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by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Re: Paradox: A logic puzzle

James S Roper wrote:
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:14 am
I think I've cracked it. That was good fun! Once you realise a couple of important tricks it falls into place quite beautifully.
Glad you enjoyed it! :-) I'd be interested to see if your solution was identical to mine and which tricks in particular you used.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:17 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The COLIN Google Earth quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 573

Re: The COLIN Google Earth quiz

Thomas Carey wrote:
Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:56 am
i'll do this tomorrow or whenever I'm Ben Wilson but I hope you included the lincoln bra lady. Definitely the highlight of the walk from hykeham station to the fox. Fuck I miss colin[
Quoted for posterity!
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 22, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: The COLIN Google Earth quiz
Replies: 4
Views: 573

The COLIN Google Earth quiz

Evening all. For my second attempt at a quiz no one will attempt, here's a Google Earth based one. The goal is to get from the shop named Countdown (no really) to the COLIN venue, identifying all 25 stops along the way. There are no ridiculous detours or doubling back on yourself, you should be able...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 13, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 662
Views: 212994

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Had an odd one last night in which Paul Anderson was hosting a Zoomdown match between me and someone on the International Space Station (alternatively, it was Paul on the space station).
by Ben Wilson
Fri Jun 12, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 701
Views: 127923

Re: Politics in General

Callum Todd wrote:
Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:35 am
C4c > twitter.

Change my mind.
To the best of my knowledge, Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Katie Hopkins don't have accounts on here, and neither do any of their toxic followers, so I'm inclined to agree with you there.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Spam
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: Spam

by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Torture
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Re: Torture

Goodbye.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jun 06, 2020 3:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Bullying
Replies: 12
Views: 495

Re: Bullying

Thread locked for obvious reasons.
by Ben Wilson
Sat May 30, 2020 11:20 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Paradox: A logic puzzle
Replies: 3
Views: 541

Paradox: A logic puzzle

Here's my newest thing. Inside this zip file is a 15x15 grid and 56 tetrominoes. The goal is to place all the tetrominoes on the grid so that it will have 4 fold rotational symmetry and 4 axes of reflection. You can rotate each tetromino as needed, but you can't flip them to use their mirror image. ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed May 27, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96041

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Image

And

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by Ben Wilson
Sun May 17, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Best TV/Film Opening Credits
Replies: 13
Views: 691

Re: Best TV/Film Opening Credits

This thread was made for me. :-D The obvious first answer has to be the A-Team. Single greatest TV intro of all time. Knight Rider is also great, and Street Hawk (and it's awesome theme by Tangerine Dream) is an often overlooked classic. For something a bit more modern, Mad Men would be a brilliant ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 11, 2020 10:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: A massive apology to you all.
Replies: 34
Views: 2692

Re: A massive apology to you all.

...And this thread has outlived its usefulness. Ashton, take all the advice in this thread to heart. Mull on it. Talk it over with your parents, with friends, with someone. But take a lot of time to think before returning, if you decide to return. Find another hobby- one you like as much as Countdow...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Apr 26, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 64988

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Martin Hurst wrote:
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:11 pm
1) The song played at the start of Only Fools and Horses is a completely different song than the song played during the end credits.
https://youtu.be/yaCg93od-qY just wait until you hear the original theme.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 78
Views: 5940

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

Presumably they're choosing the 30BC over the supreme championship as they still have a 45 minute timeslot to fill?
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Private Message Abuse.
Replies: 8
Views: 919

Re: Private Message Abuse.

This thread outlived its usefulness about a minute after it was started.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5896

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sens...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 24, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 89
Views: 5896

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I had a weird chest infection around the end of February too, was given antibiotics and didn't think anything further of it, was told it couldn't possible be COVID as I hadn't come into contact with anyone with it. Fast forward to this weekend just gone, I've got an elevated temperature and my sense...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps
Replies: 7
Views: 928

Re: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps

Oh, Goat letters, right?

(Apologies if everyone else has already figured that out)
by Ben Wilson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 10:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 4130

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

Take it from someone with experience- don't make any announcements until you have a date and a venue confirmed.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Mar 15, 2020 9:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 4130

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

I called the Raven bar in Glasgow yesterday, and they confirm they have no events booked in for the 13th of March next year.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April
Replies: 4
Views: 574

Re: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April

Either way, I think this topic is surplus to requirements.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 06, 2020 9:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CANCELLED: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)
Replies: 74
Views: 4130

Re: CoGlasgow 2021- Saturday 13th March 2021 (Provisional date)

Can I help you Grandma and Grampa. You can if you want mate I’ll talk to your mummy and daddy before we give you a job. It was my mum who told me to ask you Grampa. Can I write some conundrums for you ? Odd that you'd need to communicate this way considering that all your posts come from the same I...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Mar 05, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:MyArs April 31st
Replies: 13
Views: 1147

Re: Co:MyArs April 31st

This thread has outlived its usefulness.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 271
Views: 64988

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

'Do you wanna build a snowman' has the same number of syllables as 'teenage mutant ninja turtles'.

