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by Ben Wilson
Thu Jan 07, 2021 8:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 12489

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

Oh, and on what wouldve been COLIN weekend (30-31 january), I plan on holding an apterous tournament instead. :-) Watch this space for more details. -is still going to be a thing. Should hopefully have more details for you this weekend. Or, y'know, Thursday, which is pretty much the same thing .
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jan 05, 2021 4:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 774
Views: 222885

Re: Politics in General

https://jarick.works/spekr/test/ According to this test I’m a centre-right neoliberal, so it’s pretty accurate. My results: Economic -20, cultural -48 You were spekd as liberal You support a balance of both economic freedom and restriction alongside light restrictions on cultural freedom. You oppos...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 1219

Re: Genius things

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:31 pm
Actually Google Maps was one of the reasons that made me get a smartphone.
I was going to ask if regular fold-out maps were too big and unwieldy for you, but then I remembered how big your phone was.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 286
Views: 30468

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I'd hardly call it a proper lockdown until schools close. They're the best possible environment for diseases to spread rapidly.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Covid 19 roll call
Replies: 12
Views: 673

Re: Covid 19 roll call

Never been tested, but self isolated twice- once in March after displaying symptoms, once in November after being told to by the app.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jan 01, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVII- Countdown in Lincoln, 29-30 May 2021
Replies: 8
Views: 12489

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

Sitrep No real update yet on whether or not this'll be going ahead. Obviously, I want it to, but I also wanted it to happen at the end of this month, and we all know how well that went. But hey, there's still five months, and with vaccines finally becoming available, who knows where we'll be by the...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Dec 21, 2020 2:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020
Replies: 24
Views: 1092

Re: Special Spoilers for Monday 21 December 2020

POLYMATH for 8 in R4.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Dec 07, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12348

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Paul Anderson wrote:
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:11 am
Now that we seem to have moved on, I’ve agreed to face the carryover champ in the S3 opener. Will it be Zubair’s tetra match or will I face Peter or Toby? But much more importantly.....

Who should host for my one-and-only match?
James Robinson is surely the obvious choice here.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 05, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12348

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Maybe other like-minded people share your moral code, but why should it be imposed on the majority? What on Earth makes you think you're in the majority here? Know, not think. When John Chew pushed through a "Naughty list" whereby certain 'offensive' words were blacklisted in the US version of tour...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 152
Views: 12348

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:07 pm
Maybe other like-minded people share your moral code, but why should it be imposed on the majority?
What on Earth makes you think you're in the majority here?
by Ben Wilson
Wed Dec 02, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 31
Views: 11526

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

The wiki has a page that as far as I can tell is up to date- http://wiki.apterous.org/Co-event
by Ben Wilson
Sun Nov 29, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 17979

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

When I was researching venues, I found that £1000+ was often the going rate for a Saturday in central London at an accessible venue that fit 50+ people [...] Assuming you are talking about the Brighton Oval (I originally did not realise there was a Brighton one and thought you were absolutely mad f...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:17 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 44
Views: 17979

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Venue location can be as important as the actual quality of the venue itself. The Ark ain't going to win any awards, but it's well-connected for buses and trains, has a decent car park and, most crucially, is a stone's throw away from shops and takeaways. For about 10 years, the biggest Scrabble tou...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Howard Somerset
Replies: 11
Views: 1458

Re: RIP Howard Somerset

Very sad news. :-( he will be very much missed.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Nov 03, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 34
Views: 17030

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

JackHurst wrote:
Tue Nov 03, 2020 7:01 pm
I am willing to go to somebody's house for dinner to help boost their score.
Not the best timing for this post, it has to be said.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Oct 25, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar 2021
Replies: 2
Views: 917

Countdown Desk Calendar 2021

Now available to purchase from The Calendar Club, Amazon, Waterstones and many more retailers! This year's even better, and I can say that with confidence as I (with help from others) wrote both. :)
by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 23, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 6740

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: 1008

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: 72
Views: 7379

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: 72
Views: 7379

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: 1473
Views: 373926

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: 8
Views: 12489

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: 8
Views: 12489

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: 8
Views: 12489

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: 8
Views: 12489

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: 6005

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: 1473
Views: 373926

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: 8
Views: 12489

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: 575
Views: 226831

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: 669
Views: 245373

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: 294
Views: 118726

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Touché.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 294
Views: 118726

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: 8072

Re: Offensive Words

by Ben Wilson
Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 8072

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: 1473
Views: 373926

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: 2299

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: 1877

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: 1877

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: 669
Views: 245373

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: 774
Views: 222885

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: 1491

Re: Spam

by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Torture
Replies: 1
Views: 849

Re: Torture

Goodbye.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Bullying
Replies: 12
Views: 1903

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: 2299

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: 294
Views: 118726

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: 15
Views: 2226

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: 5366

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: 292
Views: 96114

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: 13252

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: 1767

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: 286
Views: 30468

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: 286
Views: 30468

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: 2228

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: 12318

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: 12318

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: 1130

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: 12318

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...