Observant viewers of BBC’s House of Games were puzzled to see that one of the contestants was missing the thumb on his right hand.
Of course it mattered little because it’s wits you need in a quiz show and not dexterity.
The thumbless wonder is comedian Andy Hamilton.
His wits are undoubtedly made all the sharper by the fact he doesn’t have a mobile phone.
Explaining this quirk, he told iNews : ““I know it’s quite hard on other people, but I’m not an ambulance driver. What I do isn’t important. It’s not life-threatening if I don’t take a call from an executive producer.”
He continued: “My reasoning for not having a phone is that I spend a lot of time daydreaming. That’s part of my job. You can’t do that if you’re constantly on your phone.
“The other thing that people always say is: ‘What if you’re running late and need to tell someone?’ My answer is: ‘I try not to be late.’ I’m a punctual person.”
House of Games is presented by Richard Osman and currently in its fifth series.
It features a handful of celebrities going head to head in a number of quizzes over five consecutive days.
Andy Hamilton is currently appearing on Week 9 of this series alongside journalist Kirsty Wark and, presenters Sabrina Grant and Matt Edmondson.
He’s never gone too much into what happened to the missing right thumb, only that he lost it when he was five.
He’s once quipped that it was because a surgeon “felt that symmetry was overrated”.
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