Book 29 – Universally Challenged

Book – Universally Challenged
Author – Wendy Roby
Year – 2010
Genre – Toilet Book
Pages – 192

Bought for my Dad at Christmas as a ‘perfect stocking filler’, the basic premise of this book, is to list all of the silly answers that appear on quiz shows.  The best way to illustrate this is probably a few examples from the book itself.

University Challenge

Bamber Gascoigne: What was Gandhi’s first name?
Contestant: Goosey?

Family Fortunes

Les Dennis: Name a bird with a long neck.
Contestant: Naomi Campbell.

And so on.  If these seem particularly funny, then that is probably because I lazily picked two of the quotes from the back cover (and even more lazily, didn’t include the really long one).  As such, they are the pick of the bunch.  Unfortunately, they haven’t quite managed to find enough as funny as these to fill the 192 pages inside the book.  There are a few that made me laugh out loud, but most are less funny, and a fair few are ones that seem like reasonable mistakes – if you don’t know an answer to a quiz question then you have a guess, even if you are expecting to get it wrong.

I am a huge fan of quizzes, and this was mildly entertaining throughout, but it really isn’t quite what I was hoping for.  Maybe not quite the ‘perfect’ stocking filler I was expecting, but not too bad overall.


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