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by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Dec 04, 2020 7:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Tom Chafer-Cook is the only double-barrelled champion, and he played Bradley Horrocks, so yes. Can confirm. I think T-Cap misread the question but got the right answer anyway. Oops yes, brain got primed by the initial mention of final, then apparently couldn't be bothered to read the rest properly.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Dec 03, 2020 5:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Martin Hurst wrote:
Thu Dec 03, 2020 4:30 pm
If the series 82 final ends up being Luke v Sam, will it be the first CD episode ever with both contestants having double-barrelled surnames?
Tom Chafer-Cook is the only double-barrelled champion, and he played Bradley Horrocks, so yes.
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Nov 22, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

Marc Meakin wrote:
Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:05 pm
That's as likely as the half a million tests a day that's been peddled
Almost literally - it would require about half a million vaccines to be administered a day, starting now.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 549

Re: Squarebot

He only rounds to a square at the point he says it, so the square of the area is good.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Combination Lock

I get 5 solutions to Crazy (probably your 4 plus the one before 1000), any of [0-4][5-9]65
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Combination Lock
Replies: 10
Views: 250

Re: Combination Lock

If so, 0086 works for Hard.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Nov 11, 2020 2:31 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Squarebot
Replies: 22
Views: 549

Re: Squarebot

What is the floor function of the shortest side divided by the longest side? (If they're equal this is just 1 which is square, if they're not then the ratio is <1, and so the floor function makes it 0 which is also square).
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 217
Views: 97421

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Andy McGurn on OC tonight.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Re: Ticket #5803: ZoomDown - evidence of potential cheating
Replies: 72
Views: 4552

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

Noel Mc wrote:
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:28 pm
Nothing to contribute to any of this, other than admitting that I enjoy checking to see if there have been any more posts to this thread.
Me too. Have another one (sorry it's not more interesting).
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Oct 23, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: What is the best order in which to learn words?
Replies: 10
Views: 672

Re: What is the best order in which to learn words?

Consideration 1: 9 letter words There needs to be a massive weighting given to 9 letter words. If your opponent gets a 9 that you don't, you can only win the game if they make a mistake in at least one other round, quite often two rounds. That is a dreadful position to be in. Missing a 9 is much wo...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)
Replies: 13
Views: 1027

Re: Letters Max Progression (Featuring graphs)

Blimey, there's 3 words on that top 10 list I've never played. Clearly need some intelligent focus to my sporadic learning activities. The list does heavily favour words with lots of vowels, which is then only useful if you or your opponent pick 5 vowels a lot. I think because a given selection wit...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 749
Views: 195349

Re: Politics in General

This is hilariously terrible. Apparently I should be a head chef, a chef, or a cake decorator. Yeah... no. https://beta.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/ Well, it worked out my actual job, so... Whereas I (in the same general area) got recommended social care, and then nothing at all when I tried aga...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Oct 02, 2020 1:11 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

There are also concerns about why the SNP weren't informed until Wednesday, and then why it wasn't announced until Thursday. The worst thing about this is the media are not camping outside her home and hounding her day and night, but I guess seeing as she's on the left they're going to look after t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Sep 30, 2020 4:32 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 232
Views: 21548

Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus Thread

I think both the general death rate and the impact on the NHS come into it. The focus on R-rate would tie in more with the NHS impact. If the R-rate stays above 1 then at some point you hit the limit on some resource or another, and at that point the death rate shoots up past 1% of infections, based...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: You Are The Ref
Replies: 282
Views: 45774

Re: You Are The Ref

Yep, any conundrum where you have to suppress an answer that your brain comes up with due to an arbitrary rule isn't fair. Even having a valid word as the scramble is slightly harsh - I rarely read the scramble directly so may end up buzzing in with it by the time my brain's had a while to work on i...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Sep 06, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Sam Cappleman-Lynes wrote:
Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:20 pm
Which octochamp has the smallest range of scores? Which has the smallest coefficient of variation?
And the answer to Sam's implicit question (where is he in the lists), which I'm sure he's already worked out: Joint second on range with 13, and 3rd on CV with 4.24
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021
Replies: 52
Views: 4418

