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by sean d
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Letter Distribution
Replies: 12
Views: 2097

Re: Letter Distribution

Here's a good analysis of the letter distribution from 2013 http://www.c4countdown.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=9519&p=140482#p140469 This has been discussed before and I think the consensus was that the distribution on the show may not be entirely random (by which I mean it look like patterns of repea...
by sean d
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article
Replies: 18
Views: 2319

Re: Most Famous People without a Wikipedia Article

Gavin Chipper wrote:
Fri Apr 21, 2017 12:31 pm
There is no article for the actual person

Without wanting to be indelicate she didn't achieve much of note apart from Disappearance of Madeleine McCann.
by sean d
Wed Apr 19, 2017 11:54 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 36
Views: 2944

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Ok, I get to 30-40 games a season these days, down from 50+ in the pre-kids days. I reckon I've seen Dundalk in about 40 grounds (in a 20-22 team league), I'm probably forgetting one or two: St Mels- Athlone Athlone Town Stadium- Athlone Dalymount- Bohemians (also Dublin City, Shamrock Rovers, cup f...
by sean d
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Formula One venues you've been to
Replies: 4
Views: 1123

Re: Formula One venues you've been to

Monza, Hungaroring, Barcelona in the early noughties. Don't think I could name half a dozen drives these days.
by sean d
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Football grounds you've been to
Replies: 36
Views: 2944

Re: Football grounds you've been to

Around the 100 mark in 16 countries. And now I'm going to have to compile a list.........
by sean d
Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?
Replies: 19
Views: 3345

Re: Going on TV:- What is the timeline?

It seems to be quite variable Eoin. If you're waiting for one of the sit-down auditions in Dublin they only happen once of twice a year. I think I was 3-4 months waiting to record and another 2-3 months to air.
by sean d
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:17 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 65
Views: 7971

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Apterous 'unlimited' format fans will have been pleased to see MATAMATA and CARACARA included in UC questions last week. A lot of Only Connect was outrageously difficult again this week. And I thought it was incredibly harsh not to allow human figures on the logos of the NBA, Kappa etc, because they...
by sean d
Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Why do you never order a paratha?
Replies: 60
Views: 3934

Re: Why do you never order a paratha?

I'm quite a fan of Indian. I'm in the naan camp at present, I've yet to discover as satisfactory paratha. Dishoom looks fookin awesome, I'm putting it on the list for when I'm in London in the summer.
by sean d
Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 122
Views: 17188

Re: Only Connect

It was horrendous and did smack of deliberately closing down the round. However there are plenty of horrendous, near impossible walls and other questions to deal with too. I think the apterites just got very unlucky
by sean d
Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:33 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Countdowners in the news
Replies: 98
Views: 16254

Re: Countdowners in the news

Martin Hurst wrote:
Fri Jan 20, 2017 12:39 pm
Dan McColm in the news today........

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-e ... e-38687837
Missing from 5:30pm on Thursday until the early hours of Friday? That's a night out isn't it, rather than a missing person hunt?
by sean d
Tue Jan 17, 2017 2:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Darts Ref
Replies: 15
Views: 802

Re: You Are The Darts Ref

You could throw a brick or something and claim its your second dart. So long as the brick is less than 30.5cms in length. Fair play to the player who's competing at the business end of a leg despite one of his three darts being a brick just in case this scenario arises. I can't help thinking he mig...
by sean d
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: You Are The Darts Ref
Replies: 15
Views: 802

Re: You Are The Darts Ref

The rules (in the link) are not 100% clear, but referee discretion is reserved, and the referee is going to call "no score" before a second dart is thrown. (Anyway it would incredibly difficult to throw a second dart such that it'll knock the first dart out without sticking and scoring itself.)
by sean d
Tue Jan 03, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17771

Re: Deathwatch 2017

Jalal Talabani
Leah Bracknell
Fats Domino
Gord Downie
Desmon Tutu
Kirk Douglas
Kerry Katona
Billy Graham
Benjamin Netanyahu
Prince Philip
by sean d
Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Deathwatch 2017
Replies: 171
Views: 17771

Re: Deathwatch 2017

My personal opinion is that time/date of death should be determined by the time zone that the deathee physically is residing in at the time of their deathage. Where they're residing? So if somebody normally resident from Blighty dies from an OD in a seedy Tokyo nightclub at 4am their date/time of d...
by sean d
Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33085

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who are talking on their phones whilst paying for their goods at a till/checkout. Although as a cashier it is particularly annoying. I feel like saying " I know your call is important so I wont serve you until you have finished " I had a cracking one of these a few months ago - the woman on ...
by sean d
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Coincidence
Replies: 212
Views: 20633

Re: Coincidence

Ian Volante wrote:Was just battling with the Omelette selection 'OYAD', and the bloke talking on the radio emphasised the word 'TODAY'. Thanks, I thought.
Lucky coincidence that was.
by sean d
Mon Sep 19, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 136
Views: 6955

Re: How many countries have you been to?

