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Ah, April. As the weather gets warmer, the DDP hits get fewer.

But - not to fret - as the Windy City Deadpool is here to save us all from a summer of deadpooling boredom!



Pick a team of 21 people.

The higher their rank, the more points they get when they die and obit.

Submit it to me via PM or on this thread, by the end of April.


Scoring System:

1st pick: 500 points

2nd pick: 450 points

3rd pick: 400 points

4th pick: 350 points

5th pick: 300 points

6th pick: 275 points

7th pick: 250 points

8th pick: 225 points

9th pick: 200 points

10th pick: 180 points

11th pick: 160 points

12th pick: 140 points

13th pick: 120 points

14th pick: 100 points

15th pick: 85 points

16th pick: 70 points

17th pick: 55 points

18th pick: 50 points

19th pick: 45 points

20th pick: 40 points

21st pick: 21 points

As you can see the margin slowly decreases from 500 -450 etc until the 21st pick.

In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by whoever has the most unique hits,if still tied after unique hits then overall,if after those 2 tb methods still tied then latest game hit


Bonus Points

Scrapping the old bonus system,I am gonna borrow from the now defunct Doug Stanhope Deadpool and every month will have unique scoring bonus for qualifying notables


Each Month's Theme gives the oppurtunity for  a 50 Point Bonus


May-Music Appreciation(Ie musicians,songswriter,music producers ,music journalist ie associated with music)

June-Pride Month(Any LGBTQ  notables)

July-Patrouille de France aka known to english language countries as Bastille Day(So any notables from a French speaking country/territories)

August- Birth  Month of Alex Haley,Lovecraft and Dorothy Parker(Any writers ie essayists,authors,poets)

September- Sporting September(Ie Athletes/coaches,commentators,owners ie notables associated with sport)

October-  Food and Animals(Since World Hunger and Kindnes to Animals day occurs this month anyone with a food or animal related name gives you bonus points this month ie Tiger Woods/Tony Hawk Kevin Bacon/Saffron Burrows)       

November-Neighborino's (Since the Windy City (ie Chicago) is in the Usa,bonus points to any notable deaths of Russian's,Mexican's,Canadian etc ie anyone from a country that border's some part of the Usa)

December- Diecember( IE Murderer's,War Criminals,Paedo's,rapists etc)

January-Auld Lang Syne(Going the opposite of previous month,basically any Noble Prize Winners or Notables who have won any other kind of Humanitarian or Service Award)

February-Black History Month(Ie any black celebs/notables)

March-Oscar Month(Since the Oscar's are typically in March this a film themed month.Anyone who has been nominated for an Oscar/Bafta film award,or Directed a film in competition at Cannes,Berlin,Sundance.Venice etc or any other major festival  qualifies for this bonus)

April-Wrestmania Month(Ie Wrestlers or anyone associated with wrestling)


The only  Non Month Related Bonuses

Youngest Hit Bonus-100 Points

Hit in last 7 days -77 points


Acceptable Obits:

Anything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool, plus The Independent.

Plus the following national American news sources:

- New York Times

- LA Times

- CBS News

- Chicago Tribune

-Wall Street Journal


Plus the following International news sources:








So a few regional papers have been added from Germany,India and France



* Cancer Mum's/Athlete's Wives(IE Tiffany Youngs) and other Famous For Being Ill Types will not be accepted even if they get a qualifying Obit


*Some name's may appear like  a gray area(ie Roz Patterson).Notable in her Native Country as a reporter and would easily get a QO with a plane crash or auto accident type death.However if none of her QO obits mention her journalistic career and is just an angle about her being a Cancer Mum then no points will be awarded.     


*Relatives of the famous (Since there was a bit of confusion last year  even if the relative of a famous person has some type of professional credit,unless their obit specifically mention them in a professional role that reasonably a person obits from it will be a non QO obit .   For example if Tom Cruise Nephew/Brother/Dad etc.  Bob Cruise was a Gaffer,Best Boy,Photgrapher/Hairdresser/Caterer or had a Vanity Producers Credit on a Mission Impossible Behind The Scenes Doc on IMDb  that still not a high enough bar even if they get a DailyMail copypasta .Those specific behind the scenes industry occupations never are noted unless they are related to someone famous. However if a Bob Cruise has professional acting/writing etc credits where they may land an Obit even if they were related to nobody famous then they are acceptable. Any questions just ask




The competition lasts from May 1, 2024 to April 30, 2025

Get your team in before Big Ben welcomes the month of May.

