So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Tom S » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:05 pm

"JE" is of an ability to do so, likewise a few others like Matt Hall and of course Elliott- thinking of potential top players who could make an appearance at some point inbetween the next year or so....

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Elliott Mellor » Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:08 pm

Tom S wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:05 pm
"JE" is of an ability to do so, likewise a few others like Matt Hall and of course Elliott- thinking of potential top players who could make an appearance at some point inbetween the next year or so....
Ability is one thing, accomplishment of such a goal is another. I don't think it's very likely 1000 will be done - it's such a high barrier and to achieve it would require not only a very high level of skill but also a ridiculous amount of luck.

I played a mocktorun earlier and got 972, 98 maxes, 91% of the max score. Admittedly you could argue that at my absolute best I might have pushed 1000 but then you've got to consider that prune won't nick rounds off me, nor choose in a particularly horrible way, pick 4 large or whatever. To get 91+% and a similar number of maxes is harder on the show for sure. Especially as now with the new dictionary you could have opponents who just get lucky and guess some feasible sounding word and have it accepted because the new dictionary just basically allows all sorts of rubbish, all in all it doesn't make 1000 sound very doable at all.

I think 974 might just about be beatable, but the chances of 1000 being done are quite slim indeed.

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Conor » Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:46 pm

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Conor wrote:
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:18 am
won't happen
If you wanna put your money where your mouth is, €10 says it happens before S80, and €100 says it happens before the end of the year 2020. :)


It is interesting reading back over this thread more than 7 months later... here are a few things that stand out:-

1. Of the known Apterites we still have Matthew B and Perhaps Barry B and Johhny C's octoruns to look forward to. They are all likely to win 8 games and to score rather well... so who knows?

2. It now seems Zarte will be allowed back before S80, so there is another major contender right there.

3. Elliott Mellor, to my mind. has a decent shot at this now too. When this thread was started, he was not yet an Apterite. Now he has reached a level where he can score close to 1000 on a Mocktorun, and he's still improving. Who knows who else might enter the frame in the next 6 months?

4. As ever, the chance is there that some of the seriously talented ones who have declared themselves 'out' as far as a TV appearance is concerned, might have a change of heart and surprise us all.


The 2017-2020 period is shaping up to being a very interesting time to be a Countdown fan.
Do your bets still stand? And are they both at evens? Because then I'd like to take you up on the first one.

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm

Seems like a good time to revisit this...
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:14 am
Given that the average octomax for the current series is 1061, surely the very first 1000 scorer (kilochamp?) is due to grace our screens before S80?
^^^I think it's fair to revise the above by removing the word "before" and replacing it with "by the end of"... particularly in light of the great S79 conspiracy.

The likelihood is -as I write this- the 1000 club has already been founded. If so, some people know this, but have to keep it under wraps until the episodes have aired. There is a chance that Elliott managed to do it during his recording session last week... there is even a fair enough chance that Dinos (assuming the maxes were decent for the remaining four games) might have done it first!

Dinos has played 4 games and amassed 494pts. That's only 6pts away from being on track to break the glass ceiling.
If he can average 126pts in the remaining games... he becomes the first! :mrgreen: (I suspect Damian would relish the prospect of one of the old guard -from Conor, Kirk and Charlie's vintage- taking 1000's cherry.)

That said, my money would be on Dinos to *just* miss out, and for Elliott to do it this series (assuming his form online can be replicated under the glare of the studio lights)
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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:40 pm

Conor wrote:
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:46 pm
L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:39 pm
Conor wrote:
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:18 am
won't happen
If you wanna put your money where your mouth is, €10 says it happens before S80, and €100 says it happens before the end of the year 2020. :)
Do your bets still stand? And are they both at evens? Because then I'd like to take you up on the first one.
But not the second one. ;)
(I'll give you the tenner when/if I meet you at some Countdown related event in the future.)
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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:13 pm

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm
Dinos has played 4 games and amassed 494pts. That's only 6pts away from being on track to break the glass ceiling.
If he can average 126pts in the remaining games... he becomes the first! :mrgreen: (I suspect Damian would relish the prospect of one of the old guard -from Conor, Kirk and Charlie's vintage- taking 1000's cherry.)

That said, my money would be on Dinos to *just* miss out, and for Elliott to do it this series (assuming his form online can be replicated under the glare of the studio lights)
Based on how he's played so far, I think he will miss out. He has had the odd miss and 494 is a very high score based on his performances. But if he plays at his best level for the remaining games then maybe.

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:14 am

Remind me not to attempt a mathematical or stats based analysis late at night... This is so error strewn!

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm
Dinos has played 4 games and amassed 494pts.


Nope, that was Kerry Copland's total. Dinos had 476pts after 4 games.
So would need to average 131pts per game... That would require too much luck re: max availability.

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm
If he can average 126pts in the remaining games... he becomes the first!
That's wrong too... If he had scored 494pts, an average of 126 per remaining game would have taken his total to a brilliant (but rather agonising) 998.

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm
That said, my money would be on Dinos to *just* miss out, and for Elliott to do it this series.
This is the only part of the post that, imo, stands up to scrutiny.
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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Phil H » Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 pm

An average of 117 for Elliott in his remaining games would do it.

The balance of probabilities may now be in his favour...

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Tom S » Mon May 20, 2019 9:30 pm

Phil H wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 pm
An average of 117 for Elliott in his remaining games would do it.

The balance of probabilities may now be in his favour...
Looking like a certainty- he's a great spotter and also seems to know how to create the 9 letter selections.

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by L'oisleatch McGraw » Mon May 20, 2019 10:15 pm

Thomas Carey wrote:
Wed Mar 28, 2018 1:10 am
Zarte Siempre wrote:
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The odds on a player good enough to do it getting a good enough set of letters with which to do it are very small. The odds on them actually caring enough to try and work towards it is even less likely.
Enter Elliott Mellor.

inb4 obvious jokes
This is probably one of the best posts on the thread as far as drama is concerned. It makes sense that the "inb4 obvious jokes" was written in teeny tiny font... as it's not really a joke! ;) Seven days left until the fact that Countdown's glass ceiling has been utterly smashed, becomes public domain* knowledge.

*No spoiler here. I don't know how the rest of this plays out, but... an average of 117 required by a player that has averaged 139 so far. It's looking good.
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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Owen Carroll » Mon May 20, 2019 10:23 pm

I'd bet money on Elliott making 1000. But I won't

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Fiona T » Tue May 21, 2019 6:51 am

Tom S wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:30 pm
Phil H wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:28 pm
An average of 117 for Elliott in his remaining games would do it.

The balance of probabilities may now be in his favour...
Looking like a certainty- he's a great spotter and also seems to know how to create the 9 letter selections.
Nothing's ever a certainty - got everything crossed though! New recording day - let's hope our lad got a good night's sleep!

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Post by Ashton Hancock » Tue May 21, 2019 11:05 am

Fiona you can get banned for stuff like that you don’t know that. DELETE IT.

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Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

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