Frequently Asked Questions

A Question of Difficulty
Haven't We Been Here Before?
The Battle of the Sexes
People Management
Extended Stays
Cellular Confinement
Going for Gold

A Question of Difficulty

There were 29 games with a 100% success rate, three of which were played (and won) five times each; they were MUMSEY's QUESTIONS (series four), SUNDIAL and BALLS IN BUCKETS. A further twelve games were played and won four times. 46 games were never defeated, two of which were played six times; they were BALLS IN THE HOLES and ASSEMBLE THE SHAPE, both from series one. Two games were played and lost five times; they were THE CRYSTAL SLIDE and PUT THEM LIGHTS OUT.

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Mumsie's Questions FourMental3:00Medieval05500
Balls in BucketsMystery2:30Ocean05500
Assemble the ShapePhysical3:00Medieval06060
Balls in the HolesMystery2:00Futuristic06060
Crystal Slide PuzzleMystery3:00Industrial05050

Haven't We Been Here Before?

The games that were played most often were nearly all, unsuprisingly, from series one. The most played, with ten attempts, was the infamous WALK THE POLE game. DUNE BUGGY, FIND THE CORRECT HOLE and WIRE THE DOORBELL followed with nine attempts each. COGS AND CANDLES, CROSSBOW TARGETS, METAL DETECTOR and RED DOOR MAZE each had eight attempts.

A total of forteen games were played only on one occassion. They were ATOM MIRRORS, BALLOON SHOOT, BALL ROLL, BLACK-BALLED, BUZZWIRE TWO, DOMINO SQUARE, FLAG CROSSHAIRS, FLICKSUM, OCTOPUS TENTACLES, POP THE BALLOONS, ROPE SHAPES, WIND SURFING, STARFISH AND EXCLUDE THE SYMBOL. The final two are the only games of the forteen not to have been used on one of the five children's shows. EXCLUDE THE SYMBOL was needlessly complicated and boring to watch, this presumably leading to its failure to appear a second time. Eleven games were played but twice.

Exciting to watch: Ten contestants wire up doorbell

Walk the BeamPhysical2:00Aztec010631
Wire the DoorbellPhysical2:00Industrial09540
Dune BuggySkill3:00Futuristic09270
Find the Correct HoleSkill2:00Medieval09630
Red Door MazeMental2:00Industrial08521
Cogs and CandlesPhysical3:00Medieval08521
Metal DetectorSkill3:00Industrial08350
Crossbow TargetsSkill2:00Medieval08422
Exclude the SymbolMental3:00Aztec01010
Flick SumMental2:00Futuristic01010
Rope ShapesMental3:00Futuristic01100
Octopus TentaclesMental2:00Ocean01100
Domino SquareMental2:00Medieval01010
Pop the BalloonsPhysical2:00Futuristic01010
Balloon ShootSkill2:00Futuristic01010
Ball RollSkill2:30Industrial01010
Blow BasketballSkill2:00Futuristic01100
Wind SurfingMystery2:30Industrial01010
Buzz Wire TwoMystery2:00Futuristic11001
Atom MirrorsMystery2:00Futuristic01100
Flag CrosshairsMystery2:00Medieval01010

The Battle of the Sexes

250 women and 248 men took on the maze; three of each sex per team with the exception of S03E07 which featured four female players and two male. This, I assume, was due to a contestant being ill and replaced by a standby.

Male contestants faired the better, winning 52.4% of all games, the women 43.2%.

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Men Women
Filter Plays Wins Losses Lockins Plays Wins Losses Lockins
All 607 318 255 34 551 238 273 40
Mental 103 61 39 3 156 74 79 3
Skill 164 81 75 8 166 70 82 14
Physical 202 118 68 16 101 41 47 13
Mystery 138 58 73 7 128 53 65 10
Aztec 155 90 59 6 135 62 65 8
Futuristic 145 69 62 14 142 49 80 13
Industrial 71 37 32 2 78 35 38 5
Medieval 170 91 69 10 127 62 59 6
Ocean 66 31 33 2 69 30 31 8

People Management

Seven contestants played but one game each. Six of these due to their being locked in and left to rot, whilst Andrea Addid from series two was only chosen by her captain once. 169 people played three games each, with the remaining 322 playing two.

Each team played between forteen and fifteen games during the first four series, with one team from series one having time for a sixteenth game, thanks largely to team member Mark Wynn completing the WALK THE BEAM game in eighteen seconds. The final two series gained a third advert break, leaving their teams time only for thirteen games.

No nonsense: eighteen seconds and bone-dry

Extended Stays

A total of 74 people were locked in during the show's run. No one person was ever locked in more than once. Five teams managed to lose three of their number. 35 teams remained entact. Unsuprising, the Futuristic zone with all its automatic lockins scored highest, with 27 captives in total.


Wind the CapstanPhysical3Medieval1506303
Spirit SafePhysical4Futuristic214103
Buzz WireSkill2Futuristic214103
Roller BallSkill5Futuristic414103

Cellular Confinement

Thirty cells were used for playing games accross the five zones.

The most used cell in the maze was cell ten in Aztec, used for all but one of the water games. The least used cells, unsuprisingly were in the Industrial and Ocean zones, with Industrial's green-panelled room used only nineteen times. Of the other three zones, cell three in Futuristic was used only 38 times.

Cell 26 in the Ocean Zone had two doors and was occassionally left empty and used to cross from the main galley to the corridor outside the wanter tank cell. Cell seventeen was the only one to be used twice in one show. Firstly for FIND THE CORRECT HOME and then MATCHES.

Crafty: Let's make the zone look bigger than it really is

Going for Gold

Seventeen teams collected over one hundred gold (after deductions) to win the "numbero uno prizes", with seven teams from the first series collecting over fifty gold for the not so good prizes.

Four teams took ten crystals and fifty seconds with them to the dome, this record being set on the very first show. Richard "bothered to open" the door to the dome for S04E04 and their one five second time crystal.

The record for most gold went to S03E03 with 154 after deductions. S01E11 faired worst, with -59 in total.

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