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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:49 am

Ok, so there is this page http://wiki.apterous.org/Category:Peopl ... _Countdown on the wiki....

Dan Abrey
Nick Baker
Amie Bateen???
Matt Bayfield***
Hugh Binnie
Alex Bottomore
Matthew Brockwell***
Prue Buckingham
Wilf Carey
Tom Chafer-Cook***
Mary Jo Clayton
Phil Collinge
Chris Corby
Lucinda Corby
Dave Coulthurst
Emily Cox
Rebecca Daykin
Ian Dent
Ellie Dobson
Dudley Doolittle
Carolyn Emery
Richard Everley
Andrew Feist
David Foster
Rob Foster***
Jamie French
Gevin
John Gillies
Lauren Hamer
Chris Hare***
Derek Hazell
Shaun Hegarty
Ollie Hermann
Sheila Hinett
Ben Hunter***
Josh Hurst***
Eoin Jackson
Mark James
Supee Juachan
Scott Kenyon
Joseph Krol
James Laverty
James Leroux
Dale Levell***
James Levison
Rob MacDonald
Ruth MacInerney
Jamie McNeill
Wayne Mardle
Henry Meier
Matt Morrison
Simon Myers
Peter Newby
James Nguyen***
Lloyd Pettet
Shrinidhi Prakash
Margaret Pritchett
Ben Pugh
Stephen Read***
Steve Rogers
Dot Ryan
Maxine Silkstone
Howard Somerset
Andy Staufenbiel
Julie Taylor (McCarthy)***
Liam Tiernan***
Jamie Warran
Jon Wilford
Emily Wisniewski
Zef

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It;s an interesting list that raises many questions.
These 7 in particular spring to mind...

1. I wonder how up to date that list is?
2. Are there other names that should be added to it?
3. I have added stars after the names of potential future series champions. Would you have any opinions as to any other names that fit into that category?
4. Which of these names are very likely to appear on the show over the next 10 years?
5. Which of these names are likely to never go on the show?
6. Gevin! Why haven't you been on yet?!
7. Who or what is a 'Zef'?
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Post by Johnny Canuck » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:23 am

I've heard rumours that Matthew Brockwell is planning to go on within the next 1-2 years, but no confirmations from me regarding future appearances for any of the other Apterites listed here (even in the near future).

I don't think anyone ever figured out who Zef was, and he was before my time anyway, but based on his wiki description it sounds like he may have ended up in an untoward incident involving a wine bottle a few years down the line.
There are three erors in this semtence.

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Post by Euan Slatter » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:23 am

Johnny Canuck wrote: I don't think anyone ever figured out who Zef was, and he was before my time anyway, but based on his wiki description it sounds like he may have ended up in an untoward incident involving a wine bottle a few years down the line.
Richard Brittain then ;)
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Call it a draw :)

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Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:25 am

Johnny Canuck wrote:I don't think anyone ever figured out who Zef was, and he was before my time anyway, but based on his wiki description it sounds like he may have ended up in an untoward incident involving a wine bottle a few years down the line.
Nah, he's not RB, he's actually a highly volatile scrabble player from Tranmere called Zef. Don't think he ever registered an apterous account though.

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Post by Euan Slatter » Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:33 am

Tut tut, you forgot Apterous dictionary corner :)

And plus, I fell the stars are a bit hard on those without one
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Call it a draw :)

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:24 pm

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:6. Gevin! Why haven't you been on yet?!
Maybe I'll get a bit better and then apply to go on.

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Post by JimBentley » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:08 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Johnny Canuck wrote:I don't think anyone ever figured out who Zef was, and he was before my time anyway, but based on his wiki description it sounds like he may have ended up in an untoward incident involving a wine bottle a few years down the line.
Nah, he's not RB, he's actually a highly volatile scrabble player from Tranmere called Zef. Don't think he ever registered an apterous account though.
(Zef). He's never been on apterous or c4c as far as I know, whether under a pseudonym or not (if he had, he'd have been unable to stop himself posting about one or the other, and one of us would definitely have picked up on his unique authorial voice).

P.S. I put his real name in brackets and the forum changed it to (Zef)! How mad is that?

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:44 pm

Zef.

Edit - Wow.

Paul "Tranmere" Thomson.

Edit 2 - Done.

Edit 3 - Paul Thomson
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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:04 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:6. Gevin! Why haven't you been on yet?!
Maybe I'll get a bit better and then apply to go on.
No... that's not acceptable! :mrgreen:
How long have you been obsessed with Countdown?!
Was it something insane like 2002 that you set up a countdown Yahoo group?
That's 14 years ago now. :shock:
Richard and Carol were still presenting!

