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by Johnny Canuck
Tue Jan 12, 2021 11:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1943
Views: 302489

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

Jonathan Willis wrote:
Tue Jan 12, 2021 10:18 pm
Greetings from coronavirus ridden Quebec, Canada. I have loved the show for many years.
Welcome from a fellow Canuck! I'd suggest you try Apterous if you'd ever be interested in playing against the best.
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:46 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 29
Views: 5072

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

It's down. In size, that is. The game window is restricted to a tiny box in the top left for some reason.

EDIT: fixed - thanks Charlie
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Favourite/least favourite new dictionary words
Replies: 4
Views: 1803

Re: Favourite/least favourite new dictionary words

Not sure if it's actually a new word but RUNATHON is weird. It implies a long event like a 26-mile running race... but with running instead?
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind
Replies: 14
Views: 1209

Re: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind

Well, I'll be danged! When I attempted this puzzle I started my string with 411317197379..., thinking having all of the {1,3,7,9} primes in a single chain would save me one digit that couldn't be made up elsewhere. Which I now see is BS. Congratulations Gevin, it seems like edit #5 takes it for now,...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 02, 2020 2:24 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Another brain teaser from my muddled mind
Replies: 14
Views: 1209

Another brain teaser from my muddled mind

(...and maybe not even just my own... I think I recall a puzzle similar to this on here before.) What is the smallest, positive, natural number that contains every prime below 100 in it as a substring? If a prime is two digits, it must appear as a single block, with no digits in between. In a day or...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Nov 27, 2020 1:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 26th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 166)
Replies: 4
Views: 479

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 26th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 166)

I guess when the lockdown began, Teatime Teaser production wasn't considered an essential service!
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Words 'in the wild'
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: Words 'in the wild'

I think we've already got a catalogue of these going here but good spots!
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:22 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1712

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Matt Morrison wrote:
Mon Nov 16, 2020 9:52 am
==
Found a fellow programmer. Hello world.
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Nov 15, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: "Viral" maths problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1712

Re: "Viral" maths problem

Nine. Simple BEDMAS: do the bracket to get 6/2*3, then multiplication and division left to right. This is objectively the only answer.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 09, 2020 12:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)
Replies: 8
Views: 813

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th November 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 151)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Nov 06, 2020 10:18 am
Peter Thomas wrote:
Thu Nov 05, 2020 10:13 pm
Well I don't know how far in advance the conundrums are chosen, but BRIGANDRY was a toughie, especially against two new contestants!
I thought ARCHETYPE the other day was pretty tricky as well!
Agreed with both. Although I suppose they had to use CREEPYHAT on that day because Halloween (eve).
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Oct 30, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

On top of the normal and S sequences, the Christmas special from 1997, with Richard and Carol, falls into neither category, having the unique "CS" prefix instead. It seems like all of the normally-numbered specials were either anniversaries or milestone episodes. And if they were to have been shown ...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Re: Request for comment: Xmas specials numbering

I say go with the S prefix. These episodes aren't part of a series and break continuity. Never understood why there were specials that didn't use it.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Cool Things You Did
Replies: 71
Views: 8333

Re: Cool Things You Did

I've chatted in person with Terry Farrell (Jadzia Dax) and Aron Eisenberg (Quark's nephew Nog -- RIP) from Star Trek: Deep Space 9.

Also, I memorised the longest direction sequence in Super Paper Mario. A combination of 21 Lefts, Rights and Middles IIRC.
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Oct 08, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 72
Views: 7443

Re: You've just been made producer of Countdown...

