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Countdown:Recap checking project

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I thought those of us working on this project could benefit from a centralised location to identify ourselves, discuss stuff and generally do team bonding. So here it is.

91.8% completed
7,372 checked of 8,027 recaps

New data

The first set of Jim's data (for Series 51) has been uploaded: see Recent Changes. This data contains very few mistakes, but we should still check it carefully against the original recap. It does contain some omissions, including:

  • DC's words (I've starred all words by default - remove the stars as appropriate.)
  • Numbers solutions (from contestants and CV)
  • Conundrum times.
  • Tea-time teasers.

This should be added in, as far as the original recap allows (a lot of the TTTs are lost, which is not too tragic really.) Feel free to add questions or comments below. Series 52 - 56 should follow before the week is out. Soo 12:42, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Series 52 and 53 are up. Dumper 12:17, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
Series 54, 55 and 56 are up. Dumper 14:16, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
You can see a list of potential errors flagged by the dumper here. Once the octochamp runs are done, fixing these is probably top priority. Soo 15:18, 30 November 2007 (UTC)
Series 57 (up to the end of November) is up. Dumper 21:35, 3 December 2007 (UTC)
Uploaded lots of contestant pages. List of contestants without episode tables coming soon. Dumper 18:17, 5 December 2007 (UTC)
Inserted lots of TTTs, although not many of the clues. Dumper 18:17, 5 December 2007 (UTC)


Our aim is complete, correct rounds for every possible episode. This is equivalent to emptying Category:Unchecked recaps and all its subcategories. Since this is 1018 articles, it is obviously a long-term project. The first priority is to clear articles in the root category, because these are mostly done already and we can make rapid progress through them.

Correcting mistakes in existing rounds is fairly straightforward, but for full details of our house style and handling of tricky points (like misdeclarations), see our style guide.

I suggest the following rough priorities. (For a complete list, see below.)

I also suggest working from most recent to oldest, especially because it's quite hard to check the words for the oldest ones.


The following people (at least) are working on the recap checking project:-

Can I join in please? Countdown Kid 21:01, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

Excellent! As you've probably found, there are loads of skeleton recaps which haven't yet been looked at by a human. They need a varying amount of editing to bring them to a standard comparable to that which the new recap writer produces. A list of these skeleton recaps is here Category:Unchecked recaps. I suggest starting from the bottom, i.e. the most recent. Any questions, just ask.  :) drawoh 21:15, 22 February 2009 (UTC)
Can I join too? User:The Doctor

Hmmm. I don't actually have any game records, but can I help anywhere else? Thanks. Countdown Kid 18:11, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

You don't need to have game records. This particular project is concerned with taking a programme recap which has already been written and published elsewhere (typically the old yahoo group), and ensuring that the version here on the wiki covers all that it needs to. Follow the unchecked recaps link I gave before, and go to the bottom of that list (currently episode 4492). That shows a wiki formatted recap (with a link to the yahoo group recap) and almost certainly has a lot missing. For example, most of the recaps were done before the days of countgen, so it's quite likely that more equallers, and possibly some beaters will be available. Often the TTTs don't appear properly, and have to be added. Sometimes, rounds are completely missing from the wiki version, and have to be added. Have a look at the recap style guide for guidance on the format of a wiki recap. Again, ask if you've got any questions. drawoh 19:06, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

I'm helping out wherever I can as well. I'm generally going through a few games that I have on Sky+ to check conundrum times and teatime teaser details which are missing from a few of the original recaps. I'll try not to get in anyone's way! -- Crispy 12:05, 26 June 2009 (BST)

No worries about getting in people's way. There are plenty to do. Welcome, Crispy! drawoh 12:13, 26 June 2009 (BST)

Points of discussion

Bug notice

Some of the episode pages are coming up blank. If you edit the page, you'll see that all the text is there but for some reason doesn't appear. The page can be edited as normal and will fix itself as soon as it is saved. Soo 15:37, 22 September 2007 (BST)

Notation for misdeclarations

How do we indicate words disallowed due to being misdeclared? The usual ☓ is likely to cause confusion. Soo 13:49, 19 September 2007 (BST)

Priority articles

CoC games

Probably done! I say probably as I don't own a copy of COD8 and so can't be 100% sure whether some of the 'other' words present in the recaps for Championship of Champions VII would have been allowed, or indeed if there mightn't be longer words available in each selection. However the crux of the work on this mini-series is now complete. -- Crispy 15:37, 26 June 2009 (BST)

I could possibly do a few skeleton recaps from The Countdown Page, if necessary. Countdown Kid 12:35, 17 April 2009 (BST)

Grand finals


I'm also adding the Grand Finals from TCDP one by one, using the recap writer. I'll finish that at some point over my Easter holidays. Mglovesfun 17:14, 27 February 2009 (UTC)

