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by Graeme Cole
Sat Jul 20, 2024 8:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

After watching every episode of the last three months, I am convinced Rachel Reily is fed the answers through an earpiece. She can't be this good, conjuring all kinds of obscure solutions. What a shame. You've obviously done your research, having watched three months' worth of episodes. Here's a li...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jul 20, 2024 8:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Jamie Weisenberg wrote: Sat Jul 20, 2024 7:50 pm
JackHurst wrote: Sat Jul 20, 2024 7:02 pm Also I bet you wouldn't be saying this if "Rachel" was a man.
It is so lazy to trot out the misogyny card whenever a woman is criticized.
This argument might have made sense if you hadn't said two minutes earlier "she gets paid a lot because of her looks".
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jul 14, 2024 9:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 380
Views: 202876

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Marc Meakin wrote: Sun Jul 14, 2024 9:23 pm Also the shooter was on the opposite side to trumps wounded ear
No, he wasn't.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jul 14, 2024 10:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Atropine 1.2.3
Replies: 3
Views: 3850

Re: Atropine 1.2.4

There's a new version of Atropine (1.2.4), with not enough changes to need its own new thread. The only substantial change is to how the fixtures are displayed to everyone when they're announced. It used to show the name-to-table-number index, rather than the full fixture list, if there were 36 or m...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jul 01, 2024 8:37 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword
Replies: 4
Views: 1211

Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword

All-round interesting technology spokesperson Dylan Beattie has created a crossword which has two valid solutions. You'll find out which one is correct on Friday.

He talks about it in his latest video, but note that there are mild spoilers after about 5 minutes.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Jun 09, 2024 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Carol Vorderman appeared as a guest on HIGNFY on Friday, with former contestant Little Alex Horne as host. Is this the first time a former contestant has hosted a TV show with a former/current Countdown team member as a participant? (excluding Catsdown) No, it isn't; Carol Vorderman appeared in a s...
by Graeme Cole
Sun May 26, 2024 10:27 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

Maybe the one thing I would question is the value of having a 3rd/4th place play off going on at the same time as the final. I've seen it done before at CoMso, and I'd have to admit I really didn't like it. Trying to play 2 games simultaneously from the same selections with an audience is just real...
by Graeme Cole
Thu May 23, 2024 11:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Peter Thomas wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 5:56 pm There was also Isabelle Heward from earlier this year.
Forgot to mention that this only counts games up to the most recently-completed series.
by Graeme Cole
Thu May 23, 2024 11:57 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1938319

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu May 23, 2024 9:09 am It bodes well for England's chances in the football.
England last won a trophy during a Labour government.
*England women's team has left the chat*
by Graeme Cole
Sat May 18, 2024 10:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Hi Graeme, I was wondering how many octochamps in the fifteen round format have scored less than 100 each game? (I originally posted this a couple of weeks ago, but there have been no replies. Sorry if my original wording was a bit abrupt.) 15. Here are all the 15-round octochamps whose maximum hea...
by Graeme Cole
Sat May 18, 2024 10:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Does Graeme work on the TV show ? No. If not, what's this thread about ? A very long time ago, I wrote a loose collection of Python scripts to scrape all the results and rounds we have on the wiki into a database. Over the years I've refreshed and updated it, usually after each series, and I use it...
by Graeme Cole
Thu May 16, 2024 5:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?
Replies: 84
Views: 20903

Re: Who is better: Carol Vorderman or Rachel Riley?

Hope nobody is offended but .. has anyone ever suspected that Rachel Riley (or even Carol) might be getting fed the solution through an earpiece by the producers ? Surely has to be in some cases. I find it hard to believe she can get all the tougher ones in 30 secs that the maverick contestants are...
by Graeme Cole
Sat May 04, 2024 10:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: c4c errors
Replies: 21
Views: 58183

Re: c4c errors

http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewonline.php?sg=1&sk=b&sd=d You can see what the 'guests' are up to. It is a bit odd. Dunno if it displays IP addresses for admins... I can't see IP addresses of non-logged-in users, but I'm a "global moderator" rather than an "admin". Perh...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Apr 27, 2024 1:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Highest attendance for a Co-Event
Replies: 4
Views: 5936

Re: Highest attendance for a Co-Event

Found it - CO:LON 2017 has the record with 68 players. CO:LON 2018 had 67 and CO:LON 2019 had 65. Besides those events, I can't think of any others that got higher than the low-to-mid 50s. The recent Reading event had 53 but I don't think all of them were there at the same time. One of the more rece...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Apr 27, 2024 1:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Highest attendance for a Co-Event
Replies: 4
Views: 5936

