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by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 26, 2021 11:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 26 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 86)
Replies: 0
Views: 10

Tuesday 26 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 86)

Annedown LXXXV and I'm really sleep deprived nowzzzzzzzzzz Countdown recap for Tuesday 26 October 2021. On this day in 1972, guided tours of Alcatraz began. Most cells are more spacious than today's £1,000-per-month flats in London. C1: Champion Jasamrit Rahala (6 wins, 558 points.) Won a scholarshi...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 25 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 85)
Replies: 0
Views: 20

Monday 25 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 85)

Annedown LXXXIV and it's a sleep deprivation edition, w00p w00p. Countdown recap for Monday 25 October 2021. On this day in 1881, Picasso was born: today, his pictures are worth around £130m. C1: Champion Jasamrit Rahala (5 wins, 462 points.) C2: Challenger Shaun Hall. From Witney. A "medical writer...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21 October 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 83)
Replies: 7
Views: 360

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21 October 2021 (Seriee 84, Prelim 83)

Philip A wrote:
Thu Oct 21, 2021 1:59 pm
A canned applause was added in editing
Rachel and Susie were clapping, so probably not adding in editing. I think Sam CL said the applause is pumped in "live" anyway.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 22, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 22 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 84)
Replies: 0
Views: 171

Friday 22 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 84)

Annedown LXXXIII and I'm watching the end first and the start later thanks to an exciting cricket match. Countdown recap for Friday 22 October 2021. Anne tells us about horse redundancies after the advent of cars. C1: Champion Jasamrit Rahala (4 wins, 378 points.) C2: Challenger Kitty Wood. Lives in...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Oct 21, 2021 11:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 21 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 83)
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Thursday 21 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 83)

Annedown LXXXII and insert witty remark here. Countdown recap for Thursday 21 October 2021. On this day in 1854, Florence Nightingale went off to the Crimean War. Anne says that conditions haven't ever improved for nurses in that time. No comment there... C1: Champion Jasamrit Rahala (3 wins, 288 po...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Oct 21, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 82)
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Wednesday 20 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 82)

Annedown LXXXI. No subtitles, but we're back on All4 now. I didn't watch this yesterday because I was too busy being rained on at Craven Cottage. My shirt is still wet, 24 hours on. Although, amazingly, the takeaway I had wasn't as wet. So there we go - Five Guys is more waterproof than Fulham FC sh...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 20, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 112128

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Ed Conway’s journalism is excellent. Here he bashes it out of the park again.

https://twitter.com/edconwaysky/status/ ... 02060?s=21
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 18 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 80)
Replies: 0
Views: 61

Monday 18 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 80)

Annedown LXXIX and this is a very basic recap thanks to a lack of All4. Thanks to Ryan Lam. Countdown recap for Tuesday 19 October 2021. C1: Champion Tamsin Macdonald Johnston (1 win, 90 points.) C2: Challenger Jasamrit Rahala. DC: Susie Dent and Lesley Joseph. RR: Rachel Riley. OT: Other words or s...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 19 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Tuesday 19 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)

Hello everyone. It's Annedown LXXX and we're all out of order again, as Channel 4 say these issues may not be solved until mid November. :o Countdown recap for Tuesday 19 October 2021. On this day in 2003, David Blaine ended his stint in a glass box suspended above the Thames, his 44th day of doing ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 3:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)
Replies: 10
Views: 366

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 81)

Jeremy Paxman is much better at Rachel Riley on this topic of timing the player out - he says "come on"/"let's have it", but Rachel doesn't really give that warning, and just goes "sorry, that's too long".
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:22 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: ...and that's ZoomDown
Replies: 290
Views: 64087

Re: ...and that's ZoomDown

Would an accurate measure of easiness be the modal word length available? Obviously in a round of SKRAAADRV, you could have A, RAD, RADS, etc. - up to AARDVARKS, but since there's not a lot of other words there that wouldn't be an easy round?
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689999

Re: Politics in General

Nimco Ali was in a support bubble with Boris and Carrie last year and apparently this is a story.

It really isn’t.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Oct 18, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689999

Re: Politics in General

If by “used”, you mean “would make a fitting tribute for a campaign he worked tirelessly on”, then yes.

