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Post by Owen Carroll » Wed May 30, 2018 10:44 pm

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Guys for when that British game show service comes out in July, if it'll have the 30bc, for anyone who watched it, when Nick is explaining the contestant's history in the show do we get a brief footage of them in the show like we did for the supreme championship?
No, I don't think they did that, at least not for most of the games. If they showed an old picture or two, I don't recall it.
K. Thanks Graeme. You know if they are showing all countdown episodes?

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Owen Carroll wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:44 pm
Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:38 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:32 pm
Guys for when that British game show service comes out in July, if it'll have the 30bc, for anyone who watched it, when Nick is explaining the contestant's history in the show do we get a brief footage of them in the show like we did for the supreme championship?
No, I don't think they did that, at least not for most of the games. If they showed an old picture or two, I don't recall it.
K. Thanks Graeme. You know if they are showing all countdown episodes?
I don't know, I'm afraid. I've only vaguely heard about this game show archive service thing.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Wed May 30, 2018 11:15 pm

Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:58 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:44 pm
Graeme Cole wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 10:38 pm

No, I don't think they did that, at least not for most of the games. If they showed an old picture or two, I don't recall it.
K. Thanks Graeme. You know if they are showing all countdown episodes?
I don't know, I'm afraid. I've only vaguely heard about this game show archive service thing.
K. Thanks

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am

Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?

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Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you could spell it correctly, I think they'd accept it. It's all about the spelling. It doesn't matter what you think the word means or how it should be pronounced. Obviously if you pronounce RELATIONS "potato", you're unlikely to get away with it, but within reason you should be OK.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:59 am
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you could spell it correctly, I think they'd accept it. It's all about the spelling. It doesn't matter what you think the word means or how it should be pronounced. Obviously if you pronounce RELATIONS "potato", you're unlikely to get away with it, but within reason you should be OK.
Great thanks! Cause it was just the I was spelt like th I in it instead of I on its own. Is that ok? I had the spelling right?

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Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:17 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:59 am
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you could spell it correctly, I think they'd accept it. It's all about the spelling. It doesn't matter what you think the word means or how it should be pronounced. Obviously if you pronounce RELATIONS "potato", you're unlikely to get away with it, but within reason you should be OK.
Great thanks! Cause it was just the I was spelt like th I in it instead of I on its own. Is that ok? I had the spelling right?
I've no idea what you're saying here, but as far as I'm aware as long as you could spell it then they'd accept it. Sometimes if there's doubt then you may be asked "how are you spelling that?". The game is a word game ultimately, and you get points for spelling the words not actually pronouncing them or defining them, for that matter.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:53 pm

He spelt it with a lower case i? Anyway I don't expect they would ask if you've used capitals or not.

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Post by Elliott Mellor » Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:26 pm

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He spelt it with a lower case i? Anyway I don't expect they would ask if you've used capitals or not.
I still don't get it...he spelt it MiSSiLERY?
Very strange question to ask.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:37 pm

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:25 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:17 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:59 am


If you could spell it correctly, I think they'd accept it. It's all about the spelling. It doesn't matter what you think the word means or how it should be pronounced. Obviously if you pronounce RELATIONS "potato", you're unlikely to get away with it, but within reason you should be OK.
Great thanks! Cause it was just the I was spelt like th I in it instead of I on its own. Is that ok? I had the spelling right?
I've no idea what you're saying here, but as far as I'm aware as long as you could spell it then they'd accept it. Sometimes if there's doubt then you may be asked "how are you spelling that?". The game is a word game ultimately, and you get points for spelling the words not actually pronouncing them or defining them, for that matter.
I meant to say the it's i was how I pronounced it. The way I would be pronounced in the word it was how I had it spelt for missilery, if that clears it up. But thanks all of you. Now I can relax in case I pronounced my conundrum wrong if I get to the grand final when I get on. I don't mean to sound cocky it's just I'm really good at countdown. You can give me letters, numbers and conundrums games if you'd like

