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by Peter Mabey
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 11th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 9)
Replies: 1
Views: 237

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 11th July 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 9)

An eccentric alt for last numbers, found in spare time after seeing Tom's way: (75-7)x(25-3)/(6-2) :geek: :)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)
Replies: 9
Views: 1092

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 5th June 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 96)

Also 'minotaurs' is acceptable in Scrabble, as referring to the minotaur beetle.
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21st June 2019 (Series 80, QF2)
Replies: 10
Views: 1307

Re: Spoilers for Friday 21st June 2019 (Series 80, QF2)

Alt first numbers: (8+7+3-1)x9
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 2531

Re: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019

It seems possible that he's severely autistic, and just can't understand the impression that his attempts to get in with us are making :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri May 31, 2019 2:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 31st May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 93)
Replies: 9
Views: 1070

Re: Spoilers for Friday 31st May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 93)

FENNEC as a beater in the FUNK round - was hoping for UNFENCE^, but that's Scrabble only :(
by Peter Mabey
Wed May 22, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)
Replies: 25
Views: 2002

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 22nd May 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 86)

Tony Atkins wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 2:32 pm
Alt for second nos: (100+10+9-8)x(3+3)
I did (100+8+3)x(9-3)
by Peter Mabey
Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 11th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 57)
Replies: 7
Views: 699

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 11th April 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 57)

Ray Wilding wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:56 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:53 pm
Ray Wilding wrote:
Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:44 pm
POINTAGES in R11.
PINOTAGES, surely
I thought both were valid, but PINOTAGES isn't on apterous for some reason.
ODE has it as a mass noun, but I'd expect Susie to accept the plural using the 'restaurant rule'
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 8th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 33)
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: Spoilers for Friday 8th March 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 33)

With an all-female lineup, Nick should have been reminded that it's International Women's Day :o
by Peter Mabey
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1 February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 8)
Replies: 7
Views: 1660

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1 February 2019 (Series 80, Prelim 7)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 2:52 pm
Three vowels every time, regardless of what came up - I wish they both could have lost.

Great game though! :D
Yes, in pretty nearly every round I was shouting ANOTHER VOWEL !
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 29th January 2019 (series 80, prelim 5)
Replies: 8
Views: 1729

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 29th January 2019 (series 80, prelim 5)

Last numbers alt:(50+4+3)x2x6 - surprised Rachel went the long way round after starting with 57 :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 28th January 2019
Replies: 9
Views: 1896

Re: Spoilers for 28th January 2019

SUZERAIN to beat SUNNIER
by Peter Mabey
Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 9018

Re: What Degrees do you have

Maths - but never really got into it, so only achieved a pass. (I'd have been happier in engineering, but I got to Uni on the strength of my school maths, so that wasn't an option.)
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 32
Views: 5412

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

Tom S wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:23 pm
Gah it's just the coconut that is the issue in Bounty, and the nuts in Snickers............
No particular preferences otherwise :) , but entirely agree about those.
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Celebrations - a ranking
Replies: 32
Views: 5412

Re: Celebrations - a ranking

Tom S wrote:
Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:23 pm
Gah it's just the coconut that is the issue in Bounty, and the nuts in Snickers............
No particular preferences otherwise :) , but entirely agree about those.
by Peter Mabey
Thu Nov 29, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 110)
Replies: 5
Views: 1415

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th November 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 110)

APTEROUS in RESPONAUT round - and neither saw it :)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason
Replies: 64
Views: 10338

Re: Things normal people normally own but you don't own for some reason

I've never even thought of getting a pizza cutter, as I don't buy pizza.
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 13797

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I don't have a nomination, but am protesting against the inclusion of boxers - whose objective is to inflict brain injury - the one part of the body which never heals. (They even wear padded gloves to protect themselves against injuring themselves in doing so.) :( I don't think their purpose is to ...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Greatest Ever Sportsman?
Replies: 126
Views: 13797

Re: Greatest Ever Sportsman?

I don't have a nomination, but am protesting against the inclusion of boxers - whose objective is to inflict brain injury - the one part of the body which never heals. (They even wear padded gloves to protect themselves against injuring themselves in doing so.) :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 11th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 75)
Replies: 7
Views: 2429

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 11th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 75)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:21 am
I'm always a bit surprised that POUNDER isn't one of those "in combination" words.

