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by Mark Deeks
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 76
Views: 11796

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

Do that card shuffling thing where you split the deck in half then splice them together.

Whistle using the fingers-in-the-mouth technique.

Three large.

Remember surnames.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 46)
Replies: 3
Views: 1416

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 46)

Me and my girlfriend play a lot of gin rummy. We recently found out that our last three sessions or so of cards had taken place without the 10 of clubs, which was stuck to the bottom of an old bath towel. I imagine something like that is what went on here.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 45)
Replies: 6
Views: 1879

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 5th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 45)

It's in only as being an alternative of alumina, which is a mass noun.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Aug 29, 2017 10:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 502
Views: 62110

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

I think I went to school with Homo Saari. Popular kid. His eyes were always watering though.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the pub
Replies: 25
Views: 7083

Re: Countdown in the pub

(soz)
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the pub
Replies: 25
Views: 7083

Re: Countdown in the pub

My work here is done.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the pub
Replies: 25
Views: 7083

Re: Countdown in the pub

Thought about it. Decided I had eviscerated you sufficiently on the day that you'll have learnt your lesson. I can go for another round if you want though. The hate still burns within.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown in the pub
Replies: 25
Views: 7083

Re: Countdown in the pub

Dent kind of sounds like doughnut gotten through really quickly, so yeah, story checks out.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 9194

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

I prefer to think of it more as a problem with authority and being told what to do, one that adds to my rebellious, James Dean-esque charm.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 9194

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

If the team challenge is chosen, then the team may be discuss their tactics in advance, but after that may not speak, with one player coming forward each round. The others must turn their backs and so will not know what has happened each turn.
Yeah, so, this didn't happen.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 9194

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

Zarte Siempre wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:47 pm
Thanks Mark, you're very kind.

It would be an utter mess without Innis' help as well, and not nearly as fun without Jason :)

Team 4 won the pub games.
Which team was team four?
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: I hit new topic instead of reply
Replies: 2
Views: 1895

Re: I hit new topic instead of reply

Good line. Thread salvaged.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 9194

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

[second time's a charm]

Zarte, I just wanted to say you're really good at this.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: I hit new topic instead of reply
Replies: 2
Views: 1895

I hit new topic instead of reply

Ignore this, ignore this, ignore me doing this
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111466

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Paul Erdunast had a cameo in a dream about jumping to collect green sweets in a library. He was, at best, three foot tall.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

The legend that is Glen Campbell had died Mark Deeks may be pleased though Positive from a negative. Campbell: 120 minus 81 years of age plus 25 bonus points = 64 points. STANDINGS AS OF RIGHT NOW: 1. Mark Deeks: 213 2. Jim Bentley: 135 3. James Laverty: 128 4. Andy McGurn: 56 5. Thomas Carey: 55 6...
by Mark Deeks
Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Replies: 15
Views: 2158

Re: Spoilers for Thursday, 3rd August 2017

How would one do something well on television and not look full of themselves, in your opinion?
by Mark Deeks
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 5212

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

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 but I've got this unshakeable memory of a Carl Williams logging in after a long aptoch...
by Mark Deeks
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 5212

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

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:09 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:29 pm
I wasn't an Apterite for more than a handful of days when I did my heats, if that lends any credence here.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, does an ordinary person look back at you?
No. Shit.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 5212

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 Mark Deeks
Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 5212

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

I wasn't an Apterite for more than a handful of days when I did my heats, if that lends any credence here.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former contestants
Replies: 16
Views: 3651

Re: Former contestants

Your profile picture looks like the money shot in some robot bukkake.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday July 5 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1068

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday July 5 2017

This Bible verse sprung to mind many times during our Mission trip to Uganda because of the many power cuts we experienced Can't have power cuts without some kind of mains so he did pretty well by comparison to like 99% of the country. I spent a month there and had no power at all until week three ...
by Mark Deeks
Tue Jun 06, 2017 12:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

But if I retired from the internet, you'd lose your favourite hobby of monitoring my public/non-public forum post count split. What will you do?
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jun 05, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

My mistake.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Got it from http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic. ... 60#p170417 - is that something else?
by Mark Deeks
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Three of us picked Peter Sallis, 24 for the death at age 96, but I picked him first, so a 25 point bonus there.

STANDINGS AS OF RIGHT NOW:

1. Mark Deeks: 149
2. Jim Bentley: 135
3. James Laverty: 128
4. Andy McGurn: 56
5. Thomas Carey: 55
6. Euan Slatter: 28
7=. Marc Meakin: 24
7=. Ben Wilson: 24
by Mark Deeks
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 11299

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

Just checked the poll results in the OP. Did not expect that.
by Mark Deeks
Fri May 26, 2017 12:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Earn Money Online
Replies: 5
Views: 1551

Re: Earn Money Online

Peter Carr is James Bond, pass it on.
by Mark Deeks
Thu May 18, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!
Replies: 6
Views: 2439

Re: Introducing... the H2H-o-Matic!

