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Team of architects humbled on TV's University Challenge

A team of architects competing on BBC 2's University Challenge suffered a stunning loss against a team of scientists this week.

The four architects representing the RIBA lost to a team from the Royal Society by 135 points to 70 in the programme screened on Monday night.

David Baugh, senior architect at Hickton Madeley, said he was disappointed but had no regrets. 'When we learnt we were up against the scientists, I thought we had a good chance, ' Baugh said. 'We had a dry run and whitewashed them 50nil. But it was startling in the real competition how quickly the scientists got to 100.' But he insisted: 'Given more time we could have come back.'

The team came unstuck during a portrait round of the Elizabethan courtier Cecil and a 'most awful' music bonus round that was 'just too complicated for us'.

Also competing alongside Baugh were team captain David Billingsly, chief architect at Ceredigion Council; Aidan Ridyard, director at Hickton Madeley; and Daffyd Tomos, a sole practitioner from Aberystwyth. The team was one of 22 chosen from more than 200 that applied.

Baugh, a seasoned trivia buff, said that even after the embarrassing defeat he would do it again.

'It was brilliant! My 30 minutes of fame.'

He said a career as a TV presenter now beckoned 'if only someone would ask me', and added:

'Now I've had a taste of it, it beats sitting in front of a computer screen.'

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