Re: Highest attendance for a Co-Event

I'm playing in a scrabble tournament with over 160 entrants , so I was interested in what was the biggest attendance for a Countdown event ? Jen's CO:LON events from 2017-2019 consistently hit the high 60s, and I'm pretty certain that no other co-event has ever had that many people. I think the hig...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Apr 24, 2024 11:53 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 1661
Views: 1938319

Re: Politics in General

Fast forward a few years, and David Harewood says go for it ! Blackface in Shakespeare was much like men playing women's parts as women wernt allowed to act in those days and presumably black actors were not in abundance. So I kinda disagree with blackface in this context but RDJ using blackface in...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Apr 20, 2024 11:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

After discussion with a number of players at lunchtime, we decided to drop a round - we could have squeezed in 6 before the final, but it would have been pretty intense with no real breaks between 4 back to back games. As it was, 5 games fitted nicely, the pace felt a bit more relaxed, and the fina...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Apr 18, 2024 7:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No More FA Cup Replays
Replies: 19
Views: 7475

Re: No More FA Cup Replays

Could the same not happen anyway in the non-replay? How do they decide where to have the first match? Couldn't that be at Compton Pauncefoot Rovers' home stadium? Is it the home fixture or the away fixture that most benefits the smaller team? In the FA Cup, for most of the early rounds, the ticket ...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Apr 18, 2024 6:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No More FA Cup Replays
Replies: 19
Views: 7475

Re: No More FA Cup Replays

I'm surprised replays have survived this long since penalty shootouts were invented in the 1970s. Surely there are enough headaches involved in organising the FA Cup without giving every match a second "maybe" match, which nobody knows whether it will be played or not until after the firs...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Apr 18, 2024 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: No More FA Cup Replays
Replies: 19
Views: 7475

Re: No More FA Cup Replays

I'm surprised replays have survived this long since penalty shootouts were invented in the 1970s. Surely there are enough headaches involved in organising the FA Cup without giving every match a second "maybe" match, which nobody knows whether it will be played or not until after the first...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Apr 18, 2024 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

However, to put my own little spin on it, we will then have two 9-round Bristol-style semi-finals (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd) played simultaneously to decide who will contest the 15-round final. At the same time, everyone else will get to play one last game, against the person next to them in the standi...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:OX - 15th June 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 28639

Re: CO:OX - 15th June 2024

However, to put my own little spin on it, we will then have two 9-round Bristol-style semi-finals (1st v 4th, 2nd v 3rd) played simultaneously to decide who will contest the 15-round final. How is 3rd/4th place decided? Do the losing semi-finalists play along with the final as a 3rd/4th place playo...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Apr 15, 2024 7:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024
Replies: 53
Views: 36921

Re: CO:Rea - 20 April 2024

Old CoRea used to have five 15-rounders and a final, with a typical attendance of less than half what this one's getting. The FOCAL Finals have seven games but they're 9-rounders. I'm not aware of any event ever fitting in seven 15-rounders and a final (even six is a lot), so colour me astonished if...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Apr 15, 2024 5:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Can all CO-event c4c threads have the title of the top post edited to include the date please? Edit - Reading and Sheffield are currently the only ones that do this. So not London, Birmingham, Durham and Oxford (though Oxford has the month). This is obviously a good idea, and to me seems such an un...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Apr 15, 2024 5:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Atropine 1.2.3
Replies: 3
Views: 3850

Re: Atropine 1.2.3

Nice work Graeme! Does this mean for a single tournament, it is now possible to upload results from separate machines? Use case: You are at a Bristol style event with 2N players, and you want to minimize waiting time between rounds by having 2 (or more) people inputting results. No. The only change...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Apr 13, 2024 3:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Atropine 1.2.3
Replies: 3
Views: 3850

Atropine 1.2.3

If you're involved in the running of co-events, this is likely to be of interest to you. If you aren't, it's less likely. Version 1.2.3 of everyone's favourite Python-based co-event administration tool is out now. It can be found at the usual place: https://greem.uk/atropine/ New features since last...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

If you are a host who includes either 14-rounders or division (people who are lovely)-read the room. Ditch them Agree. I can take or leave 14-rounders - they're not my favourite, and I'm not sure what benefits they have that 15 rounders don't, but whatever, I'll play them without much gripe. The pl...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Mar 31, 2024 8:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

-For one, use Draw Against Someone On Same Number Of Wins (the 'Geneva' method). I've just implemented this for the next release of Atropine, because apparently this is what I get up to during the Easter weekend. I guess the question wasn't about method but more about outcome. What's better for R3 ...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Mar 27, 2024 1:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

On a separate note about smaller events. They should count, in full. It's still a CoEvent. Agree. Different day, different competition, and in many cases a different venue. But having two events in one go seems a bit of a "hack" allowing people to rack up two lots of points while making j...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Mar 07, 2024 1:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Should I be worried?
Replies: 11
Views: 13617

Re: Should I be worried?

