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by Ben Wilson
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 32
Views: 1595

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

JimBentley wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:54 am
Something has gone seriously wrong with the media in this country.
Yep.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formula One venues you've been to
Replies: 4
Views: 748

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Silverstone for the MotoGP last year.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Spot on. :)
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Number 14, purely to infuriate Gevin with how I've missed some out and will be posting them out of order.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 3828

Re: FOCAL 2017

I can confirm the above post- unfortunately, my days of organising events in Nottingham (and surrounding) has come to an end, but I will happily support any future events that take place in Nottingham(shire). There are still five spots left on the CoNot trophy, after all. :-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 2336

Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

Applied- Dec 2000 Got audition date- Feb 2001 Got a second audition date after first one was cancelled due to snow- Mar 2001 Audition- Apr 2001 Told I passed- May 2001 Got recording date- Aug 2001 Recorded- Oct 2001 Broadcast- Nov 2001 I included the '2000's and '2001's to reinfore my veteran status...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Question 11. I thought it was easy, but no one's cracked it yet.

Or attempted it, for that matter.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:38 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:37 am
Ben Wilson wrote:
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Question Nine. This one should be cracked very quickly.
Richard
Yep.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 457
Views: 54384

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, so last night, I was at COLIN, where I'd shown up late, only arriving in time for the start of round 3, despite the fact that I was supposed to be hosting. Despite not being present, I had somehow managed to win 4 games out of 4 and was in 7th place. My third round opponents were Ryan Taylor ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Question Nine. This one should be cracked very quickly.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Zubair Patel wrote:
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:52 am
Locked up Jims ?
Nope, ttbomk no one's locked up Bowen yet.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Euan Slatter wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:24 am
Are they all different channels? ITV, BBC, BBC 2, C4? For the third
Nope.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Numbers six, seven and eight. 6 and 7 were solved pretty quickly. 8 is still resisting arrest. So is number three, for that matter.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 1250

Re: Confectionery

I used to be a big fan of Opal Fruits (now the much more shitly named Starburst), but when I became a vegetarian, the fact that they had gelatine in meant that I couldn't eat them. But now they're OK again I think. But nowadays I don't actually think they're that good. They're a bit tough and chewy...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Number five, which IMHO is much harder than any of the ones that have gone before.

You are allowed to work in teams btw.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:01 am
Phoenix nights ?
Closest anyone's got so far. here's question 4 for when you're ready for it.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 194
Views: 27353

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

This guy who was on Bargain Hunt on Friday.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:22 pm
Can you tell us if you want a connection to the tunes or the programmes
It's more the programmes than the tunes.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Nope.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:09 pm
Not operation Yes Tree.
Maybe all written by same musician ?
Nope Tree.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 4345

Music connection question

No one's cracked this one yet. :-) What's the connection between the four music clips in this video?
by Ben Wilson
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Warning 2
Replies: 1
Views: 474

Re: Warning 2

ALLEGEDLY done. Stop it.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Warning
Replies: 5
Views: 615

Re: Warning

This forum really isn't the place for personal attacks, and without any evidence, that's precisely what it is. Fraid is a crime, and if it's been committed, it need reporting to the police, or to Judge Rinder or someone who can actually do something about it, rather than potentially slandering someo...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 14
Views: 435

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Jim Bentley, Gary Male, Jeff Clayton. Think that's about all. Nearly Jono and Charlie.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is there anybody there?
Replies: 7
Views: 731

Re: Is there anybody there?

