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by Ben Wilson
Sat Sep 09, 2017 11:43 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 50
Views: 1337

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

-Sleep on my back. I'm strictly a stomach or side guy. -Enjoy any form of soap opera or reality TV apart from the apprentice (and that last one is pure schadenfreude) -Possess any form of fashion sense whatsoever. If I could get away with wearing the same jeans and t-shirt (jumper in winter) every d...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Sep 07, 2017 8:31 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night I found myself at a tournament in Peterborough, which I initially assumed was Scrabble but was being run by Zarte in a Bristol-style so god knows. I'm helping out as I did at .co.MK, and then the lunch break is announced, so I head through to the lunch area, which is the crappiest superma...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, so last night I find myself zipping back and forth across the Lincolnshire countryside in trains (it's always trains with me for some reason). I'm alternately giving Dan McColm and Dylan Taylor lessons on how to drive a train, which eventually leads to us driving the train to a large room und...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 801

COLIN XIV- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2018

COLIN XIV Good evening everyone :-) It’s that time of year again! Well, actually, no, it isn’t. That time of year is still five months away at the time of writing, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start getting hype for it. COLIN is back! For the fourteenth year in a row, the co-event calendar (and for...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, last night. I was in a house I didn't recognise, basically fleeing from a group of people as part of a game show. The concept was that one person (me) was on the run, a small group of people were tasked with rescuing me, a larger group were tasked with capturing me. A guy called Mike (not Mik...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Set designs and opening sequences over the years
Replies: 3
Views: 671

Re: Set designs and opening sequences over the years

I'm sure 'Champion of Champions' headers were placed over the clock during CoCs up to and including CoCX.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:03 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 151
Views: 24450

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Voila. First shown May last year, this one was apparently a repeat.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Aug 02, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 151
Views: 24450

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Kirkie Bevins was on the code today.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:28 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night's dream saw me walking through Lincoln when I suddenly run into Matt Bayfield, Lauren Hamer and Jono. We decide to head toward the hospital for a catchup (why there I have no idea) and spend the next several minutes wandering through several back streets of the city following Matt's navig...
by Ben Wilson
Thu Jul 20, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

So last night I dreamed it was the end of the very first ever 'Co:Sleepover' event at the Ark in Hykeham, which featured me and about 10 others, well, sleeping over in the Ark's smaller hall, which proves a challenge for me as I manage to prop my sleeping bag between two tables of different heights,...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 3172

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:27 pm
Ben Wilson wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:50 pm
So will anyone who's never put in any effort to improve their word knowledge/anagramming skills ever win a series again? I highly doubt it.
Again?
I doubt anyone who fits that description has ever won a series of Countdown.
:? ;) 8-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?
Replies: 74
Views: 3172

Re: Will an 'ordinary' person ever win a series again?

Then we have good old Carl Williams, who narrowly lost to Graeme Cole in the final. I don't know if this is just me misremembering things, but I have this recollection of Carl Williams actually being on apterous shortly after those finals were broadcast. He didn't play any games as far as I know bu...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Jul 15, 2017 10:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 6128

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Image
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Okay, I've had a fairly sizeable fever the last few nights so last night's was a bit of a whopper. I start here , walking up Lincoln High Street with my aunt and uncle, challenging them to count the number of churches we pass en route to the railway station. Feel free to play along, by the way- the ...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:33 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017
Replies: 33
Views: 4937

Re: .co.mk3 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - Saturday 12th August 2017

Iiiiiiiiit’s baaaaa-aaaack. Yes, Innis and I are back for Mk3 – and this time, it’s personal (other misplaced film quotes are available) It’s been one of the biggest events the last two years, but this year we’re simply striving to make it the best yet. Expect mischief, mirth, and mishaps, but most...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 972

Re: COLIN- your stories

Knew it was one of the two. Dunno why I have it saved as 'MWM COLIN 2012' on my hard drive then. Unless you did one for that year too.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Jun 27, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 972

Re: COLIN- your stories

Matt Morrison wrote:
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:34 pm
Feel free to use whatever you like from the Colin report I did once. Pretty sure it's on here. Unless that was Colon.
the epic one from 2012 with the pictures? Got that saved to my hard drive as a pdf so will do, thanks! :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 81
Views: 9269

