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by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 38
Views: 1068

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

If there's genuine discussion, then the thread can continue, but any further name-calling (including at James) and it gets canned.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Oct 17, 2020 1:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Xmas Specials
Replies: 7
Views: 330

Re: Xmas Specials

Damian has asked me to lock this thread, as the required spaces have now been filled. :) Any discussions of the matches themselves can, as always, be found in the spoilers subforum.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 27
Views: 1389

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Mark Deeks wrote:
Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:17 pm
Get whoever does the calendar to set the teasers, outsource that.
*Nods*
by Ben Wilson
Thu Oct 08, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 27
Views: 1389

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 7:49 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
Thu Oct 08, 2020 12:25 pm
Martin Jarvis as host, and go back to nine-rounders so he can talk more.
When he just read out passages from Just William, it was probably the laziest and most arrogant thing a DC guest has ever done.
I'd argue the time he read out 'Mrs Worthington' as a dramatic poem tops that.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Sep 29, 2020 11:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1430
Views: 327729

Re: Ask Graeme?

One thing I've been wondering- who's played the most number of old 15 rounders without having ever played any other format? I'd be surprised if it wasn't Jack Hurst. Similarly, who's played the most number of old 9 rounders without having ever played any other format, including 14 rounders or master...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 24, 2020 7:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5797

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Morning all So, at last, I can finally announce that for one year only, COLIN is going to be held on the last weekend in May, namely the 29th and the 30th of May. The halls have been rebooked, but I'm not quite yet ready to start taking entries just yet. The announcement on Tuesday about new restric...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5797

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, dates TBC

So, it turns out January may have been a little optimistic. Five months from now things may be better, they may not, but right now things are pretty dire. A maximum of 27 entries at both events, social distancing in place and no concrete plan on how to do a Lincoln-style event that isn't prohibitive...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5797

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

So, a quick update. I've spoken to the Memorial Hall as well, and their maximum capacity is also 30 . As this includes me (obviously) it means that the maximum capacity for both events in January, as it stands right now, is 27 each. Also, both venues have said there'll be restrictions on refreshment...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5797

Re: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2021

Having spoken to the Ark, at the present time, the maximum number allowed for the Saturday event is 30 . No news on the Sunday event, I'm hoping to speak to the Memorial Hall tomorrow so will have news then, and will hopefully have some idea of prices by the weekend. Still trying to figure out how t...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 3119

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

The thought of anyone 'not being happy' is so laughable. Suck it up, seriously. I'd be amazed if Nick, Susie or Rachel are upset about it. Anyone who is upset from a viewer perspective, especially in terms of the competition etc. (is it a special, is it not, octoruns blah blah blah), need to get a ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 19, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1430
Views: 327729

Re: Ask Graeme?

Gyles surely had the longest continuous run sometime in the eighties?
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 5797

COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021

Ladies and gentlemen, the oldest co-event on the calendar is back! ...Hopefully. Probably. Maybe. See the posts dated 8/9/2020 and 24/9/2020 for further details. Safe to say the details below are a bit out of date. With the world in the situation it's in at the moment, it's hard to know exactly what...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jul 27, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 554
Views: 195490

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finishing a binge watch of Black Books, having had the DVD on my shelf for at least ten years. Very funny show. :D
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jul 21, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 667
Views: 230345

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So last night I had a weird one. Essentially, I was in a hotel where the Sheffield-based band Bring Me the Horizon were playing a social-distancing friendly concert. The hotel was shaped like a hollow square with a massive garden in the middle where the band were playing, and everyone was meant to r...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jul 18, 2020 8:59 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 288
Views: 106805

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Touché.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 288
Views: 106805

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Graeme Cole + messy hair + sideburns=

Image

(Supergrass front man Gaz Coombes btw)
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5718

Re: Offensive Words

by Ben Wilson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 5718

Re: Offensive Words

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:23 am
It would be absolutely ridiculous if this passed.
^This.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jul 06, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1430
Views: 327729

Re: Ask Graeme?

