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by Peter Mabey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 17
Views: 688

Re: Songs that make you switch off the radio

La donna e mobile - because the Duke is such a loathsome character
by Peter Mabey
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 50
Views: 1380

Re: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can

so why should non-tea drinkers be expected to faff about with tea? Because to make an adequate cup of tea, you literally put a bag in a cup then pour water on it. But what foreigners don't understand that the only way to get it right is that it must be BOILING water - as my mum said 'take the pot t...
by Peter Mabey
Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 138
Views: 8090

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

You only need a maximum of four colours to make a political map of the world without any adjacent countries having the same colour Is this still true when considering exclaves and colonies that aren't connected to the countries' main landmasses (e.g., Sint Maarten as part of the Netherlands)? No, t...
by Peter Mabey
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 46)
Replies: 3
Views: 517

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th September 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 46)

As I meant to say here - PURLIEUS to beat USURPER :oops:
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 615

Re: Spoilers for Bank Holiday Monday 28th August 2017

Also PATRIOTS - I was hoping to beat MELODIES with EMBOLISED, but that's Scrabble only :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 18th August 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 795

Spoilers for Friday 18th August 2017

Alt 3rd numbers: (25+6)x(10+100/50) = 372
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 17th August 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 17th August 2017

Last numbers alt: (9x5+3)x(5+7)=576
previously (6x10+9)x8=552 and (75-50/25)x3=219
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)
Replies: 8
Views: 1324

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 29th June 2017 (Series 76, SF2)

I was hoping to beat RELATER with AXLE-TREE, but it's only in (with the hyphen) as an obsolete version of AXLE. :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll
Replies: 81
Views: 6574

Re: (I Think I'm Going To) Snap General Election Poll

I guess that the Clegg wanted the Liberal Democrats to get into government to try to introduce a fair voting system, and was forced to drop the manifesto commitment on fees, being prevented from opposing the Tory policy as a condition of joining with them. Of course, the Conservatives could see that...
by Peter Mabey
Fri May 26, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 1854

Re: Spoilers for Friday, 26 May 2017

Last numbers: (75-7)x50x9/(10x10) = 306
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 1057

Spoilers for Friday 24 March 2017

After all that chat about football, surprised that nobody got OFFSIDES in RI :)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Mar 21, 2017 6:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 21 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 897

Spoilers for Tuesday 21 March 2017

R1 TUTORIALS :lol:
by Peter Mabey
Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 1047

Re: Spoilers for Friday 17 March 2017

DOWERING to beat WEEDING
by Peter Mabey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Spoilers for Thursday 16 March 2017

R1: FELLOES
by Peter Mabey
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 15 March 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1086

Spoilers for Wednesday 15 March 2017

OPPIDAN to beat PARDON
by Peter Mabey
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Re: Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017

James Robinson wrote:
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:19 pm
Peter Mabey wrote:
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:13 pm
PARTIAL in R1 :)
Wasn't there only one A there?? :P
Yes, my scribbled H looked like one :oops: :?
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 932

Spoilers for Monday 13 March 2017

PARTIAL in R1 :)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 9 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 9 March 2017

Was so well-known as a front hook in Scrabble that I didn't think of checking :oops:
by Peter Mabey
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 9 March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Spoilers for Thursday 9 March 2017

BOVATES in R12
by Peter Mabey
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday 8th March 2017
Replies: 2
Views: 745

Spoilers For Wednesday 8th March 2017

WITHAL in R13
by Peter Mabey
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 32179

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Euan Slatter wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:52 pm
Frank Feilding, Fabian Gieffer, Richard O'Donnell, Max O'Leary.
... and Einstein :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6 March 2017
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Spoilers for Monday 6 March 2017

GYRATION as beater in IRONY/ANGRILY round
by Peter Mabey
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 February 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 884

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 23 February 2017

JALOPIES beats OPALINE
by Peter Mabey
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 23 February 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 884

Spoilers for Thursday 23 February 2017

COTTAGED to beat DECAGON etc.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:04 pm
Peter Mabey wrote:
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:59 pm
I was hoping for GAMBITTED in the last letters round, but the verb isn't in the OED, though Chambers does have it.
I wondered about that and also wondered whether GAMBITTED or GAMBITED was more realistic.
I've checked what Scrabble allows, and there's only GAMBITED :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 20, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)
Replies: 16
Views: 835

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20 January 2017 (Series 76, Prelim 9)

I was hoping for GAMBITTED in the last letters round, but the verb isn't in the OED, though Chambers does have it.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Jan 16, 2017 8:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2017 upgrade!
Replies: 36
Views: 3300

Re: 2017 upgrade!

