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by Neil Bellers
Wed Feb 19, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Chess - advice for a beginner?
Replies: 19
Views: 3930

Re: Chess - advice for a beginner?

Hello and welcome to the chess world. Advice = play to enjoy, and not to get bogged down in too much theory. Use the rooks early; they are powerful pieces and should not be left stuck in the corners. Search out the chess puzzle columnists eg Times, and the veteran Leonard Barden = Evening Standard /...
by Neil Bellers
Thu Oct 03, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 2nd October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 67)
Replies: 5
Views: 1347

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 2nd October 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 67)

Hello again everyone from Neil B. I may have imagined it, but there was a 1st October Countdown shown sometime on Tuesday (I don't think I am allowed to begin a Spoiler page by myself) ? That's because on my 'workings' I had written (8*4)-3=29*25=725-(9/9) and as I mentioned many moons ago when I fi...
by Neil Bellers
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 55)
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 55)

Thank you, Fiona for the information. That will keep me busy for a while ! Just noticed that I am now averaging just over one post here per year so far.... Still a Newbie = a good reflection of my name as well. With each DC guest I do like to see them making a personal effort to get a good word from...
by Neil Bellers
Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 55)
Replies: 7
Views: 1946

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 55)

Thank you, Mark. Are there any comments available yet about yesterday's broadcast = Monday 8th, please ? Also can there in future be (not exactly = a spoiler) be any indications, for us ordinary television viewers, about exactly how many episodes a reigning champion has had to face relating to recor...
by Neil Bellers
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday June 15th 2015
Replies: 34
Views: 3688

Re: Spoilers For Monday June 15th 2015

"Yep. As soon as the decision is made to cut out an unsolved conundrum, a crack squad of Countdown ninjas are sent to the audience member's house to take the mug back. Sherlock Holmes once observed that a Countdown mug had mysteriously disappeared from his and Watson's kitchen only days after it got...
by Neil Bellers
Fri Dec 05, 2014 9:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 71? (Spoilers Included)
Replies: 20
Views: 4258

Re: Who Will Win Series 71? (Spoilers Included)

Ages since I have posted here, so hello again everyone. Really looking forward to such a strong line-up for the finals; I have cast my vote now. Still cannot see the attraction however of the changeover in DC for the laptop lookup. Is this to save time in the live recording and/or to get better guar...
by Neil Bellers
Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 26th 2013
Replies: 41
Views: 7877

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Tuesday February 26th 20

Great contests again, everyone. I have really enjoyed watching this week’s events so far. In my first-ever posting here, I referred to a ‘bonus biscuit’ prize (for myself, now and again) for using all six for any numbers challege, so well done to D O’D for one of the best up-and-down routes in a lon...
by Neil Bellers
Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 22nd February 2013 (30th Champs, QF 2)
Replies: 6
Views: 2237

It's a wonderful week, once more

What a tremendous week, for us mere viewers. Thanks to all the team here for the dazzling recaps. I am aware that the top contestants do post their daily comments elsewhere, but as simply an enthusiast today’s broadcast had me applauding at the end of a fantastic contest. Then I had to catch up with...
by Neil Bellers
Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 13th 2013
Replies: 44
Views: 7271

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 13th

Always on the lookout for records of excellence in this competition, and this time I am stunned and privileged to ‘witness’ this achievement by Conor, having just gradually read this recap without watching the programme first. Congratulations! One of the best-ever Countdown scores (both were outstan...
by Neil Bellers
Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 15)
Replies: 10
Views: 1894

Re: Thursday 7th February 2013 (30th Champs, Round 1, Game 1

Fascinating discussion everyone. I feel that Countdown is THE programme to inform us which words in this complicated language of ours are currently valid, according to agreed formats, and which are not. We can accept that there is a borderline area where some not yet in the dictionary are pushing to...
by Neil Bellers
Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1943
Views: 303273

Truly impressive: I'm sure of it....

From Neil B: Regretfully it has taken me so long to discover this tremendous post-match analysis online, considering that I have been watching Countdown for years. A real privilege to watch Jack with his 143 score, and thanks to Conor for his ‘not written down’ joke. :lol: I needed cheering up as I ...