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by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1958

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

People have actually done that? What kind of lunatic would send you a range when the scoring system requires an exact number? What did they think would happen? So if someone says "I think A will beat B by 5-10 points", and Zarte takes the middle value which is 7.5, and the actual margin turns out t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)
Replies: 8
Views: 782

Re: Spoilers for Monday 27th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 43)

Ian Fitzpatrick wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:09 am
Trouser never used to be allowed
It's been valid since at least 2001: http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_3031
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:58 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2018
Replies: 11
Views: 4288

Re: CO-MSO 2018

Has Prune finished in the top half of a Co-event before?
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111446

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Ben Wilson wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:58 am
Had a brilliant one that I can hardly remember anything about other than Jen was trying to stuff Graeme into a wardrobe and I got the impression the reason was benevolent.
It's because Graeme's a magical creature from Narnia, and needed to return home.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 1729

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I've already given a system that I think would work. Basically, in a one-person event, they'd get 50; for two it would be 66.7, 33.3; for three it would be 75, 50, 25 etc. There's a formula out there somewhere but I can't be bothered to find/work it out again right now. I think it's the fairest lin...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 68
Views: 5432

Re: C of C Draw......

Nice to see a couple of non-Apterites in the mix, with Phil and Dougie recognised for their excellent performances in last series.

When are audience tickets likely to be available?
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Mastermind
Replies: 5
Views: 1752

Re: Mastermind

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:39 pm
Very nice, what'll your specialist subject be (if you can say)?
Doing the New Testament letters
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:20 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Mastermind
Replies: 5
Views: 1752

Mastermind

I'm going to be filming for the next series of Mastermind on the evening of 24th July. If anyone (nearby or otherwise) fancies coming along to Media City for non-Countdown filming and to keep me company in the green room let me know. I can have 3 guests in the green room, as well as up to 7 addition...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:41 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27439

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Thu Jun 28, 2018 5:43 am
Thomas Cappleman wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:49 pm
Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:42 pm
I want to say as a clue it's a fictitious character but that may be challenged 😊
Based on the wording, God/Jesus?
Both in the top five
No 1 is an anagram of no 2
Oh, Satan and Santa. Don't know which order.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27439

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Marc Meakin wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:42 pm
I want to say as a clue it's a fictitious character but that may be challenged 😊
Based on the wording, God/Jesus?
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What films have you watched lately?
Replies: 176
Views: 27439

Re: What films have you watched lately?

Just for fun I posted a film question on another forum and apart from obvious Googlers hardly anyone got it. Which character has been played the most on screen ( that's film AND TV before you ask ) ? Are we defining most by number of distinct portrayals? If so, it's probably someone like the Queen.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)
Replies: 73
Views: 7686

Re: Series 78 Finals Predictions (Contains Spoilers!)

QF1: Tom Chafer-Cook vs Graeme Staples (Prediction: 50 Points) (Actual: 45 Points) (Score: 50-45=5 Points) If I understand this correctly, if you predicted Tom to win by a million and 45 points, you'd get a million points. That is technically correct, although I must admit no one is going to win wi...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46853

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

But then Detectorists. Talk about pulling it back. Watched the whole lot over the last couple of weeks and definitely one of the best comedy dramas I've ever seen I think. Just wonderful. Superb character acting, cutesy low-level high-tension drama, really likeable casting, just felt so fucking bri...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed May 30, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111446

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Elliott Mellor wrote:
Wed May 30, 2018 7:22 am
No sure what happened after this, but I'm sort of disappointed it ended and really hope the queen actually does watch Countdown.
She does: http://royalcentral.co.uk/uk/thequeen/t ... sses-85735
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri May 25, 2018 8:46 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Hard Ball
Replies: 1
Views: 813

Re: Hard Ball

I've been watching the morning repeats (or as much as is left when I wake up). Spotted Karen Pearson on the first episode I caught. And agreed, the quantity of questions is a definite plus.
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri May 18, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Where are They Now ?
Replies: 44
Views: 4838

Re: Where are They Now ?

Richard Brittain (according to a conversation on Apterous some time) lives on my walk to work. Not actually spotted him, but he said he saw me one time.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon May 07, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
Replies: 11
Views: 2720

Re: The Return of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Clarkson is at least making it very clear how confident he is about his answers, and is clearly terrified of getting into the position you described. Not a lifeline to keep in future if the host isn't known for their general knowledge. I thought Clarkson was warming into the role nicely yesterday. H...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu May 03, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do ?.....
Replies: 6
Views: 1624

Re: Why do ?.....

I think part of the justification is that they're "always on duty". This made more sense when they'd spend most of the time in the parish, and so could reasonably be approached by a parishioner. It makes less sense now when an Irish priest ends up on BGT. Interestingly the original purpose of some f...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.
Replies: 9
Views: 2029

Re: (SPOILERS) The Countdown Scoring System.

