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by Johnny Canuck
Wed Jul 10, 2024 9:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Dylan Beattie's Two-Solution Crossword

Schrödinger's Crosswords
by Johnny Canuck
Sun May 26, 2024 9:29 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Unpopular opinion
Replies: 2
Views: 1461

Unpopular opinion

I prefer the 9-round format over the 15-round format and would support it being brought back, because 15-rounders make the outcomes of matches, octochamp runs and finals too predictable in the Apterous era. It used to be that you had upsets on crucials, or a challenger could get a single 9-letter wo...
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Apr 27, 2024 4:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 26th April 2024 (Series 89, Heat 84)
Replies: 5
Views: 3247

Re: Spoilers for Friday 26th April 2024 (Series 89, Heat 84)

A malevolent look is baleful, not baneful
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Apr 25, 2024 1:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: RoboRiley
Replies: 24
Views: 5422

Re: RoboRiley

RoboRiley’s predecessor was COBOL Vorderman.
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Apr 11, 2024 10:41 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Dead of 2024
Replies: 84
Views: 23844

Re: The Dead of 2024

Marc Meakin wrote: Thu Apr 11, 2024 4:09 pm O J Simpson
bye felicia
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Mar 13, 2024 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 818045

Re: Ask Graeme?

Adam S Latchford wrote: Wed Mar 13, 2024 5:32 am Someone tried to declare it once as PALATES (pronounced pilates and meant pilates) to absolutely get away with murder

It's totally understandable that someone would go for it
This declaration pleased my mate-lots
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Feb 18, 2024 5:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 818045

Re: Ask Graeme?

I think it has to go by what is on their name plate doesn't it? As a general rule that seems sensible, but we don't always know that and people change names between appearances too. Do we know whether Jeff ever appeared as Jeffrey? Can't think why the wiki redirect would have been added otherwise! ...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Jan 31, 2024 4:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Worst word ever
Replies: 9
Views: 5247

Re: Worst word ever

Rhys Benjamin wrote: Sat Jan 13, 2024 11:30 pm Mwahahaha.

The number of "ha"s is so arbitrary, it makes zero sense.
Not as bad as the Scrabble word AARRGHH. I want the Scrabble dictionary committee to show me one legitimate use of that spelling
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Jan 21, 2024 3:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 360625

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Mark James wrote: Sun Jan 21, 2024 3:12 pm I don't think we talk about the shape of the country Chile enough. Just a big, long, thin country. It's amazing.
Like a big, long, red-hot pepper
by Johnny Canuck
Sat Jan 13, 2024 12:47 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Worst word ever
Replies: 9
Views: 5247

Re: Worst word ever

ACQHIRE and its derivatives. This is objective.
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Jan 03, 2024 6:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 3rd January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 2)
Replies: 3
Views: 1222

Re: Spoilers for 3rd January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 2)

BROMELAIN^ (the natural meat tenderiser that makes pineapples taste sour and numbing, because it causes them to literally tenderise your flesh) was what I risked in the BOILERMAN^ round. I'm 100.0% convinced I've seen it on apto
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Jan 03, 2024 12:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 2nd January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 1287

Re: Spoilers for 2nd January 2024 (Series 89, Heat 1)

ANOMALIST - false positive or new?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Dec 28, 2023 3:54 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792420

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Mark James wrote: Thu Dec 28, 2023 11:44 am Is lava wet?
If it touches you, you will generally get wetter wherever you are touched. (that's what she said)
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Dec 25, 2023 1:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown Finals Seeds
Replies: 4
Views: 4314

Re: Countdown Finals Seeds

Semi-finalist seeds have deviated from 1,2,3,4 only twice in the past ten series, with those being 1,2,3,5 and 1,2,5,6.

