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Post by Tom S » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:15 pm

David Hilton
Seed: 7
Wins: 3
Points: 333 (83.3 per game)
Total Max: 29/60 (48.3%)

Letters Maxes: 17/40 (42.5%)
ZD Medals: N/A

Numbers Maxes: 11/16 (68.8%)
6S: 1/4 (25%)
1L: 9/11 (81.8%)
2L: 1/1 (100%)
3L: N/A
4L: 0/1

Conundrums: 1/4 (25%)
1 Solved, 0 Lost, 3 Unsolved
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Post by Tom S » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:26 pm

Tom Stevenson
Seed: 8
Wins: 2
Points: 349 (116.3 per game)
Total Max: 35 /45 (77.8%)

Letters Maxes: 24/30 (80%)
ZD Medals: Anaemic, Defeatism (Joint accolade alongside opponent) Adorement, Romanzes

Numbers Maxes: 11/12 (91.7%)
6S: 3/3 (100%)
1L: 2/2 (100%)
2L: 1/1 (1005)
3L: 4/5 (80%)
4L: 1/1 (100%)

Conundrums: 0/3
0 Won. 3 Lost, 0 Unsolved

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Post by Tom S » Tue Dec 08, 2020 1:47 pm

All results + rankings on 1 post.

Rob Foster:
Seed: 1
Wins: 4
Points: 530 (132.5 per game)
Total Max: 55/60 (91.7%)

Letters Maxes: 38/40 (95%)
ZD Medals (7+ maxes never played by a contestant or suggested by DC on either Countdown or Zoomdown): Alodiary, Alienors, Outwept, Pleasurer (joint accolade alongside opponent), Inositol, Augitites, Neuraxial, Tentoria, Emulous, Labarias, Semitonal, Ocreate, Echiurid, Mesghal, Dewaxes, Teeting, Webinars, Priorite.

Numbers Maxes: 13/16 (81.3%)
6S: 1/3 (33.3%)
1L: 8/9 (88.9%)
2L: N/A
3L: N/A
4L: 4/4 (100%)

Conundrums: 4/4 (100%)

Callum Todd:
Seed: 2
Wins: 4
Points: 480 (120 per game)
Total Max: 52/60 (86.7%)

Letters Maxes: 33/40 (82.5%)
ZD Medals: Defeatism (Joint accolade alongside opponent), Ipomoeas, Similor, Goafstead, Mesozoa, Upturned, Bonanza, Maniera

Numbers Maxes: 15/16 (93.4%)
6S: 3/3 (100%)
1L: 3/4 (75%)
2L: 1/1 (100%)
3L: 2/2 (100%)
4L: 6/6 (100%)

Conundrums: 4/4 (100%)

Jack Worsley:
Seed: 3
Wins: 4
Points: 469 (117.3 per game)
Total Max: 46/60 (76.7%)

Letters Maxes: 30/40 (75%)
ZD Medals: Supernova, Paesanos, Candirus (Joint accolades alongside opponents) Agatizes, Homevid, Rotaliid, Powernets, Rheadins, Eulogia, Langues, Jetboats

Numbers Maxes: 13/16 (81.3%)
6S: 1/1 (100%)
1L: 6/6 (100%)
2L: 0/1
3L: 1/1 (100%)
4L: 5/7 (71.4%)

Conundrums: 3/4 (75%)
3 Solved, 0 Lost, 1 Unsolved

Harry Savage:
Seed: 4
Wins: 3
Points: 436 (104 per game)
Total Max: 43/60 (71.7%)

Letters Maxes: 28/40 (70%)
ZD Medals: Dogmatize, Tweezer (Joint accolades alongside opponents) Alumite, Achroite, Aurorae

Numbers Maxes: 12/16 (75%)
6S; 0/2
1L: 11/12 (91.7%)
2L: N/A
3L: N/A
4L: 1/2 (50%)