24: Netherlands, and indeed Holland. Dundalk in the Europa League group stages getting a drawwith ten men away to a decent AZ Alkmaar side :D
Alkmaar's a beautiful little city, surprised it's not more of a tourist destination
by sean d
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:40 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17
Replies: 65
Views: 7971

Re: University Challenge and Only Connect 2016/17

Weird question in University Challenge stated "To the nearest factor of 10", where the eventual answer was 80. That's a multiple of 10 and not a factor unless they've changed maths again? (I'm a little behind this series on Sky+).... noticed that too at the time. I assumed the answer had to be 10, ...
by sean d
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:37 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Do you have any unusual habits?
Replies: 39
Views: 1566

Re: Do you have any unusual habits?

Marc Meakin wrote:Yeah I had my first prostrate examination recently.
Not knowing the drill. I asked the proctologist where to put my underpants, to which he replied " Next to mine "
Boom boom ☺
Was boom boom the sound the proctologist made during the examination?
by sean d
Mon Sep 05, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 456
Views: 74765

Re: Is Apterous down?

Down since at least 9am this morning
by sean d
Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: REALLY obvious things you've just realised
Replies: 139
Views: 8817

Re: REALLY obvious things you've just realised

Took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that the Internet and the World Wide Web were different things. Think I learned this when I was 14-15. The difference is in no way obvious, imo, and I speak as an IT professional who's been on the internet (or maybe WWW) pretty much every day for the l...
by sean d
Wed Aug 24, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 37
Views: 1381

Re: Olympics

Getting off topic but Derby's budget under Clough was far from 'more or less nothing', he broke the UK transfer record at least twice at Derby and again at Forest. Still, undoubtedly more worthy of an 'honour' than some dude who proved to be the best of the 50 or so people in the world who cycle sho...
by sean d
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: The Mandela Effect
Replies: 37
Views: 1400

Re: The Mandela Effect

I got 14/22 simply because I mis-remembered or didn't know a lot of it. Obviously enough.
by sean d
Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Olympics
Replies: 37
Views: 1381

Re: Olympics

Two big issues in terms of level playing fields. The financial one is the result of capitalism, innit? If the UK want to spend tens of millions on a tiny minority sports like track cycling that offers lots of medals for very few competitors (worldwide) then that's their bag. Their investment in spor...
by sean d
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:38 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 136
Views: 6955

Re: How many countries have you been to?

23: Iceland, it's as wonderful, spectacular, quirky and eye-wateringly expensive as you'd expect
by sean d
Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:05 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33085

Re: People you shouldn't trust

When you use the word "literally", it applies to what you are saying after the word "literally", not the word itself. Agreed. And it defines what follows as being in a literal, actual, non-figurative sense. Certainly you can state "I have received thousands of letters" and everyone would understand...
by sean d
Wed Jun 15, 2016 8:39 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33085

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who think the word "literally" is off limits when you're exaggerating. As if saying "I literally died laughing" is any more inaccurate than saying "I died laughing". Agreed. In my opinion, "literally" has a legitimate figurative use. You're both literally wrong. Literally has (or should have...
by sean d
Mon May 30, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How British people pronounce foreign place names, particularly Spanish stuff. This one is confusing me.
Replies: 26
Views: 842

Re: How British people pronounce foreign place names, particularly Spanish stuff. This one is confusing me.

Bruges is an odd one. The British tend to go for the Frenchy "Broozh" pronunciation, but it's in Flanders and the local Flemish would call it Brugge, pronounced "Bruggeh". Of the approximate five million times I've heard reference to Barcelona it's been pronounced Barthelona about 4 times and Barsel...
by sean d
Mon May 30, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: IMDB top 250
Replies: 57
Views: 2593

Re: IMDB top 250

Surprised to see it's as high as 86 (or so) when I've literally watched about 2 films a year for the past decade. But then I suppose that's not true.... I've sat down with the kids and Toy Story and the like are contributing 15-20 of my 86. I've seen at least one of the Star Wars and one of the Lord...
by sean d
Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:48 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 456
Views: 74765

Re: Is Apterous down?

Looks like it's down (Monday 7:45am)
by sean d
Thu Mar 31, 2016 9:03 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: CODUB2 Countdown in Dublin 10th September 2016.
Replies: 18
Views: 3446

Re: CODUB2 Countdown in Dublin 10th September 2016.

