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by Martin Long
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4264

Re: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating

I looked at that 6S in the opening post a number of times now and can only get 816. Is the solution an absolutely mental one?
by Martin Long
Fri Oct 23, 2020 1:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 192405

Re: Politics in General

it's turned into a(nother) PR disaster for the Tories. Yep. See also: internal market bill. Not that controversial when you look at it in detail. Putting personal opinions aside, I think the free meals will turn out to be much more of a disaster for the Tories than the internal market bill. Judging...
by Martin Long
Fri Oct 23, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 192405

Re: Politics in General

I don't really get the argument for their extension as a covid measure. With schools now back to normal, why shouldn't FSMs be back to normal? If you want them extended over the holidays forever, that's a separate debate. Don't you think that voting against the school meals is a political own goal ...
by Martin Long
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 4th September 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 922

Re: Spoilers for 4th September 2020

I think NEOCON was there in the penultimate letters round.
by Martin Long
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4231

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

Can we have Chris Kamara in Dictionary Corner please?
by Martin Long
Mon Jan 27, 2020 9:39 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]
Replies: 12
Views: 2428

Re: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]

69 was the strongest series. 63 was pretty strong too. Jack Hurst, Eoin Monaghan, Daniel Pati, Marcus Hares, Tom Rowell, Scott Gillies etc.
by Martin Long
Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 2nd December 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 110)
Replies: 6
Views: 1584

Re: Spoilers for Monday 2nd December 2019 (Series 81, Prelim 110)

Owen Carroll wrote:
Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:43 pm
Goutier out for some reason yet valid on Apterous
I was surprised when this word wasn't allowed.
by Martin Long
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterous on Mobile
Replies: 4
Views: 1954

Apterous on Mobile

Hello,

Is it possible to play Apterous on a mobile device?

Thanks. :)
by Martin Long
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 4162

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019

Not sure that 930 was a good example for using the 937.5 method as two standard method solves are possible too! ((75-50)x25)+(3x100)+5 ((25-3)x50)-100-75+5 Interestingly, I would go for the top method in-game and maybe the 937.5 on another day. Wouldn't even think of going with the second method yo...
by Martin Long
Thu Nov 14, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019
Replies: 21
Views: 4162

Re: Spoilers for Celebrity Countdown Tuesday 12th November 2019

I quite enjoyed this episode of Celebrity Countdown. The scoring system is okay but gives an unfair advantage to the contestant solving the conundrum. I think that the conundrum should only be worth five points if this scoring system is used.
by Martin Long
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 58796

Re: Religion

I don't believe in God but haven't given it an awful lot of thought throughout my life. I would be happy to be labelled as either agnostic or atheist.
by Martin Long
Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 2923

Re: The Left Wing Press

I cannot believe that after near treasonous behaviour by Jeremy Corbyn, the best headline the Guardian and the Mirror can come up with is about the Duchess of Sussex's fashion line for unemployed women, and Simon Cowell's botox. I used to laugh about North Korea and Russia suppressing news stories,...
by Martin Long
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Left Wing Press
Replies: 11
Views: 2923

Re: The Left Wing Press

I cannot believe that after near treasonous behaviour by Jeremy Corbyn, the best headline the Guardian and the Mirror can come up with is about the Duchess of Sussex's fashion line for unemployed women, and Simon Cowell's botox. I used to laugh about North Korea and Russia suppressing news stories,...
by Martin Long
Thu Sep 12, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Right wing press
Replies: 11
Views: 2844

Re: The Right wing press

I cannot believe after near treasonous behaviour by Boris Johnson , the best headlines the Scum and the Daily Fail could come up with is about Freddie Flintoff's driving and Helen Skelton's accounting. I used to laugh about North Korea and Russia suppressing news stories but aren't we just as bad I...
by Martin Long
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 30
Views: 18084

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Jojo Apollo wrote:
Tue Jan 22, 2019 4:54 pm
Eggheads Pat and Kevin have also been phone a friends. I don't think former Egghead CJ has been though :P
I'm pretty sure Judith has been phone a friend too. I believe it was for David Seaman.
by Martin Long
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th January (COC XV, QF 3)
Replies: 10
Views: 3884