The lowest-scoring person each week would be forced to dig through mountains of celluloid in the Channel 4 vaults until all our wiki recaps were done.
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown vs Scrabble
Replies: 8
Views: 1263

Re: Countdown vs Scrabble

RUTTOK is a Countdown-only word. I remember a discussion a while back where someone Googled it and the second result was a Countdown Wiki recap that contained it.
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Aug 22, 2020 1:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 21st August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 97)
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Spoilers for Friday 21st August 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 97)

So VIRULENCE and AVIRULENT were no-gos, but VIRULENT made it on. Odd. According to the chat page, the conundrum was redone because Sian gave a controversial answer (STATISTICS for STATISTIC). And then she was ruled wrong and Sian was asked to let David attempt the new conundrum alone. Can anyone els...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1473
Views: 374764

Re: Ask Graeme?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Aug 19, 2020 6:48 pm
What is the longest DC guest run? Phil Hammond just did eight.
Kenneth Williams’ gig in Series 1 and 2 comes to mind but that might not be it.
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Aug 07, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Words and expressions that grind your gears
Replies: 28
Views: 4496

Re: Words and expressions that grind your gears

CHILLIES (or CHILIES on this side of the pond). As in the plural peppers. That E is irrationally maddening.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Jul 20, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 14
Views: 3244

Re: Records on the wiki

Rather than start a new thread, I'll post here. On the front page of the wiki, one of the links at the top is to All series and it links to this terrible page , rather than this much nicer one . But I think you need special powers to make changes to the front page, which I don't have, so does anyon...
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: ZoomDown finals!
Replies: 42
Views: 6327

Re: ZoomDown finals!

Is Saldanha really making an appearance? Wonder what he’s up to now in any case.
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Jul 19, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 14
Views: 3244

Re: Records on the wiki

Rather than start a new thread, I'll post here. On the front page of the wiki, one of the links at the top is to All series and it links to this terrible page , rather than this much nicer one . But I think you need special powers to make changes to the front page, which I don't have, so does anyon...
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Offensive Words
Replies: 57
Views: 8153

Re: Offensive Words

Mark James wrote:
Thu Jul 09, 2020 7:35 pm
If they're gonna remove words they should remove some of those nonsense two letter words that no one uses in real life and that you only ever encounter in a game of scrabble.
Ch agree.
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Jun 25, 2020 11:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Thursday February 28th 2013
Replies: 49
Views: 6520

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

Sorry for asking this again, but it has piqued my interest: was this game originally supposed to be decided on AHNICELAD?

Because in any case, this game was totally The Big one.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 211758

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

May be fast to answer by searching YouTube clips (CBA), but if the word “octochamp” wasn’t coined until 1999, what did the producers and staff call them before then? Did they just say “eight time retiring champion” or somesuch every time? Seems to me they would be a pretty important concept to talk ...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri May 08, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday January 11th (Birthday Prelim 5)
Replies: 46
Views: 10243

Re: Spoilers for Friday January 11th (Birthday Prelim 5)

Just wanted to allay any fears about the Conundrum situation. The confusion was caused because as soon as a contestant buzzes, we shout the name of that contestant to Nick H via his earpiece, so he knows who to pounce upon for the answer. In this instance, after Nick Deller buzzed, we yelled "NICK"...
by Johnny Canuck
Sun May 03, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 292
Views: 96494

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

It's only in recent years that Civil Service guidance has changed, but it's a relic of mechanical typesetting, or something like that if I remember right. Still a good number of colleagues use them, I delight in finding and replacing them :) Ah my first job was Civil Service, and I hadn't really ha...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri May 01, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Joke Items
Replies: 145
Views: 21474

Re: Joke Items

The 14-round format.
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Apr 24, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 41503

Re: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019

Martin Peters wrote:
Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:58 am
In all seriousness it never happened and won’t be happening any time soon. Sorry, this was one of my daft pranks I played and I regret it. Those days are done.
Careful, this disclaimer may be a prank too. When is it really?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Apr 23, 2020 10:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: 30th Birthday Championship reruns
Replies: 1
Views: 1083

Re: 30th Birthday Championship reruns

Ah, the merry month of join.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 20th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 78)
Replies: 1
Views: 583

Re: Spoilers for Monday 20th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 78)

I wonder who's viewed the wiki page for today's episode 110,000 times.
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 13296

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

Why don’t you broadcast Series 1?
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Apr 06, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 68)
Replies: 10
Views: 2081

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6th April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 68)

Is SHOUTIER good (presumably it's premium only if so)?
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 1st April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 65)
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Spoilers for Wednesday 1st April 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 65)

I wonder what that missing first teaser was...
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Mar 30, 2020 4:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 30th March 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1151

Re: Spoilers for 30th March 2020.

