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by Zarte Siempre
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Basically, no-one wants to play more than six games I do. Irritates me how long people give for lunch breaks. Less wandering around, more Countdown. Or make the whole event shorter. The pub's for chilling, the Countdown tournament is for playing Countdown. I'm up for making events shorter. I don't ...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Sep 18, 2018 3:47 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Basically, no-one wants to play more than six games
I do. Irritates me how long people give for lunch breaks. Less wandering around, more Countdown. Or make the whole event shorter. The pub's for chilling, the Countdown tournament is for playing Countdown.
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:00 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: How to host an event (for dummies)?
Replies: 11
Views: 517

Re: How to host an event (for dummies)?

Ben's absolutely right about the starting point being to work out what you think is likely to be cost, and balance it up with what is likely to be spent by attendees. Also that the venue is the top of the list. That said, the format of the day can often be dictated by the venue. No projector screen?...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Would be scored by studio result, but the chances of this occurring I would say are approximately 1000-1.

In fact if you wish to forfeit all predictions and have the possibility to be declared the winner should this one outcome take place, I would probably accept that.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Lunch at Breakfast time
Replies: 8
Views: 709

Re: Lunch at Breakfast time

I would say it's quite unusual, but not illogical. When I used to have early starts, I would just have like a... I dunno what the standardised term is, but like a Nature Valley bar or similar for my breakfast, and then have an earlier lunch at like 11. But I would usually make that my lighter meal o...
by Zarte Siempre
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:00 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I've taken it as a round down, as logically it would stand to reason that people are more likely to want to hedge. So in a 5 to 10 - I'll take 7.
by Zarte Siempre
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I need specific. Where people are sending me ranges I'm taking the middle value. (If anyone who gave a range reads this, I will allow them to pick a number within their range to be more specific, but otherwise, middle value) People have actually done that? What kind of lunatic would send you a rang...
by Zarte Siempre
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

I need specific. Where people are sending me ranges I'm taking the middle value. (If anyone who gave a range reads this, I will allow them to pick a number within their range to be more specific, but otherwise, middle value)
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

Jennifer Steadman wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:51 pm
Johnny Canuck wrote:
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:10 pm
Also, are there two Moles?
There's just one Mole, and it's Zarte.
I hate the pair of you...
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

Re: The CoC Predictions Game

For those needing a reminder: 1. JONATHAN WYNN V PHIL DAVIES 2. ANN DIBBEN V JOHN COWEN 3. MATTHEW TASSIER V DOUGIE MACKAY 4. THOMAS CAREY V STEPHEN READ 5. PAUL ERDUNAST V ZARTE SIEMPRE 6. TOM CHAFER-COOK V MARTIN HURST 7. BRADLEY HORROCKS V ANDREW MACLEOD 8. PHILIP ASTON V NOEL MCILVENNY 9. WYNN/D...
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The CoC Predictions Game
Replies: 27
Views: 1747

The CoC Predictions Game

IF YOU WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS, PLEASE *PRIVATE* MESSAGE ME YOUR PREDICTIONS. SPEAK IN VAGUE TERMS, OR SMACK TALK HERE BY ALL MEANS, BUT LET’S KEEP THE RESULTS INTERESTING. After a few betting games on the outcomes of finals with various success rates, and when people can’t actually be sure that...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:06 pm
Including his original stint in 1999, Tony has had four different DC guests in five games. Freaky, huh?
It would be freakier if he's had five guests in four games...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)
Replies: 11
Views: 706

Re: Spoilers for Tuesday 28th August 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 44)

Gah, stop editing your posts so it doesn't tell me you've already put it, Ray :'(
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How often do you go to the toilet?
Replies: 18
Views: 967

Re: How often do you go to the toilet?

I would say 4 or 5 on average.

Unless I've been drinking,in which case 45 on average.
by Zarte Siempre
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 8211

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

The front page. I come on and check the most recent things. Very rare I go digging in the subsections. This is the age of quick browsing.
by Zarte Siempre
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 8211

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

No-one pays attention to the stickies, it's all about the most recent posting.
by Zarte Siempre
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:27 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: COLIN XV- Countdown in Lincoln, 19-20 January 2019
Replies: 14
Views: 8211

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

Pleased to hear this!

