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by Giles
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 3139

Re: COREA16 - Saturday 26th March 2016

I have to report neither Hutchings will be there this year too. Seems that parents' anniversaries have to be celebrated or something.
by Giles
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)
Replies: 14
Views: 1285

Re: Wednesday 20th January 2016 (CoC XIV, 1st Semi-Final)

Before this game I sat in Susie's chair for a few minutes and Safari was open on oxforddictionaries.com
by Giles
Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:51 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?
Replies: 15
Views: 1469

Re: Did the ODO changes improve the CoC?

I'm conflicted about it. If a contestant in the CoC were motivated to try and win and knew about all these new words, then obviously that's a huge advantage (things like RANTIPOLE, METACONID, PETROLAGE etc. can easily turn a game round as we've seen). I spent ages learning as many new words as I cou...
by Giles
Wed Jan 13, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 8970

Re: How many countries have you been to?

15/197: (England, Wales, Scotland), USA, Greece, France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Vatican City (?), Liechtenstein, UAE, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic Lots of the holidays I've been on are US centric and I'm trying to visit as many states as possible. Right now, 11/50: New York,...
by Giles
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: CoC Preliminary 2 Spoilers For Tuesday January 5th 2016
Replies: 17
Views: 1555

Re: CoC Preliminary 2 Spoilers For Tuesday January 5th 2016

Thanks all for the kind comments! It felt great to be back in the chair (be it challenger's or champion's), and luckily one of the 9s I'd crammed into my brain the night before popped up. And a great play by Heather going for UNREALIST! I remembered OUTRAKES since when I first saw it on a word list,...
by Giles
Fri Jan 08, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 9121

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Mark James wrote: Star Wars: Force Unleashed - Almost makes up for prequels - 7/10
Video game review too?
by Giles
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 105
Views: 9121

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Vertigo - Dramatic wife entanglements featuring bell-towers - 8/10
A Fistful of Dollars - Western with a hot Clint - 9/10
Big Hero 6 - Hyper fun colourful Americ-asian explosion - 8/10
The Road - GREY GREY GREY GREY GREY - 6/10
Joy - MOPS MOPS MOPS MOPS catharsis - 7/10
by Giles
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:01 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 499
Views: 36440

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who think the past tense of the verb text is text.
by Giles
Sun Oct 04, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What computer games have you been playing lately?
Replies: 44
Views: 5356

Re: What computer games have you been playing lately?

Witcher 3, To The Moon, Far Cry 4
by Giles
Sat Oct 03, 2015 8:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO:parkrun Recaps
Replies: 305
Views: 26889

Re: CO:parkrun Recaps

Just did the CO:ventry run. Most professional one (it started at 9.00 exactly!) I've been to so far and had around 500 runners. Got 22.20 which is respectable considering I've done no exercise the past 2 weeks.
by Giles
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:50 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 215
Views: 14421

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

Heroes Reborn has just started (and looks more promising than S3 and 4 of the original show). Orphan Black is rather good and 30 Rock is hilarious.
by Giles
Thu Oct 01, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What books have you been reading lately?
Replies: 36
Views: 2751

Re: What books have you been reading lately?

I'm actually currently reading A Thousand Splendid Suns, and recently got through Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro and Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes, both of which really make you think about life and the decisions you take. what if? by Randall Munroe (see: http://www.xkcd.com ) is like a...
by Giles
Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 23rd September (Series 73, Prelim 58)
Replies: 0
Views: 1044

Wednesday 23rd September (Series 73, Prelim 58)

Countdown recap for Wednesday 23rd September 2015. Nick starts off the show by talking about how summer is officially over and we're into autumn (the equinox, by the way, was at 9.21am). He then says he doesn't care much for winter and asks Rachel what her favourite is. She says autumn because that'...
by Giles
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 18th September 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 55)
Replies: 0
Views: 986

Friday 18th September 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 55)

Countdown recap for Friday 18 September 2015. It's all kicking off today! That is the rugby, with England vs Fiji being tonight* and the final's on 31st October. Nick says Ireland might be able to clinch the title. (Quick, we need to check with Paul the octupus to see what his prediction is! Or is h...
by Giles
Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 17th Septmeber 2015 ( Series 73 , Prelim 54 )
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: Thursday 17th Septmeber 2015 ( Series 73 , Prelim 54 )

In round 9, you've said Thomas gets 615 rather than 565.
by Giles
Mon Sep 14, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Monday 14th September 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 51)
Replies: 0
Views: 1186

Monday 14th September 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 51)

