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Countdown in the news

Post by Kirk Bevins » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:18 pm

Spoilers!!

This might be a bit vain but:

http://www.thepress.co.uk/news/4180619. ... Countdown/

So frustrating that no-one ever spells my name right. Grrrr.

I also recorded a piece of Radio York today and I'll put the link on here when it comes out.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Innis Carson » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:21 pm

Kirk Bevin broke the record for a contestant in the challenger’s chair
Erk. At least they tried though. Or is that actually true (counting finals and CoCs)?

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:32 pm

Innis Carson wrote:
Kirk Bevin broke the record for a contestant in the challenger’s chair
Erk. At least they tried though. Or is that actually true (counting finals and CoCs)?
Yes, Kirk's the new record holder. Did you not see the huge discussion about whether or not we could call it Kirk's debut? (we can't)

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:35 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:So frustrating that no-one ever spells my name right. Grrrr.
For what it's worth, I've redressed the balance slightly by having never ever spelt it wrong :)

Have a lovely image after that article of children running up to you in the corridor, shouting "VIBRIO" at you and then running off.
Sure that's not how it happens but that's what the article made it sound like, and I kind of like the idea of kids abusing teachers in such an intellectual way.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Innis Carson » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:37 pm

Thought that was just applying to "challengers" as in people who are playing their first game in the preliminary stages of (any given) series. Is the chair nearer the host still called the "challenger's chair" in finals and CoCs? If not, I'm talking rubbish.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Mar 06, 2009 5:42 pm

Innis Carson wrote:Thought that was just applying to "challengers" as in people who are playing their first game in the preliminary stages of (any given) series. Is the chair nearer the host still called the "challenger's chair" in finals and CoCs? If not, I'm talking rubbish.
The whole point is that the record (even though as far as I know it's unofficial and just talked about here) has been renamed from 'highest debut score' (i.e. Kirk wouldn't be valid as he'd been on before) to 'highest challenger score' (i.e. simply the person facing the current champion) solely so that Kirk's achievement as a challenger, but not as a debutant, can be recognised.

I've got no idea if there is an official name for either of the chairs in the finals and CoCs... interesting question though, though the answer will probably be an uninteresting 'left' and 'right' or something!

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Post by Clive Brooker » Fri Mar 06, 2009 9:01 pm

Innis Carson wrote:
Kirk Bevin broke the record for a contestant in the challenger’s chair
Erk. At least they tried though. Or is that actually true (counting finals and CoCs)?
No it's not. Julian Fell's 146 was achieved from the challenger's chair. Rather sadly I didn't need to look this up.

So at least one record won't be broken sometime soon.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by David Roe » Sat Mar 07, 2009 12:17 am

Kirk Bevins wrote:So frustrating that no-one ever spells my name right. Grrrr.
Even Channel 4's own subtitler had you as "Bevans" today. :roll:

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Kirk Bevins » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:23 am

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0 ... 6_03_2009/

Skip to 8mins 30 and I'm on for about 6.5 minutes. I'm Kirk Bevin. Sigh.

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Post by Phil Reynolds » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:51 am

Kirk Bevins wrote:http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0 ... 6_03_2009/

Skip to 8mins 30 and I'm on for about 6.5 minutes. I'm Kirk Bevin. Sigh.
Good interview and I'm amazed you kept your cool - I would have corrected her about my name straight away. At the end, having been told earlier that you had three nine-letter words in one show, she says, "Two nine-letter words? That's a-MAZ-ing!" Silly cow.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Lee Simmonds » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:24 pm

Interesting listening Kirk. A shame that she clearly hadn't done any research and got your name wrong :x

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Michael Wallace » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:29 pm

One thing I've been wondering is whether all Kirk's students now call him 'Kirk' (rather than Mr Bevin(that was deliberate, n00b)) all the time. I'm pretty sure we'd've done that at my school.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Kirk Bevins » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:01 am