Inspired by the fact that today's c4c birthdays include someone who's 28 and who's 56 (not to mention the fact that I'm on a lot of painkillers right now) I'm wondering how many successful players' (defined as octochamps or finalists) debuts are exactly twice/half as 'old' as that of another success...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

Re: Paradox: A logic puzzle

James S Roper wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:14 am
I think I've cracked it. That was good fun! Once you realise a couple of important tricks it falls into place quite beautifully.
Glad you enjoyed it! :-) I'd be interested to see if your solution was identical to mine and which tricks in particular you used.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The COLIN Google Earth quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 1419

Re: The COLIN Google Earth quiz

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:56 am
i'll do this tomorrow or whenever I'm Ben Wilson but I hope you included the lincoln bra lady. Definitely the highlight of the walk from hykeham station to the fox. Fuck I miss colin[
Quoted for posterity!
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The COLIN Google Earth quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 1419

The COLIN Google Earth quiz

Evening all. For my second attempt at a quiz no one will attempt, here's a Google Earth based one. The goal is to get from the shop named Countdown (no really) to the COLIN venue, identifying all 25 stops along the way. There are no ridiculous detours or doubling back on yourself, you should be able...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 667
Views: 230345

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had an odd one last night in which Paul Anderson was hosting a Zoomdown match between me and someone on the International Space Station (alternatively, it was Paul on the space station).
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 730
Views: 182270

Re: Politics in General

Callum Todd wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:35 am
C4c > twitter.

Change my mind.
To the best of my knowledge, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins don't have accounts on here, and neither do any of their toxic followers, so I'm inclined to agree with you there.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 1200

Re: Spam

by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Torture
Replies: 1
Views: 698

Re: Torture

Goodbye.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Bullying
Replies: 12
Views: 1427

Re: Bullying

Thread locked for obvious reasons.
by Ben Wilson
Sat May 30, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 1877

Paradox: A logic puzzle

Here's my newest thing. Inside this zip file is a 15x15 grid and 56 tetrominoes. The goal is to place all the tetrominoes on the grid so that it will have 4 fold rotational symmetry and 4 axes of reflection. You can rotate each tetromino as needed, but you can't flip them to use their mirror image. ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed May 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 288
Views: 106805

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Image

And

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by Ben Wilson
Sun May 17, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 1468

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

This thread was made for me. :-D The obvious first answer has to be the A-Team. Single greatest TV intro of all time. Knight Rider is also great, and Street Hawk (and it's awesome theme by Tangerine Dream) is an often overlooked classic. For something a bit more modern, Mad Men would be a brilliant ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 11, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive apology to you all.
Replies: 34
Views: 4042

Re: A massive apology to you all.

...And this thread has outlived its usefulness. Ashton, take all the advice in this thread to heart. Mull on it. Talk it over with your parents, with friends, with someone. But take a lot of time to think before returning, if you decide to return. Find another hobby- one you like as much as Countdow...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 278
Views: 78586

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Martin Hurst wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:11 pm
1) The song played at the start of Only Fools and Horses is a completely different song than the song played during the end credits.
https://youtu.be/yaCg93od-qY just wait until you hear the original theme.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 10708

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

Presumably they're choosing the 30BC over the supreme championship as they still have a 45 minute timeslot to fill?
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Private Message Abuse.
Replies: 8
Views: 1384

Re: Private Message Abuse.

This thread outlived its usefulness about a minute after it was started.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 205
Views: 15236

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sens...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 205
Views: 15236

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sense...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps
Replies: 7
Views: 1710

Re: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps

Oh, Goat letters, right?

(Apologies if everyone else has already figured that out)
by Ben Wilson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 8935

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

Take it from someone with experience- don't make any announcements until you have a date and a venue confirmed.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 8935

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

I called the Raven bar in Glasgow yesterday, and they confirm they have no events booked in for the 13th of March next year.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April
Replies: 4
Views: 857

Re: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April

Either way, I think this topic is surplus to requirements.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 8935

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

Can I help you Grandma and Grampa. You can if you want mate I’ll talk to your mummy and daddy before we give you a job. It was my mum who told me to ask you Grampa. Can I write some conundrums for you ? Odd that you'd need to communicate this way considering that all your posts come from the same I...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:MyArs April 31st
Replies: 13
Views: 2063

Re: Co:MyArs April 31st

This thread has outlived its usefulness.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 278
Views: 78586

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

'Do you wanna build a snowman' has the same number of syllables as 'teenage mutant ninja turtles'.

