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Saturday 22 November 2014

Oxford college wins Challenge again

Jeremy Paxman hosts University Challenge, which was first broadcast in 1963
Jeremy Paxman hosts University Challenge, which was first broadcast in 1963

Oxford University has widened its lead over rival Cambridge after claiming its 15th win on BBC quiz show University Challenge.

Magdalen College took the final by a margin of 205 points, scoring 290 points to York University's 85 after storming ahead in an early round.

Cambridge University, which saw all of its colleges out by the semi-finals, has won seven times since the first show was broadcast in 1963.

Magdalen fielded captain Matthew Chan, James McComish, Kyle Haddad-Fonda and Will Cudmore, who made light work of questions posed by host Jeremy Paxman on constituent cities of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion and Baroque music.

York University, which had one of its strongest teams in years, proved no match for the college, which enjoyed its fourth win.

York, which finished on its lowest score of the competition, is yet to win a final.

Author Antony Beevor presented the Oxford side with the University Challenge winners' trophy.

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