Delighted that Eddy and rose are running this again, great day form start to finish last year
by sean d
Wed Mar 23, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33085

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who think that there's something morally wrong with being a "glory supporter" or "glory hunter" in football (where you support a successful team, rather than your local team). Being a Chelsea fan from Blackpool, I got this a lot at school, mostly from Man Utd fans. :D People who think suppor...
by sean d
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:04 am
Forum: apterous.org
Topic: Is Apterous down?
Replies: 456
Views: 74765

Re: Is Apterous down?

Seems to be down, right about now
by sean d
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:15 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Electronic music
Replies: 26
Views: 1813

Re: Electronic music

I used to be big into the scene back in the latter half of the 90s...... house, techno etc. Used to be out clubbing 3 to 5 nights a week back in the day, while working 9-5 and playing 11-a-side football.... I was young, fit and child-free back then though :D
by sean d
Mon Feb 15, 2016 10:10 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Welcome! - Post here first
Replies: 1822
Views: 110980

Re: Welcome! - Post here first

hi Tim If you'r eplaying on Apterous, with 30 second rounds, why not write the latters in your preferred 3x3 grid anyway? You should have 5 or 6 of the letters on paper before the time starts, then you're only investing 5 second maybe in getting the others down, if that's what you're more comfortabl...
by sean d
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:30 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Politics in General
Replies: 386
Views: 28785

Re: Politics in General

Here's an interesting one - this peculiar story has appeared today. The non tl;dr version is that William Wragg (a Conservative MP) has been "forced" to move back in with his parents because he can't afford to buy a house in his constituency. William Wragg is the MP for Hazel Grove and earns £74,00...
by sean d
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:35 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: People you shouldn't trust
Replies: 496
Views: 33085

Re: People you shouldn't trust

People who don't choose the mandatory 4 consonants and 3 vowels in their first seven letters in Countdown/Apterous
by sean d
Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:22 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many non-countries have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 820

Re: How many non-countries have you been to?

fwiw a few non-countries I've visited: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Britain, Ireland. Catalunya Dubai Other bits n bobs that might count but probably shouldn't: Majorca, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Corfu, Gozo (and Malta), Provence, Occitaine, Padania, Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, Capri, Achill...
by sean d
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many non-countries have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 820

Re: How many non-countries have you been to?

Isle of Wight is part of England. It doesn't have any "special powers". As for other places, I suppose it's a case by case thing. Well it's your thread, so where do you stand on the Balearics, Canaries, Greek islands? If Jen's having Gozo I'm having Gozo AND Malta(the island which forms part of the...
by sean d
Mon Jan 18, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many non-countries have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 820

Re: How many non-countries have you been to?

Isle of Wight is part of England. It doesn't have any "special powers". As for other places, I suppose it's a case by case thing. Well it's your thread, so where do you stand on the Balearics, Canaries, Greek islands? If Jen's having Gozo I'm having Gozo AND Malta(the island which forms part of the...
by sean d
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:59 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many UK cities have you been to?
Replies: 40
Views: 1870

Re: How many UK cities have you been to?

England: Birmingham, Bradford, Chester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Salford, Sheffield (9/50) Scotland: Edinburgh (1/7) Wales: Bangor, Cardiff, Swansea (3/6) NI: Armagh, Belfast, Derry, Lisburn, Newry (5/5), though obviously the elevation of Newry and Lisburn to city status was hilarious a...
by sean d
Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many non-countries have you been to?
Replies: 17
Views: 820

Re: How many non-countries have you been to?

Do all these off shore islands count as "non countries"? Ok, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are defined as crown dependencies, but the Isle of Wight (for example) is just an off shore island. I've been to a couple of Spanish islands and Irish ones, but would just have considered them as bits of th...
by sean d
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:37 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5958

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

If you're in true showboating mode you can go to 750,000 and back to a solution, incidentally.
by sean d
Thu Jan 14, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Derren Brown - The Events
Replies: 584
Views: 30936

Re: Derren Brown - The Events

I didn't see the show but I've read a bit about it. He's an entertaining guy and no doubt it was a riveting show, but it surely has to be completely acted out? I mean for a start you're looking at a truly massive lawsuit for the lifetime of psychological trauma you've inflicted on some randomer for ...
by sean d
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:20 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5958

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

We probably have a winner. Numbers: 100 75 50 25 3 3 Target: 996 found solution: 50 + 3 = 53 53 * 25 = 1325 1325 + 3 = 1328 1328 * 75 = 99600 99600 / 100 = 996 number of operations attempted: 1685356 number of solutions: 1 There must be something better than that, surely? I would argue that there i...
by sean d
Thu Jan 14, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 136
Views: 6955

Re: How many countries have you been to?

Matt Morrison wrote:
sean d wrote:Australia. Sydney Olympics. Claimed to be the Irish archery team while hanging out with a bunch of Ozzies pretending to be the Australian beach volleyball crew.
FTFY
megalolz Matt, gg wp. :D
by sean d
Thu Jan 14, 2016 11:12 am
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: How many countries have you been to?
Replies: 136
Views: 6955

Re: How many countries have you been to?

