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by Peter Mabey
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 21st June 2018 (Series 78, SF2)
Replies: 17
Views: 509

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: 633

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: 661

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: 606

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: 476

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: 551

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: 1757

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 :?
by Peter Mabey
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:40 am
Peter Mabey wrote:
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:49 pm
(100+7)x50x9/75+25 = 667 :)
If you legitimately got that, especially in time, that's amazing.
Way out of time - took around half an hour after exploring blind alleys (2001/3 and 23x29 obviously weren't going anywhere, but 100+567 looked promising)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018
Replies: 17
Views: 1292

Re: Spoilers for Monday 26th March 2018

(100+7)x50x9/75+25 = 667 :)
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)
Replies: 9
Views: 994

Re: Spoilers for Monday 19th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 50)

Odd that in the last numbers she could have got within 2 by simply taking the 30 she had from her 900, but decided to use the 50 to finish further away - heat of the moment, I suppose !
by Peter Mabey
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)
Replies: 12
Views: 1430

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 8th March 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 43)

It was a pity that it wasn't realised that this episode would have been transmitted on International Women's Day, so there was no recognition of the occasion :roll:
by Peter Mabey
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 5th March 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 1174

Re: Spoilers for Monday 5th March 2018

FUNGOUS to beat FAMOUS
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 26th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 14)
Replies: 8
Views: 1480

Re: Spoilers for Friday 26th January 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 14)

As I commented in 'add up the numbers' the first one can be found without rearranging - (25-4+6)x(3x5-4)=297
by Peter Mabey
Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Add up the numbers...
Replies: 4
Views: 1202

Re: Add up the numbers...

A nice variant is to try to achieve the target by simply inserting operators & brackets without rearranging the numbers
e.g. (25-4+6)x(3x5-4)=297
by Peter Mabey
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 3284

Re: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian

Furthermore, Rachel sometimes beats Susie (not to mention the audience) on the words !
by Peter Mabey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 187
Views: 17610

Re: Music

There is still some music to be found on Radio 3 and Classic fm even though the latter is invaded by film and game stuff, and Einaudi pootling around aimlessly
by Peter Mabey
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd December 2017 (Series 77, GRAND FINAL!)
Replies: 12
Views: 1518

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd December 2017 (Series 77, GRAND FINAL!)

Great game. Great show. Great players. Great series. Need I say more? Well done to both! I echo this. Except to add - shit conundrum. Should be a real word. I concur - however, although I didn't get the conundrum, it is a word I'd had occasion to use in my days in the aerospace industry (back in th...
by Peter Mabey
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 14th December 2017 (Series 77, QF1)
Replies: 3
Views: 730

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 14th December 2017 (Series 77, QF1)

Was hoping for WARISONS in R1, but Scrabble only :(
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 17, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 16 November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 97)
Replies: 4
Views: 1443

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 16 November 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 97)

I guess that Susie was really relieved to find SLITTIER was valid, as there was an H there to give an alternative :!: :D :o
by Peter Mabey
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd November 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 965

Re: Spoilers for Friday 2nd November 2017

Third numbers alt.: (50+7)x4x2
by Peter Mabey
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 84)
Replies: 9
Views: 1635

Re: Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2017 (Series 77, Prelim 84)

It always surprises me that when contestants can get near the target by multiplying the large number by something they fail to see that all they need to do is adjust the multiplicand by using one of the small numbers, as Rachel showed in the first and third numbers rounds here. :roll:
by Peter Mabey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 4th October 2017 (series 77, prelim 66)
Replies: 10
Views: 1509

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 4th October 2017 (series 77, prelim 66)

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:51 pm
Did I hear "only an 8" used in a round today?
Yes - it looked as if MILEPOST + A was going to come to something - "epistomal" perhaps, as EPISTOME is OK, and you'd expect the related adjective to exist, as PERISTOME/PERISTOMAL are listed.
by Peter Mabey
Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Songs that make you switch off the radio
Replies: 20
Views: 3553

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: 76
Views: 9488

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: 167
Views: 21857

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: 1253

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: 1121

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: 1171

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: 867

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: 1714

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: 9631

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: 2517

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: 1333

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: 1040

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: 1342

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: 907

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: 1356

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: 1254

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: 1254

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: 945

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: 945

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: 963

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: 519
Views: 52290

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: 796

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: 1099

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: 1099

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: 1432

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: 1432

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.