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by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

Well it's really one-and-a-half syllables, isn't it? I mean, a word like "milk" is clearly not one syllable, but neither is it a full two either.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

I should maybe put on record that I don’t really have a problem with Susie deciding these as long as she is consistent. Especially now that she is the only lexicographer and it’s no longer as whimsical as it was in the old days (SCREES being an example: initially disallowed by Damian as lex but over...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

It seems so. It's also invalid on Apterous, which surprises me, since you'd expect Apterous to more rigidly follow the rules For the avoidance of doubt in future shows, we've decided from now on that ALL 1-syllable adjectives can be extended with -er and -est, even though it'll be difficult to unde...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 17
Views: 1537

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000. I assume you've changed your tune on drugs, because there's no way anyone is actually this fucking dumb. Glad to see y...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 17
Views: 1537

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 24
Views: 1058

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

So if it doesn't make sense, does that mean that -er and -est is decided on a whim by Susie?
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jul 20, 2018 1:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 55
Views: 3660

Re: C of C Draw......

I don't follow Rhys - can you explain? Taking cue from Graeme, I'm going to a logical extreme here, but if you imagine the best player in the history of the show appears near the end of a series and has won 7 games, they may choose to play badly in their 8th prelim and finish 6th in the series. The...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 55
Views: 3660

Re: C of C Draw......

The arguments about not having a random draw could end up with some people deliberately throwing their last prelim in their original series if they want to play the long game. I don't follow Rhys - can you explain? Taking cue from Graeme, I'm going to a logical extreme here, but if you imagine the ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 19th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 17)
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 19th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 17)

There's been a spate of misdeclarations recently. How odd.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 55
Views: 3660

Re: C of C Draw......

Ouch. Would really not like to call that. Zarte's run to the final looks particularly difficult. I could see Matthew Tassier going all the way from that draw... The arguments about not having a random draw could end up with some people deliberately throwing their last prelim in their original series...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 19th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 17)
Replies: 9
Views: 815

Spoilers for Thursday 19th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 17)

Amazed Round 1 didn't get a giggle when the first six letters were PENQIS...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jun 30, 2018 12:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: impossible number problems
Replies: 16
Views: 1465

Re: impossible number problems

Are there not 899 targets? Shouldn't that be 121,001,804 possible numbers games then?

Now someone merely just has to memorise all of them...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COC timeline
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: COC timeline

I wonder if the length of the series has any effect on how many people from that series get invited? Series 77 ran for 116 prelims, for example, whereas Series 74 ran for 85. I don't know who has and hasn't been invited, but I do hope Annie Humphries was/is invited back. I'm probably going to word ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: COC timeline
Replies: 57
Views: 7929

Re: COC timeline

I wonder if the length of the series has any effect on how many people from that series get invited? Series 77 ran for 116 prelims, for example, whereas Series 74 ran for 85. I don't know who has and hasn't been invited, but I do hope Annie Humphries was/is invited back. I'm probably going to word t...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 08, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 11
Views: 2489

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

The stop sign was quite difficult, really. Hexagon really threw me. I’m not a huge fan of the two major changes. And what really annoys me is how the music cues are slightly changed from the original (for example, when the contestant gets the £1,000 question right, when the lights go back down the £...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 08, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 4:12 pm
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue May 08, 2018 2:44 pm
my money's on an each-way bet for Sweden, whose song, "Dance You Off", is my favourite this year.
I heard Abba are making a comeback so I presume this is their entry.
Alas, no. It’s relative unknown Benjamin Ingrosso.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 08, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Replies: 20
Views: 2734

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2018

(Where's Martin Bishop gone these days?) SuRie was a backing singer for Belgium in 2015 and 2017, so she has loads of Eurovision experience (and, it would seem, has sung "Rhythm Inside" (Belgium 2015) at every opportunity). Hot favourite until last night was Israel, but Cyprus (!) has now overtaken ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 22 February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 33)
Replies: 11
Views: 1316

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 22 February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 33)

84 points by Round 9. This may sound a bit odd, but from that position 123 could well be considered somewhat... disappointing, for want of a better word...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 113
Views: 24565

Re: Countdowners in the news

^^ Good post. Seconded. Thirded. This hits worryingly close to home for me, with the guy being in pretty much the exact life position that I'm in :( RIP James Fourthed. To some extent, the fact this is a very real problem being faced - and all-too-often dismissed - by many. I believe suicide is the...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 3655

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

I was in seethe mode when I first saw this article. Maybe it was something to do with the dismissive tone of the article, the completely over the top criticism of Rachel Riley (far better than Carol Vorderman in terms of both Maths ability and personality) or the signalling out of Martin Lewis (his...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 3655

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

Nick comes across very well in the studio and does engage very well with the contestants in the studio, but I'll admit that this is sometimes misconstrued as favouritism on TV. It didn't help when I was there that the recording went on until 11pm due to a number of reasons, and by that stage everyon...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Leak...
Replies: 6
Views: 2280

Re: The Leak...