Series 88 was the most by-the-book finals stage ever. I don’t have any statistical proof but I’m telling it’s true. Big margins in each game.
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Dec 17, 2023 11:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Copyright on media franchises that are made by big corporations should be way way waaaaay shorter. Maybe 30 or 40 years. We all have that game or movie that came out in our childhood that we loved but never got expanded on and can now never be followed up on again in our lifetimes. (Media made by in...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Dec 15, 2023 7:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Strange things you used to believe as a child
Replies: 32
Views: 11082

Re: Strange things you used to believe as a child

I thought Microsoft had misspelt Tilting in the name of the font Perpetua Titling MT, or I was like "what the hell is a tit-ling"
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Dec 15, 2023 1:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

If you haven't got commitments - partner/kids/elderly parents that need you, and you can get work in the UK (did I remember rightly you're in IT? Must be opportunities via some of the consultancies?) then bite the bullet and go for it! You've no idea what life will throw at you before you hit retir...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 13, 2023 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

JackHurst wrote: Wed Dec 13, 2023 2:15 pm Out of curiosity have you ever been to the UK? Maybe you should time a vacation in the UK with a visit to a co event as a first step.
Yes, this is definitely on the table in the next 2-3 years. Andres and Jason have motivated me
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 13, 2023 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

I'll be gutted for you, the day you finally get on the show and you're buzzing, you've moved your entire life here and this is finally your moment, and then you find out rob fosters decided to go on as you enter the green room No worries, if that happens, it's on to Pointless, or maybe doing the Tu...
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 13, 2023 2:07 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

In my job I have become sadly familiar with immigration rules. It is my understanding you will need a BRP and ILR to immigrate to the UK in that way. Obviously I don't know your personal circumstances so I would not be able to comment on the likelihood of success or failure of applications. However...
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Dec 11, 2023 12:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Supposedly Common expressions or sayings you've never heard before
Replies: 13
Views: 4085

Re: Supposedly Common expressions or sayings you've never heard before

"If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas."

Didn't hear it recently but was surprised to have not discovered it until 25+
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 06, 2023 9:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2023 (Series 88, Heat 114)
Replies: 7
Views: 2522

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2023 (Series 88, Heat 114)

Gavin Chipper wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 8:48 pm It was just multiplication by 9. There was no split.
Does the (100-7) prior to the multiplication not count as a split?
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 06, 2023 6:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Martin Hurst wrote: Wed Dec 06, 2023 4:20 pm
Johnny Canuck wrote: Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:38 pm Honestly I can’t help feeling like I’m a bad person if I do a stint in the UK with this as even an ulterior motive 😭
You do you mate - it's your life, nobody else's.
It's helpful to hear that, thanks
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Dec 06, 2023 6:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2023 (Series 88, Heat 114)
Replies: 7
Views: 2522

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 6th December 2023 (Series 88, Heat 114)

Split multiplications by 9 are in no way a "kick yourself" situation. Until you're on Apto.
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Dec 05, 2023 11:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Honestly I can’t help feeling like I’m a bad person if I do a stint in the UK with this as even an ulterior motive 😭
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Dec 04, 2023 6:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 24th May 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 92)
Replies: 3
Views: 2448

Re: Tuesday 24th May 2011 (Series 64, Prelim 92)

Round 6: D A L E L E H F M [...] C2: fallen [...] Oh dear, Gary mistakes the M for an N, and Liam takes the lead for the first time today. [...] Round 12: V M O D A E C O M [...] C2: deacon [...] N-ybody feel a sense of deja vu here :?: :?: Gary was given an N tile to keep as a memento. I think the...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Dec 01, 2023 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)
Replies: 11
Views: 3887

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 29th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 109)

I know it has but overlap between targets and starting numbers makes my teeth itch. The 20 --> 20 solutions in Unlimited Jr. are even worse.
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Nov 30, 2023 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

