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by Charlie Reams
Thu Nov 26, 2020 11:03 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You've just been made producer of Countdown...
Replies: 46
Views: 3357

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

Danny Woodhouse wrote:
Thu Nov 26, 2020 10:09 am
Remember back in 96 when they changed the clock music and afterward that phrase came about "if it ain't broke dont fix it"?
Not sure this is entirely historically accurate.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Oct 24, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351217

Re: Ask Graeme?

Very interesting, thank you. So the biggest absolute differences are Elliott Mellor (+45%), Jonathan Rawlinson (+30%), and Zarte (+29%). My expectation was that more recent series are generally stronger and therefore it would be harder for the top players to maintain such a large advantage, but ther...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351217

Re: Ask Graeme?

I would be interested to see some stats along the lines of "max % for top seed versus max % for the other seven seeds" for each series. This might be one way to evaluate players who were most "ahead of their time" in comparison to other strong players from the same era.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Oct 17, 2020 2:55 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1017

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

Good stuff. Interesting that maxes are such a good proxy for overall performance.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Sep 21, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4371

Re: Future of this forum

Thank you everyone. We raised quite a bit more than I expected (total amount TBD) so that should cover us for at least another four or five years assuming prices stay the same. Woo!
by Charlie Reams
Sun Sep 06, 2020 12:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Future of this forum
Replies: 8
Views: 4371

Future of this forum

Hi folks, Those of you who've been around since 2013 may remember we collectively pre-paid for the next 5 years of hosting for this site, which worked out very well. That ran out in 2018 (maths), and I've been paying for the site myself since then -- but I'd like to see if we can do another crowd-so...
by Charlie Reams
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August
Replies: 16
Views: 5753

Re: Mind Sports Olympiad (CO-MSO) comes to Apterous Friday 21st August

Tony Atkins wrote:
Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:41 pm
If you are an expired apterous user or want to play anonymously, then create yourself a new (trial) user (for free) using a second email address.
Please don't do this, it's very clearly against the terms of service.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351217

Re: Ask Graeme?

This is super cool, I have wondered about this question before so very interesting to get an answer. Would love to see the answers for 6 small etc if you have the compute time to grind those out!
by Charlie Reams
Mon Jul 13, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Shuffling Algorithms
Replies: 5
Views: 1362

Re: Letter Shuffling Algorithms

I would be interested to see how these compare with the scores on the show (not just mean of the max but the whole distribution). The algorithm on apterous was based on a conversation with the person who had the job of semi-shuffling the tiles about how she did it, but obviously there's a fairly sub...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1452
Views: 351217

Re: Ask Graeme?

Not sure if been covered elsewhere, but here goes. Which word has the most stems, so should rarely be declared? Are you able to show the most for each length of word? Maybe this could be further split to determine words that if any extra vowel was added would yield a longer word - thus meaning your...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:19 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: apterous update
Replies: 34
Views: 4368

apterous update

Will post a longer update when I have time, but just to keep you informed: due to a faulty disk, the database experienced some quite serious corruption last night and neither the game nor the site can work without it. I'm currently investigating whether we can retrieve it all without resorting to a ...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Jun 02, 2020 9:55 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 21
Views: 3630

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

I'm aware. Nothing I can do at the moment.
by Charlie Reams
Sat May 23, 2020 12:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is picking the letters an advantage?
Replies: 33
Views: 5168

Re: Is picking the letters an advantage?

I took a quick look into this based on apterous data. I only considered games that are reasonably simulations of Countdown, i.e. human-vs-human games with normal rules and 30-second rounds. I also only looked at data for the last two years, because the move to the much bigger dictionary presumably r...
by Charlie Reams
Wed May 20, 2020 10:02 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 12048

Re: Higher or Lower

I suggest using the probability distribution of human ages, which of course has zero density above 120 years. Finally something we can all agree on!
by Charlie Reams
Sat May 16, 2020 10:04 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Higher or Lower
Replies: 125
Views: 12048