I've opened an Apterous ticket. It seems strange to raise tickets on Apterous for things related to C4C, but precedent exists.
by Graeme Cole
Thu Mar 07, 2024 12:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Should I be worried?
Replies: 11
Views: 13617

Re: Should I be worried?

c4countdown.co.uk still uses unencrypted HTTP rather than HTTPS. I suspect this has always been the case and we've only just noticed.

I think C4C ought to have HTTPS and an SSL certificate like Apterous and most other websites do nowadays. AFAIK Charlie controls the domain so only he can set that up.
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 10:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Obviously we know about Maus's record for the shortest time to solve all 8 conundrums, but what is the record for 7/7, 6/6, 5/5, etc.? (And I suppose, 9/9, 10/10, etc., if it has been done) I've noticed Matthew Jenkins managed to solve 4/4 in 8.25, which must be up there? People who solved all the ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

In today's episode a contestant scored points by declaring 99 in a numbers round. Has this ever happened before? No. That's the first time a player has scored points with a declaration of less than 100. At the other end, there have been 22 scoring declarations of 1000, but only one scoring declarat...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Has anyone ever won a game without making a declaration in any of the numbers rounds? (question inspired by Monday's game in which Caroline only declared in 1 of the 4 rounds) Obviously this happened quite a few times in the 9-round format when there were only two numbers rounds, but if we restrict...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Tom S wrote: Sun Oct 01, 2023 9:32 am Which day has had the most series champs appear over the years?
Could you elaborate? Day of the year or day of the week? And by "appear" do you mean their first game, or all games?
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 6:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Apropos of nothing, what is the smallest number vowels ever picked by an Octochamp across their entire octorun? Has anyone managed a perfect 120? In the modern 15-rounder, an octochamp picks 40 letters rounds, so the number of vowels they pick will be between 120 and 200. In the old 15-rounder, C1 ...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Mar 02, 2024 5:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 819925

Re: Ask Graeme?

Since it's origin up to Series 87, what's the percentage of contestants/finalists/champions that are Apterites? Curious of how much Apterous has had an absolute grasp on the community? I can't answer all of this one because there's no way to know, for every contestant, whether they actually played ...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Feb 26, 2024 7:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I'm curious to hear from hosts (and Graeme) if atropine had a feature where you can mark a player as a an inexperienced/slow hosts and for R1 the draw avoid clustering such players together do you think it would help to keep things running smoothly? Funny you should mention this, because I've alrea...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Feb 25, 2024 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

I don't tend to really play along as host. I'll glance at the letters and might spend a few seconds on the numbers but if I don't solve it I leave it to watch the time. Also has this been said - as host, don't write the letters down on the scoresheet until the time starts. You don't need to interru...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 27716

Re: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024

But a great weekend all round, and it was good to get access to the rugby club place on the Saturday night. Though I think they could make their door look more like a door you're supposed to go in through rather than some back door to the dungeon. Yes, I think the social club was an improvement. I ...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Following from this post ... If I had one small suggestion, it would be that if there are table numbers, it's best to have them explicitly labelled rather than people having to infer them from the set numbers on the lids of the letters/numbers boxes, which are generally harder to find with the lids ...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Jan 29, 2024 4:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024
Replies: 44
Views: 27716

Re: COLIN XIX- Countdown in Lincoln, 27-28 January 2024

Yeah thanks again Ben. I'll second everything GC said. Much better atmosphere at the social club than the fox and hounds, but I don't think we'd even be able to describe the food as "ok" this time I didn't eat at the social club. Are you saying the food there was better than OK or worse t...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Jan 20, 2024 11:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event dictionary
Replies: 38
Views: 10276

Re: Co-event dictionary

I was just alerted to this thread on Apterous: https://www.apterous.org/ticket_view.php?ticket=6867 I also agree with the sentiment that Co-Events should be played with the most up to date dictionaries available, however the practicalities of asking for this on apterous at 7 days notice are very qu...
by Graeme Cole
Thu Dec 07, 2023 11:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 380
Views: 202876

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

The generations like Gen X, millennials etc., are arbitrary, confusing and ultimately just stupid. It makes no real sense to say that you are in the same generation as someone because you fall the right side of some arbitrary boundary. You might be in a "different generation" to someone b...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Dec 06, 2023 1:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-event lunch arrangements
Replies: 20
Views: 8215

Re: Co-event lunch arrangements

I prefer option 5 - just buy or take your own. It's really rare for an event not to be within easy walking distance of a supermarket or similar sandwich-vending emporium. The problem with options 3 and 4 is that in the past people have gone to a cafe or pub for lunch and got stuck there waiting ages...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Dec 04, 2023 1:34 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 380
Views: 202876

