Mastermind Winner At Last

Written by Ellis Ian Fields

Saturday, 16 April 2011

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Well, he looked like he wanted it... and he got it.

Ian Bailey emerged victorious as BBC's 2011 Mastermind on Friday, scoring an unblemished 18 on his specialist subject and a magnificent 19 on general knowledge.

It was a tight match from the start as opening contestant Peter Riley started with a no-passes and no incorrect answers 18. Bailey was second up and, concentrating with eyes closed, he matched the score.

Unfortunately, the other game contestants (Diane Hallagan, Paul Steeples, Tim Fenn and Julia Hobbs) never really looked in it - they needed Bailey or Riley to foul up on general knowledge. They didn't.

Bailey, who is a previous Mastermind finalist as well as a Brain of Britain champion, was visibly relieved to win and made a "thank you" speech to his friends and family.

As far as the Fields household was concerned, he deserved to win, having chosen "Paintings in the National Gallery" as his specialist subject. Well done that man!

All the same, shoot the question setter. Bailey got the answer (it would have been odd if he didn't) but his opening question "What is the name of the new wing opened in 1991" does not seem to be a question about any paintings in the National Gallery. Well colour me literal!

It would have been nice to have some brainbox like, oh, I don't know, Richard Dawkins, to present the trophy, but Bailey looked happy enough to receive it from question master John Humphrys.

Well done, Ian. Now you can perhaps call it a day...

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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