Today saw the end of the latest game of #ExpressBingo. It took 29 days for the Express to cycle through its 12 most popular subjects on its front page.
The rules of the game stated each story could only be ticked off once but for the record there were EIGHT weather stories on the front page during the 29 days it took to complete. There were SEVEN stories offering top tips for living longer and Alzheimer's was covered FIVE times and cured at least three times.
In total, stories from the bingo card appeared 42 times during the 29 day period. Here's how they divided up, in the clockwise order in which they first appeared during the game:
For a while it looked like it might all be over very quickly indeed. There was a hattrick on day one and the card was half-complete within four days and two thirds complete within seven, but with Kate Middleton on holiday and the Express seemingly struggling to come up with stories about Benefits, House Prices or Arthritis the game slowed. Here's how long we were kept waiting for each story to make its first appearance.
There were many people who asked why Diana wasn't on there. While it remains true she isn't the front page regular she once was on the Express, it should be noted there was, perhaps inevitably, one Diana story on the front page during the 29 days.