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Norman Returned To "Bake Off" And Was Absolutely Splendid

"I don't make cake as a rule. It's usually bread and pies."

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1. Firstly, let's talk about his hat / scarf combination.

Norman, you look like a treat. Did they film this in May?
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Norman, you look like a treat. Did they film this in May?

2. It then got even better when this happened.

I don't know why the umbrella adds so much to this moment Norman, but it does.
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I don't know why the umbrella adds so much to this moment Norman, but it does.

3. He then did this during the biscuit design challenge.

"It will look different," said Norman. "Slightly different."
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"It will look different," said Norman. "Slightly different."

4. Norman was the best baker in that episode because he kept saying phenomenonal things like this:

The technical challenge is marked according to how it looks! That's literally the criteria you need to win the competition and get the prize, Norman!
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The technical challenge is marked according to how it looks!

That's literally the criteria you need to win the competition and get the prize, Norman!

He has always been this way. This is what he said whilst introducing his biscuit showstopper in 2014.

Apprentice candidates = "I will destroy you all and then eat this money."Norman in Bake Off = "These look nice but they won't taste great."
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Apprentice candidates = "I will destroy you all and then eat this money."

Norman in Bake Off = "These look nice but they won't taste great."

5. Norman also remarkably said he doesn't like baking cakes, on a show consisting of people baking cakes.

Not many of the episodes he was originally in even featured bread or pies.
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Not many of the episodes he was originally in even featured bread or pies.

6. He said this accurate comment about making snowflakes in a technical challenge.

Usually in a technical challenge uniformity is required.
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Usually in a technical challenge uniformity is required.

7. He also came up with the best name ever for what he was presenting in the signature challenge.

He forgot the word thingymajig so he called them dingdangs.
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He forgot the word thingymajig so he called them dingdangs.

Nothing will beat his Showstopper name from 2014.

Pieful Tower.
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Pieful Tower.

8. He also continued to "play it safe", even though him playing it safe was what led to him leaving Bake Off.

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He's so confident in sticking with the familiar. Take this showstopper pie from 2014.

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Full disclaimer though: In the past Norman has been very, very ambitious.

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9. In the special, we also experienced his famous catchphrase one more time.

HAVE A SUBTLE FLAVOUR MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.
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HAVE A SUBTLE FLAVOUR MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

10. His attitude to life just cannot be beat.

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11. And then there's the alcohol.

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12. Norman, you are an absolute treat. Thank you for making our Christmas utterly delightful.

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Oh for god sake let's just look at his scarf again.

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Is it me or is his hat and scarf getting bigger?

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What a treat.

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