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by David Williams
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 15 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 57)
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Wednesday 15 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 57)

<<< Given today's standards, I'm surprised WIMPED wasn't expunged as well. >>>
Not to mention GIMP, even if Pam did give a meaning I wasn't familiar with. RETARD has a perfectly acceptable meaning as well.
by David Williams
Fri Sep 17, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 16 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 58)
Replies: 2
Views: 214

Re: Thursday 16 September 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 58)

<<< I'm not quite sure what Mike was thinking of >>>
Mike used to work in the City of London, where there is a road and a pub called The Minories, which I have been in. When he said it, my first thought was that it would be OK, even if I had no idea what it meant.
by David Williams
Fri Sep 03, 2021 9:48 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 47)
Replies: 7
Views: 381

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st September 2021 (Series 84, Prelim 47)

Not a fan of Johnny Vaughan. You can never really be sure, but one suspects that he's one of the best guests ever at spotting words. If he was taking it seriously he would be a match for all but the very best contestants. Or maybe they just all hate him so much they feed him invalid words through h...
by David Williams
Wed Sep 01, 2021 9:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 72
Views: 9366

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

I get so angry at expresso. I've left a restaurant because it had expresso on the menu, it's completely irrational. If I had to choose between taking a kick to the bollocks every single day for the rest of my life, or hearing the word "expresso" once - I'm taking the no kids option. https://www.lex...
by David Williams
Tue Aug 10, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 9 August 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 30)
Replies: 3
Views: 386

Re: Monday 9 August 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 30)

R14 7 x 8 x 9 - 75 - 2
You should never pass over a 504 opportunity.
by David Williams
Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Track and Field Athletics
Replies: 104
Views: 13418

Re: Track and Field Athletics

I've always thought that athletics short-changes itself compared to other sports. If swimming was done the same way, you'd only have one 100 metre event. But if you can have backstroke and butterfly, why doesn't athletics have running backwards and bunny-hop events? My rule of thumb has always been ...
by David Williams
Sun Aug 08, 2021 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Olympics 2020
Replies: 135
Views: 5536

Re: Olympics 2020

Japan doing really well to come 3rd. It does seem like the host nation tends to do better than they normally would. And this time it can't be down to home support. I'm guessing some events confer some inbuilt home advantage (familiarity with the track/venue, or conditions) but mostly is because the...
by David Williams
Sat Jul 31, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 30 July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 24)
Replies: 1
Views: 367

Re: Friday 30 July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 24)

Is it only me who was a bit taken aback by all the "young Liberace" stuff? Especially when it got to being "far too sensible to be upset", which I don't imagine was a reference to Liberace apparently not being particularly good at playing the piano. (Younger readers may need to consult Wikipedia.)
by David Williams
Tue Jul 27, 2021 11:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 27th July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 21)
Replies: 1
Views: 359

Re: Tuesday 27 July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 21)

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Tue Jul 27, 2021 2:09 pm
Richard Coles who didn't drop a single point today.
It wouldn't have crossed my mind otherwise, but there can't have been many games ever that were easier to max than this one. I was quite pleased to see RHETORIC, but nothing else was very special
by David Williams
Mon Jul 26, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do ?.....
Replies: 21
Views: 4981

Re: Why do ?.....

Even worse is "We'll see you after the break". I'm pretty confident TV doesn't work like Zoom.
by David Williams
Fri Jul 23, 2021 7:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is Banter With Contestants to be Encouraged?
Replies: 2
Views: 529

Re: Is Banter With Contestants to be Encouraged?

Banter. The playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks. An exchange requires the recipient to respond in kind.

"You're an accountant. Is that as exciting as it sounds?"

"Maybe not. I've never been sacked for being drunk, for example."

Looking forward to it.
by David Williams
Thu Jul 22, 2021 1:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: First impressions of Anne
Replies: 104
Views: 7247

Re: First impressions of Anne

Her approach really falls flat if you get contestants like the last couple. I'm sure you could have a decent conversation about bee-keeping or rowing, but her questioning is more like brow-beating, trying to shame or embarrass them. Fine on Watchdog, but these people have nothing to be ashamed or em...
by David Williams
Fri Jul 16, 2021 7:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 15th July 2021 (Series 84, Preliminary 14)
Replies: 11
Views: 1041

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 15th July 2021 (series 84 )

504 thing for R3 numbers - 9*8*7+1 = 505 I was surprised Rachel missed that actually. I think she started with 9*8, but then went off a different (less good) way. I suspect Rachel's first thought is to factorise. Mine with six small has always been to multiply the largest two together, divide the p...
by David Williams
Fri Jul 09, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1216
Views: 144487