Re: Favourite board game

meanwhile, if anyone wants to combine the best bits of videogaming and boardgaming, Tabletop Simulator is on sale on Steam until next week. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Favourite board game
Replies: 81
Views: 9269

Re: Favourite board game

Surely there's a Scrabble thread in this forum already somewhere?
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:33 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 50
Views: 6128

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

In B4 Kirk Bevins

Image
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN- your stories
Replies: 4
Views: 972

COLIN- your stories

Hi folks I realise it’s a long way off, but believe it or not, plans are already underway for next year’s COLIN event. I’ve commissioned a crossword from Lee Fisher (sorry about that), I’ve already chosen a final conundrum (did that before this year’s COLIN in fact) and I’m already researching prize...
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 22, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 197
Views: 10969

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Mon May 22, 2017 8:51 pm
Boston Legal
You are now officially one of my mum's favourite people. :)
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 22, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former contestants
Replies: 16
Views: 2486

Re: Former contestants

The official application form says all reapplications are at producers' discretion, but they're usually very easy-going if it's been ages since your last go so what Zarte's said is basically spot on. It should be noted though that they have issued a blanket ban on second goes in the recent past (aro...
by Ben Wilson
Sat May 20, 2017 8:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Irritable vowel syndrome
Replies: 8
Views: 905

Re: Irritable vowel syndrome

Matt Morrison wrote:
Sat May 20, 2017 4:30 pm
what is a moose
Been waiting a while for a reason to share this one!
by Ben Wilson
Mon May 15, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Last night was an odd one. Then, all of a sudden, I'm on a train, sat behind Giles, who's embroiled in an argument with both the train conductor and a girl in a seat opposite about paying the fee. The train is travelling from Lincoln to Morocco, as rail travel is clearly the most sensible option the...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Apr 29, 2017 11:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 4757

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Played a game called Plug & Play on Steam today. Definitely one of the more surreal experiences I've ever had, and here's a genuine screenshot from the game that should go some of the way toward explaining why. The game is only about 10-15 minutes in total length, but at £1.99 isn't too bad value co...
by Ben Wilson
Sat Apr 22, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 6574

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

JimBentley wrote:
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:54 am
Something has gone seriously wrong with the media in this country.
Yep.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 13, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formula One venues you've been to
Replies: 4
Views: 1088

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Silverstone for the MotoGP last year.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Spot on. :)
by Ben Wilson
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Number 14, purely to infuriate Gevin with how I've missed some out and will be posting them out of order.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2017
Replies: 37
Views: 5165

Re: FOCAL 2017

I can confirm the above post- unfortunately, my days of organising events in Nottingham (and surrounding) has come to an end, but I will happily support any future events that take place in Nottingham(shire). There are still five spots left on the CoNot trophy, after all. :-)
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 3282

Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

Applied- Dec 2000 Got audition date- Feb 2001 Got a second audition date after first one was cancelled due to snow- Mar 2001 Audition- Apr 2001 Told I passed- May 2001 Got recording date- Aug 2001 Recorded- Oct 2001 Broadcast- Nov 2001 I included the '2000's and '2001's to reinfore my veteran status...
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Question 11. I thought it was easy, but no one's cracked it yet.

Or attempted it, for that matter.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:57 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:38 am
Marc Meakin wrote:
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:37 am
Ben Wilson wrote:
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Question Nine. This one should be cracked very quickly.
Richard
Yep.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Right, so last night, I was at COLIN, where I'd shown up late, only arriving in time for the start of round 3, despite the fact that I was supposed to be hosting. Despite not being present, I had somehow managed to win 4 games out of 4 and was in 7th place. My third round opponents were Ryan Taylor ...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Question Nine. This one should be cracked very quickly.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Zubair Patel wrote:
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:52 am
Locked up Jims ?
Nope, ttbomk no one's locked up Bowen yet.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Euan Slatter wrote:
Fri Mar 17, 2017 7:24 am
Are they all different channels? ITV, BBC, BBC 2, C4? For the third
Nope.
by Ben Wilson
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Numbers six, seven and eight. 6 and 7 were solved pretty quickly. 8 is still resisting arrest. So is number three, for that matter.
by Ben Wilson
Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Confectionery
Replies: 17
Views: 1650

