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November Dead Pool – Attenborough Favourite

Here’s a cloud of names picked by you for the November 2016 Dead Pool.

As ever, if you pick the MOST FAMOUS person to die during any given month then you receive a million pounds (scratchcard).

deadpool-nov-2016A larger font in the cloud means  more people have picked that name, so the big news this month is David Attenborough who was occasional pick before but has suddenly attracted a tsunami of ghoulish interest.

It must be pointed out that nearly everyone who picked Attenborugh added a little sad face to their entry.

They don’t WANT him to die – but it’s out of their control and they could do with the scratchy.

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Scratchcard Success

Darren who drinks in the Persevere won £1000 on a (£5) scratchcard last week.

He said he looked up the odds on this happening and it was 480,000 to 1, which is about have as likely as the chances of anything coming from Mars.

scratchcards - no way to get rich
scratchcards – no way to get rich

I guess you have to be in it to win it.

Out of interest I asked what happened after the win – you can’t get £1000 out of the corner shop. Apparently you go to the post office and they print you off a cheque – that’s it.

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Lemmy or Jimmy Hill: The £4 Million Question

When Jimmy Hill died last month on the 19th December, Nicholas was quickly in touch to express his hopes and dreams that by selecting Hill for death, he would be rewarded handsomely in scratchcards.


_lemmy-hillIt looked like a good bet with only ten days of December left. For the bet to fail, someone who had been picked by a DP Quizzer who was more famous than Jimmy Hill would have to cash in their chips before the end of the month.

At this point, Lemmy out of Motorhead was cancer-free.

However, a Boxing Day diagnosis of a hyper-aggressive cancer quickly caused the rocker to unravel and before the week was out, Lemmy was on the slab.

A quick check on the Dead Pool list reveals that Lemmy WAS selected for December by a quizzer called Karin who put in her entry in at some point in November at the Tolbooth Tavern.

So, for the first time in 18 months of the constest, we have to employ rule one in the Dead Pool terms and conditions which is that in the event of two droppers in one month, the definition of “most famous” shall be decided by a 10-year worldwide average on Google Trends. Let the two names be entered:

compare_lemmy v jimmy hill december 2015

So, despite his OBE and despite his work revolutionising modern British football from removing the wage-cap to introducing three-points for a win, Hill has been trumped for fame by the sweaty, hard-living, hard-rocking frontman of Motorhead, Lemmy.

Well played Karin. I’ll be in touch to arrange your prize which will consist of £4 Million in potential scratchcard wins, seeing as there hasn’t been a Dead Pool winner since Cilla Black departed the party in August.

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Chin Up, Jimmy Hills Death Could Make One Man A Millionaire

I got an excitable email from Nicholas the other day after the death of Jimmy Hill.

Nicholas asked “so am I a millionaire?” The sense of excitement in his email was palpable and, indeed, Nick did indeed choose the mighty-chinned soccer innovator for the December Dead Pool but Nick to calm the jets because …

  1. He was to wait until the end of the month to see if anyone more famous dies. The rule is that your pick has to be the most famous selection to die in any given calendar month.
  2. He doesn’t actually win a million pounds. The tone of his email made me think that perhaps he didn’t read the small print and that he actually thinks he’s in line for an real cash payout of some enormity, rather than the scratchcards with a potential value of one million pounds that I actually give out for dead pool.

Still, it’s our first Dead Pool death since Cilla in August so the total potential jackpot is £4 million. Dare to dream Nick, dare to dream!

Jimmy Hill and Bruce Forsyth comparing chins
Jimmy Hill compares chins with one man who may prevent Nick making contact with his riches.

Meanwhile, here’s the list of other names that have been picked for December dead pool. How many of these would trump the chin?

Angela Lansbury
Bashir Al-Assad
Betty White
Britney Spears
Bruce Forsyth
Buster Bloodvessel
Carrie Fisher
Charlie Sheen
Charlton Heston
Cliff Richard
Clive James
David Attenborough
Diana Ross
Dolly Parton
Donald Trump
Dwayne Johnson, The Rock
Esther Rantzen
Jeremy Corbyn
Jimmy Carter
Jimmy Hill
Justin Bieber
Keith Chegwin
Kylie Minogue
Lady C
Lamar Odom
Liam Neeson
Maggie Smith
Michael Douglas
Michael Schumacher
Mr. T
Neil Young
Noel Edmonds
Norman Tebbit
Ozzy Osbourne
Paul Daniels
Paul Gascoigne
Prince George
Prince Philip
Prince Philp
Salah Abdesalam
Sepp Blatter
Sigourney Weaver
Tayip Erdogan
The Queen
Timothy West

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American Joke In Win Shock

Now, you don’t often get Americans winning the jokes round. Americans have ahabit of handing in jokes which are too long, too prudish and simply not funny.

Three boozy lads from  Boston or somewhere (it might have been LA, I can’t remember because its not important) came up with this one at the Newsroom the other week.

How we all laughed!

They won a scratchcard and sadly there was no prize on the scratchcard. At least, that’s what I told them. Being foreign, they didn’t understand how the things work and they thought you had to get FOUR matching amounts.

I’m not saying what happened to the £2000 they COULD have won!

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