And also bumping it because Gevin knocked the thread down by wittering about jogging.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Irish Question
Replies: 29
Views: 1633

Re: The Irish Question

Erm... I find myself thinking I know very little, but usually when I mention something I *do* know about it, someone else will say they don't. So sort of... idiocy, but fractionally less idiocy than other people. I understand why you have no assembly atm, which seems to put my understanding above mo...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 14th August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 758

Re: Spoilers for 14th August 2018

Tom S wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:22 pm
A celebrity in the house- not often see on this show. IIRC his film was well documented on TV. His dad Mark Rolston has also been in some famous films, too.
One of the best films I've seen in the last few years. A cheering tale :)
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Re: Looking to sell my laptop prize

Marc Meakin wrote:
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:52 pm
You should go back to Countdown and swap it for the Dictionaries.

BTW , how much for your Countdown teapot, asking for a friend
I got dictionaries too, I just want to keep them. Teapot's not for sale either :P
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: FOCAL scoring system

I think the problem I outlined (too many points for middling finishes at big events) is serious enough to warrant change and I'd prioritise fixing it over simplicity. However, I don't have to deal with people asking about the scoring system. Does it happen a lot? Finally, I enjoy your post-event su...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:09 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: FOCAL scoring system
Replies: 16
Views: 1707

Re: FOCAL scoring system

As Graeme said, several systems were trialled pre-FOCAL. It was important to us that good players who only turn up occasionally and thus were unlikely to come to Birmingham weren't what ended up in the top 8. That, for lack of better term, tier B players who support the events regularly had a shot a...
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Special event for former contestants?
Replies: 19
Views: 2085

Re: Special event for former contestants?

The only one reservation is that the uptake could well be ridiculously large. If it's open to any and all televised contestants you could well end up at a figure approaching 4,000. More even. I reckon there must have been at least another 1000 than that. Not to mention most of them will want to bri...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Aug 06, 2018 7:37 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 11215

Re: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018

STANDINGS Players are ranked by wins, then points. Draws count as half a win. P W D Pts 1 Callum Todd 8 8 0 562 2 Tim Down 8 7 0 455 3 Jen Steadman 8 6 0 535 4 Jonathan Wynn 8 6 0 513 5 Rob Foster 8 6 0 510 6 Matthew Tassier 8 6 0 444 7 Jessica Pratesi 8 6 0 414 8 Luke Johnson-Davies 8 5 1 478 9 Jam...
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: C of C Draw......
Replies: 63
Views: 5214

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

I had a think about the draw. I reckon it’s manufactured* for a Zarte v Tom final. That’s the real box office encounter. Zarte is the street favourite, slightly edgy, the indie choice. Tom is the eye-candy, loved and adored by young and old. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t slightly distracted by hi...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:49 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Music
Replies: 193
Views: 20610

Re: Music

What's a band or artist that you don't like but people suspect that you should going by your taste in music. I've never liked Rush. I usually love complicated prog rock but I just don't get their appeal. People always assume I like them but I don't. I particularly hate how Neil Peart is held up as ...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:30 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 30th July 2018
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: Spoilers for 30th July 2018

Did anyone think Rachel was a tad on the rude side when she said that "you clearly don't know your 75 x tables" at the end of r14. Yes, it was a bad miss, but still thought it was a little uncalled for (not that she is a malicious individual). I think she judged it right. She had two players to who...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 30, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 11215

Re: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018

A single place has become available. Please pay your entry fee if you'd like to grab it.
by Zarte Siempre
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Re: Looking to sell my laptop prize

Because all of my devices are Windows, and Windows and Apple don't always play together so well when you try to make them talk (At least, they don't when I try and make them - it's probably easy for someone who's less technophobic). Additionally I already have a "serious" laptop for my job, so if I ...
by Zarte Siempre
Sun Jul 29, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Looking to sell my laptop prize
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Looking to sell my laptop prize

Hi all, sorry to post this here, but giving a few things a go for catching people outside my Facebook list. Part of my prize for winning the latest series was a 13-inch 128GB Macbook Air, 2017 version. It's a great bit of kit, I have no doubt, but unfortunately it's just not really suited to my need...
by Zarte Siempre
Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 27th July 2018.
Replies: 14
Views: 1216

Re: Spoilers for 27th July 2018.

