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by Ben Wilson
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 529
Views: 73085

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

A couple of recent ones. The first one saw me participate in some kind of illegal night street race around the streets of Lincoln (streets similar to this appropriately-named one ). I crash out of the race and roll the car, but am able to quickly fix it by sticking Renault logos to the front and bac...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV Results
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Re: COLIN XIV Results

...And then, the following day, 33 people showed up to play yet more Countdown at the COLIN XIV hangover- the fifth Sunday tournament I've run and the reason I'm so knackered today. :-) More prizes were on offer- this year I did a Tuff Luck prize at the hangover, which was taken home by MICHELLE NEV...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 28, 2018 10:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV Results
Replies: 2
Views: 840

COLIN XIV Results

I'm just about back to normal after what was an incredibly tiring weekend, but definitely a fun one as well. 45 people in total over 2 days played lots of games of Countdown, drank a hell of a lot and (hopefully) had a great time launching another year of co-events and a third season of FOCAL. Thank...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Less than 48 hours to go and up to 40 entrants with the entry of the most recent series champ! :D
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Two days to go and I've just realised I've been negligent in one regard- I haven't posted the seedings yet! Rather than do my usual thing of ridiculous numbers of calculations based on on-screen performance, etc. I've decided instead to do it a very simple way. And rather than explain this simple wa...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 529
Views: 73085

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Weird one a couple of nights ago. I was apparently living in London, and woke up one morning to find a woman and her two children on my doorstep, having got it into their head that I'd agreed to give them all a lift to school/work. Not being one for confrontation, I agree to take them in my car, and...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

26 paid up entries and just 26 days to go! It's time for me to make my usual appeals (and, apparently, pentapost at the same time) -If you can bring copies of the board game, please let me know. Physical copies of the dictionary aren't needed and haven't been for some time, we'll be using aptodic/OD...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 529
Views: 73085

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night then, I find myself hosting a special bonus COLIN in December, apparently against my will for reasons that will become apparent in a bit. People are showing up, including Mark Tournoff and Jon Corby, and suddenly I discover that I'm completely unprepared for the event- no laptop, no conun...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:04 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Well, entries stayed at 23, so no special freebie for everyone- but I might put my hand in my pocket and see if I can't rustle something up anyway. :) Meantime, hope everyone has a good Christmas, and come Boxing Day, you have plenty of spare cash to send my way to secure your place at next month's ...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:19 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 20
Views: 4472

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Turns out it took me just about 11 months to finish it. And I only got it done with 26 hours to spare. But here it is! Enjoy, everyone. Someone. One person? Maybe? Please?
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Another day, another entry and another COLIN debutant in the form of David Hilton! Up to 23 now for Saturday, just 7 to go in 6 days to make me stick my hand in my pockets, this time for reasons that aren't likely to get me arrested. On a related note, neither COLIN XII nor COLIN XIII saw any player...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Up to 22 entries now and a COLIN debutant (the first one so far for 2018) in the form of Bradley Horrocks! Just 8 entries until I'm forced to think of a special freebie to buy/make everyone, and 8 days in which to get them...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 38
Views: 8614

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

Entry figures currently stand at 17 for Saturday and 16 for Sunday, which may seem a little low, but last year, the main event only got its 24th entry on December 22nd. So now's as good a time as any for an appeal/challenge. If the main event hits 30 entries by the 22nd of December this year, everyo...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 529
Views: 73085

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

And it turns out that sleeping in a hotel where a co-event was held is basically inviting ridiculous amounts of aptodreaming. The most frustrating thing about dreams is that you can never remember the start of them (false sodding awakenings aside), either that or they always begin in medias res. So ...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017
Replies: 29
Views: 6834

Re: CoBirmingham/The FOCAL Finals 2017

Results from today- final to be played shortly! STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. FOCAL Finals P W Pts 1 Rob Foster 7 7 481 2 Jen Steadman 7 4 448 3 Zarte Siempre 7 4 443 4 Tom Cappleman 7 4 427 5 Jonathan Wynn 7 4 401 6 Stephen Read 7 2 394 6 Thomas Carey 7 2 394 8 Graeme Cole 7 1 ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 246
Views: 19697

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: 38
Views: 8614

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 1400

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: 1498

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: 246
Views: 19697

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 1793

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: 1472

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: 1472

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: 61
Views: 5337

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 38
Views: 8614

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 1071

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: 29400

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: 29400

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 3754

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: 3754

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: 52
Views: 8703

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 6894

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: 1381

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: 1381

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: 84
Views: 11451

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: 84
Views: 11451

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: 52
Views: 8703

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: 1381

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: 246
Views: 19697

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: 3040

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: 1072

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: 529
Views: 73085

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: 5518

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: 7894

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: 1285

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Silverstone for the MotoGP last year.