It's all Pointless in the End

I watched Pointless on the TV this evening.

It’s a gentle, easy to watch quiz show of the sort I’ve always rather liked.

If you’re unaware of how the show works, the answers to the questions derive from surveys conducted from 100 people from the general public (a little like Family Fortunes), with the contestants challenged to find the least popular correct answer. Or even a correct answer that none of the 100 surveyed had come up with – hence the name Pointless.

There are usually easy questions for those who wish to play safe, and harder questions for those looking to get low scores. In one of the rounds today, there was a series of lists on the screen, with a missing item / thing / person from each list.

Such as, finding the missing film title from the 4 Indiana Jones films (it was the Temple of Doom, if interested).

One such list in the round was: Spring, Summer,…………,Winter

Now, none of the contestants opted to answer this question, given that it was clearly ridiculously easy and would therefore have a high mark.

At the end of the round, Richard Osman, as he does, went through the board to display how many people in the survey had answered correctly. Unsurprisingly, the question above had the highest response with 85 people out of the 100 correctly answering autumn.

85 people out of 100.

That means 15 people got it wrong.

15% of those asked were unable to name all four seasons.

In less than a fortnight, the USA will be going to the polls to elect a new President.

The latest polls suggest that Hilary Clinton is 85% likely to win.


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