Michael Wallace wrote:One thing I've been wondering is whether all Kirk's students now call him 'Kirk' (rather than Mr Bevin(that was deliberate, n00b)) all the time. I'm pretty sure we'd've done that at my school.
They're calling me the Kirkulator a lot but I'm trying to stop that as it's disrespectful. Most of them are quite good actually.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Mar 08, 2009 3:24 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:One thing I've been wondering is whether all Kirk's students now call him 'Kirk' (rather than Mr Bevin(that was deliberate, n00b)) all the time. I'm pretty sure we'd've done that at my school.
They're calling me the Kirkulator a lot but I'm trying to stop that as it's disrespectful. Most of them are quite good actually.
Becoming a teacher hasn't gone to your head then! :mrgreen:

(I know lots of teachers see it as a sort of God position and can't ever be questioned, rather than someone who is there to educate but I'm sure your not really one of those.)

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Derek Hazell » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:01 pm

Living life in a gyratory circus kind of way.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Kirk Bevins » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:08 pm

Derek Hazell wrote:Kirk Bloggins.
FFS. BEVANS. There's a bloody nameplate that the cameras do a close-up on so you don't misspell it. It really shouldn't be that hard.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Michael Wallace » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:11 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:
Derek Hazell wrote:Kirk Bloggins.
FFS. BEVANS. There's a bloody nameplate that the cameras do a close-up on so you don't misspell it. It really shouldn't be that hard.
Maybe you should just give in and change your name.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Kirk Bevins » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:14 pm

Ha, I love this:

"15:50 WAPITI? What the shit is that? Geez."

And how does he know I'm a fucking machine? Has he spoken to my ex girlfriends?

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by D Eadie » Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:25 pm

Kirk Bevins wrote:And how does he know I'm a fucking machine? Has he spoken to my ex girlfriends?

He meant you're a vending machine. Packed full with bad shit, often out of order and no chance of change. Make another selection !

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:51 pm

There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').

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Post by Charlie Reams » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:59 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
LOL @ "globesity". Would make a great conundrum.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:19 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
Here's the follow-up, with the 20 best words of the decade.

How many people had heard of truthiness :?: :?
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Re: Countdown in the news

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James Robinson wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
Here's the follow-up, with the 20 best words of the decade.

How many people had heard of truthiness :?: :?
Your link does not work James.
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:40 pm

Marc Meakin wrote:
James Robinson wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
Here's the follow-up, with the 20 best words of the decade.

How many people had heard of truthiness :?: :?
Your link does not work James.
Thanks for that, Marc. It's fixed now.
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Post by Michael Wallace » Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:07 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
Here's the follow-up, with the 20 best words of the decade.

How many people had heard of truthiness :?: :?
Some peculiar choices in all the lists. Although what jumped out the most for me is the guy choosing the PS3 for his 'objects' list. If you're going to pick one of the next-gen consoles, surely the Wii is the only one that might merit a mention in defining a decade? All the PS3 has going for it is its blu-ray player, whereas the Wii has massively changed the gaming landscape.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Chris Davies » Mon Dec 14, 2009 3:21 pm

James Robinson wrote:
Michael Wallace wrote:There's a piece by Susie Dent on the BBC's Magazine thing today (talking about the 'words of the decade').
Here's the follow-up, with the 20 best words of the decade.