Teams can be sent either through pm or posted in this thread 

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Posting my team early so I can't be accused of nabbing picks


1-Jimmy Carter
2-Esther Rantzen
3-Sven Goran Eriksson
4-Frank Caprio
5-Richard "Black Bart" Harris
6-Jamal Yunos
7 -Paul Harrell(Utuber)
8-Richard Rohmer
9-Steve McMichael
10-Graham  Cavenay
11-David Graham
12-Princess Mikasa
13-Rob Burrow
14-Sophie Kinsella
15-Silvia Pinal
16-Jeanne Bisgood
17-David Irving
18-Simon Cowell(Conservationist)
19-Roberta Flack
20-Genichiro Tenryu
21-Prunella Scales

Emily Willis
Frank Field
Adrian Sutton

Jumpin Jimmy Washington
Ben Nighthorse Campbell



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As there is no benefit to PMing, I'll just drop my team here and let everyone steal my list of very unconventional picks.


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Sven-Göran Eriksson

3. Bob Newhart

4. William Russell (350 pts)

5. Linda Nolan

6. Frank Field

7. David Graham

8. Jean-Marie Le Pen

9. Noam Chomsky

10. James Whale

11. Joanne Woodward

12. Esther Rantzen

13. Phil Collins

14. Nigel Starmer Smith

15. Dennis Skinner

16. Charles III

17. Harrison R. Tyler

18. Pope Francis

19. Julie Goodyear

20. Jim Lovell

21. Jack Hanna



1. Albert II of Belgium

2. Edward, Duke of Kent

3.  Patrick Murray


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ah, the Windy City. I have a home advantage here, so I might as  well play.


[reserved for roster]

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1.Jimmy Carter

2.Frank Caprio

3.Jack Hanna

Donald Elson oops already dead

4.Caren Marsh Doll

5.Bess Meisler

6.Janis Paige 275pts

7.Alan Oppenheimer

8.Bunny Hoest

9.Dominic Chianese

10.Charles Bateman

11.Rose Mary Harris

12.Debra Paget

13.Rebecca Schull

14.Bob Uecker

15.Nancy Olson

16.Rosey Grier

17.Willie Mays

18.Cissy Houston

19.Scott Hamlton

20.Clive Davis

21.Gena Rowlands


1Gena Rowlands

2.Bernie Kopell

3.Micheal Beint

4.Tom Brokhaw

5.Bruce Willis

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I've made one last minute change from the submitted team.


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Sven Goran Eriksson

3. Joanne Woodward

4. Frank Caprio

5. José Mujica

6. Shirley Conran  :rip:

7. Stanley Baxter

8. Jim Lovell

9. Roberta Flack

10. David Attenborough

11. James Whale

12. Sidney Cooke

13. Alain Delon

14. Francoise Hardy  :rip:

15. Esther Rantzen

16. Liza Minnelli

17. Steve McMichael

18. Nigel Starmer-Smith

19. James Dewey Watson

20. Cindy Birdsong

21. Sly Stone




Noam Chomsky


King Charles


Dario G

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My team:


  1. Sven Goran Eriksson
  2. Jimmy Carter
  3. June Spencer
  4. Emily Willis (adult actress)
  5. Esther Rantzen
  6. Joe Thompson (footballer)
  7. Gene Hackman
  8. Torsten Wiesel (Nobel prize winner)
  9. Sophie Kinsella
  10. Lily Ebert
  11. Jane McAlevey
  12. Pope Francis
  13. Rudolph A. Marcus (Nobel prize winner)
  14. David Attenborough
  15. William Russell (85 points)
  16. Steve McMichael
  17. Virginia Halas McCaskey
  18. Josef Fritzl
  19. Stanley Baxter - Gay
  20. James Carter Cathcart
  21. Bruce Willis




  1. Rob Burrow
  2. Daniel J. Evans – Senator
  3. Linda Nolan

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  1. Jane McAlevey
  2. Jimmy Carter
  3. Sven-Göran Eriksson
  4. Frank Caprio
  5. Steve McMichael
  6. Esther Rantzen
  7. José Mujica
  8. Rob Burrow +225
  9. Sophie Kinsella
  10. Noam Chomsky
  11. June Spencer
  12. Michael Tilson Thomas
  13. Bill Dundee
  14. Nigel Starmer-Smith
  15. Joanne Woodward
  16. David Irving
  17. César Luis Menotti +55
  18. Valdas Adamkus
  19. Black Bart
  20. Mike Peters
  21. Nelson Acosta

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I've just made a draft. I have to think about submitting it before or during my holidays.

