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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: 51
Views: 1579

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: 51
Views: 1579

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: 51
Views: 1579

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: 632

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?
Replies: 449
Views: 72834

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: 3300

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: 16
Views: 2495

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
Wed May 17, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 60
Views: 3836

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: 961

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: 14
Views: 1955

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: 14
Views: 1955

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: 14
Views: 1955

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: 496
Views: 32293

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?
Replies: 449
Views: 72834

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: 24
Views: 2164

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: 496
Views: 32293

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: 3324

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: 18
Views: 2913

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...
by Charlie Reams
Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?
Replies: 17
Views: 951

Re: How would you rank the celebratory days of the year?

Halloween, Pancake day, my birthday, Christmas. I used to really enjoy Guy Fawkes' but the novelty has worn off now.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:12 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5863

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Great topic, enjoyed reading all this! Harder question: if one were designing a new variant, which four large numbers (in the range 11-100) make the game hardest (i.e. fewest games solvable) and which easiest (i.e. most games solvable)? I have an answer for you, Charlie. The easiest four numbers ar...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 47
Views: 4271

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

Robin McKay could've got 1133! Nah, with the contestant order / filming schedule being the way it was, he couldn't have. But Struan Charters could have if he did a wee bit better. Sorry for the mistake, the page does actually say Struan Chambers! I wrote Robin McKay because one of his games had bee...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO
Replies: 34
Views: 4797

Re: Possible CO-MSO

They approached me a few years ago about doing an apterous event, so I don't think there's any exclusivity of word games. (The event didn't happen in the end because I couldn't make the dates, but other than that I think it's viable.)
by Charlie Reams
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 47
Views: 4271

Re: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?

FYI this cdb page shows the highest possible 8-game totals ever: http://cdb.apterous.org/octomax.php . Robin McKay could've got 1133!
by Charlie Reams
Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:45 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown
Replies: 44
Views: 4312

Re: Apterites who have yet to appear on Countdown

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Jennifer Steadman wrote:Didn't Howard Somerset die or am I thinking of someone else?
I'd not heard this!
I spoke to him fairly recently and he didn't seem dead at the time.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 32293

Re: People you shouldn't trust

James Laverty wrote:Idiots who take negative offers on The Chase
Is this a reference to a recent thing? It seems quite sensible to me.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Oct 18, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guinness World Record Attempt....
Replies: 18
Views: 2095

Re: Guinness World Record Attempt....

Cool, good luck then!
by Charlie Reams
Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:21 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Guinness World Record Attempt....
Replies: 18
Views: 2095

Re: Guinness World Record Attempt....

Is this actually eligible for Guinness? Back in the day they had to send one of their official ratifiers to watch in person, I think.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Oct 09, 2016 6:38 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 14
Views: 992

Re: Hi!

PM Charlie and tell him everything you've done. I'm sure it can be sorted out. Actually we had a lengthy PM exchange where we agreed that I would send all the evidence of Euan's cheating to an independent person and allow them to decide. Said person agreed with me and Euan has been strangely silent...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:36 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?
Replies: 15
Views: 2254

Re: Boris or Philip - Who Said/Did It?

Euan Slatter wrote:In case you were still wondering, i was the one from the Tube forum who got 4.From random guessing
With a result that good I expect Rhys will have to ban you from future quizzes.
by Charlie Reams
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Hi!
Replies: 14
Views: 992

Re: Hi!

Euan Slatter wrote: I have a couple of good games so they think i'm cheating again. this is not fair. i can't even log on as my first account (E.), so basically i'm gone from Apterous.
For the record, this is untrue.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Oct 04, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 143
Views: 7614

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

As probably the highest-profile musician to die in a car crash, am I the only one who thinks that this is a little bit crass? Car crass? When do we get "likes" back? I seem to remember Charlie saying that there was a reason why we couldn't have them back but frankly I've completely forgotten what i...
by Charlie Reams
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 212
Views: 20546

Re: Coincidence

Sometimes I wonder if you could get a number (like pi or something but not necessarily pi) that should be irrational, but somehow ends up as rational by some sort of infinite coincidence. So instead of all the decimal places being like 458572101832907540932, after a certain point it just recurs, or...
by Charlie Reams
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 138
Views: 8198

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Jon O'Neill wrote:
Steven M. McCann wrote:Typical PC Bellend, calling anyone who has a different opinion to them names, there's quite a few on here.
Hurting about losing the "Baking" to C4 are you!
Ahh, the old "flounced and nobody gave a fuck so I'm back".

Welcome back.
:lol:
Steven M. McCann wrote:it was brought to my attention
:lol:
by Charlie Reams
Sat Sep 10, 2016 10:45 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 138
Views: 8198

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Leather doesn't come from the same cows that beef does. (I always assumed it was a side product, like pork scratchings.)
by Charlie Reams
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Wiki problems
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Wiki problems

Back now. I'm aware that the images still don't work.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Sep 04, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Wiki problems
Replies: 5
Views: 583

Re: Wiki problems

Our hosting company done goofed, basically. I'm trying to get them to restore it.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:51 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Best ever televised game?
Replies: 19
Views: 2154

Re: Best ever televised game?

