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A Loophole Abuse examples list from the British TV Show Taskmaster, a list so big we had to give it its own page. This is down to the nature of the show and how it involves lateral thinking, which makes its celebrity contestants think of ways to abuse the wording of a task, bypass a task requirement entirely, question the Ambiguous Syntax tasks are often given, or, well, they employ Loophole Abuse.

As intended, this happens pretty often, and Greg will allow the behavior if it's sufficiently funny, clever, or entertaining (or all three), but he is not afraid to disqualify contestants who obviously break the rules of the Tasks.

There is also an unspoken assumption that the contestant will at least try to complete the task in a way which is in keeping with the spirit of both of what the task is asking for and the show overall; they're there to be entertaining, funny and silly, and the show isn't just a venue for contestants to show off how good they are at finding loopholes. Accordingly, just because a contestant finds a clever loophole in the task does not always guarantee them a victory.


Taskmaster UK

In General

  • There are attempts by contestants to not read the last sentence of the task ("Your time starts now") that is almost always at the end of the task letter, usually so they can formulate a plan or to understand the task better without running down the clock. In "A Coquettish Fascinator", the first part of the "50 unique items in the bin challenge" changes the letter at the end to read "Your time starts when Alex touches you on the shoulder", which makes all but two of the contestants flee from Alex to avoid him touching him, leading to a brief moment of tag between Alex and few of the contestants. "Friendship is truth" has contestants start the task when they next blink, leading to a staring competition with Alex/the camera. Hugh just tries to look away from Alex.


Series One

  • In "The Pie Whisperer", a task requires the contestants to work out what is in each of 5 pies, without "breaching" them. Roisin and Tim simply ask Alex to punch, eat or generally open the pies in some fashion (the task specifies they can't breach the pies, Alex or anyone else are free to breach them). Roisin amusingly, looks away at Alex while he's testing the pies, and "creates her own hurdles" as Greg puts it, and she admits that ten minutes after finishing the task, she realized she could've just asked Alex to smash the pies open. Tim gets first and Roisin gets second place.
  • In "The Poet and the Egg", one task is to throw a teabag into a mug from the furthest distance. Frank uses a thin cardboard box put up against a wall to guide wet teabags into the cup, Roisin exploits the Exact Words of the task, and drops the teabags into the cup at height with a ladder (the task never said the teabags had to be thrown horizontally). Like Frank, Tim uses a catcher to guide the teabag into the mug, and opts for tarpaulin, and he uses a ball catcher to throw a teabag wrapped onto a tennis ball, and throws it into the mug. Josh however, attempting to broaden his target, says that he would define "mug" as "a receptacle larger than a cup, that you drink tea out of." He proceeds to pull the wheelbarrow out of the shed and promises to drink tea out of it by the end of the task. Tim comes first, Frank second, Romesh third, and Roisin fourth. Greg disqualifies Josh, though not because he used a wheelbarrow, but because Josh put the milk in first.
  • In "Down an Octave"
    • A task is to make a block of ice disappear. Tim decides to dump it into the River Thames so it can melt. It leads to some back and forth between Tim and Alex, with Tim asking Alex to stop the clock repeatedly, and Alex refusing to do so until he can't see it anymore. He does stop the clock eventually. Tim comes last, despite his "creative" solution.
    • Another task from the same episode is to collect as many tears as possible. Josh and Romesh use food to produce tears, the former an onion, the latter hot chili sauce. Frank however, uses some of the production team, and collects their tears too (the task specified to collect tears, it didn't have to be only Frank's tears.) Frank collects 12 tears, and wins the task.
  • In "Little Denim Shorts":
    • Tim tries to get out of a task requiring him to grow out a nail by getting a written excuse from the director of the play he was appearing in (his character was a compulsive nail biter). It doesn't work, as Frank Skinner points out that Tim could have grown out a toenail.
    • One task is to make a Swedish person blush as much as possible. Most of the contestants understand this as trying to embarrass Frederik the Swede by getting into his personal space, asking intimate questions, and outright flirting. Roisin tries this method first and then she asks him to stand with his head between his legs (but not for dirty reasons) to get the blood flowing to his head. Roisin wins the task.