Conundrums: 3/4 (75%)
3 Solved, 1 Lost, 0 Unsolved

Noel McIlvenny
Seed: 5
Wins: 3
Points: 396 (99 per game)
Total Max: 36 /60 (60%)

Letters Maxes: 20/40 (50%)
ZD Medals: Swiping, Scummier, Dogmatize (Joint accolades alongside opponents)

Numbers Maxes: 13/16 (81.25%)
6S: 1/1 (100%)
1L: 4/4 (100%)
2L: 1/4 (25%)
3L: N/A
4L: 7/7 (100%)

Conundrums: 3/4 (75%)
3 Solved, 1 Lost, 0 Unsolved

Ben Wilson
Seed: 6
Wins: 3
Points: 395 (98.8 per game)
Total Max:37/60 (61.7%)

Letters Maxes: 26/40 (65%)
ZD Medals: Enviro, Baronetcy

Numbers Maxes: 10/16 (62.5%)
6S: 1/3 (33.3%)
1L: 7/8 (87.5%)
2L: 1/3 (33.3%)
3L: N/A
4L: 1/2 (50%)

Conundrums: 1/4 (25%)
1 Solved, 3 Lost, 0 Unsolved

David Hilton
Seed: 7
Wins: 3
Points: 333 (83.3 per game)
Total Max: 29/60 (48.3%)

Letters Maxes: 17/40 (42.5%)
ZD Medals: N/A

Numbers Maxes: 11/16 (68.8%)
6S: 1/4 (25%)
1L: 9/11 (81.8%)
2L: 1/1 (100%)
3L: N/A
4L: 0/1

Conundrums: 1/4 (25%)
1 Solved, 0 Lost, 3 Unsolved

Tom Stevenson
Seed: 8
Wins: 2
Points: 349 (116.3 per game)
Total Max: 35 /45 (77.8%)

Letters Maxes: 24/30 (80%)
ZD Medals: Anaemic, Defeatism (Joint accolade alongside opponent) Adorement, Romanzes

Numbers Maxes: 11/12 (91.7%)
6S: 3/3 (100%)
1L: 2/2 (100%)
2L: 1/1 (100%)
3L: 4/5 (80%)
4L: 1/1 (100%)

Conundrums: 0/3
0 Won. 3 Lost, 0 Unsolved

Letters Maxes (Based on %)
1. 95%- Rob Foster
2. 93.4%- Callum Todd
3. 80%- Tom Stevenson
4. 75%- Jack Worsley
5. 70%- Harry Savage
6. 65%- Ben Wilson
7. 50%- Noel McIlvenny
8. 42.5%- David Hilton

Numbers Maxes (Based on %)
1. 93.4%- Callum Todd
2. 91.7%- Tom Stevenson
=3. 81.3%- Rob Foster
=3. " Jack Worsley
=3. "- Noel McIlvenny
4. 75%-Harry Savage
5. 68.8%- David Hilton
6. 62.5%- Ben WIlson


Conundrums Maxes (Based on %)
=1. 100%- Rob Foster
=1. "- Callum Todd
=2. 75%- Jack Worsley
=2. "- Harry Savage
=2. "- Noel McIlvenny
=3. 25%- Ben Wilson
=3. "- David Hilton
4. 0%- Tom Stevenson

Combined Max %
1. 90%- Rob Foster
2. 86.7%- Callum Todd
3. 77.8%- Tom Stevenson
4. 76.7%- Jack Worsley
5. 71.7%- Harry Savage
6. 61.7%- Ben Wilson
7. 60%- Noel McIlvenny
8. 48.3%- David Hilton

With all of these stats combined, the results would all go to seeding if it was based on percentages only. We'll have to wait and see to find out what happens!

