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Jeremy Paxman clash student in University Challenge win


Emmanuel College, Cambridge, beat St John's College, Oxford

A student who became an internet star after a verbal exchange with University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman is celebrating winning the programme.

Alexander Guttenplan captained Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to victory over St John's College, Oxford, in the 2010 final of BBC Two's academic quiz show.

Mr Guttenplan, 19, from London, came back at the presenter in an earlier round to deny he had guessed an answer.

His bravado earned him status as a "legend" on social networking sites.

Team effort

University Challenge final captains George Woudhuysen (left) and Alex Guttenplan
George Woudhuysen (left) and Alex Guttenplan captained the final teams

After winning the final, Mr Guttenplan said: "Thanks to everyone who supported us - and to Mr Paxman for his good humour, on and off the set.

"We came together as a team as the competition went on, and that's what made the difference between losing our first-round match and winning in the final.

"We've come up against some great teams, both as competitors and as people - we hope they stay in touch."

In their exchange, Mr Paxman said "good guess" after Mr Guttenplan correctly answered a question about poet WH Auden. The student replied: "It wasn't a guess."

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