Series Two

  • In "Fear of Failure", the contestants are ordered to place three large exercise balls on top of a yoga mat which is on top of a steep hill. While everyone else interprets this as getting the balls up the hill and does so (with varying degrees of competency), Richard instead brings the yoga mat down from the hill and places the balls on it at the bottom, reasoning that the task is worded in such a way that it never actually requires the balls to be taken up the hill. This one ultimately required the producers to get in touch with Susie Dent, the prominent lexicographer who notably appears on Countdown, to judge whether Richard had interpreted the task reasonably. Susie concurs with Richard's reading as being valid, enabling Richard to win the task. Ed Gamble suggests on the Taskmaster podcast that this moment, and Richard's getting away with it, was the very moment Taskmaster came to be defined by its lateral-thinking Loophole Abuse.
  • The prize task for "Welcome to Rico Face" is to bring in the "coolest blue thing". Doc, Kathryn, and Richard all bring in items that are the color blue. Jon and Joe being from Northern UK, however, take "blue" to mean "filth"note . Joe brings in a vintage smut novel, and Jon brings in a fridge magnet with some sexually explicit cartoons. They place second and first, respectively, in the task.
  • In "There's Strength in Arches":
    • A task is to get some objects from one side of a water stream to another, into a shopping trolley. While everyone uses bridges, wades through the stream, or throws the items into the shopping trolley, only Richard throws the trolley to the items, so transporting would be easier (the task only specifies the items have to be in the trolley, there are no rules about not moving the trolley. It is worth noting that others attempted to push the trolley, but found that its wheels were locked).
    • During the same task, Richard Osman pumps up an air-bed before reading the task out loud, as foresight from other tasks has taught him that most tasks end with "Your time starts now". Ironically, this turns out to be completely unnecessary to complete the task.

Series Three

  • In "Pea in a Haystack", a task requires contestants to propel a pea onto a red rug. However, the verb "propel" is quite vague, although most interpret it as throwing. Rob gets a score of 414.53 meters, by placing a pea in a wheelbarrow, moving it around the garden, then placing it onto the rug. In the video, Rob also has the foresight to provide the definition and explain his rationale in case Greg tries to make a rebuttal. Greg did lampshade this. Rob comes second. Amazingly, Al abuses Exact Words even more, as he places the pea onto the rug, rolls up the rug, then carries it in a Taxi for 18 miles, winning the task comfortably, while also burning £150 for a taxi ride to Slough for the sakes of the task.
  • In "Little Polythene Grief Cave":
    • All the contestants have to collect as much sweat as they could in 20 minutes to fill an eggcup. To avoid Frank Skinner's workaround for tears in Series 1 being repeated, the task specifies it has to be the contestant's own sweat. Sara takes a different approach as to what "own sweat" could refer to, and buys sweat off of the sound man, paying him £2 for 8 drops of sweat. Greg approves of her actions, and at the end of the task she is awarded second place.
    • The "make a flag meal" task features a rare example of Alex and Greg pointing out a loophole to the benefit of a contestant. The task has them make a meal that resembles a flag. Paul attempts to recreate the Mexican flag and comes nowhere close, but Alex points out that his meal actually bears a decent resemblance to the Mali flag. Greg then notes that they had to make a meal that looks like a flag, not necessarily the flag they were going for. Greg decides to give Paul second place as a result.
  • In "The F.I.P":
    • A task requires two teams to play charades, over a river....while wearing foam hands. One person from each team goes on one side, the other one/two to the other side of the river. They have to guess as many movies, TV Shows and Music singles as possible. Paul and Al try guessing what Dave is doing, until Dave realises he can get someone else to shout out the titlesnote , as he isn't allowed to. They win the task.
    • Another task has the contestants try to transfer as much water as they can between two buckets placed far apart with only laughably ineffective materials to help them. They also can not move either bucket. Al Murray gets around this last part by paying Alex to move the bucket for him — after all, the task's instructions didn't say that Alex couldn't move the buckets. This one causes a bit of controversy, however, since Sara Pascoe had also asked Alex if he could move the buckets without offering any money, with Alex refusing in a way which suggested that it would be against the rules for him to do so, and Sara ended up being disadvantaged. Instead of punishing Al (who had no idea about this), Greg instead gives Sara an extra point and punishes Alex by making him give the money to charity.

