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by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13252

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished the Blacklist redemption, which was good, but not quite up to the standards of the parent show. Currently watching Babylon 5 (for about the fifth time) all the way through on Pick every weekday evening at 8pm. If you've never seen the show I really can't recommend it enough, it was so ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 3316

Re: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

Rooms at the Ibis are currently available at £42 each through this link. Though to quote Matt Morrison, 'you'll probably have a fucking terrible time there', so book at your own peril.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Not a recent one, but an old one I had involved someone grafting the Countdown clock onto the front of the old Post Office in Lincoln. And in all fairness, it is crying out for it.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So a couple of nights ago, in my dream, I was working with Jeff Clayton, Jen Steadman and Matt Morrison on a science project. We're in some kind of classroom but I get the impression we were sort of working on it under pain of violence. However, we get to choose what we want to, and I end up choosin...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Oct 25, 2017 1:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Turns out I'm not done with October yet, though no Zubair sadly (lucky for him?). I can't remember anything about the first part of the dream other than it was apparently amazing, but ended up with me getting told off by my manager for not making enough of an effort to integrate with my colleagues a...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The New Crystal Maze
Replies: 11
Views: 1038

Re: The New Crystal Maze

It could have even been the same show (the cheerleaders one I think, hope I'm not stereotyping) where Richard straight up gave them an answer in another game. Possibly the game where they have to connect objects to make a series of compound words. He literally said "It's <complete answer, not even ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Cleverclogs
Replies: 12
Views: 1144

Re: Cleverclogs

And also Susie tends to give multiple max-length words in her bit, which I see as the equivalent to when Rachel says 'multiple methods, here's one'.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13252

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Just finished season 4 of the Blacklist and got the spin-off (Blacklist: Redemeption, or 'TomList' as it's become known in my house) on my shelf ready for when we finish our Elementary season 5 box set. Also watching the new series of Red Dwarf, and actually enjoying Star Trek Discovery on Netflix.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Me again. In the dream, I was playing a game of Minecraft, only for the next building I went into to suddenly turn into a pub, and the landlord is Tony Atkins. He asks me to fix the till, only to fix it himself by pulling down on what looks like the handle from a one-armed bandit that has a $100 bil...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night's dream saw me going to record the Crystal Maze with a team comprised of Jono, Zubair, Usman Mirza and a ginger, freckled Michelle Nevitt. However, before I arrive at the studio, I get hopelessly lost in Birmingham New Street Station, causing me to miss the recording and my place to be ta...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Two recent ones. In one I'm playing Scrabble against Adam Dexter for one of Brian Cox's 'wonders of...' documentaries (no idea what this one was supposed to be about though). In the other one I'm trying to rent an apartment on the Lincoln waterfront from Dan McColm. There was a third but I've comple...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 1354

Re: Do you know what you know?

Mean confidence: 87.80% Actual percent correct: 74.00% You want your mean confidence and actual score to be as close as possible. Mean confidence on correct answers: 93.51% Mean confidence on incorrect answers: 71.54% You want your mean confidence to be low for incorrect answers and high for correc...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 16
Views: 1041

Re: Steam codes

Can't remember the contesnts of my Steam/Origin library off the top of my head (it's obscenely large) but I'm definitely interested in the Burnout pack please. :-) I've got quite a few gift codes of my own to give away that I'll put up for grabs when I get home. Whoops, I've actually got Burnout al...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 16
Views: 1041

Re: Steam codes

Can't remember the contesnts of my Steam/Origin library off the top of my head (it's obscenely large) but I'm definitely interested in the Burnout pack please. :-) I've got quite a few gift codes of my own to give away that I'll put up for grabs when I get home.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 51
Views: 2671

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

-Sleep on my back. I'm strictly a stomach or side guy. -Enjoy any form of soap opera or reality TV apart from the apprentice (and that last one is pure schadenfreude) -Possess any form of fashion sense whatsoever. If I could get away with wearing the same jeans and t-shirt (jumper in winter) every d...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night I found myself at a tournament in Peterborough, which I initially assumed was Scrabble but was being run by Zarte in a Bristol-style so god knows. I'm helping out as I did at .co.MK, and then the lunch break is announced, so I head through to the lunch area, which is the crappiest superma...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, so last night I find myself zipping back and forth across the Lincolnshire countryside in trains (it's always trains with me for some reason). I'm alternately giving Dan McColm and Dylan Taylor lessons on how to drive a train, which eventually leads to us driving the train to a large room und...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 3316

COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

COLIN XIV Good evening everyone :-) It’s that time of year again! Well, actually, no, it isn’t. That time of year is still five months away at the time of writing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start getting hype for it. COLIN is back! For the fourteenth year in a row, the co-event calendar (and for...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, last night. I was in a house I didn't recognise, basically fleeing from a group of people as part of a game show. The concept was that one person (me) was on the run, a small group of people were tasked with rescuing me, a larger group were tasked with capturing me. A guy called Mike (not Mik...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Set designs and opening sequences over the years
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Re: Set designs and opening sequences over the years

I'm sure 'Champion of Champions' headers were placed over the clock during CoCs up to and including CoCX.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 156
Views: 27406

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Voila. First shown May last year, this one was apparently a repeat.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 156
Views: 27406

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Kirkie Bevins was on the code today.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night's dream saw me walking through Lincoln when I suddenly run into Matt Bayfield, Lauren Hamer and Jono. We decide to head toward the hospital for a catchup (why there I have no idea) and spend the next several minutes wandering through several back streets of the city following Matt's navig...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So last night I dreamed it was the end of the very first ever 'Co:Sleepover' event at the Ark in Hykeham, which featured me and about 10 others, well, sleeping over in the Ark's smaller hall, which proves a challenge for me as I manage to prop my sleeping bag between two tables of different heights,...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 3476

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Ben Wilson wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:50 pm
So will anyone who's never put in any effort to improve their word knowledge/anagramming skills ever win a series again? I highly doubt it.
Again?
I doubt anyone who fits that description has ever won a series of Countdown.
:? ;) 8-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 3476

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

Then we have good old Carl Williams, who narrowly lost to Graeme Cole in the final. I don't know if this is just me misremembering things, but I have this recollection of Carl Williams actually being on apterous shortly after those finals were broadcast. He didn't play any games as far as I know bu...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 6749

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Image
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Okay, I've had a fairly sizeable fever the last few nights so last night's was a bit of a whopper. I start here , walking up Lincoln High Street with my aunt and uncle, challenging them to count the number of churches we pass en route to the railway station. Feel free to play along, by the way- the ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 5816

Re: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017

Iiiiiiiiit’s baaaaa-aaaack. Yes, Innis and I are back for Mk3 – and this time, it’s personal (other misplaced film quotes are available) It’s been one of the biggest events the last two years, but this year we’re simply striving to make it the best yet. Expect mischief, mirth, and mishaps, but most...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: COLIN- your stories

Knew it was one of the two. Dunno why I have it saved as 'MWM COLIN 2012' on my hard drive then. Unless you did one for that year too.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

Re: COLIN- your stories

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:34 pm
Feel free to use whatever you like from the Colin report I did once. Pretty sure it's on here. Unless that was Colon.
the epic one from 2012 with the pictures? Got that saved to my hard drive as a pdf so will do, thanks! :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 81
Views: 10041

Re: Favourite board game

meanwhile, if anyone wants to combine the best bits of videogaming and boardgaming, Tabletop Simulator is on sale on Steam until next week. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 81
Views: 10041

Re: Favourite board game

Surely there's a Scrabble thread in this forum already somewhere?
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 6749

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

In B4 Kirk Bevins

Image
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 1138

COLIN- your stories

Hi folks I realise it’s a long way off, but believe it or not, plans are already underway for next year’s COLIN event. I’ve commissioned a crossword from Lee Fisher (sorry about that), I’ve already chosen a final conundrum (did that before this year’s COLIN in fact) and I’m already researching prize...
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 22, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 214
Views: 13252

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Boston Legal
You are now officially one of my mum's favourite people. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 22, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former contestants
Replies: 16
Views: 2790

Re: Former contestants

The official application form says all reapplications are at producers' discretion, but they're usually very easy-going if it's been ages since your last go so what Zarte's said is basically spot on. It should be noted though that they have issued a blanket ban on second goes in the recent past (aro...
by Ben Wilson
Sat May 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Irritable vowel syndrome
Replies: 8
Views: 973

Re: Irritable vowel syndrome

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 4:30 pm
what is a moose
Been waiting a while for a reason to share this one!
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 15, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 500
Views: 66555

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night was an odd one. Then, all of a sudden, I'm on a train, sat behind Giles, who's embroiled in an argument with both the train conductor and a girl in a seat opposite about paying the fee. The train is travelling from Lincoln to Morocco, as rail travel is clearly the most sensible option the...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5194

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Played a game called Plug & Play on Steam today. Definitely one of the more surreal experiences I've ever had, and here's a genuine screenshot from the game that should go some of the way toward explaining why. The game is only about 10-15 minutes in total length, but at £1.99 isn't too bad value co...
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: 81
Views: 7047

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: 1168

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 5897

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: 3399

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 500
Views: 66555

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 1763

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: 6157

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: 6157

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: 203
Views: 30893

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

This guy who was on Bargain Hunt on Friday.