If you are going for the award of "longest procrastination in fan history", take a bow, you've already won that, and no-one's gonna run you close. lol

The time has surely come to ditch the vague "maybe" and "if I ever improve" talk, and set a definite deadline.
You should aim to go on S77 and we'll be quarter finalists together. :D
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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:17 pm

Euan Slatter wrote:Tut tut, you forgot Apterous dictionary corner :)

I didn't forget that.
It was deliberately excluded... as Zef should have been.
What I wanted to put here is a list of Apterites who have yet to go on TV.
So really, anyone on that list who has never been on Apterous should be deleted from it.

There are probably loads of names that should be added to it.
For example I was playing a new Apterite yesterday -Amar Chotai- who has an audition for TV this week. So there is that flow of new people who find Apterous and have designs on applying for CD.
Also there are plenty of long standing Apterites like e.g. Jojo Apollo, Barry Bridger, Ray Wilding... who aren't on the list, and (assuming those aren't pseudonyms) haven't been on the show either... so perhaps they should be added.
Euan Slatter wrote:And plus, I fell the stars are a bit hard on those without one
The rest can all have participation awards... coz they're people too. :roll:
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Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:38 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Johnny Canuck wrote:I don't think anyone ever figured out who Zef was, and he was before my time anyway, but based on his wiki description it sounds like he may have ended up in an untoward incident involving a wine bottle a few years down the line.
Nah, he's not RB, he's actually a highly volatile scrabble player from Tranmere called Zef. Don't think he ever registered an apterous account though.
Huh, forgot I'd set up that word filter. It's normally used to censor swearing. In this case it changes a name TO a swear word. :-)

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:16 pm

AFAIK:
- Rob, Nguyen and Bayf don't want to go on
- Lav and Brocky will go on fairly soon
- Jamie McNeill is a potential series champ who also won't go on, having retired from Apto and events
- Quite a few don't live in the UK/Ireland (Andrew Feist, Jamie Karran, Josh Hurst)
- Shrinidhi is too young to go on
- At least 2 on the list have been on, but are listed by their pseudonyms and may not want to be identified

Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else? The series champ thing seems a bit arbitrary and pointless due to the enormous fluctuations in finalist quality (sometimes in consecutive series - compare series 62 and 63!), but yolo.

Most of the people on the list though are those who went to one or two Co-events 5 years ago - there are loads more who could be added since (I have an up-to-date list of everyone who's been to an event ever), but the Wiki is hopelessly out of date on everything except broadcast game results/details, pretty much. If anyone wants to regularly maintain it, let me know; FOCAL could do with a Wiki fairy to update our pages regularly and maybe put results up...
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:19 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!

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Post by Tracey Anne Mills » Thu Nov 10, 2016 9:30 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:AFAIK:
- Rob, Nguyen and Bayf don't want to go on
- Lav and Brocky will go on fairly soon
- Jamie McNeill is a potential series champ who also won't go on, having retired from Apto and events
- Quite a few don't live in the UK/Ireland (Andrew Feist, Jamie Karran, Josh Hurst)
- Shrinidhi is too young to go on
- At least 2 on the list have been on, but are listed by their pseudonyms and may not want to be identified

Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else? The series champ thing seems a bit arbitrary and pointless due to the enormous fluctuations in finalist quality (sometimes in consecutive series - compare series 62 and 63!), but yolo.

Most of the people on the list though are those who went to one or two Co-events 5 years ago - there are loads more who could be added since (I have an up-to-date list of everyone who's been to an event ever), but the Wiki is hopelessly out of date on everything except broadcast game results/details, pretty much. If anyone wants to regularly maintain it, let me know; FOCAL could do with a Wiki fairy to update our pages regularly and maybe put results up...
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Post by Matt Bayfield » Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:09 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:AFAIK:
- Rob, Nguyen and Bayf don't want to go on
I can confirm that even when I was a regular Co-event attendee, I never had any desire to appear on televised CD. I achieved my final English language Countdown goal when I finished 8th at Co:KL 2015 (thereby giving me a full set of top ten finishes) and I've since gone back to playing Scrabble.

I can't guarantee I'll never change my mind**, but I doubt Countdown is desperate for yet another apterous-trained word geek to apply for the show. (Obviously, I like watching the word geeks, but I think Countdown's core audience prefer contestants of a standard they can play along with.)

--MB

**I did say a few years ago I'd apply if former contestants Mark Deeks or Ned Pendleton ever became hosts of the show. I wasn't being entirely serious, but I'd probably keep my word.