These seem like incredibly extreme and immoral steps to be forced to go through just to appear on a tv show I can't tell if this is sarcasm? Either way, I think you need a reality check (sorry it's a harsh one!) TV production is a business. Having overseas contestants is more risky and more expensi...
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Nov 30, 2023 2:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Out of interest,do Jeopardy producers have the similar residence requirement? They’ve definitely done international tourneys with Brits in before. US and Canada residents are definitely both allowed, and there is no citizenship check from any country. I might consider emailing them to check. Paying...
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Nov 28, 2023 8:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Am I still a sociopath and a trash person if I do this after retiring? Assuming the show holds up until then. Note that even if I lost early I wouldn’t mind. I’d keep living in and enjoying the UK for a while. I like your generally laid-back culture.
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 27, 2023 10:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Yeah that legal residency document is mainly what I'm looking for more information on. But thanks Fiona for providing a link, it's a step in the right direction. "Live and work in the UK" - for how long though. These seem like incredibly extreme and immoral steps to be forced to go through...
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Nov 26, 2023 5:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

Re: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Exactly. What I'm asking is, does it really have to come to that or not? If I know the minimum buffer time, I'd be able to determine. If quitting were what I'd need to do then forget it. I'd be a pretty trash human being if I did that. I'd wait until either they relaxed the restriction, or until ret...
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Nov 26, 2023 4:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?
Replies: 52
Views: 15856

What's the minimum time you have to be resident in the British Isles in order to qualify for Countdown?

Yes, anyone who monitors C4 applications, I've been the one who's been waspishly asking this for years. I wouldn't need to ask if we had our own but Countdown is too smart for our continent. Mainly I want to see if I'd really have to give up my job over it, or just take extra scrutiny from my bosses...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Nov 24, 2023 2:14 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792420

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If you wanted to travel around the world to include, Japan, Australia and USA what would be the minimum flying you would have to take, assuming you didn't want to use the boats or ships. Geography is not my strong suit I assume you could just go NYC-Tokyo-Sydney-NYC? Boeing 777s should have enough ...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Nov 24, 2023 1:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious
Replies: 16
Views: 9401

Re: Interesting things that aren't necessarily completely obvious

Montréal is well south of Paris, and about level with Bordeaux. Toronto is level with Nice and Monaco. New York is level with Madrid and Naples. Chibougamau, which is basically the last northern outpost in Québec with good paved roads before you get into the endless boreal forest, is still south of ...
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 20, 2023 11:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold
Replies: 379
Views: 202429

Re: Unpopular opinions you genuinely hold

Marc Meakin wrote: Mon Nov 20, 2023 2:40 pmI will refer to people by their chosen name

I dont accept dead names
Not sure you can have that one both ways
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Nov 16, 2023 5:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792420

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If the maximum number of terms a US president can serve is two, how can there be people who both maintain Trump won in 2020 and support another term for him in 2024? Is the conservative movement shifting to admitting he lost?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Nov 09, 2023 5:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792420

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

What’s a catacomb? Like, a singular, individual catacomb. Is it one room? Is it one wall of skulls?
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 06, 2023 10:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 6th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 92)
Replies: 7
Views: 2364

Re: Spoilers for Monday 6th November 2023 (Series 88, Heat 92)

FUNDABLE was an alt 8 to FLOUNCED (r13). Also I thought the conundrum was on the easier side. Surprised no one in the studio got it. What were the letters in round 13? It's surely impossible to be able to get both FUNDABLE and FLOUNCED. I thought the conundrum might be nightcore , but it's not in. ...
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Nov 06, 2023 1:47 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 1651
Views: 792420

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Does the sun have a surface, where there is a transition from low to high density quicker than usual, or is it a smooth gradient from empty space all the way to its core?
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Nov 05, 2023 2:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Vegas 2024 - Prime time, The Hangover or The Hangover II?
Replies: 0
Views: 4694

Co:Vegas 2024 - Prime time, The Hangover or The Hangover II?

I am getting ready to decide if I am to move forward with my Zoom-based Countdown event being broadcast from Las Vegas next February. As mentioned previously, this had been planned for Saturday 24 February; however, I noticed that a UK co-event has since been planned for that same day and was wonder...
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 31, 2023 12:16 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?
Replies: 4
Views: 7597

Re: What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?