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Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:14 am

Paul Anderson wrote:
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Dec 09, 2020 9:06 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
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You may be interested to hear there is precedent for using the apterous ticket system to request recap writer features.
Great idea, Graeme. You should ticket it.
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Post by Paul Anderson » Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:27 pm

Woohoo! Quarterfinals time

Best of luck to all our players tonight

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Post by Tom S » Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:41 pm

Paul Anderson wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:27 pm
Woohoo! Quarterfinals time

Best of luck to all our players tonight
Thanks! I'll need it! :)

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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Thu Dec 10, 2020 7:02 pm

Paul Anderson wrote:
Thu Dec 10, 2020 5:27 pm
Woohoo! Quarterfinals time

Best of luck to all our players tonight
Your last series finals before you jet off to the big time on Channel 4? :P

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Post by Paul Anderson » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:32 pm

Ha, sure one can only dream eh Tom!

Just chatted to Susie, all good for the final.....just need two players now! Who will they be?

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Post by Tim Down » Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:57 pm

Callum Todd wrote:
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:14 pm
I saw that word first and didn't declare it because of how it sounds so I'm fully behind the decision (if it was a decision and not just an oversight) of DC to not mention it. It's hardly a big deal; there's no reason for DC to reel off all the boring maxes anyway. I know they normally do, but I'm not gonna worry about them not doing so in this case, especially considering the word in question.

As for the offence point, most Countdown people I think hear the syllables of CUNTIER being read out and think of it as an amusing word. The cat's arse thing was funny/charming. Hearing the syllables of PACKIES being read out isn't associated with much fun or frivolity to me and I predict the same is true for most people.
Sorry I'm late to this, but yes, all of this for me too. I too saw PACKIES first and was relieved to spot COOKIES to avoid the awkwardness. I thought it was a sensible decision on Fred's part not to read out PACKIES but would have been equally fine with him reading it out. Seems a non-issue to me, and something Fred shouldn't have had to defend himself over.

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:19 pm

Tim Down wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 1:57 pm
Seems a non-issue to me, and something Fred shouldn't have had to defend himself over.
Had the decision been to include this particular non-racist word among the maxes, it would be a non-issue.
That it was omitted, makes it an issue, and raises more interesting questions.

(The lengthy discussion that ensued -and that you just contributed to- kind of proves that point.)
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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:20 pm

Paul Anderson wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:32 pm
Just need two players now! Who will they be?
My guess: Callum vs Jack.
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Post by Tom S » Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:24 pm

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:20 pm
Paul Anderson wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:32 pm
Just need two players now! Who will they be?
My guess: Callum vs Jack.
Callum v Jack would be a great game, but one which would only be possible in an SF this series given that they are seed's 2 and 3 :)

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:58 pm

My guess: Rob vs Callum
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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:52 am

Tom S wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:24 pm
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:20 pm
Paul Anderson wrote:
Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:32 pm
Just need two players now! Who will they be?
My guess: Callum vs Jack.
Callum v Jack would be a great game, but one which would only be possible in an SF this series given that they are seed's 2 and 3 :)
Oh yeah, d'oh!
Well, I suppose I'd better try again.

I'll go Rob vs Jack then...
...though the standard is so high, it may as well be the toss of a coin.
Prepare for a few rapid-fire crucial conundrum shootouts in the next three episodes.
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Post by Paul Anderson » Fri Dec 18, 2020 10:54 am

We're finally here!

What a final we have in store. 2 brilliant players to round off the series in style. Bring it on!

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Post by Paul Anderson » Fri Dec 18, 2020 7:13 pm

Susie to tweet the link sometime over le weekend

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Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:01 am

Did anyone else find the Zoomdown Semi-Finals that little bit more entertaining than the S82 semis on telly?!
Well played all!
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Post by Paul Anderson » Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:33 pm

I wouldn't like to compare, but we've been treated to a whole lot of great CD and are in for a whole lot more

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:03 pm

Should be a great final.

200+ scores please!

Is Susie lexing, Paul? (And does that mean I’ll have to listen out more carefully for the maxes she mentions and * the ones she doesn’t)
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Post by Paul Anderson » Sat Dec 19, 2020 1:24 pm

She sure is! Ok, I guess I should make a rough plan for the chats

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sat Dec 19, 2020 2:59 pm

Is she lexing using Apterous or as she does on the show?

