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    Derby Dead Pool 2023

    First of all, many thanks to @Death Impends @gcreptile @Banana for the hard work in getting this year's DDP up and running. And to @Grim Up North for stepping up - I hear retirement is boring too. My two teams are in order and I'm looking forward to not winning again. I keep my expectations low. Onto the heart of the matter... DDP Substitutions Like many punters, I watched in December for any hints and whispers (and managed to miss Jeanette Lee's updates...). The month saw Whale, Vialli, Pele and Benny all have hospitalizations - and two not make the 2023 starting line. I entered my team ~17:15 GMT 30 December which had Benny on it. So my first sub was called up: Subs Shannen Doherty - called up Frankie Valli Barbara Walters died 30 December (I did not know at time of submission) As well, 2023 had a 1st Jan hit with Frank McGarvey and Vialli soon on the 6th. There have been two recent 1st Jan hits of D40 picks - 2022 Gary Burgess and 2021 Floyd Little. With this said, I would say that an increase in the numbers of subs is acceptable, provided it doesn't cause more work for the Cmme. If increased to say 4 or 5 in total, that's only one or two extra lines on the Excel sheet that may not be used. The Cmme would know more the number of shorthanded teams with less than 20 too. The Cmme also knows the efforts of subbing in picks, so ultimately it is their call. D40 vs Unique Points In my main team, I was shocked to see that I have 18 (!!) D40 picks. Yes, I knew of few would be there (Whale, Vialli, Carter, Barker, Harris, etc.) but others I did not expect. So I have the potential of 54 extra points for doing nothing but following the crowd. Currently at D40 is +3 points and a Unique is +4 points. My proposal is to give a 2 point differential: D40 remains at +3 but Unique increases to +5 or D40 decreases to +2 and Unique remains at +4. My preference is for 2/4 as it reduces the reward of being part of the herd and justifies the research into that Unique hit. It does not inflate scores either. So that my thoughts on those subjects. I'll let the Cmme ruminate on them and I'm curious to hear what others have to add on these subjects (my thanks to @drunkasaskunk for starting these discussions).
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    Update 20 January Here is the Joker Distribution (now on Stats post too): Henry Kissinger 1 Bob Barker 1 Nigel Starmer-Smith 2 Tony Bennett 1 Norman Tebbit 1 Joanne Woodward 2 Joss Ackland 1 Rolf Harris 11 Ryuichi Sakamoto 9 Shane MacGowan 1 30 And here are the baseline points for all runners. The following penalties are in place: incorrectly predicted (-1 for each 'hit') + (-2 out by 5 on total hits; applies to all runners at this point) + (-2 for having joker incorrect; applies to all runners at this point) = current score. For example, @Grimgrass is at -16. Calculated = -1 * 12 hits + (-2) + (-2) = -12-2-2 = -16 Here's the starting ranks. Grimgrass -16 Great Uncle Bulgaria -17 diego -17 Joey Russ -18 Joltin Joe -19 YoungWillz -19 Bibliogryphon -19 Sean -19 theoldlady -20 gcreptile -20 wannamaker -20 LizLemon -20 Newjack -20 Etushispushingupdaisies -21 tracy -21 The Duke of Deadinburgh -21 TQR -22 Book -22 Torva Messor -22 Funeralopolis -23 DoorSlammer -23 WinterCake -23 Annami -23 chilean way -24 Summer in Transylvania -24 The Daredevil -25 Dying Probably -25 The Old Crem -25 Hell -25 ThereWillBeDeaths7 -26 Grab some popcorn and get comfortable, only 345 days to go!
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    The Nobel Prize Dead Pool 2023/24

    Hello @WEP, here are my picks for the 23/24 season. Physics: Carlo Rubbia Chemistry: Ryoji Noyori Medicine: Bengt Samuelsson Literature: Bob Dylan Peace: Mohamed ElBaradei Economics: Robert B. Wilson
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    Alright, the tables have been populated and here's the first update on statistics for DL CL 23! I'll post these to the Stats section as well. Any comments or questions, let's hear them. ------- Number of entries: 30 Average number of picks: ~17 Range of picks: 12 to 22 Number of players with joker: 30 Top 5 picks: Nigel Starmer-Smith (28), Rolf Harris (28), Jimmy Carter (27), Ryuichi Sakamoto (26), Sonny Rollins (25) Bookies favourite: Rolf Harris with 28 picks, jokered 11 times (Host decision based on number of jokers; Nigel Starmer-Smith with 28 picks, jokered twice) Unique picks: Alan Alda (Chilean way), Ali Khamenei (Chilean way), Bob Newhart (Bibliogryphon), Hal Linden (WinterCake), Tina Turner (The Old Crem) Not Selected: Desmond Morris, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Michael Parkinson Designated survivor(s): TBD
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    Deadline has passed - with a nice round number of 30 runners. Time for some data entry! I'll update as soon as possible.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2023