Countdown recap for Monday 14 September 2015. C1: Champion Matty Artell (5 wins, 474 points). An apterite and student from Chester. C2: Challenger Wayne McSorley. A stock and systems administrator from Bradford who likes online Scrabble and beekeeping and currently has 3 hives! Nick introduces the s...
by Giles
Mon Sep 14, 2015 2:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

Sure thing! I'll catch up on the 11th, and then James has said I could do the 14th and the 23rd. Then those Fridays are the 25th and the 9th of October.
by Giles
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)
Replies: 9
Views: 1074

Re: Tuesday 18th August 2015 (Series 73, Prelim 37)

And the Oscar for best gif usage when recapping goes to... Jen Steadman!
by Giles
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

Can I put in a request to do a recap from after 7th September?
by Giles
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 499
Views: 36440

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who sneeze more than twice in one bout of sneezing.
by Giles
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 499
Views: 36440

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who have never seen the iconic film Mean Girls.
People who say 'expresso' instead of espresso.
by Giles
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 29492

Re: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic

So much yes. All aboard the hype train!
by Giles
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:19 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Chase
Replies: 148
Views: 22555

Re: The Chase

A certain gambler, Tom Barnes, was just on The Chase today.
by Giles
Sun Sep 21, 2014 2:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 17th September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 47)
Replies: 1
Views: 380

Wednesday 17th September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 47)

Countdown recap for Wednesday 17 September 2014. Today in 1976, the first space shuttle was unveiled by NASA, but it didn't actually go anywhere because it was a test one for astronauts before the real thing. The shuttle used to be called Constitution, before lots of people (and presumably Trekkies)...
by Giles
Sun Sep 21, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

I'm on the 17th, will be up tomorrow :)
by Giles
Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

I'll see if I can remember how to recap and try the 17th.
by Giles
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1000

Re: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)

Also, having googled him, the GWR guy is Mark McKinley.
by Giles
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1000

Re: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)

Also I think Szelong declared gammit* rather than gamet*. Not that it makes much difference really.
by Giles
Sat Sep 06, 2014 2:01 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)
Replies: 11
Views: 1000

Re: Friday 5th September 2014 (Series 71, prelim 41)

You got Szelong's name spelt right the first time, but then every subsequent time you had 'Zs-'! And RE EXEUNT and FLORUIT, viewers kicked off about Conor having FLORUITED because FLORUIT is already past tense in Latin and makes no sense to add -ED to it as well. Matt Bayfield also tells me that in ...
by Giles
Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:55 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 29th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 36)
Replies: 3
Views: 521

Re: Friday 29th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 36)

I make Rachel's solution in R14 as 436... I think some brackets are missing.
by Giles
Fri Sep 05, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Thursday 4th September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 40)
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Thursday 4th September 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 40)

ODO words: EDICTAL and OCTRAINS
by Giles
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Tuesday 8th July - Series 71, Prelim 7
Replies: 2
Views: 588

Re: Tuesday 8th July - Series 71, Prelim 7

Having looked at the definition of LUPIN in my ODE3 and online, it seems as though the LUPINE spelling is North American. Obviously US spellings of UK words aren't allowed, but if it says it's a North American spelling, is that OK since Canada or somewhere might use it? Unless now the rules have cha...
by Giles
Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Wednesday 27th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 34)
Replies: 2
Views: 423

Re: Wednesday 27th August 2014 (Series 71, Prelim 34)

R1 addition courtesy of ODO: HOARSEN
by Giles
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO Bristol???? who is interested
Replies: 25
Views: 3329

Re: CO Bristol???? who is interested

I am interested, we need more events further south!
by Giles
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:36 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdown words spotted in real life
Replies: 108
Views: 15998

Re: Countdown words spotted in real life

A horse was called this at Goodwood recently.

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by Giles
Fri May 02, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.
Replies: 9
Views: 1509

Re: If you can find the answer, you're a genius.

I think I'll Hansford this one and say PARQUETRY.

Really nice puzzle, Johnny!

If you want an explanation, try using the numbers as a code for finding certain letters
by Giles
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Monday March 31st 2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1293

Re: Spoilers For Monday March 31st 2014

Hope I wasn't the only one to miss bloody MODERATOS/ASTRODOME... Almost as bad as me going for HUMIFY and missing HUMIDIFY. :( Great comeback by Ann, although the challenger really fell apart at the end! Since Nick became host, I've noticed that the clock normally starts ticking before the conundru...
by Giles
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 70 - 2014 onwards.
Replies: 175
Views: 20071

Re: Series 70 - 2014 onwards.