Series Four

  • In "A fat bald white man", one task is draw an accurate picture of a person sitting behind a curtain, whom the contestants are not allowed to look at (but are allowed to ask yes or no questions to). Hugh Dennis gets a mirror out of the house, places it opposite the curtain, and, while looking in the mirror, lifts the curtain several times. He defends this to Alex by saying that looking in a mirror is looking at an image of a person, not the actual person. Greg isn't so convinced, but says that if his drawing is good enough, he'll allow it. This point ends up being moot, since Greg considers his drawing to be by far the worst, and he comes stone dead last.
  • In "Look at Me":
    • All the contestants have to draw a painting of Greg on an easel several feet away surrounded by a red mat, with only paint or paintbrushes being allowed to touch the canvas or the mat. Joe and Lolly take the task at face value and stick a paintbrush onto a long stick. Hugh puts two mats down to reach the canvas without touching the mat himself, not realising that on this occasion the wording closes that loophole. Mel and Noel decide to roll up a portion of the red mat with a paintbrush to stand next to the canvas. Hugh gets disqualified, Lolly comes fourth, Mel comes third, Joe comes second, and Noel comes first.
    • The contestants are tasked with keeping a basketball on a running treadmill without touching the ball or the treadmill. Hugh realizes that he can simply unplug the treadmill, and wins by a margin of months. (It's possible that this was looked on more kindly because he only did it as the coup de grâce after using a more conventional method to keep the ball on the treadmill for significantly longer than anyone else.)
  • In "Meat", a task involves putting on a wetsuit in the fastest time. Several of the competitors give up partway through, for instance after getting their legs in but before they've got their arms in and zipped it up, arguing that this counts as 'on' and that the task didn't specify 'completely on'. Noel goes further, asserting that folding up the wetsuit and placing it on his head counts as putting it on. Noel gets disqualified, but the other contestants are judged to have completed the task sufficiently.
  • In "Spatchcock It":
    • One task is to get a stuffed camel through the smallest gap possible. Most of the contestants try to shove the camel, either whole or cut up, through small spaces. Mel, however, takes off in a taxi, and runs around with the camel in a "Baby GAP" store (the smallest of the GAP clothing brand stores). Greg awards her first place for her ingenuity.
    • In the same episode, one of the tasks involves working out what's inside a zipped up sleeping bag. The contestants are not allowed to look inside the bag or take anything out. Hugh unzips the bag, and then lifts it upside down so the contents fall out, and in the studio he argues that he hadn't physically taken anything out. Greg disqualifies him.
  • In "No Stars for Naughty Boys," there is a three-way tie between Hugh Dennis, Joe Lycett and Lolly Adefope at the end of the episode. The tiebreaker task is to open a jar of mayo the quickest with Vaseline slathered all over it. Lolly proceeds to open it with just her hands. Hugh grabs a tea towel from the kitchen and drops it on the floor. Before reading the task, Joe asks Alex if he can complete the task without opening the task envelope if he thinks he knows what the task is, grabs a pair of gloves, and opens the jar before opening the envelope. Joe wins the tiebreaker with a time of 0 seconds.