As an election junkie I think he should be honoured with a blue plaque in Basildon’s sports hall - “David Amess pretty much won the 92 election here”.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 15, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 14 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)
Replies: 0
Views: 185

Thursday 14 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 78)

Annedown LXXVII. Thanks Chloe. Countdown recap for Thursday 14 October 2021. On this day in 1892, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was first published. C1: Champion Rachael Montgomery (1 win, 103 points.) Accounts clerk in recycling. Has watched Countdown since she was 7 or 8. C2: Challenger Stepha...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 15, 2021 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 15 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 79)
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Friday 15 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 79)

Annedown LXXVIII. It's Friday then... it's Saturday, Sunday, what!? (And yes, we're out of order again.) Countdown recap for Friday 15 October 2021. Global Handwashing Day, not that we need reminding any more - even though it's been proven to be the least important Covid measure. C1: Champion Rachae...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 13, 2021 8:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 12 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 76)
Replies: 0
Views: 188

Tuesday 12 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 76)

Annedown LXXV and thanks to Chloe Jones for allowing me to see this one. Countdown recap for Tuesday 12 October 2021. Today is Face Your Fear Day. C1: Champion Matt Watts (1 win, 86 points.) Masters Degree in Engineering from Oxford. (May or may not have beaten Stewart Gordon in 2006.) C2: Challenge...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 13 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 77)
Replies: 0
Views: 158

Wednesday 13 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 77)

Annedown LXXVI and we're doing these out of order again. Countdown recap for Wednesday 13 October 2021. C1: Champion Adam Beach (1 win, 83 points.) Countdown superfan who plugs the Countdowners FB Group and lies about the group's reactions to Anne. C2: Challenger Rachael Montgomery. Recycling worker...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 112128

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Read the report in full if you get a chance. https://committees.parliament.uk/publications/7497/documents/78688/default/ The report heavily leans on Dominic Cummings' evidence given earlier this year, and it's good to see that they actually listened to the insightful parts of his evidence rather tha...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 11 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 75)
Replies: 0
Views: 183

Monday 11 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 75)

Annedown LXXIV and at least I'm watching this episode thanks to Chloe Jones, but again we're without subtitles. I've said it before unironically - I miss the simplicity of VCRs! Countdown recap for Monday 11 October 2021. Today is the start of Legs Matter Week, says Anne. Just another horrid reminde...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: New Countdown App Looking for Beta Testers
Replies: 49
Views: 4871

Re: New Countdown App Looking for Beta Testers

Don't get me started. I was already thinking of composing something to send to the BBC for next year's Eurovision... and as someone who scored 93% for the Composing Module in my GCSE in Music (albeit 7 years ago), I fancy my chances... Never going to pass up the opportunity for a bit of bragging, so...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512503

Re: Ask Graeme?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Oct 11, 2021 10:31 pm
This used to be a stat on the Countdown database thing (cdb) but I'm not sure that still exists.
It should be here: http://cdb.apterous.org/octomax.php - the links are still up under octochamps and everything - but it's fubared.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 08, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Dr Imafidon to stand in for Riley
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Dr Imafidon to stand in for Riley

Attractiveness has nothing to do with it. I just thought she looked a bit wooden.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 7 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 73)
Replies: 0
Views: 256

Thursday 7 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 73)

Annedown LXXII and this one comes from the wiki again, so will be very basic. Countdown recap for Thursday 07 October 2021. C1: Champion Ahmed Mohamed (6 wins, 699 points.) C2: Challenger Hugh Smithson-Wright. DC: Susie Dent and Dr Phil Hammond. RR: Rachel Riley. OT: Other words or solutions. R01: H...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 08, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 8 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 74)
Replies: 0
Views: 182

Friday 8 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 74)

Annedown LXXIII. Following my electricity failure yesterday and yesterday's game still not being on All4 yet, we're out of sequence once again with today's game coming before yesterday's. Countdown recap for Friday 08 October 2021. On this day in 1945, the first microwave was patented. And yet my da...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 08, 2021 11:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Dr Imafidon to stand in for Riley
Replies: 13
Views: 490

Re: Dr Imafidon to stand in for Riley

I thought she was the weakest link (no pun intended) in the BTF day. Hopefully she’ll have improved.
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Oct 07, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Re: Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)

You can jos this up now if you want because it's on All 4. I can’t, and I can’t do today’s recap either for now, because I have had no electricity for the past 8.5 hours. (It also took me 8 hours to remember I had my spare battery.) Edit: power’s back. Clearly someone at the national grid reads C4C...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 06, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 6 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 72)
Replies: 0
Views: 157

Wednesday 6 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 72)

Annedown LXXI and I've got a delayed birthday present tonight: Back to the Future, the Musical. Meanwhile my "working from home" schedule has turned into filtering data with GB News on in the background. How has Tom Harwood become a better political journalist than Laura Kuenssberg, Robert Peston, a...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 06, 2021 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Most prestigious non-televised tournaments
Replies: 17
Views: 641

Re: Most prestigious non-televised tournaments

For me, in order of impressiveness, I'd go 1) Winning anything bigger than a standard CoC on TV (e.g. Supreme C or 30BC) 2) Winning a CoC on Tv 3) Being the player who has spent the most time at the top of the apterous rankings for the past 5 years 4) Winning any Co:Event over 40 players 5) Winning...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Oct 06, 2021 10:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1601
Views: 512503

Re: Ask Graeme?