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Am I the only person in the country able to actually remember the 1966 World Cup? Did anyone watch The Last Tommy ? There'll be a thing like that soon for people who remember the 1966 World Cup. I did sort of mean remember what it was really like. Until the semi-final England were dire, and the gen...
by David Williams
Thu Jul 08, 2021 4:01 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The C4C Football Thread
Replies: 1216
Views: 144487

Re: The C4C Football Thread

Am I the only person in the country able to actually remember the 1966 World Cup? So far, from an England perspective, 2021 is so much better. A bit like this time, England were pretty pedestrian in the qualifying group. They played with a winger, Ball and Peters alternated, Hurst was very much thir...
by David Williams
Wed Jun 30, 2021 11:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: First impressions of Anne
Replies: 104
Views: 7247

Re: First impressions of Anne

I didn't follow the Mensa thing. She asks Steve if he is in Mensa. If he says he isn't, but he could be, then "We'll be the judge of that" is a nice putdown. But when he says he isn't clever enough, it's a compliment, isn't it? Yet she still delivered it as a putdown, almost as if she wasn't listeni...
by David Williams
Tue Jun 29, 2021 7:30 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: First impressions of Anne
Replies: 104
Views: 7247

Re: First impressions of Anne

Sorry, but I thought it was "Bring your granny to work day". A pale imitation of the Anne Robinson I remember, and I always thought that was a bit stilted. Calling an accountant boring is not exactly original, and Shelley from Newcastle clearly wasn't expecting to be told the countryside was beautif...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 25, 2021 2:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24th June 2021 (Series 83, Second Semi Final)
Replies: 15
Views: 1490

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24 June 2021 (Series 83, Second Semi Final)

I think James probably felt obliged to go for the 9, as he'd have been over 40 pts behind if Underbets was valid and he'd not gone for it. I daresay that's true, but at 23 points behind you have a chance to be either 15 points behind or 41. Against an opponent who really isn't likely to give you th...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 25, 2021 11:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 24th June 2021 (Series 83, Second Semi Final)
Replies: 15
Views: 1490

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 24 June 2021 (Series 83, Second Semi Final)

Surely the tactic when you're well behind, your opponent declares a nine, and you don't have anything cast iron, is to go for a definite eight or a seven? UNRESTED for me.
by David Williams
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd June 2021 (Series 83, Fourth Quarter Final)
Replies: 22
Views: 1930

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22 June 2021 (Series 83, Fourth Quarter Final)

Nearly all these things are Countdown trying to make the best of inconsistencies in the dictionary, of course. If you're going to print lots of examples of a word being used in a count noun sense, it should specify that it can be used as a count noun as well as a mass noun. As they increasingly do f...
by David Williams
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 22nd June 2021 (Series 83, Fourth Quarter Final)
Replies: 22
Views: 1930

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 22 June 2021 (Series 83, Fourth Quarter Final)

Allowing PICRITES was slightly controversial I think but it didn't make a difference in the end. I would have agreed it was slightly controversial, were it not that eleven days ago we were told VASELINE would not be allowed, despite the fact that it was lower case in all the examples. http://www.c4...
by David Williams
Sat Jun 12, 2021 9:16 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)
Replies: 19
Views: 1599

Re: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)

It would be great if CD just switched to the Scrabble word list and be done with it. The reason they didn't do that in the first place is that they didn't want an elite group of contestants who would be so well prepared that ordinary mortals wouldn't stand a chance. I guess that ship sailed a while...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)
Replies: 19
Views: 1599

Re: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)

Interesting. Mind you, the reasoning is pretty bizarre. Words and their meanings get into a dictionary by being in common usage. I don't see why that excludes the internet. And they didn't just arrive in the dictionary by accident. The OUP selected them. I wonder if we will see fewer mass noun plura...
by David Williams
Fri Jun 11, 2021 9:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)
Replies: 19
Views: 1599

Re: Spoilers for Friday 11th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 115)

VASELINE is *not* valid and therefore will be removed from the Apterous dictionary (note that it lags behind Countdown). Where a headword is capitalised, it must have an un-capitalised sub-entry in bold to be valid So why does Susie go through the example sentences for mass nouns to see if any of t...
by David Williams
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 113)
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 113)

Just on that final numbers, I parked the 3 and 4, and quickly saw
5 x 50 +75 -100
Then I saw
5 x (75 - 50) +100
And finally
5 x 75 -100 -50
The actual solution escaped me entirely.
by David Williams
Thu Jun 10, 2021 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 113)
Replies: 5
Views: 738

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 9th June 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 113)

It's a shame there doesn't seem to be a Welsh language version of Countdown. In this, Y would be classed as a vowel. I guess W would be classed as a consonant but subject to the same debate as we have about Y. Welsh is pretty much a phonetic language. W is one of the seven vowels. There are 22 cons...
by David Williams
Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Next Champion of Champions series
Replies: 46
Views: 4315