How many people had heard of truthiness :?: :?
The word 'truthiness' is much-used by Stephen Colbert. I've never heard or seen the word used by anyone else.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:29 pm

Michael Wallace wrote:All the PS3 has going for it is its blu-ray player
= Betamax mark II

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:06 pm

Normally when the words Countdown and Daily Mail are put together, the result seems to be disastrous, but here's a weird technology story involving our show.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... igner.html
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:11 pm

James Robinson wrote:Normally when the words Countdown and Daily Mail are put together, the result seems to be disastrous, but here's a weird technology story involving our show.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... igner.html
Pay attention, Yames.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:48 pm

It's seems our new champion has been talking to the Mirror in this article:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... -21910265/

Also, this interestingly odd story about Rachel & Celebrity Big Brother:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sh ... stars.html
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Post by Ben Hunter » Sun Dec 20, 2009 4:35 pm

James Robinson wrote:It's seems our new champion has been talking to the Mirror in this article:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... -21910265/
That's a wierdly small article, you'd think they would've got him to say more stuff than that.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:03 pm

Ben Hunter wrote:
James Robinson wrote:It's seems our new champion has been talking to the Mirror in this article:

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-storie ... -21910265/
That's a wierdly small article, you'd think they would've got him to say more stuff than that.
It might have even been cut from this article from ClickLiverpool:

http://www.clickliverpool.com/news/nati ... ssion.html
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Chris Davies » Sun Dec 20, 2009 8:33 pm

I didn't talk to the Mirror, only the Liverpool Echo, and other papers seem to have picked up on it. :D

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Jon Corby » Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:00 am

Crumbs. Did an apostrophe blame Liverpool fans for Hillsborough or something?

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Post by Ben Hunter » Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:19 pm

Chris Davies wrote:I like the ECHO puzzle page so that could have played a part in my success on Countdown.
The Liverpool Echo is killing Countdown.

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Post by Alec Rivers » Mon Dec 21, 2009 5:12 pm

Ben Hunter wrote:
Chris Davies wrote:I like the ECHO puzzle page so that could have played a part in my success on Countdown.
The Liverpool Echo is killing Countdown.
Bordeaux 2. :D

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Gavin Chipper » Mon Dec 21, 2009 11:27 pm

What job do you want, just out of interest, Chris?

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Post by Thomas Wood » Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:10 am

I see Countdown's very own Rachel Riley is single after splitting up with her partner of 4 years:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sh ... ailey.html

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Post by Darren Carter » Thu Dec 31, 2009 8:35 am

Thomas Wood wrote:I see Countdown's very own Rachel Riley is single after splitting up with her partner of 4 years:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sh ... ailey.html
"I'm single after four years and fancy Bill Bailey" - how the hell did they get that from the quotes?

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Ian Dent » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:12 am

An interesting quote there.

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Post by Ian Volante » Thu Dec 31, 2009 11:31 am

She said: "I still practise the games. I play it online all day. It just keeps you active. I go on with fake names so most of the people on there don't know it is me."
So who is she then? I can think of one obvious person :)

This is probably common knowledge in the clique isn't it? :D
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Post by Marc Meakin » Thu Dec 31, 2009 12:48 pm

MM.................I wonder :?:
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Post by Charlie Reams » Thu Dec 31, 2009 1:15 pm

Ian Volante wrote: This is probably common knowledge in the clique isn't it? :D
Yep.

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Charlie Reams wrote:
Ian Volante wrote: This is probably common knowledge in the clique isn't it? :D
Yep.
Nope. :(

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:29 pm

I'm not in the clique but I knew. Double win.

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Post by JimBentley » Thu Dec 31, 2009 3:34 pm

Ben Wilson wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:
Ian Volante wrote: This is probably common knowledge in the clique isn't it? :D
Yep.
Nope. :(
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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:09 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:I'm not in the clique but I knew. Double win.
Those in the clique don't normally know it. ;)

Personally I don't know who it is or how many, but I have my suspicions. But one of the people who I thought it might be died in 1832.
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by David Williams » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:11 pm

I had to read it twice before I realised what was odd about this article. It's positive.

Anyone fancy re-writing it, using exactly the same facts, but in the style of the Daily Mail?

(I have to admit I did raise an eyebrow when she said she "so busy". These one-day-a-week jobs really eat up your free time, don't they - as any pensioner will confirm.)

