night would have scored 5 points when the first clue in a particular 'sequence' question appeared :lol:

Clue 1 was

4: Avonmouth
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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by the cheesecake man » Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:01

Bfivethousand wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49
I think every last person on here that watched Only Connect last night would have scored 5 points when the first clue in a particular 'sequence' question appeared :lol:

Clue 1 was

4: Avonmouth

Of course. :lol: Six of the country's finest minds thought it was about ports and guessed Felixstowe and Southampton. :no:

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by tom1977 » Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:14

the cheesecake man wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:01
Bfivethousand wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49
I think every last person on here that watched Only Connect last night would have scored 5 points when the first clue in a particular 'sequence' question appeared :lol:

Clue 1 was

4: Avonmouth

Of course. :lol: Six of the country's finest minds thought it was about ports and guessed Felixstowe and Southampton. :no:
Mea culpa. So did I. Of course, it was obvious!

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by IAN » Tue Nov 23, 2021 14:50

tom1977 wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:14
the cheesecake man wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 13:01
Bfivethousand wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49
I think every last person on here that watched Only Connect last night would have scored 5 points when the first clue in a particular 'sequence' question appeared :lol:

Clue 1 was

4: Avonmouth

Of course. :lol: Six of the country's finest minds thought it was about ports and guessed Felixstowe and Southampton. :no:
Mea culpa. So did I. Of course, it was obvious!
Pedant mode- You would need the second clue to be certain as the number sequence could be counting upwards, in 10s etc.
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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by Bomag » Tue Nov 23, 2021 15:04

Bfivethousand wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 12:49
I think every last person on here that watched Only Connect last night would have scored 5 points when the first clue in a particular 'sequence' question appeared :lol:

Clue 1 was

4: Avonmouth
I was having a nibble so only started thinking on the second clue. Being perverse I had 1: Felton - Having built Avonmouth Way in 1994 and provide support for Brexit signing on the A2/A3 at Portsmouth and Dover I had the last A1 scheme I provided advice on.

In any event the answer was London, as that is the end for any right thinking person :D

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by hoagy_ytfc » Tue Nov 23, 2021 22:00

IAN wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 14:50
Pedant mode- You would need the second clue to be certain as the number sequence could be counting upwards, in 10s etc.
Not really, going up from 4 would be so rare for that programme that one would take the risk and assume it’s counting down.

Given that 7 and 8 aren’t “London to…” roads anyway, going up makes even less sense. Which end would be the answer?

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by the cheesecake man » Wed Nov 24, 2021 13:00

hoagy_ytfc wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 22:00
IAN wrote:
Tue Nov 23, 2021 14:50
Pedant mode- You would need the second clue to be certain as the number sequence could be counting upwards, in 10s etc.
Not really, going up from 4 would be so rare for that programme that one would take the risk and assume it’s counting down.

Given that 7 and 8 aren’t “London to…” roads anyway, going up makes even less sense. Which end would be the answer?
Yes you would. In theory any sequence could be used but often obscure ones would be too nasty even for that programme. For example a sequence of international dialling codes starting at 41 was only ever going to be 41,42,43,44 and not 41,40,39,38 nor 41, 46,51,56 because realistically even on that programme the contestants can't fairly be expected to know any other than 1 and 44.

So in addition to the uncertainty over which is the "end" (they could just accept either end) how many ends could they fairly use? Eg this is a valid sequence 4: Avonmouth > 8: Glasgow > 16: Grimsby but would they really expect contestants to place the A32?

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by Was92now625 » Fri Nov 26, 2021 23:48

DavidB wrote:
Fri Apr 30, 2021 18:33
From 'Pointless' today on BBC1:

From the following list of Motorways, two are made up, four are real but only two of them are Pointless (i.e. nobody in the panel of 100 people gave them as answers):

M18, M24, M67, M83, M90, M898

Answers:
M24 & M83 are made up
M67 & M898 are Pointless
M18 scored 8, M90 scored 3

The two pairs of contestants went for M90 & M83. (The idea of this particular round is simply to guess the Pointless answers to add £250 for each one to the Jackpot total.)
M83 would be some road !

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Re: University Challenge Roads Questions

Post by hoagy_ytfc » Sat Nov 27, 2021 02:17

As a fan of the French electronic pop outfit of that name, I wouldn't have fallen for M83, I like to think :)

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