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1.  Maria Branyas

2.  Marita Camacho Quiros

3.  Lloyd Geering

4.  Brenda Milner

5.  Bud Anderson 

6.  Ray Anthony 

7.  Janis Paige

8.  Jacqueline  White 

9.  Vic Seixas

10.  Gloria Whelan 

11.  Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat 

12.  Patrick Duffy 

13.  Rhoda Wurtele

14.  Gwen Moffat 

15.  Eva Marie Saint 

16.  Jimmy Carter 

17.  Arnold Yarrow 

18.  Dick Van Dyke 

19.  David Attenborough 

20.  Stanley Baxter 

21.  Cleo Laine 


Subs -

Mel Brooks 

Rosemary Harris 

Yvonne Furneaux 


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1. Emily Willis

2. Isabel Peron

3. Jimmy Carter

4. Esther Rantzen

5. Bob Newhart

6. Roberta Flack

7. Mel Brooks

8. Steve McMichael

9. Rob Burrow

10. Frank Field Replacement: Joe Bugner

11. Noam Chomsky

12. Sonny Rollins

13. Joanne Woodward

14. Bruce Willis

15. Shannen Doherty

16. James Whale

17. Lee Meriwether

18. Nigel Starmer-Smith

19. Alan Greenspan

20. Stanley Baxter

21. Frank Caprio




2. Phil Collins

3. Barbra Streisand

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1. Jimmy Carter

2. Sven-Goran Eriksson

3. King Harald V

4. Yuriko, Princess Mikasa

5. Jean-Marie Le Pen

6. Esther Rantzen

7. King Salman of Saudi Arabia

8. Vanessa Redgrave

9. Bernadette Chirac

10. Alan Alda

11. Julie Goodyear

12. Eva Marie Saint

13. Frank Field Replacement: Nigel Starmer-Smith

14. Gene Hackman

15. James Whale

16. Edward, Duke of Kent

17. Ron Yeats

18. Liza Minnelli

19. Bengt I. Samuelsson

20. Ralph Nader

21. Bruce Willis



1. Nigel Starmer-Smith: MOVED TO MAIN LIST

2. David Attenborough

3. Phil Collins

4. Parnelli Jones

5. Ruth Buzzi

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Posted (edited)

Team sent in

1. Jimmy Carter

2  Sven-Goran Eriksson

3 Nigel Starmer-Smith

4 Maria Branyas Morera

5 Linda Nolan

6 Ethel Caterham

7 Esther Rantzen

8 Kieran Cavanagh

9 Douglas Hurd

10 Norman Tebbit

11 Dennis Skinner

12 Jane Morgan

13 Rob Burrow

14 Jean Marie Le Pen

15 Joanne Woodward

16 Leontyne Price

17 Stanley Baxter

18 Sophie Kinsella

19 Roberta Flack

20 Jean Hindmarsh

21 Frank Field


Tom Lehrer


Field didn't make the start line so Lehrer (masochistically) tangos into the starting line-up at no 21.

Edited by Great Uncle Bulgaria
posting team now pool 'live'

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1. Zhu Rongji

2. Jimmy Carter

3. Joanne Woodward

4. Violeta Chamorro

5. Sirikit, Queen Mother of Thailand

6. Shridath Ramphal

7. Vic Seixas

8. Hu Qili

9. Nigel Starmer-Smith

10. Caren Marsh Doll

11. Manmohan Singh

12. Nguyễn Thị Bình

13. Mahathir Mohamad

14. Jayapataka Swami

15. Sir Francis Graham-Smith

16. Ali al-Sistani

17. Trixie Gardner, Baroness Gardner of Parkes

18. VS Achuthanandan

19. Sen Sōshitsu XV

20. Sidney Cooke

21. Joseph Kony



1. Song Ping

2. King Charles III

3. Queen Ratna 

4. Reed Waller

5. King Salman

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1. Frank Caprio

2. Michael Flatley

3. Linda Ronstadt

4. Sven-Goran Eriksson

5. Simon Cowell (wildlife)

6. Marita Camacho Queiros

7. Paul Spencer (Dario G)

8. Michael Tilson Thomas

9. Sophie Kinsella

10. Anne Baker]

11. Esther Rantzen

12. Nigel Starmer-Smith

13. Roberta Flack

14. Steve McMichael

15. Elizabeth Kelly

16. John Hemingway

17. June Spencer

18. Erik Jensen

19. Diana Armfield

20. Peter Max

21. Agnes Keleti



1. Jimmy Carter

2. Ruth Buzzi

3. Bruce Willis

4. Vic Seixas

5. David Graham

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Here is my list! Thanks for doing this game.


