Sunderland brainiacs claim third place in TV quiz

The Wordsmiths team who came third in BBC Four's Only Connect show.
The Wordsmiths team who came third in BBC Four's Only Connect show.
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BRAINIACS have claimed third place in a national television quiz competition.

Dave Taylor and Chris Brewis formed part of the Wordsmiths team which triumphed in the third place play-off in BBC Four’s Only Connect show.

Super Quiz buffs Dave Taylor (left) and Chris Brewis have tackled the toughest quiz show on television.

Super Quiz buffs Dave Taylor (left) and Chris Brewis have tackled the toughest quiz show on television.

The pair, joined by Edinburgh pal Brian Pendreigh, emerged victorious from a closely-fought contest, winning 17-16.

Retired manager Dave, 61, from Barnes, said: “We’re all very chuffed, it’s more than we expected.

“We got through to the semi by the skin of our teeth and got a hammering – it will be interesting to see how the team that beat us get on in the final.”

Chris, 55, from Offerton, is secretary of the Echo Quiz League, the North East’s only general knowledge league.

He added: “It’s probably the hardest quiz on TV. You get four clues and have 45 seconds to work out the answer.”

Only Connect sees teams compete to find connections between apparently unlinked clues in a quiz that requires general knowledge, patience and lateral thinking.

“It was a good experience,” added Dave. “It’s that sort of quiz where you’re not playing for money so it’s very relaxed.

“I recommend anyone to watch the programme – it’s what is called a quizzers quiz.”

The Wearside duo met third member Brian at the British Quiz Championships.

“Apart from music after 1980 we had a lot of bases covered as a team. Everyone chipped in with answers rather than it just been one or two people,” said Dave.

The show, which first aired in 2008, is now in its sixth series and presented by Victoria Coren.

“She’s fabulous,” claimed Dave. “She’s got a sharp wit – if you make a chump of yourself she will let you know about it.”

Dave, a Countdown “octochamp” was in Estonia last month for the European Quizzing Championships where he finished 56 out of about 160 competitors.

Next year he plans to enter BBC Radio Four’s Brain of Britain Competition.

The show’s final will air tonight at 8.30pm.

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