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by Kirk Bevins
Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 5984

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

I can't make it again this year sadly due to work. Hope you all have fun!
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Jan 22, 2016 5:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016
Replies: 69
Views: 3300

Re: CoC Grand Final Spoilers For Friday January 22nd 2016

Great to follow this series and well played to both. Some outstanding spots and great work on all the new word learning!
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1690

Re: CoC Preliminary 4 Spoilers For Thursday January 7th 2016

Well done both, good game. Excellent standard by Dylan once again, unlucky Tracey on the first round, I thought you were going to give Susie a GRRRRR! :) I thought Susie was really professional as Susie probably already knew IDOCRASE was in but asked Tracey to spell it as she pronounced it IDIOCRAS...
by Kirk Bevins
Sat Dec 05, 2015 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016
Replies: 132
Views: 9837

Re: COLIN XII- Countdown in Lincoln, 30-31 January 2016

I regret to inform that this will be the first year I have to miss out on COLIN. I hope you all get absolutely battered on me and Corby and O'Neill get it ooooon.
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jan 19, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event spreadsheet and stats
Replies: 8
Views: 1138

Re: Co-event spreadsheet and stats

Stewart Gordon told me that CoHud yesterday was his 21st co:event. Is that a record number of events attended, and if not, what is the record? (Sorry if I have mistaken this topic for an 'Ask Ben' thread). Kirk's attended at least 25 (that's how many top 10 finishes he has). I imagine Jon O'Neill a...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015
Replies: 133
Views: 13186

Re: COLIN XI- Countdown in Lincoln, 24-25 January 2015

I'll be coming to both events so stick me down please. I'm assuming several of you will be down on the Friday night too? I can't decide whether to drive down Friday afternoon or Saturday morning
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: The introduction of Co:Glasgow! Saturday 2nd May 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 4491

Re: The introduction of Co:Glasgow!!!

Another date I can't make sadly (I'll be losing money in Vegas) but sounds interesting.
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Nov 04, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1259
Views: 94834

Re: Ask Graeme?

Dear Graeme, How many performances over the history of the show would have been good enough to beat Apterous Rex? Or to put it the long way, how many performances would have been within ten points of the available max going into the conundrum (counting non-maxed rounds as zero scores) which they th...
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Oct 16, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday October 15th 2014 (S71 P66)
Replies: 15
Views: 965

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday October 15th 2014 (S71 P66)

Impressive stuff although I only got CAPROATE as I saw Dan casually swig his water after about 10 seconds.

I felt sorry for Harry who seemed a decent player with a good personality
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Oct 13, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Marathon
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Re: Marathon

Thanks to those who donated. I ran it in 4:24:28 and am hurting real bad right now but knowing it was for a good cause means a lot. Cheers
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Marathon
Replies: 4
Views: 1060

Marathon

I know this isn't Countdown related but I thought I'd put it here as I think more people read this section of the forum. I'm running a marathon on Sunday in York for cancer and children's charities. As some of you may know I'm not the fittest of blokes and the furthest I've run before is 10k and now...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Oct 10, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)
Replies: 33
Views: 1276

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)

EDIT: Yes, (50+6)/8 would've made 7, but adding a small to large and then dividing by another small to make an intermediate number isn't something I'd think to try even in apterous, let alone under the pressure of the studio! Really? This is something I often look for as it comes up quite a lot in ...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Oct 10, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)
Replies: 33
Views: 1276

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)

Just watched this back. One of the numbers Dan had a 50 6 and 8 left and he needed a 7 so he was one away. (50+6)/8 could have got him there. Could shape up to be an exciting finals week (if he makes it) as he's not as invincible as I thought! Oh and we need more female characters like today's conte...
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 9th 2014 (S71 P62)
Replies: 8
Views: 723

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 9th 2014 (S71 P62)

Dan McColm wrote:lol
Well done Dan some nervy moments there. Not quite sure if your opponent should take offence to "I was shit there but I still beat you" but I know what you meant!
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing number
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Missing number