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Post by Elliott Mellor » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:00 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:25 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Great thanks! Cause it was just the I was spelt like th I in it instead of I on its own. Is that ok? I had the spelling right?
I've no idea what you're saying here, but as far as I'm aware as long as you could spell it then they'd accept it. Sometimes if there's doubt then you may be asked "how are you spelling that?". The game is a word game ultimately, and you get points for spelling the words not actually pronouncing them or defining them, for that matter.
I meant to say the it's i was how I pronounced it. The way I would be pronounced in the word it was how I had it spelt for missilery, if that clears it up. But thanks all of you. Now I can relax in case I pronounced my conundrum wrong if I get to the grand final when I get on. I don't mean to sound cocky it's just I'm really good at countdown. You can give me letters, numbers and conundrums games if you'd like
Max from AEIOSTRND?
What about AEIOSTRNL?

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:47 pm

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:37 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:25 pm


I've no idea what you're saying here, but as far as I'm aware as long as you could spell it then they'd accept it. Sometimes if there's doubt then you may be asked "how are you spelling that?". The game is a word game ultimately, and you get points for spelling the words not actually pronouncing them or defining them, for that matter.
I meant to say the it's i was how I pronounced it. The way I would be pronounced in the word it was how I had it spelt for missilery, if that clears it up. But thanks all of you. Now I can relax in case I pronounced my conundrum wrong if I get to the grand final when I get on. I don't mean to sound cocky it's just I'm really good at countdown. You can give me letters, numbers and conundrums games if you'd like
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Max from AEIOSTRND?
What about AEIOSTRNL?

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:47 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:47 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:00 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:37 pm

I meant to say the it's i was how I pronounced it. The way I would be pronounced in the word it was how I had it spelt for missilery, if that clears it up. But thanks all of you. Now I can relax in case I pronounced my conundrum wrong if I get to the grand final when I get on. I don't mean to sound cocky it's just I'm really good at countdown. You can give me letters, numbers and conundrums games if you'd like
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Max from AEIOSTRND?
What about AEIOSTRNL?
I meant for them to go under

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max from ASDIROSNE?

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Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you said MISS ILERY, (pronounced like Clinton's wife, MISS HILARY), then you'd be fine, as the vowels fit despite the pronunciation.
Anything else could be dubious and we'd most likely DQ it.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:03 pm

Countdown Team wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you said MISS ILERY, (pronounced like Clinton's wife, MISS HILARY), then you'd be fine, as the vowels fit despite the pronunciation.
Anything else could be dubious and we'd most likely DQ it.
Thanks a lot

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Post by Owen Carroll » Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:47 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:03 pm
Countdown Team wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:04 am
Hey guys, something that's bothering me, I spotted the conundrum in the s77 final but pronounced it wrong. Is there any evidence that proves they would have accepted it if I was there?
If you said MISS ILERY, (pronounced like Clinton's wife, MISS HILARY), then you'd be fine, as the vowels fit despite the pronunciation.
Anything else could be dubious and we'd most likely DQ it.
Thanks a lot
But you know I'm not pronouncing it with the h right?

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Post by Owen Carroll » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:11 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:03 pm
Countdown Team wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm


If you said MISS ILERY, (pronounced like Clinton's wife, MISS HILARY), then you'd be fine, as the vowels fit despite the pronunciation.
Anything else could be dubious and we'd most likely DQ it.
Thanks a lot
But you know I'm not pronouncing it with the h right?
I was pronouncing the I the way you'd pronounce it in ill

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Post by Elliott Mellor » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:36 am

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:03 pm
Countdown Team wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 6:03 pm


If you said MISS ILERY, (pronounced like Clinton's wife, MISS HILARY), then you'd be fine, as the vowels fit despite the pronunciation.
Anything else could be dubious and we'd most likely DQ it.
Thanks a lot
But you know I'm not pronouncing it with the h right?
Of course they know that, considering there isn't even a freaking H in the scramble.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Tue Jun 05, 2018 11:38 am