*flips table* So many words removed recently will be valid again then, if Charlie decides to make the switch to ODO as well.
by Giles
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA 2014 Recaps
Replies: 4
Views: 1029

Re: COREA 2014 Recaps

Thanks Tony, very interesting to have the recaps from different players. One issue, I'm pretty sure MAGRET is a valid word so can that be changed to capitals please.
by Giles
Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CoStAl - Countdown in St. Albans - Saturday 12th July 2014
Replies: 104
Views: 20093

Re: CoStAl - Countdown in St. Albans - Saturday 12th July 20

Woo, go the south-east! I'm definitely interested, should be able to come.
by Giles
Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:49 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Classic Countdown on Youtube
Replies: 5
Views: 1272

Re: Classic Countdown on Youtube

Fred Mumford wrote: Giles put the series 68 final on youtube a few weeks ago, and it was taken down within 2 days.
A-ha! I re-uploaded it, under the "pseudonym" Tiddlywinks semi-final, but if you search for series 68 final you should still be able to find it :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwIV9IfCjas
by Giles
Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday March 28th 2014 (S70 P56)
Replies: 14
Views: 768

Re: Spoilers for Friday March 28th 2014 (S70 P56)

As we wrap up this week, we have yet another new champion, Peter Cross. Not many people have won multiple games this week, can Peter get the trend going in the right direction? Or perhaps the tend. I thought it was a bit strange when Susie was talking about hoe phrases turn into other phrases by lo...
by Giles
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Series 70 - 2014 onwards.
Replies: 175
Views: 20071

Re: Series 70 - 2014 onwards.

Ok. I'm not freaking out or anything. I will just have a lot more work to do again now. I shall twerk my way to updating the aptodic once more.
by Giles
Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For 8/10 Cats Does Countdown (S1, E6 - 20 Sep '13)
Replies: 2
Views: 448

Re: Spoilers For 8/10 Cats Does Countdown (S1, E6 - 20 Sep '

Out of all the conundrums they could have had (FRUITCAKE, maybe?) they go with OMNIBUSES? A plural? Ehh
by Giles
Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What's your Bevins Number?
Replies: 46
Views: 4153

Re: What's your Bevins Number?

I get 8 and my mum gets a decent 3 :(
by Giles
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1259
Views: 99754

Re: Ask Graeme?

Octochamps with least disallowed words?
by Giles
Sat Aug 17, 2013 12:38 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Friday 16th August 2013 (8/10 Cats Series 1, Episode 4)
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Friday 16th August 2013 (8/10 Cats Series 1, Episode 4)

James is usually the master of the recaps of these specials, but I thought I'd give one a go! 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown recap for Friday 16th August 2013. Team 1: Sarah Millican, and Jimmy says in her hometown, Newcastle, no-one actually does anything for the whole time (whether Countdown is o...
by Giles
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:00 pm
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

James Robinson wrote:
Giles wrote:Any days free coming up that I may be able to have?
Well, there's this Friday's mash-up if you want that, Giles. :)
Sure thing, thanks!
by Giles
Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: Countdown - Current recaps
Topic: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!
Replies: 455
Views: 57599

Re: Calling All Wannabe Recappers!!

Any days free coming up that I may be able to have?
by Giles
Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 28)
Replies: 16
Views: 978

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

John Garcia wrote:P.S. had Dylan got the conundrum, would that have been the largest winning margin ever?
Yep, current winning margin record is 112. As I should know.
by Giles
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim 28)
Replies: 16
Views: 978

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday August 13th 2013 (Series 69 Prelim

Huh, a nice flake in the first two rounds.
by Giles
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:06 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday July 3rd 2013 (Series 69 Prelim...3)
Replies: 32
Views: 2675

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday July 3rd 2013 (Series 69 Prelim..

Direct quote from Digital Spy: (about yesterday) Now this is really strange. I missed the live broadcast, so as I have Virgin cable on demand, i decided to watch it on that. The program came up and played quite naturally with two new contestants and Penny Smith in DC. The contest was won on the cruc...
by Giles
Sun Jun 30, 2013 5:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 2463

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

Thanks very much everyone! *blushes* I only knew what HEIAU meant because it had sat at the top of the ripest pencils list (back when there was only one list) for so long that I had to find out what it was. And some how it stuck (kind of). Well, I'd better recommence my dictionarying from IM- then...
by Giles
Fri Jun 28, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013
Replies: 50
Views: 2463

Re: Grand Final Spoilers For Friday June 28th 2013

I was contemplating ottomen*...
by Giles
Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:13 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers For Wednesday June 26th 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 949

Re: Spoilers For Wednesday June 26th 2013

Just after the round I asked Susie about pluralising RAVIOLI, she checked its entry, and (as I knew from looking a few weeks ago) it says it's a plural noun. So since it's a plural noun already it trumps the order-in-a-restaurant rule. I did fail to see a 7 in that round, saw SNAKILY afterwards. And...