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    Posted by jen (U15448870) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    Have just watched tonights episode-and feel really aggrieved for the guy in the cream pants-specialist subject George Harrison. Whether John Humphrys, being an older presenter, had just run out of puff is debatable-but the speed with which the other 3 contestants general knowledge questions were delivered as opposed to the guy above was lamentable!! He was robbed due to the extremely poor questionnaire! John Humphrys?!?! Can we have some totty please-or if not an attractive older woman?

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    Posted by SAB888 (U14777346) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    I thought that contestants decided what speed they wanted their questions, or have I imagined that?

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    Posted by counterblast (U14258320) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    the george harrison man was a bit of a slow coach. he answered ALL his specialist questions correctly - but only scored 15. he hesitated a lot and paused to think about the answers.

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    Posted by Bidie-In (U2747062) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    I think this point has been raised before - some questions take longer to ASK than others, but the reply from the MM bods was that as far as possible, contestants are assigned the same number of questions which are capable of being asked - and answered - within their allotted time. If the replies come back after pauses that is not the fault of Mr H.

    I have not seen the episode yet (recorded it) but if I remember I will count how many questions the person who chose George Harrison was asked in comparison to the others with their specialist subjects.

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    Posted by Richard Kellaway (U5207352) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    The minute the winning girl came on I said to Madame, "She will be the winner".

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    Posted by trevor48 (U15448944) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    My query re Mastermind is this. Why does the person sitting in the 4th seat always win? In the last 8 broadcasts the person sitting in seat no. 4 has won 6 times out of 8. Is it fixed in some way so that this happens?

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    Posted by SAB888 (U14777346) on Friday, 5th October 2012

    My query re Mastermind is this. Why does the person sitting in the 4th seat always win? In the last 8 broadcasts the person sitting in seat no. 4 has won 6 times out of 8. Is it fixed in some way so that this happens?  So the person in seat 4 DOESN'T always win, (6 times out of 8), that's 75%!

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    Posted by trevor48 (U15448944) on Saturday, 6th October 2012

    No but there must be some reason why the fourth contestant wins a disproportionate number of times. Do they place the best contestant fourth to make better television? Watch it and see!

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    Posted by magnificentpolarbear (U1225328) on Saturday, 6th October 2012

    It could be that the person in seat 4 has had more time to relax and get used to the studio environment and the pace the questions are being asked at.

    How would they know which contestant is the 'best' there are so many factors to take into account - the person themselves, how well they did on their specialist subject and their level of general knowledge.

    I have seen some people do very well on special but awfully on general and vice versa.

    Nervous people also tend to do less well too.

    I don't think that any contestant who gets into seat 4 should start thinking that they are going to win (or has a better chance to win) just because they are in seat 4 !

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    Posted by mozamaack1193 (U15449563) on Saturday, 6th October 2012

    I haven't really noticed which seat produces the most winners, but I do try to answer the general knowledge questions before I hear the answer from the contestant and am usually pleased if I can manage 10 or more, but I always seem to do very badly on the third set of questions. I have no idea why this is. Has anybody else noticed this?

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    Posted by Alf Hartigan (U2277114) on Saturday, 6th October 2012

    I haven't really noticed which seat produces the most winners, but I do try to answer the general knowledge questions before I hear the answer from the contestant and am usually pleased if I can manage 10 or more, but I always seem to do very badly on the third set of questions. I have no idea why this is. Has anybody else noticed this? 
    Maybe the reason is that you don't know the answers to the questions in the third round.

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    Posted by Seasick Stevie (U14284749) on Saturday, 6th October 2012

    I always seem to do very badly on the third set of questions. I have no idea why this is. Has anybody else noticed this? 

    As I, like the majority of POV messageboard readers don't actually sit on your sofa when you're answering the questions, it's not something we will have noticed!

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