Confirmed that this was the intended answer - score one for lexical creativity!
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Oct 30, 2023 7:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 87)
Replies: 4
Views: 2008

Re: Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 87)

I've marked MARLIER^ as no good (someone please verify in premium), although I believe it should be brought in. Reggae is the marliest music genre, marlier than any other. It directs to ‘marly’ but no -ier/-iest forms. Unless Premium has them, I'm kind of surprised that Susie came forward with it g...
by Johnny Canuck
Mon Oct 30, 2023 6:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 87)
Replies: 4
Views: 2008

Spoilers for Monday 30th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 87)

I've marked MARLIER^ as no good (someone please verify in premium), although I believe it should be brought in. Reggae is the marliest music genre, marlier than any other.
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Oct 25, 2023 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 25 October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 84)
Replies: 5
Views: 1905

Spoilers for Wednesday 25 October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 84)

Steak knife

Card shark

Noonwise

Boattrade
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 24, 2023 10:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 660
Views: 360625

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

I'm not sure this is that obvious, but "swing" in elections doesn't mean what I thought it did. If a constituency goes from e.g. 40% Tory and 20% Labour to the opposite, I always thought that was a swing of 40%, but actually it's not that . Edit - It seems the swing is half what I thought...
by Johnny Canuck
Fri Oct 20, 2023 12:10 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 548
Views: 162894

Re: Religion

Im starting to wonder if this generation will be the last to reach old age Probably not, because the definition of "old age" will change to reflect the age people are generally living to. Back in Methuselah's time, 100 was probably considered young. Didn't it turn out Methuselah's age was...
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 17, 2023 6:22 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1769
Views: 818045

Re: Ask Graeme?

Tom S wrote: Sun Oct 01, 2023 9:32 am Which day has had the most series champs appear over the years?
I’d assume it’s a rather large-scale draw at 2 :mrgreen:
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 17, 2023 3:41 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 78)
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 78)

Episode 8128. Only the fourth episode of Countdown with a perfect number. West Germany existed during the previous one. And Rihanna did not.
by Johnny Canuck
Wed Oct 11, 2023 3:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 73)
Replies: 5
Views: 2061

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10th October 2023 (Series 88, Heat 73)

Um. There was a 7 and a 5 left over after getting to 240. Unless the axioms of mathematics have shifted overnight? Not sure. I've had too many margaritas
by Johnny Canuck
Sun Oct 08, 2023 3:45 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co:Liv II - Saturday 24 February 2024
Replies: 31
Views: 20343

Re: Co:Liv II - Saturday 24 February 2024

This is the same day as the zoom-based event I was planning from Vegas - know if the afterparty pub will have wifi?
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Oct 05, 2023 10:21 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?
Replies: 4
Views: 7597

Re: What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?

Adam Dexter wrote: Thu Oct 05, 2023 6:53 pm I think I have it:

IRK PLEASE
Yep, that’s what I had. Never thought of that specific pair of opposites before though
by Johnny Canuck
Thu Oct 05, 2023 3:58 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?
Replies: 4
Views: 7597

What two words are antonyms and together anagram to SPEARLIKE?

Will Shortz asked this on his puzzle podcast. I have a potential answer but don’t feel like it’s really the good one
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 03, 2023 9:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What’s the most remarkable anagram you know of?
Replies: 14
Views: 5464

Re: What’s the most remarkable anagram you know of?

Ian Volante wrote: Tue Oct 03, 2023 11:47 am MARBLERAKE
Only A Valentino could make an anagram so beautiful
by Johnny Canuck
Tue Oct 03, 2023 3:18 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What’s the most remarkable anagram you know of?
Replies: 14
Views: 5464

What’s the most remarkable anagram you know of?

In terms of low probability, famousness of both sides, whatever you want.

PRESBYTERIANS = BRITNEY SPEARS has to win it for me