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by Rhys Benjamin
Tue May 14, 2019 9:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Replies: 18
Views: 694

Eurovision Song Contest 2019

As BBC Four fell off the air just after the results of Semi Final One came in (can't the BBC do anything right about Eurovision this year? First they give us 3 horrible songs to pick, then Sophie Ellis-Bextor gets sacked from the jury...) I got 8/10 qualifiers correct - did not think Belarus or San ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3852

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Ah, yes, I see who you mean now. I'll leave it for others to guess.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3852

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Yeah, that game was very much my basis for thought as Xicount + CoC is between 13 and 15 games (depending on which CoC it was), so you're also looking for someone who did either the SC, 30BC, or both, and probably a Masters game / special...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3852

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Conor would be one of course. Allan Saldanha and Darryl Francis? Very close. Conor Travers and Allan Saldanha are two of the three, but Darryl Francis only played 20 games. The remaining one is someone obscure enough that when I saw the name I didn't immediately recognise it and had to look it up o...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3852

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Well my performance at home fell apart in the second half of that, having actually maxed the first half... Would not have got that conundrum in a week, so well done to Zarte. It's also matching Conor's record of 20 wins on-screen now, although Zarte did have two bites at the cherry in getting to the...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)
Replies: 33
Views: 3852

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd January 2019 (CoC XV, Grand Final)

Surprisingly, only Tom Carey predicted a Zarte/Bradley final.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jan 22, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 21 January 2019 (COC XV, SF 2)
Replies: 9
Views: 1523

Re: Spoilers for Monday 21 January 2019 (COC XV, SF 2)

Alexa, define “looks harder than it is”.

“I found 7 8 2 10 10 6 —> 982.”
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jan 19, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Ah, I've only just noticed that incorrect predictions have been interpreted as a scale rather than a number... is this right? For instance, Jen's predicted a 17-point win for Stephen against 'Maus, but there's an argument to say this should be interpreted as "2 away + incorrect result" (36 pts), not...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18th January 2019 (COC XV, SF 1)
Replies: 19
Views: 3251

Re: Spoilers for Friday 18th January 2019 (COC XV, SF 1)

Well I beat both contestants on the second numbers - first and probably only time this CoC...

975 for me, (75 + 2 + 1) x 25 x 50 / 100
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:38 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 525
Views: 138421

Re: Is Apterous down?

"Internal server error."
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 14th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 1680

Re: Spoilers for Monday 14th January 2019 (COC XV, QF 1)

I think it says than an aeluroid is part of the aeluroidae family, rather than being its singular as such...?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th January (COC XV, QF 3)
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th January (COC XV, QF 3)

I got to 845 very easily with (75 + 8 + 8 - 6) x 10 - 5. Surprised Tom didn’t see this!
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

It’s in the OP. I just wish I hadn’t understated the margins... maybe I should use a different margin method next time. The Appropriate Result Statistics Equation (ARSE) is still working, despite one wrong result so far... I’m quitely confident because it will just take one game where I get the winn...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 8465

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

What I meant was the contestant could be put in a position where they go, internally, "well, Graeme and Jon will know this, and I have to phone a friend, but since Graeme will cost me more than Jon, I'll go with Jon."
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 10th January 2019 (COC XV, game 7)
Replies: 13
Views: 2246

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 10th January 2019 (COC XV, game 7)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:33 pm
"AEROGEL"

"Sorry, what the fuck? I've never encountered that word before, nor have I ever heard a Scottish person speak."

That was a bit weird.
Susie had trouble understanding my declarations at times (LIPASE eg). Your point is?
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 8465

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

I'd just find the appropriate number of real friends instead. Certainly I'd ask for something, but as a gesture of goodwill rather than make it a condition of my vocal appearance. If I were called for the £32k question on a 10% "tariff" as per Fowler's suggestion but I am then ignored and they get i...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 10th January 2019 (COC XV, game 7)
Replies: 13
Views: 2246

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 10th January 2019 (COC XV, game 7)

Round 2: “I’ll stick with an eight.”

