- Feb 18, 2022
The 1% Club is back for another series. (Yay! )
For anyone not familiar with this show (new members?), it presents a series of logic puzzles that have been “tested” on members of the public to determine what percentage of ('ordinary') people can solve them. They are then ‘ranked’ in difficulty from those that 90% of the public (statistically) are 'able' to solve right up to those that only 1% can answer.
For the benefit of those that don’t live in the UK or who can’t watch the show on ‘catch up’ or on a streaming service, I have posted a selected few of the puzzles in the forum. Nobody’s obliged to attempt them or even read on if you’re not interested but quite a few members seemed to enjoy the ones I posted from the first series (season for our American friends ).
Personally, I have adopted a new ‘system’ for watching the show. Having recorded it I then pause the show when each puzzle appears and start my own timer. I am only going to post those puzzles that I was unable to solve within the time limit as, clearly, if I could get them in under 30 seconds, then they are far too easy for the big brains in here!
For example, I got the (other) "numbers" question within 3 seconds; just too easy for anyone here!
The (show’s) rules are:-
Participants are allowed only 30 seconds to come up with an answer, however, since the presenter reveals and then reads out the question before the timer starts, it is reasonable to allow yourself 35 seconds after you click on the ‘Reveal’ button.
My ‘rule’ is (please respect it):-
Please do not post any answers (even under “Spoilers”) to the puzzles in this thread before I have posted the correct solutions!
I will post the answers in a day or so for everyone to 'see' at the same time.
However, do feel free to post whether (or not) you got an answer and, ideally, whether you did so within (my) 35 second time limit.
Alternatively, you might wait until the correct answers are posted (to confirm whether yours agreed with them) and then let us know how you ‘performed’.
It’s just a bit of fun so it’s taken on trust that everyone will obey the rules (including mine) and be ‘honest’ about how they ‘scored’; we all know you don’t fool anyone but yourself if you lie about this kind of thing.
Again, for the benefit of anyone who is ‘new’ to this, I will begin by posting a “Sample Question”. In the early episodes they used to show these at the beginning to give viewers an idea of how the show ‘worked’. However, they were usually quite difficult and they stopped showing them after a few episodes. (Makes me wonder if their difficulty put off a few people from watching the rest of the show if they were stumped by these examples? Or maybe they just didn't want to 'waste' good puzzles that could be used in the main part of the show?)
If anyone wants to have a look at some of the previous shows’ questions, just click on the “Search” button (alongside your name up above), tick the “Search titles only” box and enter: “1% Club” as your search string.
Anyway, here we go…. Enjoy!
Example Question: (Part of the early shows’ introductions.):-
(Remember: time yourself to see if you can get it within 35 seconds of revealing the question.)
And the answer was:-
So this week’s (selected) questions are:-
The 70% Question:-
(It took me nearly a minute to ‘spot’ the answer on this one!)
The 25% Question:-
(This one just beat me: 37 seconds to get it.)
The 15% Question:-
(Again, I was just out of time; 45 seconds had passed before I realized what the ‘key’ to solving it was!)
The 5% Question:-
(I struggled for over five minutes on this one exhausting all the ‘possibilities’ I could think of before finally seeing what the answer was!)
This week’s 1% question was (IMNSHO) only answerable if you were ‘lucky’ enough to ‘visualise’ it right away. I spent over 10 minutes going through all the possible letter combinations before I finally hit on the answer!
The winning contestant was wise enough to settle for the £10,000 he was already ‘due’ for reaching the final stage (as the only one who had answered all the previous questions correctly within the 30s time limit) as he too was completely unable to come up with an answer within the 30s. One other member of the audience claimed that he got it within the time limit (though this was now a couple of minutes after the question had been displayed) but he did, indeed, provide the right answer before it was revealed.
The 1% Question:-
I hope you had fun attempting the puzzles and feel free to let us all know how you got on (if you wish) but please do not post (correct or otherwise) any ‘answers’, even “hidden” under a "Spoiler”, until after I have posted the ‘solutions’ myself later this week. Whether you got an answer and in what time it took you will suffice (for now).