This weeks Mastermind has drew one major talking point, that being the Olympics based specialist subject that was chosen. Now, before I start the fault here does not lie with the contestant but with the setters. Basically, and I am sure if you saw the show you agree, the set was more like an "Olympic Themed" round of a pub quiz than what you would expect for a specialist round on Mastermind.
Reading on various quizzing forums and facebook pages the reaction seems to have been the same. The common score seems to be, like me, every question right apart from the Pip Funnell one! Considering how low I usually score in Mastermind rounds I think I have an idea on is testament to how accessible this set was. I am sure the contestant was pleased with the set but in a way all those months of preparation I imagine learning obscure facts and runners-up etc and he got presented with a set he could have probably score the same on without research!
What also made the set more comfortable, was that with it being a popular subject shorter questions could be asked. Humprheys did not have to spend time reading long questions which give background information (for the viewer at home of course and could cut straight to the point.
Congratulations go to the wining contestant but do others agree that was as far from a specialist round as you can get? There was a round on Football Grounds last year which I criticised but in my years of watching the show The Olympic round has lowered the bar considerably.