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:36 am
Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:47 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:03 pm

Thanks a lot
But you know I'm not pronouncing it with the h right?
Of course they know that, considering there isn't even a freaking H in the scramble.
Just checking. Thanks

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Post by Owen Carroll » Tue Jun 12, 2018 6:03 pm

I know it's late but I've been meaning to do this since I got here but kept forgetting. Thanks for creating this website Charlie! It's really made countdown even more exciting for me! And that is saying something!

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Post by Matt Morrison » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:46 am

Owen Carroll wrote:
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I know it's late but I've been meaning to do this since I got here but kept forgetting. Thanks for creating this website Charlie! It's really made countdown even more exciting for me! And that is saying something!
What is it saying?

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Post by Owen Carroll » Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:14 pm

Matt Morrison wrote:
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Owen Carroll wrote:
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I know it's late but I've been meaning to do this since I got here but kept forgetting. Thanks for creating this website Charlie! It's really made countdown even more exciting for me! And that is saying something!
What is it saying?
I mean that I was excited to death about countdown before I joined

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max from ASDIROSNE?
I know it's late but anodisers?

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Post by Owen Carroll » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:53 pm

This may not be the place to put this but I've been wondering this for about a year. Is s75 the first December finals in years where they decorate the studio for Christmas

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This may not be the place to put this but I've been wondering this for about a year. Is s75 the first December finals in years where they decorate the studio for Christmas
I'm almost certain that this isn't the place :)
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Ian Volante wrote:
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This may not be the place to put this but I've been wondering this for about a year. Is s75 the first December finals in years where they decorate the studio for Christmas
I'm almost certain that this isn't the place :)
Well can you tell me?

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Post by Jennifer Steadman » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:52 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:41 pm
Ian Volante wrote:
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Owen Carroll wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:53 pm
This may not be the place to put this but I've been wondering this for about a year. Is s75 the first December finals in years where they decorate the studio for Christmas
I'm almost certain that this isn't the place :)
Well can you tell me?
Make a thread about it in the general Countdown forum
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Post by Owen Carroll » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:02 pm

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
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Owen Carroll wrote:
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I'm almost certain that this isn't the place :)
Well can you tell me?
Make a thread about it in the general Countdown forum
Thanks. I'll try that in the afternoon

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Post by Owen Carroll » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:38 pm

Again, not the place to post it but if I get onto the show, unless I'm coming across one of your family or friends or people who've been on this site longer than me, can I please ask you's to root for me?

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Again, not the place to post it but if I get onto the show, unless I'm coming across one of your family or friends or people who've been on this site longer than me, can I please ask you's to root for me?
:lol:

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:47 pm

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 pm
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Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Again, not the place to post it but if I get onto the show, unless I'm coming across one of your family or friends or people who've been on this site longer than me, can I please ask you's to root for me?
:lol:
Harsh. I's will root for you, Owen.

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Post by Owen Carroll » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:17 pm

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:47 pm
Elliott Mellor wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 pm
Owen Carroll wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:38 pm
Again, not the place to post it but if I get onto the show, unless I'm coming across one of your family or friends or people who've been on this site longer than me, can I please ask you's to root for me?
:lol:
Harsh. I's will root for you, Owen.
Thanks gavin! And what is so funny Elliott???????

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Post by Owen Carroll » Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:24 am

I know it's not for here again but I dunno another place to put it. Does anyone know if that British gameshow service is working yet. As in they've watched some countdown episodes on it?

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Post by Chris Sturdy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:13 pm

What Ho! Countdown enthusiasts.

I recorded on 31st July and am on my countdown to Countdown to be aired 30 October.
Since the filming of the series finished, SD has been on her one woman show The Secret Life of Words, so that was fun to see and I have been following RR on Twitter - she is very enthusiastic/passionate about stuff and also quite naughty, so that is fun too.

