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Post by Tony Atkins » Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:02 pm

There will be a Countdown event at the 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad.
For details of all events at MSO see http://www.msoworld.com/events/
This is held in London at the end of August and there is a slot on the Bank Holiday Monday
for a Countdown event. Top three places will get the gold/silver/bronze medals
and there would be junior medals too if enough juniors play and do well enough.

There have been Countdown events at the MSO before but not for a while
and most recently there was a CO LONDON event on the spare day in the MSO calendar.

So confirmed for Monday 28th August 2017 from 10:15 to 18:00 at
JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET.
This is a modern Jewish Community Centre - please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.

Entry fee £15 - book at http://www.msoworld.com/events/countdown/

There is an early bird discount of 15% that can be used by 5th June. To secure your spot and take advantage of this offer, just use the code 'EARLYBIRD' when making the final purchase payment.
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Post by Euan Slatter » Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:48 pm

Do you have exact dates? As i am in London for the athletics, so might be able to come would there be one!
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Re: Possible CO-MSO

Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:14 pm

When you say on the Sunday before, do you mean... the day before? Or the weekend before?
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 08, 2016 8:04 pm

Zarte Siempre wrote:When you say on the Sunday before, do you mean... the day before? Or the weekend before?
Sounds like another Easter Saturday situation.

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:03 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:Anyone up to having a Countdown event at the 2017 Mind Sports Olympiad?
This is held in London at the end of August and there is the possibility that
there is a slot on either the Bank Holiday Monday or the Sunday before for
a Countdown event. Top three places would get the gold/silver/bronze medals
and there would be junior medals too if enough juniors play and do well enough.

There have been Countdown events at the MSO before bu not for a while
and most recently there was a COLON event on the spare day in the MSO calendar.

I am winning to help run it, but it would be great if someone would be able to
run the projection software instead of card letters.

Comments please.
Who've you spoken to about it? I spoke to Craig Beevers about it a while back and he said:

"I would think Mindsports International will have some sort of exclusivity deal, what exactly that covers though I don't know. They're heavily invested with Scrabble and I work part time with them getting content and essentially getting schools signed up to their program. I'm skeptical of whether they'd take on another word game. But it depends on their perception and whether it is seen as competing with Scrabble or two things which could be mutually beneficial. They wouldn't expect any financial contribution if they were interested. "

From that I got the impression it was basically a no-go.
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Re: Possible CO-MSO

Post by Heather Styles » Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:15 am

I'd be happy to help you on the day, Tony, but I would need a refresher course in using the software. Or it might just be easier to go low-tech. I cannot promise help before the day, though. It's good to know that there is still some interest from MSO in Countdown. Perhaps there could be some sort of reciprocal publicity arrangement, as we had with Comultilon.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:29 am

They approached me a few years ago about doing an apterous event, so I don't think there's any exclusivity of word games. (The event didn't happen in the end because I couldn't make the dates, but other than that I think it's viable.)

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Post by Ben Wilson » Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:33 am

Think people might be confusing MSO with MSI (unless one has recently bought the other, I dunno), which is admittedly fairly easily done.

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Post by James Robinson » Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:42 pm

Sounds cool, I'll certainly be in the country.
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:47 pm

James Robinson wrote:Sounds cool, I'll certainly be in the country.
I know you're from the north, but it is still in the same country as London.

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Post by Tony Atkins » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:09 pm

Thanks to Heather for offering to help and the MSO team (nothing to do with MSI), we have a provisional date
of the bank holiday Monday 28th August 2017. It will run from 10:15 to 18:00 with a lunch break, but as it their
last day the medals will be in the closing ceremony which usually ends about 19:30 (anyone dashing off for a train
back to Yorkshire or any other country doesn't need to wait). They will decide for sure if they can have us in January.

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Post by Euan Slatter » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:01 pm

YEEEEEES! I might finally be able to attend an event! :D
COUNTDOWN or THE TUBE? Which is better? There's only one way to find out....

Call it a draw :)

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Post by Heather Styles » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:12 am

Okay Tony, I'll wait to hear from you for definite.

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Post by Tony Atkins » Fri Jan 13, 2017 2:31 pm

Now definite - see updated first posting.

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Post by aidan linge » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:34 pm

Not sure if I'll be able to attend will have to decide closer to the time, will there be FOCAL points up for grabs as well as medals?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:54 pm

Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?

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Post by Thomas Carey » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:16 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:50 pm

Thomas Carey wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?
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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:46 am

Thomas Carey wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?
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Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?

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Post by Graeme Cole » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:00 am

Thomas Cappleman wrote:Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?
Round 1. It's things the Fox and Hounds usually run out of on the last Saturday in January, along with space and beer.

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Post by Thomas Carey » Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:34 am

Graeme Cole wrote:
Thomas Cappleman wrote:Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?
Round 1. It's things the Fox and Hounds usually run out of on the last Saturday in January, along with space and beer.
3 points to the Verbivores. This puts you at precisely the number of points required to be able to cock up the wall and then win by one after the missing vowels round.
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Post by Heather Styles » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:23 am

Thomas Carey wrote:
Graeme Cole wrote:
Thomas Cappleman wrote:Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?
Round 1. It's things the Fox and Hounds usually run out of on the last Saturday in January, along with space and beer.
3 points to the Verbivores. This puts you at precisely the number of points required to be able to cock up the wall and then win by one after the missing vowels round.
Brilliant.

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Post by Heather Styles » Sun Jan 15, 2017 12:24 am

aidan linge wrote:Not sure if I'll be able to attend will have to decide closer to the time, will there be FOCAL points up for grabs as well as medals?
No. This isn't a FOCAL affiliated event.

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Post by Jonathan Wynn » Sun Jan 15, 2017 1:44 pm

Provisionally in please. I hope this doesn't mean the cancellation of reading though.....?

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Re: CO-MSO

Post by Heather Styles » Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:07 am

I will no longer be co-hosting this event. I have already explained why to Tony. I know that this won't bother most people either way, but equally I hope that it might encourage some more people to attend. I won't respond to any questions or comments in public or private about this.

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Re: CO-MSO

Post by Adam Gillard » Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:09 am

On the website it says there's £100,000 in prize money. Is any of this available in the Countdown event?
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