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Post by Paul Anderson » Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:27 pm

Yeah using TCC’s tool, which uses Apto for the maxes, but has links to Premium

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Post by Phil H » Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:56 pm

Didn't disappoint...

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 21, 2020 9:57 pm

Yeah, great game. And a celebrity lexicographer!

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Post by Fiona T » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:02 pm

Glad you enjoyed it guys - great game, great guest - perfect for that pre-Christmas lift that we all need.
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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:06 pm

Boo to Channel 4 for scheduling Catsdown against it!
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Post by Matthew White » Tue Dec 22, 2020 5:09 pm

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Mon Dec 21, 2020 11:06 pm
Boo to Channel 4 for scheduling Catsdown against it!
I mean that was probably scheduled long before ZoomDown existed looking at when it was filmed.

Shame the shout-out for it was mentioned in real countdown in today's episode, rather than yesterday before the final though.

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Post by JackHurst » Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:37 pm

Great stuff last night. Susie was excellent as were both the players. Big congrats to the winner! (Won't name here in case spoilers?)

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Post by Paul Anderson » Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:32 pm

JackHurst wrote:
Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:37 pm
Great stuff last night. Susie was excellent as were both the players. Big congrats to the winner! (Won't name here in case spoilers?)
Well I’m sure we can name him now.
Ladies and gents, I give you our ZoomDown Series 2 champion, Rob Foster! A very worthy winner indeed.
Cracking year’s CD against the odds lads, so Merry Christmas to all of ye and bring on 2021!

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Post by Paul Anderson » Sun Jan 03, 2021 12:28 am

Happy New Year fellow Countdownites

The draw for ZD Numberists S2:

Mon 4th January 2021:

Thomas Cappleman vs Sam Cappleman-Lynes (The Cappleman-Off)
Bradley Horrocks vs Antoinette Ryan
Peter Clarke vs Matthew Tassier
Elizabeth Beer vs Tim Down

Mon 11th January 2021:

Noel McIlvenny vs Jon O'Neill (Ulster Final)
Elliott Mellor vs Vincent Barcet
Eoin Monaghan vs Chris Butler
Stephen Read vs Trevor Birenbaum

These two "groups" constitute halves of the draw, so the final will be the winner of the 4th Jan half vs the winner of the 11th Jan half

Some tasty ones

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:35 am

https://wiki.apterous.org/ZoomDown_spec ... mberists_2 for a nice chart showing just that.
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Post by Jonathan Willis » Wed Jan 13, 2021 10:43 am

Bonjour,

I watched some of this on Monday after discovering it after searching for 'Countdown Episodes' on YouTube.

I would love to have a crack at it but as i am in Canada it is during the day and i work Mon-Fri in a supermarket from 9am to 6pm (Canadian Time) so i won't be able to be available all times, i do have a holiday in February but i may not be able to carry on if i win (unlikely) so i won't risk messing it up.

I look forward to seeing more. I did watch the final with Susie Dent on catch-up as well

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Post by Paul Anderson » Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:51 pm

https://extra.ie/2021/01/24/entertainme ... senter-gig

Well? What do ye make? I feared it would be way fluffier, but I'm happy with it

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Post by Jonathan Willis » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:47 pm

Paul Anderson wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 12:51 pm
https://extra.ie/2021/01/24/entertainme ... senter-gig

Well? What do ye make? I feared it would be way fluffier, but I'm happy with it
Looks good. Is it published in any newspapers? Did they speak to you for this?

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Post by Paul Anderson » Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:43 pm

Yeah a phone interview, just an Irish online paper, hopefully it gets picked up by a UK one. Have an Irish radio interview for a breakfast show this week too

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Post by Jonathan Willis » Sun Jan 24, 2021 5:04 pm

Paul Anderson wrote:
Sun Jan 24, 2021 4:43 pm
Yeah a phone interview, just an Irish online paper, hopefully it gets picked up by a UK one. Have an Irish radio interview for a breakfast show this week too
What day, time and station? I would be interested in listening in!

