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As many of you will already know, last night saw the final of the 16th Oxford Inter-Collegiate Quiz. As [livejournal.com profile] chocaholic7 took some delight in pointing out, this was my seventh outing in that particular competition. The results can be seen here.

In summary - we (SJC A) made it to the final fairly easily, and were then comprehensively out-played by Balliol. I can't really be terribly upset about the loss, though - not when we lost to such a very good team. It's appropriate that Balliol should win this year, as they'll be keeping the current trophy (which will be full with their name added again). Having won the competition six times in the last nine years, no one else deserves that trophy.

Highlights of Finals night:
- The person formerly known as [livejournal.com profile] omap identifying 1963 on the basis of a white paper on railways, causing every quiz geek in the room to look at him and think "saddo."
- Questions on Radio 4!
- The Weakest Drink afterwards

As ever when thinking of the ICQ, many thanks go to the above-mentioned [livejournal.com profile] chocaholic7, whose heroic efforts produced the questions for this year's competition and to [livejournal.com profile] ktroo85, now officially known as Morris Oxford, who was the tournament director.

Hurrah!

Feb. 15th, 2007 07:54 pm
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This evening, St. John's Dolphin Lecture Room played host to most of the remaining matches in Group F of the ICQ's first round. Results:

- SJC A bt St. Cross 340:120

- Jesus A bt Wycliffe B ??

- SJC A bt Wycliffe B 375:115

So we (SJC A) are definitely going through to the second round. We even just beat Somerville for highest points for in the first round thus far. Now all we have to do is keep from repeating what happened last year after a similarly strong first round performance!

ETA: Just ran into a member of SJC C, who have just beaten Exeter B soundly. So we should get three teams at least into the second round playoffs!
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I've just been glancing over the ICQ results so far, and I notice that it's not at all impossible for all three of St. John's teams to make it into the second round! Not _likely_, necessarily - it's hard to tell until all the results are in - but definitely possible. Has that ever happened before? I know I've managed two SJC teams into the second round before, but never three.
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I feel sorry for the post-doc I ran across this afternoon, who has to try to be taken seriously with his e-mail address being stoned@.

Does anyone have a cunning suggestion as to how I could obtain free samples of songs? I'm setting a table quiz for the MCR next week - I've written all of the proper questions, but lots of people really enjoy a music round so I had pondered setting one. Unfortunately, one set from my music collection would be rather obscure! Thus the need for samples.

I'd hoped to be able to obtain such samples from Amazon, but unfortunately their samples seem to go directly to Media Player - I can't find a way to save them. (Perfectly deliberately, I'm sure, as their license agreement does say you're not meant to copy them.) Any ideas?
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This is possibly the most bizarre thing I've seen in a year or more, but oddly riveting.

The Brick Testament, the Bible as acted out in Legos. I particularly recommend the section on 'the Law'.

Back from Paris - my presentation went reasonably well, I think. Got some positive comments, and not just from people I'd already made friends with! Otherwise, am currently trying to organize our second-round match in the ICQ, heading back to work tomorrow morning and trying to read Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'. I'm not really loving the dialect - I'm sure it gives an authentic impression of Southern speech, but it's still difficult to read.

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