TOBESTER was in round 7. Not valid though as it's a name.
POUNDER would be OK as someone who pounds something into a pulp
by Peter Mabey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)
Replies: 13
Views: 2523

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 9th October 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 73)

Avoiding the easy way (still in time, though) ;)
312=(5+7)(10+4x4)
498=6(10x8+7-4)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Sep 19, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48084

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Fenella Fielding - for me, the sexiest voice ever!
by Peter Mabey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 1993

Re: Lunch at Breakfast time

When I'm on holiday I have a full English (and don't need lunch) but it's too much hassle to cook for myself.
by Peter Mabey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)

8x51 was obvious, and then saw 17 was available
by Peter Mabey
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)
Replies: 8
Views: 2638

Re: Spoilers for Monday 3rd September 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 48)

Last numbers was a bit boring, so found a fun alternative: (5x5-1)x(8+9) :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)
Replies: 15
Views: 3358

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23rd August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 42)

What is unfortunate is that it is probable that as other octochamps come along he'll be pushed further and further down the list of seeds - although I don't think there are enough rounds left for him to lose a final place altogether.
by Peter Mabey
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?
Replies: 26
Views: 3984

Re: How many of your Facebook friends are dead?

When one of my friends died his family kept his site up so that his friends could post in remembrance :)
by Peter Mabey
Wed Aug 01, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 474
Views: 71969

Re: Politics in General

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:24 pm
Society seems to think you can't be pro Palestinian without being accused of being an anti-semite.
.. which is ironic because the Palestinians are also a Semitic race ;)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jul 30, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 30th July 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 2709

Re: Spoilers for 30th July 2018

After doing 75x8=600, and needing to take off 76, it was astonishing that the challenger didn't at once see that he should have used 7 as the multiplier - pressure of the occasion, I guess.
by Peter Mabey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 9018

Re: What Degrees do you have

BA (pass only) Maths - subsequently paid fee to register as MA. Oxford/Cambridge? Or does anywhere else do this? I don't know anything about this, but it reads like "I got a BA and then I paid to upgrade it to an MA without doing any work". Is that what is meant? Is this common? There's probably so...
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jul 24, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 9018

Re: What Degrees do you have

Noel Mc wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:54 pm
Peter Mabey wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:04 pm
BA (pass only) Maths - subsequently paid fee to register as MA.
Oxford/Cambridge? Or does anywhere else do this?
Cambridge
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)
Replies: 30
Views: 12465

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 16)

Dunno why 114 was tricky : it's obviously 19x6 , so 25+3-9 x 7-1 with time to spare :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jul 16, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 9018

Re: What Degrees do you have

BA (pass only) Maths - subsequently paid fee to register as MA.
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2018
Replies: 132
Views: 48084

Re: Deathwatch 2018

Harlan Ellison - legendary in the SF fan world
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21st June 2018 (Series 78, SF2)
Replies: 26
Views: 7695

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 21st June 2018 (Series 78, SF2)

GARTERED as alternative to REGRATED :)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th June 2018 (Series 78, QF4)
Replies: 14
Views: 3580

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 19th June 2018 (Series 78, QF4)

INDWELT to beat BLEWIT
A couple of interesting alternatives for the numbers:
(25+9x(6-4))x(10+1) = 473
(75/3-7)x9 = 162
If I see factorisation of a the target, I like to go for it & I saw these in time :D
by Peter Mabey
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 13th June 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 2591

Re: Spoilers for 13th June 2018

More concise way for last numbers: (75-6)x7 = 483 :)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 12th June 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 109)
Replies: 5
Views: 2160

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 12th June 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 109)

I hoped to beat MEGABIT with GAMBITED, but the verb doesn't seem to be allowable, even though it's regularly used by chessplayers :(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 11th June 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 108)
Replies: 3
Views: 1664

Re: Spoilers for Monday 11th June 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 108)

ALGATES is OK, not that I saw it at the time :(
by Peter Mabey
Mon May 21, 2018 8:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 21st May 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1046

Re: Spoilers for 21st May 2018

Was hoping to beat WAHOOS with ATISHOO but Scrabble only :(
by Peter Mabey
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 16th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 70)
Replies: 17
Views: 4395

Re: Spoilers for Monday 16th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 70)

Although Y isn't in the 'vowel' box it is certainly pronounced as one in RHYTHM :?