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Post by Jonathan Willis » Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:49 am

When is the next ZoomDown?

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Post by Sam Cappleman-Lynes » Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:52 pm

Jonathan Willis wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:49 am
When is the next ZoomDown?
Today, at 8pm UTC!

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Post by Jonathan Willis » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:08 pm

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 12:52 pm
Jonathan Willis wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 11:49 am
When is the next ZoomDown?
Today, at 8pm UTC!
Who is playing? Where is the link?

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Post by Callum Todd » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:15 pm

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Dxmw2Pg_4

If you subscribe to that YouTube channel Jonathan, the video links are normally put up a day or two in advance so you'll see them ahead of time. Or if you use twitter, there is a twitter account @LiveZoomDown. Failing that, Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm UK time is generally when they're on.
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Post by Jonathan Willis » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:38 pm

Callum Todd wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:15 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0Dxmw2Pg_4

If you subscribe to that YouTube channel Jonathan, the video links are normally put up a day or two in advance so you'll see them ahead of time. Or if you use twitter, there is a twitter account @LiveZoomDown. Failing that, Mondays and Thursdays at 8pm UK time is generally when they're on.
Will do! Is it just numbers tonight?

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Post by Fiona T » Fri Jan 29, 2021 9:34 pm

Congrats to Elliott, our numberists winner, and Callum our goat winner who even managed a bit of beardown! Great games, and thanks to all who entered those contests - the standard was jaw-dropping!

You might like this puzzle posed by one of our viewers on the youtube chat -

"There are only 761 words which can be used as a goatdown conundrum with ANY one of their nine letters being the hidden letter. Can you name one?"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJTiRT-DDek (Reply there so he sees it!)

We'll be back on the 15th February with the regular series - Zubair will be aiming for tetrachampdom and will be playing our own Paul Anderson!
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Post by Matt Morrison » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:24 am

Just to say, every time I read the title of this thread - every time, from the first post to now - I always expect it to be a "and that's all folks" thing.

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Matt Morrison wrote:
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Just to say, every time I read the title of this thread - every time, from the first post to now - I always expect it to be a "and that's all folks" thing.
Well, you get your wish Matt.

And that's all folks....

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Post by Matt Morrison » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:54 pm

Huh? What wish? I was talking about the title, it reminded me of the end of Looney Tunes cartoons.

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Post by Jon Corby » Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:31 am

Haven't had a good 1/20th of a pint for a while.

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Post by Dan Byrom » Wed Feb 17, 2021 10:37 am

Can I suggest some sort of anonymous online feedback form for Zoomdown?

That would allow the viewers to express the things that we particularly like or think could be improved and could maybe be taken on board to make Zoomdown even better.

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Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Post by Paul Anderson » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:44 am

Well, I'd kinda hoped folk would be able to say it all here

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Post by Dan Byrom » Wed Feb 17, 2021 2:45 pm

I'm happy to provide feedback here, though I do think there are benefits to anonymising feedback, e.g. people can say what they feel without having to worry about being mean/harsh (which I'm a little concerned about coming across as here! I don't like offending people!) and also you can collect a small sample of data to see if different people have the same thoughts without them influencing each other on a thread.

Anyway, here is a bit of feedback from me:

- I love the community vibe. I enjoy the interactions with chat and wouldn't want to see it become too 'professional'.

- I like it when a contestant is on and they are able to talk about themselves. However I sometimes think it comes across as if you take up a lot of this time talking about your own experiences and anecdotes. I don't think the interjections are an issue in themselves, but sometimes I feel like the contestants might have more to say but aren't able to direct the conversation where they want it to go. (Of course, sometimes a contestant might be less talkative and may need a bit of prompting.)

- Also, I don't have any interest at all in what you happened to have got in a particular round (sorry Paul). I appreciate the enjoyment of joining in with the game but I think as host, the objective is to facilitate the game between two players - they are the people whose declarations I care about. Sometimes it might be a different word of equivalent length that personally I feel doesn't add to the content. Other times, I also think it could be quite frustrating/disheartening for the players if the host announces that they've beaten them. However, I do think there is interest if you come up with a word that is particularly interesting, or a pretty numbers solve.