Edit: and 'harder better faster stronger'.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The COLIN stat file
Replies: 0
Views: 606

The COLIN stat file

Sixteen years of results from sixteen years of COLINs, includes the final score of ever game, every final table, and plenty more for those of us obsessed with facts and figures. Almost as much of a COLIN tradition as Matt placing his fingertips on his head, Mark and Graeme's recursive portrait and t...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?
Replies: 22
Views: 2606

Re: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?

Bullseye but with Kirk Bevins in place of Tony Green.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Feb 07, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 64
Views: 9729

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

Could it be a thing to extend this to CO-events too, i.e. if you've played someone in an official event, it counts as the same as playing someone in a TV appearance? I don't even know if there's a consistent set of records for all the events (although I know Ben has detailed results at least). Or d...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 26, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: COLIN XVI results

COLIN_XVI_HANGOVER STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Jack Worsley 4 4 279 2 James Haughton 4 4 232 3 Callum Todd 4 4 230 4 Bradley Horrocks 4 4 215 5 Thomas Carey 4 3 255 6 Thomas Cappleman 4 3 250 7 Paul Worsley 4 3 244 8 Jennifer Steadman 4 3 235 9 Toby Pereira 4 3 226 1...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 25, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: COLIN XVI results

And the COLIN champion, winning a double max game 72-62, is Jonathan Wynn!

Full results after the hangover (and the pub) tomorrow.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jan 25, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI results
Replies: 4
Views: 927

COLIN XVI results

COLIN_XVI STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. P W Pts 1 Jonathan Wynn 6 6 377 2 Jack Worsley 6 5 423 3 Callum Todd 6 5 385 4 Thomas Cappleman 6 5 375 5 Rob Foster 6 5 372 6 Eddy Byrne 6 5 369 7 Dinos Sfyris 6 5 356 8 Conor Travers 6 4 372 9 Graeme Cole 6 4 362 10 Jon O'Neill 6 4 359 1...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 22, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

3 days to go and we have another COLIN newbie in Tim Hebbes! That brings us up to 9 players making their COLIN debut this weekend, the same as last year. The last time the number of debutants reached double figures was in 2014. Just saying. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

5 days to do and COLIN debutant Ned Pendleton brings numbers to 44 for the Saturday and 33 for the Sunday, and as neat as those numbers look, there's always room for some more! Seeds have been updated as well. A quick reminder that seeds for the Sunday will as always be based on finishing positions ...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 662
Views: 212994

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

One I had a couple of days ago had a start and a middle I can't remember, but at some point, I end up driving Gevin's car, and repeatedly stalling it before eventually getting the hang of it and merging into the fast lane of a motorway at about 85mph. Even though the car is left hand drive and I mer...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jan 16, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 45
Views: 4660

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

I was walking down Lincoln high street once and saw Danny Cowley walking toward me giving me the evils.

I also got the evils once from Jeremy Kyle but that was at the Countdown studios so shouldn't really count.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Two players will be making their COLIN debuts this year, namely Paul Anderson and Rachel Perkins, and as they've brought our numbers up to 38, it's time for the annual outrage that is the seeding. Before you get too angry, new players are always placed slap bang in the middle of the field, people wh...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

28 entrants now. :) The always controversial seeding list shall be posted when we hit 36 entries. As shall pictures of this year's prizes (assuming they ever get delivered)!
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Up to 26 entrants now with COLIN debutant Ben Mills joining his parents on both days! :)
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Re: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020

Happy new year, everyone! If you're still in need of a good calendar for the new year, those links above still work. :)
by Ben Wilson
Sun Dec 29, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 11388

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

In case no one saw it on Facebook here's another one I made. Shorter in scope this time, it's 175 cryptic (ish) clues, the answers to all of which are TV shows.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Dec 10, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 131
Views: 45920

Re: Countdowners in the news

:shock:

Jesus... The article mentions he's in a psychiatric ward, and I really hope he gets all the help he needs, as judging by the article, he has a long, long way to go.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many jobs have you had ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1352

Re: How many jobs have you had ?

