Liverpool 2019


Date: Saturday 21st September 2019
Venue: The Cross Keys Pub, 13 Earle Street, Liverpool, L3 9NS [map]
Admission: £4 without food, or £10 with a buffet lunch
Hosts: Andy Platt and Dan McColm
Doors open: 12pm for a 12.20pm start
Games to be played: 6, plus Grand Final
Finishes by: 6pm
Wheelchair accessible?: No


Andy says… “We’re excited to be hosting Liverpool’s first FOCAL Countdown event! Here’s what you need to know.

Edinburgh/Lincoln style, six 9-round games played in tables of three – one player hosts while the other two play. After six games, the top two ranked players (sorted by wins, then points scored, then points difference) will meet in a final to determine the overall champion. We are aiming for 36 players.

12:00 – Doors open
12:20 – First round draw
12:30 – First round
13:40 – Lunch
14:30 – Second round
15:40 – Third round
16:50 – Final
17:20 – Prize-giving ceremony

You can use PayPal to secure your place – – making sure you select the option to pay friends and family, so that there isn’t a levy on the transfer. If it’s not immediately obvious from your user name or e-mail address, then please also clearly include your name. No funny business or pseudonyms.

– If you don’t want lunch to be included in the price (Sainsbury’s and Tesco are within easy walking distance, but we would obviously prefer you to support our local business, especially with the low event costs!), then the event will cost you £4.

– If you would like a buffet lunch included in the price, then the event will cost you £10. We need to know at least one week in advance so that we can communicate exact numbers to the pub’s management team. Please also let us know of any dietary requirements.

– Coming by train? The best bet is probably to come into either Liverpool Central or Liverpool Lime Street, and then change to get onto a train that stops at Moorfields (see suggested walking route). Most likely this will be on the underground/Wirral Line service. Walking would be an option but it’s quite a fair distance.

– Coming by car? There’s an NCP car park nearby. A quick glance at the website tells me that it should cost around £19 for the entire day. Feel free to check the website for more information. Alternatively, using a suburban railway station as a park-&-ride will reduce this cost.

– Champion
– Runner-Up
– Third Place
– Most conundrum solves
– Best word spot of the day
– Rudest word spot of the day
– Worst selection of the day
– Probably a few random spot prizes decided on the day based on numbers and remaining prize budget.

Will be organised in due course.

Hope to see you there!