I do feel the above could come across as a bit harsh, which I don't intend it to be. I really appreciate what you're doing for the community, I think you're a charismatic and enterntaining host and I really love Zoomdown. These are just a couple of ways I think it could be improved. I'd also be interested to hear what other people thought about these points.

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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:22 pm

I'd second everything Dan said, including a similar concern about bringing it up, particularly when it relates so much to your personal style. You really are a great host of the show, and the only criticisms are of things that come from your clear enthusiasm for it - it just may help to tweak the result of that enthusiasm in that small way.

If I were to pick one of Dan's points to particularly change, it'd be not announcing what you've got when it's better than the contestants. It does give a different and slightly off impression when the host does that (especially if you win a round when distracted by other things), compared to Rachel/Susie doing so with that as their key role. I think leaving it to the computer to just determine what the best options are, when you know that's always going to be the best, seems better. Though even this depends on the contestants - if you beat Rob on a letters round, or Elliott on anything, then feel free to go ahead and revel in your victory!

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Post by Paul Anderson » Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:26 pm

I take your points, not sure where/when I've misdirected the convo tho. I try to get the players to chat, period. Sometimes this is easy, sometimes not. I'm looking forward to dealing with complete strangers this series, as it's the bit I enjoy most.
The other point I feel applies to CD much more than ZD, where we've had a very high calibre of player, better than me on average. I'd wager most times they were a Rob eg

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Post by Paul Anderson » Thu Feb 18, 2021 1:17 am

But thanks for your honesty.
You're correct Tom, it does depend on the level of player and I will naturally tone it down for new players.

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Post by Dan Byrom » Thu Feb 18, 2021 8:38 am

Paul Anderson wrote:
Wed Feb 17, 2021 5:26 pm
not sure where/when I've misdirected the convo tho.
I definitely could have worded things better here. I actually don't believe there has been much misdirection. On reflection, I'm thinking it's just down to word count. As in, when it comes to the section where the contestant gets to introduce a bit about themselves, I'd like as many of the words said in that section to to be said by the contestant, if that makes sense. Of course, this is very dependent on how talkative the person is.

But again want to reiterate that I appreciate what you're doing, and this is a nitpick, and is also something very difficult to do! Thank you being happy to take on board the comments!

See you in series 3!

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Post by Thomas Cappleman » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:53 am

Thanks for the responses Paul. These things are all on a scale and subject to preference, so don't want you to start second guessing yourself. Maybe as an actionable point (I'm in work mode, sorry), you could quickly check before the episode starts whether there's anything the contestants would particularly like to talk about. I know in my second appearance there was something (can't even remember what), but we ended up talking about music because of the keyboard behind me, which I wasn't actually that bothered about talking about.

No idea how many people will actually have something, but if they do that'll probably help them show what they're passionate about - like Elliott with his longevity facts.

And amazing work with the documentary, really well edited. Wasn't sure how you were going to fill 80 minutes worth, but it sped by.

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Post by Paul Anderson » Thu Feb 18, 2021 12:14 pm

Yeah I expect this series to be very different, with me or any of us probably not familiar with half of the players. ZD has had a very community feel til now, with all the liberties that go with that.

Cheers on the docu, yeah I’m most pleased I got it to a watchable length, from well over 2.5 hours

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Post by Rhys Benjamin » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:14 pm

The documentary was great, even if I did come across as a bit of a tit.

The camera really does add 10lb...
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:21 pm

I take it there's a documentary.

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Post by Tom S » Fri Feb 19, 2021 8:19 am

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:21 pm
I take it there's a documentary.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahyi-qP4mVs&t=1429s

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Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Post by Paul Anderson » Fri Feb 19, 2021 10:02 am

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Thu Feb 18, 2021 11:14 pm
The documentary was great, even if I did come across as a bit of a tit.
You were great, and got the last word

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