Re: Higher or Lower

Say I give you 100 numbers from the same distribution, then you'd be able to learn some things about the distribution, like where the regions are, how big they are and so on, and you'd be able to make reasonable guesses about where future numbers from the distribution would go. Obviously, the more ...
by Charlie Reams
Sat May 09, 2020 12:28 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 21
Views: 3630

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

As I said, there is no point whatsoever posting in this topic.
by Charlie Reams
Fri May 08, 2020 8:16 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]
Replies: 21
Views: 3630

Re: Is Apterous down? [GENERAL DISCUSSION THREAD]

You can post whatever you want in here, since it isn't configured to send me an alert. It's also completely pointless since I won't see it. Enjoy!
by Charlie Reams
Thu May 07, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]

And that's the end of this topic. Congrats to those who ruined it for everyone else.
by Charlie Reams
Thu May 07, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]

Jason William Larsen wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 3:01 pm
I can't log in now
Other people are playing successfully so the site is not down. Please file a ticket if you need technical support.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]

Looks like the subject line was too subtle.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down? [please DO NOT post in this topic for any other reason]

Yes. (Essential maintenance.) Back later today.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Apr 13, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Please don't use this thread for anything other than signalling that the site is down. There is a ticket system on the site and all other problems can be flagged there.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Apr 05, 2020 10:15 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Please don't use this page to report bugs or ask for technical support. Other people are playing successfully: https://www.apterous.org/browsegames.php?date=737885 .
by Charlie Reams
Thu Feb 06, 2020 11:58 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Back now.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)
Replies: 23
Views: 5704

Re: Outing Gevin! (& similar fun activities suitable for a rainy Tuesday afternoon)

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:09 pm
This was a serious Yahoo Group for serious people and only real names were allowed, so it was eventually taken over by Soo Reams.
:lol:
by Charlie Reams
Fri Nov 15, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Yes, the database is running so slowly that it's very hard to log in. I will take a look but it might take a while to fix.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 219
Views: 56174

Re: Coincidence

(Cross-post from Facebook, I feel this is good enough to warrant it.) While we're sitting around, my girlfriend likes to pepper me with clues from whatever cryptic crossword she's doing. Today she was saying "Do you know a nine-letter word..." and I thought it would be amusing to interrupt at that p...
by Charlie Reams
Thu May 09, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Will probably be unreliable over the next 24 hours. BT coming tomorrow to fix. (They were meant to come today but of course left me waiting for 5 hours before cancelling instead.)
by Charlie Reams
Sun May 05, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?
Replies: 42
Views: 11575

Re: Was Jeanne Calment a fraud?

I enjoyed this thread and now also endorse exhumation. If I live to 122 I'd be fine with someone messing with my grave to double-check.
by Charlie Reams
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 28
Views: 14451

Re: What Degrees do you have

Pretty much what it reads like. I have a friend who went to Oxford. Did a bachelors degree. After like 3 years or something he paid to upgrade it to a Masters, 'MaOxon' or something. He said he'd been told they allow it because a bachelor's from Oxford should hold more merit than somewhere else I l...
by Charlie Reams
Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:13 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Power cut. Back ASAP.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Mar 31, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

I'm away for Easter so nothing I can do. Will be back at some point.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

We're having a power cut at Apterous Towers and the battery backup has now expired. Back in the next few hours with any luck.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:38 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Don't think so, works fine for me and others are online.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:04 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Yep. Power cut at Apterous Towers. Battery backup gave us enough time to shutdown gracefully so we should be back safely as soon as power comes back.
by Charlie Reams
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Tom S wrote:
Fri Oct 27, 2017 9:30 pm
Apterous down at mo.
Don't think so -- lots of other people online.
by Charlie Reams
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Having some electrical work done, should be back in a few hours.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 39515

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

You have to go to sleep at the time chosen by whichever of you wants to go to bed later, and get up at the earlier time. Whilst you're obviously mental (and whilst that whilst I respect your reasoning) this particular part is surely totally wrong. And we have a kid! Hmm.. or maybe it's wrong becaus...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 39515