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 16th January (COC XV, QF 3)

Thanks Elliott, feel much better knowing that Tom's letters were perfect. Missed a couple of easy ones (OPERATES, SOAPIER/PROXIES), misdeclared a numbers, chickened APHONIA, and ADORNATE and OIDIUM are in my repertoire on a very good day, but still all of that would have left me short, Tom was exce...
by Martin Long
Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 9983

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

I was in seethe mode when I first saw this article. Maybe it was something to do with the dismissive tone of the article, the completely over the top criticism of Rachel Riley (far better than Carol Vorderman in terms of both Maths ability and personality) or the signalling out of Martin Lewis (his...
by Martin Long
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Former series champion slates the show in today's Guardian
Replies: 22
Views: 9983

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

I was in seethe mode when I first saw this article. Maybe it was something to do with the dismissive tone of the article, the completely over the top criticism of Rachel Riley (far better than Carol Vorderman in terms of both Maths ability and personality) or the signalling out of Martin Lewis (his ...
by Martin Long
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 20th October 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 3090

Re: Spoilers for Friday 20th October 2017

Ray Wilding wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:30 pm
Tried inferrals in R4, but it's not in.

DISORIENT in R13
Is RETINOIDS valid for an alternative 9 in this round?
by Martin Long
Tue Oct 24, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3578

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017

Zubair Patel wrote:
Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:28 pm
Nice to have met you Martin. Say hello to Denise for me next time you pop into Hargreaves Opt. in Marske.
It was nice to meet you as well. :)
by Martin Long
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3578

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017

Also, something interesting that was pointed out to me the other day that I missed when we filmed the show: In the final letters round, Alex picks the letters and Nick went to me first for my declaration. A little slip up from Nick but made no difference to the outcome. Susie, Nick and Rachel were a...
by Martin Long
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3578

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 17th October 2017

Close game. Unlucky Martin. I think we would have seen you hit your stride with some nice numbers solves if you'd got through the tough first game. Thanks. This is what I posted about my game on Facebook (only initials used for names): Today, I was on the TV show Countdown. If you don’t want to kno...
by Martin Long
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here
Replies: 383
Views: 73641

Re: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here

L'oisleatch McGraw - I got an email about a month back from Damian saying my transmission date was due to be the 17th but he did say that was subject to change. Michael Whitehall is the guest in Dictionary Corner for my first game, which I'm pleased with. :) I'm right at the end of a filming block ...
by Martin Long
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here
Replies: 383
Views: 73641

Re: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here

Thanks guys, I don't practice Countdown as much as I used to due to time constraints and as such, don't get a chance to play on Apterous. But my numbers game is still reasonably powerful, my 4L game has improved since if anything. I'm trying to learn lists of words and stems from well-known words an...
by Martin Long
Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here
Replies: 383
Views: 73641

Re: Post your audition/filming/transmission dates here

Filming last show on Wednesday 9th August, on TV provisionally 17th October.
by Martin Long
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

Team Pound Shop Defence is ready to go:

Foster, Fabianski
Cedric, Tomkins, Lascelles, G Johnson, Simpson
Alli, Pogba, Willian, Cabaye, J Allen
Kane, Lukaku, Benteke
by Martin Long
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

Those codes have worked fine! Many thanks! :-)
by Martin Long
Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

Could someone put up the code for the league as I've created a new account on the fantasy football site.

Many thanks! :-)
by Martin Long
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 29051

Re: EU Referendum

I am voting Leave (I will go into more detail on this when I have the time) but I think the Stay campaign will win. Jen's prediction in the first post sounds about right.
by Martin Long
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 24 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 100)
Replies: 6
Views: 1995

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 24 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 100)

Tony Atkins wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:Having cheered when 3L was selected, I groaned when I could only manage 10 away (75-1)x2x2x50/25=592
Seems 3 away with 585 is best.
I got 578 when watching. 25*(75-50-2)+2+1

To achieve 585 you have to go up to 1250 and work downwards.
by Martin Long
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th November 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4258

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th November 2015

Matthew Tassier wrote:Cheers Martin, hope you've enjoyed the 6s action.
I did indeed. They were some very challenging numbers rounds in your run, I hope for more of these come the quarter finals! :)

Are all your travel and accommodation expenses paid for by channel 4/Countdown?
by Martin Long
Fri Nov 20, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th November 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 4258

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 18th November 2015

Well done Matthew on becoming octochamp. :)
by Martin Long
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 91)
Replies: 16
Views: 2411

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 91)

Another good performance from Matthew.