Re: Next Champion of Champions series

CoC isn't the be all and end all, with regular series being just the preliminaries. If you always have all the runners-up it's a bit like having the last 16 of the FA Cup, giving the eight winners a prize, and then reinstating all the losers and doing the draw again. CoC has always had the series ch...
by David Williams
Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:55 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Next Champion of Champions series
Replies: 46
Views: 4315

Re: Next Champion of Champions series

Including Corrina Attwood is a really good idea. Series champions are there as of right, but everyone else has lost at least once - except her.
by David Williams
Thu May 20, 2021 4:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 803
Views: 272386

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who DON'T read out phone numbers as (xxxx) pause (xxx) pause (xxx). 01223 Cambridge 01224 Aberdeen 01225 Bath 01226 Barnsley 01227 Canterbury 01228 Carlisle A selection of area codes. I'd find it a bit odd if anyone in one of these places paused after 0122. Or maybe you shouldn't trust anyon...
by David Williams
Sun May 16, 2021 7:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327445

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Before they discovered oil and gas in the North Sea, domestic gas supplies were made from coal. Coal gas, or town gas, had a distinctive smell, instantly recognisable. When they switched over to North Sea gas they put an additive in so that the smell would be the same.
by David Williams
Fri May 14, 2021 11:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 94)
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13th May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 94)

Good to hear. Yet more evidence that I need to get my hearing tested.
by David Williams
Thu May 13, 2021 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 13th May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 94)
Replies: 3
Views: 658

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 13th May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 94)

Would someone with better sound quality on their TV and better hearing than me give some assurance that she didn't say PERCEDING. She was pretty hesitant about it, that's what it sounded like to me, and she pronounced it with the wrong emphasis on the syllables - similar to PERCEIVING, whereas it's ...
by David Williams
Thu Apr 22, 2021 6:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327445

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Because a musket was so big you couldn't carry it around, it was a battlefield weapon.

Under current seating arrangements, how does a Dictionary Corner guest know to say "But Susie has a longer word"?
by David Williams
Thu Apr 22, 2021 9:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 181
Views: 45414

Re: Joke Items

It's not just money that makes this one different. There was massive opposition to the formation of the Premier League and the Champions League at the time, but now these are the good guys. The crucial difference is the absence of promotion and relegation. All of the big six are clearly among the st...
by David Williams
Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1565
Views: 503163

Re: Ask Graeme?

The question of who is better has definitely been addressed before. I'll have a look later if someone doesn't beat me to it. I remember one a long time ago that showed that Rachel was better overall, but Carol declined as she got older, and when she was the same age as Rachel they were about the sa...
by David Williams
Wed Apr 14, 2021 7:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1565
Views: 503163

Re: Ask Graeme?

For Graeme or someone else with too much time on their hands. How many numbers games have Carol and Rachel each presided over? Seeing as there are twice as many now as there were for most of Carol's time it could be close.
And probably for Graeme alone. Which of them is better (at numbers)??
by David Williams
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)
Replies: 14
Views: 2226

Re: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)

I'd have been amazed if UNFRIEND wasn't in. Turns out it was one of Oxford's words of the year as far back as 2009. Can I have BEWARED? Generally speaking, you know to go to Lexico don't you? I know the free version isn't identical to the one they use, but it gives you most of the information. Of c...
by David Williams
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)
Replies: 14
Views: 2226

Re: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)

You can certainly have past infinitives. To have eaten. Past imperatives may be a bit more dodgy. Even so. I didn't see the signs. Keep your dog on a lead. I should have kept my dog on a lead. Beware of the dog. I should have . . . what?
by David Williams
Mon Apr 05, 2021 11:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5th April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)
Replies: 14
Views: 2226

Re: Spoilers for Easter Monday 5 April 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 66)

I'd have been amazed if UNFRIEND wasn't in. Turns out it was one of Oxford's words of the year as far back as 2009.

Can I have BEWARED?
by David Williams
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 29th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)
Replies: 13
Views: 2116

Re: Spoilers for Monday 29 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 61)

If they slip him another freebie 18 points in the first round for the fourth game running that will help a little.
by David Williams
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 22nd March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Spoilers for Monday 22 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)

It occurs to me that every day countless newspapers publish the solution to the previous day's cryptic crossword. I've never come across one that actually explains the answers.
by David Williams
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:51 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 22nd March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Spoilers for Monday 22 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)

I'd be willing to bet that most viewers didn't understand the teaser. You cannot possibly know that. You can only extrapolate from yourself and the very limited selection of people you know. I would see it as dumbing down with a vengeance to explain that Miss Fylde was a beauty queen from Lancashir...
by David Williams
Tue Mar 23, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 22nd March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)
Replies: 15
Views: 2909

Re: Spoilers for Monday 22 March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 56)

