The Advent Calendar Challenge 
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Hello and welcome to the 2020 Advent Calendar Challenge!

The Advent Calendar Challenge is a fun yearly competition, where players are invited to guess what the pictures behind the windows on my advent calendar will be each day. Points are awarded (from 1 point on December 1st all the way up to 24 on Christmas Eve) for correctly guessing the picture, and the winner is simply the person who gets the most points over the course of the competition. Simple. Easy. Fun. If you're still a bit in the dark about things, have a look at the 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2003 competitions to see what went on.

If you played last year you should get a PIN in your inbox automatically, and you can get started by submitting your guess in the form below! If you didn't play last year and want to play, apply for a PIN via the registration page. Once you have received your PIN, use the form below to submit your guess. You can change your guess as often as you like. The guess registered at the time of a window being opened is assessed for points on each day, and please note there is no need to sumbit a new guess every day as your guess remains in place until you change it or until it comes up, however long that may be! Your guess need not be unique. The eventual winner might win a top secret prize...

Two important points about choosing your guess:

And finally, please note that if you start the competition late then you will be deducted the number of points equivalent to how late you started, to encourage playing the whole game and to reward those that do.

Good Luck!

  CURRENT STANDINGS  
     1  Simon Rutter Capricorn 146 pts 9 WR  
     2  Antony Brown Libra 121 pts 7 PB
121
 
     3  Tom White Gemini 121 pts 6 PB  
     4  Steph Coughlan Pisces 111 pts 6 PB  
     5  Veronica White Aquarius 110 pts 6 PB  
     6  Ben Procter Cancer 109 pts 6 PB
115
 
     7  Håkan Wolgé Taurus 104 pts 5 PB
135
 
     8  Mark Coughlan Taurus 100 pts 5 PB  
     9  Aisling McCarthy Virgo 95 pts 5 R  
     10  Chris Green Leo 92 pts 5 PB  
     11  Neil Blake Aries 90 pts 6 PB
93
 
     12  Nina Dale Gemini 88 pts 5 PB  
     13  Andrew Dale Pisces 86 pts 5 PB  
     14  Samantha Scrivin Sagittarius 85 pts 5 PB
85
 
  1  15  Kevin Brown Taurus 84 pts 4 PB  
  1  16  Emma Tuckey Aries 81 pts 5 PB  
  1  17  Nigel White Pisces 77 pts 4 PB
98
 
  1  18  Tony Wilson Aries 76 pts 4 R  
  1  19  Matt Nunn Taurus 75 pts 4 PB
79
 
  2  20  Simon Gosney Gemini 68 pts 4 PB
72
 
  2  21  Joseph Palmer Aquarius 67 pts 4 PB
71
 
  3  =  Rosie Wallbank Gemini 67 pts 4 PB  
  2  23  Ross Turnbull Libra 67 pts 3 PB
78
 
  3  24  Ed Coughlan Pisces 65 pts 4 PB
67
 
  4  25  Peter Smyth Gemini 63 pts 4 PB
79
 
  4  26  Lorna Blake Scorpio 62 pts 4 PB
104
 
  12  27  Edward Haslam Leo 60 pts 4 PB
91
 
  3  28  Douglas Cameron Taurus 58 pts 3 PB
61
 
  4  29  Matt Foulkes Leo 51 pts 3 PB
86
 
  9  30  Heather Haslam Pisces 45 pts 3 PB
55
 
  7  31  Lisa Seixas Leo 45 pts 2 PB
58
 
  6  32  Gagandeep Singh Bharij Cancer 42 pts 3 PB
57
 
  5  33  Matthew Frost Aries 39 pts 3 PB
120
 
  6  34  Mike Krotosky Cancer 37 pts 2 PB
65
 
  3  35  Damian Cook Libra 32 pts 2 PB
85
 
  7  36  Chris Davey Leo 29 pts 2 PB
80
 
  7  37  Sean White Leo 26 pts 2 PB
91
 
  4  38  Andrew Chilcraft Aries 26 pts 2 PB
131
 
  4  39  Mark Ouborg Virgo 23 pts 1 R  
  4  40  David Wilford Taurus 22 pts 1 PB
47
 
  4  41  Peter Lupton Pisces 21 pts 1 PB  
  4  42  Sergio Benis Pisces 21 pts 1 R  
  2  43  Wendy Wilford Libra 11 pts 1 PB
59
 
  2  44  Rich Davis Cancer 8 pts 1 PB
36
 
  SCORE  
                 

This year's teams' championship will be the same again - I'm interested in finding out which astrological star-sign is the best, so I'll be trying to coax your date of birth out of you shortly! Current standings:

  TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
  1 Gemini  Gemini 5 players 218 pts 23   (407)
  2 Taurus  Taurus 6 players 217 pts 22   (443)
  3 Pisces  Pisces 7 players 213 pts 24   (426)
  4 Aries  Aries 5 players 173 pts 20   (312)
  5 Libra  Libra 4 players 169 pts 13   (231)
  6 Leo  Leo 6 players 162 pts 18   (303)
  7 Capricorn  Capricorn 1 player 146 pts  (146)
  8 Cancer  Cancer 4 players 145 pts 12   (196)
  9 Aquarius  Aquarius 2 players 144 pts 10   (177)
  10 Virgo  Virgo 2 players 107 pts  (118)
  11 Sagittarius  Sagittarius 1 player 85 pts  (85)
  12 Scorpio  Scorpio 1 player 62 pts  (62)
  SCORE      
             

LATEST COMPETITION UPDATES: RSS feed Follow AdventCC on Twitter

17:19:31, Thu 24th Dec Joseph Palmer's guess has been changed to 'sleigh'
17:18:53, Thu 24th Dec Joseph Palmer's guess has been changed to 'sleigh'
11:10:31, Thu 24th Dec Twenty-four points are awarded to 32 players!
11:10:31, Thu 24th Dec Door 24 opened, picture shows a sleigh
21:35:24, Wed 23rd Dec Ross Turnbull's guess has been changed
19:39:58, Wed 23rd Dec Rosie Wallbank's guess has been changed
19:37:41, Wed 23rd Dec Rosie Wallbank's guess has been changed
18:42:19, Wed 23rd Dec Matt Nunn's guess has been changed
17:44:29, Wed 23rd Dec Nina Dale's guess has been changed
17:07:27, Wed 23rd Dec Steph Coughlan's guess has been changed

Items uncovered so far:

  1 Cracker 2 Angel 3 Donkey 4 Holly 5 Star 6 Penguin  
               
  7 Bell 8 Teddy 9 Gingerbread Man 10 Wreath 11 Bauble 12 Robin  
               
  13 Tree 14 Snowman 15 Stocking 16 Reindeer 17 Gift 18 Santa  
               
  19 Star 20 5 Days To Go 21 Pudding 22 Snowflake 23 Elf 24 Sleigh  
               

Decisions

All decisions (disciplinary etc.), other than those to award points, are detailed publically. Please visit our decisions repository.

Random Stats

 Number of players: 44
 Number of players who can/cannot still win: 1 / 43
 Number of players who have been invited but are yet to play: 5 e.g. Jade Baines. Why, Jade, why? :-(
 Number of points remaining: 0

And to end off this mammoth page, a few subnotes. Have a look at the all-time stats page. Not many stats mind you, just a constantly updating all-time performance table. Clicking a player name in either the current standings or the stats table gives you a player profile page, showing their past performances in the ACC and a little picture just cos. And finally the rules in full. Subject to change of course...