Re: Confectionery

I used to be a big fan of Opal Fruits (now the much more shitly named Starburst), but when I became a vegetarian, the fact that they had gelatine in meant that I couldn't eat them. But now they're OK again I think. But nowadays I don't actually think they're that good. They're a bit tough and chewy...
by Ben Wilson
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Number five, which IMHO is much harder than any of the ones that have gone before.

You are allowed to work in teams btw.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sun Feb 26, 2017 11:01 am
Phoenix nights ?
Closest anyone's got so far. here's question 4 for when you're ready for it.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 199
Views: 29645

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

This guy who was on Bargain Hunt on Friday.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:40 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:22 pm
Can you tell us if you want a connection to the tunes or the programmes
It's more the programmes than the tunes.
by Ben Wilson
Sat Feb 25, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Nope.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Re: Music connection question

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:09 pm
Not operation Yes Tree.
Maybe all written by same musician ?
Nope Tree.
by Ben Wilson
Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Music connection question
Replies: 60
Views: 5621

Music connection question

No one's cracked this one yet. :-) What's the connection between the four music clips in this video?
by Ben Wilson
Mon Feb 20, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Warning 2
Replies: 1
Views: 789

Re: Warning 2

ALLEGEDLY done. Stop it.
by Ben Wilson
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Warning
Replies: 5
Views: 982

Re: Warning

This forum really isn't the place for personal attacks, and without any evidence, that's precisely what it is. Fraid is a crime, and if it's been committed, it need reporting to the police, or to Judge Rinder or someone who can actually do something about it, rather than potentially slandering someo...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)
Replies: 14
Views: 805

Re: the Countdowners In My Place game (CIMP)

Jim Bentley, Gary Male, Jeff Clayton. Think that's about all. Nearly Jono and Charlie.
by Ben Wilson
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is there anybody there?
Replies: 7
Views: 1074

Re: Is there anybody there?

I get up most weekdays at 6am, which is when the early morning repeat is shown, so it's a no-brainer, really.
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 6407

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Many thanks again for all your kind words. :) I was gutted to miss the afterparty but was feeling truly shocking after what was a supremely long day for me, lol. Thanks to those who stayed behind in the Ark to keep me company whilst I waited for the caretaker to arrive- I did appreciate the gesture,...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 6407

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Can I just ask is this the first time (or at least in recent memory say 2010 onwards) that a B seed has finished in the top 3 (probably not, just curious) :) ? I'm not 100% sure. For some reason the earliest list of seeds I can find is from 2013, but I can probably root out the older ones given eno...
by Ben Wilson
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 488
Views: 62598

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

One I had before COLIN saw me having inadvertantly entered the Northern ireland Scrabble Championship despite the fact that it was taking place on the same day as COLIN (which it actually did this year). Long story short(er), I decide to blow off the Scrabble in favour of actually attending my own e...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 6407

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

A few announcements I forgot on the day- -The puzzle magazine contained a 'number one on this day' quiz that somehow got its credit missed off- you can thank Callum Todd for that one -The branded notepads that I ordered didn't arrive in time. Sorry about that. -Some of the event dates on the calenda...
by Ben Wilson
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017
Replies: 87
Views: 6407

Re: COLIN XIII- Countdown in Lincoln, 28-29 January 2017

Thanks to everyone for their kind words and thanks to all who came along to make this COLIN the biggest and (dare I say it) the best ever! :) believe it or not, I've already started work on COLIN XIV, and I've got the small matter of CoNot VI in the meantime...
by Ben Wilson
Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIII- the Hangover results
Replies: 0
Views: 600

COLIN XIII- the Hangover results

After a record-breaking 52 people played countdown in Lincoln yesterday, 37 showed up today to continue the trend started in 2014 of a shorter 'hangover' event- though even that seemed to get off to a dodgy start when a) my car's central locking system went on strike and b) at the scheduled start ti...