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:54 am
Stuff like maxes aren't even officially measured anyway.
And to do so you'd need an absolutely definitive list of which words are valid, with a ruling on every edge case.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:54 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Thanks very much to all of you for the kind words about UC - quite possibly the most stressful thing I've ever put myself through (it's even harder than it looks, and I'm all the more in awe now of the teams who can post high scores time after time without breaking a sweat) but also among the most ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 5th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 63)
Replies: 8
Views: 1523

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 5th April 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 63)

Ryan Lam wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:58 pm
samir pilica wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:45 pm
R 11 EMOCORE
Sorry Samir but I searched it up and unfortunately it's not in! :(
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/emo
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: So, who will be the founding member of Countdown's "1000 CLUB"?
Replies: 62
Views: 13129

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

L'oisleatch McGraw wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 2:03 am
-How many Octochamps have faced an opponent in their first game who had up till that point an average game score of over 110pts?
Well, at least the holders of the 2 highest octotals, so seems a recommended way to start your run.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018
Replies: 19
Views: 6101

Re: COREA18 - Saturday 31st March 2018

I'll be there
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 31)
Replies: 12
Views: 1505

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 20th February 2018 (Series 78, Prelim 31)

zorbed not valid for round 12 even though ZORBING is in. Cos obviously when you go zorbing you're not actually zorbing. That's an error surely? I'd say you should ticket that if you haven't. No (unless premium has it in). zorbing is in (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/zorbing) as is Zo...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:35 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Also well done to Tom Rowell and team for a more comfortable Only Connect victory
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Wow, that was a thrilling contest! Well done to Innis and team for coming through against strong opponents. Can just apply that comment for this round as well. So evenly matched all the way through, and just nicking it at the end. Edinburgh in front for a whole set of bonuses at the end this time. ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 4598

Re: Letter distribution

Bumping this cos I can't create a new one. If the first three rounds ( i.e.first 27 tiles ) where from a pool of the 26 letters of the alphabet plus an additional A what would be the best distribution for maximum points ? Interesting. Ignoring the fact that you don't have enough vowels for 3 valid ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter distribution
Replies: 37
Views: 4598

Re: Letter distribution

Bumping this cos I can't create a new one. If the first three rounds ( i.e.first 27 tiles ) where from a pool of the 26 letters of the alphabet plus an additional A what would be the best distribution for maximum points ? Interesting. Ignoring the fact that you don't have enough vowels for 3 valid ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 7098

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

Mark Murray wrote:
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:42 pm
Time for meal now amended to 7pm . Adam-this would also give you enough time if you got a taxi to leave for about 8 pm from restaurant to temple meads
Brilliant, thanks very much!
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 7098

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

Hey Meal will be booked at Za Za for 8pm to ensure enough time between finishing event and getting there to relax first. price will be £17.99 per person and this can also be paid by paypal to markmurray97@hotmail.com Any chance of getting the booking any earlier? In the past it's felt like a long w...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown Bristol 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 7098

Re: Countdown Bristol 2018

Yes please for whatever food happens as well
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Adam Gillard wrote:
Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:46 pm
Wow, that was a thrilling contest! Well done to Innis and team for coming through against strong opponents.
Can just apply that comment for this round as well. So evenly matched all the way through, and just nicking it at the end.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)
Replies: 67
Views: 13010

Re: Ongoing series 77 general discussion thread (will contain spoilers!!!)

I think I know the answer to this question, but I'm genuinely curious: All spots for the Series 77 finals are now claimed, and there are still seven heats left in the series. If someone wins the next six games and loses the seventh and last heat, and six wins proves to be enough to make it into the...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46853

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm also catching up with the new series of Robot Wars. I'm glad they've tweaked the format slightly. I think it's slightly better now. But in both this series and the last one the two grand finalists from the previous series have ended up in the same heat. If it's just a random thing then OK, but ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?
Replies: 313
Views: 46853

Re: What TV programmes have you been watching lately?

I'm also catching up with the new series of Robot Wars. I'm glad they've tweaked the format slightly. I think it's slightly better now. But in both this series and the last one the two grand finalists from the previous series have ended up in the same heat. If it's just a random thing then OK, but ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 13418

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe Ad...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Sep 25, 2017 1:18 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Do you know what you know?
Replies: 13
Views: 3944

Re: Do you know what you know?

