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The Rules






Pick 10 different celebrities who are alive as at 1st January 2008, but who, in your opinion, will no longer be with us by 31st December 2008.



Nominate one of them as your "joker".



For each celeb demise that you guess correctly, you'll score points, and if your joker sadly passes away, your grief will be alleviated by the fact that you'll score double points.



The Person with the most points at the end of the year will, unsurprisingly, be deemed to be the winner.



In the event of a dead heat on points, the winner will be selected according to the following criteria, applied in this order:



The most hits (i.e. correctly-chosen deceased celebs).



The youngest average age of hits.







All of your chosen celebs must be:






At least 16 years old as at 1st January 2007.



Actual real-life people, not characters out of soap operas and the like.



Named individuals, not just "Pope Wotsisface" or "the oldest person in the world".



Players must not murder their chosen celebs. That's cheating, and cheating is wrong.



The date of death is taken as that in the country/region where the person died, i.e. local time is used. If the time of death is reported as exactly midnight local time, the date of the day just beginning is used. This may be relevant in deciding bonuses (see below).






"Celebrity" means someone who, upon their death, gets a written obituary in a British national newspaper or on the BBC News website. This does mean that you can't always be sure when picking your team whether each person will be famous enough or not, but that's all part of the game.



"Obituary" simply means an article which mentions the fact that the person has died. It doesn't have to be the conventional biographical write-up.



"Alive" means drawing breath, not decomposing, that kind of thing.



"No longer with us" is the opposite of the above.



"Death" means the transition from the former to the latter. The death of a career (e.g. Michael Jackson) doesn't count.




The value of the basic death depends on the person's age:


16-29 years: 12 points

30-49 years: 10 points


50-59 years: 9 points


60-69 years: 8 points


70-79 years: 7 points


80-89 years: 6 points


90-99 years: 5 points


100-109 years: 4 points


110+ years: 3 points


On top of this, bonus points are awarded as follows:


Unique pick: +1 if you were the only competitor to pick that person.

Unlucky 13: +2 for a celeb who dies on the 13th of any month.


Unnatural causes: +3 for murder, suicide or accident (but not State executions).


Party pooper: +5 for a celeb who dies on their birthday or Xmas Day.


Joker: Take the total of all the above and double it.


1.Clint Eastwood

2.Fidel Castro [Joker]

3.George Bush snr

4.Ravi Shankar

5.Paul Newman

6.Chuck Berry

7.Charlton Heston

8.Patrick Moore

9.Michael Foot

10.Queen Eilizabeth II

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01. Jimmy Savile

02. Nancy Reagan

03. Patrick Moore

04. Michael Moore

05. Joan Rivers

06. Ozzy Osbourne

07. Ken Dodd

08. Margaret Thatcher

09. Bobby Robson [Joker]

10. Amy Winehouse




edit: Bobby Robson is still alive right???

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Guest margaret thatcher

amy winehouse (joker)

patrick moore

john lydon

shane macgowan

dennis norden

mohammad ali


margaret thatcher

fidel castro

ariel sharon

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Guest analogue wings

Ariel Sharon (Joker)

Fidel Castro

Margaret Thatcher

Levi Stubbs

Little Richard

Robert Mugabe

Prince Philip

David Letterman

Elizabeth Taylor

Arthur C Clarke

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Guest Dr. Bunsen Honeydew

Fidel Castro

Mel Brooks

William Shatner

Andy Rooney

B.B King

Ed McMahon

Bob Barker

Jimmy Carter

Nancy Reagan

Dick Clark (Joker)

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Going for a nice conservative list.


1) J.D. Salinger [Joker]

2) Milton Babbitt

3) George H W Bush

4) Ray Bradbury

5) Dave Brubeck

6) Lauren Bacall

7) Humphrey Lyttelton

8) Harper Lee

9) Frances Bay

10) Patrick Moore


cma - I had absolutely no idea Michael Foot was still alive. Had to Google it to make sure.

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1: Amy Winehouse

2: Britney Spears

3: Walter Koenig

4: Jeremy Clarkson (joker)

5: Eminem

6: John Prescott

7: Dave Lee Travis

8: Johnny Walker (Radio 2 DJ)

9: Ken Livingstone

10: Gene Wilder

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Guest umop_apisdn

alright, hopefully none of my picks have died already:


fidel castro

james earl jones (joker)

dick clark

muhammad ali

kirk douglas

farrah fawcett

mark felt (sperm burper...errr deepthroat)

zsa zsa gabor

billy graham



next year, ill pick hillary clinton if she gets president, because i think the first woman president of the USA should get picked off for good measure.

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Guest Adjective

01. Kurt Angle

02. Charlton Heston

03. Kirk Douglas

04. Fats Domino

05. Elizabeth Taylor

06. Arthur C Clarke (joker)

07. Fidel Castro

08. Queen Elizabeth II

09. Dick Clark

10. Abe Vigoda

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0. britney spears

1. amy winehouse

2. pete doherty

3. paris hilton

(cover the bases)


4. dolly parton

5. patrick moore [joker]

6. terry wogan

7. stephen hawking

8. arthur c. clarke

9. margaret thatcher

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