5. Been at my current job three times as long as the other 4 put together.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Nov 23, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 13078

Re: FOCAL Finals -- Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, 23 November 2019

The final standings for the day... FOCAL Finals 2019 Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton 23 November 2019 STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. FOCAL Finals P W Pts 1 Callum Todd 7 6 459 2 Bradley Horrocks 7 5 430 3 Tom Carey 7 5 391 4 Jack Worsley 7 4 413 5 James Robinson 7 3 413 6 Eddy By...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

I'm back online, and we're up to 17 entries now, including COLIN debutants Phil Stanton and Series 81 Octochamp James Haughton! Fun fact: James is the only player in the FOCAL top 25 this year who wasn't at COLIN XV.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Nov 18, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 26
Views: 9566

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

I knew there was a page like this somewhere on this site, but couldn't be arse to find it two weeks ago when I discovered that Jethro doesn't have a page.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Nov 14, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous on Mobile
Replies: 4
Views: 1324

Re: Apterous on Mobile

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:58 pm
I tried it once and although it was technically possible, it was basically unplayable.
Which is odd, considering the size of your phone.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Hi all, I'm experiencing some IT problems at the moment so if you've paid your entry fee dont be alarmed if it takes a few days for it to show up on this page. Also dont let it deter you from sending in your entry fee. Or puzzles for the puzzle mag. :-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Oct 22, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Desk Calendar 2020
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

Countdown Desk Calendar 2020

Available to purchase from Waterstones or Amazon or all good bookstores. I can personally vouch for its quality, given that I (with some help from Graeme) wrote it. 8-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Oct 22, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Baby Riley-Kovalev
Replies: 45
Views: 11956

Re: Baby Riley-Kovalev

My understanding of the December-January break is that it refers to filming only, and there are details of series 82 episodes including guests already on the wiki.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:08 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Joyce Cansfield
Replies: 6
Views: 1702

RIP Joyce Cansfield

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/regi ... -cp3mztcmp

Terrible news- I had the pleasure of meeting Joyce many times at scrabble events and she was always a formidable opponent and a friendly face.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Oct 20, 2019 6:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Yahoo groups are closing soon
Replies: 7
Views: 1944

Yahoo groups are closing soon

So now would be the time to archive posts from c4countdown and gevincountdown, if it hasn't already been done, and especially the archive of the old Talk4 forum (from 2001!) that I'm sure Gevin still has somewhere. If anyone could volunteer to host the posts once they've been archived, it'd be most ...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Our latest entrant will be making his first appearance at COLIN in 12 years! :o Welcome back, Jerry Humphreys!
by Ben Wilson
Fri Oct 18, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1230

Re: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?

Channel 4 will broadcast a new live daily lunchtime show from Leeds
But still no big breakfast revival on the horizon. Disappointing.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 23
Views: 4446

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

As far as I understand, no-one found out my real name until I signed up for COLIN in 2011, and although my name is not really a secret any more, I still prefer not to use it on here, and I think it's a bit shitty for someone to keep using it. Thoughtless probably - I doubt any malice was intended. ...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No Shit Sherlock
Replies: 20
Views: 3720

Re: No Shit Sherlock

Trawling through my Facebook I found that Rachel blocked Craig because he disagreed that Westmonster (?) was a fake news site peddling crap about not opening our borders to refugees. Hope this helps Just did some googling and it turns out Westmonster was founded by Aaron Banks, who also founded the...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020
Replies: 20
Views: 14495

Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Entrant number 9 is another COLIN debutant- welcome to the madness Sam Prouse!
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 26, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: RIP Lisa Hermann
Replies: 8
Views: 2276

Re: RIP Lisa Hermann

Terrible news. :-( RIP Lisa.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:05 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1323
Views: 293488

Re: Ask Graeme?

Both of the losers of the S80 semifinals never declared a 9 during their time on the show. Is this the furthest any player has advanced without doing so, or do some runners-up (even winners?) fit the bill? (exc. CoC, Masters or special games). It's happened before many times. Joyce Cansfield, Darry...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Sep 09, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 101
Views: 37437

Re: Favourite board game

Anybody ever played starfarers of catan? It's like settlers only with aliens and spaceships and so forth. It's getting re-released in the autumn so worth picking up for any settlers fans. :-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Sep 03, 2019 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 277
Views: 96041

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Yet another Callum Todd sighting 8 seconds into this video (the kid at the front left of the classroom).