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by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 10:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

And herein lies the problem we have been battling for years. In 2008 and 2012 everybody knew who Boris Johnson was. Even in 2016 everyone knew who Zac Goldsmith was. Even though we picked Shaun in 2018, we have struggled to get his name into the media, not helped by Sadiq Khan's seemingly nightly sl...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 9:03 pm
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Fri May 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Shaun totally deserves to win - London needs a fresh start, after all - but if he does it will be the single most shocking thing I've ever seen in politics.
Zero context here.
"Shaun". "London".

Have a guess. Go on.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 8:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

Shaun totally deserves to win - London needs a fresh start, after all - but if he does it will be the single most shocking thing I've ever seen in politics.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 8:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 378
Views: 72420

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Honestly? Now we've had most people vaccinated, nothing at all, save for a vaccine-evading variant. No social distancing, no face masks... the likelihood of catching it are small, and the likes of it causing a severe illness are even smaller. Is it that unreasonable to want to live as we did in Feb...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 6:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown at Teatime
Replies: 7
Views: 259

Re: Countdown at Teatime

The timeslot is important. You have to build up a new viewer base and your best option is to capture viewers "accidentally" - that's why programs that get broadcast at 9pm get huge figures, even for things with zero brand loyalty. I may be retelling a story from my mother but if Countdown was not on...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri May 07, 2021 2:04 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2021

I think the 10 qualifiers for SF1 are almost set in stone, agree it's very heavily stacked in SF1 this year. There may be one or two surprises, but they would equally be big shocks that others don't qualify if you see what I mean.

My favourite, of course, is linked above. Give me the clicks...!
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu May 06, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 306
Views: 102768

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

That was part of a seemingly random tribute to Marcel Stellman, which you can see here (timestamp 41:14) https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m ... t-04052021
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu May 06, 2021 1:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 378
Views: 72420

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Honestly? Now we've had most people vaccinated, nothing at all, save for a vaccine-evading variant. No social distancing, no face masks... the likelihood of catching it are small, and the likes of it causing a severe illness are even smaller. Is it that unreasonable to want to live as we did in Febr...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 04, 2021 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 464
Views: 141037

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

Okie dokie.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 04, 2021 3:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 317
Views: 140183

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Series 46 winner, COC11 contestant, and 30BC contestant Ben Wilson

Image

Lead singer of Lithuanian Eurovision 2020 and 2021 entrant The Roop. With additional glasses.

Image
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1498
Views: 435221

Re: Ask Graeme?

I don't know why they insist on refilming it, given that it's not a huge problem when it happens on ZD.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

With Boris now having, very clearly, said "no" to the bodies comment in the House, surely that settles it. You can't knowingly lie to the house - everyone knows that. The government also know that if he is dragged back to apologise, it will be more humiliating. If you're going to lie to the House, y...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 82)
Replies: 10
Views: 498

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 27 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 82)

But in all of the examples given, the scramble is a plural and it has been established that conundrums are no longer plurals.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

Ian Volante wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:01 pm
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:07 pm
Well, given we already know that:

- the civil service are untrustworthy
As a member of HM Civil Service, bugger off with your sweeping nonsense, frankly.
They have form.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 27th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 82)
Replies: 10
Views: 498

Spoilers for Tuesday 27th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 82)

I wonder if something went on behind the scenes with the conundrum; can only think of one example of the conundrum already being a word before, ostensibly because of a cock-up.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 838
Views: 402325

Re: Politics in General

Well, given we already know that: - the civil service have a history of leaking and are untrustworthy - Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings were pushing for a lockdown in September - Boris has flat-out denied it on camera I think we can put this one to bed. It stinks of a civil service stitch-up to m...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Apr 26, 2021 1:43 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 221
Views: 36149

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Yes. There was new child protection legislation in 2010 introduced by the coalition government (or as I refer to it, the Lib Dem government) that limited the number of hours a child under 16 could do in a filming day, if I recall correctly; Countdown became untenable in this regard.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Apr 24, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2021 vision
Replies: 19
Views: 2823

Re: 2021 vision

So who had “Flo Rida to (possibly) win Eurovision for San Marino”?

https://youtu.be/eRAN7AzEKak
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 23rd April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 80)
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: Spoilers for Friday 23nd April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 80)

I think Susie was speaking legalese for "I don't know".
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Chris Packham's talks
Replies: 6
Views: 483

Re: Chris Packham's talks

Agreed, they are shit. Literally.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 22, 2021 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 164
Views: 33700

Re: Joke Items

There was massive opposition to the formation of the Premier League and the Champions League at the time, but now these are the good guys. These weren't breakaway competitions, though, they were sanctioned by the relative footballing associations of England and Europe respectively. The difference w...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 164
Views: 33700

Re: Joke Items

European Super League. Obviously.
The Hundred. Obviously.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Apr 19, 2021 10:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 317
Views: 140183

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Toby McDonald wrote:
Sun Apr 18, 2021 9:35 pm
Recent contestant, James Notton
(image)

And Friday Night Dinner actor, Tom Rosenthal
(image)
As I know Mr Notton from University I shall duly point this out next time I see him.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 290
Views: 72936

Re: You Are The Ref

Adapted from my dream from last night ... (my subconsciousness's answer is contained in that link) In the final 8 prelims of a series, a player comes along and smashed out their first seven games. Being the final 8 prelims, they know the leaderboard situation, and know the #8 seed is a very good pla...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Apr 18, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 689
Views: 279597

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night's dream probably belongs in the You Are The Ref thread, but anyway... In the final 8 prelims of a Countdown series, someone (who didn't have a name in this dream) came along and smashed out their first seven games. Being the final 8 prelims, they knew the leaderboard position and knew tha...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 689
Views: 279597

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Moldova pulled out of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and got replaced by The Mamas (Sweden 2020). However, since they were already bookwd for the Only Connect final they were replaced at OC by a team of Andy Platt, Mark Deeks, and Graeme Cole.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1498
Views: 435221

Re: Ask Graeme?

