Student celebrates TV quiz victory
Published 06/04/2010 | 06:47
A student who hit the headlines following a verbal joust with University Challenge question-master Jeremy Paxman is celebrating after leading his team to victory in the television quiz.
Alexander Guttenplan praised Paxman's "good humour" after captaining Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to a win over St John's College, Oxford, in the 2010 competition final.
The 19-year-old, who lives near Hampstead, north west London, and studies natural sciences, became an internet star after an exchange with Paxman in an earlier round.
The presenter said "good guess" after Mr Guttenplan correctly answered a question about poet WH Auden. The student replied: "It wasn't a guess."
Mr Guttenplan was hailed a "legend" on social networking sites following the broadcast. One Facebook page attracted hundreds of "Guttenfans".
"Thanks to everyone who supported us - and to Mr Paxman for his good humour, on and off the set," said Mr Guttenplan.
"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."