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Hello and welcome to the 2021 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 2020, 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!

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Current Standings
Pos Player / Team  Current Guess  Score
   1  Heather Haslam  Pisces  deer  16 (3) PB
55
   2  Neil Blake  Aries  deer  12 (2) PB
93
9  3  Matt Foulkes  Leo   candy cane   11 (2) PB
86
1  4  Rosie Wallbank  Gemini  teddy  10 (2) PB
67
1  5  Edward Haslam  Leo  deer  8 (2) PB
91
12  6  Veronica White  Aquarius   candy cane   8 (1) PB
110
2  7  Peter Smyth  Gemini   doll   7 (1) PB
79
2  =  Lisa Seixas  Leo   doll   7 (1) PB
58
2  9  Emma Tuckey  Aries  moon  6 (1) PB
81
2  =  Tony Wilson  Aries  wreath  6 (1) PB
76
2  11  Steph Coughlan  Pisces  moon  5 (1) PB
111
2  12  Matthew Frost  Aries  elf  4 (1) PB
120
28  13  Ed Coughlan  Pisces   candy cane   3 (1) PB
67
3  14  Sean White  Leo   doll   3 (1) PB
91
3  15  Samantha Scrivin  Sagittarius  spinning top  3 (1) PB
85
3  =  Jen Fegan  Leo  christmas tree  3 (1) R
3  =  Lorna Blake  Scorpio  deer  3 (1) PB
104
2  18  Tom White  Gemini  christmas pudding  2 (1) PB
121
2  19  Kevin Brown  Taurus  wreath  1 (1) PB
84
2  20  Chris Green  Leo  christmas tree  0 (0) PB
92
2  =  Andrew Chilcraft  Aries  holly  0 (0) PB
131
2  =  Wendy Wilford  Libra  christmas tree  0 (0) PB
59
2  =  Simon Rutter  Capricorn  wreath  0 (0) PB
146
2  =  David Wilford  Taurus  deer  0 (0) PB
47
2  =  Joseph Palmer  Aquarius  deer  0 (0) PB
71
2  =  Mike Krotosky  Cancer  bauble  0 (0) PB
65
2  =  Simon Gosney  Gemini  bauble  0 (0) PB
72
2  =  Douglas Cameron  Taurus  snowflake  0 (0) PB
61
2  =  Laz Kay  Libra  snowman  0 (0) R
2  =  Iain MacNaughton  Capricorn  star  0 (0) PB
22
2  =  Ross Turnbull  Libra  moon  0 (0) PB
78
2  =  Nina Dale  Gemini  snowflake  0 (0) PB
88
2  =  Gagandeep Singh Bharij  Cancer  bauble  0 (0) PB
57
2  =  Ben Procter  Cancer  moon  0 (0) PB
115
2  =  Matt Nunn  Taurus  teddy  0 (0) PB
79
2  =  Antony Brown  Libra  wreath  0 (0) PB
121
2  =  Nigel White  Pisces  snowman  0 (0) PB
98
2  =  Håkan Wolgé  Taurus  wreath  0 (0) PB
135
2  =  Andrew Dale  Pisces  spinning top  0 (0) PB
86
2  =  Mark Coughlan  Taurus  bauble  0 (0) PB
100
1  41  Chris Davey  Leo  holly  -2 (0) PB
80

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:

Current Team Championship Standings
Pos Team # players Score
1 Leo  Leo 7 players 20 (7)   (30)
2 Pisces  Pisces 5 players 20 (5)   (24)
3 Aries  Aries 5 players 18 (5)   (28)
4 Gemini  Gemini 5 players 15 (4)   (19)
5 Aquarius  Aquarius 2 players 8 (1)   (8)
6 Sagittarius  Sagittarius 1 player 3 (1)   (3)
= Scorpio  Scorpio 1 player 3 (1)   (3)
8 Taurus  Taurus 6 players 1 (1)   (1)
9 Libra  Libra 4 players 0 (0)   (0)
= Capricorn  Capricorn 2 players 0 (0)   (0)
= Cancer  Cancer 3 players 0 (0)   (0)
= Virgo  Virgo 0 players 0 (0)   (0)

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09:17:41, Wed 8th Dec Ross Turnbull's guess has been changed to 'moon'
08:53:27, Wed 8th Dec Eight points are awarded to Matt F, Veronica W and Ed C
08:53:27, Wed 8th Dec Door 8 opened, picture shows a candy cane
08:20:25, Wed 8th Dec Rosie Wallbank's guess has been changed to 'teddy'
08:17:11, Wed 8th Dec Rosie Wallbank's guess has been changed to 'deer'
17:15:40, Tue 7th Dec Simon Gosney's guess has been changed to 'bauble'
17:15:33, Tue 7th Dec Simon Gosney's guess has been changed to 'angel'
16:29:11, Tue 7th Dec Neil Blake's guess has been changed to 'deer'
15:11:02, Tue 7th Dec Andrew Dale's guess has been changed to 'spinning top'
15:02:06, Tue 7th Dec Heather Haslam's guess has been changed to 'deer'

Items uncovered so far:

  1 Gift 2 Angel 3 Igloo
&
Penguin
4 Mince Pie 5 Lantern 6 Skis  
               
  7 Doll 8 Candy Cane  
     

Decisions

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

Random Stats

 Number of players: 41
 Number of players who can/cannot still win: 41 / 0
 Number of players who have been invited but are yet to play: 6 e.g. Aisling McCarthy. Why, Aisling, why? :-(
 Number of points remaining: 264

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...