Recidivist watch? Oh yes, and I was delighted to see none other than our own LAM regular, Gillian Taylor. Gillian was a semi finalist in both Nancy’s and Ian’s series, so she knows exactly what it takes to win a first round match. She was drawn second to go, after Steve Wilson. Steve kicked off with Marc Bolan. I’ll be honest, I was never a fan really. I was very young at the time he was around. Still, I did manage to pick up a couple of the easiest points on offer n the round. Steve made a good start to his round, I thought, and by the minute mark he looked set for double figures. The points did start to rather dry up in the second minute, as maybe one of the wrong answers began to play on his mind. In the end Steve levelled out at 8, and bearing in mind Gillian’s previous first round matches I had no doubt that she would set the specialist bar considerably higher than that.
In the 2009 first round Gillian took the Romney Marsh novels of Monica Edwards, and in the 2011 first round she took the Life and Career of Josephine Baker. In both of those rounds she scored 18. Well, we’ve seen that this sort of score just isn’t going to happen in this series, but Gillian displayed all of her skill in taking this round, firing back the answers as quickly as possible, to raise the target to 14. Already you could say that Steve was out of the running.
David Good was answering on The Sasanid Empire. No, I can’t say I had a great store of knowledge to draw upon for this round either. My hopes for David were a little dashed by the fact that he had to pass on his first question. The round improved from then, but it was one of those rounds when the contender’s answers lead you to believe that either their conception of the parameters of the subject are at variance with the letters, or somehow their preparation lacked a little thoroughness. IN the end David levelled out at 8, but I’m afraid that you just have to score more than that on your specialist to give yourself a chance. At best it looked as if it was going to be a two horse race by the time we turned around for the second half.
Now, here’s a funny thing. I was having a chat with Craig, my grandson’s dad, the other day, and he said that if he ever went on Mastermind, then his specialist subject would be the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo. Imagine my joy when I saw that this was exactly the same subject as was offered by Philip Isaac, the last of tonight’s contenders. I’ll tell you one thing about the round as well. Craig wouldn’t have done any better with it than Philip did. He couldn’t. It was a perfect round of 13 correct answers to 13 question, which meant that he was still behind Gillian, but there was next to nothing in it.
So, essentially what we were left with was a two horse race, but the nature of the contest is that when it is a two horse race on Mastermind, you still have to watch the other two horses running the course first. Steve was first, and he still seemed to be recovering from his specialist round. He struggled manfully on, picking up points where he could, but in the end he looked a little relieved when it was over, and he had levelled out at 16, having added another 8 to his total. David Good’s round, well, now, that round was a completely different kettle of fish. I don’t think that I know David, but I would venture to say that he is a quizzer. He seemed considerably more confident and assured in this round than he ever did on specialist, and he just kept on finding the answers. An excellent 15 pushed his score up to 23, and he would be forgiven for asking himself if he couldn’t have just managed to squeeze a few more points out of that specialist round.
Philip Isaac, then, needed 11 correct answers in order to take the outright lead, and as many as possible on top of that to put Gillian into the corridor of doubt. Philip too came up with the sort of answers which lead me to suspect that he too is a quizzer. As with the specialist round his answers weren’t quite as quick as the best round of the evening, but they were pretty good and kept coming throughout the round. A score of 13 wiped out David’s lead, and set the target for Gillian at 26.
So Gillian needed a round of 12 correct answers to give her a chance of winning the show. This is something she has achieved before. Nonetheless it is by no means a comfortable total to have to chase, and despite a good start Gillian fell behind the clock at about the 90 second mark. She did rally, but the finish line was always coming a little too quickly, and she finished on 24. Very bad luck Gillian, but congratulations to Philip, a good performance, that. Best of luck in the semi finals.
|Steve Wilson||Marc Bolan||8 - 1||8 - 5||16 - 6|
|Gillian Taylor||The Empress of Ireland||14 – 0||10 - 0||24 - 0|
|David Good||The Sasanian Empire||8 -2||15 - 2||23 - 4|
|Philip Isaac||’Allo ‘Allo||13 - 0||13 - 2||26 - 2|