Series Five

  • In "Phoenix", one of the tasks is to remove a ball from a tube without moving the tube. Aisling Bea takes the tray the tube is attached to and it turns it upside down. Sadly, she is promptly disqualified, as the tube clearly moves while she is turning it upside down.
  • In "A wind-dried puffin", a task requires the contestants to stack cans from a shopping trolley onto a table, while also saying "Hi, I'm from X" (X being a country) and shaking Alex's hand every 10 seconds. At the start, Alex had asked them to tie themselves to the table via a noose before reading the task out, and Bob notices that the task doesn't say he needs to remain tied up, while the others presume the opposite. Bob and Mark come first, Nish comes third, Sally fourth, and Aisling last
  • In "Their water's so delicious", both Sally and Mark abuse the wording of a task that wouldn't let them touch the floor, or another object that they'd been previously stood on, in order to get a coconut as far away from the Taskmaster house as possible. Mark piggybacks one of the boom operators (the Task stated Mark couldn't touch the ground, not anyone else that he happens to be riding on). Mark gets disqualified for immediately touching the ground when dismounting from the boom operator. Sally stays on a table, while Alex posts a coconut to the Prime Minister of Fiji. Sally comes first, as the coconut made it nearly two miles away to the post office, although posting restrictions (and presumably the 20 minute time limit) prevent it from actually being shipped any further.

Series Six

  • In "The Old Soft-Curved Padlock," there is one task where the contestants are asked to build the tallest tower using the provided lemons in a bowl and a knife. The knife can only be wielded a maximum of five times. Alice uses Exact Words to her advantage and grabs several knives from the kitchen to cut up the lemons, and in doing so, she's the only one who finds out that one of the lemons at the bottom of the bowl contains toothpicks. Russell also tries to argue that his "tower" of lemons leaning along the inside of the bowl is legitimate, supported by the dictionary definition. Russell takes first place, and Alice second.

Series Seven

  • The team task in "My Eyes Are Circles" is to paint the best still-life portrait. One team member is blindfolded and completing the painting, while the remaining team members remain seated and direct the painter using only a given set of words. With the boys' team, Rhod decides that he and Phil would grab James's hand and guide his brush, which isn't explicitly forbidden in the rules of the task. Despite protest from Jessica and Kerry that the boys veered into cheating, Greg awards the boys with 3 points and the girls with 2.
  • In "Twelve Blush Majesty Two", one of the tasks has the contestants get a cricket ball into a golf hole on the other side of the garden. Phil uses brooms and sticks to guide the ball into the hole, Jessica does a similar thing but with pipes, which in her case, actively hamper her progress, James relies on his own actual skill (and misses a Par, much to his anger and frustration), and Kerry also relies on her own skill. Rhod however, manages to dig up the golf hole, places it on top of the mat that was above it, drags the mat to the ball, reassembles the hole near the ball, places a pipe leading to the hole, and shoots to get a hole in one. He wins the full 5 points, simply because of how outside the box his approach was.
  • In "OLLIE", the tie-break task is to achieve the longest flight with a paper aeroplane made from toilet paper. Rhod notices that the task doesn't specify any restrictions on propulsion, and keeps his aeroplane in the air for 20 metres by chasing it with a leafblower. Greg awards him the point and the episode.
  • "A Coquettish Fascinator" features an instance of Greg and Alex helping out a contestant with a loophole abuse in the wording of the task (similar to the flag meal example from Series Three). Phil successfully fits all ten pairs of glasses in the box he selected, but in the process of stacking them, one of the glasses breaks. In a rare show of leniency to Phil, Greg notes that the task requirement is not to break a pair of glasses, so his attempt is allowed to stand and Phil wins this task.
  • In "The Pendulum Draws the Eye", the contestants are tasked to discover which of 50 socks has a satsuma in it. Rhod finds a satsuma in the kitchen, puts it in a randomly-selected sock, and presents it to Alex. Despite the energetic protests of the others, Greg rules this an acceptable solution, though he does give Rhod only 4 points and a tie for first place instead of giving him outright victory with 5 points, with the stated reason to "avoid all this shit" in response to accusations of bias and favouritism.
  • In "I Can Hear It Gooping", the contestants have to tie themselves up, with the scores being determined by how long it takes Alex to free them. Rhod thinks for a moment and realizes that there's nothing in the wording that prevents him from tying Alex up before he ties himself up. Rhod wins the task by securing Alex tightly enough that Alex can't free himself and has to wait for Rhod to come back and untie him.