Re: "Black Takeover Day" - Autumn 2021

All you're doing with such a statement is diverting the discussion and diluting the experiences of Black people. Time to start listening. Neither you nor I have any horse in this race, as we are not from America, and therefore have no need to take on any of the social baggage that goes along with t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Monday 31st August
Replies: 1
Views: 353

Spoilers for Monday 31st August

Actually watched an episode (seen all of Sam's run so far) and no thread, so figured I'd start one for the first time. Couldn't spot ARYTENOID even with Sam showing there was a 9 there, but got Rachel's method for 931 and 1 away on the 478. Great work again by Sam (fudging aside) - hopefully he'll a...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Jul 04, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 194537

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

Why is the delete left button called backspace? It doesn't remotely describe what it does. According to Wikipedia, on a typewriter it did literally go back a character, allowing accents to be added to the preceding letter. It doesn't say why it ended up with its current use, but I guess it's the mo...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jun 24, 2020 6:46 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 27th 2013
Replies: 42
Views: 6262

Re: B'day Championship Spoilers For Wednesday February 27th

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jun 24, 2020 4:11 pm
Gavin Chipper wrote:
Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:27 am
I think it was Jack's game before that had a target of 725 which Corby pointed out you could get doing 75*58/6. This time you could do 50*58/4. So there you go.
Yes, today I did 50 x (8x9-10-3)/4 = 725.
Except that equals 737.5
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

If I've understood the system correctly, Conor's ended up on the total of everyone's score going into the 30BC? Several of whom (including you) were unbeaten, which in turn means he scoops up several series worth of contestants. As I think an octochamp who goes on to win the series basically ends up...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed May 20, 2020 8:37 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Word related puzzles
Replies: 5
Views: 935

Re: Word related puzzles

That's a tricky thing that you want us to do. It's a particularly common inclusion in many words, so avoiding it puts an onus on us to think of good synonyms. But it can still fall out OK if you go suitably slowly.
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon May 18, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 11938

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

I've had a look at my TV guide for the next couple of weeks. It appears that Tuesday 19th May's episode, which I expected to be the repeat of Chris Hawkins v Jill Bright, http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5626 has been replaced by http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_6613, the 25th anniversary of Susie'...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed May 06, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 11938

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

countdown channel4.com <countdown@channel4.com> 2:51 PM (1 hour ago) to Thomas Dear Thomas, I hope you are well. Due to the current Coronavirus situation and filming restrictions, Channel 4 will be repeating past episodes of Countdown. We wanted to let you know that the episodes you appeared in, or...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed May 06, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: When Countdown episodes run out
Replies: 80
Views: 11938

Re: When Countdown episodes run out

CoC XIV due to follow the 30th Birthday Championship (starting 25th June based on email I just received).
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Mar 12, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 289
Views: 86203

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 10:19 am
What?

Edit - I mean, why is it funny and why is a picture of a football with that weird blood hand/face on it relevant? I'm not getting it at all.
The volleyball's from Cast Away. Do you want to build a snowman? is from Frozen. These are both somewhat successful films.
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Feb 12, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Internal monologue
Replies: 19
Views: 2653

Re: Internal monologue

Very much on the internal voice side - would love it to shut up when I try and sleep.

On the Countdown side of things, some part of my brain will often chuck solutions out, but they'll still at some point get internally vocalised.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?
Replies: 20
Views: 3576

Re: Is COUNTDOWN worthy of respect as a game?

Going with the definition Callum found, of artistry as "creative skill", I think a combination of those words must include some element of choice - tying in with the openness Callum talked about. Pure art-art obviously has this - you could choose to make or paint anything within the realms of the ma...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Poll: The strongest series? [S01-S81]
Replies: 12
Views: 2491

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

Not even a contest. 69 had (at the time) 3 of the 5 highest octototals, plus Zarte who would have been in the 900+ club then if he hadn't played Dylan and went on to be one of the top players of all time, and then Callum comes along and trains enough that he beats all 3 of the top seeds to win the s...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 194537

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

The intro to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap_(sport) describes it well. True (thanks) although it gets confusing again as it starts off by saying it's a metaphorical thing, then later it says that association football teams still award a physical cap. If so, and players are given one every time t...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:14 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?
Replies: 22
Views: 3515

Re: Who are Countdown's unluckiest losers?

