Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

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Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:07 am

It's the final Countdown of 2020. We're leaving together, etc.

And it's the big monster of monster fixtures, which could have been played 7 years ago except a max game from Jon O'Neill got in the way.

JACK WORSLEY
Highest score: 115 vs Christine Hunt, 30BC Round 2
Lowest score: 75 vs Mark Murphy, Quarter Final
Score: 1,387
Average: 99.07
Max faced: 1,736
% score: 79.9%
Raw score: 1,462
Raw average: 104.43
Raw % score: 84.2%
Conundrums: 6/14

CONOR TRAVERS
Highest score: 146 vs Jack Hurst, 30BC Grand Final
Lowest score: 69 vs Chris Wills, 25th Anniversary special (12 round game - scored 10/30 on numbers, missed con, and 59/70 on letters... so in an old 15 probably still worth "only" around 90)
Lowest 15-round score: 98 vs Matthew Shore, Grand Final
Score: 2,348 (including that 12 round game; 2,279 without)
Average: 111.81 (including that 12 round game; 113.95 without)
Max faced: 2,649
% score: 88.6%
Raw score: 2,392 (including that 12 round game; 2,316 without)
Raw average: 113.90 (including that 12 round game; 115.80 without)
Raw % score: 90.3%
Conundrums: 17/21

Perhaps most notably, Conor's last 51 televised letters rounds have ALL been maxed.

Even though many of the TTT clues in Conor's games aren't in the wiki (grumble grumble) I'm #TeamConor on this one. Conor's performances on TV managed to get all of my year group at school talking. Yep - a bunch of 7 and 8 year-olds were utterly losing our minds over Conor's TV performances. When he lost in the COC12 semi final, many of us were distraught! Conor's the most well-known contestant to come out of Countdown since Richard Whiteley's passing, arguably the most well-known ever, and I haven't seen anyone capture the hearts and minds of the general public before or since. Love you, Jack, but I'm #TeamConor.

Both Conor and Jack's stats hugely improve with the 30BC compared to their original runs, incidentally. Conor's droppings of points to his opponents mainly come from poor letters selections. So if Jack's done his homework he'll pick flatly. Jack's lowest scores come all in his series finals and a conundrum success rate of 43% compared to more than 80% online is difficult to explain.

Conor's worst performance, although it's somewhat fudged by being a 12-round game, was the 25th Anniversary special. Though he did well enough on the letters, missing only NEUROGLIA and EARWIGS, he missed 2 of the 3 numbers games and the conundrum SMILEMORE - a rarity for him, with 17/21 conundrums (81%). Presumably the long hair got in the way, which was missing when he returned improved for 30BC... it all makes sense now...

I hope we get something that really breaks records. A double max 230 metamax please!

Something I did over lockdown I was add a Co-event winners table to the wiki. Jack Worsley leads this list, all of which were after 30BC.
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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Peter Mabey » Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:22 pm

Ali 1st numbers: (75-8)x(6+5-4)=469

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:56 pm

Well that was anticlimactic wasn't it?
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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by JackHurst » Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:03 pm

Great performance from both players today, well done guys. I believe Conor maintains his ridiculously long streak of maxes on letters rounds.

I know most people probably wanted to see the Conundrum go solved, but I do think a crucial going all the way to 30s make for more exciting TV :)

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Rhys Benjamin » Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:29 pm

Yep, 61 consecutive letters maxes for Conor now.
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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Matthew White » Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:44 pm

JackHurst wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:03 pm
Great performance from both players today, well done guys. I believe Conor maintains his ridiculously long streak of maxes on letters rounds.

I know most people probably wanted to see the Conundrum go solved, but I do think a crucial going all the way to 30s make for more exciting TV :)
Between URINALAIM (reject from Catsdown for being too hard?) , Rachel's jumper yesterday and the conundrum answer on Monday being infected, there's definitely a sense of winding down for Christmas across these specials. :D

And an insanely high standard as expected.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Dec 23, 2020 3:57 pm

Awesome game. Well done guys. That conundrum is a 1/10 on Apterous though.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Jon O'Neill » Wed Dec 23, 2020 4:59 pm

Fantastic shows this week. Really enjoyed them all. Colin is fantastic. Loved that he took a big interest in the contestants and also the people at home playing along.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Sam Cappleman-Lynes » Wed Dec 23, 2020 5:32 pm

Amazing game, gripping until the end. EGOSURF a personal favourite.

For me, Colin has been perfect for these specials. He brings the contestants into it and makes them relatable and his energy is absorbing. Even the most part-time viewer would have appreciated the atmosphere and sense of occasion having both Conor and Jack in the studio thanks to Colin's hosting.

What an amazing end to the year, with two great Countdown LUMINARIES battling it out all the way to a crucial conundrum.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Thomas Cappleman » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:14 pm

Great game both, and everyone this week. Shame the max wasn't friendlier today, but obviously solid play throughout.

It's interesting that Colin described Jack as being one of the absolute best of all time. Obviously it is completely true in non-televised Countdown, but on just televised form there's plenty with better records. So did Colin know how good Jack's been on Apterous and at co-events to describe him that way?

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Matthew White » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:21 pm

Thomas Cappleman wrote:
Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:14 pm
Great game both, and everyone this week. Shame the max wasn't friendlier today, but obviously solid play throughout.

It's interesting that Colin described Jack as being one of the absolute best of all time. Obviously it is completely true in non-televised Countdown, but on just televised form there's plenty with better records. So did Colin know how good Jack's been on Apterous and at co-events to describe him that way?
I'd imagine the production team would have known and relayed that to Colin.

And he's hardly going to introduce the show with 'one of the best on telly, and some other bloke who was well above average in his telly run but not the best on telly but is phenomenal at off-TV games'

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Gavin Chipper » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:32 pm

Weird you're all talking about Countdown in Lincoln like it's a sentient being.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Callum Todd » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:36 pm

Colin had an information card with just a couple of bullet points on for each game. I think the 'theme' given for this game was a GOAT match (Maus vs George was billed as a Bingley derby, and me vs Jack was billed as series champ vs series champ).

However, Colin also mentioned to Tom that he had done some stats research on the wiki (classic sports presenter research), so it's possible he knows just how good Jack is.
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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by JackHurst » Wed Dec 23, 2020 6:48 pm

"I am going to Don King the fuck out of this intro" was what I heard Colin saying to the others on the studio floor just before cameras went on.

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Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Post by Jojo Apollo » Fri Dec 25, 2020 9:33 pm

Brilliant game, chaps. Great set of specials, well done all :)

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