Is the third square definitely right? I thought the missing number might be 5, but that only works if the bottom right number of the third square is a 1. Ha, you were probably spot on. They've released the "answers" this week. All they've said is there was a typo in last month's edition but not giv...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 28399

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

Exciting news! Can we be informed of filming dates - if I'm free I'd love to go back and watch!
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COHUD2014 - Countdown In Huddersfield - Sat 15 November 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 5709

Re: COHUD2014 - Countdown In Huddersfield - Sat 15 November

Sadly I won't be able to retain my title as I'll be refereeing in Wolverhampton. Hope you all have fun though!
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Aug 08, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoEdi 3 is go - Saturday 1st November
Replies: 82
Views: 9438

Re: CoEdi 3 is go - Saturday 1st November

I'll be in Edinburgh once again but for the darts so sadly it's a no from me.
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:57 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing number
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Missing number

Graeme Cole wrote:Is the third square definitely right? I thought the missing number might be 5, but that only works if the bottom right number of the third square is a 1.
Well that's what the magazine shows it as so I have to assume it's right
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing letter
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Re: Missing letter

Gavin Chipper wrote:Totals of the columns go up by 2 each time. Seems pretty simplistic though. I'd say it's unlikely to be the answer they're after. It also renders the hexagon thing irrelevant.
The answer was 5 for the exact reasoning as above. Well done folks.
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing number
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Missing number

5 9
6 4


2 3
8 4


2 7
3 3


1 5
3 ?

What's the missing number? I think 2 but my logic is pretty poor. Anyone got a better answer and reasoning?
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:05 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing letter
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Re: Missing letter

Jon O'Neill wrote:5
Oops the title should be missing number. Why 5?
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jun 16, 2014 4:15 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Missing letter
Replies: 5
Views: 946

Missing letter

There are interlocking hexagons. I can't show you the colours but I'm hoping they don't matter. It's a sort of 5x5 grid of numbers but slightly offset due to the tessellation properties of hexagons. 1 1 8 6 3 3 2 1 2 7 0 5 0 4 2 4 3 2 3 1 2 1 3 1 ? "What numbers should replace the question mark?" (p...
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Easter Monday April 21st 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: Spoilers For Easter Monday April 21st 2014

ADENOMA as a beater in round 11
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Easter Monday April 21st 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 827

Re: Spoilers For Easter Monday April 21st 2014

KENDOIST as a beater in round 2.
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Jan 31, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday January 31st 2014 (S70 P20)
Replies: 10
Views: 851

Re: Spoilers for Friday January 31st 2014 (S70 P20)

Ryan Taylor wrote:Nicki Chapman is quite annoying isn't she?
Is she? I enjoyed her and her story about Sydney, given that I was there last year.
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Jan 30, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday January 30th 2014 (S70 P19)
Replies: 11
Views: 692

Re: Spoilers for Thursday January 30th 2014 (S70 P19)

Interestingly during one of the numbers rounds the challenger looked relaxed and looked over at the champion to see if he had got the numbers game already. Turned out the challenger had made a mistake and it cost him the match. Moral of the story: Ignore your opponent and spend that time checking yo...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday January 24th 2014 (S70 P15)
Replies: 12
Views: 775

Re: Spoilers for Friday January 24th 2014 (S70 P15)

I didn't like the way Sam told Rachel off for short-cutting the writing of his solution. I was embarrassed watching from home but then I do get embarrassed easily! Rachel was actually ahead of him, however, the challenger did look socially awkward so these things have to be wiped under the carpet.....
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X Team Competition
Replies: 19
Views: 1467

Re: COLIN X Team Competition

TLDR. I'll be in it but remind me of the rules on Saturday
by Kirk Bevins
Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Application blocked
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Re: Application blocked

Ah, forgot about those tickets. Thanks, Adam, worked a treat!
by Kirk Bevins
Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:29 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Application blocked
Replies: 2
Views: 602

Application blocked

Every time I log in to Apterous now it comes up with an error stating: "Your security settings have blocked an untrusted application from running" I googled this and changed my java settings (through control panel) to "low" and it warned against this....but it *still* won't let me in. Rowell suggest...
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