Series Eight

  • From the episode "A Novel About Russian Gulags":
    • A task is to run as far as possible while continuously making a noise. Iain interprets this as him beatboxing while running. He gets last place, as there were gaps between his beats.
    • There is a task to transport the most rice from the lab to a bottle in the living room, which they're not allowed to move out of the living room. Paul Sinha points out that there's no rule against actually moving the bottle closer to the lab, and he just takes it from the living room to the lab. This places Paul last, because, as Greg and Alex point out in the studio, while you can indeed move the bottle, you can't however, take the bottle out of the living room!. Cue Face Palm by Paul, and a disqualification, but he does end up getting a point for admitting his mistake.
  • In "The Barrel Dad", a task requires contestants to get a loo roll through a toilet seat hanging up from a wire above them. Iain completely fails to spot the hanging toilet seat, and instead uses the houses toilet. He then decides to unravel the toilet paper so that only the cardboard tube remains. He then passes it through the house's toilet seat, and finishes the task. His interpretation of the rules is welcomed by Greg, and he gets 5 points for being the quickest.
  • In "Rock 'n' Roll Umlaut", a task is to score a soccer goal from the greatest distance. Iain notices that the instructions don't require the goal to be scored in the goal net provided, and finds a wider practice goal for his attempt, allowing him to shoot with confidence from farther back. Greg allows this, but Iain scores 0 points anyway because his distance proves to be overconfident and he misses the goal.
  • The first task of "I've Been a Bit Ill" is to propel the first ball you touch into a wastepaper bin, with the most bounces winning from first release.
    • Lou and Sian are unlucky enough to "select" their respective balls (a whiffle ball and a rubber band ball, respectively, neither of which are particularly bouncy) before reading the task out loud. After several attempts, Sian bounces her ball by putting it in a fishnet and bouncing it on the pavement. Meanwhile, Lou ties a piece of string to her ball and uses it as a lead to bounce her ball. Lou wins the task, and Sian comes second
    • Iain affords himself some time to select his balls first by tipping over the drum upon which they were sitting and then by picking them up with books to test their bounciness. He ends up selecting the appropriately-named bouncy ball.

Series Nine

  • In "Another Spoon," the contestants are tasked with lassoing Alex from behind a line (marked by masking tape) right at the doorstep of the Taskmaster house. As most of the contestants find, there is not much room from where they are standing to swing the rope around to lasso Alex. However, Ed, Jo and Rose realise that they can move the line all the way to Alex and then lasso him from the shortened distance. Jo completes the task in 80 seconds and receives the 5 points. Rose takes 1 minute before she moves the line and another minute and 20 seconds to successfully lasso Alex and receives 4 points. Amusingly, Ed takes over 9 minutes to complete the task (longer than Katy, who took over 7 minutes without moving the line) because it takes him so long to come to that conclusion and receives 2 points.
  • In "A Cuddle," the first pre-recorded task is to score the highest amount of points by throwing an entire egg into the "metal things," with any unbroken eggs doubling the score. The egg must be released from the starting chair and that chair and those metal things could not be moved around. David, after trying the straightforward approach of tossing eggs at the metal receptacles, uses Exact Words and cracks one of his eggs while sitting on his chair ("releasing" his egg) and then emptied the contents into one of the metal things. Greg rules that David's is a valid interpretation of the word "release" and David scores three points.
  • In "Shaqinahat", the contestants have to throw something into a pedal bin from the furthest distance with the caveat that the bin's lid must be closed when the object is thrown. While Rose and Katy come up with rickety contraptions to press the pedal from a distance, Jo simply gets a crew member to open the lid for her. Ed, meanwhile, uses Exact Words by kicking out the bottom of the bin and flipping it upside down so that the lid itself is never opened while he completes the task.