Mean confidence: 76.00% Actual percent correct: 88.00% You want your mean confidence and actual score to be as close as possible. Mean confidence on correct answers: 77.05% Mean confidence on incorrect answers: 68.33% You want your mean confidence to be low for incorrect answers and high for correc...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 17
Views: 3880

Re: Steam codes

I also have the following duplicate keys: VVVVVV The Stanley Parable Super Meat Boy Mini Metro And if anyone didn't get the Humble Freedom Bundle earlier this year (list here ), and wants anything from it other than those, Stardew Valley and The Witness, you can probably have those as well. I haven'...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Steam codes
Replies: 17
Views: 3880

Re: Steam codes

Can I claim the Shadow of Mordor one please?
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 142
Views: 13418

Re: How many countries have you been to?

UK (3), Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Vatican City, Montenegro, Croatia, Greece, UAE (transfers only), Japan, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, USA for 20 total. No new ones planned for this year yet - may fill in one of the holes in Western Europe Ad...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Curious about the CD recording process
Replies: 24
Views: 3601

Re: Curious about the CD recording process

I was fourth show - 2 that day, 5 the next, then came back a week and a half later for the final one. Did mean I got to meet the standby player, the one contestant during that time who was happy to see me win.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue May 16, 2017 10:38 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Personality types
Replies: 7
Views: 1494

Re: Personality types

I somehow got https://www.16personalities.com/istp-personality, but very marginal between, observant and intuitive, and all the descriptions for INTP match much better.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 8289

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

I'm going to have to drop out of this, as will be away that weekend.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:34 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Giles and team showing how to do a proper comeback on UC tonight. Brilliantly stressful watching.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 397
Views: 41072

Re: Politics in General

The last few months has been pretty insane for politics (particularly in the USA), but this manifesto (by a Stoke by-election candidate who has been arrested for it) is probably the most insane thing I've ever read . That's pretty amazing. Not decided what my favourite bit is yet. Probably either t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:35 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111446

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

I dreamed that I was on Countdown and Susie's origins bit was something interesting about words related to marine animals. It was interesting enough that well into the next round I was distracted thinking about various fish parts and how they got their name, so I could only find a three letter word...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 15, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams
Replies: 585
Views: 111446

Re: C4C/apto/Countdown Dreams

Finally got one that I can remember some details of. Was at some CoEvent, and was looking through a Countdown calendar with Jack Hurst, trying to show him the picture of our final (no idea what final). However, it had for some reason been replaced by a picture of Conor holding a trophy from the even...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)
Replies: 61
Views: 10041

Re: the Countdowners Outside Co:Event Meet-ups game (COCMEAT)

Catriona Cappleman (unsurprising, also comes under Countdowners whose houses I've been in and who have been in my house) Graeme Cole Phyl Styles Heather Styles (last 3 related to Only Connect filming) Jack Hurst Giles Hutchings (both at work) Many more if you count the last day of CoC filming, when ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 81
Views: 18740

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Unlucky there Giles - Bobby Seagull's a machine, and the bonuses you did get just didn't seem to fall well for you.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017
Replies: 26
Views: 8289

Re: COREA17 - Saturday 15th April 2017

In please.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: 2017 upgrade!
Replies: 36
Views: 14129

Re: 2017 upgrade!

Seems to be a Chrome problem (at least) - tried that first, then changed to Firefox and working fine.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CO-MSO 2017
Replies: 34
Views: 8648

Re: CO-MSO

Thomas Carey wrote:
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tony Atkins wrote:please note food and knives etc may not be brought on site.
You say etc, but there's not enough there to make a connection. What about drinks and forks?
Image
Is that a round 1 or round 2 question?
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:02 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Grumbleweed
Replies: 40
Views: 4806

Re: Grumbleweed

Wrong
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:40 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Greatest ever Apterites
Replies: 26
Views: 5914

Re: Greatest ever Apterites

I'd put Adam Gillard in the top 10, based on his complete dominance of the top all rounders list (http://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=top_all_rounders), and his large number of high scores (http://www.apterous.org/statland.php?section=highscores). May not be the very best in English countdo...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Oct 12, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL 2016
Replies: 114
Views: 11771

Re: FOCAL 2016

Done. (Red/bold means first event; orange/bold means first event and former event winner; yellow means former event winner.) Is former event winner filled in retroactively? Otherwise, having won an event before your first event would be impressive, and I should only be yellow from St Albans onwards...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Aug 26, 2016 1:09 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016
Replies: 13
Views: 1701

Re: Spoilers for Thusday August 25th 2016

Maybe an "ask Greame" in there somewhere as can't be many who have won a show after blanking the first 3 letters games? It's not common, but it's happened a few times. 9 times in 9-rounders, 14 times in old 15-rounders, and up to the end of series 74, twice in new 15-rounders. Ned Pendleton offered...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jun 16, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 182
Views: 15655

Re: EU Referendum

The Betfair odds look good for Remain. As long as enough people do vote, I'm still pretty confident of a win for Remain. I'm looking forward to the referendum thing being over, though - to be honest, I'm not sure one should even have been called in the first place. This by David Mitchell is quite i...