Other finals games

Series 27

  1. Episode_1516
  2. Episode_1517
  3. Episode_1518
  4. Episode_1519
  5. Episode_1520
  6. Episode_1521

Series 47

  1. Episode_3277
  2. Episode_3278

Series 50

  1. Episode_3608
  2. Episode_3609
  3. Episode_3610
  4. Episode_3611
  5. Episode_3612
  6. Episode_3613

Series 57

  1. Episode_4502
  2. Episode_4504
  3. Episode_4505

Games featuring 15 round octochamps

Series 50 and before

Dictionary: NODE

  1. Episode 3177
  2. Episode 3178
  3. Episode 3180

Series 51

Dictionary: ODE2

I'm working on this. Feel free to help out but don't blame me if we get edit-conflicted. Soo 13:57, 21 September 2007 (BST)
Finished finals and octochamp runs. Soo 19:01, 29 November 2007 (UTC)

Series 52

Dictionary: ODE2

All octochamps completed. Soo 17:07, 3 December 2007 (UTC)

Series 53

Dictionary: ODE2 Jono - reserved by himself:

I checked these but he's free to reread them. Mglovesfun 19:08, 22 December 2008 (UTC)

Series 54

Dictionary: ODE2 All octochamps' games done. Drawoh 11:21, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Series 55

Dictionary: ODE2r

Howard is working on this, so I suggest working on another series to avoid edit conflicts. Soo 13:57, 21 September 2007 (BST)
Finished Drawoh 23:23, 21 November 2007 (UTC)
The cdb recap for Episode 4217 has gone walkabouts, and it's the only unchecked recap. Could you get hold of Charlie? The recap is for an episode with Steven Briers. The Doctor 1713 21 June 2010 BST
I think that this is what you're probably looking for.--Drawoh 19:12, 24 June 2010 (BST)
Have never signed up for the forum, and can't be bothered to. Can you, or someone else like Crispy do it? User:The Doctor 1939 24 Jun 2010 BST
4217 done--Drawoh 20:35, 24 June 2010 (BST)
HORRAY! No more recaps!

Series 56

Dictionary: ODE2r

Howard started working on this one, from the back. Anyone else joining in, go from the front so we don't clash.

Sorry I've not done much on this recently. Hopefully, I'll be able to do more after Christmas. H
No need to apologise, all your help is hugely appreciated. Soo 00:07, 24 December 2007 (UTC)

Series 56 octochamps now complete. Drawoh 23:55, 10 June 2008 (BST)

Series 57

Howard starting this series, working from the front.

Happy for others to work on these, as I've not yet watched the programmes, and don't want to look at recaps before seeing them. Drawoh 20:12, 10 June 2008 (BST)

David Von Geyer:

  1. Episode 4439
  2. Episode 4440
  3. Episode 4444
  4. Episode 4445
  5. Episode 4446

James Roberts:

  1. Episode 4486
  2. Episode 4487
  3. Episode 4488
  4. Episode 4489
  5. Episode 4490
  6. Episode 4491
  7. Episode 4492
  8. Episode 4493

Series 58

Tim Reypert

  1. Episode 4540
  2. Episode 4541
  3. Episode 4542
  4. Episode 4543


Dictionary: NODE

H's new recap priority

  • Since start of S59, I've been trying to keep the latest series up to date. At present, there are only three recaps outstanding from S59.
  • After those are done, I intend to have all games of the COC13 contestants completely recapped on the Wiki by the time the COC13 starts on 12th Jan.
  • Another priority is to update the Style Guide, to reflect recent usage. drawoh 14:42, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Useful template

For recaps which are completely broken, the following template layout may be useful. However in most cases it's easier to use "Make wiki recap" feature of the the Recap Writer.

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{{R-letters  | 4|||||||}}
{{R-numbers  | 5| |||||| 
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{{R-numbers  |10| |||||| 
{{R-TTT      |||}}
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{{R-letters  |12|||||||}}
{{R-letters  |13|||||||}}
{{R-numbers  |14| |||||| 

Something to do

I'm bored; please could someone assign me a fun checking task?

It rather depends what you call fun. There are still plenty of recaps which need checking - see here. But if you're needing a change from recap checking, here's something I've stored in the back of my mind for one of those incredibly boring days. Last Friday, Jeff said it was Gyles' 300th appearance. Our records show it was his 296th as a DC guest. Mike Brown's countdown page makes it three more than us. My guess is that Mike Brown has got it correct, and Jeff's 300 includes the one time Gyles appeared as a contestant. It could be useful to compare the wiki with the countdown page to see where our discrepancy of three lies, and correct the wiki records if necessary. After that there are a further 200 guests to check (only 199 if you exclude Martin Lewis, who hasn't yet made his first appearance.) drawoh 08:49, 4 May 2009 (BST)