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Universally Challenged

Universally Challenged [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Roby
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Some of the funniest and most witless quiz show answers (The Daily Mail)

The most hilarious howlers on telly and radio quiz shows (The Daily Star)

The perpetrators of the worst trivia trip-ups get to relive their horrors in this book (Metro)

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An unmissable collection of the most jaw-droppingly stupid and down-right hilarious quiz show answers ever given. There's nothing quite like a quick fire question and the pressure of a countdown for making even the most intelligent quiz show contestants (as well as the not so clever) come out with the most unbelievably stupid answers. 'Universally Challenged' is a collection of slip-ups, blunders and misunderstandings from contestants who really are the weakest link!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1918 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1843174669
  • Publisher: Michael O' Mara Books (10 Dec 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4R1I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #109,385 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny and enjoyable, if a little predictable 27 Nov 2010
By Mr. D. Clark VINE VOICE
Wendy Roby's book probably doesn't need any extra publicity from me, having been shown on "Russell Howard's Good News " on TV the other day. The book is called "Universally Challenged " - which is surely one of the most popular names for quiz teams throughout the length and breadth of the country - right up there with Norfolk and Chance, I'd guess. If you haven't heard of it, basically a collection of daft answers which have been given by real contestants on real TV quiz shows.

There's no doubt that there is a lot of very funny stuff in here. I'll admit that I was laughing out loud at some of the answers in here.

- quite a few of the funniest ones in here have been out there on `funny things contestants say on quiz show' web sites and web pages for a long time, and won't be new to you.
- most of the answers tend to come from a rather limited number of shows.
- You can't help wondering whether every answer given in here is 100% genuine. For example, one of the answers given is this - in reply to the question which went something like this - what was the name given to people in medieval times paid to entertains royalty and the nobility ? - the answer given was lepers . Really ? I can remember the same joke being used in an episode of Blackadder 2.
- A large number of answers come from Family Fortunes, or from its American progenitor, Family Feud. For me, this tends to make them less funny than wrong answers in a real quiz.

Its not an expensive book at all, and pretty good value I would have thought. It was nice to see a little bit of a tribute to Bob Johnson - Family Fortunes' Turkey man - at the end of the book as well
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, but best read in short doses 26 Aug 2013
By B. M. Clegg TOP 500 REVIEWER
Having been on University Challenge (if only as the subject of a question) I had a natural interest in the book Universally Challenged, quiz contestants say the funniest things. It was a slight let down that most of the contents have nothing to do with that august quiz show, featuring rather less academic ventures, but it doesn't stop the responses being entertaining.

What we have here is a whole stream of wrong answers from the downright dumb to the entertainingly wacky (I like 'What insect is commonly found hovering over lakes?' - 'Crocodiles.') There were a few questions where I doubted the selection, because the answer made too much sense. There was, for instance, 'Name a place where you take your clothes off beside home?' to which the apparently funny answer was 'School.' Now, I can see why this was funny, but in fairness to the contestant it was also correct - most people have taken off clothes at school to change into games kit. But even these were interesting because it meant you could feel superior to the editor of the book (it's not exactly being an author), Wendy Roby, because you know better than she did.

I read the book through while on holiday, which was possibly a mistake, as apart from the truly hilarious and wildly eccentric answers, it could feel a little flat, just reading question and answer after question and answer. It may be it's a better book to dip into - perhaps to keep in the loo. But there is no doubt that it makes a great combination of entertainment and mind boggling at humanity's ability to get it wrong - and it would make a great gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Winner 16 Dec 2011
By Dancer
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I purchased this book last Christmas in a last minute panic buy for my partner. He absolutely loved it and so did his father and they didn't take their noses out of it all afternoon (all other presents were abandoned). All you heard were waves of laughter and then they would read a few lines to the rest of us. One line had my in such stitches that tears were rolling down my face! A good book for dipping in and out of and a good light-hearted read for Christmas.

My only complaint is that they haven't brought out another one this year, but I suppose that amount of material is hard to find in enough quantity to fill a whole book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for all the family 27 Dec 2011
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My son wanted this book for Christmas and it's huge fun. Lots of amazingly stupid things....and caused great hilarity.
A fun book and good value for money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Universally challenged 9 Jan 2011
Gave us some good laughs over Christmas

Amazing how quiz show contestants can start their mouthsbefore engaging their brains
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2.0 out of 5 stars not that funny 15 Jun 2014
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It was for a stocking-filler, but I should have known better. It really isn't that funny - a lot of it is very predictable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable 7 Jun 2014
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This book is ok, but becomes very predictable after a short time, I did read it all, there are a few gems to be had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars went down well! 5 Jun 2014
By peepo
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Another one of those gifts which are suitable for someone you don't know too well but suspect may have a sense of humour!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
This is a really funny book. I bought it as a present for a friend and he really loved it.
Published 3 months ago by TeenageReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't read this book in a public place - you'll get funny looks when...
I picked this up in a charity shop the other day when we were away for the weekend in our camper van, and the whole family enjoyed sharing it as I read bits aloud to them. Read more
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This was given as present. I have no specific feedback I"m sorry, on flicking through it certainly looked interesting
and a book to play family games at Christmas. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Bovril
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
ideal for reading aloud to guests - totally ridiculous answers - good Christmas present. good for any age group, adults loved it.
Published 5 months ago by TC
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny book
I bought this as a "table present" for my brother at Christmas and he started reading it and reading it to us immediately!
Published 5 months ago by vickyvictoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Book for a book lover who has many other serious books.
I bought this for my son in law, a graduate himself, who reads many serious books. However he has thoroughly enjoyed this one, being able to dip into it from time to time to have... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eubha
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
If you need a good laugh at what some fellow humans say, this is the book for you. Enjoy it!
Published 6 months ago by Gillian Haydon
5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Santa
Bought this for a secret santa parcle. It went down very well and added to the fun at the party. Thank you
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious? Not quite.
Not bad for the price, was funny enough but could have been better but in saying that it wasn't expensive and shipped very fast.
Published 6 months ago by Jennifer Walsh
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes me laugh
Best way to use this book is to flick through the pages and select one of the 'quotes' have fun
Published 7 months ago by dini
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