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University Challenge viewers praise Dundee after beating Royal College of Music

University Challenge viewers were glued to their screens last night for a nail-biting episode that saw Dundee beat Royal Northern College of Music by just 10 points.  

The teams were neck and neck at the end of last night's episode on BBC2, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, after a rapid comeback from the Manchester students. 

But ultimately it was the University of Dundee that won and will be going through to the second round with a win of 145 points to 135. 

Viewers praised the winning team for their stellar performance on the show - but said it was a 'well fought' match between both universities.  

University Challenge viewers were glued to their screens after a nail-biting episode that saw Dundee beat Royal Northern College of Music by just 10 points

How many Starter for Ten questions can YOU answer? 

Each of these questions are worth 10 points and must be answered by a single player without any consultation. The team who wins a Starter For Ten is then given three bonus questions, each worth five points. 

1) Meanings of what four letter word include in pristine condition, the plant family also known as the dead nettle or sage that includes many culinary herbs, colloquially a large amount of money? 

2) Through the direct male line the Duke of Cambridge's paternal great, great grandfather is George I, the king of what country until his death in 1913?

3) The father of George I of Greece, Christian the 9th was the king of what other European country? 

4) Who was both the Duke of Cambridge's father's, father's mother's, mother's, mother's, mother and his father's mother's, father's, father's, father's mother? 

5) The collaboration of the screenwriter Amy Jump and her husband the director Ben Wheatley include which film of 2015 based on a novel by J.G. Ballard and set in a luxury tower block? 

6) Which British screenwriter is known for her work with the director Matthew Vaughn which includes Stardust, Kick Ass and the Kinsmen series? 

7) Which British director frequently collaborates with his brother, a screenwriter, their films include The Prestige and Interstellar? 

8) Amur, Siberian Brown and Norway are amongst the species of what small rodent of northern latitude? 

9) The painting the Four Apostles completed in 1526 was the last major work of which artist of the German renaissance? 

10) The death of Raphael in 1520 is sometimes given as the emerging point pf which style in European art?

'Ooft, close one this week! Well played both teams! #UniversityChallenge', wrote one viewer. 

Another said: 'Thoroughly enjoyed that, two pleasant and well-matched teams; well played both! Well done Dundee, and hopefully RNCM will come back in the play-offs. #UniversityChallenge.' 

'Wooohoo well done Dundee winning University Challenge tonight. Very proud of you', wrote a third. 

'Well that was a close one, well fought both teams! #UniversityChallenge', penned another viewer.  

Viewers praised the winning team, who scored 145 points to RNCMs 135, for their stellar performance on the show - but said it was a 'well fought' match between both universities

Both universities and Dundee principal and Vice Chancellor Iain Gillespie praised the team on Twitter

Dundee principal and Vice Chancellor Iain Gillespie praised the team on Twitter, writing: 'So incredibly proud of our wonderful university challenge team @dundeeuni. Brilliant!'

Meanwhile, the university tweeted: 'Amazing result! Well done to both teams - it was a close match but we're so excited for round two!'

Their opponents graciously tweeted: It was a close race but congratulations @dundeeuni on your win! 

'And congratulations to our own Team RNCM on their stellar performance, better luck next time.' 

The teams were neck and neck at the end of last night's episode on BBC2, hosted by Jeremy Paxman, after a rapid comeback from the Manchester students

Ultimately it was Dundee that won and will be going through to the second round with 145 points to RNCM's 135 

Dundee, who won the competition in 1983, were off to a great start on the show, gaining a strong early lead before a comeback from Royal Northern College of Music towards the end of the show. 

The team was led by captain Barnaby Stonier, 27,  a PhD student from Winchester who previously studied at Cambridge. 

Making up the rest of the team was anatomy student Conor Philip, 20, medicine student Jacob Spurrell, 27, and the team’s youngest member 19-year-old biomedical science first year Olivia Russell.   

Now check your answers! 

1) Mint 

2) Greece

3) Denmark 

4) Queen Victoria

5) High Rise

6) Jane Goldman

7) Christopher Nolan

8) Lemming

9) Albrecht Dürer

10) Mannerism

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