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

Oh wait, much more obvious one. Sleeping in a bed with someone else. This just obviously seems like the worst idea ever and if it were being invented now I think most adults would be horrified. You have to go to sleep at the time chosen by whichever of you wants to go to bed later, and get up at the...
by Charlie Reams
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Things you can't do that it always seems like everyone else can
Replies: 91
Views: 39515

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

Ice skating. Why is everyone else so good at this suddenly?
by Charlie Reams
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Oxford Anagram Finder
Replies: 7
Views: 4075

Re: Oxford Anagram Finder

The English language hasn't changed too drastically since then, and Oxford are C4C's favourites COD9 (the dictionary Countdown was using in 1999) contained about a third as many words as the present electronic edition, so (assuming Noel was asking about it's validity as a Countdown training/adjudic...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Sep 05, 2017 3:11 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Yep, scheduled downtime. We'll be back around 6 with any luck.
by Charlie Reams
Fri Aug 18, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Problems with Java
Replies: 25
Views: 11570

Re: Problems with Java

You probably just need to clear your cookies.
by Charlie Reams
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best 9 of all time
Replies: 17
Views: 9339

Best 9 of all time

I searched around and it seems (surprisingly) that this totally objective argument has not been had before. What is the best nine ever spotted by a contestant on Countdown? My mind naturally goes to an older era, where spots like MYOGLOBIN were unimaginably brilliant, and Paul Howe's 5-voweller ISOG...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Count to Infinity in Pictures
Replies: 53
Views: 25402

Re: Count to Infinity in Pictures

Image
by Charlie Reams
Wed May 17, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 73
Views: 26615

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

I have switched to paratha since reading this topic. Never going back.
by Charlie Reams
Fri May 12, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Too quick!
Replies: 6
Views: 4177

Re: Too quick!

I could imagine having custom timers for users who find the current interface totally inaccessible. I'll message you privately Vik and we can figure out what works for you.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Apr 16, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 81 Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 11604

Re: 81 Questions

I think it's more fun if you post the individual answers first, then we can try to work out the connections from there.
by Charlie Reams
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:46 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 81 Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 11604

Re: 81 Questions

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:49 am
Charlie Reams wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:59 pm
Can we have the answers? (I think there's a word missing in Q58.)
Horror?
Yep, most likely.
by Charlie Reams
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:59 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: 81 Questions
Replies: 15
Views: 11604

Re: 81 Questions

Can we have the answers? (I think there's a word missing in Q58.)
by Charlie Reams
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 720
Views: 177514

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who tell you what collective nouns of animals are. No one cares. No one ever uses them in any other context other than telling you they exist and even then, who decided they exist in the first place? You might get it in a quiz or something, like "what's a group of owls called?" Well what the...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down? [DO NOT POST IN THIS TOPIC FOR ANY OTHER REASON]
Replies: 604
Views: 210001

Re: Is Apterous down?

Power's out to the whole street so no apterous til that comes back.

NB please don't reply to this message.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)
Replies: 34
Views: 25454

Re: the Countdowner's Homes I've Been In game (CHIBIN)

Does it have to be their current home? How about student accommodation? Charlie Reams (family home) Charlie Reams (student accommodation) Charlie Reams (current flat) Heather Badcock Matt Morrison You actually haven't been to my current flat since you declined the invite to my house warming :evil:
by Charlie Reams
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 720
Views: 177514

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who use backtick instead of apostrophe. "I`m fine, how`re you?" whaaaaat.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:20 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2017 upgrade!
Replies: 36
Views: 45996

2017 upgrade!

I just installed the latest version of the software which runs this board, phpBB 3.2.0.

Other than some slightly rounder corners I haven't noticed much difference yet. Anyone spot anything?
by Charlie Reams
Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Done gone done made a quiz
Replies: 23
Views: 12749

Re: Done gone done made a quiz

And it's done. Illness has kept it from being as long or as mental as I would have hoped. But here it is anyway- http://nebagram.co.uk/2016QuizExtended.pdf or here- https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/60…/2016QuizExtended.pdf -if the first link doesn't work. Enjoy. :-D Could we get the answers plea...