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Mastermind contestant gets lowest ever score

A Mastermind contestant said “it wasn't my night” after recording the show's lowest-ever score.

Software analyst Kajen Thuraaisingham gained just five points — the lowest figure in the history of the BBC programme which has been running for nearly 40 years.

Mr Thuraaisingham gained four points in his specialist subject which centred around the life of founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. He gained just one point in the general knowledge round.

He offered 13 wrong answers and gave 11 passes in total, scoring two points fewer overall than the previous lowest score.

The 28-year-old Londoner said: “I tried my best but it wasn't my night.”

The show's host John Humphrys said Mr Thuraaisingham may have fallen victim to “black chair syndrome”.

“It's the ‘black chair' syndrome. But no matter how hard you prepare for a show, the mind can just go blank when you're in that big black chair and the lights are on.”

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