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Steve (Mongo)McMichael

3. Noam Chomsky

4. Nigel Starmer-Smith

5. Isabel Peron

6. King Harald of Norway

7. Sven-Goran Eriksson

8. James Whale

9. King Charles III

10. Violeta Chamorro 

11. Pope Francis

12. Sonny Rollins

13. Paul Spencer (Dario G.)

14. Frank Caprio

15. Ester Rantzen

16. Kate Middleton

17. Craig Maxwell

18. Sam Neill

19. David Irving

20. Joanne Woodward

21. Jamal Yunos



1. Sly Stone

2. Cesar Luis Menotti :rip:

3. Joe Bugner

4. Michael Tilson Thomas

5. Yoko Ono

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1. Bowie Wu
2. Lisa Lu
3. Tsai Chin
4.Sven-Goran Eriksson
5.Hou Hsiao-Hsien
6.Chow Chung
7.Rebecca Pan
8.Sammo Hung
9.Yuriko, Princess Mikasa
10.Sophia Loren
11.Imelda Marcos
12.Ken Foree
13.Jane Berbie
14.Tim Curry
15.Shintaro Tsuji
16.Strawberry Tabby
17.Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
18.Kitty Dukakis
19.King Charles
20. JustaMinx
21.Zhu Rongji

Angie Dickinson
Rudy Guiliani
Donald Trump
Maggie Smith
Barbara Steele

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I have no secrets in this one. I'll post it here:


1. Jimmy Carter

2. Steve McMichael

3. Joanne Woodward

4. Noam Chomsky

5. Daniel Barenboim

6. James Whale

7. Shannen Doherty

8. Sven-Goran Eriksson

9. Violeta Chamorro

10. Marv Levy

11. Sophie Kinsella

12. Theo Burrell

13. Michael Bolton

14. Ryne Sandberg

15. Teri Garr

16. Brigitte Bardot

17. Nadine Koutcher

18. Gene Hackman

19. Alberto Fujimori

20. Jean Chretien

21. Christina Applegate



1. Jean Marie Le Pen

2. Ruth Buzzi

3. Roberta Flack

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Posted my team above:



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I have sent my team via PM.

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I sent my list via PM.

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PM'd mine too, but posting here later.  

Despite my frequent poor showings, this is actually one of my favorite pools!  It is similar in format to a pool I used to run amongst friends.  I've always kind of wanted to start it up again, but don't want to step on the toes of our good host here, Cap'n Cho.  Thanks C-Cho, for running this one!

500  princess Bajrakitiyabha
450  marita camacho quiros
400  jimmy carter
350  james clayton flowers
300  anne baker (biographer)
275  james c floyd (aerospace)
250  ruth johnson colvin
225  frank caprio
200  wayne eddy
180  david j. linden
160  esther rantzen
140  simon cowell (zoologist)
120  kathy brown (dance music)
100  michael tilson thomas
85  shannen doherty
70  linda nolan
55  james whale
50  steve macmichael
45  noam chomsky
40  david irving
21  khaleda zia
  ethel caterham

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1Antonia Fraser
2Terry Medwin
3Jane McAlevy
4Jane Gardam
5Alan Dicks(fulham and bristol city coach)
6Dick McTaggart
7Phyllida Law
8Sven-Göran Eriksson
9Sylvia Young
10Janette Oke
11Willie Mays
12Charlotte Raven
13Gwyneth Jones
15Viviian Pickles
16Edna O'Brien
17Dick Hyman
18Bella Thorne
19Homer Rice
20Robert Wyatt
21Caroline Graham

Joan Plowright
Waris Hussein
Waris Hussein
Dick Buttons
Bobby Cox

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Thanks @CaptainChorizo for running this pool, I am a first time entrant to this game:                                                                                                                                            1) Sven-Goran Eriksson, 2) Jimmy Carter, 3) Esther Rantzen, 4) Alberto Fujimori, 5) Ethel Kennedy, 6) Nigel Starmer-Smith, 7) Joanne Woodward, 8) Steve McMichael, 9) Alice Munro, 10) Julie Goodyear, 11) Bob Newhart, 12) Sonny Rollins, 13) Noam Chomsky, 14) Jean Marsh, 15) Sandy Gall, 16) Gene Hackman, 17) Grace Slick, 18) Linda Nolan, 19) Warren Buffet, 20) Ruth Buzzi, 21) James Whale (Subs) Roberta Flack, Alan Greenspan, Stanley Baxter

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