In terms of rounds remaining, what is the earliest a game has been mathematically won?

(and obviously, this needs to be per format.)
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 24 September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 64)
Replies: 5
Views: 617

Re: Spoilers for 24 September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 64)

Agreed - I think it's the RBM issue, because it's also the same on the title sequence. It's like there's a light grey filter on it.
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)
Replies: 6
Views: 364

Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)

We're copying this from Ryan Lam's wikicap. Thanks to him for this. That means no OOW, DC segments, or non-max DC words will be in this recap. No jos score either for the same reason. Sad! Annedown LXIX. Countdown recap for Monday 04 October 2021. C1: Champion Ahmed Mohamed (3 wins, 339 points.) C2:...
by Rhys Benjamin
Tue Oct 05, 2021 3:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 5 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 71)
Replies: 0
Views: 110

Tuesday 5 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 71)

Annedown LXX and I'm working from home today, which means I'm doing these recaps out of order with Monday's game not available online. No subtitles either. Again. Countdown recap for Tuesday 05 October 2021. Anne tells us Monty Python's Flying Circus debuted on this day in 1969. C1: Champion Ahmed M...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Oct 04, 2021 9:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)
Replies: 5
Views: 384

Spoilers for Monday 4 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 70)

... is currently not on All4. So we may or may not get a recap. Ever.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:26 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The “make up a word” game
Replies: 7
Views: 465

The “make up a word” game

Inspired by the “DickandDomtionary” round on Da Bungalow in the Noughties (and given I have just thought of a word), then this thread is to come up with an extraordinary/ridiculous/hilarious word (and its definition) that you wouldn’t mind seeing in the next ODO update. I say this because I wore my ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 1 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 69)
Replies: 0
Views: 287

Friday 1 October 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 69)

Annedown LXVIII and we're still without subtitles or continuity announcements. Ahmed, on the other hand, doesn't enter competitions. At least he's enjoying Countdown. According to Graeme Cole's site, he's been to one co-event, so I guess that counts? Countdown recap for Friday 01 October 2021. Today...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 30, 2021 4:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

Packed Lunch famously got 0 viewers this time last year...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 30, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 30 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 68)
Replies: 1
Views: 220

Thursday 30 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 68)

Annedown LXVII and we're still without subtitles or continuity announcements. If some of Ahmed's obscure words are anything to go by yesterday, I'll need to page Jack Worsley to correct them again... I would never have typed out ORTOLAN in a million years... Countdown recap for Thursday 30 Unknown m...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 9:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689999

Re: Politics in General

Which, given he needs to win 2019 Tory voters, is not a bad thing.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 29 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 67)
Replies: 0
Views: 201

Wednesday 29 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 67)

Annedown LXVI and it's the day of Keir Starmer's conference speech, and we're going to race through this because I've got to get down to Craven Cottage tonight. Still no subtitles which is going to be horrible for me again. Countdown recap for Wednesday 29 Unknown month '09' 2021. Today is Food Wast...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 332
Views: 162966

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

zomg spoilerz
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 29 September (Series 84, Prelim 67)
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Spoilers for 29 September (Series 84, Prelim 67)

Yes, we've had some very strong champions recently.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 4:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 28 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 66)
Replies: 0
Views: 117

Tuesday 28 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 66)

Annedown LXV and we still have no subtitles thanks to the Red Bee Media incidents over the weekend. Ofcom fines incoming? On a more sombre note, Stanley's first wife (and the mother of four of Stanley's kids) had her funeral on the day this episode was broadcast, so much so that Rachel Johnson - in ...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 66)
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 66)

Not a huge Stanley Johnson fan in the real world, but he has been en excellent guest and a lot better than many of the other newbies this series.
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 29, 2021 3:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 966
Views: 689999

Re: Politics in General

The media and public managed to invent a shortage when there wasn't one by scaremongering. Well done BBC. Take a bow.