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

The whole digitisation of services has gone too far, and is really just the result of high-ups being lazy and not wanting to do any work or employ anyone. This applies to things such as car parks where you have to pay using your phone, anywhere that insists you download an app in order to use a ser...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Dec 02, 2023 1:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)
Replies: 11
Views: 3892

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)

Did its reintroduction coincide with the new numbers generator? If you mean the "new" display, that came after the old 7-segment one, no. That was introduced at the same time Countdown moved from Granada to MediaCity in 2013 . It's possible that 100 became a valid target at this point and...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Dec 02, 2023 1:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)
Replies: 11
Views: 3892

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)

Is there an Ask Graeme here? When there were two numbers games per show you'd expect it to come up every 450 shows on average - and up to 1996 it did. Now you'd expect it to come up every 225 shows, and it doesn't. Not even close. If we look at all episodes since 100 appeared as a target in 2016, t...
by Graeme Cole
Sat Dec 02, 2023 12:49 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)
Replies: 11
Views: 3892

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)

100 has come up several times as a target. The whole 101 thing is a myth. Only a really long time ago and in relatively recent history. Here are all the times 100 has appeared as a target... https://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_877 (1989) https://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_1268 (1992) https://wiki.apte...
by Graeme Cole
Wed Nov 29, 2023 7:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 355
Views: 184862

Re: You Are The Ref

You're at a co:event. This is a co:event. It's not Countdown. It's not apterous. It's a co:event. So you're at a co:event and it's Bristol style. Conundrum time. It's a crucial conundrum. Pretty important game in the context of the day too. Both players buzz at around about the same time, although ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Nov 28, 2023 12:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Callum Todd wrote: Tue Nov 28, 2023 12:31 pm (probably Graeme, as it sounds such a sensible idea)
It's an interesting suggestion but I don't remember making it, so I don't think I can take the credit for it.
by Graeme Cole
Tue Nov 28, 2023 11:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

it's important that the small numbers are revealed before the larges. Particularly in 4 large this distinction is significant. 100% agreed. I also have a strong preference for larges always being on the left, as that's the canonical way of seeing them, and I never write them down. Frankly, it's an ...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Nov 28, 2023 10:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

On writing the numbers down, how much time should there be and when does it become "extra"? It can be quite awkward watching the numbers come up quickly and then having to write them down (backwards, because of the weird Countdown tradition from decades on the television) and a bit of tim...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Nov 28, 2023 10:43 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

1) Extra Time for Writing Numbers Down: Should a player be given considerable extra time to write the numbers down before revealing the target? This deviation from the show's format happened for Tim on Saturday. It inadvertently provides extra thinking time for everyone. In games like 6 small, this...
by Graeme Cole
Tue Nov 28, 2023 12:26 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Re: Co-Event Suggestion Box

Written as a separate post as I think this one's important enough to deserve it. I was disappointed to hear recently that someone who used to come to events no longer does, because of certain people and their continued disrespect of boundaries. It's a tiny minority, but it's always the same men's na...
by Graeme Cole
Mon Nov 27, 2023 11:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co-Event Suggestion Box
Replies: 194
Views: 51436

Co-Event Suggestion Box

Here's a thread for everyone's suggestions on how co-events could be improved. Naturally people normally post these in the thread corresponding to the most recent co-event, because the improvement they thought of is fresh in their mind. However, to avoid these looking like criticisms of one specific...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Nov 26, 2023 10:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL Finals and MK Open - 25th November 2023
Replies: 48
Views: 23710

Re: FOCAL Finals and MK Open - 25th November 2023

*Graeme Cole once said that in his experience it's the onion, but I think he must hang out with a statistically anomalous bunch of people. Last night I went for a curry with seven other people from this social group, and guess what, the onions got used up first. Basically you're calling this forum ...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Nov 26, 2023 5:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Shuffling Algorithms
Replies: 15
Views: 10497

Re: Letter Shuffling Algorithms

Bumping this - the tool that was used for hosting the finals yesterday implemented "algorithm 2" as outlined by Jack (although with 9 or 15 rounders (code bugs excepted!) we're never going to get near the end of the pack so algorithm 1 is probably fine!) I think it felt about right - ther...
by Graeme Cole
Sun Nov 26, 2023 4:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15868

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

I was going to say the exact same thing. Being a contestant on a TV show, fun though it is, is not worth giving up your job for.
by Graeme Cole
Sun Nov 26, 2023 2:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The Countdown Android App is now out!
Replies: 158
Views: 40932

Re: The Countdown Android App is now out!

Yesterday, Phil Stanton mentioned to me that when the app asks you to pick your numbers, the "Random" button never picks 6 small. I can reproduce this. I've just played four 10xN games, pressing the Random pick button every time, and in 40 numbers rounds I didn't get a single 6 small. This...