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9 Contestants Who Really Couldn't Handle The New "Crystal Maze"

The real joy of the show is when they hopelessly fail, isn't it?

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The Crystal Maze is a British programme where people tackle challenges against the clock to win crystals, while you at home hopelessly scream at the television.

And just like the original series, which was launched in 1990, there have been notable hopeless attempts by some of the contestants on the revamped version. For example:
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And just like the original series, which was launched in 1990, there have been notable hopeless attempts by some of the contestants on the revamped version. For example:

1. When a challenge required this guy to swing between these planets without touching the floor, but he got stuck on the second planet just seconds in.

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And then, after nearly a minute, he managed to get back to the first planet but wasn't able to get off it.

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And he kept going round and round and round and round and round and round and round and round...

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And then he fell off while reaching for the door.

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You can watch the whole thing here.

I think Richard Ayoade's arms said it all.

Rest in peace, contestant.
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Rest in peace, contestant.

2. When Tamara Wall from Hollyoaks had to touch buttons on each side of the rotating circles to release the crystal, but she couldn't move off the first rotating circle.

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She tried to go on the next spinner and fell back on to the first.

This was the scene a whole minute later.

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There were five buttons still left to press. She did not get the crystal.

3. When this contestant kept paddling, not realising that his boat was tethered to the corner of the pool.

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This lasted for a good 20 seconds.

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After he paddled to the weighing scales, where the actual challenge he needed to solve was, he abandoned the paddle that got his raft there in the first place.

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And then when he got the crystal, he had absolutely no way to get back because he couldn't move his raft.

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So with seconds left, he resorted to doing this.

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He got the crystal though.

4. When comedian Tom Allen had to carry jigsaw pieces over a wet log to release a crystal, which he only finished with literally seconds to spare...

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This meant that he had no time to collect the crystal that was popping up from the middle of the pyramid.

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The problem? Members of his team got a bit prematurely excited over something they had in fact lost.

Just because you solve the puzzle doesn't mean you win the crystal.
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Just because you solve the puzzle doesn't mean you win the crystal.

5. When this contestant didn't realise that for this maze, where you had to solve sums to open the doors, you needed to remember the code for the way out and the way in.

The clue was the fact that "AND EXIT" was underlined.
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The clue was the fact that "AND EXIT" was underlined.

The challenger didn't realise this rule, blasted all the way through all the doors, forgot all the numbers he was supposed to remember, and got trapped.

He never made it past the first door on the way out.
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He never made it past the first door on the way out.

6. When this contestant, after openly admitting that she does not like doing riddles, hopelessly failed to do this riddle.

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7. When a game where you absolutely must not drop more than three balls on the floor resulted in the challenger dropping more than three balls in just 20 seconds.

Oh dear.
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Oh dear.

8. Still, could be worse, like when British actor Adil Ray in that same challenge let go of the rope by accident and all of the balls fell to the floor at the same time.

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Oh dear oh dear.

9. They sacrificed a crystal to get him out, then 20 minutes later he did another skill game and got another automatic lock-in after not much time in there.

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Thank you, Crystal Maze, for making us feel better about our own lives.

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