I managed 964 in the final numbers round but there are a couple of ways of getting 965 but both of them are ridiculous.
by Martin Long
Tue Nov 10, 2015 8:39 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 10 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 90)
Replies: 5
Views: 1642

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 10 November 2015 (Series 73 Prelim 90)

REALISED in same letters round.

(9*9-8)*3-8 is a nice solution for the other numbers.

Two very solid performances from Matthew, well done! :-)
by Martin Long
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday November 9th 2015
Replies: 5
Views: 1593

Re: Spoilers For Monday November 9th 2015

100*10 then (25-8)*3-5 ffor the 46 to take away. For the last numbers game.
by Martin Long
Thu Aug 13, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 135
Views: 49075

Re: Only Connect

I got 7 out of 10. A very good connecting wall.

Mine:

http://www.puzzgrid.com/grid.php?id=5592
by Martin Long
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday August 12th 2015 (S73 P33)
Replies: 3
Views: 1306

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday August 12th 2015 (S73 P33)

Tony Atkins wrote:Oh well 8-7-6-5-4-3-1-1-1.

A beater around in the GAITS+PPUZ round.
PAPIST.
by Martin Long
Mon Jul 13, 2015 3:15 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

Speroni, Butland Jagielka, Clyne, Mertesacker, Cedric, Alderweireld Fabregas, Cazorla, Hazard, Yaya Toure, Coutinho Lukaku, Defoe, Deeney Two reliable goalkeepers, great midfield and good defence but attack looks a bit weak. Will probably change it about 1000 times before the season starts and then ...
by Martin Long
Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday March 19th 2015 (S72 P50)
Replies: 9
Views: 3055

Re: Spoilers for Thursday March 19th 2015 (S72 P50)

Zarte Siempre wrote:He missed factored, Martin - there was no beater.
Thanks :D
by Martin Long
Thu Mar 19, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday March 19th 2015 (S72 P50)
Replies: 9
Views: 3055

Re: Spoilers for Thursday March 19th 2015 (S72 P50)

Managed to watch a Countdown show for the first time in ages. Didn't know Mr Cappleman was on so it was a nice surprise to see him on and put in a great performance too! :D Excellent 'debut' - 14 maxes if I'm not mistaken. Could be a very special run indeed if you can keep that composure up. What wa...
by Martin Long
Fri Dec 19, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday December 19th 2014
Replies: 23
Views: 4443

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday December 19th 2014

A very enjoyable final there, massive well done to both contestants! :D
by Martin Long
Fri Dec 19, 2014 12:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday December 18th 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 2777

Re: Spoilers For Thursday December 18th 2014

Well done Laurence and Antoinette for a great semi final and big congratulations to Antoinette for making the final. :)
by Martin Long
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday December 17th 2014
Replies: 24
Views: 3925

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday December 17th 2014

Great game!

Well done to George for making the semi finals and well done to Dan for the excellent max game and making the final. :)
by Martin Long
Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:32 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Tuesday December 16th 2014
Replies: 22
Views: 4375

Re: Spoilers For Tuesday December 16th 2014

James Hurrell wrote:Alt numbers I did: - (75-9)*(((50*7)-100)/25)
I also did this.

That was a very good game. Well done George on making the semi finals and well done to Mark as well. :)
by Martin Long
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday December 15th 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 5151

Re: Spoilers For Monday December 15th 2014

Well done Laurence for making the semi finals. A good performance there. I've also heard that Tricia had an operation scheduled for the week after the finals, so regardless of your feelings on her, I'd hope everyone wishes her a speedy recovery. Get well soon! :) I also wish Tricia a speedy recovery...
by Martin Long
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday December 10th 2014
Replies: 33
Views: 5124

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday December 10th 2014

Fantastic performance Dan, well done! :D

(100*50+25)/5-75-7 is the standard method for round 3 (I got it by this way in the 30 seconds and completely missed the way Rachel did it!) :D
by Martin Long
Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Thursday December 11th 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 2434

Re: Spoilers For Thursday December 11th 2014

I came into this thread wondering if MUNCHIE was allowed so the posts above cleared that up nicely. Thanks very much!