What was the (presumably invalid) nine you were chickening, Bradley?
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 455
Views: 67015

Re: Politics in General

Sadly, yes. The Labour antisemitism thing keeps rumbling on. At first, I thought the Lab leadership was being nice but dim and not understanding, but given some of the things Corbyn has said I'm not sure. The problem is that a lot of people conflate "Israel" and "Jews" since Israel is the only Jewis...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 29
Views: 8465

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Probably because "Ask The Expert" never really took off in the US version, which was basically a second phone-a-friend lifeline except the "friend" was an academic or someone like that. They video called them on Skype and had minutes of conversing with them. There was just no point, especially when ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Now’s the time when I can go into crazy detail about my predictions: I did predictions for Series 63 and 64 when I was a lot younger and these were more-or-less correct, so I’d use the same method, which I’m keeping semi-secret, for predicting the winner. Predicting the margin was a lot harder. I th...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 26580

Re: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

Not financially viable for me this year I’m afraid.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 195
Views: 58080

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Daily Mirror shitposting. It was never good, but somehow, them, the Mail (cricket articles aside), and the Express have somehow got even worse recently.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:38 am
Whilst I was running analysises (analyses?) of the CoC contestants I came across a contestant whose TB con was included in their score. As you speculated at the time of my game (that spoilers thread is burnt into my brain!!) does that mean all TB cons are now “in”?
Was I drunk when I wrote this?
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I’d have liked to have seen everyone’s individual predictions, a league table, you know, the whole shebang...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 195
Views: 58080

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Lauren Hamer and Keli Richards were on Only Connect on NYD. A very easy Only Connect according to the Radio Times.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Jan 02, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)
Replies: 16
Views: 2683

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 2 January 2019 (COC XV, game 1)

I got 922 in that one, (75 - 1) x 25 x 50 / 100 - 3.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 14th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 2)
Replies: 9
Views: 2061

Re: Spoilers for Friday 14th December 2018 (Series 79, QF 2)

PATIENT as an equaller in Round 1, surely? Can't believe the studio missed that.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Can I go back on Countdown after 10 years?
Replies: 18
Views: 6443

Re: Can I go back on Countdown after 10 years?

Or just get a close family member to go on the show...

(If you're reading this, dad...)
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Oct 29, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Can I go back on Countdown after 10 years?
Replies: 18
Views: 6443

Re: Can I go back on Countdown after 10 years?

I believe the official rule is no, but then again there are several returnees in recent years, so much so that it has de facto become such a rule. I would personally leave at least 15-20 years between appearances, and I am very surprised Zarte was allowed back on.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Oct 20, 2018 4:08 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lateral
Replies: 3
Views: 1816

Re: Lateral

I also really enjoyed these at the time, not least because of the respect I have for Geoff Marshall, one of the contestants, in the transport world. Geoff, I have to say, is quite a divisive figure amongst some so this series didn't particularly go down well with some of my friends who have a grudge...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 23308

Re: C of C Draw......

I'm not a huge fan of structuring the draw so that same-series players are kept apart. Re-drawing that person would be far better. Zarte vs Paul in the first round is tough shit, but that's just the way the cookie crumbles. COC10 aside (when K Ogilvie and S Mearns had to be given byes because they o...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 9114

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Do you even need to have a third person for Edinburgh-style? I don't see why that's a necessity and why it can't be done between two? Technically you don't but you'd need to draw each round separately , and the event would only be as fast as your slowest table. This has been known to be a hassle at...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 9114

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Do you even need to have a third person for Edinburgh-style? I don't see why that's a necessity and why it can't be done between two?
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 23308

Re: C of C Draw......

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 9:27 am
Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:23 am
Whilst I actually remember (and can't quite believe it hasn't come up) - Annie Humphries, was she invited?
I think she was invited but declined.
Yeah, that's what I'm asking. Did she say no, or was she never asked? Either way, shame.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 105
Views: 23308

Re: C of C Draw......