Population 80,000. Just because it's not in the south-east of England doesn't make it obscure. Would you expect an explanation of, say, Barking (population 60,000)?
by David Williams
Tue Mar 16, 2021 2:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 15th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 51)
Replies: 3
Views: 896

Re: Spoilers for Monday 15th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 51)

It used to irritate me a little that Nick was obviously so hopeless at Countdown, but Colin seems to go farther and farther in the opposite direction. It was bad enough the other day when he had all four of the presenters say they had got a conundrum that the two contestants had missed, but it seeme...
by David Williams
Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 4th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 44)
Replies: 5
Views: 1035

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 4th March 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 44)

A couple of weeks ago we had something like "4+8=12. Oh, (pause) er, no, that's another one. 75*8=600 . . ." Would Colin have allowed that? I somehow doubt it. At the time I sort of thought that starting "4+8" and correcting yourself is OK, but once you've said "=12" you've passed the point of no re...
by David Williams
Mon Mar 01, 2021 2:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 948
Views: 645965

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote:
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:02 pm
For me its Nicholas II of Russia, Pope John Paul II or Tina Fey
That would be my perfect dinner party.
by David Williams
Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 11th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 29)
Replies: 2
Views: 794

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 11th February 2021 (Series 83, Prelim 29)

Why would you risk MORALES when your opponent has declared a five. Potential gain one point. Potential (and actual) loss 11 points.
by David Williams
Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:53 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 17464

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

Comment from a viewer in the Sunday Times yesterday. "Colin Murray . . . just can't stop talking and letting us know how clever he is." I find myself wishing he'd stop trying to build up a crescendo of tension and excitement in a run-of-the-mill heat game, particularly when the contestants clearly a...
by David Williams
Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who should replace Nick Hewer?
Replies: 78
Views: 17464

Re: Who should replace Nick Hewer?

You need a presenter who knows the basic rules - whose turn it is, who declares first, who gives their word first - ensures the game is run scrupulously fairly and in such a way that the typical viewer doesn't even realise there are any rules. What you don't need is a celebrity guest. It's pretty od...
by David Williams
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 25th January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 16)
Replies: 2
Views: 1362

Re: Spoilers for Monday 25 January 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 16)

If there was anyone who believed that Rachel gets fed answers by computer, I think her solution to this one would suggest otherwise.

869 = ((50 + 8) × 2 + 8) × 7 + 1​

Once you get to 58 there's a rather simpler method staring you in the face.
by David Williams
Sat Jan 02, 2021 8:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Genius things
Replies: 36
Views: 7362

Re: Genius things

I just thought Jono meant doorbells generally. Either way it's weak in the context of this topic. And are LED bulbs really such a game-changer? Significant reduction in global carbon emissions and cheaper and longer-lasting than what they replace. Something actually useful that won a Nobel prize. A...
by David Williams
Thu Dec 24, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Distribution Q
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: Letters Distribution Q

If you add up how many times each consonant has appeared this year, I imagine you will find that J, Q, X, Z have appeared about the same number of times each, and all the others will be close to a whole number multiple of the average of those numbers. QED. More difficult for the vowels if you don't ...
by David Williams
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds
Replies: 40
Views: 7933

Re: Ladbrokes - Next Presenter Odds

Is that list of odds for real/ If you wanted to guarantee a pay-out of £1000 on who will win the Premier League, and decided to place a bet on all 20 teams it would cost you a little over £1100. Maybe £700 split between Liverpool and Manchester City, and about 20p each on Fulham and West Brom. If yo...
by David Williams
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 489
Views: 108620

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:20 pm
If we can develop a testing system from nothing it stands to reason we can roll the vaccine out at double speed.
That is slightly less logical than saying if we can develop a testing system from nothing it stands to reason we can have a world-beating track and trace system.
by David Williams
Mon Nov 16, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 958
Views: 327445

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

There is a 'thing' called six degrees of Kevin Bacon whereby you can determine that every actor is no more than six people away from Kevin Bacon from the films they have made. I was wondering if there is an optimum number of degrees for one person to be known to anyone on the planet I believe a gro...
by David Williams
Tue Nov 10, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown
Replies: 9
Views: 2549

Re: Nick Hewer taking break from Countdown

Those with long memories may recall that Channel 4 has announced a “black takeover day” which will showcase black talent to “kickstart a fresh push for greater on- and off-screen representation”. Is this perhaps a missed opportunity? Aren't appointments like this precisely the problem they are suppo...
by David Williams
Tue Oct 20, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 138)
Replies: 4
Views: 1459

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th October 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 138)

Somewhat surreal ending.

C2 Two large, please.

Rachel You're 16 behind. Do you want to gamble?

C2 OK, one large, please.

C2 then gets seven points for one away, plus the conundrum, and wins.