Call it the Head-o-Matic, I reckon.
by Mark Deeks
Tue May 16, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 1494

Re: Personality types

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They've made "bumbling overbearing forgetful tosser" sound quite admirable here.
by Mark Deeks
Sat May 13, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 215
Views: 47207

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

He's not as black as that.
by Mark Deeks
Tue May 02, 2017 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)
Replies: 29
Views: 8754

Re: CO:LON:17 - Countdown in London 2017 (Saturday 6th May)

Vikash Shah wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:29 pm
The pub can give the cleaners the day off, because you will all be wiping the floor with me
I liked this phrase
by Mark Deeks
Tue May 02, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111466

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Jono had a brief cameo in a dream of mine that was otherwise unrelated to Countdown. He accosted me in the street, held up a giant photo of his face, and basically shouted at me, "AM I MORE ATTRACTIVE HERE [points at his current face] OR THERE? [points at giant photo]". I said the photo, because it ...
by Mark Deeks
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 4072

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

^ Lest there be any doubt, Mark grew up in England in the 90s and measures the world as a whole on that basis.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 4072

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

The Chuckle Brothers as individuals.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 4072

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

Maureen Nolan.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 4072

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

Saracen from Gladiators.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 4072

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipeda Article

Shovell from M People.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 11299

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

Gev said he won't run. I vote we shake him until he does.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 10278

Re: Music connection question

Did you know prior at least 90% of who those people were, though? That arbitrary yardstick that I just invented is what it's all about for me.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 10278

Re: Music connection question

*picks mike up again* John Collins (Fulham footballer) Collins John (Fulham footballer) John Oliver (stand-up and Last Week Tonight host, which, really, is a show style we should be able to do here) Oliver Reed (actor) Reed Diamond (fantastically named actor who's been in loads of good stuff) Diamon...
by Mark Deeks
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:41 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 10278

Re: Music connection question

Any rule that rules out the famous John Collins John double is a rule I want no part of.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 10278

Re: Music connection question

Hattie Jacques (actress) Jacques Rudolph (cricketer) Rudolph Walker (Patrick from Eastenders) Walker Russell (NBA player) Russell Grant (astrologer) Grant Mitchell (Grant Mitchell from Eastenders) Mitchell Thomas (footballer) Thomas John (baseball player with a now-commonplace-then-pioneering surger...
by Mark Deeks
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Mondegreens
Replies: 122
Views: 13471

Re: Mondegreens

You're The One That I Want, beginning at the 2 minute mark:
If you're filled with affection,
You're to shy to convey,
Betta take my direction.
And not, as I thought:
If you're filled with affection,
You're to shy to convey,
Maintain my erection
by Mark Deeks
Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 215
Views: 47207

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

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Casey, the first decoy girl on To Catch A Predator. Basically Giles in a hat.
by Mark Deeks
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 4246

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

Applied one afternoon in mid May. Rang me the next day to offer a phone interview. Had the phone interview the next week. Filmed three weeks later. Aired three further weeks later. Ridiculously fast, it was nice.
by Mark Deeks
Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:34 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 26
Views: 6188

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

So you basically groomed a young girl on the internet, pressured her into underage drinking and then turned up at her home for God-knows-what. Why don't you have a seat over there?

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by Mark Deeks
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

As Claire is my witness. I said it sounded like you at the time, but didn't think anything of it other than to make that observation because the odds of picking out one person in a million - especially you, cos, like, that's quite a trip - were miniscule. Only when you text me did I actually believe...
by Mark Deeks
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

I've never received a text from the Eiffel Tower.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:20 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Half inclined to count Ryan, who saw me at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations. I did not see him back, but I did hear him. "MAAAAAAARK", I heard. "That sounds like Ryan", I thought. Saw nothing. Got a text a few minutes later. Cracking day. Rained a lot.
by Mark Deeks
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Lives in Hong Kong now. Fair to say it didn't work out.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 205
Views: 38011

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:20 pm
Mark Deeks wrote:
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:01 pm
He had ALS, so yeah. Poor guy.
I was going to say great pick (I'd never knowingly heard of him), but this mitigates it somewhat.
To be fair he's had it for five years and not died. I was playing the percentages.
by Mark Deeks
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Innis Carson (marathon) Adam Gillard (marathon plus I think one other time) Mikey Lear (marathon but accidental) Lauren Hamer (a few times including once when I wore a thong) Matt Bayfield (a few times including once when he wore a shower curtain) Jen Steadman (spent a lot of time in cars together) ...
by Mark Deeks
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 7th February 2017
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 7th February 2017

Quite the restaurant that would sell gruel.
by Mark Deeks
Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10042

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Majority rules. If the majority of the people at the congregation were not there to play Countdown themselves, then the congregation is eligible for COCMEET.