Jeremy Paxman Messes Up An Answer On University Challenge, Twitter Rejoices

It's the first time he's been wrong about anything since 1963

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An early Christmas present for eagle-eyed viewers of University Challenge this week as Professional Grumpy Man Jeremy Paxman made the kind of slip up he used to publicly garrotte and the disembowel politicians for on a regular basis.

The question was what number of points the word 'party' would bag you in Scrabble, which the City alumni team wrongly answered '17'.

Paxo duly delivered his trademark look of withering disdain before informing them the correct answer was '11'.

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Only it wasn't – it was '10'!

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The mistake was swiftly pointed out on Twitter – where else? – by a succession of people who could scarcely believe their luck at getting one over on Jeremy Paxman, who must surely now step down and resign, his impenetrable aura of ill-tempered righteousness forever sullied.

We guess Christmas miracles do happen after all.