For me it's this: http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_3531 . Before Chris Cummins I was only slightly interested in Countdown, seeing his episodes blew my mind.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 1539

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

JimBentley wrote:Can you wiggle it (without touching it, obviously)?
...
by Charlie Reams
Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Has Countdown ever helped you with your career?
Replies: 8
Views: 1140

Re: Has Countdown ever helped you with your career?

I was contacted by a recruiter who had been searching for contact details for me and eventually found apterous, which lead to the job that I've had for the last 4 years. Maybe that counts?
by Charlie Reams
Fri Jul 08, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EURO 2016
Replies: 23
Views: 1323

Re: EURO 2016

I feel we are witnessing a breakdown.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jun 05, 2016 10:08 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 2482

Re: IMDB top 250

By the way I think a good alternative list would be one that uses some sort of proportional representation. The current list is presumably going to favour films that largely appeal to everyone rather than polarise opinion. A proportional list would be very interesting and the top films of more obsc...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jun 05, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 2482

Re: IMDB top 250

Ryan Taylor wrote:
Charlie Reams wrote:218.
I did wonder if you would have seen most of them as I seem to recall you going through a phase when you were chipping away at IMDB's top 100.
Yep, about five years ago I'd seen all 250, but they turn over quite rapidly and I haven't kept up. I think Dinos is on 200+ as well.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 2482

Re: IMDB top 250

218.
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:27 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A Letters Round Quandary
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: A Letters Round Quandary

I agree with Innis that it's highly unlikely that a 10-round solution exists. But perhaps if you dump the worst letters near the beginning you could get close. On the contrary, I would think that putting the worst letters in a cluster at the very end would be more efficient. There are always more c...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A Letters Round Quandary
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: A Letters Round Quandary

I attempted this many years ago (probably on the mailing list -- I'll see if I can find it). I was able to get guaranteed 9s in the first two or three rounds I think. After that it gets hard. Might be doable with the new dictionary though. 3 I think. And I think it may have on The Corral too. Aha, ...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jun 04, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A Letters Round Quandary
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: A Letters Round Quandary

By the way, I could write a Python script that would solve this problem for me within an hour, but to do so I'd need a list of all the 9s in the dictionary. Huh, you reckon? I had some thoughts about doing it efficiently but it seemed quite complex and I never got around to it, so maybe I overlooke...
by Charlie Reams
Fri Jun 03, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: A Letters Round Quandary
Replies: 10
Views: 1230

Re: A Letters Round Quandary

I attempted this many years ago (probably on the mailing list -- I'll see if I can find it). I was able to get guaranteed 9s in the first two or three rounds I think. After that it gets hard. Might be doable with the new dictionary though.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:53 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 449
Views: 72834

Re: Is Apterous down?

Not much I can do for the next few hours -- if it's an Internet outage or power cut it may come back on its own.
by Charlie Reams
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 14th January- CoC game 3.
Replies: 108
Views: 4545

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 14th January- CoC game 3.

Kirk Bevins wrote: You don't often get "rare" trains.
Makes sense.
by Charlie Reams
Tue Feb 23, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Will Scramble 4 Food
Replies: 11
Views: 1341

Re: Will Scramble 4 Food

Johnny Canuck wrote:which is how Apterous' shuffler generates them
Sometimes!
by Charlie Reams
Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:43 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 449
Views: 72834

Re: Is Apterous down?

Will be down for the next few hours most likely.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5863

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

I'm okay with an imperfect answer, I'm sure we can get somewhere with a bit of stochastic hill climbing or some such. (I haven't tried this myself yet but it would make an interesting contest I reckon.) Hill climbing methods don't seem directly applicable here, since everything in sight is discrete...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 133
Views: 6167

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Michelle Nevitt wrote:also been to the Cayman Islands but it's not on the list so not sure what this falls under?
It's counted as part of the UK I think.
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5863

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

For the hardest, it might be something stupid like 11, 12, 13, 14 or even 100, 99, 98, 97. Yeah, I think 97-100 is a good shout. Charlie, I'll be able to answer that question restricted only to 4L picks in the next few days. Over all picks 6S to 4L, it seems to me to be intractable to get a complet...
by Charlie Reams
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:34 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 133
Views: 6167

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I've been to the following: Austria Belgium Bulgaria Canada Costa Rica Cyprus Denmark France Germany Greece Iceland Ireland Italy Luxembourg Malta Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales) United States which puts me in the surprisingly popular 22 Cl...
by Charlie Reams
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5863

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

Great topic, enjoyed reading all this!

Harder question: if one were designing a new variant, which four large numbers (in the range 11-100) make the game hardest (i.e. fewest games solvable) and which easiest (i.e. most games solvable)?
by Charlie Reams
Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Records on the wiki
Replies: 10
Views: 953

Re: Records on the wiki

Thanks for fixing this. If you're likely to leave pages under construction for a while, it might be useful to define a template saying so and use that everywhere. That also makes it easier for you to find the unfinished pages later.