Ciaran McCarthy and Peter Steggle also come to mind - both lost to Mark Murray with scores of 104 and 95 respectively.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Jan 02, 2020 10:18 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 172
Views: 50833

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Year-end update: China (airport only), New Zealand and Russia, bringing to 31. Was due to add Romania on a work trip this month, but cancelled for now (may still make it later this year anyway).
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Dec 05, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 81 finals predictions
Replies: 8
Views: 2053

Re: Series 81 finals predictions

David Williams wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 10:12 am
I'm sure we're all relieved that Chris Evans ensures there is no Bevins number discontinuity.
Though Robin Johnson in series 79 and his associated stretch of games did break it.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 3280

Re: ProRanks history video

This is great Tom. I was considering trying to do something similar a few weeks back as part of my efforts to learn R, but couldn't raise the effort to scrape the data - what did you use for that piece? My Python code's below. I used requests (a nice intuitive module) to just get each page in turn,...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 3280

Re: ProRanks history video

It's so nice that I won't take it personally that I have been excluded! I hope it's because of my stupid punctuated name rather than a personal vendetta. Oh whoops. Yes, that actually is the reason - my code gathering the data from each page expected names to contain letters and spaces only. Also m...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Nov 18, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: ProRanks history video
Replies: 11
Views: 3280

ProRanks history video

I made one of those moving bar charts showing ProRanks over time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfWpClM ... e=youtu.be

Only shows the top 20 as some weeks don't have a full top 25 because of deactivated accounts. Very low-effort recording technique as well.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Oct 22, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 722
Views: 180098

Re: People you shouldn't trust

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 3:31 pm
People who have toasted marshmallows. How is that a thing? It's such an arbitrary thing to do. Excuse me a minute while I stir fry some gummy bears.
Is it any more arbitrary than toasting bread? Excuse me while I cook this thing that's already been cooked.
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Oct 18, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1508

Re: Is Countdown moving to Leeds ?

It's made by ITV Studios, not channel 4, so doubt that's going to have any impact (that's also presumably why it's in Media City already, which Channel 4 don't seem to be bothering with based on that article)
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Oct 02, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 48
Views: 21341

Re: FOCAL scoring system

Most events though are fairly similar in their spread of strength (with Waterford being the main exception, with a much higher ratio of non-regulars), and also aren't anywhere near 4 or 100 in size. In a small event, there's no way of getting a high position without playing the rest of the top playe...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:57 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Thread Of Random (for Marc)
Replies: 162
Views: 27830

Re: Thread Of Random (for Marc)

I don't think the hole in the ozone layer was even thought of back then. Mainly because we didn't have the scientific consensus until around that point. Not one to court controversy but I have believed global warming to be a conspiracy theory with very little hard evidence to support it. Certainly ...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Religion
Replies: 473
Views: 60624

Re: Religion

Also why couldn't Jesus just be the wisest, humblest most loving human ever without having to be the son of God. Except he then comes out with statements like "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" and "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will a...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

2. What is the longest string of centuries in preliminary games?- I would have thought that 9 in a row starting from Elliott Mellor's 1st game would be a contender. Zarte's first run + Dylan's octorun + Gemma's first game (14 games total) is most likely I reckon. I've had a look at all the octocham...
by Thomas Cappleman
Sun Jun 16, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Tory Leadership
Replies: 20
Views: 7023

Re: Tory Leadership

Ashton Hancock wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 10:24 am
I am not a Tory supporter. All the contenders are total idiots.
Are you just sad that your uncle Matt had to pull out of the race?
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri May 24, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1465
Views: 354227

Re: Ask Graeme?