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Post by James Robinson » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:30 pm

David Williams wrote:Anyone fancy re-writing it, using exactly the same facts, but in the style of the Daily Mail?
Don't need to, they've already done it.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/ar ... years.html

At least that Liz Thomas didn't write this article.
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Post by JimBentley » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:50 pm

...Rachel was preparing to take a job as an analyst when she saw the Countdown role advertised - and beat off 1,000 other applicants to replace numbers whiz Carol.
Jeez, that's a bit much. You'd think she'd just have to demonstrate her arithmetical skills and pass a screen test really.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Charlie Reams » Thu Dec 31, 2009 5:55 pm

The other day I got attacked by a gang of youths but I managed to knock one out. Bad time for a wank, in hindsight.

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Lucy Gowers » Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:55 am

If anyone would like to sponsor Susie's double sculls challenge at Henley, the JustGiving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Henley-Womens-Regatta

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Mon Jun 14, 2010 3:56 pm

Lucy Gowers wrote:If anyone would like to sponsor Susie's double sculls challenge at Henley, the JustGiving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Henley-Womens-Regatta
Hey, I'll be going through Henley on Sunday, I wonder if can time it right to see them go through?
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Post by Chris Corby » Mon Jun 14, 2010 5:09 pm

Charlie Reams wrote:The other day I got attacked by a gang of youths but I managed to knock one out. Bad time for a wank, in hindsight.
:D :D :D

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Jennifer McElroy » Sat Jun 19, 2010 6:12 pm

Very nice article about rachel Riley on the back page of The Express today. Mentions being with her partner of five years..and the worst thing she had read about herself was that she used sun beds all day, because someone could see a UV light on. It was the light used for her pet lizard!

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:17 am

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Lucy Gowers wrote:If anyone would like to sponsor Susie's double sculls challenge at Henley, the JustGiving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Henley-Womens-Regatta
Hey, I'll be going through Henley on Sunday, I wonder if can time it right to see them go through?
Here's how Susie got on.

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=775561
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Ian Fitzpatrick » Tue Jun 29, 2010 9:52 am

James Robinson wrote:
Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Lucy Gowers wrote:If anyone would like to sponsor Susie's double sculls challenge at Henley, the JustGiving page is http://www.justgiving.com/Henley-Womens-Regatta
Hey, I'll be going through Henley on Sunday, I wonder if can time it right to see them go through?
Here's how Susie got on.

http://www.henleystandard.co.uk/news/news.php?id=775561
Thanks James, I didn't make it in time, I was held up at the lock and was half an hour late for the race, couldn't pick out Susie in the crowds either.
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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by James Robinson » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:36 am

Not really a story, but there's a Countdown wordsearch in today's Sun magazine.

If you want to do it, (words are available in all directions, including back-to-front) here it is:

D L E W O V D J E V Y
I A N A G R A M O E T
C B M U O F F C L M N
T O U W M C A I S U A
I A S S L B R R T R T
O R I O U L E E L D S
N D C L E T E R L N E
A K A H T I N P S U T
R R C E M A T H S N N
Y A L T S E U G G O O
R T N A N O S N O C C

The words to find are:
ANAGRAM, BOARD, CLOCK, CONSONANT, CONTESTANT, CONUNDRUM, DICTIONARY, GUEST, LETTERS, MATHS, MUSIC, NUMBERS, RACHELRILEY, SPELL, VOCABULARY, VOWEL and WORD.

Also, if you put the remaining letters in order, it spells out the name of a mystery person associated with the show. Clue (4, 8)

Enjoy. ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)
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UP THE MIGHTY TERRIERS!!! ;) :) :D :mrgreen: 8-)

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Re: Countdown in the news

Post by Michael Wallace » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:48 am

James Robinson wrote:Also, if you put the remaining letters in order, it spells out the name of a mystery person associated with the show. Clue (4, 8)
I like how they gave a clue in case you couldn't turn JEFFSTELLING into a Countdown name. (And yes, I did just check to make sure :|)

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