INTERESTING. Are you there Friday & Saturday night or just Saturday? Just Saturday. Just booked my train tickets in advance too. Less than £9 to get from York to North Hykeham, even booking as late as today. Ridiculously cheap. £17.15 to get home though. I get to Hykeham at 10:44 so enough time to ...
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Booked the Eagles Guest House on Newark Road. Short walk from both venues and the Fox and Hounds. It has 137 reviews on trip advisor, of which 132 are excellent. That'll do me. It was £38 for a single occupancy room including breakfast. Feel like I got a great deal there. £64 for a fucking Travelodg...
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Matt Morrison wrote:How come you are so good at remembering words and so shit at remembering dates?
I actually remembered it because I saw Innis in Edinburgh at the weekend and thought "oh, COLIN is always the last Saturday of every January...oh shit"
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014

Right, because I'm always so busy, I completely forgot about this tournament and I'm now looking to book hotels. Price of the travelodge is about £64 so I've ruled that out. Ibis looks cheap but I'm on foot so unless other people are staying there and are driving and I could hitch a left I'll have t...
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Jobs?
Replies: 34
Views: 2217

Re: Jobs?

Trainee actuary and professional darts referee
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:15 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Geeks
Replies: 12
Views: 1514

Re: Geeks

JackHurst wrote:Sounds crap. I bet you'll be happy you didn't take part
I will never turn down a free holiday, especially if it's abroad - cameras or no cameras.
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Geeks
Replies: 12
Views: 1514

Re: Geeks

Matt Morrison wrote:Who backed out? I had forgot to chase this up, it just seemed to drop off after announced. What a disappointment :(
Several. Would be unfair to name and shame but seeing they were after 16-30 year old countdown champions (or octochamps) I suppose it doesn't narrow it down.
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Nov 21, 2013 9:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Geeks
Replies: 12
Views: 1514

Geeks

New series starts on E4, Monday 8pm. This was the show I was invited on amongst other Countdown champions to go on a free holiday abroad as "geeks". Sadly the other champions backed out at the last minute and then I was unable to make the final filming date so I'm not sure the show contains any Coun...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown in Edinburgh 2 - Sat 2nd November
Replies: 83
Views: 17332

Re: Countdown in Edinburgh 2 - Sat 2nd November

Well I'm 10 miles away from Edinburgh in a hotel for 4 nights. Sadly I don't have my own vehicle and have to work at the darts from 545pm on Saturday so I won't be able to say hi or play. Hope you all have fun!
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the news
Replies: 217
Views: 30263

Re: Countdown in the news

Was looking through some guy's train videos and came across this and was surprised to hear the Countdown theme tune mid-video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0VxiV2RD_A
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 25th 2013 (S69 P78)
Replies: 8
Views: 753

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 25th 2013 (S69 P78)

Andy Platt wrote:Never seen HERSTORY before in my life, fair play to Bradley there.

One of the best non-apterous contestants ever, you have to feel.
Just flicking through the recaps and this jumped out at me. I wouldn't even be sure how to pronounce the word or begin to guess its definition. Impressive.
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Aces Trophy - Saturday 23 November 2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8320

Re: Countdown Aces Trophy - Saturday 23 November 2013

What time does the first round start? Like normal with our events, it's 10:00, so, after the draw is done, we start pretty much straight away, so around 10:10 for the actual action to start. Don't forget that the casino will be open from 9:00, and that you'll have to register with the casino (don't...
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Aces Trophy - Saturday 23 November 2013
Replies: 28
Views: 8320

Re: Countdown Aces Trophy - Saturday 23 November 2013

What time does the first round start?
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Getting good at apterous/Countdown
Replies: 17
Views: 1869

Re: Getting good at apterous/Countdown

I can't really add much more else than has been already said, but I will echo Innis and say the most important thing when you're doing this is enjoying it. Some people take it too seriously, go on the show and miss the experience. Whilst I assume you won't apply for a while yet, do enjoy the whole ...
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 475
Views: 63643