Edit: and 'harder better faster stronger'.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The COLIN stat file
Replies: 0
Views: 777

The COLIN stat file

Sixteen years of results from sixteen years of COLINs, includes the final score of ever game, every final table, and plenty more for those of us obsessed with facts and figures. Almost as much of a COLIN tradition as Matt placing his fingertips on his head, Mark and Graeme's recursive portrait and t...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?
Replies: 22
Views: 5486

Re: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?

Bullseye but with Kirk Bevins in place of Tony Green.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 65
Views: 12354

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

Could it be a thing to extend this to CO-events too, i.e. if you've played someone in an official event, it counts as the same as playing someone in a TV appearance? I don't even know if there's a consistent set of records for all the events (although I know Ben has detailed results at least). Or d...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: COLIN XVI results

COLIN_XVI_HANGOVER STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Jack Worsley 4 4 279 2 James Haughton 4 4 232 3 Callum Todd 4 4 230 4 Bradley Horrocks 4 4 215 5 Thomas Carey 4 3 255 6 Thomas Cappleman 4 3 250 7 Paul Worsley 4 3 244 8 Jennifer Steadman 4 3 235 9 Toby Pereira 4 3 226 1...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

Re: COLIN XVI results

And the COLIN champion, winning a double max game 72-62, is Jonathan Wynn!

Full results after the hangover (and the pub) tomorrow.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 1451

COLIN XVI results

COLIN_XVI STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Jonathan Wynn 6 6 377 2 Jack Worsley 6 5 423 3 Callum Todd 6 5 385 4 Thomas Cappleman 6 5 375 5 Rob Foster 6 5 372 6 Eddy Byrne 6 5 369 7 Dinos Sfyris 6 5 356 8 Conor Travers 6 4 372 9 Graeme Cole 6 4 362 10 Jon O'Neill 6 4 359 1...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 15801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

3 days to go and we have another COLIN newbie in Tim Hebbes! That brings us up to 9 players making their COLIN debut this weekend, the same as last year. The last time the number of debutants reached double figures was in 2014. Just saying. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 15801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

5 days to do and COLIN debutant Ned Pendleton brings numbers to 44 for the Saturday and 33 for the Sunday, and as neat as those numbers look, there's always room for some more! Seeds have been updated as well. A quick reminder that seeds for the Sunday will as always be based on finishing positions ...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 667
Views: 230345

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

One I had a couple of days ago had a start and a middle I can't remember, but at some point, I end up driving Gevin's car, and repeatedly stalling it before eventually getting the hang of it and merging into the fast lane of a motorway at about 85mph. Even though the car is left hand drive and I mer...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 45
Views: 7035

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

I was walking down Lincoln high street once and saw Danny Cowley walking toward me giving me the evils.

I also got the evils once from Jeremy Kyle but that was at the Countdown studios so shouldn't really count.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 15801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Two players will be making their COLIN debuts this year, namely Paul Anderson and Rachel Perkins, and as they've brought our numbers up to 38, it's time for the annual outrage that is the seeding. Before you get too angry, new players are always placed slap bang in the middle of the field, people wh...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 15801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

28 entrants now. :) The always controversial seeding list shall be posted when we hit 36 entries. As shall pictures of this year's prizes (assuming they ever get delivered)!
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 15801

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Up to 26 entrants now with COLIN debutant Ben Mills joining his parents on both days! :)
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1905

Re: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020

Happy new year, everyone! If you're still in need of a good calendar for the new year, those links above still work. :)
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 12463

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

In case no one saw it on Facebook here's another one I made. Shorter in scope this time, it's 175 cryptic (ish) clues, the answers to all of which are TV shows.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 141
Views: 52043

Re: Countdowners in the news

:shock:

Jesus... The article mentions he's in a psychiatric ward, and I really hope he gets all the help he needs, as judging by the article, he has a long, long way to go.