I make it 22 countries. The asterisks are for countries I’ve been to football matches in, cos that’s how I roll. UK [3***], Ireland [2**] (see what I did there?) Spain, Portugal (family hols and a couple of other trips to Spain) USA (work, but with some touristy bits. Almost got shot in New York) Au...
by sean d
Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:16 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?
Replies: 134
Views: 5958

Re: How many Numbers puzzles are there in total?

I too am amazed by the Nasty 3L revelation! I guess, as Jon suggests, the smaller large numbers are more flexible. For starters multplying any two of 25, 50, 75 and 100 immediately catapults you way out of potential target range, where 12 x 37 = 444 or 12 x 62 = 744 are immediately usable. Experienc...
by sean d
Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Only Connect
Replies: 122
Views: 17188

Re: Only Connect

Just catching up on last week's show. Did anyone else notice an incorrect answer in the missing vowels round? Under Italian football teams they accepted a pronunciation along the lines of the INTERNACIONAL for INTERNAZIONALE, a 'French' sounding pronunciation which crucially omits the final syllable...
by sean d
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: £60 Million Lottery Jackpot.......
Replies: 18
Views: 1278

Re: £60 Million Lottery Jackpot.......

A group tried to do this on the Irish lottery about fifteen or so years ago, but wasn't (?) the flaw in their plan that while they did cover all the combinations (I think it was the 13 million or so from the 1-49 model), they didn't (well, couldn't) cater for which numbers came out; as it happened,...
by sean d
Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Other game shows
Topic: Countdowners On Other Quizzes
Replies: 152
Views: 25365

Re: Countdowners On Other Quizzes

Anyone know if Egghaeds gets repreated?
by sean d
Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.
Replies: 25
Views: 1171

Re: Sports Personality Of The Year 2015.

As I'm sure you well know Jim, this award has always suffered from having "Personality" in it's title rather than something more suitable, like as you say "Achievement" or maybe "Performance". Ironically enough it might be Mr. Fury's "personality" that may rob him of the honour, for what was an out...
by sean d
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:46 pm
Forum: Off-topic
Topic: What things have you been doing lately?
Replies: 33
Views: 1187

Re: What things have you been doing lately?

Surely crazy golf is played using matchplay scoring. Unless you're playing crazy golf on your own.
by sean d
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:25 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Repetitve conundrums
Replies: 12
Views: 1265

Re: Repetitve conundrums

Here's the list, that's to Thomas for the tip on working it out via Apterous lexplorer: A: 28 9-letter words with 4 As, including my personal favourite MWAHAHAHA B: 13 9-letter words with 3 Bs, including COBWEBBED, BLABBERED etc C: 1 9-letter word with 4 Cs: CACHECTIC D: 1 9-letter word with 4 Ds: D...
by sean d
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: New puzzle
Replies: 32
Views: 3007

Re: New puzzle

Are we going to get an answer for this one Jim?
by sean d
Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:51 pm
Forum: Games and Puzzles
Topic: Repetitve conundrums
Replies: 12
Views: 1265

Repetitve conundrums

Not too much activity around here, but let’s see if there’s any interest in this anyway. Prompted by facing a conundrum on paterous featuring 4 L’s (ILLEGALLY) I’m wondering what’s the biggest number of recurrences of the same letter you can have in a valid 9 letter word, for each letter. i.e. what’...
by sean d
Thu May 28, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Countdown - Events
Topic: Co.Dublin who would be interested?
Replies: 15
Views: 1454

Re: Co.Dublin who would be interested?

This is extraordinarily exciting, if I'm entirely honest! And Eddy has saved me the bother of trying to organise one, so big thumbs up.

All cross-channel visitors will be force fed Guinness and potatoes for the duration. Whether the spuds are cooked first is at the discretion of the host.
by sean d
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Am I the worst contestant ever?
Replies: 12
Views: 2218

Re: Am I the worst contestant ever?

Jack Worsley wrote:I don't think you were even the worst contestant of the week you were on.

http://wiki.apterous.org/Episode_5844
Jeez. I remember that one. A strong opponent could easily have whitewashed her.
by sean d
Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:52 pm
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: Ask Graeme?
Replies: 1259
Views: 96763

Re: Ask Graeme?

How many times have 3 or 4 different numbers combinations (ie 1L 2L 3L 4L 6S) been selected in the one game?
by sean d
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Countdown - General
Topic: The next Championship of Champions - now back on topic
Replies: 306
Views: 28880

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

Dunno about anyone else on here, but for me "champion hammered in first round of CoC " > "champion avoided CoC"