Re: Best ever contestants

I'm not sure you could rank the best players using the following criterion but a measure of a top player to me is not only their consistency in every discipline, and nailing maximums, but also looking at what maximums they do get or do miss. Someone might have missed maximums in their run of MURIQUI...
by Kirk Bevins
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:08 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Leam - 28th September 2013
Replies: 55
Views: 17705

Re: Co:Leam - 28th September 2013

Despite having said on two previous occasions that I would be unable to attend due to unmeetable travel prices, I've checked again and found a train journey that has either been newly added to the timetable or had its price reduced, as it might be affordable for me. It's dependent on whether or not...
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 475
Views: 63643

Re: Best ever contestants

11th. Ouch
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Sep 12, 2013 5:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th January 2014

I'm in as long as it doesn't clash with darts...I'll find out towards the end of this year. Sounds great! Well the 2014 provisional PDC calendar is out and looks like I'm free for these dates. Given that I assume I get free entry to COLIN 2014, I'll take the free entry to the hangover too. Is there...
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday September 9th 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 1426

Re: Spoilers For Monday September 9th 2013

Either way, moral of the story: DON'T THINK ABOUT MAXES/RECORDS WHEN YOU'RE ON SET! It's hard to avoid thinking about maxes and records when you're a competitive apterite. In both of my max games I thought I was on for a max, particularly in the 30th birthday championship. I was actually more focus...
by Kirk Bevins
Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday August 15th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 30)
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: Spoilers for Thursday August 15th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

Well done Dylan on octochampionshipdom. I can't see it being long before 1000 is broken which was virtually impossible under the old system. Playing from home and against Dylan's opponents I clocked up 1023 so it's definitely doable. Dylan would have broken 1000 had he got a few more conundrums and...
by Kirk Bevins
Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday August 15th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 30)
Replies: 23
Views: 1408

Re: Spoilers for Thursday August 15th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

Well done Dylan on octochampionshipdom. I can't see it being long before 1000 is broken which was virtually impossible under the old system. Playing from home and against Dylan's opponents I clocked up 1023 so it's definitely doable. Dylan would have broken 1000 had he got a few more conundrums and ...
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th-26th January 2014
Replies: 216
Views: 21847

Re: COLIN X- Countdown in Lincoln, 25th January 2014

I'm in as long as it doesn't clash with darts...I'll find out towards the end of this year. Sounds great!
by Kirk Bevins
Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday August 14th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 29
Replies: 16
Views: 981

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday August 14th 2013 (Series 69 Preli

Good to see CULTIGEN making another appearance ;)
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 28)
Replies: 16
Views: 952

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

Jack Worsley wrote: ANTHOLOGY was a tough one
Surely a matter of opinion? It's a relatively straightforward conundrum if you know the word (and a common -OLOGY ending). We used anthologies all the time at schools in English lessons.
by Kirk Bevins
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Next letter in sequence
Replies: 55
Views: 5168

Re: Next letter in sequence

Also I'd just sent several texts with crossword solutions via text (and online) in the format: C##CK#T. The hash represents a missing letter, not a number.
by Kirk Bevins
Mon Aug 12, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Next letter in sequence
Replies: 55
Views: 5168

Re: Next letter in sequence

Matt Morrison wrote:A hash is really, really stupid.
It really isn't. I sent it to several people by text and not one of them thought it was part of the sequence.
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Next letter in sequence
Replies: 55
Views: 5168

Re: Next letter in sequence

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Kirk Bevins wrote:I can give you countless examples where a hash does not represent a number.
Just three will satisfy me?
What's the next letter in this sequence? O T T F F S #
What's the next letter in this sequence? A B C D E F #
What's the next character in this sequence? ASDFGHJKL;'
by Kirk Bevins
Fri Aug 09, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Next letter in sequence
Replies: 55
Views: 5168

Re: Next letter in sequence

Matt Morrison wrote: I doubt any person's name is going to start with a hash.
Ex-fucking-actly.