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by Peter Mabey
Wed May 19, 2021 4:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 19th May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 98)
Replies: 1
Views: 273

Re: Wednesday 19 May 2021 (Series 83, Preliminary 98)

I'm surprised that although Susie went on at length about "the bee's knees" as referring to something trivial, she didn't mention the alternative origin, from a jokey pronunciation of "it's the business" i.e. it's excellent!. (eetz zee beezneez)
by Peter Mabey
Thu Apr 22, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292086

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why don't the Three Musketeers ever use (or even carry) their muskets?
by Peter Mabey
Fri Feb 12, 2021 2:10 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lingo
Replies: 8
Views: 2783

Re: Lingo

I put this on for a few minutes the other day and had to turn it off solely because of the contestants. Stuff like this being fairly typical: M E A L <- M is in the right place, no other letters Contestant: MEAN? M E A N <- M is in the right place, no other letters Contestant: MEAT? FUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...
by Peter Mabey
Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23rd December 2020 (Special S49)
Replies: 17
Views: 2974

Re: Special Spoilers for Wednesday 23 December 2020

Ali 1st numbers: (75-8)x(6+5-4)=469
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Obscenity democracy
Replies: 205
Views: 19591

Re: Obscenity democracy

I had the 1947 edition of the Oxford Companion to Music as a birthday present, which has a section on 'Nicknamed Compositions'. It unashamedly includes Dvorak's "Nigger quartet", so the word's unprintability is pretty recent. :o
by Peter Mabey
Wed Nov 18, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18 November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 160)

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Rhys Benjamin wrote:
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:25 pm
I BEAT RACHEL. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.

Round 3: (100 x 50 + 75) / 25 x 2 x 2
I make that 50.75 - I guess you mean ((100x50+75)/25)x2x2
by Peter Mabey
Wed Nov 18, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 930
Views: 538730

Re: Politics in General

Keir Starmer has just said that Corbyn won't be returning as a Labour MP . But anyway, to summarise the issue, from that article: Sir Keir Starmer said those who think the issue had been "exaggerated" should "be nowhere near the Labour Party". But later, Mr Corbyn released a statement, saying the s...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292086

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:31 am
Apropos to nothing in particular, a young ( 20ish) worker at Waitrose, yesterday, thought the 2 minutes silence was for 9/11
It's easy to forget that 9/11 there isn't the 9th of November, but September 11th :?
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 27, 2020 2:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th August 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2732

Re: Spoilers for 27th August 2020

VOLTAIC to beat COITAL
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 17th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 93)
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Re: Monday 17th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 93)

I see that Dr Phil still isn't having his bit broadcast - as I've been reading his Private Eye articles, I guess his views are too 'political' for the bosses at C4

Alt. 1st numbers: (4x10+8-1)x3
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 17, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 17th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 93)
Replies: 6
Views: 1952

Spoilers For Monday 17th August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 93)

Corrected replacement follows, as couldn't delete this :?
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013
Replies: 49
Views: 8440

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013

Has SULPHATED been added to the dictionary used now ? (It is in Collins, and OK for Scrabble, but not Lexico) :?
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 7th 2013
Replies: 33
Views: 5802

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 7th 2013

I did (25-2)x(50+7)/3 = 437, as I saw it as 19x23 immediately
by Peter Mabey
Mon May 04, 2020 10:00 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 339
Views: 135354

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Similarly, "Mersey Docks and Harbour Board" - familiar to Liverpudlians is exactly like "mairzy dotes and dozy dotes" and so needs "and little lamzy tivy" to follow :)
by Peter Mabey
Fri May 01, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 173
Views: 38935

Re: Joke Items

Ties
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)
Replies: 7
Views: 2824

Re: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)

2nd numbers alt.: ((6x8)/3+3)x7
3rd numbers alt.: (100+4)x9+10+7
by Peter Mabey
Thu Mar 12, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 339
Views: 135354

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

That reminds me that "Mersey Docks and Harbour Board" goes exactly to this : https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/3629230/Th ... irzy+Doats
by Peter Mabey
Fri Feb 28, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 27th February 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

Re: Spoilers for 27th February 2020.

I don't think the restaurant sense really works - I can't imagine saying "I'll have a beef, and my friends are having muttons"
by Peter Mabey
Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots
Replies: 45
Views: 12507

Re: Absolutely terrible claims to fame/celebrity spots

I once had a brief chat with Jack Nicklaus about the size of football fields.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Feb 03, 2020 9:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)
Replies: 6
Views: 2469

Spoilers for Monday 3rd February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 22)

1st numbers lkt.: simply (50-4)x7
4th numbers alt.: (100-25+6)x(7+4)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Has the sky fallen in yet ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1975

Re: Has the sky fallen in yet ?

Yes - far from 'having got Brexit done' we are now only at the start of a long series of negotiations which are unlikely to have been completed in my lifetime (I'm 93).
Truly the Devil is in the details. :(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 28, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 19)
Replies: 2
Views: 1097

Spoilers for Tuesday 28th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 19)

SERAPHIM to beat HARPIES
Simpler alt 6x7x(10+6)=672
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th December (Series 81, Prelim 113)
Replies: 3
Views: 1271

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th December (Series 81, Prelim 113)

No need to go the long way round !
Alt 2nd numbers:(75+9-8)x(5x6/3)
Alt 3rd numbers:(7+4)x5x3
by Peter Mabey
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 904
Views: 292086

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

My sister's middle name was our mother's first one (and similarly for me and my brother - our father had three initials, so we had one each) - I guess this would be a family tradition for many people.
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)
Replies: 11
Views: 4259

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:46 pm
Peter Mabey wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:40 pm
And 3rd numbers 25x9+7+7 - once again a tidier method is to be seen :)
Being picky again. Wasn't there only one 7? I did it like that but with 2×7.
So did I - misinterpreted my scribbled note :oops:
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)
Replies: 11
Views: 4259

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:40 pm
Peter Mabey wrote:
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:32 pm
Alt 2nd numbers (75+7)x5x3/2
A bit showboaty dividing by 2 at the end. It's 41×15.
Yes Gavin - that's what I did, it was easier to type in the division at the end than bracketing it to show it after the addition.
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)
Replies: 11
Views: 4259

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)

And 3rd numbers 25x9+7+7 - once again a tidier method is to be seen :)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 01, 2019 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)
Replies: 11
Views: 4259

Re: Spoilers for Friday 1st November 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 89)

ATAXIC in R1
Alt 1st numbers (25+4)x(7-3)x6
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 17, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 56)
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Spoilers for Tuesday 17th September 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 56)

VARIORUM to beat ATRIUM
UNSOCIAL to beat COUNSEL
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 930
Views: 538730

Re: Politics in General

That was why Clegg made the disastrous mistake of thinking he could get a referendum on voting reform by joining the coalition, even though it meant going back on the manifesto commitment to oppose university fees, which destroyed the credibility of the party. Of course, although he got the referend...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 01, 2019 1:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 1st August 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 1575

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 1st August 2019

GAINFUL to beat FUNGAL
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: 1305

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: 4283

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
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Countdown in Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 41
Views: 15292

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 :(