Being a newb here, I don't know the etiquette about what you are allowed to talk about, so I'll wait to be shown the ropes a little bit before I mention the international monthly anagram competition I am involved with (though hopefully it will come up when I mention it on the show ;)

I also have a bit of a treat in store which I hope you will enjoy, but I'll keep my powder dry until after my episode(s?!!) has been aired.

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Chris Sturdy wrote:
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What Ho! Countdown enthusiasts.

I recorded on 31st July and am on my countdown to Countdown to be aired 30 October.
Since the filming of the series finished, SD has been on her one woman show The Secret Life of Words, so that was fun to see and I have been following RR on Twitter - she is very enthusiastic/passionate about stuff and also quite naughty, so that is fun too.

Being a newb here, I don't know the etiquette about what you are allowed to talk about, so I'll wait to be shown the ropes a little bit before I mention the international monthly anagram competition I am involved with (though hopefully it will come up when I mention it on the show ;)

I also have a bit of a treat in store which I hope you will enjoy, but I'll keep my powder dry until after my episode(s?!!) has been aired.

Chris
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Post by Chris Sturdy » Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:23 pm

Excellent. Mum's the word (though as a nine-letter equivalent, I imagine MATRIARCH is preferred)

And thanks for the welcome. Yet another disastrously efficient way of procrastinating...
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Excellent. Mum's the word (though as a nine-letter equivalent, I imagine MATRIARCH is preferred)

And thanks for the welcome. Yet another disastrously efficient way of procrastinating...
Welcome to the site from me too Chris. You'll love it!

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Welcome to the site from me too Chris. You'll love it!
Cheers - now I've made initial contact I may lurk a little and feel my way around...
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Post by Rachel B » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:00 pm

Hi everyone, my name's Rachel, I'm a new-ish countdown enthusiast from Australia :)

I need some help understanding the format of each series- how many heats are there? How do they decide who gets into the finals? etc.

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Hi everyone, my name's Rachel, I'm a new-ish countdown enthusiast from Australia :)

I need some help understanding the format of each series- how many heats are there? How do they decide who gets into the finals? etc.
Hi Rachel, welcome :)

On average there about 100 heats in a series before the finals start though the odd-number series tend to have about 20 more recordings than the even ones (not sure why, but am sure others will know) . If a player gets 8 wins in a row, then they will retire and 2 new players will play the day after. The 8 game winner (or octochamps) will most likely have secured a place in the finals, as the 8 players with the most wins, (or points, if there is a tie for wins) will be seeded from 1 to 8 and will play each other e.g. #1 and #8, #2 and #7 etc... will play each other with the winner advancing until it is down to the top 2 players. It has never been known for an octochamp to miss out on the finals, unless they have withdrawn, in which case the #9 seed gains a spot in the finals. Hope this clears some queries, and wiki.apterous.org/Series_79 is the place to go for info on the current series or for any other Countdown stat.

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Tom S wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:17 am
Rachel B wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:00 pm
Hi everyone, my name's Rachel, I'm a new-ish countdown enthusiast from Australia :)

I need some help understanding the format of each series- how many heats are there? How do they decide who gets into the finals? etc.
Hi Rachel, welcome :)

On average there about 100 heats in a series before the finals start though the odd-number series tend to have about 20 more recordings than the even ones (not sure why, but am sure others will know) . If a player gets 8 wins in a row, then they will retire and 2 new players will play the day after. The 8 game winner (or octochamps) will most likely have secured a place in the finals, as the 8 players with the most wins, (or points, if there is a tie for wins) will be seeded from 1 to 8 and will play each other e.g. #1 and #8, #2 and #7 etc... will play each other with the winner advancing until it is down to the top 2 players. It has never been known for an octochamp to miss out on the finals, unless they have withdrawn, in which case the #9 seed gains a spot in the finals. Hope this clears some queries, and wiki.apterous.org/Series_79 is the place to go for info on the current series or for any other Countdown stat.
Thanks, this helps a lot. So the number of heats is basically arbitary?

