A Mastermind contestant has set a record low score

  Seth Haniel 16:04 02 Feb 2010
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after getting only five points in last Friday's show – the worst result in the 37-year run of the BBC Two quiz show.
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Could you have done any better? Here's the list of questions he had to answer for the general knowledge round:

1. Which insects got their name from the ancient superstition that they crawl into the ears of sleeping people?
2. One of the taglines of which 2001 blockbuster film was "December 7th 1941, it was a Sunday morning"?
3. In Greek mythology what did Prometheus steal from the gods? He was punished for this by being chained to a rock where an eagle ate his constantly replenished liver.
4. Pierre is the capital of which American state?
5. What do people suffering from trichotillomania have a compulsion to do?
6. The American ambassador's London residence Winfield House was sold to the United States for $1 by which chain store heiress?
7. The "Heroic" in a Flat Major Opus 53 is one of 16 of Chopin's works in the form of which dance?
8. In women's gymnastics, the uneven bars on which swinging routines are performed are also known by what name?
9. Whose 1770 poem The Deserted Village describes the appalling effects of the enclosure acts on the rural poor?
10. Ursus Maritimus is the scientific name for which bear?
11. Le Maillon Faible is the French television version of which British quiz show?
12. The Halle Orchestra is based in which venue in Manchester?
13. A device capable of storing electricity consisting of conducting plates separated by a layer of insulating material is given what name?
14. Which Warwickshire town granted its royal prefix by Queen Victoria in 1838 claims to be the home of England's first lawn tennis club?
15. What word can mean a joint of pork, to pawn, or a German white wine?
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Answers:
1, Earwig
2, Pearl Harbor
3, A spark of fire
4, South Dakota
5, Pull out their hair
6, Barbara Hutton
7, Polonaise
8, Asymmetric bars
9, Oliver Goldsmith
10, The polar bear
11, The Weakest Link
12, Bridgewater Hall
13, Capacitor
14, Leamington Spa
15, Hock

  ronalddonald 17:36 02 Feb 2010

of done thatb its easy just say pass.

  Forum Editor 17:39 02 Feb 2010

and felt quite sorry for this contestant - it clearly wasn't his night.

  bremner 17:49 02 Feb 2010

He was unfortuante.

He was last on for his specialist subject and only managed 4 points having let his nerves get the better of him.

He was then in the unfortunate position of having to immediately take his general knowledge round and was still clearly shell shocked.

  sunnystaines 17:55 02 Feb 2010

my score was 1/15 only knew the first question, better stay away from mastermind.

  GaT7 18:01 02 Feb 2010

That's not easy. Got 1/15 here too sunnystaines! 8, Asymmetric bars was the only one I knew. G

  MAJ 18:25 02 Feb 2010

I got 9/15, said 'battery' for number 13. I would argue that one, though I'm probably wrong.

  Bingalau 18:35 02 Feb 2010

I managed to get five from that lot. but in the pressure of a studio I would probably have got zilch.

  mrwoowoo 18:37 02 Feb 2010

Ok i only got 6/15 so obviously i'm not brain of Britain.
Not easy in front of a studio audience and TV cameras, where i would probably only have got one due to nerves.
I'm sure that if that contestant were asked those questions at home he would have got a lot more than 6/15.

  Toneman 18:49 02 Feb 2010

Significant words "insulating material"? I thought battery too, but obvious really...

  Seth Haniel 19:13 02 Feb 2010

But under pressure would have been lucky to get one.

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