REDPOINTS for more points in R1
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th March 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 575

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 25th March 2020

MONAZITE to defeat ZOMBIE. I guess the Walking Dead people should have a supply of monazite.

I think that conundrum may have been re-utilised by mistake...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday 24th March 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 2300

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday 24th March 2020

Maybe the other contestant was whoever runs the server for the wiki.
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps
Replies: 7
Views: 2244

Re: Co:Vid 20 chapter 1 Recaps

Didn't know you were really supposed to wish your opponent good luck so many times!
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Mar 14, 2020 1:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April
Replies: 4
Views: 1131

Re: CoVid20 Saturday 11th April

Gee, I hope everyone guesses the location correctly.
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Co-Ronavirus
Replies: 4
Views: 1005

Re: Co-Ronavirus

Not even CO-VID?
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 13th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 52)
Replies: 7
Views: 1861

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

Must have been a while since the first 9 of the week was in the penultimate letters round on the Friday.
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 292
Views: 96494

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Ben Wilson wrote:
Tue Mar 03, 2020 2:52 pm
'Do you wanna build a snowman' has the same number of syllables as 'teenage mutant ninja turtles'.

Edit: and 'harder better faster stronger'.
Enjoy your evening.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Mar 09, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 9th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 48)
Replies: 3
Views: 885

Re: Spoilers for Monday 9th March 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 48)

Tom S wrote:
Mon Mar 09, 2020 4:50 pm
Having said that, the letters were awful today.
Agreed - two Ys? Pretty yucky.
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Lookalikes?
Replies: 294
Views: 118837

Re: Countdown Lookalikes?

Getting Susie and (slightly age-progressed) Rachel vibes, respectively, from Sara Sidle and Catherine Willows from the original CSI.
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Mar 08, 2020 2:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s
Replies: 42
Views: 5512

Re: Who is the greatest series champion of the 2010’s

At Countdown, or morally and ethically?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:53 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:MyArs April 31st
Replies: 13
Views: 2843

Re: Co:MyArs April 31st

Ashton confirmed entry yet?
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 211758

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What actually is the purpose of those padding spaces we're always supposed to add in certain fields of the Countdown Wiki recaps, such as the space preceding the first numbers round number? (Yes, I know this is off-Off-Topic, but meh.)
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 143
Views: 56600

Re: Countdowners in the news

Slow news day I suppose!
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?
Replies: 22
Views: 6745

Re: Quizzes/game shows you'd like to see return?

Grand Slam? Anyone?
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Friday 14th February 2020
Replies: 3
Views: 948

Re: Spoilers For Friday 14th February 2020

ELEGIAST to beat LEGATES.
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 11th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 29)
Replies: 0
Views: 756

Spoilers for Tuesday 11th February 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 29)

Why not Zoidberg? ...Um, I mean (7+6-5)*100-5. Why not (7+6-5)*100-5?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 30th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 21)
Replies: 2
Views: 917

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 30th January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 21)

That game had Veronica's name written all over it.
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 13th January 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: Spoilers for 13th January 2019

Um. 2019?
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday 13th January 2020
Replies: 14
Views: 3071

Re: Spoilers for 13th January 2019

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:34 pm
I wonder if she would have gone for six small in the last round if she'd still been on zero.
And if so, I wonder if the target would have happened to be 200.
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Jan 04, 2020 3:07 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)

Did Susie totally ad-lib that definition (and pronunciation) of TIMEOUS? I thought it was a synonym of timid.
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Jan 03, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Spoilers for Friday 3rd January 2020 (Series 82, Prelim 2)

4th Numbers Alt.: 100 * 8 - 75 + 2 + 4 + 8. Amirite?