This somehow has only just now wound up on the Daily Mail Twitter feed. What if they found out that thousands of past contestants, including us, received the same guidelines about wardrobe and game procedure when they went on the show and didn't give them to the press, on the paper-thin pretext that...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 15th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 53)
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Spoilers for Friday 15th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 53)

I would have put this on after the practice session (15:15 or so). Channel 4 is really going downhill generally at the moment, daytime aside.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 26 July 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1560

Spoilers for Wednesday 26 July 2017

John made a right pig's ear of the third numbers, don't know why he didn't see the rather easier 9 x 5 x 10 + 8 + 7 - 1.

Rachel appears to be wearing an ice lolly today.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countmuck (2006) - Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow
Replies: 0
Views: 1018

Countmuck (2006) - Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow

It's amazing what one finds on the internet at 3am. In the final series of Dick & Dom In Da Bungalow, the final round was a parody of a game show (and Question Time). Some (The Crystal Muck, Muck or No Muck) were very good. Others (Strictly Come Mucking, Muckety Muck) weren't. This was one of those ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 26, 2017 5:33 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Classic Aptochat moments
Replies: 182
Views: 43813

Re: Classic Aptochat moments

2017-05-26 18:29:56 [...] The answer to DMTOOTBE was BOTTOMED.
2017-05-26 18:29:57 Chris Hare is playing Apterous Nude in a Letters Attack.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 19, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 19 May
Replies: 3
Views: 1369

Spoilers for Friday 19 May

Whoever wrote Nick's line (or whether Nick cane up himself with it) of "according to that well-known spy, Richard Whiteley..." - GENIUS.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2436

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Montenegro's entry is brilliant. Camp as Christmas, but brilliant.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 113
Views: 24565

Re: Countdowners in the news

This was the lead story on two of the "red top" papers today...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 113
Views: 24565

Re: Countdowners in the news

(Personally think this warrants its own topic)

Telegraph article: https://www.facebook.com/TelegraphEnter ... 8516229908

I agree... think it's a non-story.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Feb 07, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2436

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Euan Slatter wrote:
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:11 pm
You literally put the exact same thing as on tubechallenge
Yes, because it's a different forum.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 2436

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

(I haven't been here for a long old while. Older, wiser, but no less opinionated.) Doesn't time fly? Here we are again. I actually actively dislike our entry (zzzzz) which means it will probably do well. Mind you, the Eurofans abroad seem to like our song. If you didn't see You Decide, we've picked ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 17971

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

That'll be on Points of View, probably.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 08, 2016 10:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 8/10 Cats Does Countdown Friday 2nd September 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 842

Re: Spoilers for 8/10 Cats Does Countdown Friday 2nd September 2016

That does it, I'm going to complain.

Dear Sir, it has come to my attention...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube
Replies: 12
Views: 1884

Re: Legalities of posting clips on Youtube

The Catsdown specials Channel 4 get really picky about, so the title sequence (and the 1989-91 one as they used it on the 80s special) will register as Catsdown and get blocked.

Otherwise OK, I think.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Aug 27, 2016 4:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

A little part of me always thought that the result wouldn't be the catastrophe both sides had made it out to be, and it looks that might be the case. Brexageddon doesn't appear to be happening, and the EU have suddenly gone schtum on EU army plans.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 19
Views: 2990

Re: Best ever televised game?

My favourite is very difficult but my favourite is actually for sentimental reasons as it's the earliest Countdown I still have on a VCR tape. It's a tight, tight game too: John Hastings vs Les Noble.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 19
Views: 2990

Best ever televised game?

Everyone loves one of these "best ever X" discussions, or so I'm told. What is, therefore, in your opinion, the best ever game(s) of televised Countdown? For whatever reason? Maybe it's Innis Carson vs Chris Davies for sheer excitement? Or a record-breaking affair like Jack Hurst vs Conor Travers , ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Aug 23, 2016 4:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

Amazed Annie was allowed the points for Round 6 considering she practically had two goes at it.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown History Project - can you help?
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: Countdown History Project - can you help?