Think Bob is the best bet we've seen for octochampdom so far I think. He has a good wordbank for a non-apterite and his numbers are solid enough. Nevertheless, despite the difference in maxes, Alex put up a good fight and left with a decent losing score. Though , Bob's mannerisms make him remind me...
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Jul 25, 2018 1:04 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 3029

Re: What Degrees do you have

Martin Hurst wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 11:56 am
My cult - send me an aptomail to apply - Owen Carroll already signed up.
If Owen's signed up, that definitely evidences you disregarding academic qualification...
by Zarte Siempre
Sat Jul 21, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 161
Views: 38426

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Johnny Canuck wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:06 am
American (I believe) former Apterite Dave Mattingly -- or someone who shares his name -- won tonight's episode of Jeopardy!, unseating the current 6-time champion.
Yes he's American. And woo, go Dave!
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 3029

Re: What Degrees do you have

Paul Worsley wrote:
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:24 pm
...smoke a packet of 20 Marlboros...
Only 1? Amateur :lol:
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: C4C Fantasy Football
Replies: 170
Views: 27055

Re: C4C Fantasy Football

2018/19 season is go.

550603-118093 - Classic
550603-118118 - H2H
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:26 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What Degrees do you have
Replies: 25
Views: 3029

Re: What Degrees do you have

Fuck all.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 11)
Replies: 7
Views: 964

Re: Spoilers for Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 11)

I know it was "only" a 6, but I genuinely think POIPOI might be one of the best spots I've ever seen...
by Zarte Siempre
Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 9th July 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1039

Re: Spoilers for 9th July 2018

Just to clarify, what I meant was that Lewis should have made use of all the time he had left to figure out the answer but judging by the way he pressed so fast, I assumed ( and bear in mind this is my opinion and if yours is not the same it's ok, everyone is entitled to their opinion so long as it...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jul 09, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 9th July 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 1039

Re: Spoilers for 9th July 2018

It's Ciaran btw...and sorry to spoil you but it was a DISAPPOINTING climax... I got the Crucial Conundrum at the same time Ciaran buzzed in but I had the correct answer. Guess what did Smarty Pie (Sorry but no offence really) Lewis did even though Nick Hewer said "Take your time", buzzed in shortly...
by Zarte Siempre
Sun Jul 08, 2018 7:14 pm
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 11215

Re: .co.mk4 - Countdown in Milton Keynes - 4th August 2018

ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one
Replies: 63
Views: 6998

Re: Change one letter of a film title to make a funny one

*cheating slightly*

V for Vienetta
by Zarte Siempre
Thu Jun 28, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Thursday 28th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 4)
Replies: 8
Views: 1992

Re: Spoilers for Thursday 28th June 2018 (Series 79, Prelim 4)

Have I seen Derek before somewhere? He looks familiar.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 27th June 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1983

Re: Spoilers for 27th June 2018

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:16 pm
He reminded me a bit of Jonathan Pie.
You find Jonathan Pie attractive?! Weirdo.
by Zarte Siempre
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for 27th June 2018
Replies: 21
Views: 1983

Re: Spoilers for 27th June 2018

Tom S wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:20 pm
Forumite Marty takes the challenger's chair.
He's on the forum?!?!

OK, best not make a passing comment on his attractiveness then *ahem*
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 44
Views: 4127

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)

I suppose it could depend on how likely you think it is that the (first) conundrum will get solved. If you think that one of you will probably get it, then there's not much difference between level and an 8-point gap. So take the gamble! Yeah. To me it seems stupid to go into a conundrum backing yo...
by Zarte Siempre
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 44
Views: 4127

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)

You're eight points ahead towards the end. Both playing just about faultlessly. Your opponent declares an eight. How likely does your dodgy nine have to be to make it worth risking? Probably all you geniuses know this already, but (making a few assumptions) I was quite surprised at just how worthwh...
by Zarte Siempre
Sun Jun 24, 2018 9:12 pm
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 44
Views: 4127

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)

I'd just like to echo what's already been said on here so far. Absolutely amazing final and an incredible standard played in brilliant spirits. Just simply one of the best ive seen - Philip in sensational form and Zarte basically being Zarte. A third encounter in CoC!?! Lets make it happen lads.......
by Zarte Siempre
Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Countdown - Spoilers
Topic: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)
Replies: 44
Views: 4127

Re: Spoilers for Friday 22nd June 2018 (Series 78, GRAND FINAL)

Keith Bennett wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:45 am
Next up Only Connect?
Nope - unlike Graeme, I am what they call in quiz circles, a bit thick.