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Post by Charlie Reams » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:45 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:55 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.
Well, now we know what killed him.
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Post by Mark Deeks » Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:41 am

Matt Bayfield wrote:**I did say a few years ago I'd apply if former contestants Mark Deeks or Ned Pendleton ever became hosts of the show. I wasn't being entirely serious, but I'd probably keep my word.
Oh, I didn't know Ned was interested too. Is it on, Ned? Cos we're boys and all, but if it's on, it's on.
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Post by Phil Collinge » Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:36 pm

I seem to recall Ned was one of the favourites to replace Jeff Stelling.

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Post by samir pilica » Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:22 pm

Talking of Ned, he can be heard taking part in Radio 4's Brain of Britain . Still available on iPlayer.

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Post by Howard Somerset » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:51 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:45 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.
I don't think I was speaking to Charlie from beyond the grave. Maybe I should check

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Post by Mark James » Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:36 am

Howard Somerset wrote:
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:51 pm
Charlie Reams wrote:
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:45 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote: I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.
I don't think I was speaking to Charlie from beyond the grave. Maybe I should check
That's exactly what someone who was dead but didn't want people to know they were dead would say. You can't get past me let me tell you.

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Post by JJ Smith » Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:25 am

Matt Bayfield wrote:
Thu Nov 10, 2016 10:09 pm
I doubt Countdown is desperate for yet another apterous-trained word geek to apply for the show. (Obviously, I like watching the word geeks, but I think Countdown's core audience prefer contestants of a standard they can play along with.)

--MB
Interesting comment.

As a (mere) viewer, I always preferred seeing people who were better than me. Obviously it's gratifying to beat the contestants when you're playing along, but you learn more from better contestants and it's more of a spectacle. Although that was before I knew Apterous existed. And I think it's especially true when it comes to the series finals, I think the show is better the more impressive the finalists are.

Also I think the show is just happy to have contestants in general. Which is why they allow contestants to reappear, many of whom are the word geeks as you say.

If nothing else, I think people would enjoy watching better contestants because they typically seem to hate people who play well/appear on episode after episode, and are thus invested in the game, as they are supporting the challenger.

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Post by Elliott Mellor » Sun Feb 19, 2017 1:35 pm

I know I am always in awe watching the better contestants, and a few years ago when I didn't really watch Countdown I still watched Countdown for a few days in one series when I had happened to accidentally tune in when someone amazing was playing and I was in awe at how good they were. I even watched the grand final of that series and was gutted when the person who I thought was the best lost 80-70 (looking back it seems this was Jonathan Rawlinson). I don't think I'd have done that if I had happened to see someone who wasn't as good. But then on the flip side I do also enjoy seeing close games too without a 100 point whitewash. I like a bit of everything really as I imagine most viewers do. I don't think there's a single Countdown viewer who doesn't at least enjoy seeing the odd word played which is new to them. I know I enjoyed watching Paul Erdunast come up with words such as ALIGOTE which I had never heard of. But a whole series of Pauls would probably begin to get boring.

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Post by Noel Mc » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:16 pm

I've only been on Apterous a few months, but I'm filming in May (I imagine Series 77?). Any news of other people filming for that series? (who do I hope to avoid!)

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:36 pm

Noel Mc wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:16 pm
I've only been on Apterous a few months, but I'm filming in May (I imagine Series 77?). Any news of other people filming for that series? (who do I hope to avoid!)
Gloria Hunniford and Gyles Brandreth in Dictionary Corner.
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Post by Noel Mc » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:06 pm

To be honest, I've been hoping for Gloria

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:21 pm

Well, I hope you get her then...

(but am baffled that people like her)
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Post by Noel Mc » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:30 pm

Sorry, my sarcasm is normally past the point of detection. Although she was born about an hour from me. Maybe we could bond over that?

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Post by Zarte Siempre » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:51 pm

Well played, I can usually spot sarcasm a mile off. And now out of petulance, I ACTUALLY hope you get her.
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Post by Zubair Patel » Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:30 pm

Gloria Hunniford is scheduled to record on 30th May !

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Post by Martin Hurst » Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:24 am

I had Gloria in DC for 5 of my shows - she did my head in.

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Post by Peter Clarke » Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:20 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:
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I had Gloria in DC for 5 of my shows - she did my head in.
That's interesting. She seems like one of the ones I wouldn't mind. Why did she do your head in out of interest?


I won't be on the show for another 2 years or so maybe.

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Post by Martin Hurst » Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:35 pm

Peter Clarke wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Martin Hurst wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:24 am
I had Gloria in DC for 5 of my shows - she did my head in.
That's interesting. She seems like one of the ones I wouldn't mind. Why did she do your head in out of interest?


