How do the chasers on 'The Chase' know SO much!?Watch
The Eggheads are also competitive quizzers.
What's more amazing is the fact they do all this while still having busy jobs. The Beast being a teacher, Shaun being a barrister and Paul is a doctor (well, went to medical school, not sure if he's a doctor now).
And it seems to me to be a good quizzer you have to:
learn latin (chasers alaways pick up on this during definition questions)
learn greek/roman mythology (these topics seem very prevalent on the chase)
I auditioned to be on the show but wasn't good enough :V
I always try to compete with them myself, shouting answers out at my TV. aha
But there is a degree at university on general studies, could be a possibility?
There's a million questions that could be asked, they reply immediately. Almost as if they were waiting for the question to be asked. They then give all the surrounding details around that era, including very specific facts directly related to that question. It all sounds very rehearsed.
So although I dont think they know every question that will be asked...I believe they are possibly informed of the topics that will be covered during that episode. For example they might tell the Chasers to study US presidents during 1850 - 1900. They'll keep it vague so nobody can accuse them of "fixing", but yes, I do believe the Chasers have an unfair advantage that the show isnt telling us.
Having said all that, I fully agree with everyone else saying that these people study several hours a day and already have a knack for retaining information well. So it's likely a mix between their hard work and knowledge, with a little help from the show who point them in the right "direction"