Series Ten

  • In "God's haemorrhoid":
    • Katherine and Daisy think they're doing this when tasked with knocking a coconut off a pole. Instead of using the balls provided, they run up and use their hands and each receive a giant teddy bear as a prize. However, their elation soon fades when it turned out that there's a follow-up task.
    • In the follow-up task, Katherine tries to get around the condition that she's not allowed to walk on the grass while holding drinks by "tippy-toe running" on the grass while holding drinks. Her argument is all for naught, because she spills her drinks, disqualifying her from the task anyway.
  • In "Hippopotamus":
    • The contestants have to create cocktails, with the caveat being that they have to throw out their efforts if they make any noise exceeding 60 decibels. After numerous failed attempts, Mawaan realizes that he now has a bin full of mixed ingredients and decides to pour some in a glass (along with bits of muck and hair that had been in the bin as well) for Alex to sample.
    • One task requires the contestants to draw a picture of "the animal that is watching you" while looking into a two-way mirror at all times, with the added clue that the animal is wearing a hat. The intended solution is for the contestants to work out that there's a statue of a duck wearing a fez on the other side of the mirror. Johnny, however, happens to be wearing a hat as part of his outfit, and since he reasons that he's technically an animal and is technically watching himself by looking into the mirror, he simply draws a self-portrait. After some convincing from Johnny and Alex, Greg concedes that this tactic is allowed by the Exact Words of the task and declares Johnny the winner (as it's also a good self-portrait).
    • The next task requires the contestants to move water from Barrel A to Barrel B within 10 minutes, while not being allowed to move the barrels until 5 minutes have passed. Mawaan readies a garden hose, and when the 5 minutes have passed he lifts Barrel A above Barrel B and sprays the hose into it, causing the water to then pour into Barrel B. This technique comfortably wins him the task, even though he had lost most of the water originally in Barrel A.
  • In "Moments of Silence," the task is to extract and then drink a tablespoon of coconut water. The task takes place in the lab and each contestant is provided two whole coconuts and several implements on the table. There is a caveat that if two more more contestants choose the same extraction method, they would each be disqualified. Katherine, after pondering all the items, takes another look at the task, then walks out of the lab into the kitchen and grabs a coconut water drink. Despite being the slowest, Katherine wins the task.
  • In "Dog Meat Trifle", the contestants are tasked to neatly put clothes on a clothes rack about 8 feet away, but must not step outside of the small square they are standing in. The contestants use the hangers, the clothes and mannequin provided to hook the rack and drag it to them, but Katherine is the only one who thinks to lie down with her feet inside the square to do so. Since she never stepped outside, Richard is perfectly willing to argue in favour of her strategy to Greg.

New Year Treat 2020

  • The task is to fit the largest item through the hole of a donut without breaking the donut itself. All of the contestants come up with fairly Loophole-y solutions to the task, to varying degrees of success:
    • Krishnan uses a long rope to tie multiple items together, arguing that once tied they qualify as "one item". Greg allows it, though he only gets third.
    • Shirley uses a knife to cut out the center of one of the donuts, expanding the size of the hole she has to work with and allowing her to get a large pipe through the donut hole. Greg allows it, and she gets second.
    • John tries several different approaches before realizing he could use liquid, and pours a large amount of tea through the donut. It's allowed, but the revelation comes late enough in the task that he only gets enough tea through to qualify for fourth place.
    • Nicola puts the donut on the tip of a cactus, arguing that because part of the cactus did go through the hole, the whole cactus should count as her item. Greg does not allow it, saying that the only thing she got through the hole was a small chunk of cactus. Nicola finishes last.
    • Rylan uses a camera and some Forced Perspective trickery to make it appear like he got a life-size plastic cow through the hole of the donut. Greg allows it, specifically because "it will piss off a bunch of people on the internet". Rylan wins the task.

Series Eleven

  • In "An Orderly Species", the first task is to continuously say "metronome" between every tick of a metronome while performing three smaller tasks: blowing a balloon bigger than your head, neatly gift-wrapping the balloon and eating three whole poppadoms. Jamali does the first two tasks but realises he can't do the last one without slipping up, so he records himself on his phone saying "metronome" a bunch of times then plays it back while he eats. This earns him second place alongside Lee with three mistakes since Mike manages to do the whole thing with only one mistake.

Series Twelve

  • The contestants have to drink a pint of Ribena with the caveat that their mouths have to be open the whole time. While Guz, Morgana, and Victoria all gag and struggle, Alan realizes that using a straw leaves a small gap open in his lips and successfully finishes the task with little problem. Desiree, on the other hand, downs the whole thing in one go.