    QO if he was picked Pell is LOTM - last picked in 2019. As 2019 doesn't have the nice alphabetical listing, the team that picked him was Dick Smith's OzEDeath List, '(THEME) Celebs and notables from Down Under.'
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    Any more for any more?? Deadline for team entry is just over 24 hours away...
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    Bump. A friendly reminder that the deadline for enteries is 10th January!
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    Gianluca Vialli

    Here's his DDP history as a pick for teams: 2023 - ?? (I suspect D40 placement) 2022 - 19 2021 - 14 2020 - 25 2019 - 1 (premiere)
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    I started entering teams yesterday, but hadn't reached your team yet @gcreptile. I'll make the correction entry for 16 hits. Sure you don't want Kissinger as your joker?
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    This space for statistics. 14 January - First round of game stats and player picks Number of entries: 30 Average number of picks: ~17 Range of picks: 12 to 22 Number of players with joker: 30 Joker Distribution: Henry Kissinger 1 Bob Barker 1 Nigel Starmer-Smith 2 Tony Bennett 1 Norman Tebbit 1 Joanne Woodward 2 Joss Ackland 1 Rolf Harris 11 Ryuichi Sakamoto 9 Shane MacGowan 1 30 Top 5 picks: Nigel Starmer-Smith (28), Rolf Harris (28), Jimmy Carter (27), Ryuichi Sakamoto (26), Sonny Rollins (25) Bookies favourite: Rolf Harris with 28 picks, jokered 11 times (Host decision based on number of jokers; Nigel Starmer-Smith with 28 picks, jokered twice) Unique picks: Alan Alda (Chilean way), Ali Khamenei (Chilean way), Bob Newhart (Bibliogryphon), Hal Linden (WinterCake), Tina Turner (The Old Crem) Not Selected: Desmond Morris, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Michael Parkinson Designated survivor(s): TBD
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    This space for updates and colour commentary! 31/12/22 Thought I'd get an early start on this, as the past three days have seen the hits add up! Get your lists in asap is my recommendation! 14/01/23 Table populated and first round of stats up. Player ranking in progress. Thoughts on strategy to follow.
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    DeathList CorrectList 2023

    I'd like to thank @paddyfool and @YoungWillz for the chance to run this game. I look forward to having the entries of the creator and past champs for 2023. I am your host, @Evil Grimace. As per protocol, I will not enter a team. I am using @paddyfool's rules verbatim as I've used them in a pool before, they work well and I know the system. Please submit a list of names from this year's deathlist to predict who on the list is actually going to die this year. Points will be allocated as follows: +1 per death correctly predicted -1 per death incorrectly predicted +4 if the number of deaths you predict matches the actual number of deaths, i.e. the number of names in your list matches the actual number of deaths +2 if you only miss the correct total number of deaths by 1 -2 if you miss the total number of deaths by more than 5 +1 bonus for a "unique" correct prediction (predicted by no other punter here) +1 bonus if you pick the bookie's favourite (single most popular guess in this contest) and they are a hit. -1 penalty if you pick the bookie's favourite and they are a miss. A further +1 bonus for every 3rd correctly predicted death (+1 on 3rd, 6th, 9th etc) You may if you wish select one entry as a joker. We are changing the rules for the Joker this year: you get an additional +2 if correct, and an additional -2 if incorrect; no more multiplication. In the event of a tie on points, the dead-lock (see what I did there) will be broken by the following: 1) Whichever team had the most hits 2) If unbroken by 1, whichever team was closest in their guess of predicted deaths for the year 3) If unbroken by 1 and 2, whichever team was submitted first. Entries in by January 10th on/before 23:59, please, either by pm or by posting here. Any deaths before then will still score for any lists entered at least 24 hours before the death and will still count towards the total deaths for the year. Good luck.
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    Derby Dead Pool 2022

    Nope, she's for List of the Missed, last picked in 2016. Edit - should have checked the Rag Traders thread first! @YoungWillz got there first.
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    Frank Field

    Well, it is nearly 4 months later since the last post and during my research for the DDP, I can't figure if he's a worthy pick for 2023. Yes, he'll QO and he is said to have stage 4 cancer, but the type of cancer is unknown. I picked him in 2021 and with him reaching 80, he's dropped in points too. I can't find much from him in 2022, but here's a timeline of events. 22 Oct 2021 - Baroness Meacher announced his illness and stay in hospice during a debate on assisted dying; this thread created by @Ulitzer95 29 Oct 2021 - Last tweet on Twitter by the @frankfieldteam, thanking for the outpouring of support 1 Jan 2022 - Receives New Year's Honours 17 Feb 2022 - given "the Freedom of Wirral" 2 Sept 2022 - co-wrote an article on the cost of living & energy crisis, mentioned by @Sean above ** the only action directly attributed to Field in 2022 ** His personal webite (frankfield.co.uk) hasn't been updated since November 2019. The Frank Field Education Trust is active, but it is unlikely he has any part in the day-to-day works. I'll ask @Ulitzer95 - any insight you have?
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