Anyone see Starmer's speech? Poundland Neil Kinnock. Doesn't have the strength to expel the Maomentum cranks who heckled him as Kinnock did.
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Sep 27, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 27 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 65)
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Monday 27 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 65)

Annedown LXIV on a day where the British public have managed to manufacture a crisis where there wasn't one, and Channel 4 may or may not have broadcast this episode live given they've been having broadcast problems. Indeed, this appeared to have no subtitles on my All4 iPad. Countdown recap for Mon...
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 65)
Replies: 9
Views: 407

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27 September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 65)

Stanley Johnson was an MEP and author in his own right…
by Rhys Benjamin
Mon Sep 27, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 2nd July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 5)
Replies: 6
Views: 948

Re: Friday 2nd July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 5)

Countdown Team wrote:
Fri Aug 20, 2021 7:26 am
'Straightwashing'
This one’s hit the headlines again in the “pink” press: https://www.attitude.co.uk/article/tikt ... WxkL-9Lt10
by Rhys Benjamin
Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 149
Views: 75209

Re: Countdowners in the news

Giles Hutchings in a bit of a Twitter spat. https://twitter.com/vampthebs/status/14 ... 03139?s=21
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 24 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 64)
Replies: 0
Views: 222

Friday 24 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 64)

Annedown LXIII and we're probably just over halfway through this series. I went to The Oval today and watched the final day of a match where 672-6 played 722-4. I also have a new phone which is currently undergoing the slowest iOS update of all time, and furthermore it came with a USB-C --> Lightnin...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

But that's the thing - when she was in WL, it was funny because it was hammed up. It's not being hammed up now, so it's just rude.
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

When Anne was on The Weakest Link, her act was more of a pantomime villain. Ironically, being deliberately meaner on Countdown would be better, because the viewers would know she's doing it tongue-in-cheek. At the moment, it's just her natural personality (which was never that warm anyway) and it co...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 3:50 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 23 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 63)
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Thursday 23 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 63)

Annedown LXII and despite having napped earlier I am absolutely finished. Countdown recap for Thursday 23 Unknown month '09' 2021. OTD in 1974, the first TV teletext started. We all remember Ceefax, don't we? Rachel reminisces about buying a holiday from teletext. C1: Champion Steven Grady (1 win, 1...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 24, 2021 2:56 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 22 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 62)
Replies: 0
Views: 140

Wednesday 22 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 62)

Annedown LXI and I had selection meetings on Monday and Tuesday which took up my evenings, and on Wednesday "drinks after work?" turned into "bloody hell, is that the time?". R7/8 Anne asks Steven about some of the derogatory names the kids call him. Steven says he's "down wiv da kidz" innit. R10/11...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 23, 2021 1:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 21 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 61)
Replies: 0
Views: 151

Tuesday 21 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 61)

Annedown LX and it's part two of the Benjo Countdown recap triple bill. Countdown recap for Tuesday 21 Unknown month '09' 2021. It's Miniature Golf Day. "I'm told it spoils a good walk." Crikey, did Anne wake up on the wrong side of bed on this recording day? C1: Champion Ryan Sutton (3 wins, 306 po...
by Rhys Benjamin
Thu Sep 23, 2021 12:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 20 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 60)
Replies: 1
Views: 157

Monday 20 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 60)

Annedown LIX and it's a Benjo triple bill of recaps - but since no one will read this I'll explain the delayedness on Wednesday's recap. Countdown recap for Monday 20 Unknown month '09' 2021. Either my sharpness has gone astray or Anne is about to execute me, she's looking even sterner than usual. I...
by Rhys Benjamin
Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is it time to end Countdown?
Replies: 48
Views: 2281

Re: Is it time to end Countdown?

End Countdown? No. Like Doctor Who in the 1980s, it is like a political prisoner for Channel 4: too annoying to live, yet too popular (in British culture*) to kill. Axing it would create a wave of negative press for C4 that they don't need. However... like Doctor Who in the 1980s, it needs a complet...
by Rhys Benjamin
Sat Sep 18, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 493
Views: 112128

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

In one of the earlier briefings, Jenny Harries said that she felt masks weren’t worth it (and indeed we’ve never made them compulsory outdoors unlike others). Noticeably, she’s been conspicuous by her absence since. Mind you, I don’t think there’s any conspiracy going on there, I just think that’s h...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 17 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 59)
Replies: 0
Views: 143

Friday 17 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 59)

Annedown LXIII and insert witty joke here. Countdown recap for Friday 17 Unknown month '09' 2021. International Country Music Day. By the way, All4 is very inconsistent as to which device you're using and its ad lengths. I normally watch these on my iPad (where you get nearly 4-minute ad breaks) but...
by Rhys Benjamin
Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 16 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 58)
Replies: 2
Views: 325

Thursday 16 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 58)

Annedown LVII and I was absolutely bed-ridden when this episode was broadcast. And my recap of this was interrupted by my PCR test kit arriving, which needed to be sent off quickly pronto today. Countdown recap for Thursday 16 Unknown month '09' 2021. C1: Champion Mike Lee (2 wins, 209 points.) Apte...