Series Thirteen

  • In "Having a Little Chuckle", one task is to raise the water level in a tank to a specified level by adding exactly six items. Ardal's sixth item is "water", which he keeps adding until the tank is at the required level. Greg allows it, and Ardal wins the task.
  • In "The 75th Question", one task is 'Record the highest number on this pedometer.' While the other contestants attempt various tricks to increase the pedometer count, Bridget sits on the pedometer and makes a recording on her phone of herself saying the number "eleven trillion gazillion". Greg allows it (though excluding the "gazillion," as not being a real number), and Bridget wins the task.
  • In "You Tuper Super", the contestants are required to hold a conversation with Swedish Fred after spending fifteen minutes cramming the Swedish language. Bridget phones her brother, who speaks Swedish, and has him coach her through the conversation. Alex notes that this technically fulfills the task, which says "Best demonstration of the Swedish language wins" but doesn't specify that it has to be the contestant giving the demonstration. Greg awards Bridget second place.
  • In "The House Queens", one task is to "Get the most ducks in Alex's basket", which is on the back of a tricycle Alex rides around during the task. Bridget pulls the basket off the back of the tricycle and carries it over to the table with the rubber ducks on, allowing her to easily transfer all the ducks into the basket within the allowed time. Greg accepts this solution, which doesn't contravene the task as written, but Bridget is disqualified for a separate infraction, picking up several ducks at once despite the task clearly stating that the contestant "may only hold one duck at a time".

Taskmaster Denmark (aka Stormester)

  • One task is "lav det højeste tårn", translated "make the tallest tower". In regular danish, "lav" means "make", but colloquially it can also be used to mean "fix", meaning that "repair the tallest tower" is an unusual but acceptable reading. Rather than building a tower, Heino Hansen drives all the way to repair a crack in Rundetårn with tape.

Taskmaster Finland (aka Suurmestari)

  • During the Finnish version of the "collect the most tears" task, Mikko Leppilampi hits upon the idea of filling the cup with tear-shaped crystals from the Suurmestari House's chandelier and then using a bottle of artificial tears. In this case, his reading of the rules is disallowed.

Taskmaster Sweden (aka Bäst i test)

  • The contestants are given the task to make a train honk. Marko "Markoolio" Lehtosalo first tries going to a train station to ask the conductors to honk while they're stopped but has no luck finding anyone willing to do so. Then he comes to the realisation (complete with a "ding" sound effect added) that a train can also be a procession of people. So he organises the bystanders around the station into a human train with himself in the lead, then goes "Honk, honk, honk!" himself. The semantics expert the show consults judges his interpretation as legit, and he wins the task.
  • For the Swedish version of the "Move Water From Bucket A to Bucket B" task, Clara Henry realizes that the task prevents contestants from moving the buckets, but doesn't prevent David from doing so. In this instance, it's far less controversial than what occurred in the UK original as David simply agrees to help — rather than caving into bribery despite insisting he won't help anyone like Alex did in Series 3.

Taskmaster Spain (aka Dicho y hecho)

  • The first task of the first episode is a classic one: “Make a portrait of a horse while on top of another horse”. Pablo Carbonell makes a painting, and then realises the rules don’t imply the necessity of paint or a frame, opting finally for making a portrait... with his phone camera.
  • One episode features a task previously seen in Series 4 of the original version: to fell a series of arranged rubber ducks, using a series of implements, but standing always behind a red rope, getting in front of it only to prepare the objects that were going to be used. Actress Goizalde Nuñez decides to move the rope and fell the ducks with her own hands, since the rules don't specify that the rope couldn't be moved.

Other Taskmaster-related content

  • The first "HomeTasking" challenge given online to viewers was to submit a video of them throwing a piece of paper into a bin in some spectacular way. One of the entries has the participant, after their first throw causes the paper to land outside the bin, throw a second bin on top of the paper so that their paper is now technically into a bin after the initial throw. It gets 7th place.