Cambridge make University Challenge final for fifth year running as John’s smash Edinburgh

John’s put in another dominant display to reach the final for the first time in their history

Devarshi Lodhia

St John's defeated Edinburgh 270-60BBC

St John’s hammered Edinburgh 270-60 last night to make it to the final of this year’s University Challenge, ensuring a Cambridge college will once again be represented in the showpiece – a run that stretches back to 2014.

Despite the college’s illustrious history, with alumni including the winners of ten Nobel Prizes, seven prime ministers and twelve archbishops of various countries, at least two princes and three Saints, this is their first appearance in the competition’s final.


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John’s took an early lead courtesy of Rosie McKeown and did not look back, racking up 95 points before Edinburgh had even got off the mark. Displaying an impressive knowledge on a variety of subjects including pineapple production, Lord William Bentinck, and frequent visitors to the Stein salon, the Johnians showed the same skill which has earned them victories against the likes of St Andrew’s, Corpus Christi, and Ulster University.

Merton College, Oxford will take on Newcastle next Monday in the other semi-final, with the final taking place on April 23rd.