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All hail Rick, Ireland’s Mastermind

July 24, 2012 in Mastermind, Quiz Show

Rick O’Shea, winner of ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ on TV3.

Prior to last Sunday night, 2fm DJ Rick O’Shea was already the answer to one table quiz question*.   Now, he is the answer to a second: “Who won the first series of Celebrity Mastermind on TV3?”

Rick emerged victorious from the all-male final, defeating Gavin Duffy, Anton Savage, Alan Shortt and Abie Philbin Bowman, in most cases, by quite a comfortable margin.  His 32 points was eight ahead of second-placed Philbin Bowman.  Ordinarily, I’d post some questions from the show below the fold but, yesterday, thejournal.ie beat me to the punch** and did just that.

I enjoyed the article, as I did the final show, but in both cases I do have a little niggle which continues to bother me. The questions were pretty easy, especially in the general knowledge round.  That’s just my opinion of course but I have more experience than most in this area :-) and I think I have a sense of the standard of question the Mastermind brand represents.  With that in mind, Gavan Reilly’s assertion in thejournal that had Rick “scored 32 in the final of the 2009 British series, he’d have won…” brought a smile to my face.

Rick is undoubtedly a very clever man (here’s hoping we can convince him to get involved with our IQO acivities), and he could only answer the questions he was asked, but I’d be fairly confident that the finalists in the 2009 series of UK Mastermind would have done quite well with questions such as “What is the capital of Spain?” and “What everyday item, used as a portable rain shelter, was also the title of a 2007 worldwide hit for pop singer Rihanna?”***

As well as the honour of being the first Celebrity Mastermind champion, Rick O’Shea won a crystal trophy (see picture) based on the Salmon of Knowledge and €7,500 for his selected charity, Brainwave Ireland. If you’d like to see how you would have gotten on with the questions he was asked, try them out yourself by clicking here.

You can view the full show via TV3′s 3player.

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Celebrity Mastermind

June 22, 2012 in Mastermind, Quiz Show

Celebrity Mastermind hit our screens last Sunday.  The show is hosted by Nora Owen and takes place in the Royal Irish Academy, a fact that the programme’s producers are keen to publicise (although I’m not sure why).

If you didn’t catch the first episode, you can now watch it on TV3′s 3player at the following link: www.tv3.ie/3player/show/424/49802/1/Celebrity-Mastermind

The first episode featured the ‘Memory Man’ himself, Jimmy Magee, Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter, all-round media dude Anton Savage and Louis Copeland, “the nation’s best-known tailor”.  I won’t tell you who won, you’ll have to watch for yourself.

The series continues for the next four weeks, on Sunday evenings at 8.30pm.