The Unseen University Challenge

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The Unseen University Challenge is a book of trivia questions related to Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels. It was written by David Langford (with Terry Pratchett's permission) and was published in 1996. Its name is a reference to the television quiz University Challenge. Unseen University is the Wizard's university in Ankh-Morpork.

The quiz consists of 841 questions in several categories, named after various faculties of the University, such as Thaumatology, Arcane History, Dwarf Studies, and Oook. Each section contains a bonus question, and several ways exist to score more points for a question, many of them ludicrous.

David Langford has intentionally not based his questions on the Annotated Pratchett File, a long list of Discworld trivia available on the internet. Nevertheless several items are in both the APF and the quizbook.

Sequel[edit]

The Wyrdest Link is the sequel, featuring what might be Josh Kirby's last cover illustration for a Discworld-related book. The title is a reference to the 6th book of the series, Wyrd Sisters, and to the TV show The Weakest Link.

This book divides the questions into guilds. For example, if it is a question about a joke it may be categorised as in the Fools' Guild.

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