I get up most weekdays at 6am, which is when the early morning repeat is shown, so it's a no-brainer, really.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Many thanks again for all your kind words. :) I was gutted to miss the afterparty but was feeling truly shocking after what was a supremely long day for me, lol. Thanks to those who stayed behind in the Ark to keep me company whilst I waited for the caretaker to arrive- I did appreciate the gesture,...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Can I just ask is this the first time (or at least in recent memory say 2010 onwards) that a B seed has finished in the top 3 (probably not, just curious) :) ? I'm not 100% sure. For some reason the earliest list of seeds I can find is from 2013, but I can probably root out the older ones given eno...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 457
Views: 54384

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

One I had before COLIN saw me having inadvertantly entered the Northern ireland Scrabble Championship despite the fact that it was taking place on the same day as COLIN (which it actually did this year). Long story short(er), I decide to blow off the Scrabble in favour of actually attending my own e...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

A few announcements I forgot on the day- -The puzzle magazine contained a 'number one on this day' quiz that somehow got its credit missed off- you can thank Callum Todd for that one -The branded notepads that I ordered didn't arrive in time. Sorry about that. -Some of the event dates on the calenda...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Thanks to everyone for their kind words and thanks to all who came along to make this COLIN the biggest and (dare I say it) the best ever! :) believe it or not, I've already started work on COLIN XIV, and I've got the small matter of CoNot VI in the meantime...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- the Hangover results
Replies: 0
Views: 364

COLIN XIII- the Hangover results

After a record-breaking 52 people played countdown in Lincoln yesterday, 37 showed up today to continue the trend started in 2014 of a shorter 'hangover' event- though even that seemed to get off to a dodgy start when a) my car's central locking system went on strike and b) at the scheduled start ti...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 28, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII results
Replies: 0
Views: 391

COLIN XIII results

Well, it's all over for another year, Or 14 hours, if you're one of the 30-odd people who'll be at the Memorial Hall tomorrow. :) Everyone's at the pub right now- well, everyone bar me, thanks to my digestive tract deciding to riot shortly after I got home. :( I'm basically propper up by painkillers...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

I'm disappointed at your lack of backbone on this, Ben. It makes me feel like a mug that I've played by what are self-evidently the rules at previous events. What 'lack of backbone'? This is the first I've ever heard of something like this happening at an event- it's not like I can police sixteen s...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

I'm disappointed at your lack of backbone on this, Ben. It makes me feel like a mug that I've played by what are self-evidently the rules at previous events. What 'lack of backbone'? This is the first I've ever heard of something like this happening at an event- it's not like I can police sixteen s...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Tricky one this. Obviously this sort of thing is hard to enforce but I'm pretty sure in the past at other events I've discarded a fourth consecutive I and given a different letter if it's come out of the vowel pile so I've no real problem with people doing this, but rigging piles before the game sta...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Tom Rowell (#48) and Rob Foster (#49)'s entries have officially made COLIN XIII the biggest yet- but there's still plenty of time to go to get your entry in- the all-time co-event record attendance is 50, after all... :) Also, if you're travelling up from the south in the day, be aware of extra traf...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Saturday? Sunday even. It's still the weekend. It counts. The seeds are, as ever, based on finishing positions at previous COLINs, on-screen performances, apterous pro ranks, finished at other co-events and FOCAL final standings in that (descending) order and are subject to change. 1 Jack Worsley 2 ...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 457
Views: 54384

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So last night I'm hosting CoNot, which luckily has a massive attendance (including Heather Styles, Alan Young, Stewart Gordon and a phenomenally pissed-off Matt Bayfield), but unluckily is taking place at the Guest House Paradiso . In between all the fighting, the usual football match is taking plac...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 39
Views: 2666

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

I want to get hold of whatever version of Wipeout is on PS3. Wipeout HD (might be called Wipeout HD fury) and you should be able to download it from the PSN store. It's a mash-up of the two PSP Wipeout games and from what I played, really quite good. Not quite up to the highs the series reached wit...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 39
Views: 2666

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

I'm on my 3rd playthrough of GTA5, this time on PC. I have an obese Steam library that I'll probably never get through in my lifetime, but, you know, the sales... I'm also trying to do replays of Sonic Generations, Final Fantasy X and Skyrim. Then I'll probably attempt a smaller project, like the en...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

45 now signed up for the main event and 35 for the hangover! :D This is gonna be a busy weekend, so I'll repeat my earlier appeal: if you can bring along copies of the board game to use on the day, please, please do so! Otherwise I may have to improvise, which no one ever wants. Speaking of improvis...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 09, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jon Corby
Replies: 32
Views: 1966