It's worth mentioning a few years ago I made an FOI request to Channel 4. Behind all the legal preamble it was confirmed to me that they themselves didn't write down the scores in the early days so having to go back and watch the episodes is probably the only way it can be done. we can confirm that ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 310
Views: 43885

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:RuPaul's Drag Race (so many fashion choices I aspire to)
Can't wait to see you lip sync for your life at the next co-event.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 27, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?
Replies: 15
Views: 3714

Re: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?

So the person who got the most correct answers did worse than would be expected by random guessing? Probably only one entrant. I actually entered but Rhys discarded it as coming from a Trotskyite entryist and so ineligible. Then he asked me for £25. (I scored 6½ by the way) I did raise a small chuc...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jul 23, 2016 12:44 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?
Replies: 15
Views: 3714

Re: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?

The correct answers were as follows: 1 - (upon hearing Madonna was doing the theme for "Die Another Day") "Are we going to need earplugs?" - Philip 2 - (on the British embassy in Berlin) "It's a vast waste of space." - Philip 3 - "Cats kill far more birds than men. Why don't [we] have a slogan: "Kil...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?
Replies: 15
Views: 3714

Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?

In light of Boris Johnson's appointment as foreign secretary and people tonight on Twitter getting some of his gaffes mixed up with Prince Philip's, let's have a quiz. Do not use Google at any point; this is just a bit of fun. This is also going on the Tube Challenge forums. Please PM your answers t...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Missing Co-event results - please help!
Replies: 16
Views: 4896

Re: Missing Co-event results - please help!

Bristol-style events are difficult to get results for. For Leicester 2010, I know I played Mary Jo Clayton, Amie Bateen, Conor Travers, Stewart Gordon, and I think (think) that was it insofar as I was concerned. Remember Kirk played Robbo at one point. I've got the grid for this now and it looks li...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Jun 27, 2016 1:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

Survation Poll on whether Indy Ref 2 (the sequel) should occur:

Support 41%
Oppose 43%
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

However, the idea of a General Election later on this year is a very attractive one as (presumably) it wouldn't give the Tories enough time to push through their gerrymandering boundary reforms? If so, I think if Labour ran on a manifesto including the introduction of Proportional Representation (w...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jun 25, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

Putting the two together, is it time for the Conservative party to do the honest thing and make its final split, the two factions becoming the basis for the two dominant parties going forwards? Steady on! Aye, that's a bit much! However, the idea of a General Election later on this year is a very a...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

Sharing "Lexit: The Movie" in here was one promise I'll admit I failed to keep. Anyhow... This clamour for a second referendum on the EU - surely just a case of sour grapes? The so-called "New Left" do like to throw their toys out of the pram when they don't win, like in last year's election result....
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jun 15, 2016 11:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

The Left wing argument for leaving the EU (which does exist, and has persuaded people I know) has been rather unexplored because of the media's insistence that this is a "blue-on-blue" affair (the BBC is by far the worst offender here). Vote Leave have had either Kate Hoey or Gisela Stuart on nearl...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jun 11, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

Following the huge success of the Brexit film, the folks at Labour Leave are about to release "Lexit: The Movie". It will be well worth a watch, that's for sure. The Left wing argument for leaving the EU (which does exist, and has persuaded people I know) has been rather unexplored because of the me...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 24, 2016 8:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

by Rhys Benjamin
Sun May 15, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2016
Replies: 18
Views: 1592

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2016

Don't like the new voting system. Gave too much power to the "bloc" voters, the exact reason the juries were reintroduced in the first place. See Poland.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed May 11, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 39385

Re: Politics in General

If he can't control his own campaign, why would he be any better at controlling the Metropolitan Line? Just saying. I did have a little chuckle at this... In the week of the election the gap between the two started to shorten in the polls, and it left us at CCHQ somewhat optimistic, particularly a ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed May 11, 2016 6:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

The most compelling argument for leaving (which I will be voting for) is the one put forward on the radio by I forget who (Gove?) who said that if we are not in the EU, non-EU countries importing into us will not have to pay Common External Tariff. Not only does this mean the developing world will ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon May 09, 2016 6:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 39385

Re: Politics in General

...both Khan and Goldsmith's campaigns were awful. I didn't follow the London mayoral election in my usual forensic detail, but one thing was certainly striking; the closer that election day came, the longer the odds you could get on Zac Goldsmith. At one point - no more than a couple of months ago...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon May 09, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15010

Re: EU Referendum

The most compelling argument for leaving (which I will be voting for) is the one put forward on the radio by I forget who (Gove?) who said that if we are not in the EU, non-EU countries importing into us will not have to pay Common External Tariff. Not only does this mean the developing world will i...