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Rachel B wrote:
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Tom S wrote:
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Rachel B wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:00 pm
Hi everyone, my name's Rachel, I'm a new-ish countdown enthusiast from Australia :)

I need some help understanding the format of each series- how many heats are there? How do they decide who gets into the finals? etc.
Hi Rachel, welcome :)

On average there about 100 heats in a series before the finals start though the odd-number series tend to have about 20 more recordings than the even ones (not sure why, but am sure others will know) . If a player gets 8 wins in a row, then they will retire and 2 new players will play the day after. The 8 game winner (or octochamps) will most likely have secured a place in the finals, as the 8 players with the most wins, (or points, if there is a tie for wins) will be seeded from 1 to 8 and will play each other e.g. #1 and #8, #2 and #7 etc... will play each other with the winner advancing until it is down to the top 2 players. It has never been known for an octochamp to miss out on the finals, unless they have withdrawn, in which case the #9 seed gains a spot in the finals. Hope this clears some queries, and wiki.apterous.org/Series_79 is the place to go for info on the current series or for any other Countdown stat.
Thanks, this helps a lot. So the number of heats is basically arbitary?
I don't think it is arbitrary, as I think there must be a limit for each series for scheduling purposes, but the episode numbers roughly started increasing about a year or two ago on average.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:12 pm

It's basically half a year per series isn't it? And whatever weekdays aren't taken up by something else.

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Rachel B wrote:
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:00 pm
Hi everyone, my name's Rachel, I'm a new-ish countdown enthusiast from Australia :)

I need some help understanding the format of each series- how many heats are there? How do they decide who gets into the finals? etc.
Welcome Rachel. Hope you enjoy the site!

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Post by David Williams » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:42 pm

I don't know how and when you watch in Australia, but you may not appreciate how rigorous they are in 'pretending' it's a live show. Even though they record them in batches, sometimes months in advance, each one is for a specific date. Each celebrity does five shows, which is one day's filming. So when Nick says to the celebrity "Have a good weekend, see you on Monday", he actually means "Go and get changed, you're on again in ten minutes".

Finals are twice a year. Heats are however many they can fit in, five a week except when there is no show because of horse racing / Cricket / F1.

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Post by Rachel B » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:15 pm

Owen Carroll wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:40 pm
Welcome Rachel. Hope you enjoy the site!
Thanks!
Tom S wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:17 am

I don't think it is arbitrary, as I think there must be a limit for each series for scheduling purposes, but the episode numbers roughly started increasing about a year or two ago on average.
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:12 pm
It's basically half a year per series isn't it? And whatever weekdays aren't taken up by something else.
I didn’t even think about the TV/scheduling aspect, but that makes sense.
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Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:42 pm
I don't know how and when you watch in Australia
We won’t talk about that ;)

Another thing- how do I ‘properly’ quote multiple posts on this site? Obviously (hopefully, unless this post turns out a jumbled mess) I’ve figured out a way, but it involved about five tabs and a word document.

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Post by Gavin Chipper » Thu Dec 06, 2018 6:45 pm

Rachel B wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:15 pm
Another thing- how do I ‘properly’ quote multiple posts on this site? Obviously (hopefully, unless this post turns out a jumbled mess) I’ve figured out a way, but it involved about five tabs and a word document.
When you're doing a post, you can scroll down below the text box and you'll see the messages in the thread. You can click on the quote thing on one of them and it will appear in your message, and you can do that for multiple posts.

Also, welcome.

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Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:55 pm

Ah nice one Gevin. I didn't actually know this, since I spend so long in the flipping quick reply box. Dunno why it only works with the full editor.

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