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Sunderland is UK's 'brainiest city'

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The city of Sunderland and the mouth of the River wear.

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A survey of intelligence has found that Sunderland is the UK's 'brainiest city'.

Quizfactor.com, the UK's largest quiz site, undertook the research by asking residents of each city 30 questions from a variety of categories. They included: Sport, Art & Literature and History & Politics.

Questions included 'How many points are scored for a converted try in Rugby Union?', 'What is the smallest planet in the solar system?' and 'What is the collective noun for a group of emus?'.

The results found that the cleverest city was Sunderland, who got 71% of answers correct. Exeter and Preston secured second and third place respectively with 68% and 65%.

However, residents of Norwich only scored 35%, meaning they came at the bottom of the table. Peterborough and Edinburgh completed the bottom three with 43% each.

Rick Eastman, marketing director of Quizfactor.com, said: "This was the definitive general intelligence test for the UK; Sunderland did very well to come out on top."

The survey also proved that hair colour has no reflection on intelligence. Blonde, black and red-haired people all scored 54% whilst brunette and grey-haired scored 53%.

Over 5,000 UK residents from 30 cities took part in the survey.

See the results in full below:

Sunderland - 71%
Exeter - 68%
Preston - 65%
Brighton and Hove - 64%
Bath - 64%
Wakefield - 62%
Newport - 62%
Liverpool - 60%
Plymouth - 58%
Bristol - 58%
Nottingham - 57%
Leicester - 56%
Derby - 56%
York - 55%
London - 54%
Manchester - 54%
Glasgow - 54%
Portsmouth - 54%
Swansea - 53%
Chester - 52%
Stoke-on-Trent - 52%
Sheffield - 51%
Cardiff - 51%
Leeds - 51%
Coventry - 50%
Birmingham - 49%
Newcastle upon Tyne - 43%
Peterborough - 43%
Edinburgh - 43%
Norwich - 35%

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