I won't be on the show for another 2 years or so maybe.
Don't get me wrong she wasn't malicious or nasty or anything, and she was very friendly, but pretty much between every round of every game she was asking the same sort of inane questions over and over again like "how do you know these words", "do you just spot the words straight away, or do you have a method", when Nick reads out the teaser "so Martin, what's the answer?" etc etc - it was fine at first but after 75 rounds it was just like fingernails on a blackboard.

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Post by Peter Clarke » Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:54 pm

Martin Hurst wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:35 pm
Peter Clarke wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:20 pm
Martin Hurst wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 12:24 am
I had Gloria in DC for 5 of my shows - she did my head in.
That's interesting. She seems like one of the ones I wouldn't mind. Why did she do your head in out of interest?


I won't be on the show for another 2 years or so maybe.
Don't get me wrong she wasn't malicious or nasty or anything, and she was very friendly, but pretty much between every round of every game she was asking the same sort of inane questions over and over again like "how do you know these words", "do you just spot the words straight away, or do you have a method", when Nick reads out the teaser "so Martin, what's the answer?" etc etc - it was fine at first but after 75 rounds it was just like fingernails on a blackboard.
Oh that does sound rather annoying. Did you mention about Apterous, stem words and that or did you keep it a secret? Considering the audience must have seen you discuss it etc?

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:20 am

Noel!

You have a recording date for S77 already?
That is the one I've been planning on auditioning for...
Based on that, I guess it's time to fill an application form.
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Post by Noel Mc » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:15 pm

I do, although this I imagine I'm a slightly unique case!

I passed my audition in October. I'm a teacher though and, whilst my holidays are amazing, it's tricky to take time off work. I had a protracted email exchange with one of the researchers, which confirmed that they aren't filming during any of my holidays right through to September 2018. I eventually wrote to my Board of Governors, who agreed to give me time off. I was offered a filming date in April, but the principal didn't like those dates, so then I was given May.

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Thu Feb 23, 2017 4:24 pm

Surely when u say Sept 2018... u mean 2017...?

Ideally, I would like a recording date in Sept/Oct... but obvs as long as I pass an audition and get on the show at some point, that's a result.

The rumour I heard about S77 is that Matthew Brockwell may be appearing. If that's still true, you are looking at the main contender for the Series title right there. [https://www.apterous.org/viewuser.php?user=18003]
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Post by Noel Mc » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:04 pm

No, no, I mean 2018!

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Post by Noel Mc » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:05 pm

I'll be happy with a teapot or else not getting hammered to be honest!

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:22 pm

Noel Mc wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:04 pm
No, no, I mean 2018!
Really?!
Countdown is taking a year off! :O
If so, that's big news.
"Si my une Land, uvloth cyay uvloth cyar. Lay uv menan Land De Lamphs, ate lay saihlle uv cohme an nar..."

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Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Post by Noel Mc » Thu Feb 23, 2017 5:49 pm

No hahaha, more they aren't filming during any school holidays between now and then!

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Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Post by Anthony Endsor » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:07 pm

September seems a strange month to be having holidays as a teacher.
I work at a school and I wouldn't get holidays in September, however I am off in the recording week leading up to Easter in April this year.

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Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Post by Noel Mc » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:44 pm

I'm not off in September. I haven't been very clear...

I originally was looking for a filming date when I was off. I sent through all of my holidays right through to September 2018 (although I'm back in from around the 20th of August), namely the mid terms and Summer etc. They weren't filming any of those times. (I am in work up until the Wednesday before Easter)

In the end I just asked for time off, which I was given.

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Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Post by Martin Hurst » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:58 am

Peter Clarke wrote:
Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:54 pm
Martin Hurst wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:35 pm
Peter Clarke wrote:
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:20 pm


That's interesting. She seems like one of the ones I wouldn't mind. Why did she do your head in out of interest?


I won't be on the show for another 2 years or so maybe.
Don't get me wrong she wasn't malicious or nasty or anything, and she was very friendly, but pretty much between every round of every game she was asking the same sort of inane questions over and over again like "how do you know these words", "do you just spot the words straight away, or do you have a method", when Nick reads out the teaser "so Martin, what's the answer?" etc etc - it was fine at first but after 75 rounds it was just like fingernails on a blackboard.
Oh that does sound rather annoying. Did you mention about Apterous, stem words and that or did you keep it a secret? Considering the audience must have seen you discuss it etc?
Nah - didn't mention Apterous or any specific techniques at all (couldn't be arsed to go into it with her really) - just kept saying "lots of practice" - about 5000 times :)

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