Derby Dead Pool

The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big-Iain back in 1996, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid. From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock, and from 2010 The Man in Black...

Latest Stiffs:18th May 2015 by The Man in Black
[Picture of B.B. King]

The R&Bocalypse continues...

Bye bye B.B.

B.B. King, one of the most famous blue guitarists of all time, has passed away. King was a inspiration for many subsequent blues and rock guitarists, including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton among many others in a 60+ year career which took him around the World, with his trusty guitar Lucille. It's another blow for the classic era of R&B, following on the heels of the non-related Ben E. King and Percy Sledge. King was 89 and a hit for 23 teams.

[Scorecard] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (23 teams) = 6pts

Case closed for Rendell

Crime writer Ruth Rendell was best known for the creation of the fictional detective Inspector Wexford in a series of novels starting in 1964. The Wexford books were later made into a successful series, starring the late George Baker. Rendell was 85 and a unique hit for crime fiction theme team in eternum+'s Wrinkly Dicks.
Military dictator Kenan Evren led Turkey for 9 years following a coup in 1980, which involved 50 hangings, the banning of all political parties and 600,000 arrests. And to think some of us moaned about putting up with the likes of Thatcher and Reagan in that decade! He was eventually put on trial in 2014 and got a life sentence which didn't last very long. Evren was 97 and a unique hit for DDP veteran Inquilinekea/Simfish.
Talking of Reagan, Jim Wright was the Texan Democrat congressman who led the US House of Representatives at the back end of the Gipper's Presidency, from 1987 until 1989, when he was forced out after allegations of improper conduct. Wright was 92 and a unique hit for Grim Sleeper.

[Scorecard] (Rendell) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Evren) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Wright) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

Send for the funeral singer

Ellen Albertini Dow was something of a late developer in Hollywood. She first caught the eye in 1998, as the rapping granny in Adam Sandler's only half-decent film 'The Wedding Singer' and settled into the role of the quirky oldie for a late career flourish. She was 101 and a hit for a clutch of teams and a 5th hit for theme team 16 Is The Number who's proving 16 is a lucky number as they take the lead in the TTL...
Somewhat more soberly comes the death of young mother Samantha Beaven who passed away aged 29, a hit for three teams. It's in the rules, so let's move on...

[Scorecard] (Dow) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (5 teams) = 4pts [Joker](1 team) = 8pts
[Scorecard] (Beaven) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 12pts [Joker](1 team) = 24pts

The Iron Duke rusts

Geoff Duke was one of the great names of motorcycling in the 1950s. Duke won the great Isle of Man TT on six occasions and was a hair's breadth from being the first motorcyclist to lap at 100mph. He died aged 92 and was a hit for three teams.
Colonel Bertram Stuart Archer was the oldest recipient of the George Cross for his work on bomb disposal during World War II. You don't often get the likes of him anymore. He was 100 and a hit for 2 teams.
Now a couple of hits from April. Gene Fullmer has been somewhat written out of middleweight boxing history, despite beating the legendary Sugar Ray Robinson on no less than three occasions albeit when the latter, arguably the greatest boxer of all, was past his peak in later meetings. He was World champion in 1957 and again from 1959 to 1961. Fuller was 83 and a unique hit for Out for the C*unt.
Peter Howell was a prolific character actor whom The Man In Black personally remembers playing a judge sentencing Mr You-Don't-Wanna-Do-It-Like-That to death on 'Harry Enfield's Television Programme'. He was 95 and a unique hit for Brown Bananas.

[Scorecard] (Duke) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (3 teams) = 5pts
[Scorecard] (Archer) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] (2 teams) = 4pts
[Scorecard] (Fullmer) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 9pts
[Scorecard] (Howell) [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] [Points] + [Unique] = 8pts

List of the Lost - Latest Entrants

John Stephenson

List of the Missed - Latest Entrants

Stuart Sherwin, Dean Potter

Player of the Month - April

The Living End - 46 points (honourable mention to Thomas Jefferson Survives, who had FIVE hits in April!)

Latest News

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Mohammed Morsi are sentenced the death. Remember folks, should those executions be carried out, there will be NO unnatural bonus points awarded...
The Theme Team League is updated for May.

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[DDP 2015]
This Year
Who's dead so far?
List of the Lost
List of the Missed
A to Z list of teams
A to Z list of celebrities
Drop Forty
Theme Team League
Last Year
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
(108 points, 11 hits)

A brief history of dead pools
DDP stats & facts
DDP Archive
Previous winners
David Quantick's Showbiz Pals
The Living End
The Living End
Octopus of Odstock
Tonight, Matthew, I'm Going To Be Badly-Torn Boy
The Living End
Meet Your Maker
Meet Your Maker
Fallen Sparrow
Otis, You Want A Treat?
Whittaker's Choice
MT Graves
Nick J
Nick J