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

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Wed Aug 14, 2019 7:57 pm

COLIN is turning sixteen!

The world's oldest co-event is back yet again. Once again, we'll be in North Hykeham at the Ark on the Saturday and the Memorial Hall on the Sunday (and the Fox and Hounds at all other times) to play some Countdown and kick off the fifth season of FOCAL. As with the venues, the format is unchanged from last year (and every year since 2014, for that matter)- 3 rounds of Edinburgh-style play followed by a final on the Saturday, 2 rounds and a final on the Sunday (so unchanged in fact that that was copied and pasted from last year's announcement). The winner on the Saturday takes away the COLIN spoon for another year. Plenty of prizes will be on offer for everyone, though, with new badges ordered for Saturday that literally everyone entering has the chance of winning and a special quiz I've devised that everyone can play throughout the day. And, of course, plenty of freebies for everyone as well, including the tenth edition of the COLIN puzzle magazine and a couple of other things I'm working on. :)

The event kicks off at 11:30am on the Saturday with games starting at 11:50am, and we'll be all done by 6pm. On the Sunday, we start at 11am with the aim of being done by 2:30pm so everyone can get their trains/flights home.

The cost? £12 for the Saturday, £8 for the Sunday or £16 for both days combined. Payable by paypal to hulla.mahulla@btopenworld.com or by cheque to my home address (available upon request). And here are the links for Facebooky goodness- https://www.facebook.com/events/1307045482836337/ for the Saturday and https://www.facebook.com/events/1600107640124355/ for the Sunday. :)

Click here for the obligatory Travelodge details.

Directions from the station(s) to the venue(s):

Hykeham Station to the Ark
Hykeham Station to the Memorial Hall

See you all in January!

Confirmed entrants (as of 09/12/2019):

COLIN XVI (19)

Bradley Horrocks
Dylan Taylor
Fiona Titcombe
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Jack Worsley
Matt Hamer
Callum Todd
Sam Prouse
Stewart Gordon
Tim Down
Jerry Humphreys
Thomas Carey
James Haughton
David Hilton
Phil Stanton
Graeme Cole
Thomas Cappleman
Zarte Siempre

The Hangover (18)

Bradley Horrocks
Dylan Taylor
Fiona Titcombe
Tracey Mills
Mark Mills
Jack Worsley
Matt Hamer
Callum Todd
Stewart Gordon
Tim Down
Jerry Humphreys
Thomas Carey
James Haughton
David Hilton
Phil Stanton
Graeme Cole
Thomas Cappleman
Zarte Siempre

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:12 pm

24 hours in and we're already up to three entries including the first COLIN debutant of the event- series 80 octochamp Fiona Titcombe!

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

Post by Matt Morrison » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:55 am

Haven't really been paying attention to the Travelodge prices, has anyone else? £52 at the moment which seems highly reasonable.

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

Post by Fiona T » Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:56 pm

That was for 2 nights. Wouldn't let me use my £5 off voucher with it though! :D

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

Post by Jamie Smith » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:48 pm

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

Post by Jamie Smith » Wed Sep 18, 2019 3:50 pm

I might be there so I can bond with you all and you can get to know me and we can be all friends, let’s just forget what happened before, and in can start again. I hope you are ok with this.
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Re: COLIN XVI- Countdown in Lincoln, 25-26 January 2020

Post by Callum Todd » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:01 am

Have got a Travelodge family room with 3 beds for both nights at £62.

If you wish to stay in it please contact me. £10.34 per person per night.
Mark Deeks wrote:Callum Todd looks like a young Ted Bundy.

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

Post by Matt Morrison » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:56 pm

Absolute hotel wheeler and dealer

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:55 pm

Entrant number 9 is another COLIN debutant- welcome to the madness Sam Prouse!

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Fri Oct 18, 2019 11:20 pm

Our latest entrant will be making his first appearance at COLIN in 12 years! :o Welcome back, Jerry Humphreys!

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Sun Nov 03, 2019 11:33 pm

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. :-)

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

Post by Ben Wilson » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:25 pm

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.

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