Also, well done Antoinette on making the semi finals! :D
by Martin Long
Thu Dec 11, 2014 12:44 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Problems with Java
Replies: 25
Views: 11561

Re: Problems with Java

I went on the Java website, checked to see if my version was up-to-date and then downloaded the latest version. Apterous works for me on all the main browsers since doing this.
by Martin Long
Tue Dec 09, 2014 4:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday December 9th 2014 (S71 P103)
Replies: 12
Views: 2463

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday December 9th 2014 (S71 P103)

Andrew Keith was called Andy Noden on Apterous when he first joined.
by Martin Long
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:17 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Who Will Win Series 71? (Spoilers Included)
Replies: 20
Views: 4055

Re: Who Will Win Series 71? (Spoilers Included)

I think the top three seeds and George will make the finals. Antoinette and Dan will win comfortably in their quarter finals, George will win by 20 points with his numbering skills making the difference and Tricia will beat Laurence (but I think this game will be closer than people think, perhaps go...
by Martin Long
Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday December 5th 2014 (S71 P101)
Replies: 18
Views: 2815

Re: Spoilers for Friday December 5th 2014 (S71 P101)

Congratulations, Antoinette. I really enjoyed your eight games.

Best of luck in the knockout stages.
by Martin Long
Wed Oct 15, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday October 15th 2014 (S71 P66)
Replies: 15
Views: 3455

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday October 15th 2014 (S71 P66)

INAMORATO was an absolutely awesome spot.

Another excellent performance Dan, well done! (even though I was hoping you would go 4L in round 3 :D )
by Martin Long
Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)
Replies: 33
Views: 3530

Re: Spoilers for Friday October 10th 2014 (S71 P63)

Well done again Dan, another solid performance! I got the 1st and 2nd numbers rounds by different methods to Rachel but you still beat me playing at home fairly comfortably.:)
by Martin Long
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday October 9th 2014 (S71 P62)
Replies: 8
Views: 2084

Re: Spoilers for Thursday October 9th 2014 (S71 P62)

I wondered about UNNAILED, might have risked that one.

Some good spots in there Dan, well done again.

(75+8+6+1)*(10-7) for the 1st numbers.
by Martin Long
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:59 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday October 8th 2014 (S71 P61)
Replies: 8
Views: 2359

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday October 8th 2014 (S71 P61)

Just watched this, well done Dan! Hope this is the first win of many! :D

I got the conundrum which was very pleasing for me! :D :D :D
by Martin Long
Mon Sep 22, 2014 3:24 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday September 22nd 2014 (S71 P50)
Replies: 7
Views: 1876

Re: Spoilers for Monday September 22nd 2014 (S71 P50)

Tony Atkins wrote:An odd mixture of low max and high max letter games today - anyone get the 9 from LATENESS+I?
I foolishly tried SELINATES.
I had SALIENTS in this round but didn't get the 9.
by Martin Long
Fri Aug 15, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday August 15th 2014 (S71 P29)
Replies: 23
Views: 3402

Re: Spoilers for Friday August 15th 2014 (S71 P29)

It's a great feeling to get a 9 on the show - must be really great on the first round - mind you there are another two available - NARCOTISE and ACTIONERS. Quick way for 1st numbers (100-6)x(9+1), though I did it the standard way... What exactly do you mean by "standard way"/"standard method"? I ha...
by Martin Long
Wed Jun 11, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

:D

He's the cheapest of the England defenders and a guaranteed starter. I reckon England will get two clean sheets in the group stages too.
by Martin Long
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 174
Views: 47261

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

My provisional team:

Julio Cesar

Jagielka, Vertonghen, Zabaleta

Hazard, Oscar, Di Maria, Pirlo, Shaqiri

Messi, Neymar

Subs: Akinfeev, Gyan, Torosidis, Ignashevich