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Jan 16, 2017 12:45 pm
guys, all you need to do is refresh. if normal refresh doesn't work then hard refresh (CTRL-F5) - it's just the CSS is cache

Yes, I needed to do that, too (being on Chrome) ;)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1821
Views: 109575

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Never heard of Pasha or watched Strictly, so needed Google to tell me what that was all about :?
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 10, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 65
Views: 7679

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Quarks rhymes with marks, as they were named for "three quarks for muster Marks" in Joyce's Finnegans wake (which I think alludes to the hoarse cry of a bird) :ugeek:
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th January
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Re: Spoilers for Friday 6th January

Chrome went down for a few minutes, so didn't see other thread started :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 6th January
Replies: 4
Views: 508

Spoilers for Friday 6th January

Alt: (75+3(7-1))(10-1)=837 - found in time :)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Dec 27, 2016 11:11 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 18
Views: 2906

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

Euan Slatter wrote:I don't get the first round..... is it Songs and name the artists or something?...........
Looks like the sort of thing I didn't pay much attention to by the time I turned 40 (i.e. fifty years ago). :geek: ;)
by Peter Mabey
Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th December 2016 (4th Quarter Final)
Replies: 11
Views: 920

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th December 2016 (4th Quarter Final)

Saw that 133=7x19 straightaway, as I remember factors of three digit numbers
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Who would be the biggest deaths?
Replies: 236
Views: 9737

Re: Who would be the biggest deaths?

I reckon either/both of the Queen and Prince Philip are going to croak next year. I'm hoping that Prince Philip outlives the Queen. People have always said that Prince Philip is on his last legs, but he just goes on and on, so I'd like to see this happen. Of course, by official rules, as the spouse...
by Peter Mabey
Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016

Sorry - saw Tuesday on this thread, so jumped in assuming today - and then posted without checking to get in quickly :( :oops:
by Peter Mabey
Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 25th October 2016

(7x(3+3)+50)x9=838
by Peter Mabey
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 1st November 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 598

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 1st November 2016

ROADWAYS in last round :)
by Peter Mabey
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 28th October 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: Spoilers for Friday 28th October 2016

Alt for 270: (25+5)x9 :D
Alt to SONATINA: NATATION (mass noun, so can't add the S) :(
by Peter Mabey
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 385
Views: 28486

Re: Politics in General

The exit fans are still up to their old tricks of relying on half-truths to justify their narrow-minded proposals, claiming that 52% gives them a mandate to do whatever they like. The fact is that the actual votes were 37.6% leave, 34.6% stay, 27.8% didn't/couldn't decide, so it is by no means true ...
by Peter Mabey
Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 15th August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 29)
Replies: 2
Views: 507

Re: Monday 15th August 2016 (Series 75, Prelim 30)

In R4, why wasn't Annie's "durian" acceptable? I can't see anything wrong with the letters, so did she fail to say it was a 6?
by Peter Mabey
Fri Aug 26, 2016 5:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 26 August 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 339

Re: Spoilers for Friday 26 August 2016

INDURATES in R1
Simpler alt 3rd numbers: (8+5)x(10+6)=208
by Peter Mabey
Thu Aug 25, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 90
Views: 6908

Re: What films have you watched lately?

As now there's no bus route that goes near the only remaining cinema here, the only ones I might have seen would have been on TV, as I never rent videos. I remember having watched Spirited Away *which I liked), and part of Wall-E, and having seen adverts for a few of the others, but nearly all were ...
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 22, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1358

Re: The Mandela Effect

13/22 - my memory does seem to be going, but I'd never heard of those bears.
by Peter Mabey
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 9790

Re: EU Referendum

If you live in one of those places least affected by immigration, all you'll know about it will be the lies you read in the Mail and Telegraph :(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016
Replies: 7
Views: 708

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday August 16th 2016

GHOSTIEST occurred to me, but it's only good for Scrabble ;(
by Peter Mabey
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Aliens
Replies: 9
Views: 540

Re: Aliens

Another possibility is that if an advanced civilisation wants to survive more than a few hundred years it may decide to conserve its resources, and so will avoid radiating a significant amount of energy into space, so SETI's efforts might be in vain. On the other hand, they could well take steps to ...
by Peter Mabey
Sat Jul 30, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 32179

Re: People you shouldn't trust

In our maths exam, each question was worth a number of marks for a correct answer, and the individual totals were scaled to make the best 100. On one occasion, after this had been done, it was found that I'd not been credited for an answer, so rather than change everybody's by rescaling, the master ...