Re: Jon Corby

But anyway, presumably it came up as a request for a change of e-mail address rather than a simple "deactivation" so why was it left in limbo even if it did happen twice? Nope, the email notifications we get in the c4c ivory tower go along the lines of 'this account has recently become deactivated'...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 08, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

39 now signed up for the main event and 32 for the hangover... The all-time COLIN attendance record was 47 in 2014 and the all-time co-event attendance record was 50 at Milton Keynes in 2015... Just saying... ;-) What this does mean, though, is that I'm going to need to make my usual annual appeal f...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jon Corby
Replies: 32
Views: 1966

Re: Jon Corby

It went inactive a while ago so I reactivated it, but it immediately deactivated again when I did so I'm assuming he deliberately deactivated his account. :-(
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

24 days to go, 33 signed up for the main event and 26 for the hangover. As I was reminded a couple of days ago, if I hit 30 entries for the hangover by January 9th, I'll splash out on a few extra freebies for the Sunday event. 5 days and 4 entries to go...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Matt Morrison wrote:Imagine if it was the biggest and best without Corby.
He'll only have himself to blame.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 18
Views: 2566

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Answers done here- http://nebagram.co.uk/2016answers.pdf

It's 26 pages long as I hate formatting. :) Now got 11 months to prepare for the next quiz...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Co:Birmingham open division winner Stephen Read brings us to 30 for the main event and 24 for the hangover! :D There's just 26 days to go, and still plenty of work for me to do to (hopefully) make this the best COLIN ever- but for it to be the biggest and best, well, that first part is all up to you...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 106
Views: 5492

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Go on then.

Donald Trump
Robert Mugabe
Hugh Hefner
Vera Lynn
George HW Bush
Prince Philip
Diego Maradona
Jake the Snake Roberts
Betty White
Peter Sallis
by Ben Wilson
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 18
Views: 2566

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Answers will come once I've finished compiling them, which will probably be around the new year.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Dec 23, 2016 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Your preferred format for CO-events
Replies: 33
Views: 1485

Re: Your preferred format for CO-events

Even if no-one's actually done it on purpose, the fact is that someone can lose a game, and end up doing better as a result. I think people have said that Chris Wills won COLIN overall from the second table in the final round because he had easier games. That seems rather speculative. Who can say c...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Crisps
Replies: 47
Views: 1181

Re: Crisps

there really needs to be a thread devoted to crisps on here. Favourite crisps crisps that used to exist but don't any more unusually-flavoured crisps posh crisps cheap crisps whether maize and corn snacks count as crisps the blatant disregard that Walkers have for the traditional colours of crisp p...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Up to 24 now with the addition of Jim Bentley! :D Just over a month (and a couple of obscure bank holidays) to go!
by Ben Wilson
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Your preferred format for CO-events
Replies: 33
Views: 1485

Re: Your preferred format for CO-events

*shrug* I'm mostly just happy to play Countdown and see people I like. This is pretty much my view too. In fact I'd go further and say that it's the "seeing people" that comes way ahead of the "playing Countdown" bit for me. I've never been to any tournaments except Lincoln so can't really comment ...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 457
Views: 54384

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Two nights ago I was playing snooker in a televised tournament against Steve Davis, whacking him in one frame with a break of about 110 before accidentally potting the white instead of the break (anyone who's ever seen me play cue sports will attest that this is eerily accurate, apart from the 110 b...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Kirk Bevins wrote:I can't make it again this year sadly due to work. Hope you all have fun!
:cry:
by Ben Wilson
Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 4999

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Numbers are steadily increasing, and one of those who'll be there on the Saturday and Sunday is COLIN stalwart Lee Fisher, who has once again provided a puzzle for the COLIN puzzle magazine- and here are your instructions. Butties? (by Elfeshire) Solvers must complete the grid on the left by treatin...