Whilst I actually remember (and can't quite believe it hasn't come up) - Annie Humphries, was she invited?
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 19, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 9114

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

I will probably give it some more detailed thought over the next few months, but a date I wanted to work towards was late 2019 or maybe early 2020. I know that the Amex stadium hire rooms out (since it's where I took my exams in my first year at University) but I haven't been able to find anything i...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:38 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Essentially the question was, what if what's shown on TV isn't the same as what happens in the studio. C1 and C2 are level going into the conundrum. Nobody gets it. They're given a tiebreak, and C1 gets it. The first conundrum is cut out for some reason. Does it count as a tiebreak? I think this is...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Q: in event of a TB which is cut from broadcast (such as my first show), will this go down as a margin of 10 or a TB?

(I scored 7 on the last numbers to tie at 68-68, and we missed two conundrums, both of which - both - were cut, giving the impression my GADWINNER solve was not a TB.)
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 28
Views: 9114

How to host an event (for dummies)?

I've always wanted to host a Co-event, but have no idea as to the overheads (which can vary, having looked around Brighton a little), the "best" format to use (Edinburgh? Bristol? QFs or just GF? Group and knockout?), how much organisation needs to go into the event, how many to expect (and thus how...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 500
Views: 134431

Re: Best ever contestants

To be honest, I can see both points of view here. Not that that helps.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Clock music pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Re: Clock music pitch

I did initially think of that but that wouldn't explain why the title sequence is "correct".

For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU3VuZyCExQ
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Clock music pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 1447

Clock music pitch

Something that struck me recently watching a few episodes on YouTube from the mid-90s is that the clock music was occasionally a quarter-tone too low. It’s most notable on the 1500th episode special (ep 1523, to be precise).

How did this happen?
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 09, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Favourite Bond Theme?
Replies: 6
Views: 2093

Favourite Bond Theme?

I’m going to say something very controversial here. Very controversial.

Top 5 Bond themes (exc. the main theme):
5 Diamonds Are Forever (Shirley Bassey)
4 Skyfall (Adele)
3 For Your Eyes Only (Sheena Easton)
2 Goldfinger (Shirley Bassey)
1 GoldenEye (Tina Turner)
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 50)
Replies: 7
Views: 1395

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 50)

Haven’t noticed that “apply now!” ad before... desperate?
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Historical recaps
Topic: Thursday 7th May 1998 (Celebrity Countdown C3)
Replies: 1
Views: 2616

Re: Thursday 7th May 1998 (Celebrity Countdown C3)

I find it very odd how SMEARING and FAILURES came out, almost like it was set up...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 81
Views: 16603

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Controversy in the Countdown studio as Mr Zarte Siempre deliberately lost his crucial conundrum today so as to gain a perfect score in his predictions competition...

I'll take a strictly mathematical approach to this, so my predictions won't be in for a while.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 525
Views: 138421

Re: Is Apterous down?

It's down again.
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Aug 26, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever contestants
Replies: 500
Views: 134431

Re: Best ever contestants

It's a real shame Scott Mearns was never invited back for the 30BC.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 614
Views: 158487

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I dreamt that Dylan Taylor was the Tory candidate in my constituency at the next general election. What happened next is not appropriate for this board.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 25
Views: 4496

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

Well it's really one-and-a-half syllables, isn't it? I mean, a word like "milk" is clearly not one syllable, but neither is it a full two either.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 25
Views: 4496

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

I should maybe put on record that I don’t really have a problem with Susie deciding these as long as she is consistent. Especially now that she is the only lexicographer and it’s no longer as whimsical as it was in the old days (SCREES being an example: initially disallowed by Damian as lex but over...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 25
Views: 4496

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

It seems so. It's also invalid on Apterous, which surprises me, since you'd expect Apterous to more rigidly follow the rules For the avoidance of doubt in future shows, we've decided from now on that ALL 1-syllable adjectives can be extended with -er and -est, even though it'll be difficult to unde...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 24
Views: 7043

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000. I assume you've changed your tune on drugs, because there's no way anyone is actually this fucking dumb. Glad to see y...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 24
Views: 7043

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)
Replies: 25
Views: 4496

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 8 August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 31)

So if it doesn't make sense, does that mean that -er and -est is decided on a whim by Susie?