For Graeme or someone else with too much time on their hands. How many numbers games have Carol and Rachel each presided over? Seeing as there are twice as many now as there were for most of Carol's time it could be close. And probably for Graeme alone. Which of them is better (at numbers)?? I susp...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 55
Views: 9098

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Might be a good idea to film this if and when Rachel goes off on maternity leave again.

Let the hunt for a replacement Rachel begin...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:28 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 39
Views: 29942

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:24 pm
Who are you stalking?
You. Obviously.

(i'm not really, obviously)
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 2:00 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 39
Views: 29942

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Assuming private gardens count (covid rules and all that), I'm off the mark on this one now. :-)
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 13, 2021 1:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 13th April 2020 (Series 83, Preliminary 72)
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Spoilers for Tuesday 13th April 2020 (Series 83, Preliminary 72)

Today's C2 is a University acquaintance. Played in the Rugby 2nd XI.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 69)
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 69)

If MYOPIES is ruled invalid, is there a list of possible 6s for that round?
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 08, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Name plates of contestants
Replies: 20
Views: 2456

Re: Name plates of contestants

Mine lives with my teapot.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)

Really going for it today. I'm sure back on gevincountdown you wouldn't have tolerated this behaviour! :o :o :o The champion played better in her previous games and has looked like octochamp material but we'll see how it goes. Yeah. I've changed. For the worse. I'm a horrible person. Seriously thou...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)

I think 6 disallowed words out of 10 is a record for new 15s, but not sure.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 7th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)
Replies: 17
Views: 740

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 7 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 68)

I've got a DC beater for once - ALIGOTE.

Once every 3.5 years...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Apr 07, 2021 12:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 790
Views: 235671

Re: People you shouldn't trust

The person at Netflix who originally decided to put the winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Series 5 getting crowned in the thumbnail of the finale.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Re: Eurovision Song Contest 2021

Here's how I personally rank them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qo1gcYfDMeo
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 6th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 67)
Replies: 1
Views: 303

Spoilers for Tuesday 6th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 67)

Green tweed and a tie from the 1960s? Nick's outfit is a fashion crime.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Apr 05, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2021
Replies: 6
Views: 388

Eurovision Song Contest 2021

HUGELY looking forward to this after no contest in 2020. There are contingencies in place in case participants get you-know-what and/or are not allowed to travel to Rotterdam. I'm delighted to say I have no idea who's going to win...! San Marino (feat. Flo Rida!!), Malta, Switzerland all doing well ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 23rd November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 163)
Replies: 2
Views: 171

Re: Monday 23rd November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 163)

The subtitles at the time 100% said chomps, not chumps. That's why I wrote it as chomps.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 464
Views: 141037

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

OK, no problem.

As you can see, Andy Bruno very kindly gave me his Series 1 episodes back in November which I've done. Clive Freedman (now going by Louis) says he no longer has access to his episodes (sad face).
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 464
Views: 141037

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

James, I see that you're doing the text versions yourself now. Now I've graduated I've got a lot of time on my hands and I'm usually able to watch live every day - is this something (for new episodes) you want me to take over, as I'm already doing the wiki versions, or are you happy with the status ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Apr 01, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 208
Views: 46795

Re: Music

Surprised I haven't mentioned it in this thread before, but genuinely think that Tron Legacy may have the greatest film soundtrack of all time. It's written by Daft Punk, which I think tells you everything you need to know about it. Of particular note is "Outlands" (which is currently Sky's F1 theme...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Mar 30, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 30th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 62)
Replies: 10
Views: 739

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 30 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 62)

Thought Nick was horribly out of order at the start, basically telling Adam he had no chance before the game even began.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 378
Views: 72420

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I am appalled at the idea of "vaccinated people only" into places, in order to encourage the youth to get it? Wrong end of the stick there altogether: we want the vaccine, we're just at the very bottom of the food chain. So if these "vaccinated people only" things come in, we're going to be punished...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)
Replies: 13
Views: 909

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)

a player is more likely to be a returnee than a newbie What? Unless I've got the wrong end of the stick, that surely can't be true. Yeah, sorry, I probably wasn't clear enough. People with the same name, that is. So at the moment the "rule" on the wiki is that if in doubt, "Luke Boynton" is more li...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)
Replies: 13
Views: 909

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)

Same again tomorrow to break octochamp record Is he on for that? I imagine he must be, otherwise you'd not have said it, I guess. I haven't watched for a few years but for some reason happened to see Luke's first show and thought: fucking hell, is this the general standard now (because the guy he b...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 23rd March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 57)
Replies: 17
Views: 1826

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 23 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 57)

It's a bad pun coined by Gevin based on the Verstappens. But I guess that works as well.

https://wiki.apterous.org/Jos
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Mar 27, 2021 5:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Susie Dent about to set the record for most appearances ever...
Replies: 25
Views: 2440

Re: Susie Dent about to set the record for most appearances ever...

Top 5:
1 Gyles Brandreth 333 (+ 2 as contestant)
2 Richard Stilgoe 240
3 Nigel Rees 184
4 Philip Franks 176
5 Richard Digance 173
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Mar 26, 2021 11:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown mentions on other shows
Replies: 306
Views: 102768

Re: Countdown mentions on other shows

I don't think so.