Found a couple recorded as 30s ( http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_4419 and this wonderfully ironic entry http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_761 ) Also a couple of 29.75s ( http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5293 and http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5326 ) and a 29.9 after an incorrect 29s buzz ( http://...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu May 23, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Series 80 - Female Winners
Replies: 2
Views: 1162

Re: Series 80 - Female Winners

Would need a Graeme to answer fully, but it's definitely looking good compared to recent years. You have to go back to series 71 to find the last series with more than 1 female finalist, leaving very little time for the others to fit in a high percentage. Series 80 has already managed that, Sandra's...
by Thomas Cappleman
Wed May 22, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Negative picking
Replies: 20
Views: 7594

Re: Negative picking

Seems entirely reasonable, particularly when that's your specialism. When I'm playing a stronger letter player I'll deliberately try to open up the selection for the same reason, to prevent a selection where I have to guess what word like PAPOOCH is valid to match my opponent. If the aim were to exp...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon May 20, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019
Replies: 114
Views: 37762

Re: Countdown In Brinsworth 2019

Hi Guys This will now be an online event held over a few weeks starting later this month. It will be held here on c4countdown 1st off player 1 will text how many vowels and consonants they would like and I will reply to both contestants with them vowels and consonants the same with round 2 etc. I w...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Questions you've always wanted answered
Replies: 804
Views: 194537

Re: Questions you've always wanted answered

If you shortened "bicycle" to "bic" you'd be sectioned, so why do people shorten "microphone" to mic? "Mike" makes so much more sense. https://www.audiolinks.com/blog/mike-vs-mic/ As I suspected, mike is the preferred grammatically, particularly when used as a verb, but the shift to mic is likely d...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Mar 11, 2019 4:36 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 6705

Re: COREA - Reading - 20th April 2019

In please
by Thomas Cappleman
Sat Mar 02, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown
Replies: 21
Views: 8717

Re: Mark and Zarte's 26.2 Hour Game Of Countdown

Great work everyone involved - the standard you guys reached, even after a day's playing, was amazing. Also thanks to Patrick, an attendee of the event, who solved the lifelong which-are-the-discard-piles problem that has plagued Co events for more than a decade by suggesting that the discards are l...
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 135
Views: 49971

Re: Only Connect

Based on what has happened so far, I think it works like this:- 16 teams, so 8 games in the "heats" round. Following this we have 8 winners (1-0) and 8 losers (0-1). Next stage is the "losers" round - win this and you're at 1-1 and survive, lose and you're 0-2 and BFH as Jim Bowen would say. Then a...
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 59
Views: 42118

Re: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019

Mike Springett beat me to it in the Facebook discussion, but obviously there will be a parkrun happening as well on this weekend. Just like to let everyone know there will be a parkrun happening over the weekend for Colin 2020 too. And Colin 2022. 2021 however will controversially take place midwee...
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many combos?
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: How many combos?

There's probably even a way to do the seven IF tests and combine the results in a single cell (essentially whatever you'd put in the 7 separate cells, combined into one formula).
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many combos?
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: How many combos?

Yeah, you definitely don't want to do that by working out each combination individually. Doing 7 individual IF tests then combining the results as a string would be ideal, however you do that in Excel.
by Thomas Cappleman
Thu Nov 22, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many combos?
Replies: 8
Views: 2703

Re: How many combos?

2^7=128 (each day can either be in the set or not). Or 127 if you discount the empty list.
by Thomas Cappleman
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 172
Views: 50833

Re: How many countries have you been to?

25 Turkey, just passing thru, sadly 26 Israel with work, interesting few days in Tel Aviv mainly, but a trip to the Dead Sea meant.... 27 Palestine and adds Palestine to the exclusive list of "countries I've been to without realising I've been to", a list which currently consists of Palestine. That...
by Thomas Cappleman
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 217
Views: 97421

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Nathan Pace in on The Chase tonight, he's been waiting over a year for the broadcast date! Good luck Nathan Also tonight, the Countdowners on Only Connect run continues, with Bob de Caux. Also Dave Ryan and Suzy Turner on 5th November, and Hugh Binnie, Lauren Hamer and Matt Bayfield on 19th November.
by Thomas Cappleman
Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Lateral
Replies: 3
Views: 3965

Re: Lateral

Really enjoyed these at the time, would love to see it commissioned. My one concern is that the nature of the questions makes it easier than OC to write hints that aren't any use. In OC, each hint is an extra element of the set/sequence, so is always extra information. Here, the hint is a clarificat...