Starter for 10: Can Alasdair win University Challenge?

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Alasdair Logan answered 16 questions correctly for the Strathclyde University team

Here’s your starter for 10: “When did a Scottish institution last win University Challenge?”.

Answer: It was 1983.

Dundee were the last team from north of the border to take the trophy on the classic BBC quiz show.

St Andrews is the only other Scottish university in the programme’s 54-year history to take the title, winning the year before Dundee in 1982.

Can Alasdair Logan be the man who can change that?

Earlier this week the 20-year-old captain of the Strathclyde University team answered 16 questions and led his fellow students back from a 75-point deficit to beat former winners Imperial College London.

The fourth year mechanical engineering student scored 110 points of his team’s 145 point total in the first round showdown.

He told BBC Scotland’s Stephen Jardine programme most of his reading these days was done on the bus from his home in Motherwell to university in Glasgow.

He said: “I have probably done more reading on the X11 than anywhere else.”

General knowledge

Alasdair became captain of the Strathclyde team after he got the highest marks in a selection quiz in September last year.

The team then went on to be one of the 28 teams selected to appear in this year’s series, only the fourth time Strathclyde have ever qualified.

Alasdair told Stephen Jardine he was not particularly a quiz fan but he’d always liked University Challenge, which is widely regarded as one of the toughest general knowledge quizzes on TV

“I have always watched it and recently I realised I could get quite a few questions right,” he said.

“The experience of…

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